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PGI keeps out HIV+ patient
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Patients with HIV symptoms visiting the PGI are a lost lot. There is none to guide them on the timings of the clinic. The waiting period stretches to more than four hours and doctors remain inaccessible, having to shuffle between clinics.

A doctor at the PGI’s OPD yesterday allegedly refused to attend an HIV positive patient, a truck driver’s wife, as she was annoyed at repeated requests by the attendant to examine her “soon.” She asked the patient to consult her in the afternoon, but did not return.

Following a volley of queries by this correspondent, the doctor returned to attend the patient, who had been waiting for hours.

Twentythree-year-old wife of the truck driver was diagnosed HIV positive by doctors at Muktsar and advised treatment at the PGI. “We reached the PGI on Wednesday. We were asked to go to the clinic at room no. 3027of the new OPD. We kept waiting from 8.30 am. My daughter-in-law started feeling uneasy,” said Gurdev Kaur, mother-in-law of the patient.

“At noon when my daughter-in-law began vomiting, I went to Dr Archana in the clinic, requesting her to attend the patient. She refused, saying she had to see a patient at the emergency and left.” Till 2.30 pm, there was nobody at the clinic.

Chet Singh of Kuraiwala village in Muktsar, accompanying the patient and the mother-in-law, alleged that a patient from Tanda Urmur waiting for his turn at the OPD had died yesterday.

Doctors on duty at the emergency ward later confirmed to this correspondent that the patient from the OPD had been “brought dead.”

Dr Archana B. Mohan, SMO of the National AIDS Control Organisation being run from the PGI, denied any such incident. She said she had to be at the paediatric centre between 12 noon and 1 pm.

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City wakes up to Potter magic
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Youngsters atop the hop-on hop-off bus during the “knight” bus tour in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Youngsters atop the hop-on hop-off bus during the “knight” bus tour in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Chandigarh, July 21
The Harry Potter party began early this morning with fans lining up from 5 am to ensure they got their copies first. And the bookstores did not disappoint. With most having opened their shutters on time, they went a step further by offering tea, cookies and even freebies, besides discounts, that brought in the numbers if not profit!

“In this case the event is more important than the numbers that sell,” stated a bookseller. However, there were some who made money. Parking attendants, especially in Sector 8, were there at the crack of dawn.

The hype continued through the day as stores did brisk sales but topping it, was the “knight bus” tour organised by the British Library and the Chandigarh Tourism. Citco’s hop-on hop-off bus, decorated in gay purple, with Harry Potter adorning the sides had the young ones enthralled.

Dressed up in cloaks and long hats with wands in hand, the children were regaled by five youngsters through stories, quizzes and games.

Leading the motley crew was 18-year-old Bismark Singh, an IITian with a penchant for Potter. While Tanvi Monga essayed the character of Hermione, Sourabh Dua played Ron to perfection. The surprises, however, were Tushar Bhatnagar (UIET, PU) who seemed to have walked out of Potter films. Bringing up the rear was the dark lord himself, Voldemort, but in a diminutive avatar played by 13-year-old Amitabh Nauharia.

These die-hard Potter fans have even found a website that had a ready-to-read book seven on it way before its release!

Tushar picked up his first Harry Potter in Class VIII after a teacher told him that he looked like Harry. Sourabh is a new convert who having seen a Potter movie a month ago, got hopelessly hooked. Amitabh’s mother monitor’s his reading as he quite forgets he has school, too.

Coming together for this event was not easy. “While people are big fans, they are not willing to come forward for events like these,” says Bismark.

They transformed the British Library into Hogwarts, complete with a house cup, sorting hats, wands et al. An innovative treasure hunt, a magic show and a skit for which the script was written by them, was worked out independently.

“This is because youngsters will know how youngsters feel,” they say.

What is it about Harry Potter that brings them together?

“There is so much to learn from these books for they have grown along with the characters but it is the values like friendship, trust and courage that we have come to appreciate,” they chorus.

