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Mango Mela begins at Pinjore Gardens
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 5
The two-day 23rd Mango Mela, jointly organised by the Tourism and Horticulture departments of the state, was opened today at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore. Chakrvty Sharma, Hon’ble Chairman, Haryana Tourism, inaugurated the mela.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by an enthralling evening performance titled, ‘Bollywood Ki Yaadein’, in which a battery of singers brought alive the bygone era. Earlier in the evening, Swastik Rock Band from Dehradun performed to a packed audience.

A separate section has been dedicated for showcasing the unique and unusual varieties of mangoes. BS Sehrawat, joint director, Horticulture Department, Haryana, stated that 2,744 total entries have been received from mango growers of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh, in different categories out of which 2,408 are of mangoes. About 182 varieties of mangoes are on display and Soyab farm, Raipur has exhibited maximum varieties of mango, the prominent ones being Langra, Chausa, Alphanso, Malika, Ratol, Malda, Amrapali, Ramkela, Totapari , Bugum Pasand,Dil Pasand , King Cobra, and Zalim Anda. ‘Sipia’ Shah Pasand Pinjori Langra product of Pinjore Garden was also displayed in the competition. About 336 entries of mango by-products like chutney, jam, juice, squash, aam papad etc have also been received.

The mangoes on the name of Chand Mohammed and Fiza remained the main attraction on the stalls.

The two-day Mango Mela offers an ideal platform to the mango growers to sell their mangoes and mango products. The main objective of the Mela is also to encourage mango growers to adopt the latest practices to increase the mango production and quality so that they may get maximum return of their produce by tapping the domestic as well as international market. The popular mango eating competition had men, women and students participating in three separate rounds.

The students of State Institutes of Hotel Management (SIHMs) from Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Faridabad and Panipat have also set up stalls and are dishing out a variety of quick bites. 



Postmortem indicates murder in drowning case
Tribune News Service

Lalru, July 5
The death of a minor girl, due to drowning in the Ghaggar, took a new turn with the postmortem examination report confirming that the girl was strangled to death.

Following the postmortem report, the Lalru police have converted the case in to a murder case and registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered against unidentified assailants today.

The police have also launched a hunt to find girl’s parents and the assailants.

On June 30, a body of an unidentified minor girl was found floating in Ghaggar river in Tiwana village.



Students of GGS college shine in PTU exams
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 5
Students of the GGS College of Modern Technology (GGSCMT), Kharar, have brought laurels to the college by securing merit positions in the PTU examinations.

Students have passed all the semester exams of PTU in the first attempt.

Ravish Thakkar (BTech mechanical, 7th semester) has secured second position, Manjinder Kaur (BTech IT, 7th semester) clinched sixth position, Charu Priya (MCA, third semester) notched seventh spot and Babita Kumari (MCA, 3rd semester) attained tenth position in the examinations.



jyoti murder case
Doon MLA tries to make his driver a scapegoat
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 5
Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the prime accused in the Jyoti murder case, today turned the needle of suspicion to his driver Satpal. He told the court that it was Satpal who was in the area on the night of murder and not him.

In his first statement in the court today, Chaudhary said his personal drivers Satpal and Monu were handling the phone calls on the mobile number issued in his name.

“To kill one person, particularly a lady, so many persons are not needed. The evidence will clearly show that my mobile number 9816044340 did not remain in my possession as the same was attended by my drivers Satpal and Monu from time to time. Even on November 21, 2012, my driver Satpal was in the area with the said mobile,” stated Chaudhary in the court. Chaudhary added that he was at his residence in Baddi on the night of murder.

As per the police chargesheet, Chaudhary used ‘money’ to plant Satpal in the case and tried to frame him to escape the murder charge he (Chaudhary) was facing. As per the police, the MLA admitted that he offered Rs 25 lakh and a monthly income of Rs 10,000 to Satpal if he would owns the charge of killing Jyoti. However, Satpal got scared after media reports and fled to Punjab.

The Panchkula police had written to the Punjab Police to locate him.

Satpal is the only person in the case who has not been interrogated yet. He is absconding for the last one and a half years, the police claims.

In his bail application, Chaudhary had taken Satpal’s name.

Photograph doctored: MLA

Challenging the photograph that the prosecution produced as evidence wherein Chaudhary is seen at the wedding of Jyoti’s sister Ishu, the MLA said, “The pictures are fabricated. I was away to Shimla on that day. Regarding a person sitting in the picture, even Ishu had stated that Jyoti had told her that he was my car driver.”

Political opponents framing me: Chaudhary

Giving detailed answers in the court, Chaudhary said his opponents misused the situation to implicate him. “My family is politically well known in the area. My father has been MLA several times. I am also now an elected MLA from Doon. Our opponents have misused the situation to frame and harass me because of the ill will against my family. A false case has been registered against me,” stated Chaudhary.

Jyoti lived as a free bird: Chaudhary

  • In the court, Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary pointed a finger at Jyoti’s character. He said, “Jyoti’s father Buti Ram was surviving on her income. As a result, he never checked her movements and allowed her a free bird’s life, which is clear from the data retrieved from the handset brought on record. She had relations with many persons and could have been done to death by anyone.”
  • Interestingly, the MLA raised doubts over Jyoti’s character even as he claimed that he did not know her.

