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Baby abandoned, parents let off with ‘directions’
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 18
In a bizarre incident a newborn baby girl was found abandoned in the Kharar civil hospital. Instead of taking action against the parents of the infant, the Kharar police and civil hospital authorities have tried to hush up the case.

Balbir Kaur, wife of Balbir Singh, a resident of Kharar, gave birth to a baby girl at 12:15 am today. At around 3 pm in the afternoon, Dr Maninder Kaur was on duty and saw the baby lying on the cot unattended.

The doctor raised an alarm and summoned the nursing staff. Even the patients on the next bed were unable to tell where the infant's mother and attendants had gone. The hospital staff waited for sometime for the baby's attendants to return but no one turned up.

"The baby was then taken to the nursing staff room and the police was informed," said senior medical officer Dr Jai Singh. ASI Inderjeet Singh from Kharar city police station reached the hospital and called the infant's parents from their home at 4:30 pm.

The baby’s father Balbir Singh, aunt Harjeet Kaur and grandmother Joginder Kaur came to the hospital.

They told investigating officer Inderjeet Singh that their elder daughter had suddenly fallen ill at home and they had gone to attend to her leaving behind the few-hours-old infant.

However, SMO Dr Jai Singh said the parents told the hospital staff that they had gone to take a taxi to take the mother and baby back home.

According to Dr Jai Singh, Balbir Kaur had not sought discharge from the civil hospital and had left on her own ill.

"The newborn and the mother are discharged after two days of delivery. The parents just slipped away without informing anybody in the hospital," he said.

However, sources said Balbir Kaur told a class IV employee of the hospital that she already had one daughter and did not want to take the second girl child home.

The woman asked Balbir to leave the child on the hospital bed and that she would take the child. "But before the woman could pick her up, the doctor spotted the child," sources added.

Interestingly, instead of taking any action against the parents, Inderjeet Singh “directed” the parents that abandoning a child was an offence and they could be booked. He even told them that if a child was to be given for adoption, it had to be done legally.

Following this, the child was sent away with her attendants even before she
was a day old.

Meanwhile, Dr Jai Singh said he would inquire into the episode of the class IV employee's involvement if he received a complaint.

Now it remains to be seen who comes forward to complain against the hospital employee — the doctors or the child’s parents?



2 booked for attempt to murder
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 18
Two persons have been booked for attempt to murder, threatening and firing rounds of bullet near Daun village.

The accused, Satinder Singh Randhawa and Manjinder Singh, are from Sullar in Patiala. They have been booked on the complaint of a Chandigarh resident Rakesh Verma.

In his complaint to the SSP, S.A.S Nagar, Rakesh alleged that the incident took place on March 4 near Daun village petrol pump at 10 pm.

He said he was coming back from his in-laws’ place in Kurali with his friend Rahul Deswal when an Opel Astra car hit his car from the rear end.

He also alleged that the occupants of the car were in an inebriated state. After hitting Rakesh’s car for the second time, they ascended from the vehicle and fired bullets on Rakesh.

One bullet hit Rakesh's car, while other were fired in air. Rakesh alleged that Randhawa and his accomplice abused and threatened of killing them.



Vendor attacked, robbed
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 18
A vegetable vendor, Harmesh Kumar (40), resident of Rattanheri village, was attacked with sharp-edged weapons and looted of his mobile and cash late yesterday evening.

Harmesh was on way to his home. When he reached near Tripdi village, three unidentified youths attacked him with sharp-edged weapons.

Two of these youth were on foot, while the third one was on a motorcycle and took away Rs 1,050 cash and a Sony Ericsson mobile phone.



SDM office building in a shambles
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 18
The Kharar SDM office building is in a shambles with the structure being declared unsafe a few years back.

The building has fallen victim to the lackadaisical approach of state government. Correspondence regarding urgent repairs of the building has been pending since 2003.

Officials said repeated requests had fallen on deaf ears. During the fag end of the Congress regime in 2006, the then officials had chalked out a budget of Rs 60 lakh for the upgradation and repair of the structure.