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Meanwhile, some people pottered about
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
A day after bulldozers of the Chandigarh administration razed private plant nurseries along the Chandigarh-Panchkula highway, it was a windfall for “plant seekers”.

Expensive plants were being “handpicked” by plant sellers and residents of the area for free.

Policemen deputed at the spot after the administration took over the possession of the land were mute spectators. A few employees deputed by nursery owners to keep a watch on the plants seemed helpless in keeping the “thieves” at bay.

Throughout the day people came in four-wheelers and two-wheelers to take away the plants, said an employee at Durga nursery.

The situation worsened after the administration bulldozed the entire area around 3 pm. “We tried to take the plants to an alternative site but it was not possible to shift the entire stock in a few hours,” a nursery owner said.

An MC employee said it was not possible to keep people away as the land was not fenced.

A similar situation prevailed at Shivalik, Defence, Shalimar and Phulkari nurseries. There were reports that employees engaged in the demolition also took away plants as the owners could do little to manage the post-demolition situation.

Around 20 acres of land was cleared of encroachments. The drive was carried out following a recent Supreme Court order, approving the acquisition of large chunks of land in Mani Majra. The possession of the vacated land was taken after the demolition drive.

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Naya Gaon Case
NHRC seeks report from home secy
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Taking cognizance of a complaint filed by the Global Human Rights Council against the alleged brutal beating of residents of Janata Colony, Naya Gaon, sometime ago by the UT police and administration officials, the NHRC has sought a report from the UT home secretary.

Arvind Thakur, chairman of the council, along with Seema Devi of Janata Colony, had filed a complaint, seeking action against erring officials.

The complaint was placed before the commission on June 26 which directed the home secretary to file a report within four weeks of receiving a notice from the commission. The home secretary, Krishna Mohan, SDM Ankur Garg, DSP (central) S.S Randhawa, inspector Puran Chand and subinspector P.S. Dalal were made the respondents.

The complaint stated that on May 3, the PGI authorities were trying to raise a wall in the residential area of Janata Colony. This was protested by the residents of the colony in a peaceful manner. All of a sudden, the administration and police officials lost their cool and brutally assaulted the residents.

SDM Ankur Garg’s role came in for a special mention in the complaint which alleged that Garg acted like a “mad fellow” and gave blows to innocent and poor people. His conduct was “extremely indisciplined”.

The police, too, resorted to brute power using water canons, batons and tear gas on the residents, the complaint stated.

The complainants had sought that stern action be taken against the erring officials and a probe be conducted by an observer of the NHRC.

It was further pleaded that the home secretary be directed to send Garg to a no-work zone so that an inquiry into the case was not jeopardised.

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Estranged, man hangs himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Fed up with solitary existence, a 27-year-old man hanged himself to death at his Dhanas house here this morning.

The victim, Bhupinder Lama, father of two minor girls, was living separately from his family after he lost job due to his habit of drinking. His wife, Maya, got a job at Baddi and started living there while their children were living with her parents, said the police.

The death came to light at around 11 am when Lama’s next door neighbour saw the body hanging from a ceiling fan hook in the room. She raised the alarm and people gathered. 

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Sale of panchayat land
Notices to 4 Mauli Jagran panches
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The director of Panchayat, Chandigarh, has issued notices to four members of the Mauli Jagran gram panchayat in connection with an alleged scam of sale of panchayat land.

The notices have been issued to Om Parkash, Darbara Singh, Rulda Ram and Kesar Singh following the revelations made in a fact-finding inquiry conducted by an HCS officer, S K Setia, who is currently director Public Instructions (Schools), Chandigarh.

In the report, it has been pointed out that instead of protecting the shamlat land, the erring office-bearers of the Mauli Jagran gram panchayat, who were supposed to be the custodian of the land, themselves sold the land for personal gains.

