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Down: Stamp duty on property
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Buying property has become cheaper in Chandigarh.The decision of the Chandigarh Administration to reduce stamp duty from 6% to 5% on the sale deeds of immovable property has come as an icing on the cake for investors and end-users in the current recessionary phase.

The initiative, aimed at discouraging concealment of market value of property, is expected to bring more revenue to the administration, besides reviving the real estate market.

Simply put, the decision would mean that the buyers would have to pay less for registration of property. For instance, the registration of property worth Rs 1 crore would cost Rs 1 lakh less to the investor.

Earlier, the buyers had to pay 6% of the collector rate (official rate for transaction) for the registry of property. This higher rate compelled thousands of buyers to devise means to evade stamp duty and go in for transactions through dubious means, including general power of attorney (GPA) and will.

"The lowering of the stamp duty would bring more revenue to the administration as  this would encourage buyers to go in for transactions through the registration of property,” Tarlochan Singh Bittu, former president of the Property Consultants Association, said.

The reduction will have an impact on the property prices in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana, which still charge 6% stamp duty. The lower the tax, the higher the revenue collection, an official said.

However, the collector rate should remain unchanged so that the benefits of the reduction was passed on to the end-user, said Bittu.

The government of India has been advocating a uniform stamp duty regime,preferably 5%, all over the country for growth in the real estate sector.

Meanwhile, Samadhaan, a pressure group for social justice, said the reduction would not serve anypurpose unless it was replaced with a nominal value-added transaction.

“Irrational levy of stamp duty is a big hurdle in the way of growth of real estate.Stamp duty is counter-productive and obsolete. Since the collector rates are as low as 25%-40% of the market rate, the seller and purchaser are forced into underhand transactions,” its president said.

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Up: Traffic fines

Chandigarh, May 7
The Chandigarh administration has enhanced penalty for various traffic offences. The fine for offence under Section 180 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, for two-wheelers has been enhanced to Rs 500 for the first offence and Rs 1,000 for subsequent offences. Earlier, the fine was Rs 300 and 500, respectively. The penalty will be Rs 1,000 for the first offence in case of four-wheelers. The fine has been doubled.

Under Section 180, a fine is charged from the owner of a motor vehicle who allows a person under 18 year of age and not possessing a driver’s licence to drive his vehicle. Any minor driving a motor is punishable under this section.

Under Section 194 (2), driver of any vehicle who refuses to stop as instructed by an officer will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500, respectively, for the first and subsequent offence. Earlier, the fine was Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively.

For driving an uninsured vehicle, drivers shall be punished with a fine of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in case of two-wheelers for the first and second offence, respectively. — TNS

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Gulf dreams go awry
Agent dupes 16, held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The local police today arrested a travel agent on allegations of duping 16 persons from Punjab and Haryana of Rs 1 lakh on the pretext of sending them to Gulf countries on work permit.

Sources in the economic offences Wing (EOW) of the police said Navin Kumar of Navin Enterprises in Sector 34 was arrested on a complaint by Sukhbir Singh of Sector 49.

It was alleged that Navin Kumar had asked him and other persons in Punjab and Haryana to look for those aspiring to go to the Gulf. He had promised Rs 5,000 as commission for each aspirant brought to him.

Sukhbir reportedly brought 55 persons to Navin and 16 were selected. Navin took Rs 1 lakh each from them and sent them to Mumbai, directing them to meet one Mazid Ansari there.

Sukhbir told the police that all 16 persons failed to find Ansari there. They returned after a few days.

He took them to Navin and after failing to get a satisfactory response, the matter was reported to the police.

The police said the matter was being investigated.

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Panel holds PU don guilty

Chandigarh, May 7
A Panjab University Professor has been found guilty of disobedience in an inquiry conducted by Justice Brar (Retd) of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The report was submitted to the court by justice Brar, who conducted the inquiry following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Prof Atulveer Arora, a former chairman of the Department of Evening Studies has been found guilty on four of the six charges that he was facing. All charges relate to non-compliance of orders of the vice-chancellor and the dean, instructions (DUI), when he was chairman of the department two years ago.

