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Allotment of Lajpat Rai Bhavan cancelled
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The Estate Office today cancelled the allotment of Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15 here for allegedly misusing its premises. The land was allotted to the bhavan on concessional rates.

Earlier, the Estate Office had cancelled the allotment of Khukhrain Bhavan, Sector 35, Gulati Bhavan, Sector 33, and Ramgarhia Bhavan, Sector 27.

After resuming the site, the office of the Land Acquisition Officer has written to the Estate Officer to start proceedings under the Public Premises Act.

During a recent survey, the Estate Office found that 20 of the 48 bhavans were allowing commercial activities from their premises.

Though notices had been issued in the past, the Administration this time decided to come down heavily on the violators. The activity was in violation of the Chandigarh Leasehold of Sites and Building Rules, 1973.

Some of the bhavans have been running marriage halls. In one case, a house has been built on the bhavan site and it is given on rent for holding exhibitions.

On the basis of the survey, the resumption notice had been issued to 20 bhavans, including the Law Bhavan allotted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

Meanwhile, the Estate Office also cancelled the allotment of an industrial plot (657, Phase I) today for its misuse. The premises was used by Hot Millions to run its kitchen.

The owner of the plot, Mr Ashok Arora, said the site was resumed despite his project for food processing plant was approved by the Industries Department in 2004. He lamented that the change of trade policy was in the process of finalisation and the Estate Office could have waited for it.

So far, 14 industrial sites had been resumed.

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Villagers chase out demolition squad again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
For the second consecutive time within a month, members of the demolition squad of the Land Acquisition Office (LAO) had to make a hasty retreat when residents of Kaimbwala village began pelting stones at them.

At least three labourers were hurt in the incident. The demolition staff was chased out of the village. Around seven policemen were accompanying the staff. While returning, one of the trucks of the squad was encircled by the villagers.

In order to check fresh construction coming up in the periphery, the staff led by a patwari, reached the village and began confiscating construction material at the site. By the time the staff went to another site, the villagers gathered there in large numbers.

The road leading to the village was blocked with a tractor trolley. In a huff the squad left the village. They went to the Sector 3 police station to lodge an FIR against the villagers. However, on the advice of officials no case was registered.

In a similar incident on March 30, residents of Kaimbwala village had blocked the road leading to the village.

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Admn order to liquor vends on signboards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Allotees of liquor vends in the city have been categorically told not to write slogans and put up banners announcing the location of a vend for aesthetic reasons.

Liquor vends, especially those being run in tin sheds, have been asked by the Chandigarh Administration to shun traditional slogans, often used by the liquor contractors to attract tipplers. The “shopkeepers” have been asked to write words “which go well with the new liquor policy”.

“Since there is a dramatic shift from the previous excise policy to the licensing system, the liquor vends are no more the typical dingy and shady places. There are now liquor shops and their façade should have a better look and it should not be an eyesore for passers by”, said a senior official of the Excise and Taxation Department.

The Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr R.K. Rao, said the licences would be asked to use specifically designed signboards. The Excise officials have been asked to design the format of the new signboards.

The allottees have also been asked to display the rate list of different brands of liquor.

It may be mentioned that the hoardings announcing different brands of liquor are violating municipal laws. To check such hoardings, the Municipal Corporation, today launched a drive to remove the hoardings from the liquor vends functioning from temporary structures. The drive which started at about 10 in the morning lasted till evening.

Advertisement hoardings were removed from four wine shops in Ram Darbar and Hallo Majara today. Officials of the MCC stated that the hoardings which were not in their designated place would be removed from all wine shops. Wine shops on the main roads were, however, the main target of the MC drive today. All advertisements except a board declaring “wine shop” were removed.

Talking to TNS, Tarwinder Dhingra, OSD to Chief Engineer, informed that the drive would continue over the coming days. “So far there is no designated design or ‘drawings’ of temporary structures. The MCC, thus, can’t ask them to put up any specific size hoardings and thus they are illegal”, said an official of the MC. After the new design was forwarded to the MC by the Administration, the licencees can display them at their outlets.

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Notorious car thief held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 19
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a notorious car thief, who is said to be involved in more than 50 cases of theft, with a stolen car. Besides this, a Sector 38 resident was also nabbed by the police while allegedly carrying 1 kg of ganja.

