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Migrant youth found dead
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 23
The body of a 16-year-old migrant boy was recovered from the bushes along the Ambala-Hisar road near Ambala this morning. The deceased has been identified as Devender, who was residing in the hutments in Sector 8. The victim’s father, Gangaram, is a labourer.

The kin of the deceased alleged that Devender was murdered. The father of the deceased said his son had gone to take a bath along with his friends on Thursday noon. He said his friends returned back in the evening but he did not come back. “We searched for him but when we could not find him anywhere, we decided to report the matter to the police,” said Gangaram.

He alleged that the police officials did not listen to their grievances properly because of their poor financial status and so an FIR was not registered.

The body was allegedly noticed by the victim’s parents on the Ambala-Hisar road. Blood was coming out from the mouth of the victim. The police reached the spot and a post-mortem was conducted which confirmed injury marks on the neck of the deceased.

The body has been handed over to his relatives. Investigations are on.



Newborn handed over to social organisation
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 23
The newborn, who was found abandoned near Chhat village two days ago, was handed over to a social organisation in Ludhiana today.
The baby boy was handed over by the district welfare officer to the secretary of the social organisation, Swami Ganganand Bhooriwale International Foundation, Ludhiana.

Senior Medical Officer Dr SK Mittal, representatives of the social organisations and some police officials were also present.

The baby boy had been found abandoned near the Apsara Palace on the Dayalpura-Chhat road. The child was taken to a private clinic in Chhat village from where he was shifted to Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.



56 unauthorised generator sets sealed
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 23
Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) sealed 56 unauthorised diesel-based generator sets on Thursday and Friday at Dera Bassi and Lalru region. The action was inititated as per the directions of the National Green Tribunal, Delhi.

Sub-Divisional Officer of the Pollution Control Board Gursarn Garg said, “The permission of the board is mandatory in order to run the generator sets. The action of sealing the unauthorised generators will help in controlling the air and noise pollution.”

Tehsildar Gurminder Singh and the executive officer Rajesh Sharma were also present on the occasion.

People who want to run generator sets can apply for the permission of the same with the board, an official said.



Court allows MTP of 13-year-old rape victim
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 23
The court today allowed the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) of 13-year old-rape victim. The victim was found seven weeks pregnant after a medical examination was conducted by the District Legal Services Authorities, two days ago.

The Panchkula police and the DLSA had moved an application before the court for the abortion of the girl since she could not bear a child at such an early age. The court in its decision today stated that the abortion may be done at the earliest.

It was two days ago when a student of Class VIII, a resident of Surajpur, was rescued by the Panchkula police from her kidnapper from Bihar.

The medical examination of the girl was conducted again by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) at 
General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, the reports of which confirmed that the girl was seven weeks pregnant.

It was after the father of the girl searched for his daughter and provided the kidnapper’s location to the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) that the youth who raped her was arrested on July 31 this year.It was in April, when the victim was going to her school that the youth identified as Saajan, (who usually followed her), kidnapped her and forcibly took her to Bihar and continuously raped her there, the police investigations revealed.

The father of the girl also complained of police inaction. The DLSA in its application has also requested for the DNA test of the foetus to nail the accused.



HC paves way for construction of multi-storeyed residential buildings
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
In a significant judgment likely to pave way for the construction of multi-storeyed residential apartments in the ‘abadi’ areas of villages on the city’s periphery, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that the business of construction and the sale of flats cannot make a building constructed for residential purpose a commercial venture.

The ruling is significant as the Chandigarh Administration was misinterpreting the provisions of the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, to say that the construction and sale of residential apartments within lal dora, “amounted to user for commercial purposes” — an activity prohibited under the Act.

The judgement brings to fore the need for carrying out amendments in the relevant Act to preserve the skyline of Chandigarh.

The ruling by the Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih came on a petition filed against the Chandigarh Administration by Shalimar Estates Pvt Ltd through counsels ML Sarin and Nitin Sarin.

The company had challenged notices dated June 24, 2005, and October 18, 2005, directing the petitioner to remove unauthorised construction on a site in “abadi” of Sarangpur village in Chandigarh.

The company had purchased 11 kanals and 17 marlas in the abadi/lal dora area. Electricity and water connections were also issued to the petitioner and it started the construction of 98 residential middle-income flats.

After the construction was over at an expense of Rs 5.6 crore, the petitioner invited applications for the allotment of residential flats in March 2004. But a public notice was issued in May 2004 stating that the building was in the violation of the provisions of the Act.

In a show-cause notice issued in June 2005, it was stated that the builder had contravened the provisions of the Periphery Control Act and Chandigarh (Amended) Act by raising a “nine-storeyed building” within lal dora “for commercial purpose for the sale of apartments for residential and other purpose”.