Atulveer Arora was removed from chairmanship, against which he had moved the High Court.

The inquiry has stated that Arora is liable for serious misconduct under various rules of the university regarding obedience of orders, non-compliance of rules, habitual neglect of work, misbehaviour and use of abusive language or insolence. — TNS

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Radio jockey dies in accident 

Chandigarh, May 7
A 19-year-old youth of Sector 40 was killed when his motorcycle collided head-on with a four-wheeler near Balachaur this morning. The deceased has been identified as Prateek Sharma, a radio jockey on My FM.

The elder son of Punjab National Bank employee Rajender Sharma, Prateek had left his home on Sunday on his Pulsar bike to Kasauli. According to Rajinder Sharma, there Prateek met a friend from Shimla.

“We received a call from Prateek last evening that he was going to Shimla to meet his friends. Today we got another call from Balachaur about the fatal accident.

We are not aware how he reached Balachaur”, added the grieving father.

Prateek was scheduled to go to Australia for studies in July. Prateek was find cycle expeditions and had got a cycle for the purpose recently.

He anchored ‘Dhol Vajda’ aired by My FM every Sunday. — TNS

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Sukhna to gain depth
Wet-dredging okayed by expert 
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The much-delayed plan to carry out wet-dredging at the Sukhna Lake to increase its capacity will be a reality soon. One of the two technical experts deputed by the union ministry of environment has given the go-ahead to it in his appraisal report.

The report of the second expert on the feasibility of the plan is expected any time this month.

The report of the second expert is expected any time this month. Well-placed sources in the administration said wet-dredging could start this winter if everything fell into place. The experts were to give their opinion on the feasibility of the wet-dredging plan. The technique is used to de-silt ports.

The wet-dredging plan will add depth to the lake that once faced the problem of excess silt from its catchment area, the lower Shivaliks, in the 1980s. So much so that it had almost dried up when the administration started “Shramdaan”.

This was stopped when the interest of the people waned and also planned forest management in the catchment area reduced the inflow of silt. However, old deposits have to be removed, said director of environment Ishwar Singh.

The plan involves removing 8 ft of silt in two phases. This means, the lake will have a depth of 18 ft. The administration had invited Vishakhapatnam-based national ship design and research corporation (NSDRC) a few years ago to work out a plan, which was okayed after much deliberations.

According to Ishwar Singh, of the Rs 73.73 crore plan, Rs 55 crore would be used to remove the silt through wet-dredging and Rs 19 crore used on a dam at the confluence of the Kansal and Nepli choes (seasonal rivulets).

As per the plan of the corporation, it will float a small floating platform on the surface of the lake with a crane mounted atop.

However, not everyone is convinced. Dr G S Dhillon, former chief engineer, said the administration, in order to reduce the silt flow, had “over-treated” the catchment area.

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Murder
Motive still unclear
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 7
The district police today claimed to have got some leads on the murder of AC mechanic Rajbir who was found dead in his car in Saketri yesterday. The police says Minto, his friend, was likely behind the murder.

A resident of Ropar, Minto became close to Rajbir a few years back, when the latter was staying in Sector 35 of Chandigarh. “The accused’s paternal uncle was Rajbir’s neighbour. It was here that Rajbir met Minto and their friendship grew over the years,” a police official said.

However, after Rajbir shifted to Panchkula, the two developed strained relations though the reason for the same is not clear. “Rajbir’s wife said she heard Rajbir tell Minto not to come to his house again. After that the family did not see Minto,” the officer said.

Minto has been described as an “unmarried drunkard with no source of income.” 

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Dismissed jawan gets grace period for grant of pension
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
In an unusual case, the Delhi High Court has directed the Army to sanction pension to a jawan dismissed on disciplinary grounds even though he had not completed the requisite service for grant of pension. The relief was granted after the court came to the conclusion that there was no due application of mind by the Army authorities in the matter.

