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Water level rises in Ghaggar
Parts of Zirakpur, Baltana inundated with rainwater
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 18
Moderate rain in the Shivaliks and its catchment areas raised the water level in the Ghaggar but threw life out of gear for few hours in the region, today morning. A maximum of 53.4 mm rainfall was recorded in the area as per the Meteorological Department.

Water level in the Ghaggar rose by 3.7 feet (5921 cusec discharge) at Bhankharpur for the first time in this season with the moderate rains in the catchments areas of the lower Shivaliks.

The Punjab Drainage Department had recorded a rise of 4 ft (8208 cusec discharge) in the Ghaggar water level on July 22, 2013. In 2013 the water level in the river was recorded 5.5 feet against water level that crossed 5.5 ft on August 22, 2011, here.

Apprehending floods, farmers were seen guarding their crops along the river banks starting from Bir Ghaggar village in Panchkula, till Devigarh and Khanori village in Patiala district of Punjab.

NK Arora, SDO, Drainage Department, Punjab, said the water level in the Ghaggar has gone up for the first time with arrival of monsoon. The department was monitoring variations in the water level of river at various points and sounding alerts to officials at Patiala, he added.

The rain that started on Thursday night continued till 11 am thus bringing misery to low lying areas and road users who remained stranded for hours on different city internal roads apart from National and State highways in this part of the region.

Vehicular traffic virtually came to a standstill on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway for over two hours during office hours this morning. Long queues of vehicles were seen on the Zirakpur-Patiala, Zirakpur-Panchkula and Chandigarh-Ambala Highways as water accumulated at various places in Zirakpur.

The rainwater entered residential colonies in Baltana and flooded streets and roads. Knee-deep rainwater, which accumulated on the ‘VIP’ road in Zirakpur also put scores of residents into a hardship.

The VIP road, where a number of housing societies, shopping complex and offices have come in the past, virtually converted into a canal.

The rain water also accumulated on the Ambala-Kalka Highway at Baltana T-point near K-Area, entered into shops on the Zirakpur-Patiala Highway near Lucky Dhaba.

Harbasn Singh, a Zirakpur based shopkeeper, complained that in absence of any storm water drain, the highways that flooded knee deep caused traffic jams. 



Leopard fear grips Morni area
Tribune News Service

Morni (Panchkula), July 18
Killing over a dozen stray and pet dogs in Mandana and Khathan villages in last one week a leopard has created scare among villagers.

The villagers are so scared that they were not allowing their children to go out in the evening and early in the morning for the past four days, claimed Anil Sharma, sarpanch of Khathanb village.

Apprehending threat to life, the villagers today informed the wildlife authorities and sought help said Des Raj, a villager.

Dr Amarinder Kaur, Chief wildlife Warden, Haryana, was not available for comments. However, sources in the department revealed that a team of wildlife officials was dispatched to the area under the leadership of Jaibir Singh, a forester, to trap the cat. 



Forum penalises housing society
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 18
The Central Government Employees Welfare Housing Organisation (CGEWHO), which has delayed the possession of flats at Kendriya Vihar, Kharar, has been penalised by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mohali.

The forum, headed by Madhu P Singh, held CGEWHO guilty of offering the possession of flats without the necessary essential amenities and imposed a fine of Rs 2.25 lakh as compensation and Rs 22,000 as litigation costs. By its common order, the forum disposed of seven connected complaints.

Om Narain Bhargava of Panchkula and others had filed separate complaints against the CGEWHO, alleging wrongful demand of the final installment and delay in development.

Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for the complainant, contended that the CGEWHO floated a scheme for the allotment of residential flats at Kendriya Vihar in December 2006. The allotment letter was issued in May 2007 and the project was to be completed within 30 months.

The counsel said the apartments were not completed in time and, therefore, the demand of the final installment was illegal. The delay had caused mental agony and suffering to the complainants and deprived them of peaceful enjoyment of their property despite having paid a major chunk of the consideration amount.

The forum said that “It will be appropriate to highlight the acts of the housing society that despite a bunch of complaints having been decided by this forum vide order dated 13.02.2014, the CGEWHO has taken no steps whatsoever to bring on record the status report of the electricity connection as to whether the objections raised by the Electricity Department have been removed or not and, if removed, whether they have got the licence from the Electricity Department in their favour. No such document showing either of the concerns raised in this regard in earlier orders has been placed on record even after a lapse of four months. Thus, the grievance of the complainants as on date still continues. This per se shows an act of deficiency in service on the part of the CGEWHO.”

The counsel for the CGEWHO, however, contended that the allottees had agreed to file litigation, if any, in Delhi. Besides, the CGEWHO was a no-profit-no-loss organisation and the consumer court could not pass adverse orders against it.

However, the forum held that “a no-profit-no-loss body is not exempted from the purview of the Consumer Protection Act”.

