IAF's Jaguar suffers bird hit, lands safely in Ambala

It was a narrow escape for an Indian Air Force Jaguar pilot on Thursday at an air base here when a bird hit the aircraft, officials said.
One of the engines of the aircraft failed after being hit by the bird. The pilot, however, managed to land safely.

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Seven killed in Haryana road accident

Dense fog claimed seven lives when an unidentified heavy vehicle hit two cars on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway in Haryana early on Saturday, police said.
The victims belonged to Chandigarh and included three women, two minors and their driver.
Three others were injured in the accident and rushed to the Civil Hospital in Ambala before being referred to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh as their condition was serious.
The accident took place on the fog-enveloped highway close to the Drive In-22 resort near Ambala, around 40 km from here.
The victims, who were in two cars, were on their way from Chandigarh to Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. They had stopped on the highway as one of the cars developed a snag and the heavy vehicle rammed into their cars from behind in the heavy fog.
Police said the driver of the unidentified heavy vehicle escaped from the spot.
Eight persons had died in a massive pile-up of vehicles in thick fog in Haryana's Jhajjar district on Monday.
Dense fog has been prevailing over most parts of Punjab and Haryana in the past few days, especially along highways. The region is experiencing cold wave conditions for over a week.

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Thunderstorms likely in NCR including Rohtak, Jind

Thunderstorm with light rain and strong winds is expected in the National Capital Region (NCR), including Jind, Rohtak and Bhiwani, the weather office warned late Monday evening.
"Thunderstorms with light rain and strong winds would occur over NCR, including Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Narnaul, during the next two hours," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in the release.
Earlier, the Haryana government closed schools for two days -- Monday and Tuesday -- as a preventive measure following the thunderstorm warning.
The Delhi government on Monday said that in view of the Met office warning for various parts of India, including the national capital, all city schools would remain closed in the afternoon shift on Tuesday.
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President’s Standard to be presented to two IAF units at Ambala on Nov 10

President Pranab Mukherjee will award the prestigious President’s Standard to 501SU, Signal Unit and 30 Squadron, during a grand ceremonial parade scheduled to be held at Air Force Station Ambala on November 10. 
"Presidents Standards or 'Nishaan' are much coveted and have a special significance for all of us in uniform," stated Air Marshal S B Deo, AOC in C, Western Air Command, while addressing a curtain raiser press conference  at Air Force Station Ambala yesterday.
The Station Commander of 501 Signal Unit, Group Captain Vineet Jindal and Commanding Officer of 30 Squadron, Wing Commander Abhay Arun Phasnsalkar will receive the President’s Standard.
The President will also release a First Day Cover of 501 Signal Unit and 30 Squadron during the ceremony. 
Operational outfits of IAF become eligible for award of President’s Standard only after completion of 18 years. The selection is based on their performance and achievements, both during peace and hostilities. 
This honour is an acknowledgement of the meritorious service rendered by the selected units over the years. 
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Deo and other dignitaries would witness the ceremony. Retired Air Warriors and previous Commanding Officers of both the recipient units are also invited for the occasion. 
Various dignitaries expected to grace the President’s Standard Presentation Ceremony are the Governor of Haryana, Chief Minister and senior state government officials, an official press release added.

Ambala becomes first town in Haryana to experience Airtel 4G

Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel Limited today launched its 4G services on dongles, Wi-Fi CPEs (customer premise equipment), Mi-Fi and Wi-Fi dongles in Ambala in Haryana. 
With this, Haryana has become the eighth circle where Airtel customers can experience 4G speeds in India. 
"Customers can now experience the all new ‘electrifying’ internet browsing experience with the Airtel’s 4G home Wi-Fi solutions.
Customers will be able to connect to the fastest ever internet service and enjoy capabilities like high definition video streaming with zero buffering, download 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, upload full holiday albums in less than 5 minutes by uploading 2 high quality photos per second and connect multiple devices without any experience constraint," a press release from the company said.
Mr Manu Sood, Hub CEO – Upper North, Bharti Airtel (India) said, “We are delighted to launch 4G services in Ambala, Haryana.  The much awaited launch of Airtel 4G services fulfills a huge market requirement and will give customers in Ambala a choice to upgrade to cutting edge 4G technology - the most advanced broadband experience available across the globe today. Over the last few months, we at Airtel have made significant investments in building a robust 4G network here. We invite our data savvy customers in Ambala to enjoy this world class data experience which we are offering at unbeatable prices.”
According to the release, the wi-fi CPEs, priced at Rs 2,500, have been bundled with a host of affordable 4G plans and are available across select Airtel retail outlets in Ambala. 
Earlier in April 2012, Airtel had launched 4G services in Kolkata. Airtel’s 4G services are now available across India including Bengaluru, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mangaluru Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Kapurthala, Moga, Bathinda and Patiala. 
Further, 4G trials have been launched for existing Airtel customers in Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai and Mumbai, the release added.