Instead of the petitioner's discharge taking effect on the date mentioned in the impugned Army order, the same shall take effect on the date he would have completed 15 years of pensionable service

The Army had dismissed Sube Singh after he had incurred six red ink entries for overstaying on leave and intoxication. At that time, he had completed 13 years and four months service, whereas the minimum service for pension is 15 years.

“Instead of the petitioner's discharge taking effect on the date mentioned in the impugned Army order, the same shall take effect on the date he would have completed 15 years of pensionable service,” the High Court ordered a few days ago.

The extended period of service will not, however, entitle the petitioner to any arrears of salary, but is for the purpose of all pensionary benefits only.

Counsel for the petitioner, Maj K. Ramesh (retd) told The Tribune that an Army Headquarters policy letter clearly stated that the period of service nearing pensionable service should be kept in mind so that there was no injustice or harshness caused by the discharge.

The petitioner had contended that for the first nine years of his service, his record was good and most of his career was spent in field areas, including counter- insurgency operations, Siachen as well as in Sri Lanka.Thereafter, his wife started having medical problems and later had to undergo an open heart surgery. This was followed by his son’s accident.

The court observed that there was nothing on record to show that the officer discharging the petitioner was alive to the factors made relevant by the policy letter, which ought to operate as guiding principles for a fair and proper power vested in him.

The brigade commander concerned, the court further observed, simply signed on the dotted line without adding a single word to what was already printed on the form.

This, the court opined, made it difficult to infer a proper application of mind in such circumstances on his part. Stating that some amount of latitude was the very nature of military customs, discipline and hierarchy due to the armed forces, the court was of the opinion that such latitude could not, however, extend to upholding an order which did not, on the face of it, show due and proper application of mind by the authority passing the same.

Any such order would fall short of legal standards, the court opined.

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Ammo scam
GCM disallows defence plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The general court martial (GCM) trying a colonel for alleged misappropriation of ammunition in the Kargil sector today disallowed the defence plea challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

After taking into account proceedings over the past few days, the court came to the conclusion that no new material had come up before the court in this regard.

The court had challenged the jurisdiction of the court on the ground that statutory provisions of Army Rules were not complied with during hearing of charges by the brigade commander.

The defence had contended that the prime prosecution witness in the case, Col Anil Nautiyal had himself stated before the court that he had not made any statement before the brigade commander at the hearing of charge, which he should have done had provisions been complied with.

The court also began with the deposition of a new witness, Lt Col Vipul Singal, who was on the staff of 192 Mountain Brigade’s operations branch when the accused’s battalion, 4/8 Gorkha Rifles, was handing over charge to 5 Sikh Light Infantry.

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Certification for organic food export recognised abroad 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) has managed to get equivalence for its National Programme for Organic Products (NPOP),from the USA, the European Union and Switzerland.This means that Indian certification on exports of organic products from the country will be recognised in these countries.

Talking to TNS here today, K.S Money, chairman, APEDA, said the European Union (EU) had recognised “our certification for organic foods, and thus we have been allowed market access.

The conformity assessment by NPOP has also been recognised by the US Department of Agriculture and by the Swiss government.”

Earlier,the certification was done only by agencies in these countries, which was an expensive preposition, he said. By achieving equivalence in certification, the quantum of exports in organic products to these countries would increase 
manifold.

India is a major exporter of organic tea, organic rice (basmati rice) and organic honey to these countries, besides 30 other countries, and equivalence in certification will boost exports as cost of export will decrease.

Money also said the Ministry of Agriculture was now trying to get the standards in place so as to boost agri-exports in all categories.

The APEDA chairman said India had signed a protocol for basmati exports to China, and following the completion of procedural formalities, basmati exports to the neighbouring country could begin soon.“This year, we have been able to get market access for Indian meat and meat products in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

We are now trying to resume exports of meat and meat products to the UAE.Besides, APEDA is also working to develop a protocol for export of basmati to Mexico,and pomegranate to the USA and the EU,” he said.

He said that with the increase in agri-exports, APEDA was now working to develop supply chain integration. “We will be launching an education and awareness campaign for the agri exporters, teaching them best post-harvest technologies and best cultural practices to use pesticides - when to use and how much to use,” he said.

