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Hooda bats for Preneet
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 26
Batting for the Congress candidate Preneet Kaur from Patiala Lok Sabha seat, the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh proudly claimed that she is a popular face of the Patiala royal family and the state.

She is sincerely and honestly serving the state by taking up issues in the Parliament for the past 15 years, claimed Hooda while addressing public rallies in Dera Bassi and Zirakpur seeking votes for her. Though Preneet Kaur was not present in the rally, her son-in-law Gurpal Singh, represented the Congress candidate and appealed to the general public to vote for the Congress. Showing pity on his counterpart, Prakash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, Hooda said Badal has grown older and loosened his grip on the politics.

He also advised the Punjab leaders to follow his ‘3 Ns’ - Niti (policy), Neeyat (intention) and Neta (leader) - formula for good governance and over all development of the state and country. In Punjab the formula exists nowhere as the state is ruled by an individual family and its clan, alleged Hooda.

“It pains me when there is comparison between two brothers (Punjab and Haryana) and Punjab gets back seat. Punjab used to the No 1 state of the country couple of years ago but it slipped to No 9 while its younger brother is at the top at present,” claimed Hooda.

Bad policies, selfish leaders and drug menace during the SAD-BJP coalition in last six years have virtually derailed the development. A strong and well connected networks of the drug- mafia is slowing running the youth, Hooda said.

He said the BJP states “Ram mandir banayenge par tithi kabhi na batayenge,” meaning that they will construct Rama Temple but will not disclose the date.

The Haryana CM also listed the achievements and policies, such as pensions for freedom fighters, old persons, windows and eunuchs, scholarships for students and prize money for sports person, and Param Veer Chakra (PVC) awardees and many others which Punjab government can’t even dream to do.



Amritsar Improvement Trust land scam
Court rejects Kaul’s plea
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 26
In the Amritsar Improvement Trust land scam case involving former chief minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh, local court dismissed application of KK Kaul, the then town planner of Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) to remove his name from the case.

The trial of the case is being held in the court of additional district and sessions judge (senior division) Parminder Pal Singh. Besides, Captain Amarinder Singh, the other accused in the case are Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Nachchattar Singh Mavi and Tara Singh, former secretary and joint secretary of Punjab assembly, respectively, Jugal Kishore Sharma, former chairman of Amritsar Improvement Trust, Rajinder Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Ashwani Kale Shah, Mahesh Khanna, Rajiv Bhagat, Daljit Singh, Subhash Chand, Vicky Sharma, Parminder Singh and Gucharan Singh Khara.

Notably, before Kaul, the court has already rejected similar applications of Mavi and Tara Singh. In their applications, the trio has stated that they have nothing to do with the case and had been falsely implicated by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh again failed to attend today’s proceedings. His counsel Ramdeep Partap Singh said his high-profile client was busy in his election campaign in Amritsar. “We have submitted an application in this regard for exemption of his personal appearance which the court has accepted,” said Ramdeep Partap Singh. The court has set May 14 as next hearing date. Captain Amarinder was booked by the vigilance bureau on September 11, 2008, in land scam involving Amritsar Improvement Trust.



Lok Adalat directs PSPCL to refund bill amount to consumer
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 26
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Mohali, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, set aside electricity bills issued by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to Rakesh Kumar of Karonda village and directed the SDO, Mullanpur, to charge the minimum monthly charges from him for a period from October 2009 to December 2011.

Rakesh Kumar had taken a 2 KW power connection. When the electricity meter got burnt, he intimated the PSPCL, it was replaced by the company. He later requested to increase the load to 18.20 KW and the installation of a three-phase meter, which was done on November 27, 2009. However, the respondents continued sending bills, treating it as a single-phase meter. After some time, the three-phase meter also got burnt and the respondents alleged that applicant Rakesh Kumar was using a 17.5 BHP motor on the said connection due to which the meter got burnt. They not only issued the bills for the subsequent period but also overhauled his account for the previous period also.

The applicant had stated that no motor was installed. The respondents, however, directed him to pay a bill of Rs 88,719. Rakesh filed an application before the Permanent Lok Adalat.

After hearing the arguments and examining the evidence, the Lok Adalat held that the respondent could not charge the applicant for using a 17.5 BHP motor on that connection. While quashing the bills issued by the respondent, the Adalat also held that the applicant would be liable to pay the minimum monthly charges for the said connection, treating that no such 17.5 BHP motor was used by him.

