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Another case against realtor
Mohali police book Devinder Gill on charge of preparing fake matric certificate
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 11
The Mohali police have registered a fresh case of cheating against Kriscpy Khaira’s coloniser husband Devinder Thapa, alias Devinder Singh Gill, on the recommendation of the CBI here.

This time he has been booked on a charge of preparing a fake matriculation certificate from the Punjab School Education Board for “changing his identity as Devinder Singh Gill”.

“Devinder has been booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 474 of the IPC at the Phase VIII police station on the recommendation of the CBI, which is investigating a corruption case involving Devinder and BJP leader Raj Khurana registered at the Rajpura police station,” said a police official.

“During the investigation, the CBI found that Devinder had procured a fake matriculation certificate in name of Devinder Singh Gill from the PSEB. On the basis of this fake certificate, he had procured an arms licence and a passport. His original matriculation certificate was issued in the name of Davinder Thapa,” said the official.

The CBI wrote to the Mohali police, recommending that a case be registered against him in this connection.

Devinder is in Burail Jail in another land fraud case that was registered at the Sector 17 police station.

The Mohali police had registered a case of a fraud of Rs 2 crore against Devinder and others at the Phase I police station on March 22. The case was registered on a complaint of Delhi-based Jaspal Gupta, who alleged that he, along with Sahil Gupta, had purchased a 2.5-acre farmhouse from Devinder’s Sky Heights company and had given him Rs 2 crore. Gupta alleged that Devinder neither gave him land nor returned his money.

Besides, the Panchkula police have also booked Devinder in a rape case at the Chandimandir police station.

Devinder is said to have cheated a number of Punjab IPS officers and their relatives in the name of investing their money in property.

He has got bail in the rape case and the Rs 2-crore fraud case.

BJP MLA was arrested on bribe charge

BJP MLA Khurana was arrested on May 4, 2011, from his residence at Sector 39, Chandigarh, by the CBI for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1.50 crore from a member of the Punjab Automobile Mechanics Association for closing a complaint case against the association. The bribe was recovered in cash and nine blank cheques for Rs 15 lakh each were recovered from the boot of a Porsche car of Devinder, another accused in the case.



haryana poll
On empty stomach, women candidates raise the poll pitch
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Kalka, October 11
Two of the three main contestants from the Kalka Assembly constituency braved the rough and tumble of electioneering on an empty stomach today. Shakti Rani Sharma, HJCP candidate, and Latika Sharma, BJP candidate, who were observing a fast on the occasion of Karva Chauth, went about campaigning as usual, addressing public meetings apart from held door-to-door meetings with residents in various villages and colonies.

Congress candidate Manvir Kaur Gill, however, did not observe a fast due to health problems.

After a hectic day of campaigning, the husbands of the fasting candidates joined them to break the fast in the traditional way in the evening at their residences. The candidates extended wishes to women voters on the occasion of Karva Chauth.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Shakti Rani Sharma, wife of HJCP chief Venod Sharma, said she started her routine after having “sargi” at 5 am in Chandigarh.

“I visited at least 12 villages in Morni in the morning and then held a door-to-door campaign in Kalka. I also performed pooja at the Shiva temple, Dharampur, in Pinjore along with party workers in the evening,” she said.

After having “sargi” at 5 am, BJP candidate Latika Sharma started her election campaign and visited over 15 villages in the Raipur Rani area. She also held a public meeting in Khandiala village where she offered prayers with her women supporters.

“I greeted the women folk of the area and wished them prosperity and well being,” claimed Latika.



City sees spurt in theft incidents
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The city has witnessed a spurt in theft incidents this festive season. During the past 10 days, 17 vehicles have been stolen from different parts of the city while 14 incidents of theft at houses have been registered in various police stations.

Since October 2, vehicle thieves have stolen 17 two-wheelers and cars, exposing the tall claims of the Chandigarh police regarding having stepped up patrolling during the festive season.

In a majority of the cases, the thieves have stolen two-wheelers from crowded markets and parking lots.

Police sources said Hero Honda motorcycles and Activa scooters were being particularly targeted by the thieves.

Fourteen incidents of theft in houses have been reported during this period. These also include cases of water meters stolen from outside houses and a dispensary.

Chandigarh has witnessed 429 cases of vehicle thefts and 270 other theft incidents till September 26 this year.

Baljinder Singh, chairman of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC), said the tall claims made by the Chandigarh police regarding steps taken to check theft incidents had fallen flat.

“Patrolling at market places and night patrolling in residential areas needs to be increased,” he said.

AS Cheema, DIG, Chandigarh, said vehicle thefts had nothing to do with the festive season as thefts were reported across the year. “Apart from stepping up patrolling, we also hold workshops for vehicle owners to make them aware about modern security devices in the market to prevent thefts,” the DIG said.