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CBI arrests two Northern Railway officers in separate bribery cases

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested an Inspector of Works (IOW) (Construction) and an Assistant Divisional Mechanical Engineer, both of Northern Railway, Ambala Cantonment, in separate cases of bribery.
A press release from the agency said a case had been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act alleging that the IOW, working in the office of the Executive Engineer, Northern Railway, Ambala Cantt., had demanded a bribe of Rs 16,000, later reduced to Rs 15,000, for releasing the bank guarantee, securities and earnest money of a businessman.
On the basis of the complaint from the businessman, the CBI laid a trap and allegedly caught the official red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 15,000 from him.
A search of the official's premises yielded a recovery of Rs 1.75 lakh in cash and some "incriminating documents", the release said. He was produced before the designated court and remanded in judicial custody.
In the second case, the agency arrested an Assistant Divisional Mechanical Engineer(ADME), Northern Railway, Ambala Cantt., for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.2,000 from a local contractor.
The contractor said in his complaint to the agency that the official had demanded the bribe for passing monthly bills pertaining to works awarded to him. The complaint said the official asked for a bribe on a monthly basis, failing which his payments would be stopped.
The CBI registered a case against the engineer and laid a trap in which he was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 2000. Searches are being conducted at the office and residential premises of accused, the release said.

One killed, another injured in road mishap near Ambala


One person was killed and another injured when a truck rammed into a motorcycle near here yesterday in dense fog, police said.

The truck, driven rashly, hit the bike yesterday crushing the deceased badly, police sources said. 
The deceased was identified as one Rampal, resident of village Dukheri, while the injured pillion rider was his nephew Yogesh, they said.   
The injured was sent to the local hospital for treatment. Police in Saha have registered a case, the sources added.

11 students among 12 killed in road mishap near Ambala in Haryana


Eleven school children and a driver were killed and several others injured when a school van collided with a truck near Saha, 10 km from here, today.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and announced a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin those killed in the accident.
The accident occurred when the van, carrying students in the age group of 4 to 11 years, was on its way to Arjun Public School, located near Saha, this morning
The driver of the bus died on the spot while eight of the students were declared brought dead by the doctors at the Ambala Cantt civil hospital.
One student later succumbed to his injuries at civil hospital Shahbad while two others died in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh.
The deceased were idenitified as Vishal, Rahul, Lovlesh, Ashish, Ashu, Pulkit, Divya, Rishab, Raveesh, Harish and Anu.
Sixteen of the injured students were admitted to GMCH Chandigarh while three others were taken to Military Hospital, Ambala.
Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi and DCP Shashank Anand reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation.
The parents of the children complained that the van provided for carrying the children to school had capacity to accommodate 12 students but over 30 children were packed in it daily. They demanded action against the school management.
Hooda, who visited the city after the incident, ordered a magisterial enquiry to look into the circumstances leading to the tragic accident.
Hooda announced a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the accident. He also announced an aid of Rs 25,000 to each seriously injured and Rs 10,000 to each injured.
The Chief Minister said all the injured would be treated free of cost.
Hooda visited various hospitals to enquire about the well-being of the injured students.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner ordered a change in the school timings in the district. The school timings would now be from 1000 hrs to 1530 hrs.