It has been mentioned that the land in question falls within the lal dora and there was no revenue record or any other ownership document. In absence of any document, it was difficult to ascertain the possession of the land. But instead of filing evidence or an appeal, the office-bearers decided to take benefit of the situation by themselves indulging in sales directly or by attesting the superficial possession in individual names.

The inquiry officer has observed that there was no judgment in favour of any individual claiming to be the owner of this land.

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COMMUNITY
 

Ex-servicemen express concern over suicides

Chandigarh, July 21
Expressing alarm over the high number of suicides in the Army, a local ex-servicemen’s association has urged the President to seek a detailed report on these cases from the Army Headquarters.

Suggesting that a committee of experts drawn from fields of psychology, law, medicine and NGOs be constituted to scrutinise the findings of all courts of inquiry into such cases, the Saviours of Human Rights of Armed Forces Personnel, in a letter, has sought that every future court of inquiry should have an in-depth analysis at the defence ministry level.

The association also demanded that copies of courts of inquiry, police investigations and forensic reports should be provided to the bereaved family, and family members should be allowed to participate in the investigations.

Stating that the tenure of Gen J.J. Singh would, perhaps be remembered as a saga of suicides, the letter adds that never in the history of the Army have so many deaths been attributed to sucides. Even in cases where soldiers committed suicide, the letter alleges that there were abettors at different levels of command. The parents, wives, children and near and dear ones are made to suffer for life. Increasing incompetence, intolerance, poor man management, ill treatment of subordinates, misuse of human resources, high expectations of seniors, and not sanctioning leave on time are some of the major reasons for fratricides or suicides, the letter states. — TNS

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UT plans transport revamp
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
To popularise the mass transport system and reduce private vehicles on roads, the Chandigarh administration is working out details of bus routes. Mini-buses that ply every five minutes within sectors to supply traffic to the main grid is seen as the best alternative.

The administration is perusing a project report, “A new mass transport system for UT”, compiled by Harish Bhatia, a former professor and head of the postgraduate highway transportation engineering department at the PEC.

Project report suggests

  • Mini-buses should handle inner-sector traffic
  • The ISBT-17 should be shifted to another venue to lessen pressure in the heart of the city
  • Staggered working hours can ease traffic during peak hours
  • Alternative roads to Panchkula, besides overbridges
  • One-way traffic in crowded areas and markets

The report has presented a model which will introduce mini-buses within the sectors to supply traffic on the main grid. The five-minute service on the inner-sector routes will be matched with the main grid to make transportation easier and faster.

There is emphasis on an exclusive lane for buses on the main roads, including Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg. The project has quoted improvement in transportation on the roads of Milton Keynes in the UK and Vancouver to prove the point.

The report has suggested introducing one-way traffic in markets that see heavy rush. It has been pointed out that the ISBT in Sector 17 needs to be shifted out because the main bus stands of cities are usually located in corners. Another suggestion is change in office hours by organisations to lessen the rush.

The report says that traffic flow towards Panchkula needs to be diverted to other roads, including the one that leads to the railway station through the Industrial Area and another through Mani Majra. Overbridges have also been recommended.

The report highlights key areas with heavy traffic like the Piccadilly chowk, Aroma chowk, printing press chowk, and the inner roundabout of Sectors 34 and 35.

The need to revamp the public transport system has become more relevant in the context that at present, not more than 7 per cent population (approximately 75,000) of more than 11 lakh uses CTU buses. Also, every second person in the city owns a car.

The report is for approximately 350 mini-buses on V4 and V5 roads.

Senior officials concede that no transport system serves the purpose without the support of the public. More and more, people need to shift to mass transport systems to ease traffic pressure.

Residents on the other hand are not satisfied with the irregularity of buses.

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Woman dead, kin blames hospital
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 21
Twenty-one-year old Afsana Khantoon died after doctors allegedly failed to attend to her for nearly two hours at the General Hospital, Sector 6, yesterday. The husband of the deceased, Badruddin Khan, a daily wager, said his wife fell ill a few days back after which he consulted a doctor at the General Hospital, Sector 6, and took home some medicines.

