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Mutation, site plans to be approved within 15 days: DC tells councillors
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, August 31
Now the residents of Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment would not face harassment for getting their mutation of property done.

Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi, in a meeting of municipal council, directed the officials mutations and site plans should be approved within 15 days otherwise strict action would be taken against them.

He said that the residents could file their application on any working day in the office of Municipal Council of Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment. The building inspector had to submit his report of the site plan to municipal engineer within seven days and the municipal engineer should submit the file to secretary within five days, he said.

He said the secretary has to file his report to the executive officer within two days and finally the EO should submit the report to additional commissioner within two days. The approval of the site plan should be made within two days after the above formalities, he added.

Vidyarthi said those who had been constructing their building without the approval, should deposit development fee along with their site plan otherwise their construction would be demolished. He also said if illegal constructions were not stopped, the officer concerned would be held responsible.



23-yr-old woman commits suicide

Dera Bassi, August 31
A 23-year-old woman of Rouni Mohalla, Dera Bassi, has committed suicide by hanging herself with ceiling fan on Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Priyanka, wife of Amit Kumar. She was living in a rented house with her husband and sister-in-law. The sister-in-law first spotted the body hanging from the fan. The victim’s husband reportedly became unconscious after seeing his wife dead. The relatives of the victim said Priyanka married three years ago and was living a peaceful life. The police is investigating the matter. — OC



8 drug peddlers held
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 31
The district police has arrested eight drug peddlers and recovered narcotics powder, intoxicant tablets, capsules, smack and bottles of illegal whisky from them.

SSP HS Mann said a campaign has been launched by the district police against drug peddlers and anti-social elements. The campaign has started yielding results as people are coming forward to provide information about peddlers.

He said during a checking at Bassi Pathana, police arrested one Raj Kumar, a resident of Kaithal in Haryana, and recovered 6 kg of poppy husk from him. The police also arrested one Harjit Singh aka Heera and recovered 1 kg narcotics.

Saghol police during a checking, arrested Jasbir Singh, a resident of Kalewal, and recovered 1,000 intoxicant tablets. They also arrested Sukhvinder Singh, a resident of Khant. They recovered 40 pouches of intoxicant tablets and 50 bottles of intoxicant liquid form him.

Ramandeep Kaur, a resident of Amloh, has also been arrested with 500 gm of narcotic powder. The police recovered 270 gm of powder from Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Gobindgarh. Mullerpur police recovered 84 bottles of whisky meant for sale in Chandigarh from Raj Kumar and Malkiat Singh, residents of Chanarthal Kalan.

The accused have been booked under the NDPS Act, said police.



Member of interstate gang of thieves arrested
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 31
In a swift action, the local police has managed to arrest a member of an interstate gang of vehicle thieves, active in Ludhiana.

The police recovered a Verna car belonging to a Ludhiana resident, Chirag Oswal, from the accused. Giving details, SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said the police in Khamanon had received information that a Verna car had been stolen from Oswal on August 29 and that the accused, Gagandeep Singh-a resident of Sidhwan Bet, was heading towards Chandigarh. The Khamon police station has registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

The police party headed by SHO Khamano Inspector Inderjeet Singh directed the driver to stop the vehicle. The accused managed to escape but the police arrested him later. A case has already been registered in this regard in police sub-division no 5, Ludhiana, under Section 392 and 34 of the IPC and 25 of the Arms Act. 



30 kg poppy husk seized

Banur, August 31
Banur police has arrested an accused and seized 30 kg of poppy husk during a naka. Arrested accused was identified as Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Jaula Kalan.

As per information, the accused was nabbed near Rampur Khurd village when he was coming in his car. He was booked under different Sections as 15, 61and 85 of the NDPS. — OC



Youth flees with gold chain

Ambala, August 31
In yet another incident in Sector 9, two motorcycle-borne youth snatched a gold chain from a woman around noon.

The victim, Jasvinder Kaur was on her way to her house on a Kinetic Honda when the incident took place. One of the unidentified youths, who were chasing her, snatched her chain near her house. Jasvinder raised an alarm, but as no one was around to chase the snatchers, the two of them managed to flee.

The police has registered a case. — OC



Ruchika Girhotra molestation case
Court issues notice of motion to Rathore, CBI
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 31
In a major breakthrough in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge today has sent notice of motion to former DGP SPS Rathore and CBI.

It was after Anand Prakash, the father of Ruchika’s friend, Aradhna, challenged the CBI’s closure report and filed an appeal that this action was taken.

The case had come up for hearing today at the CBI special court. The investigating agency and Rathore have been asked to appear before the court on October 4.

It was on June 1 when the Panchkula special CBI court accepted the closure report given by the CBI in November 2010 in two cases: Forgery of documents and harassment to Ashu against Rathore.

“I was a co-complainant in the case. But the court did not serve any notice to me. The court just asked SC Girhotra and Ashu if they have any objection. Ashu and SC Girhotra were already disappointed by the working of the agency resulting which they accepted the report,” said Anand Prakash.