He also informed TNS that an inter-departmental committee of various ministries had recommended simplification in procedure for export of perishable commodities.

“The committee has recommended that a single export document be introduced for exporters, which will be electronically filed,” he said.

He added that APEDA had also prepared a document on GAP (Good Agricultural Practices), which would have to be implemented by all agri- exporters and ensure a quality standardisation. 

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The ugly face of Rock Garden
Made from waste, now  surrounded by it
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Littering of garbage on the rear side of the Rock Garden (phase 3) has created insanitary conditions, besides posing a serious health hazard in the area and highlighting lack of civic sense among visitors.

The garbage, including non-biodegradable waste, has been dumped right behind the world famous Rock Garden, which itself is a masterpiece created out of waste material by 
Nek Chand.

With the authorities turning a blind eye to the issue, there seems to be no end to the menace. A visit to the spot today revealed stench emanating from dumped wrappers of chips, biscuits, disposable plates, glasses and worn-out rugs.

With the rainy season round the corner, the garbage and the waste material poses a serious health hazard to thousands of visitors and residents of Kaimbwala village, who pass by the area.

Says Gurmukh Singh, a passerby, “At times it becomes unbearable to walk past the area without covering your face. It’s a blot on the face of the famous tourist spot.”

“Serious action should be taken against the culprits in this regard,” says Piara Singh, another passer-by.

The garbage has been lying at the place for a long time now and the authorities seem indifferent,” he adds.

Functions organised at phase 3 of the Rock Garden add to the garbage as most of the organisers, instead of disposing of the waste in an appropriate way, choose to dump it there.

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Three injured in fire at pharmaceutical unit
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 7
Three employees of Nector Life Sciences Chemicals Ltd, situated on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road, sustained burn injuries in a major fire here this morning.

While one of the employees O.P. Singh is admitted to a private hospital in serious condition, the two other employees are stated to be out of the danger in the fire, which gutted a portion of the factory premises. The cause of the fire could not be known immediately.

At least a dozen fire engines from Dera Bassi, Dappar, Mohali, Ambala and Chandigarh were pressed into service to put out the blaze.

In fact, the fire engines struggled for several hours before it could be extinguished.

According to O.P. Singh, three employees were working inside the factory when the fire broke out around 4.15 am.

Extensive damage to the main mixture plant was reported in the fire.

Nobody from the factory management could be contacted and the exact loss was being worked out.

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Multi-colour water  feature opened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
City mayor Harjinder Kaur, along with municipal commissioner P.S. Aujla, today formally inaugurated a multi-colour water feature constructed in the green belt of Sector 29 here.

It was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 19.36 lakh. Councillors, residents and officers of the MC attended the inauguration ceremony.

According to an official spokesman for the MC, the green belt became entitled for construction of a water feature after its declaration as a special garden by the UT administration in consonance with the policy laid down for providing water features in green belts.

The water body has been constructed in RCC with a water depth of 2 ft during operation of fountains. It has a bowl type structure in the centre, which houses a central nozzle having a dozen smaller nozzles. The central nozzle is surrounded by a circular ring of fountain, containing 52 nozzles.

The overflowing water falling from the circular circumference of the bowls forms a circular sheet of water. Four geyser type fountains have been erected on raised inverted bowl shape platforms in the four corners on the floor of the water body.

Besides, 114 lights in blue, red, green and yellow colours have been fixed under and around the various water features, which provide a multi-coloured affect to whole the structure. 

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Nurse’s week at Fortis
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 7
Fortis Hospital today celebrated the international nurse’s week here.

To mark the celebrations, Mohali deputy commissioner H.I.S. Grewal lit the ceremonial lamp. This was followed by a cultural programme. The week will culminate in a valedictory function on May 12.

Grewal said caring compassion were the hallmarks of good nursing. He complimented the hospital’s nursing faculty for high-quality of service and extreme devotion to their noble profession.

The international nursing fraternity celebrates the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who founded the nursing occupation, and saw the profession as more than a job.

Sister Ajitha, nursing superintendent, Fortis, elaborated on the global theme for the international nurses’week this year as “positive practice environments: Quality workplaces=Quality patient care”.