However, later it came to light that PWD officials had declared this building unsafe in 2003. The concerned XEN of PWD had stated in his report that the building was unsafe for used.

Sources added that the PWD had also recommended that the structure be dismantled and a new complex be erected.

"It is both, embarrassing and fearsome to work in such a dilapidated building. But we have no choice. SAS Nagar being a new district, close to Chandigarh, should have been given more importance. But its the opposite that's happening," rue staff members working in the complex.

Another employee adds, "We are under constant threat working in this unsafe building. After the new government came to power, we expected things to change for better. But nothing has been done so far."

In September last year, the authorities again apprised the state government of the building’s condition during a meeting. It was also proposed that a tehsil complex be built in Majri area. Presently, Majri sub-tehsil functions from a patwarkhana that was renovated few months back.

When contacted, SDM R.K. Gupta said a few months back a state-level meeting of all deputy commissioners was convened.

"Therein, we were asked to give an estimate of the building along with details. We had then apprised the DC of the building being declared unsafe. We are expecting that the government will release funds for a new structure anytime, we will be given an alternative site to shift to and new building will be constructed," he added.



‘Beti Bachao’ theatre campaign ends
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 18
A four-show Inter-state "Beti Bachao Theatre Festival" concluded in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, on Monday.

It was based on the Punjabi musical play, "Daairey", written by Dr Satish Kumar Verma and directed by Pran and Sunita Sabharwal,

The festival was launched by National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, on March 13. The performances were held at Barotiwala, Nalagarh and Solan.

The chief guests lauded the efforts of the department of Women and Child Development and NTAS for strengthening inter-state cultural ties, Punjabi theatre movement and for sensitising people against the skewed sex ratio in north India.



Shooting championship
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 18
The 6th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Shooting Championship will be held at the NMBGC shooting range, Patiala, from March 25 to March 30.

The National Rifle Association of India and Punjab Rifle and Shooting Association will jointly organise it.

The championship will be for Double Trap, Trap and Skeet events in the men., women and junior category.



Inter-Media Cricket
Indian Express thrash Media XI by 60 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The Indian Express beat Media XI by 60 runs during the inter-media tournament being played here today.

Batting first, The Indian Express made 190 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Raghav Ohri was the top scorer with 66 runs, followed by Chandershekar, who made 27 runs.

Amanpreet and Sunil of Media XI took two wickets each for 14 and 15 runs, respectively. Media XI got all out for 130 in 19 overs.

In another match, Dainik Bhaskar thrash Amar Ujala by 5 wickets. Batting first Dainik Bhaskar made 107 for 5 in 17 overs, with Dharaminder the top scorer at 34.

Amar Ujala got all out for 103 in 19 overs. Pawan was the pick of the bowlers
with 3 for 7.



Abhimanyu sprints to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
Abhimanyu won 100m (boys), while Aditya Vikram and Vinay finished second and third, respectively, on the concluding day of the 61st Annual Athletics Meet of Punjab Engineering College, Deemed University, here recently.

Padamshri Chander Mohan, director, CSIO and chairman, BOG, PEC, presided over the function and distributed the prizes to the winners.

Final results: Obstacle race: 1 Nikhil Sangwan, 2 Varun Kashyap , 3 Abhimanyu, best athlete (boys):1 Abhimanyu, 2 Abhishek Sohal, best athlete (girls): 1 Shivani, 2 Arshdep, 1st year best athlete: Raghav, 2nd year best athlete: Varun Kashyap, 4th year best athlete: Nikhil Sangwan, 3rd year best athlete: Abhimanyu.



‘Thief’ falls to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
A theft attempt proved fatal for a man when he fell to death from a three-storyed building in Industrial Area, Phase I, here tonight.

According to information, three persons were trying to commit a theft at
a Reliance showroom.

As they reached the third floor, they were noticed by a generator mechanic, who raised the alarm.

