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6 drug peddlers held
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 19
The district police during its campaign against drug peddlers has arrested six drug peddlers and smugglers involved in the sale of drugs and illegal whisky. The police also recovered .315 bore pistol, 2 live cartridges, 27,000 intoxicant tablets, 500 grams of narcotics powder and 41 boxes of smuggled whisky from their possession.

SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said the campaign against drug sellers was getting a good response. A special campaign under SP (D) Gurpreet Singh had been initiated.

He said the police arrested six peddlers and smugglers. It arrested Harinder Singh, a resident of Suhagheri, near T-point Sidhupur, during the checking and recovered .315 bore pistol and 2 live cartridges from his possession.

The police also arrested Jagdev Singh, a resident of Bhadal Thua, and recovered 10,000 intoxicant tablets from his possession, which he was going to supply to peddlers. The police arrested Kuljeet Singh, a resident of Amloh, and recovered 17,000 intoxicant tablets. They both were involved in the sale of drugs in the district.

The police arrested Harninder Singh, a resident of Suhagheri, and recovered 500 grams of narcotics powder, which he used to sell to petty drug addicts, youngsters, especially students, and addicts in the rural areas at premium rates.

The Sirhind police arrested Din Dayal, a resident of Mangarh, and Amjad Khan, a resident of Salani, and recovered 41 boxes of smuggled whisky.

The SSP said yesterday the police arrested five peddlers and they were booked under the NDPS Act.



Exempt 42 panchayats from Periphery Act: Manch
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, July 19
The Shiwalik Vikas Manch, an NGO of Panchkula, has sent a memorandum to the Haryana CM, the Financial Commissioner and the Chief Secretary, Town and Country Planning, Haryana, seeking exemption from the New Punjab Periphery Control Act, 1952, for 42 gram panchayats, which have been included in the Panchkula corporation under a notification of the state government issued on March 17, 2010.

It has also been interpreted in the memorandum that the state government has not implemented the Punjab New Periphery Control Haryana Amendment Act, 2003, to enable 60 per cent extension of Lal Dora (red line). As per the notification published in the official gazette of Haryana under the Haryana Act 2003, Lal Dora of 7,000 villages of Haryana should be extended. However, the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Haryana Act, 2003, has not been implemented. The state government in 2003, after some amendment in the Article 15 of the above said Act, had issued notification regarding the expansion of 60 per cent Lal Dora in ‘Abadi Deh’, which was not implemented even after nine years. The Shiwalik Vikas Manch had also filed a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this context, which is under consideration.

The state government in the last monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha had cancelled its notification and deprived the layman of the right of constructing the house even on his own land.

On June 13, 2012 in a meeting of the Cabinet, an ordinance was passed, which disenabled the amended Article 15 of the Punjab New Periphery Control Act, 1952. In the meeting, the state government had also given an assurance that a new alternative policy in this context would be brought out soon, but nothing happened till date.



17 green cabs flagged off
Tribune News Service

Patiala ADC (D) Anindita Mitra during the flag off ceremony of green cabs
Patiala ADC (D) Anindita Mitra during the flag off ceremony of green cabs. A Tribune Photograph

Patiala, July 19
The Patiala Foundation added a batch of 17 green cabs to its fleet today. With this, 17 persons have been given a permanent source of income.

The foundation has facilitated the service in association with Punjab National Bank and the American India Foundation. The cabs are equipped with QR Coding facility.

Patiala ADC (D) Anindita Mitra flagged off the batch. Chief functionary of the foundation Ravee S Aahluwalia said the new fleet had been provided with QR Coding facility. It is the latest application in Android phones through which the location of the cab can be detected. This will enhance the security of the cabs as well as the commuters.



Review e-billing decision, demand industrialists
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 19
The executive committee of the Patiala Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the association of industrialists comprising Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Nabha, Rajpura, Samana, Patran, Dirba and other major industrial towns, in its meeting held here today strongly criticised the decision of the state government regarding e-billing.

Addressing mediapersons, Nakesh Jindal, press secretary of the association, said the new concept of e-billing for goods valued above Rs 50,000 was not acceptable and appealed to the government to review its decision.

He said the industrialists also condemned the notification of the state government linking the minimum wages of the workers with the consumer price index in the state. They demanded the inclusion of industrial growth rate of the state in the consumer price index, while considering the minimum wages.

He said the industrialists discussed the state's new industrial policy and decided to meet the principal secretary, Industries, to ask for the renewal of the same and include the modernisation of old units on a par with the new industry. The association has decided to seek a legal opinion on the institutional tax.



Blood donation camp held
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 19
The Rotary Club, Sirhind, in collaboration with Blood Donors’ Society, Bassi Pathana, organised a blood donation camp in memory of its past presidents.

Ashok Bansal, president of the club, said 67 units of blood were donated to the PGI. He said Sunil Bector, Krishan Gupta, Mohinder Singla, president, Blood Donors’ Society, Naresh Sharma, Nakesh Jindal and other prominent Rotarians donated blood and a majority of them were a regular donors. He said the Rotary Club would continue to serve the needy and downtrodden.

On this occasion, Anupam Sharma donated Rs 11,000 to the Rotary Club and Rs 5,100 to Blood Donors’ Society, Bassi Pathana, in memory of his father.



cash at judge’s door
CBI failed to substantiate allegations: Defence counsel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Corroborating that there is no direct evidence linking the alleged bribe of Rs 15 lakh with the property dispute case of 2007 decided by Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd) as 'falsely' made out in the chargesheet against her, the defence counsel today told the court that the CBI had failed to substantiate the allegations against the accused in the case.

