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Woman charred to death at Dera Bassi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 21
A 45-year-old woman was burnt to death at her residence in Rauni Mohalla, Dera Bassi, this evening. The victim, identified as Neelam, a government employee at the Central Warehouse, Panchkula, was unmarried and said to be under depression.

The victim’s mother, Shanti, said the incident could have taken place due to leakage in LPG cylinder. She said Neelam was preparing tea after returning from her workplace at around 5.30 in the evening when the incident occurred.

The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. The post-mortem would be conducted tomorrow.

The police are investigating the matter. 



Insurance company penalised
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 21
The Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company, Sector 9, Panchkula, has been penalised for not paying the cost of repairs of a dishwasher that was covered under a household policy.

The company has been directed to pay Rs 30,441, including Rs 5,441 as compensation for cost of repairing the dishwasher, Rs 20,000 as mental agony caused to the complainant and Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation.

In his complaint to the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Brig Bikramjit Singh, a resident of Sector 18 B, Chandigarh, stated that he got a household policy from the company and paid a premium of Rs 9,061. The policy, which was valid for the period November 11, 2013 till November 10, 2014, also covered ‘breakdown of domestic appliances’.

As per his complaint, on November 29, 2013, a dishwasher covered under the policy developed a defect, which was reported to the customer care of the company, which, in turn, deputed a surveyor to assess the damage and to have the appliance repaired under his supervision.

IFB, the makers of the dishwasher, repaired the machine under the instructions of the surveyor and presented a bill of Rs 5,441.

However, the company denied the claim. The factual averments raised by the complainant on the aspect of damage of dishwasher and its repair under the instructions of the surveyor were not controverted by the company, the forum observed.



Sub-standard groundnut
Big Bazaar told to pay Rs 10,000
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
A Ludhiana resident, who purchased a packet of groundnut worth Rs 52, from Big Bazaar store at Elante Mall, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, has been awarded Rs 10,000 compensation by the UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission after it was proved on record that the packet was spoiled and fungus infected, well before its expiry date. The Commission, which enhanced the fine amount from Rs 2,000 awarded by consumer forum to Rs 10,000 after an appeal was filed by the complainant, the commission also pulled up the food manufacturer for playing with the health of the consumers.The Commission had directed Big Bazaar and Future Agrovet Limited to pay consolidated compensation of Rs 10,000 to the complainant.

This appeal was directed against the order dated July 28, 2014 rendered by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, wherein the Big Bazaar was directed to pay Rs 2,000 compensation.

Complainant Dhiraj K Kathuria had purchased one pack of raw shelled groundnut (Golden Harvest Daily) for a sum of Rs 52 from Big Bazaar Store in September 2013.

It was alleged the groundnut got spoiled before the lapse of the specified best before date of six months. The said pack of Golden Harvest Daily Groundnut was manufactured by Future Agrovet Limited and the statutory information on the labels of packet of groundnut stated that the pack was manufactured and packed on August 8, 2013 with shelf life of six months from the date of packaging.

The complainant had also filed an application for analysis of sample of groundnut, along with the complaint asserting that the product had already passed the expiry date. The application filed by the appellant/complainant was allowed and the packet was sent for analysis to the Pubic Analyst, Government Laboratory, Sector 11, Chandigarh, to give its report about the fungus in the packet, and whether the groundnut was fit for human consumption. The report dated March 10, 2014 from the Food Analyst, Punjab, Chandigarh, was received, wherein, it stated that the sample was mould affected and having foul smell and was unsafe for human consumption.

The UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission headed by Justice (retd) Sham Sunder stated that it is evident that the packet was received after the date of expiry. “Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, we are of the considered view that the compensation awarded by the District Forum is on the lower side and the same is liable to be enhanced. Thus, the compensation is enhanced to Rs 10,000 which in our considered opinion shall meet the ends of justice,” ruled the Commission.



Two car thieves held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 21
The Mohali police have arrested two car thieves, who were active in the region for quite some time, and recovered five cars from their possession, here today.

The accused were identified as Jatinder Singh and Rajiv Kalra, both residents of Delhi. The police have recovered five cars including, two Toyota Etios, a Toyota Innova, a Honda City and a Hyundai Getz car.