About the car lifter, in- charge of Crime Branch Inspector Satbir Singh said 58-year-old Mohammad Ikram of Burail village was arrested from near the village this afternoon. He was nabbed by a police party while driving a stolen Maruti Car (CH-01-H-8486). The car was stolen from Badheri village in March this year.

Sources said Ikram was involved in more than 50 cases of auto theft in various parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh. He was arrested by the local police at least eight times. He would be produced before a local court for police remand on tomorrow.

About the alleged drug trafficker, the sources in the Crime Branch said Badhi Mahto of Sector 38 was arrested from city this evening. His search led to recovery of 1 kg of ganja worth about Rs 2000. A physically challenged, Mahto, was earlier also arrested by the local police on similar charges. In December, 2005, he was caught with 3 kg of ganja.

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7 held for murder bid

Chandigarh, April 19
The local police today arrested seven persons on charges of attempt to murder and rioting for allegedly assaulting two brothers in Charan Singh Colony yesterday.

The injured were admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, in critical condition.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident took place late on Tuesday night. At least 10 armed unidentified persons came to a shop, Laxmi Radios, in Charan Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran and attacked Ramesh Kumar and Dinesh Kumar, owners of the shop.

Dinesh sustained multiple injuries. Ramesh also received injuries on the head and limbs.

Both victims were rushed to the Sector 6 General Hospital, in Panchkula from where the doctors referred them to the GMCH.

The police said a case of rioting and attempt to murder had been registered against Bal Krishan, alias Balu, Raj Kumar, Rinku, Somal, Kala and Montu of Rajiv Colony, Panchkula, and Mustkeen of Mauli Jagran. — OC

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Body found near ISBT-43
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 19
A semi-clad body of an unidentified man in his 40s was found near the Sector 43, ISBT, this afternoon. The police ruled out the possibility of any foul play as no visible injury marks were found on the body.

The police received information about the body at around 1:30 p.m. The victim, having a wheatish complexion, was of medium height. His left hand bore old burn injury marks.

Shopkeepers at the ISBT told the police that the man was a vagabond and was seen at the bus stand about a couple of days ago. The body was shifted to the Sector 32 Government Medical Collage and Hospital.

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Work begins on sewage plant
Link to sewerage missing
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 19
Work has at last begun on the Rs 20-crore sewage treatment plant (STP) here, but thanks to PUDA’s casual approach, the very purpose of the project may be defeated in the absence of a vital link to the town’s sewer system .

After planning and re- planning by the PUDA authorities over the years, the project has finally taken off and the work of demarcation of the STP site near Sector 81 started yesterday . Hutments have come up and a tubewell is being sunk . However , one wonders what the functions of the STP will be on completion without a pipeline linking it to the town’s sewerage.

Sources say the PUDA authorities have so far made no serious effort to get a two-year- old stay vacated given by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the acquisition of land for laying the link pipeline . Interestingly , in another case the same court had directed PUDA to set up an STP to check pollution . At present untreated sewage from various parts of the town was falling into a choe near Sector 67 creating environmental problems.

The sources say that the sewer line has to be extended from Sector 67 along the dividing road of Sectors 80 and 81 and then along the dividing road of Sectors 81 and 84 to get connected to the STP . PUDA had acquired land falling in Sector 81, but the court had granted a stay on the acquisition . A 75-ft-long strip along Sector 84 was also acquired for laying the link pipeline, but when the demarcation work was being done it was found out that the strip had been wrongly acquired and not according to the actual planning of the area . Another piece of land was then acquired for the sewer pipeline under an emergency clause, but before the work of demarcation could begin farmers whose land was acquired got stay orders from the court leaving PUDA in a fix.

About 23 acres of land for the setting up of the STP was acquired by PUDA near Manouli village. The work for the Rs 20.30-crore project was allotted to Messers Envirocontrol India Private Limited, Surat, on February 15 and the company has been asked to complete the project in less than 18 months . The work has been allotted on a turn-key basis and the maintenance work will be looked after by the company for a period of five years.

The sources further say that though the total capacity of the sewage treatment plant is going to be 15 million gallons a day (mgd), in the initial stage only a plant having a capacity of 10 mgd will be made functional. A 5-mgd plant module will be added at a later stage. The STP is being set up on the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Process (UASB) technology.