He stated that yesterday afternoon she began to feel worse after which he brought her to the hospital again. She lay at the hospital awaiting medical care but nobody came to attend to her. Finally, after two hours, a doctor attended to her and asked him to take her to PGI, he added.

A resident of Majri, he said the hospital did not provide him with an ambulance to take his wife to PGI. He further added that he lost precious time trying to locate an ambulance to shift her to PGI.

On the way to Chandigarh, Afsana died. She was brought back to the Hospital where the family expressed its resentment to the doctors on duty.

However, when contacted, the civil surgeon, Dr Kamla Singh, said there was no negligence on the part of the doctors on duty.

The medical superintendent, Dr V.K. Bansal, said he had inquired into the matter and had found that the patient was not brought into the hospital for over two hours. “She was outside the hospital. So, when a patient is not even brought in, how can the doctors attend to him,” he justified.

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Experts link river project to diseases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The river linking project (RLP) in the country proposes to link 14 Himalayan rivers in the north and 16 peninsular rivers in the south but public health implications of such projects should be considered and control measures should be taken in the beginning only. These were the views of experts assembled here from different departments for a discussion on the prevention and control of vector borne diseases here.

The directorate of national vector borne diseases, Chandigarh, organised the discussion.

Deputy conservator of forest-cum-chief wildlife, Chandigarh, Ishwar Singh, said though the absence of a proper baseline data and exact health impacts due to the RLP could not be ascertained, the vector as well as water borne diseases were likely to increase due to waterlogging.

a lot of area would be submerged, disturbing the natural drainage system of rivers and reducing the downstream.

Anti-malaria officer H.C. Gera said a large number of dams would be required for river linking, resulting in waterlogging and providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The Indira Gandhi canal in Rajasthan alone was responsible for thousands of cerebral malaria cases every year from a region where malaria was unheard of before the canal was constructed, said Gera.

Prof Rajesh Kumar, department of medicines, PGI, said society should come forward to tackle the situation. “Diseases spread faster as we live in a globalised world,” he said.

Dr J.S. Thakur, assistant professor, department of community medicine, PGI, laid stress on creating awareness about common risk factors.

The presence of diseases in different parts of the country was a failure on the part of various agencies, Dr Rajinder Kumar Sharma, assistant director, health (malaria)-cum-state surveillance officer, Chandigarh, said.

“Though we have ample laws and bylaws under the Epidemic Control Act to check malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis, poor or no implementation of health regulations has rendered the Act ineffective in checking the diseases,” he rued.

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A bumpy ride all the way
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Tall claims of the administration to provide state-of-the-art roads notwithstanding, sections of roads continue to be traveller’s nightmares, particularly in southern sectors.

The portion of the road near the waterworks in Sector 39 never seems to have been metalled. The road dividing Sectors 46 and 47 needs immediate attention. The road adjoining Government College for Girls, Sector 42, continues to be a trouble spot because of the double road converges into one. New commuters are caught unawares and collisions are frequent.

V.K. Bhardwaj, chief engineer, said: “The road in Sector 39 is a peculiar case because of the nature of the soil. We have made a makeshift arrangement by throwing bitumen, however, the arrangement is temporary. The road adjoins the waterworks which has loose soil because of sedimentation. The administration has decided to cement the portion of approximately 1 km to find a permanent solution and the work will commence shortly.”

The NHAI will soon be starting construction of a bridge on the road adjoining the GCG, Sector 42. Soil testing has been completed. Bhardwaj said the load-bearing capacity of the road dividing Sectors 46 and 47 had been re-studied and repair would be undertaken.

The peripheral roads of Sector 38 (west) are in a pitiable condition. The road bordering Dadu Majra is full of potholes and is risky for night driving. The drive on the road dividing Sectors 38 and 38 (west) is a harrowing experience even during the day.