Theft cases reported this month

  • Oct 2: Five theft cases, including three motor vehicle thefts, registered.
  • Oct 3: Two-wheeler stolen.
  • Oct 4: Esteem car stolen from city.
  • Oct 5: Three cases of theft in houses reported from Sectors 8, 29 and 39; goods and jewellery worth several lakhs stolen. Two-wheeler also stolen from city.
  • Oct 6: Three theft incidents, including one each from a house and a showroom, reported; Two-wheeler also stolen.
  • Oct 7: Theft reported from a house in Mani Majra, Two mobile phones stolen from houses in separate incidents.
  • Oct 8: Four cases of vehicle thefts and two cases of house thefts registered at various police stations.
  • Oct 9: Two incidents of theft of two-wheelers, a theft in house and a theft of water meter from a dispensary reported.
  • Oct 10: Three cases of theft of two-wheelers registered at various police stations.

429 cases of vehicle theft reported this year

  • Till September 26, 429 cases of vehicle theft and 270 of other theft incidents have been reported from the city.
  • n During 2013, 874 vehicles were stolen while 645 other theft incidents were reported.


Health Dept raids sweets shops
Issues directions to shop owners to adhere to guidelines on food safety
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
In view of the festive season, teams of the UT Health Department today conducted raids at around a dozen sweets shops in the city and destroyed sweets and other items in quintals.

The drive was meant to issue directions to the sweets shop owners to adhere to the food safety guidelines else strict action will be taken against them.

The drive was conducted under the supervision of Additional Secretary (Health) SK Setia.

The health officials issued challans to the owners of two sweets shops in Mani Majra, including the owner of Panna Halwai and Shivam Sweets in Mani Majra after unhygienic conditions were found in their shops during the raid.

Raids were also conducted at sweets shops in Pulsora, Ram Darbar, Industrial Area and Darua village. A total of four teams were designated for the purpose to raid various sweets shops.

The team also raided Chandigarh sweets in Darua village and Aggarwal sweets in the same area.

Infected almonds were destroyed at Aggarwal Sweets and directions were issued to the owner to adhere to food safety standards. Barfi with excess synthetic colour and flies were also detected at various shops and instructions were then issued and sweets destroyed.

The team destroyed 15 kg ‘rasgullas’ and another 10 kg of sweets at the shops.

Around 50 kg of sweets, found to be cooked in unhygienic conditions, were also destroyed during a raid at Gobind Sweets in Ram Darbar.

As the festive season takes off, the Food Safety Cell of the UT Health Department is keeping an eye on all major sweet manufacturers in the city.

Under Epidemic Diseases Act, u/s 2, health officials are empowered to take immediate steps to ensure safety of residents by taking precautionary measures. Health officials are empowered to destroy food articles on-the-spot, which are exposed to dust and flies and prepared in unhygienic conditions.

The department has further warned the shop owners of action if they fail to maintain hygiene in future.

As per the Food Safety and Standards Act, cases of adulteration and labelling fall under the categories of substandard and misbranded food, while the use of synthetic and major adulterated products, including harmful chemicals fall under the unsafe category.

“The surprise checks will continue till the end of the festive season” said a food inspector.


  • Health officials issued challans to the owners of two sweets shops in Mani Majra.
  • Raids were also conducted at sweets shops in Pulsora, Ram Darbar, Industrial Area and Darua village.
  • The drive was conducted under the supervision of Additional Secretary (Health) SK Setia.



Bouncers step into cops’ shoes
Will keep eye on bad elements in P’kula Sector 7 market
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 11
With the Panchkula Police seemingly busy on election duties, bouncers will guard women in the city’s main market during the festive season. To prevent incidents of eve teasing, bouncers have been hired in the Sector 7 market.

The move follows after a girl was eve teased by boys during Karva Chauth in Sector 7 last year, leading to a brawl. Hence the market association had decided to hire bouncers this year.

Market President BB Kochhar said, “The local police said they were busy with the election duty. As the Sector 7 market witnesses heavy rush during the festive season, we decided to keep an eye on bad elements.”

He added, “Brawls are frequent in the market place. So instead of calling the police time and again, we have hired bouncers. We cannot take a risk.”

As many as four bouncers have been hired, who will keep an eye on miscreants in the market from 11 am onwards. As the festival of Diwali nears, their strength would be increased.

“The presence of bouncers will act as a deterrent for miscreants. Their presence is equivalent to presence of cops in uniform,” said Tanvi Khanna, a visitor.

Panchkula DCP Rahul Sharma said, “I am not aware of this thing. If some association is doing this, such precautionary measures are always welcome. But for elections, we have a separate force carrying out the duties.”

Sharma added, “Our headquarters have ensured that there is sufficient force to tackle the election duties in the festive season.”

