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Illegal mining continues despite ban
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, May 1
A long judicial stay on the sand mining has caused an increase in the cases of illegal sand mining and has also increased the rates of sand in the market. The police had registered many cases of illegal sand mining and seized loaded trucks and trolleys.

To check the illegal sand mining, the state government and later the High Court had imposed a ban on sand mining over an year ago. However, sometime ago, the High Court had removed the ban, but due to the lack of environmental clearance from the concerned departments, most of the mining sites were lying without auction. During this period, illegal sand mining was encouraged in the Ghaggar river and some other small rivers in this area. On the other hand, customers are bound to purchase sand at higher rates for construction works.

Officials of the Mining Department said some big sites were auctioned by the state government sometime ago, which also include chadiala mining site of the Ghaggar area. But some smaller sites, covering the area less than five acres, were not auctioned and hence were closed for mining. The Mining Department officials said the process of environment clearance for the sites less than five acre was being completed at the district level and sites covering the area more than five acre were being cleared by the Central Ministry of Environment. This process of environmental clearance would be completed soon and all mining sites would be opened for mining department, the officials added. Some residents even said that the higher rates of sand had affected the construction work of government and private development projects.

Resultantly, these projects could not be completed on time. The Lalru police had registered eight cases of sand mining and seized trucks and trolleys loaded with sand from January to April this year. Along with this the Banur police had registered five cases of illegal mining during this short period. THe Dera Bassi police had also registered 17 cases of illegal sand mining and seized 32 trailers and trucks loaded with sand during this period of four months. Police had arrested four persons on Monday with trolleys loaded with sand.



Bribery case
IT official moves court to operate a/c

Chandigarh, May 1
Arrested in a bribe case by the CBI, an income tax official Rakesh Jain today moved an application in court seeking to operate his bank accounts which were sealed by the investigating agency. The court has issued notice to the CBI to file a reply on May 6.

Jain was arrested from his house at Sector 22 on February 6 while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a real estate agent Ashok Arora. He had demanded the bribe to settle income tax notices issued to the complainant. Two gold bricks and a cash of Rs 24 lakhs was also recovered from his residence. His bank accounts have since then been sealed. The accused has been out on bail. — TNS



Three women injured in accidents in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Three women were injured in separate accidents in the city today. In the first incident, Pinki, a resident of Kaimbwala village, said she got injured after the driver of a car (no. CH-03U-0991) hit her Kinetic scooter (no. CH-01-R-0222) near Sector 10 and 11 roundabout. The police has registered a case of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving under Sections 279, 337 of the IPC at Sector 11 Police Station.

In a separate incident, Aadhar Singh of Dadumajra Village, said the driver of an auto (no. PB-65F-6870) hit him and his wife while they were walking down the road in Dadumajra. The police said Sachit Kumar, hailing from Bihar, had hit him and his wife (pedestrian) at Dadumajra on April 20. The auto driver was arrested and later bailed out in the case.

In another incident, a Pulsar motorcycle rider (number not known) sped away after hitting a girl riding a scooter, leaving her injured. Jayoti Monga, a resident of Zirakpur, fell down from her Activa Honda scooter near Airport Light Point on April 30 after being hit by the motorcyclist. The girl was admitted to the GMCH-32 with injuries.

The police has registered a case of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving under various sections of the IPC.



Man duped of Rs 65,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
A resident of Fatehpur village in Mansa, Punjab, was duped of Rs 65,000 by a person who introduced himself as the general manager in the Ambala Railways. The fraudster took the money from him on the pretext of providing job to his son and fled.

Mahinder Singh, who is a farmer, called the police control room today afternoon and said he had been robbed of in Sector 56. The police reached the spot and investigations revealed that the complainant had been conned and it was not a robbery.

The complainant told the police that he was going towards Macchiwara yesterday when his moped broke down on the way. An Innova car stopped near him and a couple was seated in it. The man, who was on the driver’s seat, asked him the way towards Macchiwara. Mahinder told them that he also wanted to go there. Following which, he parked his moped and took a lift in their car.

On the way, the fraudster introduced himself as Harnek Singh Grewal and told Mahinder that he was the general manager in the Ambala Railways and had been arranging jobs at Rs 50,000. Mahinder told him that his son was in the need of a job. Grewal asked him to contact him the next day.

Mahinder, along with his son, took a bus today and reached the Verka roundabout in Mohali. Grewal called Mahinder and asked him to wait there only. The father-son duo met Grewal who took them on a scooter towards Sector 56. Mahinder had brought a file containing the resume of his son and Rs 65,000, which he borrowed from someone.

Grewal took the file and the amount from Mahinder and dropped them near the Zeera Mandi in Sector 56 on the wrong side and told them that he would take a U-turn and park his scooter on the other side.

The father-son duo kept waiting but Grewal never returned and they realised they had been cheated.

