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Snags in royal rituals
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 28
After a hectic schedule at Anandpur Sahib , the Duchess of Cornwall had a bad day at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today.

First, her dress was left dripping and soiled while she was planting a sapling and then she fell down when she was about to sit to sign the visitor’s book. The Prince sitting next to her ,sprung to his feet and steadied her up back into the chair.

Taking turns at planting Ashoka saplings, first, the Prince did the honours . He got busy talking to the NIPER Director, Prof Rama Rao. Camilla planted the sapling and watered it . Just when she was about to get up, the container slipped from the hands of the person assisting her, spilling water on her.

The royalty stood looking flabbergasted .Someone gave the Duchess a napkin to wipe her dress, but she could just manage to wipe her hands.

Minutes later, the Duchess and the Prince were called to sign the institute’s visitor book. The Prince pulled his chair forwardand sat to sign the book . The Duchess was about to sit down ,presuming that her chair too had been pulled forward . She fell down , as the chair had not been pulled for her.It was still a foot away.

The Prince who was trying to arrest her fall, steadied her and helped her to the chair as the embarrassed organisers scurried around.

Clutching her straw hat and stole , the Duchess and Prince Charles sat in their Mercedes waving goodbye.

The Prince’s crushed grey suit bore testimony of today’s hectic itinerary starting from Patiala in the morning, then stopping over at Anandpur Sahib and ending the trip at Mohali.

The couple had arrived in a chopper landing in Mohali at about 2.30 pm. Though over 30 cars accompanied the Prince’s Mercedes to the institute, unlike yesterday the Prince and his wife were accompanied by a handful of officials and securitymen.

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UT was advised not to give
full-scale formal welcome to Prince

Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Even as Prince Charles, the future king of Britain, today concluded his much-publicised two-day trip across Punjab, the Union Ministry of External Affairs, had instructed the Chandigarh Administration that a full-scale formal welcome, as per protocol, was not required to receive or to send-off the Prince and his entourage at the airport here.

The MEA had stopped the administration from rolling out "a red carpet" to welcome Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker, the Duchess of Cornwall as the royal couple was on a private visit. This meant the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had to roll out the "red carpet" to welcome the couple and not the administrative machinery of Chandigarh where they were actually arriving.

On Monday, the plane carrying the high-profile couple of the British monarchy, had landed at the Chandigarh Airport that is located within the jurisdiction of the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Whenever a plane carrying a VVIP lands here, the Chandigarh Administration, that works directly under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, is assigned for protocol duties.

When asked about the absence of senior functionaries at the airport, to either receive or send-off the future King of Britain, the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, explained that they sought instructions from the MEA on what kind of protocol was to be followed for Prince Charles.

The MEA had clarified that Charles and Camilla were on a "private visit" to Punjab and consequently a full-scale ceremony was ruled out, he clarified, while adding that had the MEA classified it as official visit we would have been asked to follow protocol. In case of Prince Charles, only the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.K.Rao, and the SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, were at the airport to oversee the arrangements.

Under normal full-scale ceremony reserved for Heads of state, the Governor of Punjab, who is also the Administrator of UT, the Adviser, who enjoys the rank of Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Finance Secretary and the Inspector General of Police are present at the airport.

Officials explained that protocol was on a reciprocal basis. It is based on what kind of protocol is reserved by Britain for a person placed at a similar position in India. In this case Prince Charles may be at par with the Vice-President of India.

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Bear pleads with Prince to ‘save my skin’
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
There seems to be no escape for Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwell from the bear. Though there were plenty of bear hugs for the Royal couple in Punjab a “bear” followed them passionately from all the way from London with a passionate appeal to “save my skin”.

Though banning bear fur from the Queen Elizabeth’s guard’s ceremonial bearskin hats must have been the last thing on Prince Charles’ mind, PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ensured its yearlong campaign did not go unnoticed, with activists coming all the way from Mumbai to protest outside the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali today which Prince Charles and the Duchess visited today.