The DCP also said PCRs are regularly patrolling markets to keep a vigil.



Aarti wins Mrs Karva Chauth title
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 11
To celebrate the occasion of ‘Karva Chauth’ in a special way, a fashion show of married women — Mrs Karva Chauth — was held at the Step 2 Step Dance Studio at Phase X here today. Out of total 20 participants, Aarti won the title of Mrs Karva Chauth, while the Best Catwalk title went to Monika.

Reeta won the title of Best Eyes, while Sonia and Sarita clinched the Best Smile and Best Mehandi titles, respectively.

“While observing the fast for the entire day, women feel it is difficult to pass time. To make them busy and make the day memorable for married women, we organised this event”, said Aaiyna, the creator of the show.

She said the event comprised different games and rounds of activities such as personal introduction round, tambola, mehandi presentation and the most exciting fashion show.

“The women, all dressed up in traditional and cultural attires, were very excited. I am feeling so happy and excited. This is my best Karva Chauth”, said Aarti after winning the top title.



NCC cadets take out peace march
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
As part of the International Day of the Girl Child, the Chandigarh NCC Group organised a peace march on Madhya Marg. The aim of the march was to spread awareness about the rights of girls and also to focus attention on the unique challenges that they face around the world.

About 60 girl cadets participated in the event, walking down from the main gate of the PGIMER in Sector 12 to Sector 17, carrying banners and raising slogans to save the girl child and empower girls during adolescence and preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence directed at them. Girl cadets called upon the society to join forces and reaffirm their commitment to end the scourge of violence against adolescent girls and to promote their empowerment.



Air Marshal takes charge

Air Marshal Jagjeet SinghChandigarh, October 11
Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh, VSM, takes over as Air Officer-in-Charge, Maintenance, at Air Headquarters. Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh VSM took over as the Air Officer-in-Charge at Air Headquarters on October 1.

He was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering branch in 1977 and is a PG in Electrical Engineering and a PG diploma holder in management.

He was conferred the Vishisht Seva Medal on January 26, 2007. — TNS



British Columbia working for world-class education: Premier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The Government of British Columbia was pleased to announce a grant of Rs 30 lakh as scholarship for the student exchange programme for aspiring students who want to pursue their education in Canada. The government is working on new innovations and brand new ideas to achieve world-class education.

Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia (BC), who is in the city with an education delegation from Canada, stated this during a roundtable on higher education at SD College.

She said the roundtable on higher education provided an excellent platform to discuss the vision that is necessary in order to set the framework for new education policies, ideas and sources so that the students of Canada, India and all across the world were able to face the competitive global world.

Dr Arun Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, proposed to have collaboration with the University of British Columbia to see how graduation schools can be connected to post-doctoral programmes.

“In order to strengthen our partnership with the BC, we will like to take fruitful steps and initiatives and have a single-window connection with the State of British Columbia,” he said.

Upkar Krishan Sharma, president, GGDSD College, said during the nine years of academic partnership with the University of Fraser Valley, the college had taken many important initiatives.

Dr SC Vaidiya, Dean Academics, SD College, appreciated the expertise shared by eminent personalities from the field of academia by way of valuable power-point presentations on emotional intelligence, challenges in higher education, vocational training and skill development programme.



Need for demonstration-based teaching, says IIT Professor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Prof HC Verma from the IIT-Kanpur delivered a lecture during the 29th National Annual Convention and Symposium of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College (SGGS), Sector 26, here, today. He shared his long experience of teaching physics.

According to him, most of the educational institutions are unable to ignite the scientific enquiry among students. For the desired results, there is an urgent need to stress on the demonstration-based teaching.

Prof Verma focused on three points - motivation for learning, retention and creativity. He emphasised on how to ask questions, but not on how to answer questions.

He showed some interesting experiments, which look simple, but when the physics of the experiments was probed, it generated serious discussion and rich understanding. Delegates and students from various colleges and schools will remember his innovative ideas and will serve as torchbearers for the future generations.

Besides, innovative experimental activities were demonstrated by the students of the college for the visitors. In addition to this, more than 37 poster and 40 oral presentations were delivered in the parallel sessions.



Students display innovative projects at science exhibition

Chandigarh, October 11
Brilliance World School, Panchkula, organised a science exhibition for students from Classes III to X. An art exhibition by students from Classes II to X was also held. There was an overwhelming participation from the students who displayed 45 exhibits related to science and also many exhibits of fascinating art.

Innovative projects like production of electricity from common salt, generation of electricity by moving cars on the road and catching the defaulter while jumping red light were exhibited by the students. Automatic streetlight, rainwater harvesting and generation of wind electricity caught the fancy of onlookers.

There were exhibits showing working of a biogas plant, water purifier, a system that explained the circulation of blood in a body by use of an electric circuit and a model showed how solar power is generated among others. — TNS



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