MLA’s contentions to prosecution’s evidence

About Jyoti

I did not have any talk with Jyoti on any mobile on any day of my life. I did not meet her either on November 21, 2012, or any other day. I do not know who killed Jyoti.

Relation with the victim

Neither had I relation with Jyoti nor did I make any promise to marry her.

Police statements

The police recorded false disclosure statements.

His handwriting matching with the one on medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) form

A pick and choose comparison of the handwriting cannot help. Dr Kanta Malik, who examined the handwriting, has been evasive in replies.

Location of his mobile phone being in the area of crime

I admit that the cell number 9816044340 was got issued by me but it remained with my personal drivers Satpal and Monu.

Regarding boyfriend Sumit

(Sumit had stated that he left Jyoti as she would talk to one Ram Kumar)

Whether he is a relative or lover he is not able to decide.



cash-at-judge’s-door scam
Examination-in-chief concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The examination-in-chief in the cash-at-judge’s-door scam concluded with a prime witness submitting his deposition in the CBI court here today.

The witness, the then Station House Officer (SHO) of the Sector 11 police station, RC Sharma, filed a 12-page preliminary verification report in connection with the incident.

CBI special public prosecutor Anupam Gupta stated that Sharma elaborated the sequence of events from August 13, 2008, (when the complaint was received) to August 16, 2008, (when a first information report (FIR) was registered against the suspects).

Among the six witnesses in the case, RC Sharma is a prime witness.

The case will now come up for hearing on August 2.

On August 13, 2008, a bag containing Rs 15 lakh was delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, also a High Court judge, on August 13, 2008. She had reported the matter to the police following which a case was registered.



Bhola fails to appear in court

Mohali, July 5
The process of framing charges in a drug case involving Jagdish Bhola was initiated in a court here today.

Meanwhile, Bhola, the key accused in the case, along with his other accomplices, including Sarabjeet Singh Saba, Jagjit Singh Chahal, Satinder Singh Dhama, Anup Singh Kahlon, Surjit Singh and Paramjit Singh Pamma, did not appear in the court of Mohali Additional District and Sessions Judge Paraminderpal Singh.

Only two accused, namely Manjinder Singh Aulakh, alias Bittu, and Baljinder Singh, attended the hearing today. “The accused, who did not appear in the court today, had taken the court’s permission,” said a counsel.

July 9 is the next date of hearing in the case. — TNS



PU employee gets bail in defamation case 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The cyber cell of the Chandigarh Police today arrested Jagbir Brar, a Panjab University (PU) employee, who was booked for defaming a colleague by sending a fake email.

Sources in the cyber cell said as offence against Brar was bailable, he was released on regular bail after completion of legal proceedings.

Brar, who is at present posted as junior technician at the PU’s dental institute, had sent an email to the media in 2012 claiming that Dr Gurmeet Singh Kapoor, an associate professor in the department of physical education, had served a jail term in a Patiala jail in connection with a rape case.

An email along with a RTI application addressed from a jail official was sent to the media after which Dr Gurmeet filed a complaint with the police claiming that the allegations were false.

The police initiated investigations into the case and found that the jail officer in whose name the RTI information was sent to the media was forged. The police then registered a case in 2013.

During the investigations, the IP address of a shop in the PU market was traced.

Sandeep, the shop owner, from whose Internet connection the email was sent, said Jagbir used his Internet connection to send the email.



Local players do well in qualifying rounds

Chandigarh, July 5
Local tennis players performed well on the first day of the qualifying rounds of the CLTA-AITA 1-Lakh Men’s and Women’s tennis tournament at the CLTA grounds here today.

On Day One, a total of 116 matches played for two rounds of the qualifying event. CLTA trainee Krishna Rajput bt Himanshu Pathak 8-2, Sultan Atwal bt Harsimranjit Singh 8-4, Calvin Golmei bt Abhay Dikshit 8-4, Lakshay Bharti defeated Harpreet Singh 8-3 and Ankush Arora overpowered Viresh Yadav 8-4. CHART trainee Digvijay Pratap defeated Amit Bjad 8-6. — TNS



Cricket tournament: Kurukshetra association beat Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The cricket team of the Kurukshetra Cricket Association defeated the hosts Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association, by three wickets during a match of the ongoing inter-district cricket tournament for boys (U-25 years), being played here today.

After elected to bat first, the host side posted 117 runs in 31.2 overs with Shubham Mahajan scoring 25 runs off 44 balls and Kapil Punia contributing 23 off 66. In bowling, Sumit claimed 3 for 29 while Navdeep and Shivang claimed 2 for 23 and 2 for 5, respectively.

In reply, the visitors chased down the target in 35.5 overs with Shubham (27 runs off 58 balls), Sandeep (31 runs off 41 balls) and Navdeep (24 off 58 balls) scoring the major share. In bowling, Karan hogged the limelight by claiming 4 for 8 while Ajay Dalal grabbed 2 for 38.



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