An activist dressed as a bear carrying a placard “save my skin” attracted more attention of the security personnel deployed there than the Prince himself.

Undeterred, however, Swati Shah and Roshni D’ Silva, activists with PETA, are now all set to go to Jodhpur to carry on their campaign to encourage the Prince to convince Queen Elizabeth II to call off the slaughter of Canada’s black bears for the Queen’s guard’s ceremonial bearskin hats and use faux fur instead.

“We will follow him at all his public engagements during his one week visit to India,” informs 22-year-old Swati. “The same is done by activists all around the world. The Bear follows the Prince and the Queen on all their visits,” she adds.

It takes the entire skin of one bear-sometimes two -to just make one guard’s headpiece. Black bears are still hunted down and shot in Canada, and their skins are shipped to Britain for the guards’ ceremonial hats, she informs further.

“The British Government claims to care about animal welfare, yet it supports the infliction of suffering on intelligent, curious black bears. Some black bears escape after they are shot and die slowly from blood loss or inflected wounds. When mother bears are killed, they leave behind orphaned cubs who cannot survive on their own. In the 21st century there is no excuse for using ceremonial hats made of animal skins,” states 24-year-old Roshni who is in fact the Bear.

The British Army has already adopted other synthetic materials. Fake leopard skin is now worn by drummers in military bands.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) claims it has been looking for a faux fur substitute for bearskins. “PETA has sent information of the top notch faux fur suppliers which can meet all its needs, however, they are still skirting the issue. Prince Charles is a staunch defender of the environment, so we hope he will oppose slaughtering of Black Bears for something as frivolous as ceremonial hats,” states Swati.

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Drug addict ends life
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
Unable to break free from the web of drugs, a 23-year-old addict ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance at his Dadu Majra Colony residence. His body was recovered from his rented accommodation late last night when his room mate came back to the city after three days.

The police said the victim has been identified as Navjot Mehta, a resident of Model Town, Ambala. In two suicide notes that the police recovered from the room, the victim had held no one responsible for his death. "In one of the suicide notes the victim addressing his brother, wrote that he was ending his life due to his bad habits and drug addiction. Asking his brother to take care of their mother, he asked him not to shed tears over his death. In the other suicide note he expressed his wish to donate his body, adding that the doctors must be informed before hand that he was a drug addict", said a police official investigation the case.

Giving details of the incident, the sources in the Sector 39 police station the suicide came to light when Mr Gurpreet Singh, the room mate of victim, came back to the room and found it locked from inside. When his repeated knocks went unanswered he broke open the door and found the listless body of Navjot lying on a sofa. He informed first Gurish, the victim's brother in Ambala about the incident. After Gurish reached the city at around 1 am they called the police. The victim's brother told the police that Navjot was working in a call centre in Sector 38-C.

Navjot came back to the city after visiting his family in Ambala on Friday last. He had also reportedly talked to his mother over the phone on Saturday. After that no one has any information about him.

The police today handed over the victim's body to his family after a post-mortem. Meanwhile, the police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in this regard.

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Student killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
A 22-year-old student of Rayat College of Engineering and Technology was killed while three others were injured after their over speeding car rammed into an electricity pole near Jayanti Majri Naka late last night. The victim, Gagandeep Singh of Kapurthala, succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, said the police.

Giving details of the accident, the sources in the Sector 11 police station said the accident occurred at around 11 pm when Prabhjot Singh of Sector 36, the driver of the car, lost his control over his speeding car and rammed it against the electricity pole. All the four youngsters were coming from Perch Dam in Jayanti Devi temple. "Gagndeep was sitting behind the driver and sustained serious head injuries that claimed his life while the driver and the other two escaped with minor injuries", said a police officer investigating the case. The other two injured were identified as Paramdeep Singh and Pavitar Singh.

A case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the Indian penal Code was registered against Prabhjot Singh. He was arrested in this connection and was later released on bail, said the police.

