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Fake ODI tickets fail to get them in
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The SAS Nagar police today “detained” about 300 persons on charges of selling and buying counterfeit tickets and black marketing tickets outside the PCA stadium here today. Some persons were also detained for gaining illegal entry into the stadium.

With strict security arrangements in place for today’s match which drew over 30000 spectators, the police managed to nab at least 250 persons who were found possessing fake tickets of the General Block.

A majority of these persons were picked up from Gate Number 12. The DSP, Kharar, Mr Raj Jit Singh, on duty at the VVIP gate numbers 1A, 1B and 1C, also reported that at least six persons trying to gain entry into the stadium from these gates using fake tickets were also arrested.

Stating that this is one of the biggest haul of fake tickets during any of the matches at the PCA stadium, Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP, SAS Nagar, said infrared scanners were used to check the authenticity of the tickets. “The fake tickets are scanned images of the original ones and look similar. But these immediately showed up as fake during the scanning,” he explained.

Mr Indermohan Singh, SP, Headquarters, added that a preliminary interrogation of those nabbed had revealed that these fake tickets too had been bought in black by the spectators.

He said the tickets had been sold from Phase 10, Phase VIII and outside the gate number 12 this morning. “While we have released those who bought the tickets unknowingly, we have some leads on those who faked the tickets. We will nab them soon,” he said. “Some person selling fake tickets from Phase 10 booths were also caught during the day,” added Mr Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, SP Security, who was on duty at gate number 12.

The police, however, had difficulty in curbing the black marketing of tickets which was openly going on outside the stadium through the first part of the day. People were seen standing in groups and striking deals. “The going rate for a ticket worth Rs 100 was being quoted as Rs 1,000 and above. VVIP and VIP passes too were said to have been sold at exorbitant rates,” said an engineering student from Kharar.

Police officials on duty caught many persons on the spot also but it did not deter desperate buyers to continue to hunt for any one selling tickets outside the stadium. Students from the city and hopeful spectators from Delhi, Amritsar and Jammu were seen hanging around till half time also in the hope that they will be able to gain access inside the stadium.

Some persons were also caught inside the stadium who did not have tickets. Those being picked up by the police were hoarded in police buses and taken to the Phase VIII police station where they were kept throughout the day and questioned. “We have now let off most of these persons and only detained about 15 persons from whom we are gathering more information”, said Mr Indermohan.

When asked about the lack of arrangements of wheelchair for handicapped persons, the SSP said the public had been informed about the fact that wheelchairs would be made available on demand and a police official had been on duty for the same through the day, no demand had been made.



Sehwag, Kaif test for dope

  • A WADA team conducted a dope test on Varinder Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif from the Indian team and the Ricky Ponting and Michael Jhonson from the Australian team after the end of the match. WADA is the international agency by the ICC to conduct dope test among players. Samples of the players chosen randomly for the test are sent abroad for the test.


  • Members of local unit of the Janshakti staged a protest outside the stadium demanding the resignation of Shivraj Chauhan, BJP leader, who, along with his supporters, had allegedly tried to set Uma Bharti’s helicopter on fire in Madhya Pradesh. The protesters also burnt the effigy of Chauhan. Leading the protesters was Anil Kumar, who was detained for a few hours by the police.


  • With crowds milling into the stadium today, roadside vendors selling India’s flag and painting the tricolours on faces had a field day. Australian fans too bore festive outfits attracting their due share of attention. 



PCA was packed to capacity
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 29
The PCA stadium was full to capacity for today’s crucial tie, much to the relief of the PCA officials, who could be seen working overtime to meet the rush.

Prominent among those who could be seen were Union Agriculture Minister and president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sharad Pawar, Mr Mansoor Ali Khan pataudi and his wife Sharmila Tagore, Bollywood star Rahul Bose, Rajasthan Cricket Association president Lalit Modi and BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla.

Extending support to the home team, the crowd cheered every run scored by them while every boundary was welcomed with the beats of the ‘dhol’. The Mexican wave was created many a time during the match. However, the defeat left spectators a disappointed lot. “We, a group of seven friends, came from Ludhiana in the hope to see our team win the match. But the defeat has disappointed us, said Amit Trehan.

On the other hand, Rahul and Monu were all praise of the Australia players, who achieved the target by putting up clinical performance. 



Refund or harassment?
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 29
Most applicants of the HUDA plots who were not that lucky are now virtually running from pillar to post for a refund.

