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Eleven file candidature for Kalka Assembly seat 
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Kalka, September 27
On the last day of filing of nomination papers, 11 candidates, including those contesting as Independent, filed their candidature for the Kalka Assembly seat here today. With 11 more nominations, the number of candidates for the seat has risen to 17, including six women.

On Friday, two women candidates, including Latika Sharma of the BJP and Seema Sharma, an independent, had filed their papers.

Accompanied by former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, Shakti Rani Sharma, a candidate of the Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP) filed her nomination papers today.

After filing of papers, Sharma and Chander Mohan paid obeisance at the Kalka Devi temple and addressed a gathering at the local ‘sabji mandi’. She promised overall development of the constituency saying that Kalka is a tourist destination for it was located in the proximity of the hill state, Himachal Pradesh.

The Congress candidate, Manvir Kaur Gill, filed incomplete nomination papers with some columns left blank, following which the Returning Officer (RO) issued her a notice asking her to complete the papers before 11 am on Monday i.e. the date for scrutiny of papers. Paramjit Kaur, however, filed her nomination papers as a covering candidate for Gill.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) fielded Satvinder Singh Rana, who was denied the Congress ticket, from the Kalka seat at the eleventh hour. Rana had contested the last Vidhan Sabha election from Kalka on the Congress ticket in 2009. Rana, along with over 1000 party workers, reached the office of the RO and filed his nomination papers this afternoon. The police were caught napping as enthusiastic workers of the BSP forced entry on the premises of the RO’s office.

President of Shivalik Vikas Manch, Vijay Bansal, who contested the seat on the BSP ticket in 2009, walked into the office of the RO with his three supporters and filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate. Earlier, he addressed a rally in the city.

Richest candidate

Shakti Rani Sharma (HJCP) is the richest candidate contesting the Kalka seat. Wife of Venod Sharma, the HJCP supremo, has declared her assets worth ~12.94 crore. She is followed by Pradeep Chaudhary of INLD with assets worth ~12.48 crore and Sudesh Sharma, an Independent candidate, with assets worth~6.53 crore.



Three more snatchings in city
15 cases reported since September 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Snatching incidents continue to rise in Chandigarh as three more women fell prey to snatchers here on Friday. A total of 15 snatching incidents have been reported in the city since September 15.
Kalawati, resident of Sector 37, reported that two unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched her purse containing a cheque of Rs 4,167, passbook etc from Sector 37.

In another incident, snatchers targeted Neha, resident of Sector 37. She alleged that motorcycle-borne youths snatched her purse containing Rs 500 and mobile phone from Sector 44.

The third snatching was reported at Mani Majra where a boy ran away after snatching a mobile phone from Suman, resident of New Indira Colony.

Separate cases under Sections 379 (theft) and 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person), IPC, have been registered.

The growing number of snatching cases has caused panic among city residents.

The Chandigarh Police have also failed to curb such incidents despite nakas being laid at different parts of the city. These incidents have spread panic among residents. With snatchers on the prowl, residents say they fear to venture out alone.

Two persons robbed of their valuables

Chandigarh: Two persons were robbed of their valuables in different parts of the city on Friday.

Sunil Kumar, resident of village Hallo Majra, alleged that Sumit alias Sumita, resident of Phase-I in Ramdarbar, and Vicky robbed him of Rs 200 and mobile phone at Hallo Majra. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station. Accused Sumit has been arrested.

Meanwhile, Rohtash, resident of Sector 49, alleged that Vishal and Amitabh Sahni robbed him of Rs 300 and some documents near the Kajheri light point.

A case has been registered at the Sector 36 police station. Accused Vishal has been arrested. 



Woman tries to commit suicide, booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
A 60-year-old woman tried to commit suicide by jumping off the fourth floor of a building at the PGIMER on Saturday morning.
The police said the woman has been identified as Paramjit Kaur, resident of Sector 20. She was rushed to the Trauma Centre after the incident. Her condition is said to be stable.

Sources said the incident took place at 8.15 AM when Paramjit visited the PGI for a routine check up. She has been reportedly suffering from depression.

However, instead of going to the doctor, Paramjit went to the fourth floor of the ENT Block and tried to jump off.

She has been booked for attempting suicide under Section 309, IPC, at the Sector 11 police station. 