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Stable liquor prices keep tipplers guessing
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
With just three days left for an end to the monopoly of the liquor cartel which has been “dictating” the prices of liquor in the past and the current financial year, the cartel today adopted wait-and-catch policy in the run up to March 31.

While the prices of popular brands of liquor and beer in the adjoining vends in Mohali and Panchkula came down by about 50 per cent, the prices did not fall at most of the vends in the city. There was disappointment among the tipplers who could be seen making enquiries at the vends in Sectors 17, 22 and 35. The only exception was the liquor vends at Mani Majra.

A survey of the city and its adjoining areas revealed that while a bottle of Royal Stag was selling for Rs 250 at the Industrial Area, Phase II vend, the same was available for Rs 180 in Mani Majra. Other brands like Royal Challenge and Peter Scotch were being sold at Rs 300 per bottle and Aristocrat Premium was selling for Rs 180 per bottle in Mani Majra.

While the price of different brands of beer was Rs 30 per bottle in Mani Majra, it was being sold for Rs 50 in rest of the city.

Mr Manjinder Singh, a liquor contractor, said the prices had been reduced in Mani Majra to check the prices reduced by the contractors across the border in Panchkula. Today, the prices of country liquor and cheap brands of IMFL and beer were reduced in Mohali. “Now we will follow the same formulae at our vends adjoining Mohali,” he added.

He claimed that the stock clearance at 50 per cent of the earlier cost would start at all vends in the city from tomorrow.

Enquiries reveal that the prices of different brands of liquor would fall by 15 per cent to 20 per cent. “The exact would be known from April 1 onwards,” a contractor said.

Some on the new entrants did not rule out the possibility of all allottees having a pact on liquor prices, which could mean less fall in the prices. The cartel controlled by liquor baron has managed to get some of the best located vends in the city.

On the condition of anonymity, a new entrant in the liquor trade said he would for an experiment engage salesgirls to attract customers. It had been often said that salesmen were rude in dealing with the customers, he added.

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Punjab, Haryana to get fresh power allocation
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
To meet the demand for power in Punjab and Haryana in the coming summer season, the Union Government will make a firm allocation of power to both states in two major hydro-power projects, in Bhutan and the Tehri Dam, says the Chairman of the Central Electricity Authority, Mr Rakesh Nath.

This will be in addition to the existing allocation of power from central projects.

Mr Rakesh Nath was talking to The Tribune here today. He was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the All-India Power Boards Hockey Meet.

Mr Rakesh Nath said the hydro-power project in Bhutan would be commissioned by June while the Tehri project was expected to start generation by May. The Central Government was in the process of completing a high-capacity power carrying line from eastern India which would be able to "wheel" the surplus of power in the eastern grid to North India in the coming monsoon season. About 400 MW of surplus power was available in the Eastern grid, Mr Rakesh Nath added.

In another crucial development, the North Power Grid would be linked to other zonal grids to enable a high-frequency transmission of power among the existing zonal grids. Till now, a small fixed amount of power was transferred through the existing system of grid connectivity.

With these steps, the power shortage in the northern states was expected to ease, said Mr Rakesh Nath. He said Punjab and Haryana, along with Maharashtra, had the highest per capita consumption of power in the country.

Mr Rakesh Nath said the focus of the Government of India was to promote hydro- power generation. The country needed to add 60,000 MW of generating capacity by the end of the 11th Plan —that meant the end of the financial year in March, 2012. From now on the target was to add 10,000 MW each year to meet this demand. By 2012, the demand was projected to reach 1.57 lakh MW.

The Government of India had taken up a total of 77 schemes in the hydro-power sector, in which the cost of generation would be less than Rs 2.50 per unit. A bulk of the projects was in the North-East and another chunk in Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. About 18,000 MW would be added to the generating capacity in the next five to six years. Another 3,000 MW of nuclear power was to be added.