He further added, “Today the judge has issued notice of motion to CBI and Rathore.”

When Aradhna was contacted, she said, “Whatever the case may be, we will fight till the time we get justice. It is not justice if the guilty is roaming free.”

The day when the closure report was accepted, Ruchika’s father SC Girhotra and brother Ashu were also present before the court but they raised no objection on the acceptance of the report and said that they were fine with it. The court had issued notices to Girhotra and Ashu in April.



Charges framed against former UT Chief Engineer

Chandigarh, August 31
More than 13 years after the case was registered, Additional District and Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni today framed charges of criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy against former UT Chief Engineer KK Jerath and six former officials of the Chandigarh Administration.

The court framed charges against JK Gandhi, former Junior Engineer, JC Gilhotra, former Superintendent Engineer, CJ Rai, Harjinder Singh and AS Gulati, former Executive Engineers, and VK Narula, Chief Draftsman, under Sections 120-B, 409 and 511 of the IPC.

The case was registered by the UT vigilance in 1999 when the UT engineering department was in the dock for inviting tenders for underground cables over and above the prevailing market price. It was alleged that the allocation of tenders was not done at the market price and by doing so, the UT had caused losses running into lakhs to the state exchequer.

As per the prosecution theory, tenders were invited for laying underground cables from Sector 21 to Sector 34 by the UT Administration at a price of Rs 43.5 lakh. It was alleged that the market price of these cables was Rs 24 lakh and thus the engineers caused a loss to the government. — TNS



7-day police remand for fake IPS officer
Had married a Chandigarh-based chartered accountant on August 13
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 31
In an interesting revelation in the fake IPS officer case, it has emerged that the accused had recently married a Chandigarh girl who was from a well-to-do family under the pretext that he was an IPS officer. The accused, Aman Kumar, has done LLB and is a post graduate. He was unemployed and was running this fake IPS officer 'business' since 2005.

It was last night when a fake police officer and three others, along with Aman, were nabbed by the Panchkula police. They used to extort money from people claiming that they were IPS officers. The main accused, Aman, 35, is a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula.

"On August 13, Aman married a Chandigarh girl who is a charted accountant by profession. The girl was earning Rs 70,000 per month, and is from a very well-off family. She had no idea that he was not an IPS officer," said a senior officer of the Crime Investigating Agency.

He further said, "When he had first met the parents of the girl, he went to their residence in police uniform and with a gunman."

The accused also had an account on a matrimonial site before marriage and had duped many girls saying that he is an IPS officer. This is the second time Aman has been arrested. He was earlier arrested in Kurukshetra on the same charges, but was released on bail.

The other three accused have been identified as driver Swaran, a resident of Manimajra, Ravinder Kumar and Naresh Kumar. All the four were produced in the court today and have been sent to a police remand till September 6.

"Proir to this fake IPS officer act, he used to wear the look of a journalist and extort money from people. Later he realised that he can earn more money by pretending he is in police," said another officer, requesting anonymity.

The accused had done his LLB and post graduation from Kurukshetra and confessed that as he was not getting any job he entered the world of crime.

The police have also recovered one revolver with five live cartridges, a red beacon fixed atop his car, an IPS officer uniform, one dummy AK47 rifle, one dummy pistol, one fake identity card, an Innova Car with red beacon and some other documents.

According to the police, they have a big network operating upto Delhi and the racket may reveal big names. The accused, claiming to be an IPS officer, used to threaten people to vacate houses to extort money. He even duped people assuring them of jobs.



Sangrur govt doctor remanded in two-day police custody
Was arrested on Thursday for working in private hospital
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 31
Sangrur government doctor Sameer Kaushal, who was arrested yesterday by the Mohali police, was produced in a local court today and remanded to police custody for two days.

Dr Kaushal was arrested for allegedly working in a private hospital after a trap was laid by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu. He was arrested under Sections 420 and 168 of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

He was posted at the community health centre, Kauhrian village, and claims to be a trustee of Amar Hospital in Mohali.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu had said the Sangrur Civil Surgeon had written to her about the doctor’s absence from official duty and she had also received a complaint from the Punjab Panchayats president Lachhman Singh Chatha in this regard.



Two get 3-year term for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced two persons to a three-year rigorous imprisonment in a case of cheating.

The court sentenced former Inspector with the Regional Licensing Authority (RLA), Madan Lal, and an agent, Resham Singh, to a three-year jail term while two other accused in the case, Jaswinder and Jaiveer, were acquitted.

The case was registered in 2001 by the UT Vigilance Cell when the police arrested Madan Lal and the three agents in a case of forgery. As per the prosecution case, the accused used to prepare fake documents such as ration card and address proof. Madan Lal was posted with the food and supply department and had got an additional charge as the RLA Inspector when he was arrested.



AC stolen from ATM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Thieves took away an AC installed in an SBI ATM at the Sector 28 petrol station last night.

No one at the 24-hour run petrol station came to know about the theft as the thieves scaled the wall at the rear of the ATM and stole the AC by smashing the window glass.