Man booked for raping niece

Chandigarh, September 27
A 40 year-old-man has been arrested for allegedly raping his 15 year-old-niece for more than three years.
Police sources said the victim, who was residing in Snehalaya since the past few months, narrated the incident to the Snehalaya employees who approached the police and lodged a complaint against her uncle, identified as Heera Lal.

Police officials said a man had abducted the victim last year — who was later arrested by the police and is serving punishment in jail. Following this, the victim was sent to Snehalaya.

Police sources said the victim, a Class X student, alleged that she was residing with her uncle and aunt in the city as her parents lived in Uttar Pradesh. The victim alleged that Lal, a labourer, raped her for around three years. Though she disclosed the matter to her aunt, the latter paid no heed. A case has been registered. — TNS



Asian Games
His hard work paid off, says squash gold medallist’s father
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 27
When the Indian squash team keep the Indian flag high in the Asian Games being held at Incheon (South Korea), Mohali has it’s say in the proudest moment.
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (25), who laid the foundation of India’s historic gold medal finish, has a Mohali connection. Harinder Pal, son of a senior official of the Mohali Police, has spent his childhood days here before shifting his base to Chennai.

Harinder Pal’s family still stays in Mohali. His younger brother is also a national-level squash player. Harinder Pal is a former student of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali. Besides participating in nationals, he had won the Scottish Squash Cup in the U-13 and the U-19 categories.

After passing the Class VIII examination, he shifted his base to Chennai and got attached with the Squash Racket Federation of India. After the hard work of almost 15 years, he managed to bring India’s first team gold medal in squash.

“This achievement is a gift for the family. He has been working hard while staying away from us and we are happy with his achievement. I wish him all the luck and best wishes for future,” said Maninder, his younger brother, who recently represented the PU in the All-India Inter-University Squash Championship. The Indian squash team won the gold medal by beating Malaysia (2-0). Sandhu started the proceedings on a good note by defeating Mohamad Azlan Bin Iskandar (11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4).

“Since childhood, he wanted to gain fame and his hard work paid off today. Senior coaches of the federation have guided him to the right path. I will suggest him to continue working hard,” said his father. Local squash experts Satiender Pal Bajwa and Khushwant Singh also congratulated Harinder Pal on his achievement.



Chandigarh hockey club register win

Mohali, September 27
The newly formed Shri Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Club, Sector 26, Chandigarh, registered opening win in the 44th SN Vohra’s All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament held at the Hockey Stadium here today.

The team registered win (6-3) against Signals’ XI, Jalandhar. The winning side posted goals in 4th minute, 16th minute, 20th minute, 36th minute, 45th minute and 53rd minute, while Jalandhar outfit reduced the margin in 25th minute, 36th minute and 49th minute. In the second match, Hawks Club, Ropar, registered win against Sports College, Lucknow. — TNS



Punjab enter cricket final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Punjab (U-19) team knocked out Mumbai to enter the final of the JY Lele Memorial Cricket Tournament being played at Reliance Cricket Ground, Vadodara. After electing to bowl first, Punjab bowlers restricted the rivals on a mere total of 178 runs.

Sairaj Patil (61 off 83 balls) with 8 boundaries and two sixes, AK Jaffar (61 off 65 balls) with 1 boundary and three sixes and KA Dafedar (24 off 25 balls) with 3 boundaries were the main contributors with the bat. For Punjab, medium pacer Abhinav Sharma and off spinner Sukhwinder Singh claimed three wickets each.

In reply, the Punjab team, riding high on 83-run partnership by Anmolpreet Singh and Sanvir Singh, posted the win by eight wickets. Punjab scored 182 for 2 with 131 balls to spare. Sanvir Singh went on to complete 101 off 85 balls studded with 13 boundaries and two sixes, while Anmolpreet Singh remained unbeaten on 26 off 38 balls with the help of a boundary and a six.

Brief scores

Mumbai: (178 all out) Sairaj Patil 61, AK Jaffar 61, KA Dafedar 24, Abhinav Sharma 3 for 28 and off spinner Sukhwinder Singh 3 for 24

Punjab: (182 for 2) Sanvir Singh 101 not out, Karan Sharma 24, Bhagmender Singh 21, Anmolpreet Singh 26 not out



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