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Miraculous escape for family in house collapse at Surajpur
Hemant Kumar
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 21
Due to the continuous rain in the area, a house collapsed in Surajpur yesterday night. According to information available, the incident took place on Monday late night.

Owner of the house Satish Kumar, along with his wife and children, was sleeping in the house when at around 2:00 am the family woke up hearing a loud noise. All the family members immediately rushed out of the house to see the roof and walls of the house collapse in a few minutes. Satish kumar has demanded the local administration to compensate him for this loss.



11 drug peddlers arrested
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
The district police claimed to have arrested 11 drug peddlers involved in the sale of drugs during checking at different places. The police has also recovered 52 kg of poppy husk, 810 gm narcotics, 1,500 intoxicant tablets, 20 bottles of illegal whisky. Besides, a truck driver was also arrested and the police recovered six quintals of stolen scrap.

The SSP, HS Mann, said people have also started providing information about drug peddlers and anti-social elements, as they were fed up from their activities.

He said that during checking of vehicles on the Sirhind-Bhadson road the Sirhind police signaled a scooter for checking but the rider tried to flee. The police on naka nabbed him and recovered 52 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused was identified as Paramjit Singh alias Pamma, a resident of Kotla Bhai Ka village and his accomplice as Kewal Singh, a resident of Khanna. All the accused were booked under the NDPS Act.

He said the police also arrested two proclaimed offenders who were absconding for the last six months. They were produced before the court from where they were sent to 14 days judicial custody.



26 selected during placement drive
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 21
Various companies have conducted placement drives in Longowal Polytechnic College, Dera Bassi, recently and selected students. Mahindra & Swaraj Division, conducted the placement drive in the college campus.

30 students of ME Trade of 2012 batch participated in the campus placement drive.

Binary Technology also conducted a placement drive in the college. 75 students of ECE, CSE, ME, EE Trades of 2012 batch participated in the drive. 26 students were finally selected in the drive.



Kajauli water supply scheme
Resolve differences: HC to UT, Punjab, Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear to Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh that it was giving last opportunity to them for resolving their differences over augmentation of water supply scheme of Kajauli.

The Division Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh, in fact, directed the two states and Chandigarh to put their heads together and find an immediate solution. The Bench also warned that failure to do so would result in court directions.

As the issue came up for resumed hearing, the court observed that it would direct the three states to draw water equally if they fail to come up with a solution by September 12.

Arguing on Haryana’s behalf, Advocate-General Hawa Singh Hooda blamed Punjab and Chandigarh for entering into a contract without even informing Haryana.

Punjab and UT law officers, on the other hand, requested the court to grant them a last opportunity.

Haryana has already told the High Court that if Punjab wants water for Mohali, it should carry it from the Anandpur Sahib Hydel Channel.

The matter came up for hearing before the High Court during the resumed hearing of an ongoing petition filed by Mohali resident, Kuljeet Singh Bedi. 



contempt petition
HC issues notice to Chief Secy, GMADA chief administrator
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to Punjab Chief Secretary, GMADA Chief Administrator and other authorities on a contempt petition, alleging construction on encroached land in Mohali, despite judicial orders.

The notice came on a petition by Gurbax Ram. In his earlier petition, Ram claimed that forest department in August 2010 de-listed its land with a condition that it would not be used for commercial purposes. Rather, it would be used only for agricultural purposes.

But, an illegal colony was carved out by levelling Shivalik hills. The builders also encroached upon seasonal rivulet Patiala Ki Rao for carving out the illegal colony. On May 28, the High Court Bench issued notice to the respondent authorities and stayed construction on the land. The Bench also directed the authorities concerned to file a status report on the existing construction.

Gurbax Ram has now approached the High Court again, stating that the officials, including Chief Secretary, Deputy Commissioner, GMADA Chief Administrator and others have failed to take action to stop the construction, which is still going on. Dubbing it as wilful negligence of the High Court orders, Gurbax Ram, through his counsel Mohinder Kumar prayed for the initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the authorities. The case will now come up on December 10.



50-yr-old arrested for raping tenant
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 21
The local police today arrested 50-year-old Surjit Singh, a resident of Ekta Vihar Colony in Baltana, on charges of raping his 40-year-old tenant.

In her complaint, the victim alleged that Surjit Singh called her in his room saying that he was not feeling well. When she went there she was raped by the accused. The victim resides on upper floor of the house along her two children while the accused lives in ground floor with his family.

Surjit Singh runs a Photostat shop at Mani Majra. The police has conducted a medical examination of the victim and has registered a case under Sections 378 and 506 of the IPC against Surjit Singh.



Rs 50,000, documents stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 21
Unidentified persons fled away with a bag containing Rs 50,000 and other documents after breaking the windowpane of SUV Fortuner belonging to Buta Singh of Sector 71 here this afternoon.

The incident occurred at around 3.30 pm at Phase-5 market where Singh parked his car in the parking lot. On his return, he found the rear windowpane of his car broken and his bag missing.