Harassed applicants are getting the staple reply of indifferent HUDA officials that all cheques have been dispatched. It’s another matter that over 2,500 cheques have found their way back to the HUDA for being wrongly addressed. Besides, a few others applicants are running around for getting the anomalies in cheques corrected.

Interestingly, after draws for the plots in Sectors 27 and 28 were held on September 18 and 19, respectively, the HUDA managed to have nearly three lakh cheques ready by September 20 and handed these to the post office for delivery. Obviously done in the backdate since it is manually impossible to sign three lakh cheques in two days, these were kept ready to ensure that HUDA did not cross the six-month deadline.

Mr R.K. Mahajan, a resident of the PEC campus, who received an unsigned cheque by the Estate Officer, HUDA (Panipat), for Rs 1.39 lakh, rued, “I have met everybody in the HUDA head office in Panchkula to submit my application for a new cheque which could be forwarded to Panipat. Nobody has bothered to redress my grievance. They insist that I visit Panipat for what is needed. They should not be harassing the public. Somebody explain to me why I should be made to run around for an officer’s carelessness.”

Applicants are sore that the HUDA at the time of accepting applications has no problem, then why refunding money is such an arduous task. A Shimla resident, Prof V.R. Sethi, who too has been frequenting the HUDA office, was at the receiving end for making inquiries about his cheque for Rs 76,000. Treated shabbily by the dealing hand, he maintains that senior officials are usually not available. “We are at the mercy of these indifferent HUDA officials who don’t care to answer any query. Everyone directs me to another official and the process goes on,” he lamented.

Like him, others are of the opinion that the HUDA could have created an in-house cell to attend public queries. “The meeting time for the public has been fixed for 3p.m. to 5 p.m. When large numbers are flocking to the HUDA the two-hour rule should not be applied,” Mr Ram Krishan, another unsuccessful applicant, states.

Sources in the HUDA said while the HUDA had handed over all cheques to the postal department, they had their own limitations in dispatching the same. “They are sending 200 cheques at the most in a day. So, there are lots of undelivered cheques while others are coming back for getting the addresses changed,” a HUDA employee said. 



Thrashed by people, ignored by policemen
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Justice seems to elude two brothers from Hallo Majra village in the wake of alleged police inaction.

Allegedly thrashed by a group of people in a broad daylight on Friday for on fault of their own, the younger brother was left with a broken arm and 45 stitches on his head while the elder sustained multiple head injuries.

They alleged that the police, which was playing into the hands of village high-ups, were forcing them to reach a compromise.

Narrating their woeful tale, 22-year-old Sovit, who was left with multiple head injuries and a broken arm, told the Chandigarh Tribune that on October 27 his brother, Jatinder, was on his way to office at around 9 am. The road was blocked by a group of people, who were quarrelling among themselves. When Jatinder requested them to allow him to pass, Kedar Gupta, the younger brother of Umesh Gupta, the former sarpanch of Hallo Majra village, began hurling abuses on him. To which, his brother objected and he was thrashed by Kedar, Pawan, Upinder, Kalu, Ram Babu and other persons. They also smashed his new motor cycle.

"On seeing Jatinder being beaten up by several persons with rods, someone informed me about the incident fearing that his life was in danger. When I reached there, Jatinder was lying unconscious and on seeing me coming, they all pounced upon me and I was hit with sticks and rods. My mother also sustained injuries in an effort to save me", said Sovit.

"My friend called the police, which took us to the hospital, where we were admitted. Nirmal Singh, the investigating officer, asked us to record our statements, but the doctors told him that we were not fit. Later on, he asked Jatinder to sign a blank document and asked him to reach a compromise. Since that day, he was avoiding us and has not been receiving our phone calls on one pretext or the other" said Sovit.

Jatinder further alleged that even today they went to the Sector 34 police station to lodge their complaint, but they were told that the police officer had gone to PCA Stadium on a special duty. However, he was found roaming with Umesh Gupta in the village.

SHO of the Sector 34 police station Har Sahai Sharma said the matter was being investigated. Both parties had quarrelled with each other and the police had lodged a daily diary report on their complaint. Earlier, they had submitted in written that they did not want any action. Further action would be initiated on the basis of the medical reports, which were awaited.



Six injured in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Six persons were injured in an accident when a Tata Safari SUV and a Maruti car collided at the traffic light point on the road separating Sectors 19 and 27 here tonight.

The accident took place around 11 pm and both vehicles overturned following the mishap.