When contacted a senior official of PUDA said on condition of anonymity that an application to get the stay vacated had been moved in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The next date of hearing in this regard was April 26.

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Power supply to polluting units severed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Acting on the directions of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has disconnected the power connections of Messrs PML Industries, Behra village, and Messrs Cepham Milk Specialties, Bhagwanpura village, falling in the newly created district of Mohali.

A press note of the PPCB said the industries were not operating the effluent treatment plants (ETPs) and discharging untreated effluents onto land for stagnation. The industries had neither taken any steps to upgrade the existing effluent treatment plants nor provided proper disposal arrangement for the disposal of effluents despite repeated requests and reminders.

As a last resort, the PPCB had directed the PSEB on April 12 to disconnect the electricity supply to the industries with immediate effect. The disconnection was carried out yesterday.

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A “shocking”power bill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Mr K.P.Singh, a government servant residing in Sector 45 here, got the shock of his life when he recently got a power bill amounting to Rs 1,84,111. He had no pending bill.

"My residence consists of only two bedrooms. I am not even availing the services of an air-conditioner or any heavy machinery, which can cost me such an astronomical amount.”

"The average bill for my electricity and water consumption never exceeded Rs 2500. The amount this time is highly questionable and I submitted a representation to the department about 20 days ago but to no avail."

"My gross salary as a superintendent in a government office for a complete year will not enable me to clear the bill," Mr K.P.Singh said.

One of the major reasons for the sudden jump could be a fault in the electricity meter, a senior official of the Electricity Department said.

The meter at the residence of Mr K.P.Singh was replaced recently.

Mr V.K.Bhardwaj, Chief Engineer, said, " I have passed the instructions to give me the details of the case. It looks like a case of meter tripping. The matter will be settled by tomorrow."

Mr K.P.Singh said he would be left with no option but to move court in case his application was not heard.

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Probe demanded into overcharging in power bills
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The local unit of the Janata Party today demanded an inquiry into the overcharging in electricity bills due to wrong computing of power consumption. The computer software being used to calculate the power consumption was not accurate, it said.

As a result, consumers were being forced to pay more than they were consuming, said Mr Ajay Jagga, president of the local unit of the party.

Addressing a press conference, he showed the electricity bills which indicated error in computing. Demanding a probe into the matter, he said in one billing cycle, the department was raising 3 to 4 lakh bills, both of electricity and water.

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Mother comes looking for missing Amit Dutta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The mother of Amit Dutta, the final year Applied Art student of Government Art College, who disappeared after taking one final exam, was in the city today to hunt for her son. Amit, it may be remembered, had been protesting against the college authorities for stifling his creativity. And though the issue had apparently been resolved between him and the principal who convinced him of fair play, Amit went off after giving one exam last week.

Dejected with the insensitive manner in which Art College dealt with the issue (the college had asked Amit to vacate International Boys Hostel in Sector 15), Urmila Dutta said she would approach the Human Rights Commission with this matter of injustice.

"If the college authorities found my son's behaviour improper, they could have informed me and waited for me to intervene. There was no sense in throwing Amit out of the hostel and virtually rendering him homeless in a city which does not even belong to him. It is like throwing someone out of one's house," said Ms Dutta, who is secretary, Women's Welfare Sabha in Moga, Amit's hometown.

After learning that her son had been incommunicado since seven days, she rushed to Chandigarh from Ahmedabad where she was attending the funeral of a relative. She added that the college authorities had not bothered to check on the well being of their student, thus violating the basic code of conduct which an educational institute is supposed to follow. "The least they should have done is informing me. It is only now when Amit has disappeared that I came to know of the situation, that too from Amit's friends," she said.

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Neglected children start navjeevan at Home
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

What about Pingalwara?

A section of social workers present on the occasion voiced concern over the expected acquisition of land where the Pingalwara Society stands. With a history of 20 years in social service, Pingalwara has healed the wounds of many suffering people. No wonder people want it to remain where it is, given the sympathetic attitude the UT Administration has adopted towards the cause of suffering people.

Chandigarh, April 19
Four something Mariam stares into emptiness at the very mention of the word “home”. A few months old in the world of happiness, she still feels “home” has something to do with the dark days at Ramgarh where her stepmother used to force her into physical tasks her tender limbs could hardly endure.