Amrit pal, an electrician, said: “I helped a retired Army officer when his scooter skid. He was saving his scooter from a pothole when he entered another one. Despite repeated complaints to the authorities, there has been no action.”

The point where Dakshin Marg converges into a single road on entry to Dadu Majra, has been witness to several accidents. There is no marking at the point to indicate the convergence of the road. 

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Kidney patient needs help
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
There seems to be no end to the woes of Neeru Chopra, a 35-year-old resident of Sundernagar in Himachal Pradesh. Deserted by husband, mother of two children is living with her mother as the father and lone brother had already died.

Living without any source of income, the hapless Neeru is awaiting for a help to meet the huge post-operative expenses of kidney transplantation which amounts to around Rs 10,000 every month.

“The problems started when it was diagnosed that I was suffering from renal problem in 2000, said Neeru. My husband, a government servant at Ludhiana, that time refused to take the responsibility of my treatment and after that my mother took me to her home at Sundernagar”, said Neeru.

“My kidneys failed in 2005 and my mother donated the kidney while relatives helped in bearing the cost of treatment”, said Neeru.

“Now my two sons, including Ketan (13) and Jatin (7), were making paper bags for shopkeepers and I took tuitions to earn meager amount, which is not even sufficient to meet our household expenses.”

The donors can contact the patient at House No. HE-215, Phase V, Mohali, Phone no. 0172-3914706.

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Tribune staff guided on IT return forms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Several misconceptions regarding the filing of individual income tax returns were removed at an audio-visual presentation organised by the Income Tax Department for The Tribune Trust employees here today.

A team of officials from the Income Tax Department gave a detailed information on the filing of the income tax returns (ITR I and II) introduced by the Finance Ministry from this financial year for the salaried class.

The introduction of the ITRs, which replaced the saral forms, have raised a lot of controversy with several sections of society, including the income tax consultants, up in arm against the "cumbersome" filing process.

The employees were guided on the point-wise filing of the returns and briefed about various exemptions available under the new regime.

Senior officials of The Tribune Trust, including O P Arora, additional general manager, and Anil Pandhi, AGM (accounts), attended the presentation.

No shortage: There is no shortage of new income tax forms No. 1,2,3,4,5 and they are easily available with the department and in the market.

These forms are easy to comprehend and information to be filled in the forms is of general nature and it is not difficult to fill these forms, Krishan Lal Goyal, a Panchkula-based taxation adviser, claimed.

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Sec-17 traders demand regular power supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The Traders Association of Sector 17 has demanded uninterrupted power supply to the main shopping centre in Sector 17.

The main reasons being cited for the shortage was failure of the administration to honour it own decision to raise the sanctioned load of each commercial building from 100KW to 200 KW as declared in February this year.

Demanding early implementation of the decision, the traders said enhancing the load would reduce incidents of fire as the main cause of fire was short circuiting.

Also demanding amendment in the apartment rules, the traders association said the changing social and economic needs of the residents need to be met.

Another issue raised by the traders is VAT simplification. There was dire need to notify afresh mandatory deemed assessment for the pre-VAT period so that all pending assessments cases were settled on a nominal charges of Rs 100 per lakh as per precedence.

It has been sought that the administration should waive off cumbersome submission of different forms and adopt simplified assessment scheme to settle all pending assessments. This matter had already been discussed with department officials and hope the administration would consider the demands.

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Fire brigade face staff shortage
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 21
SAS Nagar deputy commissioner H.I.S. Garewal has been asked by the department of local government to send back employees of the local fire brigade, which was facing a shortage of staff.

In a letter addressed to the deputy commissioner on July 18, the joint secretary of the department said a decision had been taken to send back a telephone operator and a driver working in the office of the SDM.

A copy of the letter has been sent to the office of the SDM as well, stating that the employees be relieved of their duties immediately.