Besides, the Central Government was setting up ultra-mega projects for thermal power.

The sites would be the pitheads — the source of coal — or the coastal areas where imported coal could be used. Mr Rakesh Nath was candid in admitting that the private sector needed to be involved to meet the target of adding 60,000 MW of power in the next six years. The Central Government might not have such huge resources.

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NRI challaned for not having Indian driving licence
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, March 28
Ignorance on part of a Chandigarh Traffic Police officer cost an NRI dear. He was challaned for “failure to produce a driving licence on demand”, just because the cop on duty could not recognise an international licence possessed by the NRI.

Mr Nelson Elvis Honey, a NRI presently living Ontario in Canada, was stopped by a traffic police officer near Aroma traffic lights on Sunday as his co-passenger was not wearing a seat belt. The officer asked him for his driving licence and he showed his international driving licence issued by a competent authority in Canada. The cop, while refusing to recognise the driving licence, demanded that he produce an Indian driving licence. After that the cop asked him to hand over the registration certificate of the vehicle and issued a challan.

Mr Nelson further added that when he went to the Traffic Police Lines in Sector 29 next day, he was asked to deposit a fine of Rs 100 for being unable to produce a driving licence. “The officer on duty there told me that the international driving licence is valid in India only for six months. I tried to explain that the same is valid for one year and even if it is valid for six months I was challaned wrongly as my licence was issued in November 2005.”

Not only this, Mr Nelson alleged that he was asked to show his passport to check the date of his arrival in country. Afterwards he was asked to deposit the fine. Finally, the police officers asked him to collect his documents from the court after one month.

The UT Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Inspector Prem Singh Malik expressed ignorance about the matter. He, however, maintained that Chandigarh Traffic Police does recognise international driving licences.

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Bartana residents want special bus service resumed
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 28
With the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking(CTU authorities having stopped the special bus service between Bartana and Tribune Model School, Sector 29,residents of Bartana and the adjoining areas are a harassed lot.

In fact, with the new academic session round the corner, hundreds of students are at their wits' end as commuting from Bartana, Zirakpur, Raipur Khurd and Hallo Majra to Chandigarh would pose a major problem.

It may be recalled that the special bus service was started about 13 years ago during the tenure of late Beant Singh.Hundreds of the students benefited from the service as the timings of the buses coincided with the school timings. However, the bus service was stopped following the introduction of the new grid system by the CTU.

In place of the special bus service, the CTU has introduced the Route No 85, which runs between Bartana and the Inter-State Bus Terminus(ISBT).However, this service is not of much help to the commuters, particularly the students, as this follows a new route via Mauli Jagran and Raipur Kalan.Not only that, the bus has to cross two level crossings wasting precious time.

Meanwhile,The Tribune Friends Coop House Building Society Limited, Bartana, in a representation to the Transport Secretary, has again demanded the resumption of the bus service.

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MC files plea over SCO

Chandigarh, March 28
Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh (MCC) has filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to take back possession of an SCO in pocket 6 of Manimajra.

According to sources, the SCO was leased out to SPR Estate Private Limited. An order was passed in 2000 to take possession of the SCO after its lease owner refused to pay the lease money.

Sources said that allottee filed a petition in the High Court against the repossession of the SCO. However, the High Court in January passed an order and asked the allottee to pay Rs 2.76 crore. The allotee submitted the said amount through a draft in the court, which was later given to the MCC.

The MCC however did not encash the draft when it found that the market price of the SCO was around Rs 10 crore. In the SLP filed, it has however been stated that the market price of the SCO is about Rs 6 crore and the allottee should pay the market price or surrender the possession of the SCO to the MCC. TNS

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MC, Admn staff strike today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Employees of the Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration will observe a daylong strike tomorrow. This was stated by members of the co-ordination committee of the MC employees and workers of the UT, Chandigarh, at a press conference here yesterday.

They are pressing for the implementation of the Central Government service conditions for the UT employees, the grant of bonus to the UT employees and appointment on compassionate ground.