Surprisingly, nobody saw the incident happening. “Just before the incident, I made a payment of Rs 1 lakh to a local jeweller,” he said adding that he withdrew Rs 1.50 lakh from a bank.

DSP RS Sohal said it seems that someone was following him (Singh) from the bank and took the money when he (accused) had the chance.

“We are investigating the matter after registering a case in this connection at Phase 1 police station,” said DSP Sohal.



Three city hockey players found overage
Jharkhar Hockey Academy, Ludhiana, raised objections against local players
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The issue of 'overage' has once again surfaced during the ongoing 11th ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Hockey Tournament, being held at Hockey Stadium of Sports Complex, Sector 42.

Notably, the team that came under scanner is the state-run Chandigarh Hockey Academy. The team of Jharkhar Hockey Academy, Ludhiana, raised objections against five players of the local outfit out of which three were found overage. After that a medical test was conducted at the venue and three players were found to be over-age. The organisers had conducted a pre-medical check-up of all the teams participating in the competition.

“Notably, when the entry forms were checked, no official stamp from the school principal was found on papers. The players were playing on the names of their teammates after changing their original names. We cannot afford a 14-year old boy facing a 16-yaer old, on field. It is very shameful,” said Manpreet, coach of Jharkhar Hockey Academy.

The Joint Director Sports UT Sports Department said the department was waiting for the exact reports from the organisers. "After the pre-tournament medical check-up, the organisers have clicked a team photograph of the fit players. The department has asked for that picture (with the organisers). We shall tally the faces of all the medically fit players with the playing XI of today's match. If the lapse would be found on our pat, a strict action would be taken against the guilty,” said JDS Sidhu.

Adding further, “The players cannot be examined twice in any competition. If found guilty of playing after changing their names, we will take a strict action against all,” added he.

The organisers have scratched a team from Bhiwani after 13 players of the team were found overage. A total of eight players of Khudar Sahib XI, eight players of Delhi Hockey XI and five players of the local CHA were declared 'overage' by doctors.



Katoch shield cricket tournament
City team gain upper hand, bundle out Patiala on Day I
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
A fine bowling spell by Gurinder Singh and Ajay Dalal enabled the local cricket team to bundled out Patiala on the first day of the ongoing Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament for boys, being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, here.

Left arm spinner, Gurinder Singh claimed 5 for 45 while left arm medium pacer Ajay Dlal grabbed the limelight after taking 3 for 24. The Patiala team was packed on a mere total of 117 in 41.5 overs.

Due to overnight rains, the match started late. The local team won the toss and elected to field first. Jeevanjot (0), Ravi Inder (20), Kunwar Raina (9), Amitoze (40), Himanshu Chawla (5), Preetkamal (10), Ankur Jund (0), Robin Dhillon (19), Rajwinder Golu (0), Sarabjit Ladda (4) contributed respective runs.

In reply, the Chandigarh team scored 21 runs after loosing one wicket in 10 overs at close of first day’s play. Sarul Kanwar lost his wicket on 13 runs while Vishwas Bhalla (4) and Simrat Bawa (6) will the open the team’s innings tomorrow. The second match of the day between Mohali and Jalandhar was called off due to rains at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

In the third match, at Gandhi Ground, Amritsar, the Ludhiana team scored 242 for 8 in 90 overs against the local side. Karan Goel contributed 91 off 174 including 13 boundaries and a six while Gitansh Khera scored 59 off 170 with six boundaries. Nitin Goel (22) and Davinder Sidhu (15) were the other main scorers for the team. For Amritsar, Vinay Chaudhary took 3 for 54 and Manish Bhatia claimed 1 for 15.



Sharda Sarvhitkari-40 grapplers shine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Wrestler Parmod of Government Model High School, Sector 38, won top first place in the boys (32kg) category, during the ongoing Inter-School Wrestling for boys (U-14), being held, here today.

Chintu of Government High School, Sarangpur, finished second in the tourney while Akash of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), and Jatin of Sharda Sharvhitkari School, Sector 40, managed to attain third position, in the competition.


Boys (35 kg)-Vijay (GMHS-38); Sahil (GMHS-34); Rohit (GSSS-38 West) and Lakhbir (GHS-Sarangpur); 38 kg-Govind (Sharda-40); Mohit (GSSS-38 West), Yash Kumar (DAV-8) and Rahul (GMHS-43); 41 kg-Sahil (Sharda-0), Gaurav (GMHS-34), Vikas (GSSS-38 West) and Ekamjot (DAV-8); 45 kg-Vishal (GMSSS-23), Parveen (GSSS-Kaimbwala), Mukesh (GMHS-43) and Shivam (GSSS-38 West); 49 kgs-Binesh (GMHS-20), Shubham (Sharda-40), Rohit (GMS-BD 26) and Prabhjot (GMHS-43); 60 kg-Rahul (DAV-8), Virender (DAV-15), Nihal Singh (GMHS-20) and Arjun (Sharda-40). Overall positions- Sharda Sarvhitkari School, Sector-40, (15 points); GMHS-38 (111 points); DAV-8 (7 points) and GMSSS-38 (7 points).



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