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Admn removes signboards 
Our Correspondent

Signboards removed from a wine shop on NH-1 in Sirhind.
Signboards removed from a wine shop on NH-1 in Sirhind. Photo: Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 20
The signboards have been successfully taken down from as many as 11 wine shops and the illegal encroachment on these shops has also been done away with. Following the High Court orders, Deputy Commissioner Arun Sekhri had directed the authorities concerned to remove all the signboards from wine shops running along the stretch of National Highway 1 (NH-1), passing through the Sirhind town.

At the joint meeting of the officials from the Excise department, police, civil officials and NH-1 functionaries, the DC directed the officials to keep a close vigil on the wine shops, so as to prevent them from putting up signboards of advertisement on their shops and also to put an end to the encroachment on the wine shops in future.

He directed the Excise department officials to inform the wine contractors about the new instructions. The instructions are likely to be included in the new Excise policy for the next year.

He directed the NH-1 officials to put up concrete signboards, 200 meter before any bridges or canals with a message, ‘Narrow bridge ahead, drive slowly’. He said if any accident occurred due to negligence on their part, they will be held responsible. He also directed the NH-1 officials to fill up the potholes on NH-1, which surfaces while passing through Sirhind, Mandi Gobindgarh and Khanna.

The DC directed the traffic police to ensure smooth traffic on NH-1 and said the traffic violators must be dealt strictly. He warned the private bus operators not to violate traffic rules, otherwise they will be booked.



Industrialist booked 
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 20
An industrialist, Pankaj Singhi, was booked by the police for allegedly deceiving the department and not depositing the Central excise, worth Rs 30 Lakh.

Senior Superintendent of Police said the Deputy Commissioner, Central Excise, Mandi Gobindgarh Division, had complained that Singhi, owner of AR Alloys, Nasrali Road, Mandi Gobindgarh, was to deposit central excise, but when he failed to do so, the department sealed the unit and handed over certain goods to the owner on surety, but the owner committed a fraud with the department and sold the goods.

An enquiry was conducted in the matter, and accordingly a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC was registered.

The accused will be arrested soon, said the SSP. 



Rs 65 lakh for railway project in Kalka

Kalka, September 20
Keeping in view the inconvenience faced by tourists and passengers, the department of Northern Railway, Ambala Division, has taken an initiative to extend the cover area of platform number 2 and 3 of the Kalka Railway station. Vinay Arora, Station Superintendent (SS), Kalka Railway station, informed that the work on extension of platform has already been commenced in full swing.

The official sources of Divisional Rail Manager (DRM), Ambala Division, said, “The cover shed of the platform will be extended up to 65 meters, which would relieve the tourists from the scorching heat. The project with international techniques will cost around Rs 65 lakhs and is expected to be completed within two months.” —OC



New session kicks off at colleges

Ambala, September 20
The academic session of Sohan Lal DAV College of Education began today. Dr MM Goel, professor of economics and dean, faculty of social sciences, Kurukshetra University, was the chief guest on the occasion.

PKR Jain College of Education also kicked off its academic session today. —OC



CBI told to submit record related to Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd)
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The CBI Special Court has received a letter from the Punjab and Haryana High Court directing it to submit the record relating to Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd) in the cash-at-judge’s door case before it.

The trial court had ordered framing of charges on July 31 against the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s former Judge in the case.

The CBI has charged Justice Yadav (retd) with corruption under Section 11 (corruption and bribe by a public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Yadav was a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in August 2008 when Rs 15 lakh, the alleged bribe money, was mistakenly dropped outside another judge’s official residence. Yadav later retired as the Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court.

On September 13, taking up the petition filed by the former Judge against the special court orders, Justice Naresh Kumar Sanghi had summoned the entire trial court record.The former Judge has challenged the order by claiming that the CBI special public prosecutor had conceded in his arguments that there was “no direct evidence in the present case with regard to the motive, reward and delivery of the alleged amount”.She argued that the trial court took note of all the contentions raised by the prosecution but failed to record that fact conceded by the special public prosecutor.

“Thus, the entire approach of the trial court is illegal, erroneous and untenable in the eyes of law”, she said.



Firm official gets interim bail 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 20
Some persons staged a protest today against the grant of interim bail to one of the officials from the TDI company, allegedly involved in a cheating case. The protesters raised slogans outside the court complex in Phase-III-B1 against the police and the grant of interim bail by a court.

Company official Mohammad Miftah Sami was given interim bail. However, his bail application will come up for hearing in court on September 28.

The complainant, Navinpal Singh, a resident of Sector 71, had alleged that the company had duped him and his father, Gurdev Singh, of Rs 59.62 lakh. He had alleged that the company had taken money for a commercial plot measuring 204 sq yd, but allotted a plot that measured just 102 sq yd.