Referring to the “Statement of Objects and Reasons” of the Act, the Bench asserted that healthy and planned development was to be ensured and it was necessary “to prevent the growth of slums and ramshackle construction on the periphery of the new city”. Certainly, the construction of a multi-storeyed residential building, as per the plan, will not fall in this category.

The Bench added: “We are unable to accept the submission of the counsel for the respondents made on general terms that the objective was only to permit residences for villagers.”

“If the object was to prevent construction of even residential apartments, the Act should have said so. As noticed, even the Statement of Objects and Reasons does not support this interpretation. The business activity of construction and sale of flats cannot make the building constructed for residential purpose as for commercial purpose,” the Bench stated.

The Bench concluded the impugned show-cause notice and a subsequent notice were wholly unsustainable, “as they are premised on a clearly wrong interpretation of the provisions of Clause (a) of Section 15 of the Act, i.e., if residential apartments are constructed within lal dora, which are sold, that would amount to user for commercial purposes. User for commercial purposes must be clear and specific and it is the own case of the respondents that the building has been constructed only for residential purposes and that is how it was advertised”. 



Two snatchers nabbed after hot chase at Sector 32
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
An over half-and-hour long drama was witnesses on city roads when two snatchers were caught after a long chase by the victim and another resident in Sector 32 on Friday.

The chase was started from Bank Square, Sector 17, and ended in Sector 32 after taking a full round of the five main roads including Sector 22, 29, 30 and 34.

One of the apprehended snatchers out of the two was identified as Vikas Kumar of Kansal village.

Ashok Kumar, a salesman and resident of Mani Majra, was coming out from the Bank Square after withdrawing a Rs 6,000 when two motorcyclists snatched his purse and escaped towards ISBT-17.

Ashok started chasing the motorcyclists, initially, they went towards Sector 22 and then took a turn towards Sector 29.

The chase between the duo attracted the attention of a Sector 27 resident, who also joined in chasing the snatchers and finally them near Sector 32.



2 killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 23
Two youths were killed in a road accident on the Ambala- Chandigarh road in Zirakpur this evening. The deceased have been identified as Raman (20) and Lucky (22), both hailing from Uttar Pradesh. They were presently living in Kharar and were employed as labourers.

According to information, the accident reportedly took place when a truck, coming from the Ambala side, hit the cycle on which both were going to meet a relative in Zirakpur.

Truck driver Jasveer Singh, a resident of Rampura Phul, Bathinda, has been arrested. He was booked under the Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC.




Cellphones seized 

Mohali, August 23
Officials of the Excise and Taxation Department seized a large number of mobile phones and impounded the Innova car in which these were being transported illegally. The estimated cost of the phones seized is about Rs 25 lakh.

Officials of the department said that they got a tip off that mobile phones had been loaded in an Innova car and were being transported from Chandigarh to Ludhiana.

The officials then followed the car and signalled the driver to stop near Kharar. On searching the vehicle, a large number of phones were recovered for which no documents could be produced. The officials then seized the phones and impounded the vehicle. Sources said that more than 250 phones had been recovered and the counting of the seized mobile phones was still on. — OC



Lucknow XI stamp their superiority
Defeat Amritsar-based MRS Hockey Academy 13-0 to enter the semifinal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Lucknow XI (UP) entered the semifinal of the 12th ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament after defeating MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, by whopping 13 goals to nil at the Sector-42 hockey stadium today.

The winning side ripped apart the opponent’s defence and won the match with a huge margin. Surprisingly, Lucknow XI boys did not allow the opponents to score even a single goal.

The team played superbly and maintained the pressure from the very first minute of the match. A self-conceded goal by MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, in the fourth minute of the match set the victory tone for Lucknow XI boys. From there on, their players kept scoring goals and virtually threw them out of the game.

The team scored as many as 9 goals till the first half of the match and they comfortably won the match with 13 goals to nil by the end of the game. With five goals, Ankit was the star attraction of the match. He scored the goals in 8 th, 13th, 30th, 39th and 55th minute of the match.

Other who scored the goals included Abhishek (6th min), Arun (11th min and 58th min), Munish (26 min), Rawat (50th min) and Mohan (60 min).

Tomorrow two semifinals will be played. The first match will be played between CFHA and Haryana Hockey XI at 3 pm and second between will be played between Lucknow XI, (UP) and Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, at 4.15 pm. 



Rishabh, Komaljeet register impressive victories
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Rishabh Sharda and Komaljeet Kaur won of the under -14 lawn tennis tournament in boys' and girls' category respectively. The tournament concluded at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, today.