Addressing a press conference, convener of the coordination committee of employees of MC and UT Rakesh Kumar said their protest was going on for the past 15 months. They had been demanding the implementation of the Central Government rules in place of the Punjab Government rules.

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PF issues discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
A meeting of the Regional Committee, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, Punjab region, was held at the Punjabi Mini-Secretariat here today.

It was chaired by Mr M.P. Singh, Secretary, Labour and Employment, Punjab, and attended by the Labour Commissioner, other officers of the Punjab Government and representative of employers and employees.

Mr R.K. Kukreja, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner and secretary of the committee, welcomed the chairman and other members of the committee.

Issues pertaining to the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, were discussed. It was reiterated that the Bhavishya Nidhi Adalat would be held in all regional and sub-regional offices of the organisation in Punjab on the 10th of every month and on the next working day if the same happened to be a holiday.

It was advised by the members that legal action be initiated against employers and establishments not complying with provisions of the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, and not attesting claim forms of EPF members.

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Unions oppose new AC taxis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The Chandigarh Administration’s decision to introduce air-conditioned taxis in the tricity has raised a storm with the taxi unions opposing the decision tooth and nail.

Urging the administration to hold the decision “in abeyance”, the Ekta Taxi Union, Railway Station, alleged that the decision would hit taxi operators hard. The “one-sided” decision had been taken by the administration without taking the taxi operators into confidence.

Since Chandigarh and its satellite towns of Mohali and Panchkula are small places, the introduction of the new taxis would push the existing taxi operators out of business.

If the new taxi service is to be introduced, a meeting of all city taxi operators should be called and a consensus worked out, the union added.

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NABARD seminar opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, today asked the NABARD authorities to reorient their approach and utilise the bank’s resources to empower the common man and help improve quality of life, besides accelerating the process of national development through public-private partnerships.

Inaugurating the first credit seminar organised by NABARD for agriculture and rural development of Chandigarh here today, General Rodrigues emphasised on the need for a full-scale analysis of policies and programmes to identify impediments in the flow of need-based credit to disadvantaged sections.

He said NABARD had the major function of providing and regulating credit for the development of agriculture.

He said generally, agriculture loans taken by small farmers with petty land holdings were used for meeting compulsive social needs, which defeated the real purpose.

He said such an approach led to societal problems, leaving them in debt, followed by suicides, which must stop.

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Junked rail coach catches fire

Chandigarh, March 28
A major causality was averted today when a fire broke out at the Kalka railway station yard. The fire occurred at about 12 pm when a condemned narrow gauge coach caught fire at the yard . It took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control and no causality or loss of life was reported. The cause of fire was however not known.

“The fire occurred in an isolated line yard. A condemned coach caught fire,” informed Mr M.N Bari Station Superindent ,Kalka. “All precautionary steps have been taken,” he further added. — TNS

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Farmers protest wheat import decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh staged a protest against the UPA government at Matka Chowk here today. They were protesting the government’s decision to import wheat.

Addressing the farmers, Mr Harjit Grewal, national secretary of the BJP, stated that the UPA government had failed to safe guard the interests of the farmers. He said the farmers should be encouraged to yield more wheat by increasing the MSP from Rs 650 to at least Rs 850. Captain Kanwaljit Singh, former minister, said a CBI enquiry should be marked into the mater. Both speakers demanded that the agricultural sector should be separated from the main budget on the lines of the railway budget.

Addressing a press conference after the rally, Mr Vinod Pandey, national president of party’s Kissan Morcha, said the issue did not end here and the problem would arise after five years. “This import will hit the attitude and approach of the domestic farmers,” he stated.

Rajya Sabha MP from HP Kirpal Parmar, former Union minister I.D. Swami, former ministers Ram Vilas Sharma, Surjit Kumar Jaiyni, former MP Satya Pal Jain and former Mayor Gyan Chand Gupta were among other who were present at the rally.