IT park site rules framed

Chandigarh, October 29
The Chandigarh Administration has framed the Allotment of Campus Sites in Chandigarh Information Services Park Rules, 2002. This would enable allotment of land the information technology park on a freehold basis. — TNS



NRI aspires to build hospital for poor
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Canada-based NRI Paramjeet Singh Rai has achieved much in life. Having migrated to Canada in late-80s after life did not offer him much in India, Mr Rai today owns a fledging hotel chain in British Columbia (BC), Canada. His ventures include a five-star hotel and a motel.

Now, he wants to return to his roots and, as he puts it, give something back to his motherland. This something could well be a state-of-art multi-specialty hospital that he is planning to build in Chandigarh.

For this purpose, he is currently scouting for a proper piece of land and is also contemplating getting in touch with the UT Administration for allotment of land.

“By God’s grace, I have earned a lot. Now, I wish to pay my dues to my country. After extensive talks with some leading doctors of Indian origin, who are also settled in Canada, I have decided to build a hospital in Chandigarh,” he told The Tribune here today.

Originally hailing from Jagraon near Ludhiana, Mr Rai says he is in a position to invest Rs 100 crore, to start with, in the new venture.

“The hospital is my dream. In the past 15 days that I have spent in the region, I have seen many sites. But, I feel, Chandigarh is the best location for such a hospital. I have visited the PGI, the GMCH, Sector 32, as well as the Sector 16 hospital. They are all over-burdened with patients' rush. Chandigarh definitely needs another hospital,” he states.

But why this shift from the hospitality industry to medicare? “Why not? I have the money while there are good, renowned doctors ready to return to serve their country. Moreover, medical tourism is a sector with huge potential simply awaiting to be tapped. Just consider the amount of employment and foreign exchange that we can earn through this sector,” he says. He points to the huge difference in treatment costs in the West and India even as India offers almost same facilities, infrastructure plus that big advantage called doctors.

“So many people that I know in Canada and the US have come to India for treatment. We are hoping to profit from this,” he adds.

But, in making his plans, Mr Rai doesn’t forget the poor section of society. “While we will certainly charge money from the financially sound people, it is the poor that I intend to serve at costs, equal to what the PGI offers, if not less. Believe me, this is possible,” he asserts.

But, what if he doesn’t get land in Chandigarh? To this, Mr Rai says he would then approach the governments of Punjab and Haryana. “And, even there, if thing don’t work out, then we will look at other states. But, one thing is certain. The hospital will be a reality before I die,” he says.



Watch out

Though Chandigarh has lost a chance to qualify for the semi-finals of the 62nd National Hockey Championship in progress at Jalandhar, it does not hold back its star performer Sukhbir Singh Gill from running for a berth in the national camp for the Doha Asian Games.

Sukhbir Singh Gill Sukhbir Gill, who represented India in the Sydney Olympic Games, had shown sparkes of brilliance during the Jalandhar championship. He is one of the experienced half backs.

Sukhbir, a product of sports wing of Sector 42 Complex, now CHA- 42, stole the limelight in 2000 during the 10th Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament held at Kuala Lumpur where the team secured bronze medal. He enabled his team to clinch a bronze medal in the Asia Cup tournament held a year ago.



Passing Through

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Shaily Grover
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— Ruchika M. Khanna



In Town

 International troupes Kyczera Folk Ensemble from Poland and Stranda Folk Ensemble from Bulgaria will be performing tomorrow at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women Sector 26 in the city as part of the International Folklore Festival 2006.

The festival is being organised by the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council of India and the Bulgarian troupe has been performing at various colleges and schools for the past some days. Tomorrow they will be performing with the Polish troupe in the college at 5.45 pm. 




Garbage dump a nuisance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
A vacant piece of land in Sector 19 here has been turned into a garbage dump. Much to the dismay of residents in the area, the entire garbage collected from Sector 19 A and B is being dumped here.

As a result, foul smell emanating from the garbage and the swarms of flies and stray animals are making things difficult for the residents. Incidentally, though the Municipal Corporation has placed two garbage bins near this piece of land, the garbage is strewn all over the place.

Says a resident of the area, “Because of the foul smell emanating from the garbage, it is difficult for us to sit in the open. we are forced to even close the windows to avoid the bad odour”.

Adds another resident, “Stray dogs and cats that feed on the garbage carry it with them and strew it all along the area. Even those employed for collecting the garbage from door- to-door, just throw away the garbage near the bins, instead of dumping it inside. Even the bins are cleared after every two days, rather than daily”.

