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Govt college teachers’ protest enters Day 2
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 17
The teachers of Government Post-Graduate College, Kalka, continued their protest against the state government for the second consecutive day today. The teachers wore black badges as a mark of protest.

On the call of the Haryana Government College Teachers Association (HGCTA), the teachers of Government Post-Graduate College, Kalka, had started a protest on Wednesday to urge the government to concede their pending demands.

Sushil Kumar, state joint secretary, HGCTA, said, “Teachers started an agitation against the government on Wednesday.”

“On July 21, all teaching work would be suspended and a dharna would be staged at every college in the state,” he added.

Dr Sandeep Kandwal, president, HGCTA, and Ram Partap, general secretary, condemned the government for its anti-teacher policy.

They said on July 24, a dharna would be staged at the office of the Director General, Higher Education, Panchkula.



Dera Bassi residents get muddy water supply
Nitin Mittal

Dera Bassi, July 17
Local residents complained of muddy water supply to their houses. Rakesh Sharma, a senior BJP leader and a resident of Ward No 6, said he got muddy water supply in the morning.

“I thought that the problem will end in a few minutes but it continued,” Sharma said.

Earlier the residents were facing water shortage.

“It happens every year during summers, but the MC fails to make arrangements in advance,” they alleged.

Suresh Chand from Ward No 13 said the tube well in his ward was out of order from the past over a month and the water supply had not resumed till now.

Some of the residents collected the samples of muddy water in bottles to show the officials at the MC office.

Executive officer Rajesh Sharma said: “Tube well will be repaired within a week. However, the requirement of water will be fulfilled through tanks in the affected areas.”

The water level had gone down because of less rains this monsoon due to which residents of Ward No 6, 8 and 13 were facing problems, he said.



Couple attempts suicide, man dies
Tribune News Service

Pinjore, July 17
Fed up with daily fights, a couple attempted suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in Gob Charniya village, near here, last night. While the man breathed his last in a hospital, the condition of his wife is said to be stable.

The police said Virender Sharma (32) and his wife Sangeeta consumed some poisonous substance following some arguments last night.

The duo were rushed to Government Hospital, Kalka.

The body was handed over to the family after autopsy, the police said.

The police has initiated proceedings to register a criminal case against the couple that left behind an year-old baby girl.



Man acquitted in murder case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A local court acquitted Vijay, a resident of Chhajju Majra village in Mohali district in a murder case. Vijay was accused of allegedly murdering Mohinder Singh of Padol village near Mohali. The prosecution case was based only on circumstantial evidence but it failed to hold any ground in the court.

According to the prosecution case, Rajkishore, a resident of Kajheri village of UT, had complained to the police that Mohinder Singh used to work with him as a labourer.

The case was registered on April 12, 2013 when Vijay met Mohinder and Rajkishore and started arguing with Mohinder over an issue. But later, both of them left the place and went to a liquor shop where they had liquor.

Next day, when he reached the same roundabout he saw blood stains there, said Rajkishore. He asked Vijay about the whereabouts of Mohinder Singh then Vijay answered that they had entered into heated arguments and he (Vijay) had hit Mohinder with a stone during night. Later, he dumped his body in the nearby forest.

The police had recovered the body and later arrested Vijay in the case.



Youth acquitted in kidnapping case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anshu Shukla acquitted a youth in a kidnapping case. The court acquitted 22-year-old Parvesh of Colony No. 5 (which has now been demolished) in the kidnapping case as the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

Parvesh, who hails from a village in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, was accused of kidnapping a minor girl.

The police had registered the case on the complaint of the mother of the 14-year-old girl against Parvesh in February 2012. She alleged that Parvesh had kidnapped her daughter on the pretext of marrying her.

The police started investigation after registering an FIR under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code. The police arrested Parvesh from his village in October 2012. The girl was also recovered by the police. The girl recorded her statement before the court under Section 164 of the CrPC. However, she failed to appear in the court again.


CFSL seeks time to examine NDPS samples
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
In a startling revelation, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been told that the Central Forensic Science Laboratory at Chandigarh currently requires time till December end for clearing pending cases of the NDPS sample analysis, indicating that any fresh case now received would not be dealt with before January next year.

Taking up the matter, a Division Bench has, however, made it clear that it wants the situation to change. “The up-gradaing, manpower facility, etc. be so made available that the lab is able to cater to Chandigarh and other areas within its jurisdiction and ensure that the report is made available within the statutory period of 15 days.” The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Ajay Tewari ruled.

The development is significant as the CFSL received approximately 4,000 cases, the previous year and examined 2,727 cases of all disciplines, including ones under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.