So she chooses to look away and rush towards 19 other children who are her companions on the road to happiness. Together they make a clarion call of joy, deafening and exhilarating at the same time. Ask them what about their lives has changed, and they answer in harmony: “We have a home now”.

At the newly inaugurated Navjeevan Home for the Young at Risk, 20 children have arrived from all over Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. They have, in fact, been hunted down over a period of time by volunteers of Don Bosco Navjeevan who have a tradition of empathy towards children caught in difficult situations. When they had started the survey to locate neglected children, they had not anticipated public or institutional support.

But the Administration of Chandigarh pleasantly surprised them by not only backing the project that seeks to offer immunity to abandoned children, it also offered them a permanent base in Sector 47, Chandigarh. The base is now home to children who have been rescued from distressing situations like absence of support system, emotional and physical abuse at home, forced labour, lack of access to food, health and education.

As 12-year-old Vijay Kumar, the eldest among inmates, says, “The first time we came under the care of Sisters, we felt a strange sense of peace. Here were people who were ready to accept us despite our difficult past. They brought us to Chandigarh, gave us food, clothes and books and sent us to school.”

While Vijay is preparing for Class IX exam, other children are readying for different grades ranging from class II to V. Says Father Jose, “The children are from age groups 5 to 12. They are orphans, street children, child labourers, abused, disabled children and all other children who are at risk of different kinds.” As for Sister Alisha, caretaker of the Home, the occasion meant much more than mere inauguration.

The fact that Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodriques (retd) and his wife Ms Jean Rodrigues were present to share children’s happiness is indicative enough. In fact, Gen Rodrigues even announced Chandigarh Administration’s programme to house 1000 orphans and homeless children.

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AV Singh panel report on cadet restructure implemented
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The long awaited implementation of recommendations of the A.V. Singh Committee on cadre restructure has finally come through for officers of the Territorial Army (TA).

The orders for implementing the revised promotion policy recommended by the committee were received by the Additional Directorate-General, TA, at Army Headquarters from the Ministry of Defence today.

There are over 300 officers in the TA, and the orders benefit a large number as it means faster promotions and more perks when embodied for active duty.

The orders come almost two-and-a-half years after the implementation of the recommendations were announced for the regular Army. Officers of the Territorial Army will be entitled to promotion and consequential benefits with retrospect from December, 2004.

According to sources, all TA officers who have completed 15 years of service are now eligible to wear the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Officers who have put in 28 years would be eligible for promotion to the time scale rank of colonel.

As per existing policy, TA officers have to serve two years more than their counterparts in the regular army in the same rank to be eligible for their next promotion.

Consequently, a TA officer would now be eligible to become a captain after four years of service, whereas a regular army officer would pick up this rank after two years service. Earlier, a TA officer was required to put in six years service to become a captain.

The service required by TA officers to become majors has been reduced from 12 years to eight years and to become a lieutenant-colonel from 23 years to 15 years.

Sources said while a number of officers had become eligible for promotion to the rank of captain and major under the new guideline, several administrative issues have to be worked out before their promotion comes through.

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Riders for 2008 Olympics to be identified during horse show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The Army would identify prospective riders for competing at the 2008 Olympics to be held at Beijing during the Chandigarh Horse Show, scheduled to begin here from April 23.

Stating this, head of the Army Service Corps Branch at Western Command, Major-Gen G.S. Dhillon said, these riders would be trained by the Army under its Project Olympics 2008.

The show, organised by the Western Command's Shivalik Riding and Pony Club from April 23 to 30 at the Railway Territorial Army Ground, would also provide an opportunity for local talent to exhibit horsemanship skills.

General Dhillon said as part of Project Olympics, the Army was expanding the scope of equestrian sports by establishing a nodal centre at each command headquarters.

In consonance with the overall objective, Headquarters Western command has planned to upgrade the existing facilities at the Shivalik Club to make it a national equestrian nodal centre.

The Asian Show Jumping Challenge and National Show Jumping Championships also form part of the horse show.

The Army expects around 40 teams and 300 horses from all over the country to participate. .

Fancy dress, spoon and lemon horse riding display, children's boot and hay race, ball bucket race, ball and hitting race, pole pending race and dancing horse display would be other events in the show.