In another letter sent to executive officers of civic bodies, it was stated that octroi had been abolished in Punjab and as such, staff had become surplus. Employees, who fulfilled the required qualifications and were physically fit, could be adjusted against posts lying vacant in the fire brigade wing.

Taking a serious note of the fire that broke out in the Janata rehri market in Phase III-B1, here, on June 1, the principal secretary of the department said fire hydrants should be set up near sensitive locations. The fire tenders should be repaired and the required equipment should be made available to the brigades.

It was also stated that civic bodies make housing arrangements for the fire brigade staff near the fire station. In case this was not possible, it should be ensured that staff of the fire brigade stayed in a radius of one kilometre from the fire station.

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Surprise check at railway station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
It was a day of hectic activity at the Chandigarh railway station where passengers were greeted by sniffer dogs early this morning. In command were the personnel of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the General Railway Police (GRP), who swooped on to the bogies of incoming and outgoing trains to conduct a surprise security check.

In a day-long exercise conducted for security situation assessment in the city, about 30 personnel of the railway protection force and the GRP frisked the belongings and persons of every passenger. More than 24 trains coming in and going out of the station were thoroughly checked in a sudden security beef-up, ordered by senior officers, sources said. Nothing suspecting was, however, detected.

The personnel of the local GRP police post were assisted in the exercise by about 12 persons from the special checking team of the RPF from Ambala.

Balkar Singh, in charge, police post, GRP, told the Chandigarh Tribune that the surprise check was conducted in the wake of security threats received in the past. “This check was a little more intensive than those in the past. We have searched every person without exception and frisked the luggage in every bogie to prevent any untoward incident from happening.”

Foreign nationals awaiting the arrival of their trains at the station looked particularly harassed by the sudden security check, while the routine passengers seemed more amused than anything else. The police used sniffer dogs and metal detectors for their search operation that lasted for an entire day.

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Lawyer donates ambulance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Asking lawyers to be conscious of their social responsiblities and work for charitable causes, lawyer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Rajiv Atma Ram yesterday donated a fully equipped ambulance to the High Court Bar Association.

A small function was organised in the high court to mark the donation where Atma Ram was felicitated by the association’s members who expressed gratitude towards him. The keys of the ambulance was handed over to association president Anmol Rattan Sidhu.

Vice-president of the association Gurinder Singh Attariwala, honorary secretary Onkar Singh Batalvi and executive member Kapil Kakkar were present on the occasion.

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MC to decide
New fire tender for Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 21
A proposal to purchase a modern fire tender at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore will be discussed in the monthly meeting of the municipal council on July 25.

The assistant divisional fire officer had pointed out that high-rise buildings were coming up in and around the town. In case a fire broke out in one of these buildings, the local fire brigade was not equipped to fight it.

It is therefore necessary that the council purchases a fire tender having a hydraulic platform-cum-turn table ladder of 42 metres in height.

Another proposal to be put up at the meeting is the purchase of computers and related material at a cost of Rs 5 lakh for the office of the civic body.

At present, the council has only three computers and two printers.

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277 motorists booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The traffic police today booked 277 motorists for violating traffic rules and regulation. The police set up seven pickets at various parts in the city.

The police said Rs 15,000 as fine was collected from motorists in the city. The police booked 136 motorists for overspeeding, 20 for jumping red light, 11 for not wearing safety helmets, besides issuing 109 challans for miscellaneous violations.

The police also impounded six vehicles as their driver failed to produce proper documents.

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Job quota: PM’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Sector 34-35 roundabout against reservation in jobs for Muslims by the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing protesters, Davesh Moudgil, local BJYM president, came down heavily on the Central Government alleging that the UPA government's vote bank politics was trying to divide the country on communal lines.

Various speakers demanded the dismissal of the Andhra government and reversion of the decision in the national interest.

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UT’s drive against foeticide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
As part of the UT Administration’s campaign against the menace of female foeticide, a 5-day workshop on gender sensitisation for the college lecturers of the city will be held on July 23 by Raji P Shrivastava, special secretary finance and director higher education, UT, Chandigarh.