She adds that there is a thick wild growth on the land, which has led to a large number of mongoose and snakes being present here. “Till a few months ago, a number of jhuggis had come up here, but they have been cleared now. A school for the deaf and dumb, and the church is just nearby, but no efforts have been made to clear the land of wild growth and remove the garbage,” she says. 



Dogra Sabha demands city-Jammu train
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The J&K Dogra Sabha today urged the Union Government to immediately start a train service from Chandigarh to Jammu.

Raising this demand at a meeting held on the occasion of a community gathering at Baba Nahar Singh Mandir in Naya Gaon, members of the Sabha said this long-pending demand should be considered seriously in view of the fact that every day thousands of persons travel between Chandigarh and Jammu.

They also decided to bring out a directory of the over 5,000 persons hailing from Jammu region who were settled in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.

Speaking on the occasion, sabha president Kuldeep Singh stated that a rough draft of the directory had already been prepared and all those who wish to get their names included could get the same done at JK House, Sector 5.

Mr Kuldeep Singh also stated that a decision had been taken by the executive to hold the first annual event of the sabha on December 17 in Chandigarh.

Among those present on the occasion included Dr K.C. Dubey, Director, radio station, Chandigarh, Dr Shashi Sharma, Chairman, Department of Law, Panjab University, and Mr Jagan Nath, manager, JK House, Chandigarh.

Later, a langar was also organised.



Bansal, Bahl put up united front
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Putting their differences on the backburner, the Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president, Mr B.B. Bahl, today announced that the Congress would seek votes on the development plank in the forthcoming MC elections.

Addressing a press conference, the Congress leaders sought to downplay their differences, claiming that the Congress was prepared to retain power in the December MC poll on the basis of its performance.

On the threat from the proposed BJP-CVM-SAD alliance, Mr Bansal claimed that the Congress was seeking “pro-Congress” votes as opposed to the alliance’s expectations of “anti-Congress” votes.

Scoffing at the BJP’s alleged anti-development stance, he alleged that the party was opposing development projects on the pretext that they were being commissioned in haste as the party did not have any issue.

While Mr Bansal preferred to mull over the differences between the two factions saying that every leader had an assigned job in the party set-up, Mr Bahl conceded that there were differences between him and Mr Bansal. However, he hastened to add that the party was united. A decision on the candidates would be taken after November 3 when the draw of lots for the reservation of seats for women and Scheduled Castes candidates was done, Mr Bansal added. 



Bansal inaugurates garden
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated Pink Cassia Garden in Sector 29 here today. Mr Surinder Singh, Mayor, Mr P.S. Aujla, MC Commissioner, and Ms Lalit Joshi, councillor were also present.

According to a spokesman of the MC, the green belt, has been developed in 6.34 acres. About 1,695 flowering shrubs have been planted.

Earlier in the day, Khushal Garden was inaugurated at Ram Darbar by Mr Bansal. 



Report on youth’s torture sought

Chandigarh, October 29
Taking cognizance of the complaint of torture of Naresh Kumar, a 16-year-old youth from Morinda, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a report from the ADGP (Crime) and Principal Secretary (Home) by December 1.

The case was moved before the commission by Mr Arvind Thakur, a rights activist. It was alleged that the father of the boy was also picked up by SHO Morinda Balwant Singh. He was allegedly kept in illegal custody for six days.

Instead of being taken to judicial custody to Ludhiana, the police took him to the Morinda police station. At the PGI, the SHO threatened the mother of the boy. Policemen also reportedly threatened rights activists. TNS



2 juveniles held for theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The police today arrested two juveniles allegedly involved in several incidents of snatching. The police claimed to have solved three cases with their arrest and recovered two motorcycles and five mobile phones from them. The police said the accused were drug addicts.

The SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Inspector Jagir Singh, said the accused were arrested from a road separating Sector 32 and 33. 

During preliminary interrogation, they admitted to having been involved in eight incidents of snatching.

The accused were members of a gang and their two other accomplices were on the run. They had robbed an Industrial Area resident in Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital during the intervening night of October 27 and 28. 

They waylaid him and took away his purse, mobile phone and other articles.

The SHO said the accused used to target lonely women on roads and snatched their chains and purses. They had put fake registration numbers on the stolen motorcycles. Both were earlier arrested on similar charges and two cases had been registered against them.



12-yr-old boy found dead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 29
Three murders in four days—-that’s the official tally in the district where a 12-year-old was found dead in the Industrial Area near the railway track here today. Hidden in the bushes, Suraj’s body was found half nude and frothing from the mouth.