The show would be inaugurated by the Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai, while the valedictory function would be presided over the Governor of Punjab, Gen S F Rodrigues (retd).

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4 habitual traffic offenders penalised
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh Traffic police has recommended the suspension of driving licences of four habitual offenders under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, for a period of one to three months from May 1.

According to a spokesman of the Chandigarh Traffic Police, Bishnu Deo of Phase II, Ram Darbar, had been challaned five times from October 18, 2001, to January 12, 2006, and has been disqualified for holding a driving license for one month.

Alamgir of Maloya village had been issued challans five times between October 2, 2004, and December 8, 2005, and has been disqualified for holding a driving license for three months.

Om Prakash of Phase II, Ram Darbar, who was challaned seven times for various violations, has been debarred from holding a driving license for three months. Similarly, Manav Dhawan of Sector 21-A had been challaned nine times and has been debarred from holding a license for three months.

Till date, the traffic police has recommended 162 cases for action to the Licensing Authority.

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European body happy over forest projects
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 19
A delegation of European Parliament today visited Brara block of Ambala district and expressed satisfaction over the projects being undertaken under the Forest Community Projects there.

Various projects on forestry, dairy, and agriculture are being run with the financial assistance of 3.1 million euro from European Parliament in the state, since 1998, which are to be completed by 2008.

Led by Neena Gill and Jim Nicholson, the delegation comprising Josef Leinen, Philip Bushill, Jean Merie, Nirj Deva, Jean Lambert and Marianne Mikko visited Gaganpur and Bhurdian villages and inspected the projects being run.

The delegation that was accompanied by the Project Director, Mr S.K. Dhar, and the Technical Assistant, Project Manager, Mr Goran Jonsson, showed interest in different self-help groups running the projects at village levels.

Associated with Vita, a dairy products manufacturing company,being run by women self-help group was well appreciated.

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Excise dept registers increase in revenue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Due to changes made in the system of reviewing the revenue being earned by the UT Excise and Taxation Department, the total revenue earned by the department during the financial year 2005-2006 registered an increase of about 40 per cent against the targeted income.

The Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr R. K. Rao, said the total revenue collected up to March 2006 stood at Rs 648.16 crore. The proportionate target up to March 2006 was Rs 463 crore. The actual collection during the year 2004-2005 was Rs 489.82 crore.

He said the revenue from excise tax increased by 27.51 per cent and sales tax by 44 per cent.

The earnings from passenger tax and goods tax were Rs 4.07 crore against Rs 3.93 crore earned during 2004-2005.The revenue from entertainment tax increased by 18.54 per cent.

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2 burglars arrested; 3 cases solved
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 19
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police claimed to have solved at least three cases of burglary committed in the city and Mohali with the arrest of two notorious burglars. The police also claimed to have recovered 1 kg of silver, three CD players and one gas cylinder from their possession.

Giving details of the matter, the in-charge of Crime Branch, Inspector Satbir Singh, said Sandeep and Sher Bahadur, both residents of Colony Number 5, were arrested following secret information near Sector 43, 44, 51 and 52 roundabout late last night. Sandeep, originally hailing from Uttar Pradesh, was earlier arrested by Mohali police in connection with a burglary of a shop in Sector 71 while Sher Bahdur was arrested by the Chandigarh police for a burglary committed in an electronic shop in Burail village here.

Inspector Satbir Singh said during preliminary interrogation the police recovered 1 kg of silver, three CD players and one gas cylinder from their possession. They were produced before a local court which remanded them to police custody till April 26.

Sources in the Crime Branch said the accused had struck at two jeweller's shops in Maloya village during the night intervening April 9 and 10. They stole silver ornaments weighing about 8 kg, along with 60 grams of gold jewellery, besides Rs 2000. Further on April 16 they stole a gas cylinder from a sector 44-D based restaurant.

The accused were also involved in an incident of burglary in an electronic shop in Mohali from where they had allegedly stolen 11 CD players.

Inspector Satbir Singh said police parties have already been despatched to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh to recover the stolen property said to be sold by the accused there.

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2 cars, scooter stolen in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 19
Two cars and a scooter were stolen from the city. Besides this, the police has arrested eight persons from various parts of the city on charges of indulging in gambling.

