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2 teachers get Rajiv Gandhi Education Excellence Award

Patiala, April 10
The International Institute of Education and Management, New Delhi, has conferred the most coveted Rajiv Gandhi Education Excellence Award on Jagpreet Singh, headmaster of The Punjab Public School, Nabha, and Jaswinder Kaur Dardi, principal of Sri Guru Harkishan Public Schools, Patiala, for their achievements in the field of education. They are among the seven educationists of India who were conferred this award. The ceremony was held recently at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi. Former Governor of Punjab Justice OP Verma, former Election Commissioner of India Dr G. Krishnamurthy, and former Governor of Tamil Nadu and North-East states Dr Bishma Narain Singh presided over. Jagpreet Singh has the distinction of getting three national-level awards during the past two years.

Dardi has done excellent educational services for the past more than 35 years and is running a chain of Sri Guru Harkishan Public Schools. ó TNS

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Gang of thieves busted, 2 held

Kalka, April 10
The police claimed to have busted a gang of thieves involved in various theft cases in the Pinjore area.

The police said a woman had been arrested in this connection. The woman accused, Chanda, who collects garbage, was arrested from Ganeshpur Bhorian village of the Pinjore block on Tuesday. A junk dealer of Panchkula, who used to purchase stolen articles from the accused, had also been arrested. Both accused were produced in the court today, which sent them to judicial custody.

During investigations, Chanda had revealed that she used to sell stolen articles to Ved Parkash, a junk dealer of Rajeev Colony, Panchkula.

The police conducted a raid and arrested the junk dealer. During the raid, the police also seized stolen articles of more than Rs 25,000. The police is conducting raids at various places to nab other members of the gang. ó OC

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Ambala Rly ex-ASI gets life term for killing wife
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, April 10
Vimlesh Tanwar, Special Judge, Fast Track Court, Ambala, sentenced an ASI (retd) of the Ambala Railway Police to life imprisonment for killing his wife, here today. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the accused, Rajbir Singh.

According to prosecution, around 4 years ago there was a dispute between Rajbir and his wife over some domestic issue. Rajbir got agitated and hit a hard object on her head. She sustained a serious head injury and was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

The police booked the accused under Section 320 (murder) of the IPC. The prosecution produced several evidences to prove the accused guilty.

In another case, Additional Session Judge RC Dimri has awarded life imprisonment to two youths for kidnapping a businessman of Naraingarh and demanding Rs 1 crore as ransom from his family members.

According to prosecution, Ashok Dang, son of Ajeet Dang, a rice trader of Naraingarh, had filed a complaint with the police that some person had kidnapped his father and they were demanding a ransom of Rs 1 crore from them.

Later, the police succeeded in escaping the trader from the clutches of the abductor who had kept him at a sugarcane field in Karnal. The police had registered a case against 14 persons. The court convicted Randeep and Sikander in this case, while 10 other were acquitted. Two of the accused could not be arrested.

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Warrant against SI for failing to appear in court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajnish Kumar today issued bailable warrants against UT police Sub-Inspector Jaspal Singh Bhullar after he failed to appear before the court for a hearing in an accident death case in which he is an accused.

The warrants have been issued through the UT SSP with the direction that a separate team be formed to issue summons to police officers. The court has also directed the SSP to ensure that the summon staff team reports to the court in case a police officer fails to appear and the court be apprised of the reason for his not appearing in court.

The court fixed May 27 as the next date of hearing.

Court sources said Bhullar had failed to appear before the court at the previous two hearings and thus warrants were issued today. Bhullar is an accused in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 A and the chargesheet in the case was filed last year in court.

A 20-year-old youth had died in an accident after he was hit by a car driven by Bhullar in 2009. The UT police had closed the case in order to shield its inspector and the victimís family had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. An inquiry by the Haryana police was ordered which conducted fresh investigations in 2011 and the inquiry report held Bhullar guilty.

The police had then filed a chargesheet in the case in court against Bhullar and he was transferred to police lines.

The mishap occurred on the night of June 27, 2009, when 20-year-old Gagandeep Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, and a student staying as paying guest in the city, was on his motorcycle with his friend Mandeep Singh, who was riding pillion.

At the light point near Kiran Cinema, a speeding Santro car driven by SI Jaspal Singh Bhullar hit their motorcycle. Gagandeep sustained a severe head injury and died in the acident.

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Tribunalís second court becomes functional 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
The second court at the Armed Forces Tribunal's Chandigarh Bench has become functional after a gap of about six months with the appointment of a new judicial member.

Justice VK Ahuja, who retired from the Himachal Pradesh High Court last month, assumed office as the Tribunal's judicial member yesterday. The Chandigarh Bench, which has jurisdiction over the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh had two functional courts, but came down to a single court after Justice NP Gupta, one of the two judicial members posted here, was transferred to the Principal Bench at New Delhi.

Justice Ahuja enrolled as an advocate with the Delhi Bar Association in 1973. He joined the Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service in 1974 as Sub Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate 1st Class. Thereafter, he served as Senior Sub Judge-cum-Chief Judicial Magistrate, Additional District and Sessions Judge and District Judge at various stations. He also served as the president of the District Consumer Forum and member secretary of the HP Legal Services Authority. He was elevated to the High Court in 2006. 