It also held that the respondent was duty bound to decrease the load of the meter as and when a request was made to it by the consumer.

The amount received by the respondent was ordered to be adjusted towards the consumption charges of the bills till date and the remaining amount was to be refunded to the applicant within 30 days, failing which the respondent would be liable to refund the same with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum and also to pay Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation to the applicant.


Class X student raped
Accused at large
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 26
A class X student, a resident of Saketri, was allegedly raped by a youth here today. The victim was dumped by the accused 28 days after she was allegedly kidnapped by him. Family members of the victim alleged the accused who lived in the neighbourhood kidnapped her.

The accused took the girl to different places and raped her. He dumped her outside her house and fled today.

The family also said that they had approached the MDC police in the past 28 days to find their missing daughter but all in vain.

Finally, after the rape incident came to light, the police conducted the medical examination of the girl and a case was registered at the MDC police station.



Three youths assault couple at Dhanas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Three motorcycle-borne youths allegedly assaulted a couple near dumping ground at Dhanas late on Thursday evening. The complainant in the case, Nitin Sharma of Milk Colony, Dhanas, reported that while he was returning home on scooter along with his wife and son at around 9.30 pm, three youths, who were riding two motorcycles in a rash manner, overtook him only to return and start abusing him and his wife.

“When I objected to it, one of them hit me in my head with a helmet, which left me unconscious," claimed Nitin.

The complainant alleged that when his wife pleaded and asked the youths to leave them, one of the accused hit her in the stomach. “My wife is pregnant. She too fell unconscious after she was hit,” he said.

Passersby nabbed two of the accused, identified as Gobind Gupta and Purshotam Sharma, both residents of the Housing Board Complex, Dhanas.

A case was registered at the Sector 39 police station.

The police has begun investigation in the case.



Mystery thefts in Panchkula again
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 26
Thieves struck at two houses in Sector 4 here even as family members were present inside. Aparna Bhardwaj, a housewife, lost silver tea set while in the other case, Roopa Chandel, the wife of a businessman, lost cash amounting to Rs 10,000.

The police said both the families were present in their houses when the incidents took place. "The family members visited the rooms after thieves had struck only to find window panes broken and things scattered. On checking, they found valuables missing," said a police official.

Sector 5 police station SHO Inspector Malkiat Singh said, "I don't know how those inside do not notice someone smashing window panes to break into the house and commit crime."

Separate cases have been registered at Sector 5 police station.

It may be mentioned that on April 23, four houses in Sector 6, including that of a former justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, were targeted by thieves. In all these cases, families were present inside but could not notice thieves committing the crime.

All the four houses are in the same lane.



2 thefts reported in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Two thefts have been reported from the city. In the first case, Ranbir Singh stated that thieves struck at his residence in Sector 10 on the intervening night of April 25 and 26 and decamped with Rs 2 lakh in cash and jewellery.

Police sources said the complainant was present in the house when theft took place. He was on the ground floor when the thieves stole cash and jewellery from the first floor of the house, the sources added.

A case has been registered at the Sector 3 police station.

In another case, Sunita Rani, a resident of the CRPF camp, Hallo Majra, reported that Rs 1.50 lakh in cash was stolen from her house on April 24.

A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.



Two arrested with drugs
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 26
Two persons were arrested by the on the charge of drug peddling. Police have recovered opium and poppy husk from them. A special naka was laid near Verka Chowk in view of the Lok Sabha elections. On searching the vehicle, the police found 270 gms of opium and 3.200 kg of poppy husk.

Those arrested were identified as Jasbir Singh, a resident of Raipur Khurd and Karnail Singh Kala , a resident of Jandpur. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against them.



Health Dept JE found dead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 26
A junior engineer working with the local Public Health Department was found dead at his residence in Barwala this afternoon. The incident came to light in the afternoon when the deceased Satyapal’s children knocked the door of his room.

When no one answered, they grew suspicious and sought help of neighbours to break open the door. On entering the room, they found Satyapal lying dead. He was declared brought dead at the General Hospital, Sector 6.

Chandimandir police station SHO Inspector Arvind Kumar said a bottle of poison was found near the body.

“The preliminary investigations reveal that Satyapal might have committed suicide. However, we will investigate,” said Kumar.

Satyapal (56) is survived by his wife and three children.