PK Bhatia, chief manager, SBI Branch, Industrial Area, Phase 1, reported to the police about the theft. A case has been registered.



24-yr-old woman commits suicide

Panchkula, August 31
A 24-year-old woman was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in Sector 4 here this evening.

The victim, Jyoti Sharma, was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where doctors declared her brought dead.

“The exact reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained," said a police official. Jyoti was employed with a private company at the IT Park. Her father Pradeep Sharma is a sales tax inspector. Her mother passed away long back.

The body has been sent for an autopsy. — TNS



tennis tournament
Paramveer, Prinkle win titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Paramveer Bajwa of CLTA defeated another CLTA trainee Sumit Pal Singh in the U-14 final by 6-2, 6-1.

Paramveer also reached the final of U-18 singles by defeating Gautam Anand of UP 6-0, 6-1. He will face Ranjeet Singh who upset top seed Vishu Prasad of Delhi by 7-5, 6-0. Ranjit was trailing 1-4 in the first set. He came back strongly to take a 5-4 lead before the match was interrupted by rain. After the rain delay, the matche restarted. Ranjit took the first set 7-5 and closed the match by winning the second set 6-0.

In another match, Prinkle Singh of CLTA defeated Vaibhavi Deshmukh of Maharashtra to clinch the U-14 girls singles title 6-1, 6-3.

Results: Boys Under-14 Final: Paramveer Bajwa bt Sumit Pal Singh 6-2, 6-1.

Boys Under -18 Semi Final: Ranjeet Singh bt Vishu Prasad 7-5, 6-0; Paramveer Bajwa bt Gautam Anand 6-0, 6-1. Girls Under-14 Final: Prinkle Singh bt Vaibhavi Deshmukh 6-1, 6-3. Girls Under - 18 Semi Final: Rajbir Kaur bt Vineeta Singh 6-1, 6-2; Mihika Yadav bt Vaibhavi Deshmukh 6-1, 6-0. Girls Under - 18: Doubles Semi Final: Mihika Patnaik and Gayatri Kumariah bt Rajbir Kaur and Ashima Garg 6-3, 4-6, 10-6; Vineeta Singh and Anupreet Bedi bt Jahnvi Gupta and Simran Wadhwa 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.



football tournament
KV High Ground clinch gold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
KV High Ground grabbed gold medal in the KVS Regional Football and Handball Tournament for Boys (U-14) after defeating KV Subathu 5-0 in the final today.

The team of KV RCF-Hussainpur won bronze medal after defeating KV Mullanpur 3-0.

In Handball, KV Patiala won the final after defeating KV No.1 Patiala 14-4. KV CRPF-Pinjore bagged bronze medal with a 10-0 win over KV 2-Chandimandir.

Randhir Singh, Principal KV 1-Chandimandir, gave away certificates to the winners and the participants. The players selected on the basis of their performance during the meet will represent KVS-Chandigarh Region in the 43rd KVS National Sports Meet to be held at Lucknow in October.



cricket tournament
DPS outplay St Joseph's

Chandigarh, August 31
A four-wicket haul by Rahul helped Delhi Public School beat defending champions Saupin's School Sector 32 by 45 runs in the fourth under-13 St Joseph's Cash Prize League Cricket Tournament.

Brief Scores:

DPS XI: 115 for 7 wickets in 20 overs (Joy 20, Ayush Sikka 17, Ishan 15, Manav 1 for 19, Parbhjeet 2 for 22).

Saupin's School-32, Chandigarh: 70 all out in 19.2 overs (Manav 13, Gaurav 14, Yuvraj 2 for 14, Rahul 4 for 17, Arjun 3 for 13). — TNS



58 selected in talent hunt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Airtel Rising Stars - India's largest under-16 soccer talent hunt - got off to an outstanding start in the city with around 500 youngsters taking part in the event at the football stadium in Sector-17.

The players showed potential and enthusiasm on the first day of their camp. Parents, friends and mentors cheered the budding footballers to play their best game.

About 58 players were shortlisted based on their talent. The names of three selected players along with a goalkeeper will be announced on September 2.

The talent hunt has already been conducted in 14 cities across the country.

The best 48 players picked across the country will attend a six-day camp-cum-selection trial conducted by coaches from Manchester United. These players will be divided into four teams of 12 each and will be tested on all parameters before 12 of the best players are chosen to travel to Manchester United for a week to train alongside the Manchester United Academy team.



Cricket academy for women inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), in order to boost womens cricket in Punjab, inaugurated the Chandigarh Cricket Academy for women at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26.

The PCA is opening five non-residential cricket academies for women in Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Moga. The academies have been allocated to the respective district cricket associations.

Finance and Sports Secretary VK Singh, who inaugurated the academy, appreciated the participation of girls in cricket.

According to PCA spokesperson Sushil Kapoor, the necessary infrastructural facilities for these academies will be provided by the PCA.

The support will include posting of a cricket coach for the academy, providing of cricket balls for practice and ground equipment for the upkeep and maintenance of the playing area.



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