It was essential to maintain quality in a healthcare facility, because only if quality was a priority patients would get good services, she said, urging her coleagues to continue with dedication and perseverance they had come to known for.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Ashok Chordiya, medical director, who said that the day was celebrated to draw our attention to a profession that taught only to give selflessly and earingly.

He said nurses were an integral part of a hospital, needless to say a hospital revolves around them Fortis had a strength of more than 400 nurses, he added.

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Bills paid, patient not treated yet 
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
A resident of Yamuna Nagar has been staying at the Rotary serai since March this year waiting for his treatment to begin at the PGI, even after Rs 50,000 was deposited at the hospital on March 24 for the expenses which to be incurred. Authorities at the PGI, however, cite the shortage of staff as the cause for the delay.

Gurmit Singh was hit by a truck on June 16 last year, resulting in multiple fractures in his leg. He spent Rs 25,000 on treatment at the PGI and returned home. In October, Gurmit’s leg started hurting again and diagnosis at the PGI found the treated bone to be dislocated again.

Gurmit, who has four children to take care of, said he was working as a helper in the X-ray section of a private nursing home at Yamuna Nagar when the accident took place. As his employer did not bother to help him, Gurmit had to spend all the money from his own pocket.

“With no money in hand, I applied to the Haryana government for help, following which a cheque of Rs 50,000 was issued to the PGI, Chandigarh, under the State Illness Assistance Fund by the Director Health Services, Haryana, on March 21,” informed Gurmit. Since then we have been meeting authorities concerned at the PGI, but to no avail, said Gurmit.

Additional medical superintendent Dr Raj Bahadur, when contacted, blamed the lapse on the shortage of staff. An acute shortage of staff at the concerned branch was delaying the procurement of medicines and equipment from the market and additional staff had been sought to improve the situation, he added. 

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Cosmopolitan Chandigarh
Festivities bind them together 
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
It is like one extended family for people from Orissa staying in the city who have created their own little world here by celebrating festivals and organising regular get togethers. Though there is no record as to when the first Oriya family migrated to Chandigarh, at present there are about 10,000 people from Orissa residing in the tricity. The Utkal Sanskrutik Sangh, established in the early 80s, is a registered body of people from Orissa settled in the tricity. A number of people from Orissa migrated to the city after its inception and started meeting informally. They felt the need for a common meeting place. In 1983 they were allotted a piece of land in Sector 31 where Lord Jagannath Temple came into existence after five years. “Gradually, this became our meeting point and a centre for cultural exchange as well,” informed Prof Digambar Behera, president of the sangh. Apart from a worshipping place, there is a cultural centre as well behind the temple where children, not only from the community but also from other communities, learn Odissi.

The classical dance, that traces its origin to the 2nd century BC, was nurtured in the famous shrines situated at Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar. It was performed as a daily ritual by the Maharis (temple dancers) before the images of God.

The community celebrates Utkal Dibas or Orissa Day on April 1(Utkal was the name given to Orissa before 1936. After that it became a new state with Orissa as its name). Members of the community also get together for prayers on the occasions of Ganesh puja and Saraswati puja. The Lord Jagannath rath yatra is held in July every year. Besides these, Kartikeya Purnima is considered one of the most auspicious days and is marked by special pujas, cultural programmes and community feast. Also it is believed that this day signifies the return of the businessmen of the state after a month-long trip to Java and Sumatra.

Women folk of the community get together and offer prayers to Goddess Laxmi in the temple every Thursday. The last Thursday of the month is celebrated in a big way wherein ‘Mandapith’, a sweet preparation of rice powder and paste mixed with jaggery, is distributed among the devotees.

Oriyas settled here are an educated lot and are placed well in their respective fields. While most of them are eminent doctors, teachers, defence personnel and professors, a majority of them are in the Indian Administrative Services (both Haryana and Punjab cadres).

Traditional attire of the community’s women folk is a saree and their cuisine includes rice and fish curries cooked in a different way.