In each case, the forum directed the CGEWHO to withdraw the final call-up letter and issue a fresh letter of offer of possession, indicating the details of approvals/sanctions obtained by the CGEWHO from various authorities regarding the amenities/facilities in the project with the certificate that such facilities are in existence on the date of offer of the fresh letter of possession.

Till then, it was not to charge any interest on the last demanded amount till payment in pursuance of the fresh demand notice for the same amount.

The forum also directed the payment of a lump sum compensation of Rs 2.25 lakh on account of mental agony, harassment, tension and deprivation of enjoyment of the property. It further directed the payment of Rs 22,000 to the complainant towards costs of litigation.



Three acquitted by court in separate cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anshu Shukla today acquitted three persons in separate cases. In the first case, the court acquitted 24-year-old Sushil Kumar, a resident of Kajheri village of UT in a kidnapping case registered on March 29, 2013.

The victim turned hostile in the case and stated that she had gone willingly with the accused, resulting in the acquittal.

In another case, the court acquitted Ravi Kumar, who was facing charges of kidnapping a minor girl, due lack of evidence, on Friday. An FIR was registered against Ravi Kumar on March 14, 2014.

As per the complaint, the relatives of the minor girl had accused 22-year-old Ravi, a resident of Sector 39, of kidnapping and raping the girl. They alleged that she was taken to Dehradun.

However, the girl, who was 16-year-old, had turned hostile during the trial.

While recording her statement in the court during the trial, the girls stated that she had gone to Dehradun at her own free will and Ravi did not kidnap her.

In another case, the court acquitted one Jai Parkash in a sexual harassment case.



Dacoity plan: Five acquitted

Mohali, July 18
A special district court here today acquitted five persons, including a former Armyman, who had been arrested by the police on charge of making preparations to commit dacoity.

The court acquitted Jagjeet Singh of Garhshankar, Gurnam Singh of Salana village in Phillaur, former Armyman Avdesh Kumar Dubey, Kulbir Singh and Sukhwinder Singh of Bhagomajra village due to lack of proper evidence.

A case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC and provisions of the Arms Act had been registered against them at the Kharar Sadar police station in March 2011.

The police had alleged that the five persons were making preparations to commit the crime behind the Gulmohar Complex on the National Highway-21. — OC



int’l championship
P’kula veteran to represent nation
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 18
GS Saunkhla (78), a veteran athlete from Panchkula, will represent India in the 18th Asian Masters Athletic Championship - 2014 to be held in Japan from September 19 to September 23. Saunkhla has been selected on the basis of his outstanding performance in the national and international-level athletics championships held last year.

His selection has been confirmed by the Masters Athletic Federation of India. He is the only veteran athlete from Panchkula. A total of 28 players from Haryana were selected to participate in the championship. However following financial constrains, only six veteran athletes will participate in the event.

Earlier, Saunkhla had won 24 medals (12 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze) at the national level. He had also participated thrice in the Asia Master Athletics Championship. He won two gold medals in the Asian Championship. He had also participated thrice in the World Athletics Meet for Masters and won two gold medals.

“The government should come forward to provide financial aid to veteran athletes. Even in this tournament, I am participating on my own expenses and it’s tough to collect money. The government should help us and take a keen interest in making sure about our participation,” said Saunkhla.

Other players from Haryana

YP Malik (75+)

Dr RK Sangwan (75+)

Shamsher Singh (60+)

RK Sehgal (60+)

Narinder Malik (45+)

Dr Himmat Singh (40+)

Kamal deep Nain (35+)

Yoginder (35+)

Balwinder Kaur (35+)

Seema (35+) 



SAI to hold trials for academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) will organise competition-cum-trials for selection of middle distance 3,000m and long distance 5,000m and 10,000m runners from the northern region for its upcoming academy in Thiruvananthapuram between July 30 and August 20.

The trials will be conducted at selected venues in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.

The authorities said the trials were open only to those boys and girls who are in the age group of 16 to 23 and have secured any of the first three positions either in the state or north zone competitions, school nationals (organised by the School Federation of India), junior and senior national championships (organised by the Amateur Athletic Federation of India), or all-India inter university championships. The cut-off date will be the day on which the trials or competitions will be conducted in each state.

In Chandigarh, the trials will be held at Panjab University on August 11 and 12.



City golfer Saaniya finishes 8th
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
City golfer Saaniya Sharma finished eighth today in the ongoing Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour being held at Bengaluru.

Delhi amateur Mehar Atwal played some exceptional shots to emerge as the winner of the ninth leg in a nail biting play-off finish over Kolkata professional Neha Tripathi.

Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma finished eighth, carding a total of 223 after 54 holes.

The Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2014 will now move to Tamil Nadu in September for the 10th leg. The tour comprises a total of 15 legs spanning across key locations in the country.



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