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Nigerian held with cocaine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
The Police today arrested a foreign national in a case of drug peddling. The police arrested Samsom, a resident of Edo State, Nigeria, and recovered five gm of cocaine from his possession.

A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him at the Industrial Area police station.

He was arrested near Pepsi Turn, Daria, Chandigarh, and recovered 5 gm of cocaine from his possession on today. He was produced in the court and sent to police remand. The police said that the accused would be interrogated about the source of drugs and where he was going to supply the drug. 

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ATTACK ON FATHER DAUGHTER 
Police teams dispatched to look out for accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
A day after the brutal attack on the father, daughter duo, at their flat in a society in Sector 50, the police has dispatched two separate teams to Ludhiana and Amritsar (the possible hide outs of the accused) to nab him . Even 24 hours after the incident, the police has failed to arrest the accused.

The condition of 61-year-old SK Sharma is still critical and both he and his daughter Shveta were declared unfit to record the statements before the police today. Both of them are admitted to Fortis hospital at Mohali.

The accused property dealer, Pankaj Pratap Singh, has managed to flee and his Mohali residence is locked. The incident occurred yesterday in the afternoon when Sharma, who retired from Punjab Turbo Ltd, was at home with his 31-year-old daughter, Shveta Sharma. The accused barged into his house on the first-floor with his accomplice at around 1.45 pm to discuss about a property deal worth Rs 2 crore. The discussions soon went awry and heated arguments soon turned violent.

Pankaj and his accomplice then attacked Sharma on his face and stomach with a sharp-edged weapon. His daughter Shveta tried to intervene and she too was attacked by the accused. The accused came in a red -coloured Etios car in which they fled after attacking.

A case under Sections 307, 324 and 323 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

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Cricket lovers cheer away parking blues at PCA Stadium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Much to the chagrin of cricket buffs who maneouvered through serpentine queues of traffic to reach the stadium, the GMADA authorities charged Rs 30 for parking of each car in the Phase X market area.

Interestingly, no parking fee is ever charged for parking a vehicle in this market that witnesses a number of vehicles throughout the day. But cashing on the craze of spectators, the GMADA found a way to make money out of parking.

According to a fee-collector, the orders were passed by the engineering unit. "We were asked to levy parking fee. So, we are here," he said.

While the GMADA made money, shopkeepers in the area were a hassled lot. "This is so strange. Our customers have been affected. We have faced a loss of customers today evening. If the GMADA was to convert it into a paid parking lot, they should have informed us in advance," complained a shopkeeper.

The commuters were complaining that Rs 30 was a huge sum. "In Chandigarh its Rs 10 for a vehicle and the owner can park the car for almost 10 hours but here for 5 hours, the authorities are charging Rs 30. If they are providing facility that doesn't mean they should burn a hole in our pockets" said Shivang Kumar, a spectator.

Traffic chaos takes a toll

Chaos on the Mohali roads was the main highlight before the start of the first match today evening.

All roads leading to the PCA Stadium were chocked due to the huge inflow of traffic in the stadium. Absence of proper signage providing directions to different gate numbers added to the chaos that led to heavy traffic jams.

The traffic police could not do much as it became a bumper-to-bumper and door-to-door traffic situation for the spectators who jostled with each other to make way to the venue.

"I left the house two hours early in order to reach my destination well on time. But now, it's been 25 minutes that I am stuck here. The police seems to be of no help," said a harassed man, Alok Kapur, who was in a hurry to reach the parking lot and secure a place for his car.The long traffic jams led some fans to miss the initial overs of the match. "It's already 8pm and we are stuck here. It will take another 20 to 25 minutes to clear the patch and after that we will take another 20 minutes to find the parking and clearing the entrance procedure. There must be a proper planning to park the vehicles and manual control of traffic," said Kuldeep Mor, a spectator.

Non-functional streetlights

With non-functioning streetlights outside the PCA Stadium, both the police personnel and fans were seen facing a harrowing time. Due to the darkness, the deployed police was finding it difficult to follow the checking procedure.

"Due to the absence of streetlights the checking process is taking a long time which is further leading to long queues. We have requested the authorities to make some lighting arrangements. I think from the next match all the entry points will get lights for smooth functioning," said Ratinder Singh, a police official from Patiala.

Anoop Kaushik, spectator, said: "Due to the absence of lights on the entrance point there is no check on pick pockets and the persons who are not following the queue. This is leading to further delay in our entry."

VIP tag means a lot

Being a VIP means a lot during the IPL matches and it was proved yet again when the VIP cars with red beacon atop were allowed to be parked on the premises of the new hockey stadium right in front of the PCA stadium.

The cars carrying VIP families, colleagues, friends and the VIPs themselves were getting an easy access to Gate No1. Notably, many VIPs were allowed to park their car near Gate No1 despite the fact that the area was barricaded.

Punters have a field day

Although an encouraging number of spectators at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium were cheering for the home side of King XI Punjab but it was Chennai Super Kings that stole the show among the bookies.

According to sources, in "satta" market Chennai Super Kings team was carrying a price of 1:1 (rupee) whereas Kings XI Punjab team was tagged with 1:70 (paisa). A bookie said the betting rate was set at 1:2 for Chennai till the opening of "dabba".

This means that a person can hope to earn Rs 2,000 for every Rs 1,000 placed on the team.

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