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Arrangements in place for panchayat poll at Dera Bassi
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 1
Campaigning for the panchayat elections is at its peak. Candidates contesting for the posts of sarpanch and panch have been campaigning day and night. Local issues relating to village development are in the focus during the campaigning.

All arrangements have been made for the polling that will be held on July 3 from 8 AM to 4 PM. The counting of votes will be held on the same day after the voting.

Meanwhile, block election in charge-cum-SDM Inderjeet Kaur Kang said 134 polling booths had been set up at 101 villages falling under the Dera Bassi block. There are a total of 108 villages.

She said 6 village panchayats had already been elected unanimously and the election of one village panchayat of Daffarpur was not being held due to some controversy. Total 8 sarpanchs and 272 panchs had been elected unopposed till now. Nearly, 1,000 employees were being deputed at the polling booths, which include 11 returning officers and 11 assistant returning officers for the smooth conduct of polling.

She said nearly 946 candidates had been left in the fray for the posts of panch and 282 for sarpanch. All polling parties would reach at their polling booths on the evening of July 2 after getting election materials from Government College, Dera Bassi.

“Around 500 police personnel, including patrolling parties, have also been deputed to ensure the peaceful polling,” said SP Anil Kumar Sharma. 



28-yr-old woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, JUly 1
A 28-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan in her house in Dera Bassi here last night.

The deceased has been identified as Madushi, wife of Nitin Kumar, a resident of Dera Bassi. Her family members said, the victim was mentally upset for the past sometime.

The police has taken an action under Section 174 of the IPC following the statement of her family members. The victim’s body would be handed over to her relatives after conducting the postmortem examination on Monday.



23 students get placements
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 1
Twenty-three engineering (BTech) pass-outs from the Rayat-Bahra Technology Centre of Excellence, Ropar Campus, have been selected by various companies during a recruitment drive.

Campus director professor SC Bedi said UST Global selected eight students. Microtek offered jobs to 7 students, Quaysys Software selected 3 students, and NIIT offered jobs to 5 students.

The selected students have been offered pay packages ranging from Rs 3 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh per annum, he said.



Campaigning picks up in Fatehgarh Sahib
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
As the campaigning for the panchayat elections ended today, candidates started door-to-door canvassing.

Contestants are holding corner meetings, throwing parties and wooing voters with gifts.

Violence is being apprehended in sensitive areas as factionalism is at its peak.

In order to step up security, the police today took out a flag march in the district.

The rally passed through main markets and rural areas.

SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said the police had identified 132 sensitive areas in the district.

He said, "As many as 1,370 employees and officers have been put on duty."

He stated that 22 police teams would be patrolling the areas round the clock.

He said they had laid nakas at various points.

Arun Sekhri, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer, said 54 panchayat members were elected unanimously in the district. He added that 923 candidates were contesting for the posts of sarpanch while 3,172 were in the fray for the posts of panch.

He said around 3,000 employees were put on election duty. "There area a total of 475 booths," he stated. He said polling would take place on July 3 from 8 am to 4 pm and the results would be declared the same day.



Police remand of accused extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A local court today extended the police custody of the accused couple in the ATM card cloning cases by three days. The court remanded Mukul Garg and his accomplice Ramandeep Kaur in a three-day police custody. They were arrested on June 27 for their involvement in card cloning.

While seeking police custody of the accused, cyber crime officers told the court that the accused needed to be interrogated in another FIR registered at the Sector 39 police station in April this year. In that case, Gurinder Singh, a resident of Sector 37, had lost over Rs 1 lakh through his credit card. He had reported that he was shocked to receive two SMSes stating that expensive mobile phones had been purchased from a showroom in Gurgaon through his credit cards.

The bill of the mobile phones that were purchased was Rs 99,000. The accused had also bought garments and other accessories using the cloned cards.

The police said they would interrogate the accused. Two more accused in the case, Rajesh and Rahul, who work at petrol stations, ar

The police said raids were on to nab them.

Twenty-one ATM/credit cards, five mobiles, a laptop and one magnetic card reader/writer were recovered from the accused. Ramandeep Kaur had purchased the ATM reading machine from Singapore, the police said.

With the arrests, the police has claimed to have solved four cases of ATM card cloning registered this year.



Next hearing on July 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The CBI court today adjourned the hearing of the judge bribery case to July 6.

Justice Nirmal Yadav, former judge of the High Court, is an accused in the case.

The CBI had registered a corruption case against Justice Yadav, Sanjeev Bansal, former additional advocate general of Haryana, Chandigarh-based businessman Rajiv Gupta, Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh Bhasin and one Nirmal Singh.