Rishabh Sharda defeated Anmol Rattan Kamboj in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1. Earlier in the day, he reached the final after beating Abhimanyu Rozra 6-2, 6-0. Anmol Rattan entered the finals after defeating Heman Nama 6-3 and 6-3.

In the girls' category, Komaljeet Kaur beat Aastha Malhotra 6-4, 6-1. In the first set Aastha gave a tough fight but Komaljit easily won the next set and emerged winner of the tournament.

Earlier in the day, Komal entered the final after beating Harleen Kaur 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. After losing the the first set, Komal recovered from the initial loss and emerged victorious. Aastha Malhotra entered the final after registering win over Nilanjana Saha.

The winners were awarded trophies and certificates. While congratulating the winners, head coach Birbal Wadhera said these tournaments would certainly help the players in pursuing their career in sports seriously.

Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, and the Ideal Tennis Academy had jointly organised the tournament.



DAV beat Shishu Niketan 4-0

Chandigarh, August 23
DAV School, Sector 8, trounced Shishu Niketan, Sector 22, in a match for the 5th Saint Soldier Football Trophy. The match was held at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28 B.

DAV won by 4-0. Robin scored two amazing goals for the team in the 5th and 39th minute of the match. Maninder and Milan scored the other two goals. In the next match, St John's, Sector 26, defeated DPS, Sector 40, by a narrow margin of 1-0. Pravez scored the only goal of the match.

The host team, Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, defeated Mount Carmel School, Sector 47. Yash scored two goals in the 30th and 35th minute of the match. Akshay scored the third goal.—TNS



Cricket tournament from August 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Cricket Association will kick start its premier Punjab State Inter-District Katoch Shield Tournament from August 26. Six teams from Punjab-Ludhiana, Patiala, Mohali, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Chandigarh, will participate in Group-A of the league tournament. The tournament will be a testing ground for players aspiring to make it to the Punjab Senior and Under-25 teams for the upcoming domestic season. All the matches of Group-A will be of four days and will be played across various cricket grounds in Punjab.

MP Pandove, secretary of the PCA, has advised all the senior selection committee members to clinically watch the performance of each player in relation to their respective role in their team, so as to have a first hand data of the quality of performance of each player during the ensuing tournament which will be discussed while selecting the final Punjab team for the Ranji Trophy and Under-25.

Sushil Kapoor, spokesperson of the PCA, said the honorary secretaries of all the participating districts have been advised to make sure that all the players of their districts, who are eligible to play in the tournament, are physically fit and play all the matches to merit consideration by the senior state selection 

The only exception is being made for those players who would be away on national duty during any of the matches.

“Whenever these players are free from national duty, they will make them self available to their respective districts for playing in the Katoch Shield, he said adding that any player, who is injured and not able to participate, will have to give his fitness test.

The PCA has planned this tournament on the pattern of the National Championship (Ranji Trophy) with identical playing conditions and ambience. 



St Kabir sweat hard to beat St Anne’s
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
St Kabir School, Sector 26, clinched the fifth St Joseph's Inter-School Cricket Tournament (U-12) today. St Anne's won the toss and decided to bat first. Its opener Shiva played a good knock of 36 runs, along with Gurneet Singh, who also chipped in well made with 18 runs.

But they ended up with a modest target of 96 for the loss of five wickets in 20 over. Abhinash of St Kabir captured two wickets after conceding 19 runs.

St Kabir's inning was was full of ups and downs. Chasing the winning total, it started well as opener Aryan Uppal and middle-order batsman Shivang (31) build up a good partnership.

However, suddenly the team lost three wickets in a quick succession and the match stretched to the last over. St Kabir required 9 runs in the last over. Since the winning team could manage only eight runs, both team agreed to go for super over in the end. This proved lucky for St Kabir as it scored made 14 runs. St Anne's could not achieve the target, which led to a momentous victory for St Kabir.

Monica Chawla, vice-principal of St Joseph's School, gave away the prizes to the finalist teams. Anshul Negi from St Joseph's School was chosen as the best player of the tournament. 



Athletics championship from August 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Chandigarh Athletics Association will hold the Chandigarh State Senior Athletics Championship (men and women) on August 26 and 27 at the Athletics Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh.

During this championship, the Chandigarh team under men's and women's will be selected, which will participate in the 52nd National Open Athletics Championship to be held from September 7 to 11 at Ranchi.

Only athletes(residents/emplo ees/students) of Chandigarh can participate in this championship. The names for participation in the championship can be submitted to SK Joshi, athletics coach, UT, at the Athletic Complex in Sector 7. The names can be submitted till August 26. 



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