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Soon, night safari at Chhatbir Zoo
Parmod Mehta

Banur, October 5
A night safari would soon be started at the Mahindra Chaudhry Zoological Park Chhatbir and Rs 11 crore would be spent on the safety of wildlife every year in Punjab, said Punjab Forest and Wildlife Minister, Surjit Kumar Jiani, said during a state-level function at Chhatbir Zoo. The function was organised to mark the wildlife week on Friday. Surjit stressed upon the safety of wildlife. Because the animals have been vanishing from our life.

It was the necessary to spread awareness among people about the importance of wild animals because they were the friends of humans, said he. In the absence of some wild animals, pesticides are being used to kill the insects from crops, which are badly affecting our health, the minister added.

If proper steps were not taken to save the wild animals, we could face dangerous consquences, he added. Sparrows have gone missing for the last some years and similarly, some other animals also gone missing which was the dangerous trend for the population from the point of environment.

He planted three saplings and inaugurated an exhibition about wildlife in the zoo. Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, secretary forest and wildlife, DS Bains, said a dear safari was being prepared at Bathinda at the cost of 11 crore and it would be completed in next two months.

Warden wildlife, Dhaninder Singh, said cutting of forests was a matter of concern and it should be stopped. Speaking on the occasion, director Chhatbir Zoo, Munish Kumar, said Chhatbir zoo had covered an area of over 200 acre and is saving over 1,000 animals and birds of different qualities.

Different competitions were organised for the school children during the occasion.



Police to increase vigil in Ambala
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, October 5
The police would keep a close watch on anti-social elements so that incidents of heinous crimes especially atrocities on women could be checked, said DCP Ambala, Ashok Kumar.

Taking to media persons today, he said several precautionary measures had been taken to strengthen the law and order position. The police officials have been directed to take strict actions against the two-wheelers running without number plates.

Besides, the petrol pump dealers had also been asked to provide petrol or diesel to only those vehicles, which had proper number plates, he added.

He said bank mangers had been directed to install the CCTV camera outside the banks too so that in case of any incident, the footage of the activities of the outside could also be obtained.

Replying to a question, he said women constables would be deployed near the educational institutions to check the eve-teasing. The patrolling on bus stand, close to railway stations and other sensitive places would be enhanced.



Youth held on charge of raping minor

Kalka, October 5
A 25-year-old youth was arrested by the Pinjore police on Friday for kidnapping and raping a minor girl.

According to the police sources. Mohammed Hatim and Ram Din of Johluwal village adjacent to Pinjore had lodged a complaint in the Pinjore police station that on March 6, 2012, their two minor daughters were allegedly kidnapped by Adesh Kumar and Devinder Kumar of Muradabad, who were residing at the same village.

A police team went to Muradabad and nabbed Adesh on Friday. But the other accused, Devinder, fled away.

The police has registered a case under the relevant articles of the IPC of kidnapping and rape after conducting the medical of the two girls. One of the two girls was pregnant, revealed the medical report, added the sources. — OC



Truck drivers found having poor eyesight
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, October 5
Most of the truck drivers have been suffering from poor eye sight, said doctors during a medical check-up camp. Giving details about the camp, doctors said that most of the drivers have poor eyesight and many of them also have serious eye related problems. Hundreds of truck drivers had been checked during two days and it concluded here today.

Over 300 donate blood

A blood donation camp was organised on Thursday by the NSS unit of Sukhmani Institute with the association of blood bank PGI, here in Dera Bassi. Faculty, students of the institute and people of the town, participated in the camp. More than 300 units of blood were collected during the camp.



Three booked for dowry 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 5
The police has booked three residents of Delhi for demanding dowry. Jagmeet Kaur, a resident of Phase X, stated that she got married to Sumit Dua on September 30, last year.

She alleged her husband and in-laws used to harass her for dowry and also used to beat her up. On March 2 she was thrown out of their house. A case was registered against Sumit Dua, Ramesh Dua and Pusha Devi under Sections 406 and 498 A of the IPC.

Man booked for cheating

A resident of Karnal, Ajaypal Singh, told the police that he had given Rs 3.50 lakh as earnest money to Parveen Kumar for the purchase of a plot in Aerocity, Mohali.

Ajaypal alleged that the registration of the plot was not done by Parveen Kumar, who lives in Dera Bassi.

A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC was registered in this regard. 



Police slaps additional charge on accused for assaulting girl
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The UT police has added charges of criminal intimidation against the accused who allegedly assaulted a college girl on September 19. The charges were slapped after the girl complained that the accused, who are on the run, are threatening her.

Police have added the fresh charges against accused Lakhbir Singh, Khushwinder Singh and Karandeep Singh today. The girl had submitted a complaint three days back.

The prime accused Lakhbir, who was granted interim bail on the condition of joining the investigation, also failed to appear before police today. Accused Lakhbir was granted interim bail on September 29.

Meanwhile, Kushwinder and Karandeep have approached court seeking anticipatory bail. The next date of hearing is fixed for October 8.

Komal was assaulted in an incident of eve teasing on September 19. Police had received much flak as they had imposed 'softer' sections on the accused initially. It was only after the matter was highlighted that the police added charges of kidnapping against the accused. Komal had sustained injuries in the incident.

3 arrested for eve-teasing

The UT police arrested three persons in separate cases of eve teasing today.

In the first incident, Kuldeep, a resident of Mani Majra, was arrested from a market in the town for passing remarks on a woman. In the second incident, reported from Mani Majra, Robin Singh, and Samir, both residents of Mohali, were nabbed for eve teasing on complaint filed by a Panchkula resident. Robin Singh is working in a Landra-based school while Samir is employed with Tata Indicom. In the third incident, Arif, a resident of Phase III of Bapu Dham Colony (BDC), was arrested for eve teasing.



Boxer accuses referees of bias
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
After poor officiating marred the recently held Panjab University Inter-College Football Tournament, the ongoing boxing tourney witnessed a similar incident at Panjab University here today.

Boxer from Punjab accused the organisers of favouritism. The boxer and his team members stated that the organisers helped the local boxers to move ahead in the tourney.

Khushdeep Singh, from GTB N Dakha College, alleged after the 76th bout that the referees favoured his opponent and local boxer Surinder. Khushdeep, who is an inter-university medallist, was declared loser by a margin of 3-2. Following which, Khushdeep’s supporters and college officials staged a protest on the boxing dais.

“They are heartless people. Everyone knows that I gave a good fight. That is why everyone came to support me. These referees and local officials know how to favour their disciples. The bout was clearly mine and everyone knows it. I am not a beginner, I have represented the same university in many inter-university championships and also bagged medals,” said Khushdeep.

“Not only here, the same thing will happen in the selection of inter-university team. This is disheartening. I want a re-match,” said Khushdeep.

On other hand, all players and their coaches also submitted a written complaint to the Director Sports, PU. “We are submitting a letter to the officials undersigned by our teachers and other players. This is not in favour of sportsmanship and we condemn it,” said a group of players.

When contacted, Gurmeet Singh, Director of Sports, said, “First of all the teams were playing without coaches and managers. The college officials should mark their presence during their players’ bout. Every losing side blames the winner. The same happened today. The objections were raised and after interference, the situation was controlled. We cannot challenge the referees’ decisions,’ said Gurmeet Singh, Director Sports.



City boy finishes second
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
Aadil Bedi brought laurels to the City Beautiful when he finished second in the Northern India Junior golf event held at Shivalik Golf Club, Chandimandir, today.

He scored of 82 and 79 in a two-day match and finished at the second position. Top four players from northern India will qualify for All India Final to be held at Golden Greens, Gurgaon, in November. 



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