ML Markan Trophy
Shubman scores unbeaten 405 runs

Chandigarh, April 26
Wielding his willow to smash every delivery over the fence, Mohali’s Shubman Gill set the field on fire with an unbeaten knock of 405 runs against Ropar during the ongoing ML Markan Trophy today. Shubman scored 405 runs off 478 balls studded with 50 well-struck boundaries.

Mohali started its innings from the overnight score of 427 for 2 in 121 overs. It declared the innings at 616 for 5 in 170 overs.

Shubman Gill, from his unbeaten 255 runs overnight score, went on to post unbeaten 405 runs. He surpassed his earlier best score of 355 runs against Amritsar in the same tournament. Kulwinder scored 74 off 261 balls with 5 boundaries. For Ropar, Navpreet Singh Chechi claimed 3 for 221. Chasing the target, Ropar team scored 173 runs for 5 wickets in 65 overs at the end of day’s play.

Ishan Goyal scored 83 off 133 balls, while Navpreet Singh Chechi remained unbeaten on 30 runs. Shivang Saini and Shubman Gill were the main wicket takers for Mohali.

In the 2nd match, Jalandhar team fumbled on 234 runs in 103.2 overs against Patiala. For Patiala, Abhishek Verma claimed 5 for 55 and Ankrit Mann claimed 2 for 43.

In the third match played between Chandigarh and Amritsar, the former was all out at 116 runs in 50 overs with Kunaldeep Singh and Yogesh Nathani scoring 23 runs each. For bowling side, Amit Sharma claimed 5 for 15 while Rahul Kashyap claimed 3 for 17. In the 2nd innings, Amritsar scored 267 runs in 86.4 overs with Abhishek Sharma scoring 106 runs. — TNS



Five lead in round 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Moving ahead to claim the title Abhnanadan Vohra, Hitesh Issar, Tarini Goyal, CM Sharma and Sunil Bansal secured 5 points each to lead the 6th round, of ongoing 25th Chandigarh Chess Championship, being held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today. A total of 59 players are participating in this championship.

Points position

5 points: Abhinandan Vohra, Hitesh Issar, Tarini Goyal, Chander Mohan Sharma, Sunil Bansal

4½ Points: Nitin, Varun Gupta, Manish Sehgal, Yogik Khurana

4 Points: Anil Raina, Ishaan Singh Mendiratta, Arun Narayan, Vipnesh Bhardwaj, Aryandeep Singh, Kashish Kaushal, Jaskeerat Singh, Hardeep Singh Mendiratta, Vipan Negi

3½ Points: Shweta, Rahul Arora, Anhat Singh, Rajesh Arora

3 Points: Manav Gupta, Aaditya Bedi, Rohit Roy, Gaurav Sood, Tarundeep Singh, Mansimran Singh, Levanshu Khullar, Rajan Gupta, Arshdeep Singh, Ganesh Kumar, Mehul Puri, Nitish Laroia, Shivom Sood

2½ Points: Pratyakash Goel, Harjeet Singh, Soumiljit Singh, Varun Yadav

2 Points: Ishan Sharma, Kirti Priya, Shiven Gupta, Raunak Singhal, Manoj Kumar, Shishir Lamba, Shrushti, Abhinav Bhar, Anhad Singh Sansoya, Anmoldeep Singh, Hritwik, Shirom Lamba, Tanuj Sharma

1½ Points: Jiyana Gupta

1 Point: Anmol Grover, Mitali Saini, Yuvraj, Vikas, Ravikant Sharma

½ Point: Hariday Malik.



Chandigarh Cricket Assn beat Sector 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
In the ongoing 1st State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur Cricket Tournament for Boys’ (U-16), the host team of the Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association) defeated Sector 16 by 56 runs.

The tournament is being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA), affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association.

After electing to bat first, the CCA side set the target of 126 runs bundled out rivals on a mere total of 70 runs.



Aryan stops Vikrant’s victory run
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Local CHART trainee of CLTA, Vikrant Dahiya, after putting a good show, went down against 2nd seed Aryan Goveas during the semi-finals match of ITF Grade V tennis tournament. In the semi-finals of the championship, Vikrant went down against 2nd seed Goveas, in straight sets 6-2 and 6-2.

Earlier, marking his day, he defeated Mayank Yadav, in the match of first round, without conceding a game. He continued with his form and overpowered Kunj Kotak 6-3 and 6-0 in his tie of the 2nd qualifying round. In the final qualifying round he defeated Faisal Qamar 7-6 and 6-2. However, he failed to overcome his rival in the semi-final game.



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