The case will come up for hearing on Saturday when the court is likely to hear arguments on framing of charges and Bansal's plea seeking discharge in the case.

The case had hit headlines after Rs 15 lakh, allegedly intended to be given to Yadav as a bribe, was delivered wrongly at the residence of justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another High Court Judge, on August 13, 2008, following which she reported the matter to the Chandigarh police. 



Woman moves court against senior cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A 22-year-old woman, hailing from Naraingarh, today filed a criminal complaint against senior UT police officers before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The complainant has accused a city-based lawyer of domestic violence and rape.

She said she had filed a complaint in April 2013 and the police had failed to act. She had to move the court seeking action against the senior police officers for failing to register an FIR.

The victim has moved the court seeking directions to summon UT police IGP RP Upadhaya, SSP Naunihal Singh, SSP (operations) RS Ghuman, DSP (women cell) Kamla Meena, ASI Harbhajan Singh posted with the women cell and Surinder Kumar Gautaum posted at the Sector 39 police station under Section 166 (A) of the IPC.

The victim stated that UT IGP IGP RP Upadhaya was aware of the case. Being the head of the police force, he had failed to act, she stated.

The woman has accused SSP Naunihal Singh of marking the complaint to a wrong branch. She said the SSP had not even pulled up his subordinates for showing a casual approach. She accused SP (Operations) RS Ghuman of failing to discharge his duty while DSP (women cell) Kamla Meena's name crops up for failing to register a case.

The victim alleged that she came from Naraingarh last year and had a matrimonial dispute with her husband, thus got in touch with advocate Arvind Thakur, who told her that he would fight her case and take it to the National Human Rights Commission and also promised for an accommodation in the city.

She alleged that the advocate gave her a flat in Sector 38 and allegedly started living with her and they even got married. She claimed that it was only after their marriage that she came to know that he was already married.

She alleged that he started harassing her and threw her belongings out of the flat. She has already filed a complaint of domestic violence against Thakur in the court. 



Judicial custody extended

Chandigarh, July 1
A local court today extended the judicial custody of dismissed Chandigarh constable, Basant Kumar, alias Bunty (26), and his girlfriend, Sarita (23), accused of murdering UT police inspector Sucha Singh.

The duo, presently lodged in a Haryana jail, were produced through video-conferencing. — TNS



Man held with stolen vehicles
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 1
The police has arrested a vehicle thief and recovered three two-wheelers from his possession.

The accused has been identified as Krishan Kumar, alias Jojo, a resident of Kumbhra village.

Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 70, had lodged a complaint with the police that someone had stolen his Activa from Sector 70 market where he had parked his vehicle two days ago.

He was presented before a local court which sent him to a two-day police remand.



2 brothers killed in road accident
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 1
Two real brothers died after being hit by a truck at Kharar here today. The deceased, identified as Jasbir Singh (42) and Jaswinder Singh, were riding a motorbike, when the truck hit them from rear. They both were coming from their residence at Mandheri village.

Jaswinder died on the spot, while Jasbir succumbed to his injuries at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Jaswinder was unmarried, whereas Jasbir is survived by his wife and two children.

The driver of truck fled from the scene after the incident.



Uddayvir beats Dhananjay, storms into tennis final
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 1
Tennis player Uddayvir defeated Dhananjay of Himachal Pradesh, to move in the final of boys (U-12) category during the ongoing Ideal Tennis Academy Lawn Tennis Tournament, being held at DAV Senior Secondary School, here today.

Uddayvir routed his rival 4-1 and 5-4 while in the second semifinal Sarabjot Singh defeated Vikram Aditya Kadian (5-4) 4 and 5-3 during the tourney.

In the semifinals of boys’ (U- 14) category, Dhanajaya Yadav defeated Saurav Yadav at 4-2 and 4-2, whereas, Uddayvir beat Tarish Dhingra (5-4) 4 and 4-2.





Two-wicket win for St Attri Academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
St Attri Cricket Academy of Punjab defeated Vivek High Cricket Academy, Chandigarh, by 2 wickets, in the semifinals of second North-Zone Cricket Tournament, being played at Vivek High School, Sector 38, here today.

After elected to field first, the winning side restricted the rivals on an easy chase of 77 runs. Batsmen Gaurav Singh (18 runs) and Angad Khera (18 runs) scored a lion’s share for the team. For the bowling side, Chirag claimed 3 for 18 runs and Aman took 3 for 11 runs.