After many years now, the members of the community have adapted to the ways of the city retaining the flavour of their culture and traditions. Many of them have even married Punjabis.

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Fauji Beat
Indigenous production remains a pipedream

INDIGENOUS production of defence equipment continues to remain a pipedream in India, thanks to the perpetuation of failures by our Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). When the user and the DRDO differ on the war worthiness of an equipment, it is the user whose opinion should be accepted as final because he has to fight the war.

Recently, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the DRDO have vastly differed on the effectiveness of Akash missile. The former has said that in its present status, Project Akash cannot meet the IAF’s operational requirements. Take the example of our main battle tank (MBT) Arjun. This project was launched in 1974 with the promise that its production would start by 1984. It has yet to cross the trials’ stage. The Army has made it clear during the recent exercise “Ashwamedh” that it will not accept the MBT Arjun until the tank demonstrates its performance parameters in a battle environment. The tale of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is almost similar. The long delay in its production has resulted in the depletion of squadron strength of the IAF. The result of all this is that we continue to import aircraft, tanks and other equipment at a heavy cost.

Why have an organisation that cannot deliver? Mercifully, the government has now constituted a committee of seven members under the chairmanship of Dr P. Rama Rao to review the performance of the DRDO. Three of its members are retired officers, one from each service.

A befitting honour

“Military Hospital Wellington is always contributing the best. Please take care of our great wealth, our only Field Marshal Manekshaw”. The President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, wrote these remarks in the visitors’ book of the hospital when he visited it to meet the Field Marshal a few weeks ago. The President spent some time with Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw and wished him a speedy recovery.

Subsequently, in the third week of April, the Defence Secretary Shekar Dutt flew to Wellington to hand over a cheque for Rs 1.16 crore to Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in the military hospital. This cheque contained the arrears of salary of the Field Marshal from the day that this rank was granted to him i.e. January 1, 1973.

These visits, especially that of the President to Wellington, to look up the ailing Field Marshal in the Hospital have not only honoured the great old soldier but have also pepped up the morale of the armed forces.

Medicare for the old

Several of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) patients who are above 75-80 years of age have come up with a suggestion that their waiting time at the polyclinics and hospitals should be reduced. They say that due to great rush at the polyclinics and hospitals, they have to wait for their turn for a few hours. Due to their advanced age and failing health, they don’t have the strength to put up with long-waiting period.

They further say, that the patients who are in a higher age group need a special consideration cannot be denied. The only way to mitigate their hardship is to open separate counters for them at the polyclinics and hospitals so that they can be seen by the doctors and issued medicines on a priority basis.

— Pritam Bhullar

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Man receives torn passport

Chandigarh, May 7
For Sunil Dutt, a resident of Patiala, the joy of receiving a passport proved to be shortlived.

In fact, when he received the passport, he found it torn. Three visits to the Regional Passport Office here have failed to yield any result. Dutt said he had been asked to pay Rs 2,500 for a duplicate passport. — TNS

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Letters
Kids need more space

City children are a neglected lot as far as space for playing is concerned. There are approximately 1500 parks in the city but children are not allowed to play there. Green brigade of the city shoos them away forcing them to play on roads. As a result they fall prey to accidents. It is a serious issue which calls for immediate attention of the administration. Although the administration makes tall claims of undertaking development works in the city, it pays no attention towards children's needs. The administration should develop more and more space for children where they can play safely without putting their lives in danger.

Jaspreet Chhatwal
Zirakpur

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CTU driver held with poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The local police arrested a CTU driver with 5-kg poppy husk near the Zirakpur barrier yesterday afternoon.

The police said a checkpoint had been set up near the barrier following a tip-off.

A CTU bus (CH 01 G1 5900) plying on the Chandigarh-Agra route was pulled over, after which the contraband was seized from the bus driver, Harbhajan Singh of Sector 41.

A case under Section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered.

The police had earlier arrested a bus driver plying on the same route with contraband.

Cheating

Amanpreet Singh, a partner in Sukhna Auto petrol pump, Sector 28, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his chequebook issued by Punjab National Bank, Sector 26, was stolen from the petrol pump on April 7 and Rs 4 lakh were withdraw by forging signatures the same day.