The leaders also met the Haryana Governor and handed over a memorandum to him to forward it to the President.

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Pharmacists lathicharged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The police resorted to lathi charge and use of water canons and threw tear gas at protesting activists of the Punjab Pharmacist Association at Matka Chowk here today. As many as 12 activists got injured in the action. No severe injuries were, however, reported.

The incident occurred at about 4:30 pm when the activists tried to break and cross over the barricades. The police first used water canons, but when the activists refused to budge, the police used tear gas that too proved ineffective because of opposite wind direction. The policemen finally retorted to a lathi charge.

SSP Gaurav Yadav reached the spot. Mr R.K. Nagpal, Special Secretary, Health, was also called in to take the memorandum and listen to the demands of the pharmacists, which included shifting the administrative control of 1,193 rural dispensaries to the Zila Parishads.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Health and Medical Directorate Employees Union condemned the act and demanded action against the police.

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Ex-Mayor bereaved

Panchkula, March 28
Ashwani Gupta, son of a former Mayor of Chandigarh and treasurer of the Haryana BJP, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, died in an accident after his car collided with a truck in front of the ITBP camp at Bhanu today.

Twentyfive year-old Ashwani was on his way from Barwala when his car collided with a truck at around 8:30 pm. He was rushed to the Sector 6 General Hospital, here, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. OC

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19 kg heroin seized
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
In a major breakthrough, the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) and Border Security Force following a joint operation claimed to have seized 19 kg of heroin, a Pakistani made pistol, two magazines and 16 live cartridges with the arrest of an Amritsar resident from Indo-Pak Border, late last night.

Sources in the NCB Chandigarh zone said the accused identified as Avtar Singh , alias Saba of Amritsar district , was nabbed from Amritsar Sector near BOP Forward Kakkar, Indo-Pak border late last night.

His search led to the seizure of 19 packets of contraband weighing 1 kg each. The packets displaying Afghanistan/Pakistan specific markings like- round and rectangular shaped stamps, numbers likes 333,999 and"Manzoor Pharmacy, Charahi, Pagwan", pictures of lion and half moon and stars, suggesting that the contraband was manufactured in that region. The contraband was being smuggled into India through the Indo-Pak border.

A case under Sections 8, 21 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, was registered in this regard with the jurisdictional police station. Terming it to be the biggest seizure of contraband by the NCB in the recent past, Ms Srikant Jadav, Zonal Director, this operation was apart of crusade against drug trafficking in the region. In December ,last year, the NCB had seized 26 kg of heroin from Ferozepur Sector.

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Car stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
Dr Avinash Jolly of Sector 20-D reported the theft of his Maruti Car (CH-01-T-1286) from Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15 on Monday.

A case of theft has been registered.

Sped away without paying

Karnail Singh, an employee at the Sector 21-D petrol pump, has alleged that the driver of a Maruti Zen car (CH-03-M-7846) sped away without paying Rs 1406 for the fuel he got filled in his car on Monday. The investigations revealed that the number of the car was fake. A case of cheating and theft under Sections 420 and 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Shop burgled

Mr Krishan Grover of SCF 27-28, Sector 22 filed a complaint alleging that one LG TV and Rs 11,000 had been stolen from his shop on Sunday night. The thieves gained entry by breaking open the locks. A case has been registered.

Gambling

The police has arrested Dinesh Kumar of Hallomajra village from near local bus stand on the charges of indulging in gambling at a public place on Monday. The police seized Rs 520 from his possession. A case under Gambling Act has been registered.

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Car stolen in front of owner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The Maruti 800 car of Sector 28 resident Parmal Kumar Gupta was stolen in his presence here yesterday.

The incident took place at the Sector 22 parking opposite the Kiran Theatre.

Mr Gupta and members of his family went to the market to make some purchases.

On his return, he saw somebody taking out his car. He tried to stop the car, but the thief drove away.

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