Chasing the target, the visiting side posted 78 runs for 8 wickets in 16.4 overs. Malkeet Singh ensured the team’s win with contributing 37 runs while Rahul added 14 runs to achieve the total. For the Vivek’s bowling department, Akash claimed 3 for 12 runs, whereas, Tejas took 3 for 19 runs during the cricket tournament.

Malkeet Singh of St Attri Cricket Academy for scoring 37 runs and claiming 2 for 8 runs was adjudged as man of the match.

Brief scores:

Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy-77 runs for all out in 20 overs (Gaurav Singh 18, Angad Khera 18, Sachin Kapila 11 not out, Chirag 3 for 18 runs, Aman 3 for 11 runs, Malkeet 2 for 8 runs).

St Attri Cricket Academy Punjab-78 runs for 8 wickets in 16.4 overs (Malkeet Singh 37 runs, Rahul 14 runs, Akash 3 for 12 runs, Tejas 3 for 19 runs).



Satluj Stunners Academy win by 61 runs

Panchkula, July 1
Cricket team of Satluj Stunners Cricket Academy defeated DC Model Cricket Academy to lift the title of first Rising Star Cup Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-14), being held at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3 here today.

The winning team registered a thumping victory by 61 runs. Earlier, elected to bat first, the wining side posted 112 runs for 4 wickets in the allotted of 15 overs. Nehal Pajni took the charge and contributed 46 runs. He was ably supported by Arjun Azad who compiled 20 runs in the team’s total. For DC Model School bowler, Esak, claimed 2 for 17. In reply, the batsmen of DC Model Cricket Academy failed to achive the target and bundled out on a mere total of 51 runs. Batsman Partik remained the only main contributor for the team with scoring 12 runs in team’s total. — TNS



Four players win gold in tae kwon do
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
As many as 150 players participated in the fourth Indo-Nepal Tae Kwon Do Championship, held in Koteshwar (Kathmandu), Nepal, from June 20 to 27.

Four players won gold medal, five players bagged silver and six players won bronze medals in the championship.

Winners: Gold medal-Pawan Kumar, Sumrit Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Goyal; Silver-Deavanshi Chopra, Hema Rana, Prabhpreet Kaur, Hari Rana, Anupam Kaushik, Anupam Kaushik; Bronze-Aditya Goyal, Angad Sharma, Satyam Sharma, Hitesh Goyal, Dhriti Chopra, Diwanshi Verma; Participation-Bhoomika and Yash Sharma.



Women chess championship from July 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Chandigarh Chess Association will organise the Chandigarh Women Chess Championship at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, from July 6 to 7, here.

During the competition, the organisers will select four players to represent the city in the forthcoming National Women Challengers Chess Championship to be held at West Bengal from August 25 to September 5. The interested participants are advised to confirm their entries with the organisers before July 5.



City stadia in a state of utter neglect
Thick growth of congress grass a big nuisance for players during the practice

Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Some of the local stadiums in the City Beautiful seem to be facing a step-motherly treatment as they are turning into big hubs of congress grass inviting bugs during the practice hours here.

The Football Stadium in Sector 17 and the arena at Sports Complex, Sector 7, are among the prominent practice places that are witnessing a wild growth of grass. The area around the athletics track (at the Sports Complex, Sector 7) and adjoining touch-line (at the Football Stadium, Sector 17) is witnessing big patches of the congress grass. The situation at the Sports Complex in Sector 46 is also not much different.

The Sports Complex in Sector 42 and various playing arenas of the Lake Sports Complex are also facing similar problems. Sources said presently, one of the two tractor grass cutting machines is facing some technical problem and the one working is only serving the ‘important stadiums’ where the VIP moment remains in flow through out the day. “Due to some technical problem in one of the grass-cutting tractors, it is difficult to maintain these grounds. Moreover, the persons concerned should bring the matter to our notice for action,” said an official seeking anonymity.

When asked about the manual grass cutting machines, the official added, “There are a few machines and the department concerned will be asked to mow as soon as possible. I know problems occur with this kind of grass and it will be cleared either by tractors or by manual machines. In this season, the grass grows quickly. But the gardeners appointed should perform their duty from time to time,” he added.

The pre-scheduled monsoon showers have added woes to the situation. “The sudden growth of grass has led to an increase in the number of insects. The players, who come here for practice, face difficulty during the early morning and late evening practice sessions. Those areas, which have tall grass, are avoided during the practice hours,” said Pritam, a soccer player.

Another player added, “If the grounds are not being taken care of before the monsoon, one can judge the situation afterwards,” added Gaurav Negi, an athlete. 



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