Arguing on the framing of charges against the accused in the case, advocate Vishal Garg today stated that the CBI had itself admitted in its closure report filed in the case earlier and also in the report seeking prosecution sanction that there was no evidence to corroborate the influence of accused Ravinder Singh on the property related matter.

The defence counsel added that there was no substance in the allegations of the CBI that Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd) fast-tracked a property dispute case she was hearing and then ruled in favour of the party represented by Sanjiv Bansal, the then Additional Advocate General, Haryana, who paid her Rs 15 lakh through her 'close friend' Delhi-based businessman Ravinder Singh, days after the verdict.

"There is no evidence to corroborate the influence of Ravinder Singh on the case and the CBI had itself admitted the fact in the closure report filed earlier in the case and also in the report seeking prosecution sanction," said the defence counsel, adding that the case decided by Yadav had been brought into the picture with malicious intent. The defence counsel said there were no direct calls between Justice Yadav and Sanjeev Bansal and thus the CBI's allegations were unsubstantiated.

The arguments by the defence counsel on the framing of charges will continue in the CBI court tomorrow.

In August 2008, a case was registered under relevant Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Yadav and Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder, along with Sanjiv Bansal, former Additional Advocate General of Haryana, Rajiv Gupta, a Chandigarh-based businessman, and one Nirmal Singh.

The case was initially registered by the UT police on August 13, 2008, after Rs 15 lakh, allegedly intended to be given to justice Yadav, were wrongly delivered at the residence of justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another High Court Judge, on August 13, 2008.

The case was subsequently handed over to the CBI.



21-yr-old accuses youth of rape
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 19
A 21-year-old girl got a case of rape registered against a youth at Ramgarh, Panchkula.

She alleged that the youth despite being married, raped her repeatedly on the pretext of marrying her.

Additional station house officer of Chandimandir police station sub-inspector Narender Kumar said they had registered a case under Section 376 against the accused, identified as Rakesh Saini.

According to police officials, the victim came to know about the marriage of the youth today, following which she informed her parents about her ordeal.

The victim's parents today lodged a complaint with the police, following which a case has been registered at Chandimandir police station.



Two arrested for possessing illegal liquor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The UT police arrested two persons for possessing illegal liquor and booked them under the Excise Act.

The police arrested Mohammad Raja, a resident of Hallo Majra village, from his residence yesterday evening and recovered 102 quarters of country wine Marka Santra, 46 quarters of MC Dowel, 2 bottles, 4 quarters and one half bottle of High Speed, 13 quarters of one bottle of Aristocrat Premium, 12 quarters and 2 half of Officer’s Choice, one half of Emperor Blue and 2 quarters of Bagpiper from his possession.

The police also arrested Ajit Kumar Jha of Hallo Majra village and recovered 25 half of MC Dowel, 7 half of Royal Stag, 5 half bottles of Emperor Blue, 8 half bottles of Officer’s Choice, 12 quarters of Officer’s Choice, 4 bottles, 29 half and 45 quarters of Aristocrat Premium, 14 quarters of High Speed, 3 bottles of everyday, one bottle of Officer’s Choice, one bottle of Country Marka Santra from his possession.

The police has registered separate cases under Sections 61-1-14 of the Excise Act. The accused were bailed out later.



Auto-rickshaw driver hit by car, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The driver of a three-wheeler was killed after being hit by a car today. The deceased has been identified as Davinder Shah.

The police has registered a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC against unidentified accused at the Sector 36 police station.

In his statement, an eyewitness, Jitender Kumar, told the police that a car sped away after hitting an auto-rickshaw (PB-65T-9170) near the Sector 35 parking. After the incident, the police was informed and the victim was taken to the PGI, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The body was handed over to family members after a postmortem. No arrest has been made in the case so far.



4 sand boas stolen from Chhatbir zoo
Parmod Mehta

Zirakpur, July 19
Four sand boas were stolen from Chhatbir zoo last night. The Zirakpur police has registered a case against unidentified persons under Section 409 and has started investigations.

As per information, four sand boas were stolen from the zoo yesterday night, and the matter was noticed by the zoo authorities today morning. The authorities have reported the matter to the police for further action.

A team of forensic experts visited the zoo and took samples to identify the accused.

The police said the accused would be arrested soon as all aspects were being taken into consideration while conducting investigations.



Chandigarh Baptist School win by nine wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45, defeated HPCA Millennium by nine wickets in the ongoing U-14 Vivek Trophy Cricket Tournament being held at Vivek High School, Sector 38, Chandigarh.

Baptist School won the toss and elected to field first. The school tamed the opponent team's batsman and restricted them to 105 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. Paras took two wickets for 14 runs followed by Abhinav (two wickets for six runs) and Avneet Singh (three wickets for 11 runs).

Chasing the target, Baptist batsmen played really well and won the match in just 9.4 overs.

Tomorrow, St Stephen's, Sector 45, will face HPCA Millennium at 10 am.Prashant was named man of the match.


HPCA Millennium: 105 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs (Hemanshu: 36 runs; Shivam: 27 runs and Shourya: 20 runs, Paras: 2 for 14; Abhinav: 2 for 6 and Avneet Singh: 3 for 11.

Chandigarh Baptist School-45: 106 runs for wickets in 9.4 overs (Prashant: 62 runs not out; Arshdeep: 24 runs).



Badminton tourney held

Dera Bassi, July 19
An ICSE Inter-School Badminton Tournament was hosted today by CVRM DAV Public School, Dera Bassi, at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, with great zeal and fervour.

All ICSE-affiliated schools of the tricity participated in the tournament. The tournament commenced with the lightening of the ceremonial lamp by school principal Sarita Yadav. Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, bagged the overall trophy, while St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, bagged the runners-up trophy. — OC



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