RDX seized from car at Ambala Cantonment railway station

Police in Haryana have recovered five kg of RDX, five detonators and two timer devices from a car parked at the Ambala Cantonment railway station in the state late on Wednesday night.
Haryana Police bomb squad inspecting a car on October 13, 2011 from which  about five kg RDX was recovered the previous night. The Indica car had a fake license plate number  HR 03 0054 and was at a  parking lot at the Ambala Cantonment railway station. UNI PHOTO
Haryana Police bomb squad inspecting a car on October 13, 2011 from which about five kg RDX was recovered the previous night. The Indica car had a fake license plate number HR 03 0054 and was at a parking lot at the Ambala Cantonment railway station. UNI PHOTO

Police in Haryana have recovered five kg of RDX, five detonators and two timer devices from a car parked at the Ambala Cantonment railway station in the state late last night.

Haryana Director General of Police said the police had acted on a tip-off. The explosive was kept in the rear portion of the car.

A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the recent blast outside the Delhi High Court, has reached the scene to examine the seized explosives.

According to sources, the explosives were sent by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) from Jammu and Kashmir and were meant to be handed over to Babbar Khalsa operatives. They were allegedly sent to be used for a terrorist attack in Delhi, they said.

The blue Indica car, bearing number plate HR 03R-0054, was parked at the railway station and it created suspicion when no one came to take possession of the vehicle.

The Haryana police also received a message from the Delhi Police aboutthe presence of a car loaded with explosives in the area.

On receipt of information, Deputy Commissioner S P Srow and DCP Sashank Anand reached the station with forces. A search was conducted in which a sweet box and some documents with Jammu address were recovered from the car.


On intensive search of the car, the police recovered two packets containing RDX from inside the vehicle. Military jawans were called to coordinate with the police. The car was cordoned off and sand bags were placed around the car parking lot.

At about midnight, forensic teams were called from Madhuvan, Karnal, Hisar and Ludhiana. A bomb disposal squad reached from Madhuvan, which during a further search found two timers and five detonators.

Sources said the Delhi police was in search of the suspected car for some time after they had received information that members of terrorist outfits had left Jammu and Kashmir with explosives to be used in Delhi during the Diwali festival period.



Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Army jawan drowned, 5 others rescued in flash flood in Ambala district

An Army jawan drowned while five other military personnel, who were washed away in a flash flood in Begna river near Brargarh village last night in this district of Haryana, were rescued early this morning. 

The incident occurred when an advance team of an Army unit with two vehicles, a heavy truck and a jeep, had reached Baragaon open grounds at around 2130 hrs. Both the vehicles were parked on
the bank of Begna river passing near the village.

Following heavy rains in the mountains, the river was flooded and started overflowing the banks at around 0330 hrs.

Both Army vehicles were washed away with six jawans sleeping in them. There was no clue about the jawans till the water started receding.

The Army troops, who had reached there on receiving information, started a search and rescued five jawans from drowning while the sixth was found drowned near village Banaundi.

His body was recovered by the Army divers and was taken to Military hospital. The five injured jawans were also rushed to the hospital for treatment.

It was learnt that the Army unit had sent the advance party to instal the tents and other paraphernalia for a military exercise which is held in the sprawling ground as a routine matter.


Couple shot dead by landlord in Ambala, Haryana: Police

A couple was allegedly shot dead by their landlord in DWS Colony on the Jalbehra Road here this morning, police said.

According to the police, while Jit Singh died on the spot, his wife Neena succumbed to her injuries in the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where she was referred from the local Civil Hospital in a precarious condition.

Accused landlord Ramesh Khurana, who surrendered to police, claimed that he committed the crime as he was harassed by the couple over vacation of his premises, the police said. He said his repeated requests to the duo had no affect.

It was learnt that the accused and the victims again quarrelled over the issue this morning before Khurana allegedly shot the duo dead. Ambala Sadar police have registered a case and are investigating, the police added.


4 killed in slum fire in Ambala, Haryana

Four people, including a girl, were killed and three injured in a fire in the slum area near New Anaj Mandi here late last night.

The fire, which was suspected to have been caused due to bursting of crackers to celebrate the Indian victory in World Cup, reduced to ashes six huts within minutes in which the inmates of a family were burnt badly.

Of the seven injured, four died on the spot and the other three were rushed to the civil hospital from where they were referred to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh in a precarious condition.

The fire fire tenders could not reach the locality due to density of slums. The residents tried to extinguish the fire but did not succeed, official sources said.

The deceased were identified as Raghu (33), Meghraj (25), Roshan (18) and Suman (1), the sources added.


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