The accused have been identified as the TDI chairman, DN Taneja, vice-chairman Ravinder Taneja, Sanyam Dodeja and manager Mohammad Miftah Sami.

Superintendent of Police (City) Swarndeep Singh said no arrests in the case had been made so far, as the police was occupied with VVIP duty and cricket matches. He said the police was, at present, collecting the relevant records. Further action, however, would be expedited, added the SP.

The police had registered a case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC on September 9 at the Sohana police station against four officials of the company following the directions of a Mohali court.



Class XI boy’s kidnap mystery deepens
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 20
The mystery shrouding the kidnapping of the Class XI student has deepened. A day after the kidnapped boy,Kshitij Goel, surfaced in Zirakpur,the police is still groping in the dark.

The police has learnt to have rubbished the story, terming it to be a concocted one. The boy claimed that he escaped the clutches of his kidnappers. He told the police that three persons kidnapped him from Sector 17. The trio parked the vehicle outside a mall in Zirakpur where three more persons joined them.

His mobile phone is still missing. Goel took the police to various sectors in Chandigarh, Zirakpur and Panchkula. The officers failed to find any clue. SHO of the Sector 14 police station Dalip Kumar said the boy refused to answer their queries saying he had been given a soft drink laced with sedatives.

He said it seemed that the boy had made up the story.

“The boy can be booked for making false claims,” said another police officer.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi said the boy was taken to the spot, but no clue could be found. 



2 engineers held for theft
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 20
The police has arrested two software engineers for stealing 16 computers from a company in Sector 11.

The police has recovered the computers. The police said the main accused, Gurdeep, who is employed with Kisect Company, along with his friend Jaspreet, who works with a private firm, committed the theft.

Gurdeep told the police that the company did not pay him well. He was left with no option but to steal the computers and sell those Assistant Sub Inspector Resham Singh said the duo was arrested from Amartex Chowk. 



Reports confirm rape, another accused held
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 20
Police has arrested Dilkarn Singh, who was absconding after the mysterious death of minor girl servant at Gurugobind Singh Nagar colony, Dhakauli, on Tuesday. Dikarn was arrested from Chhat village today, said a police official.

The 13-year-old victim was found hanging with a grill at Bhatia’s house for which police had already arrested Bhatia, a former director of Bureau Standard of India.

Station house officer Tarlochan Singh said Dilkarn would be presented in the court on Saturday along with his father. The Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, Dr SK Mittal said the preliminary symptoms of the post-mortem report confirms that the girl was sexually assaulted before her death by hanging.



Arjun, Baljit bag top spots in kayaking
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Arjun Kumar of GGDSD College, Sector 32, grabbed top spot in the won the K-I 1,000 mts event of the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Kayaking Championship for Men (A-Division), being held at Sukhna Lake, here today.

He clocked 4.00.18 seconds to clear the patch. In the same event, Gurkanwal Singh of DAV College, Sector 10, attained runners-up spot with marking a total timing of 4.12.00 seconds while Kushal Verma of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, took 7.23.13 seconds to secure third place.


Women: K-I 1,000 meters-Baljit Kaur of Post Graduaet Government College, Sector 46, in 5:39.44 sec, Lovepreet Kaur of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, in 7:39.89 sec, Ashwini Patil of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, in 9:33.28 sec.

K-II-1,000 mts; Sandeep, Jyoti of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, in 16:58.90 sec, Karishma, Jasdeep of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, in 7:40. 61 sec, Ashwini, Nisha of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, in 8:36.47 sec.

K-IV 1,000 mts-Lovepreet, Krishma, Jasdeep, Luxmi Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, in 5:32. 41 sec, Ashwini, Nisha ,Simran, Ranjana of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, in 7:13.10 sec, Pushpa, Sandeep of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, in 7:51.61 sec.

Men: K-I 1,000 mts-Arjun Kumar of GGDSD College, Sector 32, in 4:00.18 sec, Gurkanwal Singh of DAV College, Sector 10, in 4:12.00 sec, Kushal Verma of Post Graduaet Government College, Sector 11, in 7:23.13 sec.

K-II 1,000 mts-Pushpinder, Sandeep of SGGS College, Sector 26, in 3:40.28 sec, Arjun, Gagandeep of GGD SD College, Sector 32, in 4:10.37 sec, Gurkanwal, Ashish of DAV College, Sector 10, in 4:40.15 sec.



Faisalabad Wolves pounce upon Kandurata Maroons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Draught of spectators continued to mar the cricketing environment at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium.

Faisalabad Wolves beat Kandurata Maroons and registered a victory in their last match. The skipper of Faisalabad Wolves, Misbah-ul-Haq, played a stunning unbeaten knock of 93 runs with 6 boundaries and 5 sixes. The PCA will again host two qualifier matches on September 24. 



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