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Grabbing of mc land
Notice to ex-zila parishad chief
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 26
Even as former zila parishad chief Braham Pal Rana managed to lay lintel on the building brought up by him on a prime piece of property owned by the Ambala Municipal Corporation after it was sealed by the authorities, the district administration has again served him with a notice.

The issue pertains to the alleged grabbing of 1,100 square yards of government land in Palika Colony, which was allotted to the former chairperson while he headed the parishad. Rana managed to get the plot worth crores of rupees leased out in his name, following which he started constructing a house on the same land. The colony in which the plot is located is owned by the Municipal Corporation and has houses allotted to government officials working in the district.

However, as the matter came to light, former Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi ordered that the building be sealed. He also placed under suspension two employees of the Municipal Corporation who had been instrumental in getting the land leased in favour of Braham Pal Rana. He had asserted that a notice had been served to Rana under Section 408 (encroachment over government land) and 271 (illegal construction) of the building bylaws and that the illegal structure would be brought down.

However, Vidyarthi got transferred and Rana promptly went ahead and laid the lintel of the building even as the compound had been sealed by the authorities.

Deputy Commissioner KM Pandurang said the administration had again served Rana with a notice and the matter was being looked into. He said appropriate action would be taken if the seals had been broken and any new construction on the building would be pulled down within seven days.

Meanwhile, the local unit of the BJP, led by MLA Anil Vij, held a protest outside the building alleging it was an attempt to grab the government land at the behest of the senior Congress leaders without whose support Rana could not encroach upon the land. Vij demanded the matter be investigated by the CBI and some concrete action be taken against the guilty.

The case

The issue pertains to the alleged grabbing of 1,100 square yards of government land in Palika Colony, which was allotted to the former chairperson while he headed the parishad. Rana managed to get the plot worth crores of rupees leased out in his name, following which he started constructing a house on the same land. The colony in which the plot is located is owned by the Municipal Corporation and has houses allotted to government officials working in the district.

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Dera Bassi to have overbridge
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, July 26
The National Highways Authority (NHA) has approved the construction of an overbridge on the Chandigarh-Delhi national highway and Rs 130 crore have been sanctioned for the purpose.

This was stated by Chief Parliamentary Secretary NK Sharma here today. He had earlier raised the issue with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The Chief Minister had then taken up the issue with Union Minister of Road and Transport Oscar Fernandes, who had given an approval to the project. Later, the Chief Parliamentary Secretary had taken the issue with the NHA which had given approval to the project. The problem of increase in number of accidents due to absence of an overbridge was highlighted by The Tribune a few days. Residents of the area had been demanding an overbridge for a long time.

Two held with poppy husk

Banur: A CIA team on Friday arrested three persons with 2 quintal poppy husk at a naka near Banur on the Rajpura-Chandigarh road.

The team, headed by ASI Harpreet Singh, intercepted a car near the bridge at the SYL canal and seized two quintal poppy husk. The accused have been identified as Ajay Singh resident of Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Harminder Singh of Satnam Nagar near Rajpura and Manpreet Singh of Nawansahar. The seized material was being brought from Agra. They have been booked under Sections 15-61-85 of the NDPS Act.

Travel agent booked for fraud

Zirakpur: The police has booked a travel agent on the charges of forgery. The case was registered following the complaint of Gurmeet Singh, resident of Kurali. In the complaint, he alleged that Sandeep Singh, resident of Javeda, Mohali, had made a false promise of sending his son to Canada. For this, Sandeep had demanded Rs 6 lakh from him. He had already paid him 1, 65,000. The police had registered a case against the travel agent under Sections 406 and 420. Meanwhile, the police has booked a shopkeeper on the charges of forgery at Dera Bassi. Sources said a case as been registered against Munish Saini, resident of the Jaggi colony, Ambala city, who runs a telecommunication shop at Dappar under the name of Akash Telecommunication. The police said the accused was involved in providing fake slips for sand mining. He has been involved in this work for a few months. He had prepared fake slips by copying ones used for the purpose. The accused was arrested and booked under Sections 420,467,468,470 and 471 of the IPC.

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Four drug peddlers nabbed

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
The district police arrested four persons involved in the sale of drugs and recovered smack and intoxicant tablets and capsules from their possession.

Senior Superintendent of Police Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said during a special drive against drug peddlers under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (Detective) Gurpreet Singh, 16-gm smack, 15,000 intoxicant tablets and 4000 capsules were seized.

The SSP said the Sirhind police arrested one Parminder Singh, alias Mindi, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, at a checkpoint at Defence Bandh. Six grams of smack was recovered from his possession, he said. Another person from Mandi Gobindgarh, Manga, was arrested for carrying 10,000 intoxicant tablets, which he was supposed to supply to peddlers, said Chauhan.

The police also arrested one Sonu, alias Choru, a resident of Nasrali, and recovered 10-gm smack from his custody. Sonu confessed to have supplied drugs to students, said the SSP.

One Rabi Singh of Dholewal was arrested, while carrying 5,000 intoxicant tablets. He used to sell the contraband to drug addicts, especially students, in rural areas at premium rates, said Chauhan.

The SSP said yesterday too, the police had arrested six drug peddlers. All the accused have been booked under the NDPS Act.