The workshop is being conducted by Jagori group, a Delhi based NGO working in the area of gender and development at grass root level headed by renowned gender expert Kamla Bhasin.

The objective is to target the students who are the future parents, through these trained teachers in their respective colleges.

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Freedom fighter dead

Chandigarh, July 21
Freedom fighter Dr Om Parkash Dhir died here on Monday.

He took part in the Quit India movement and was jailed by the British government in 1941-42.

Dr Dhir, a gold medallist in Ayurveda from Lahore, had been the member of Faculty of Indian Medicines, Punjab.

His kirya ceremony will be held on July 28 at Lal Dwara Mandir in Sector 40 at 2 pm. — TNS

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Tips for safe driving
Mandatory signs-1


Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J Sarma

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Letters
Mess-up at ITOs

The government is making all efforts to make the annual filing of income tax return (ITR) easy. The ITR forms along with instructions have been made available on the internet and made simpler so that the assesees do not find any difficulty filling it.

Unfortunately, the officials at ITR collection centres with their laidback attitude are jeopardising the government’s effort. One enters the Income Tax Office, Sector 17, and finds himself on his own as there is none who could guide the visitors as to where a particular ITR is to be filed, which is expected to be done according to the ward/circle one belongs to. 
After standing in a queue for quite some time one reaches the counter only to learn that the official behind the counter would not accept the return, as it has to be filed somewhere else. In addition, one has to bear with the unpleasant attitude of the government officials. Few are directed to see a notice pasted on the adjacent wall and again, they are on their own to locate the particular notice among the numerous notices, including decades old, pasted on that wall.

In order to save time and energy of all, a notice should be displayed at a prominent place informing people about the collection counters with respect to different wards/circles. The ITO must also employ someone who could guide and answer the queries of those who have come there to discharge their annual obligation. In addition, the government officials must change their attitude while dealing with public.

Harbinder Singh, Chandigarh

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CRIME
 

Man duped of Rs 9.95 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
A Sector 49 resident allegedly duped a man of over Rs 9 lakh on the pretext of selling him a house.

The police said Dr Puneet Mittal of Sector 44 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Varinder Kumar and others of Pushpak Complex, Sector 49, took Rs 9.95 lakh from him on the pretext of selling him a house in Sector 51. It was later found out that the house did not belong to them. The police has registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against the accused under Sections 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code in this connection.

Vehicle stolen

Kewal Krishan of Sector 19 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his motor cycle (CH-24-1479(T)) was stolen from his residence last night. In another incident, Mohan Lal of Kansal filed a complaint with the police alleging his motor cycle (CH-03-Q-8561) was stolen from Kaimbwala on July 11.

Similarly, Vivek Kumar Thakur of Sector 40 reported to the police alleging that his Maruti Alto car (CH-04-3533) was stolen from his residence on Friday. In another incident, Kamaljit Singh Sidhu of Sector 44 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Santro car was stolen from his residence on July 9.

Four cases of vehicle thefts have been registered.

Theft

G. S. Oberoi of Sector 10 reported that his mobile phone was stolen from near Ramgarhia Bhavan, Sector 27, on July 15. In another incident, S.S. Sekhon of Sector 38-A lodged a complaint with the police alleging that three water taps were stolen from his residence on Friday. A case has been registered in the Sector 39 police station.

Gambling

The police arrested Ehad Ali and Hasand Ali, both residents of Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, from the locality for allegedly indulging in gambling at a public place.

The police seized Rs 340 from their possession. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.

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Woman killed as auto hits cycle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
A woman was killed while three others suffered injuries in three accidents occurred in different parts of the city in the past 24 hours.