Mohali SSP said the thieves were nabbed at a specially laid ‘naka’ by the police at Kharar.

“Both the thieves were active in the region and had stolen cars from Delhi and Chandigarh,” said SSP Bhatti. 



Bid to break ATM

Mohali, October 21
Some miscreants attempted to loot money by breaking the State Bank of Patiala’s (SBP) ATM machine, installed at Kumbhra village late night.

According to bank officials, some miscreants have tried to break the machine. “They could not succeed in their attempt. Later they also damaged the CCTV camera, installed in the machine,” said the officials.

No guard has been deputed at the ATM counter, the matter came to light today morning. The police are investigating the matter. — TNS



Inter-school Football tourney
GMSSS-22 book berth in final
Tribune News Service

Players of Saupin’s School and St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School vie for the ball during a match played in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Players of Saupin’s School and St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School vie for the ball during a match played in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, October 21
The team of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 22, for the fifth time, booked their berth in the final of girls (U-14) inter-school championship being held here today.

In the semi-final played today, the team overpowered Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, 3-1. The GMSSS team scored first goal through Aanchal in the 14th minute. She scored the lead with solo effort dodging rival’s custodian with ease. The lead was doubled by Ritika, in the 34th minute. She smartly placed the ball over the goal line from an awarded free kick. She again came to fore with her second and team’s third goal in the 46th minute to confirm the victory.

In a match of boys (U-14), Government Model High School, Sector 20, defeated Chitkara International School, 4-3 in a tie-breaker while St. Xavier’s School, Sector 44, defeated Saupin’s School, Sector 32, by a solitary goal scored by Urgan. 



Panjab varsity beat SGGS-26 in handball
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The handball team of Panjab University Campus defeated SGGS College, Sector 26, in a league match of the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Handball Championship for men, being held at Panjab University Grounds, here today. 

The PU campus side defeated SGGS College 36-28 while in their second league match the PU campus side posted win over DAV College, Malout, 35-25. Earlier, in their league matches, SGGS College, Sector 26, beat GGDSD College, Chandigarh, 40-24 whereas DAV College, Malout defeated GGDSD College, Sector 32, 38-31.



PU Inter-college shooting championship
DAV College-10 sweep the board
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
Shooters of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, bagged the winner’s title of Panjab University Inter-College Shooting Championship for men and women, held at Panjab University shooting range, here today.

The team secured first position with 19 points. The team of Panjab University Campus ended their campaign at runners-up spot with scoring six points.

The team of GN College, Doraha, and SCD Government College secured the third position with three points, respectively.

Results: Individual events

Air Pistol (Women): Mandeep Sandhu, DAV College-10, 1; Laxmi DGC, Badal, 2; Lovleen Kaur, DAV College-10, 3.

Air Pistol (Men): Ajitesh Kaushal, DAV College-10, 1; Vishwajeet, PU, 2; Ankush Kumar, DAV College-10, 3.

Air Rifle (Women): Nina Chandel, GCG-11,1; Vinita Bhardwaj, DAV College-10, 2; Razia Malhotra, DAV College-10, 3.

Air Rifle (Men): Milanpreet Singh, DAV College–10,1; Ajaypal Singh Gill, GN College, Dohara, 2; Gagandeep Singh, DAV College–10, 3.

Team events

Air Pistol (Women): DAV College, Sector–10, Chandigarh

Air Pistol (Men): DAV College, Sector – 10, Chandigarh

Air Rifle (Women): DAV College, Sector–10, Chandigarh.



Mohali drub Jalandhar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The cricket team of Mohali defeated Jalandhar by 42 runs in a match of inter-district match for FC Mittal Trophy, played at Cricket Stadium of Sector 16, here. Jalandhar skipper Taruwar Kohli opted to field first and tasted the success. For Jalandhar, Rahul Sharma claimed a five wicket haul for 56-runs while Navdeep Singh claimed 3 for 45.

In reply, Jalandhar’s team was bundled out for 222 in 45.5 overs. For Mohali, Maninder Singh claimed 3 for 38 while Varun Khanna and Harmeet Singh took two wickets each.



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