A case of theft, cheating forgery and criminal conspiracy has been registered by the economic offences wing of the Chandigarh police under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

Mishap

A scooterist, Bhupinder Singh of Mohali district, was injured following a collision with a motor cycle, being ridden by Saurabh of Army Flats, Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, on the road separating Sectors 9 and 10 on Saturday.

Both victims were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16.

A case under Sections 279, 337 and 283 of the IPC has been registered in this connection.

Vehicles stolen

Rakesh Gupta of Sector 27 D lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Santro car (CH 03 Z 3634) was stolen from his residence on Saturday night.

K.L. Saini of Sector 37 reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH 01 E 6742) was stolen from the market of Sector 43 on May 2.

Ranjit Singh Dhiman of Raipur Khurd filed a complaint with the police alleging that his LML Vespa scooter (CH 03 A 9834) was stolen from his residence on Saturday night.

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

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Driver held in hit-and-run case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The Chandigarh police arrested Daljit Singh, the driver of a Tavera, which allegedly hit a parking lot employee at the district courts’ parking in Sector 17 here before speeding away this afternoon.

According to parking contractor Amarjit Singh, the driver hit a Baleno car while parking his Tavera bearing number CH 03-X-1553 at the parking lot. As he was about to flee from the scene after the incident, a parking employee tried to stop him.

“The driver kicked my employee in the chest and dragged him for a few metres while fleeing away, resulting in a fracture in his foot. We noted the number of the vehicle,” said the contractor.

The police traced the vehicle in the evening and arrested Daljit Singh. 

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Betrayed, woman takes cop’s help; he cheats her too
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
A 40-year resident of Kishangarh, who says a UT police head constable (HC) sexually exploited her for over a year, is moving from pillar to post to get justice.

She met the head constable when she had gone to file a complaint against a man who had deserted her after living with her for over five years. The cop forced her into sexual intimacy, promising her help in the case. 

Her meeting with the UT inspector-general of police (IGP) in January this year and other senior police officers has borne no fruit.The DNA report is yet to come though the samples were given months ago, alleged the victim.

The victim, a domestic help, alleged that head constable, who was posted at the Mani Majra police station as munshi in July last year had forced her into a sexual relationship promising her help in a case.

A divorcee and a mother of two, the victim told TNS that she met the accused when she had gone to file a complaint against a man who deserted her after living with her for over five years. The accused cop, a father of two college-going sons, lured her into established a relationship with him.

In April last year, he too, deserted her and she approached his senior officials. She alleged that some officials persuaded her to withdraw the complaint on the assurance that the head constable would “take care of her”, but this did not happen.When she again met the IGP in January, an inquiry was marked. The accused promised to “keep her”, but again backtracked.

Inquiry officer inspector Vedpal Malik said the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of the crime branch had submitted his report on the matter last year. It said the head constable and the woman did have a relationship.

He said the DNA sample was sent about a month ago and the report was awaited.

A senior officer said it was an act of serious misconduct on the part of the head constable. Whatever the outcome of the case, he would face stern action. 

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Man reports house sale fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Anish Kumar of Sector 50 reported to the police that Gurinder Singh Cheema of Sector 16 and Bimaljit Kaur of Sector 15 had taken Rs 11 lakh from him to sell his share in a house in Sector 16.

The deal was struck in August last year. After paying the money, the complainant realised that the house was not registered in the name of Gurinder Singh.

In yet another case, the police arrested a Srinagar resident along with his two sons for duping a city resident of Rs 7.50 lakh on the pretext of getting his son admitted to a medical college in Delhi.

A team led by sub-inspector Sukhbir Rana arrested Mohammad Sadiqee Wani of Sekhdaffar village, 30 km from Sri Nagar, along with his two sons-Muzaffar Wani and Dillal Wani-from their village on May 4. The fourth accused, also a son of Wani, Ajaj Sadqee Wani, was at large.

Inspector Satbir Singh said a case was registered in January this year on a complaint by Bashir Ahmed Gogree, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony. 

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