Mr Pritpal Singh, Punjab Health System Corporation, Phase V, Mohali, reported to the police and alleged that his Maruti car (PB-12-D-2662) was stolen from the parking lot of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday. In another incident, Ms Vatika, Sector 37-D, lodged a complaint with the police and alleged that her Maruti car (CH-09-(T)-1719) was stolen form her residence during Sunday night. Similarly, Mr Raj Kumar,Mori Gate, Mani Majra, filed a complaint with the police and alleged that his LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-S-6137) was stolen from the main market in Mani Majra on Monday.

Three separate cases of thefts have been registered in various police stations in the city.

Gambling

The police has arrested as many as eight persons from various parts of they city for allegedly indulging in gambling on Monday.

The police said Harish Chander, Raj Rana and Rashid Ram Pal of Mani Majra were arrested from Ground Rana Ki Haveli in Mani Majra while Kirpal Singh, Satish Kumar, Ranjit Singh of Mani Majra and Sukhwinder Singh of Baltana village were arrested from a park in Mani Majra. The police recovered Rs 850 and Rs 880 from their possessions, respectively.

Two separate cases under the Gambling Act have been registered in this regard.

Gold chain snatched

Two unidentified scooterists snatched a gold chain from an 80-year-old-woman in Sector 15 this afternoon. The local police arrested two women carrying 3 gm of smack each. Besides this, a car was stolen from the city.

Giving details about the snatching, sources in the police said two unidentified scooterists snatched a gold chain of Ms Ram Chameli of Sector 15-A this afternoon. She was sauntering near her residence when the snatchers struck at her. She raised an alarm, but in vain and the miscreants sped away.

Smack seized

The local police arrested Geeta and Sharda, both of Bhaskar Colony, from near the Sector 30 coal depot and Sector 29 kerosene depot this afternoon. Their search led to the recovery of 3 gm of smack from each. Two separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered in this regard.

Car stolen

Mr Ranjit Singh of Phase IV, Mohali, reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-01-U-8819) had been stolen from the Sector 9 market place on Monday. A case of theft has been registered in this regard.

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Woman killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 19
A 59-year-old woman succumbed to injuries late last night, while another accompanying her was seriously hurt, when a speeding car hit them in front of the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Tuesday morning.

The police said the victim had been identified as Satnam Kaur of Sector 30. The accident took place in front of the GMCH when both women were crossing the road. Bachna, who was accompanying Satnam Kaur, was also seriously injured in the mishap.

Both victims were rushed to the GMCH by Vijay Kumar of Hallo Majra, the driver of the car (CH-03-U-0019). A case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against Vijay Kumar in the Sector 34 police station. The police said the body of Satnam Kaur was handed over to the family after a postmortem examination today.

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Employer abuses maid
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 19
A resident of Matour village has alleged that her employer beat her up and tore her clothes when she refused to work on a low salary .

The maid complained that she was working in the house of a Sector 70 resident for the past one year but was paid Rs 300 per month only. Her employer refused when she asked for a raise. She alleged when she did not go to work for two days, her employer came to her house, beat her up and tore her clothes .

However , the employer said the maid had taken money in advance and was coming up with various allegations now.

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Matrix launches country-specific SIM cards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Leading mobile phone and wireless communication service provider on international basis, Matrix Cellular Services, today launched its services in Punjab, by opening three outlets at Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

The company provides country-specific SIM cards for 28 countries across the world. With booming outbound travel from this region and the urge to stay connected with home, Matrix Cellular Services is initially expecting sale of at least 2,000 cards a month from Punjab, said Mr Anish Khanna, DGM, International Sales, India.

He said the company was expecting to do well with students going abroad for higher studies, exporters and other business travellers, besides the leisure traveller. “Though the tariffs have hit rock bottom, the international roaming charges of most cellphone operators have remained static. We provide a post-paid SIM card for specific countries, which are the most cost-effective. Incoming calls are free and we provide seamless connectivity. The billing is in Indian currency,” he said.

Mr Khanna said as of now, Matrix stores are also operational in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, though they offer delivery across the country.

“We also propose to expand our services in Western India and stores will be opened in Category II towns of Maharashtra and Gujarat this year. We are also tying up with leading travel agents for offering our SIM cards,” he said.

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