Inspector Charanjit Singh, SHO, Sector 39 Police Station, said initially the incident took place in Mohali and therefore; they had written to the Mohali police and lodged a daily diary report at the Sector 39 Police Station. The cellphone number of Grewal was switched off.



Three thefts, 2 snatching cases reported from UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Two incidents of snatching and three cases of thefts were reported from the city today.

In the first incident, Munish Malhotra, a resident of Sector 22, reported to the police that his Pulsar motorcycle bearing registration number CH-03K-1908 was stolen from near his residence.

Amandeep Singh, a resident of Mohali, reported to the police that his Esteem Car (no. PB-32E-6346) was stolen from near a house in Mani Majra on April 29.

Satpal, a resident of Baltana, reported that cash amounting to Rs 60,000 was stolen from his shop at Burail village. The police has registered separate cases of theft under Sections 379 and 380 of the IPC in all incidents.

Vidya Devi, a resident of Sector 38/C, reported to the police that her earrings were snatched at 12.40 pm today when she went to Little Angel School Sector 38/C to bring her grandson home. When she, along with her grandson, reached near her house, a youth on grey coloured scooter wearing helmet came close to her and escaped after pulling her earring.

In a separate incident, Jatinder Pal Kaur, a resident of Balongi, reported to the police that her gold chain was snatched from Sector 44 B. The woman said soon after her husband dropped her in Sector 44, two motorcycle-borne youth snatched her gold chain.

Meanwhile, a Maloya resident alleged that three persons robbed him of his cellphone and a wrist watch.



Couple booked for attempting to murder landlady

Mohali, May 1
A couple has been booked for attempting to murder their landlady here today.

The accused, Navneet Kumar, and his wife, Nisha Rana, are at large after the registration of a case under Sections 307, 452, 323 and 34 of the IPC at Mataur Police Station against them.

Atul Soni, station house officer of the area, said the couple tried to strangulate their landlady, Gurbachan Kaur, who lives with her daughter at her residence at Phase 3B1 here, on April 25.

“According to the complainant, the couple was accompanied by two unidentified persons. They started pressurising her to sign a blank paper with an intention of grabbing her property,” said the SHO, adding that the accused fled from the scene when the victim’s daughter, Paramjit Kaur, reached the spot. “We are conducting raids to nab the couple,” said Soni. — TNS



Man in police net for raping widow
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
The police today booked a person for raping a woman with whom he had an affair for a long time. He raped the woman for around three years on the pretext of marrying her.

The police said, the victim, who originally hails from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, and currently residing at Sector 52, Chandigarh, was a widow and was having an affair with the accused, Sumir Sharma, a resident of Dabrog village, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, for quite a long time.

“After the death of her husband, the accused again came in contact with the victim and promised to marry her. The victim alleged that she had been physically exploited by him for the past three years,” said the police.

Sumir was scheduled to marry a girl from Mandi on May 2. Somehow, the victim came to know about the development and approached the police.

A senior police officer said a team had reached the native place of Sumir. “The accused will be nabbed soon,” said the police. A case under Sections 376 and 420 of the IPC had been registered at the Phase 1 Police Station. 



ITF Men’s tennis tourney
Vishnu, Arun register win in doubles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The match was believed to be a one-sided affair in the scorching heat this afternoon, before Lakshit Sood and Abhijeet Tiwari stretched it to a tie-breaker against the top seed Vishnu Vardhan and Arun Prakash Rajagopalan, during the doubles match of the ongoing ITF Men's Futures $-15,000 Tennis Tournament, at CLTA here today.

Top seeded Vishnu and Arun Rajagopalan faced a tough resistance from Lakshit and Abhijeet, during the first match of doubles category at court 1. The match went to decider tie-breaker that Vishnu and Arun won 10-8. Earlier, the duo bagged the first set 3-6 but later fought hard to win 7-6(2), [10-8].

In the singles category match, former CHART trainee and Davis Cupper Vijyant Malik moved to quarterfinals with a straight set 6-2, 6-1 win over Vinayak Sharma Kaza. Top seeded Yuki Bhambri defeated Austin Karosi of USA with an identical score. Later, playing his single's tie, Vishnu Vardhan defeated Ashwin Vijayragavan at 6-3, 7-6 (1).

Second seeded Sriram Balaji defeated Jatin Dahiya 6-3, 6-3 whereas fifth seeded Saket Myneni faced some resistance in the first set against Kunal Anand but won the second second set 6-2. EIghth seeded Ranjeet Virali Murugesan moved to quarterfinals with a one sided 6-0, 6-1 win over Fariz Mohammed. Unseeded player Rakshit Rishi defeated Sagar Ahuja in a three set match 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Singles Pre-Quarter Final Round-