Seeing people gather, two of them — Mani and Tungmani — jumped. Both were seriously injured and shifted to the PGI, where Mani succumbed to his injuries. The third person has been arrested.



Two held for carrying firearms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The police today arrested two persons on charges of carrying firearms without valid permit. The two had licences, but these were meant for Punjab state.

According to the police, Narinder Singh of Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, and Jaswinder Singh, both employees of a Jalandhar-based private security agency, were caught carrying two .12 bore double barrel guns from a checkpoint near the airport.

They told the police that had come to the city to deposit cash. A case under Section 188 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.

Vehicles stolen

Sartaj Singh of Sector 46-D reported to the police alleging that his Mahindra Scorpio (CH 23 T 7704) was stolen from his residence on March 15.

Usha of Dhanas lodged a complaint alleging that her Activa scooter (CH 23 T 7266) was stolen from her residence last night. Two cases have been registered.

Engine stolen

Naresh Mahajan of Sector 12 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the engine of his car (CH 03 H 5980) was stolen from the car parked in Sector 22 market on March 12. A case has been registered in this regard.


Sunil Kumar of Kinnaur district filed a complaint with the police alleging that a mangal sutra, a gold ring and a pair of gold earrings were stolen from his briefcase from CITCO Hotel at ISBT, Sector 17, on Monday. A case has been registered in this regard.

Hit-and-run case

A motorcyclist, Rajiv Gautam of HB Colony, Dhanas, was injured after being hit by an unidentified Maruti car on road dividing Sector 55 and 56 on Monday. He was admitted to the PGI. A case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving has been registered.

Laptop stolen

Avtti Johar of Punjab Engineering College reported to the police that his laptop was stolen from his hostel room today. A case has been registered.



India-Central Asia ties will boost growth: Kidwai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
Collaborative programmes for industrial development and friendship between India and the Central Asian countries could result in unprecedented mutual industrial progress.

Stating this here yesterday, Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai said India could collaborate in energy, information technology, pharmaceutical and other technological sectors that were useful for middle and medium industrial ventures.

He was delivering the valedictory address at the three-day conference on “Cooperative Development and Peace in Central Asia: An Indian Perspective” held at the Centre of Research for Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID).

The Governor said in the fields of information technology and pharmaceutical sector India occupied the leading position in the world. India also has a vast potential and economic strength for development in the areas of business, trade and industry.



Admn clarifies on conversion fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The Chandigarh administration has clarified that all those who have applied for conversion under the conversion policy to allow conversion of industrial plots to commercial establishments after the December 17 auction will have to pay a fee of Rs 35,000 per sq yd.

The increase is not related to the term of the extension policy, which ended today. The policy has been extended for another six months.

The earlier conversion fee of Rs 20,000 per sq yd rate had automatically gone up after December 17, 2007 on the basis of the formulae incorporated in the conversion policy.

The average price of auction(s) of commercial property held in the last three years decides the rates for conversion.

The condition of calculating the fee on the basis of the average auction price has always been there in the conversion policy.

The increase is 50 per cent of the average auction price achieved in the past
three years.

Sources said a number of applications for conversion had been submitted with the CHB in the past few days.



ICL Twenty20 Meet
Aarti Chhabria steals the show
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 18
The ongoing Twenty20 tournament of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) after a day of rest got its zing back this evening with actor Aarti Chhabria performing at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium here this evening. Over 2,000 spectators, mostly youngsters, enjoyed Aarti’s performance, who performed before the start of the match between Ahmedabad Rockets and Mumbai Champs.

The performer made the crowd dance on the numbers ‘Unke Nashe Mein’ and ‘Tere Ishq Mein’ from the movie ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’, followed by ‘Beedi’ from the movie ‘Omkara’.

Attired in a multi-colour dress, she presented a dance during the innings break, on the all time favourite ‘Aj Ki Raat’ from the movie ‘Don’, followed by ‘Namak Ishq Da’.

Aarti, who came into limelight after the release of the movie ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’, is happy with the roles as well as films she has been getting in Bollywood.



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