The direction came after an affidavit was submitted to the High Court by the UT Additional Secretary (Home), along with a letter dated July 15. The Bench asserted the data given therein showed that approximately 20 cases under the NDPS Act were being received per month in the laboratory from the states under its jurisdiction; and the target to even clear the pending cases was December 31.

“This would amount to saying that if a fresh case would come now, it would be processed in January, 2015, i.e., the hiatus period is of four-five months instead of the statutory period of 15 days.

“It is also stated that up-grading of the lab by the concerned Ministry of Union of India is in the process and once the up-grading, adequate man power and machinery is available, the lab will be able to prepare the final report within the statutory period of 15 days under the NDPS Act for Chandigarh. However, this may itself not suffice because the cases received are beyond Chandigarh”.

Disposing of the petition, the Bench fixed January 16 next year for the progress and compliance report in the matter.



Man gets 10-year jail for raping minor

Mohali, July 17
The local court pronounced 10-year sentence to a person for raping a minor girl here today. The court of Mohali Additional District and Sessions Judge Jaswinder Shimar held the accused, Shiva Verma, a resident of Balongi village, guilty and sentenced him for 10 years for raping the minor.

The crime was committed on January 14 this year. The victim’s mother in her complaint had alleged that Shiva raped her daughter when she had gone to the market in the village on that day. The police had registered a case. — TNS



Senior citizen arrested for rape

Chandigarh, July 17
The UT police today arrested a 62-year-old man in a case of rape. The police received a complaint from a 45-year-old woman employed in a Punjab Government office in Sector 17.

The woman complained that Manjt Singh Kamboj, who had retired from Public Works Department (PWD), forcibly entered her house and raped her.

The woman, a divorcee, stays with her son in Sector 37.

Kambhoj, a resident of Naya Gaon was arrested and remanded in judicial custody. — TNS



IAS officer’s driver thrashed

Chandigarh, July 17
Three parking attendants thrashed the driver of an IAS officer at Sector 17 today. The police said the car belonged to IAS officer Anand Mohan, Labour Commissioner, Haryana and his driver Naresh Kumar was bashed up after he refused to pay the parking fee.

The police said the attendants knew that government vehicles were exempted from paying the fee, still they picked up a fight with the driver. A case has been registered. — TNS



2 booked for duping resident of Rs 1.60 cr
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 17
The district police have booked two persons for cheating a resident of Dhakoli, Zirakpur, of Rs 1.60 crore, here, today. A case under Sections 406 and 420 has been registered against the accused - Ravi Gupta of Sector 20, Panchkula, and Paramvir Bhalla of Sector 49, Chandigarh, - at the Sector 5 police station in this regard.

The complainant, Rajiv Bansal, a resident of Mamta Enclave in Dhakoli, alleged that the duo cheated him in context of selling him a house in Sector 21 for Rs 3 crore.

He also claimed to have paid a sum of Rs 1.60 crore as earnest money, including Rs 20 lakh as token money.

When he visited HUDA to enquire about it, he was shocked to find that the house which they sold him was already owned by some other person.

The due neither returned his money nor provided him any documents of the house till date, Bansal alleged.



Chd Cricket Association defeat Kurukshetra

Chandigarh, July 17
Hosts Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association) registered a 127-run win over Kurukshetra during the ongoing Haryana Inter-District Cricket Championship for Boys (U-19). The championship was held at the grounds of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

After electing to bat first, the local side posted 208 runs for 6 wickets in the allotted slot of 40 overs. Opener Gurpreet scored 60 runs off 72 balls. He was equally supported by Varun, who scored 38 runs off 51 balls, and Ayush Chamola, who scored 24 runs off 20 balls. For the visiting side, Anvi and Rohit claimed two wickets each. Chasing a total of 208 runs, Kurukshetra’s innings folded on 81 runs in 30.1 overs. Overnight star performer Utkarsh again rescued his side and claimed a five-wicket haul to end his spell with impressive figures. He claimed five wickets for 12 runs, while his counterpart Prince grabbed 2 for 15.

For Kurukshetra, Gokul scored an unbeaten 29 runs off 53 balls, while Harshpreet contributed 13 runs off 34 balls to remain other noticeable scorer for his team. — TNS



Golf Tour
Chandigarh’s Saaniya attains seventh spot on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Moving a little ahead, Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma placed herself at the seventh spot on the second day of the ongoing ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour - 2014 at the greens of Eagleton Golf Resort, Bengaluru.

On Wednesday, she ended at the 10th spot. Today, she ended her day at the seventh spot with scoring 150 after the second round. With a single birdie, she scored even par at 72 on the second day making her total to 150 (78 from round one).

While taking the lead, amateur Millie Saroha scored four under 68 to top along with Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi with identical scores of 144 after 36 holes. Trailing the leaders by a stroke, Delhi’s amateur Mehar Atwal finished second with carding one under 71.



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