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Farmers given tips on maize cultivation
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
Diversification of crop is the need of the hour and the farmers should cover maximum area under maize and basmati cultivation. This was stated by Rajnesh Mehta, Joint Deputy Director, Agriculture, while addressing farmers of Bhagta, Sampla, Sampli, Chunni Kalan, Chunni Khurd, Mehtabgarh, Khera, Tarkhan Majra and Jallah villages. He also visited the fields of those farmers who were provided 75 per cent subsidy on maize seeds by the department .

He listened to the problems of the farmers and advised them on how they could get maximum profit out of maize cultivation.

The team gave tips to the farmers on how to save the crop from deficiencies of micro-nutrients.

Dr Ranjit Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, said 875 hectares had been covered under maize cultivation in the district. He said 122 quintal seed of P-3396 and 22 quintal seed of TX-369 had been given at 75 per cent subsidy to the farmers.

Dr Pardeep Sharma, Dr Prithi Singh and Dr Kiranrandeep Singh also addressed the farmers.

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Women held with fake air tickets

Chandigarh, July 26
The police today arrested two women who tried to enter the airport with fake air tickets.

The police said the two women, identified as Sudha Joshi and Uma Single, both sisters, had fake tickets. Sudhaís son was also accompanying them. A case has been registered. ó TNS

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25-yr-old woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 26
A 25-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence today. She was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where she was declared brought dead.

The deceased, Nibha, is survived by her husband and two daughters-Krishna (4) and Sheetal (4 months). Her husband works as a cook.

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20-year-old woman raped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
A 20-year-old nursing student was raped by an auto driver near Maloya on Thursday night.

The police said the victim had hired the auto around 9 pm. On reaching an isolated area, the driver told her that the auto had encountered some problem and asked the girl to hire another auto. As she got down, the driver took her to the forest area and raped her. The accused, identified as Sunil, has been arrested and a case has been registered against him.

Gold chains snatched

Two snatching incidents were reported at different parts of the city in the past 24 hours. Santosh Kapila, a resident of Sector 23-D, reported to the police that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her gold chain outside her house today. In another incident, two motorcycle-borne youths targeted Sunaina, a resident of Sector 44-D, and snatched her gold chain.

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Man held with 1-kg opium
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 26
The police has arrested a person and recovered 1 kg of opium and 15 kg of poppy husk from him.

The accused, Bahadur Singh, was arrested on Badala Road near Kharar. On search, opium and poppy husk were recovered from his car.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. The accused will be presented in a local court tomorrow.

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St Johnís School enter semis

Chandigarh, July 26
St Johnís School, Sector 26, entered semifinals after defeating Strawberry School, Sector 26, by 2-1 in the ongoing Inter-School Football Tournament U-17 for Boys, here at Sports Complex, Sector 42.

Two goals, scored by Akhil and Deepak, at 40th and 45th minute helped the team maintaining the lead over the opponent and then finally winning the match by 2 goals to 1.

In second quarterfinals at the same venue, St Stephens School, Sector 45, defeated Saupinsí School, Sector 32, by 5-2 and entered semifinals. It was a one-sided match from the beginning as the players of St Stephen maintained the handsome lead in the course of the game. Chirag and Teg Pratap were the star players of the match. Chirag scored three goals while Teg gave the further lead to the team with his 2 goals. Two more quarterfinals were also held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, DPS, Sector 40, and DAV School, Sector 8, advanced to semifinals.

DPS, Sector 40, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, by 4 goals to nil and DAV School, Sector 8, defeated St Xavierís by 3 goals to nil.ó TNS

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Saupinís School win by 95 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Fine batting and excellent bowling performance by Saupin's School, Sector 32, cricket team against Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, (GNPS-36) enabled the team to reach semifinals of the ongoing UT Inter-School Cricket Tournament (U 14) for Boys at DAV School, Sector 8. The team defeated the opponent by 95 runs.

Batting first, Saupin's School, Sector 32, made 167 runs with the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs. Satyam made 65 runs in 50 balls including 8 boundaries. While Manav and Atul made 43 and 17 runs in 30 and 20 balls, including 8 and 1 boundary, respectively. Harnoor took 1 wicket by giving 32 runs while Divyansh took 2 wickets by giving 48 runs.

In reply, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, could pile up only 72 runs with the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs and lost the match. Bheem scored 24 runs in 30 balls including 2 boundaries whereas Yuvraj scored 22 runs in 16 balls including 3 boundaries.

For Saupin's School, Sector 32, Arpit took 3 wickets giving away 18 runs while Prabhjeet Singh took 1 wicket giving away 1 run.

Tomorrow, Saupinís School, Sector 32, will play semifinals with with St Anneís School at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh. The tournament is being organised by UT Education Department.

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Karnal beats city team by 28 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Karnal team defeated the Chandigarh boys by 28 runs in the ongoing Inter-District Cricket Tournament Under-25 here at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here.

After winning the toss, Karnal elected to bat first and piled up a total of 256 scores in 40 overs. Anil Kumarís 71 knock followed by half century by Satyam helped the team reaching a good total. Another batsman, Aditya, also played an important knock of 43 runs. From the Chandigarh team, Sandeep took four wickets for 50 runs and Karan had two wickets for 33.

In reply, chandigarh team players began well but could not keep the momentum going. Even a century by Anupam Gambhir (104 not out) could not save his team from losing the match.

The Haryana Cricket Association is organising this tournament.

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