Yuki Bhambri bt Austin Karosi 6-2 6-1;Vijyant Malik bt Vinayak Sharma Kaza 6-2, 6-1; Rakshit Rishi bt Sagar Ahuja 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan bt Fariz Mohammed 6-0, 6-1; N Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Ronit Singh Bisht 6-2, 6-2; Vishnu Vardhan bt Ashwin Vijayragavan 6-3, 7-6 (1); Saketh Myneni bt Kunal Anand 7-5, 6-2; Balaji Sriram bt Jatin Dahiya 6-3, 6-3; Doubles Quarter Final Round-Arun-Prakash Rajagopalan and Vishnu Vardhan bt Lakshit Sood and Abhijeet Tiwari 3-6, 7-6(2), [10-8];Zach Itzstein and Ashwin Vijayragavan bt Yuki Bhambri and Vivek Shokeen walkover; Vijayant Malik and Saketh Myneni bt Kunal Anand and Ronak Manuja 6-1 6-3; NSriram Balaji and Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan bt Fariz Mohammed and Vignesh Veerabadran 7-5 6-1 



CLTA wears a deserted look
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Rs 12 lakh bullet proof-structure at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) tennis court in Sector 10 is turning out to be a no man’s land these days.

The CLTA is hosting an international competition, ITF Men’s Futures $15,000 Tennis Tournament and the absence of spectators and VIP visits are giving the world-class sitting-box a deserted look.

Last year, in anticipation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit for the India-New Zealand Davis Cup tie, the UT Administration had gifted the CLTA the special bulletproof enclosure at an expense of Rs 12 lakh. Notably, the structure was raised without having any confirmation about the PM’s visit.

According to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the enclosure will be open only for the chief guests. “We have been looking after this structure and it will be used for serving the chief guests. In the ongoing matches, the area will be opened on May 4 and 5, during the final,” said Megharaj, the COO.

SK Chadha, Chief Engineer, UT Administration, mentioned that the department had just followed the instructions and had nothing to do with it.

“We have handed over the structure to the CLTA authorities and we have no other hidden motive behind it,” he said.



Sportspersons to be honoured on May 7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Sports Council will organise a felicitation function to honour the local players who brought laurels at the national level tournaments, on May 7 at 3 pm at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here.

The players winning top honours in archery, athletic, badminton, basketball, billiards or snooker, boxing, canoeing, cricket, cycling, football, golf, gymnastic, hockey, handball, judo, kabaddi, kho-kho, lawn-tennis, rifle shooting, rowing, sailing or yachting, skating, skiing, softball, swimming, squash, taekwondo, table-tennis, volleyball and weightlifting disciplines will be awarded during the function. The coaches accompanying the teams will also be given a cash award. KK Sharma, adviser to the Administrator, will award the winners. According to the organisers, a mandatory rehearsal will be conducted on May 7 (12.30 pm) at Tagore Theatre. Those unable to attend the rehearsal for the award function can collect their cheque on any working day after the function, from the office.



City football team makes it to semis of Manchester Soccer Cup
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) team brought laurels after booking a semifinal berth in the ongoing pre-league of the Manchester soccer cup for the 
north zone.

In the quarterfinals of the tournament, held at Tata Football Academy ground, Jameshedpur, the team defeated Prayag Football Club, a West Bengal outfit, by a solitary goal. Ace striker Samuel put the team ahead with a superb gol scored in the 36th minute of the game.

The team stood tall against the players of this professional club and continued to play well even after the break.

In the 50th minute, the team’s custodian Prabhsukhan, used all his techniques, saved an awarded penalty kick. The Prayag Football Club was awarded the 12-yard man-to-man kick after striker Debanshu Ray was tackled roughly by the CFA's defenders. In their previous match, the team edged past Odisha Soccer Junior Academy 2-0. Samuel and Anand put the team ahead by scoring a goal each.

In the semifinals of the championship, the local side will face the Sikkim Football Club, tomorrow in the morning. Notably, last year, the CFA team won the north zone and the all-India editions of the same tournament.



Hockey stadium at Mohali completed
Our Correspondent

Mohali , May 1
The work on a world-class hockey stadium, built at a cost of Rs 50 crore, has been completed in Phase IX, here. It will have a blue synthetic astroturf as in a hockey stadium in London. Deputy Commissioner, Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said that the new stadium, situated in front of the PCA stadium, was spread over 12 acres and had hi-tech facilities.

He further stated that the stadium would have a seating capacity of 13,500 with 150 seats for VVIPs. The stadium canopy has been designed in a different way, supported by pillars on one side. Besides, floodlights arrangements have been made appropriately. Changing rooms have been made in one part of the stadium along with the first-aid room and the dope-testing laboratory. Whereas, the another part had the club, gymnasium, and the canteen.



TT meet from May 4

Mohali, May 1
The Millennium School, Mohali, will organise the Inter-School Table Tennis Championship on May 4 and 5, in the school’s table tennis hall, here. The event will be conducted in the categories for both boys and girls.

The players can participate in categories including cadet under-12 years, sub-junior under-15 years and junior under -18 years. The interested players can confirm their entries with the organisers before May 2 (5 pm). The players are advised to contact Maurya (9815235427) or Govind (9463568260), for further details. — TNS



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