A resident of Chapra, he had arrived in the city about 10 days ago. He was visiting his maternal uncle. His father had passed away about five months ago after which he had been forced to quit studies and leave his family in Bihar to earn money.

According to police sources, Suraj left his uncle’s place in Sector 19 last night for a dhaba in Abheypur. Finding the dhaba closed, he called up his uncle to find out where he could get some food. “He was told to pick up some fruit and his uncle left for Hallo Majra after which there was no contact between the two. Today he found Suraj dead.

Alleging that Suraj has been murdered, his uncle even named a Dera Bassi resident in his statement to the police. Giving reasons for the murder, he said his father had been accused of murdering a man in Bihar. His son, was staying in Dera bassi and could have been behind Suraj’s murder since he often met the boy on one pretext or another.

While the boy’s body has been sent to the General Hospital, Kalka, for a post- morten. the railway police, investigating the matter, has recorded the statements of the boy’s uncle. A case has been registered.



Bolero, motorcycle stolen

Chandigarh, October 29
A car and a motorcycle and two sets of AC compressors were stolen from various parts of the city. Mr Jagpal Singh of Phase III-A, Mohali, reported to the police that his Bolero was stolen from Sector 43 on Friday night.

In another incident, Mr Satish Kumar Gupta of Sector 57, Mohali, reported to the police that his motorcycle was stolen from the market area in Sector 37 yesterday. Two cases have been registered.


Ms Nirja Chawla of Sector 44 has lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that two units of AC compressors were stolen from SCO 385, Sector 44, on Friday night. A case of theft has been registered.


A motorcyclist, Narinder Singh of Balongi, sustained injuries after being hit by a Maruti Esteem last night. He has been admitted to the Sector 32, Government Medical College and Hospital. A case has been registered.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Vijay Kumar and Kuldeep Singh, both residents of Ambala Cantonment, from Ram Darbar yesterday. Their arrest has led to the recovery of 120 bottles of countrymade liquor. TNS



Fashion Tech Park signs MoU with Chinese associations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Fashion Technology Park (FTP) has signed an MoU with the China Fashion Association, the Chinese Wool and Textiles Manufacturing Association and the Beijing Garments Manufacturing Association for sharing technical know-how.

Mr J.S. Kochar, CEO of the park, said all these collaborators would now be actively participating in the activities of the park. The FTP and the Confederation of Indian Industry today also announced that the second Fashion Knowledge Forum, 2006, a first of its kind international conference and exposition, would be held here on November 15- 16.

Mr Kochar said the exposition would focus on issues regarding the development of Indian fashion design industry, through technical sessions and discussions by global industry leaders. The forum would feature intriguing sessions on various aspects of fashion design.



Hike wages, slash prices: AITUC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The general secretary of the Punjab unit of the All-Indian Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Mr Bant Singh, today asked the UPA government to bring down the prices of essential commodities and increase the wages of workers.

Addressing a delegate session of the Chandigarh unit of the AITUC, Mr Bant Singh urged the working class to put up a united front against the “anti-worker” of the Centre.

Through various resolutions, the session demanded strict implementation of labour laws, bonus for UT employees and constitution of a wage board for newspaper employees.

Meanwhile, the following have been elected office-bearers of the local AITUC unit: president — Mr H.S. Gambhir, general secretary — Mr Devi Dayal Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Dev Raj; vice-presidents — Mr Dalbara Singh, Mr Jaswant Singh, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Sumer Singh, Mr Rana and Mr Ranjit Singh; secretaries — Mr Parmand Sharma, Ms Parminder Sharma, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Sat Parkash and Mr Narain Singh; and cashier — Mr Budhi Ram.

Mr Raghbir Singh Sandhu, Mr Manjit Tiwana, Mr Sant Singh Saini, Mr Karam Singh, Mr Bhupinder Singh, Mr Kirat Singh, Mr Harbhajan Singh, Mr Dilbag Singh, Mr Amrit Lal, Ms Sondeepo and Mr Gurdit Singh will be the new working committee members.

The other working committee members are Mr Sarwan Kumar, Mr Gurnam Singh, Mr Lajpat Rai, Mr P.K. Jain, Mr Ashwani Kumar, Mr Mahesh Jain, Mr Shiv Kumar, Mr Jai Singh, Mr Ravinder Verma, Mr Mithu Ram, Mr Trishpal, Mr Kaka Singh, Mr Baldev Bali, Mr Hausla Parsad, Mr Rishi Pal and Mr Dhani Ram.




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