Giving details about the fatal accident sources in the Sector 39 police station said the victim, 20-year-old Laxmi of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, was riding pillion on a cycle, which was being paddled by her brother-in-law. The accident took place at around 1:55 pm when an autorickshaw (PB-12-H-2498) hit the cycle from rear near Shahpur Chowk. The cyclist lost his balance and they fell on the road. Laxmi’s head reportedly hit against the road and she sustained severe injuries, while her brother-in-law escaped unhurt in the mishap.

The victim was rushed to the PGI, where she was declared brought dead. A case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving has been registered.

In another accident, scooterist Rajinder Singh of Police Lines, Sector 26, was injured after being hit by a Maruti car near Durga Nursery this afternoon. The victim was on his way to Panchkula from Chandigarh. The car driver sped away from the spot.

The police said Rajinder broke his leg in the mishap and was rushed to Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital. A case has been registered.

In yet another hit-and-run road accident, Paramjit Singh of Sector 28 reported to the police that his Santro car was hit by a Scorpio near SGGS College, Sector 26, on Friday afternoon. Two occupants of the car, Chaman Lal and his grand daughter, sustained minor injuries. The Scorpio driver sped away from there. A case has been registered.

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Shimla man cheated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
A Shimla resident was conned by some men who distracted his driver’s attention and decamped with a suitcase containing Rs 35,000 and documents.

The police said Ramesh Suri of Shimla came to a hotel in Sector 26 in his Honda Accord car (HP-03-C-3033). He left his driver, Tilak Raj, in the car and went into the hotel.

At around 3:30 pm, a person knocked at his car’s windowpane. The man told him that notes of Rs 10 denomination were lying beside his car.

Tilak Raj came out of the car and began collecting the notes. The car was fitted with central locking system. So locks of all four windows opened automatically.

When Tilak Raj came in the car, he found the suitcase missing. The suitcase was containing Rs 35,000, some fixed deposits, registry and three passports.

Tilak Raj reported the matter to his employer and he called the police.

SHO of the Sector 26 Police Station inspector Mani Ram Kadiyan said Tilak Raj failed to give description of the man and was unsure whether he was cheated or it was a theft.

A case of theft under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and the matter was under investigation.

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Missing girls are back home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Missing since July 17, the two teenager girl judokas came home today, ending the speculations surrounding their absence.

Police confirmed to Chandigarh Tribune tonight that the girls had come back and their families had informed the police about the return. DDRs regarding the girls’ absence were registered at police stations of Sectors 34 and 36.

It may be mentioned that the girls were untraced since the day they went to a common friend’s house at her Sector 17 residence, for supper. Later around 9.30 p.m., they had requested their friend, daughter of a lady constable of Chandigarh, to drop them at Chandigarh Railway Station.

The missing girls — Manisha of Sector 33 and Sapna of Sector 35 — had left their home on Saturday morning with another friend Shelja, telling their parents that they were going to attend a coaching camp at Solan. They reportedly went to Patiala and never returned.

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Property dealer booked for misbehaving with woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The police yesterday booked a property dealer and two of his associates for outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation.

According to the police, a resident of Sargodha Society, Sector 50, here complained to the police on July 18 that a property dealer Baljinder Singh, along with his associates Robert and Ashok, came to her house in late night and misbehaved with her and her family members.

She told the police the three were drunk and told her that they wanted to show her house to a prospective buyer.

The police inquired into the matter following the complaint and booked the three under Sections 354 and 506 of the IPC.

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3 women held for picking pocket
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 21
Three pickpockets, Nikita (28), Bubli (20) and Madhu (35), were arrested from the bus stand at Old Panchkula while they were trying to flee from the city after picking a pocket.

The complainant, Dhyan Chand, said he had gone to General Hospital, Sector 6, to take his medicine. While he was standing in the queue, he realised that his wallet was missing. He immediately complained to the police, giving a description of the women standing near him.

Based on his description, the police found three women waiting at the bus stop to go to Pinjore where they stay. On questioning them, the police found that these women were responsible for the theft and arrested them. They were booked under Section 379, IPC, and will be produced in court. On interrogation, they told the police that they had come to the city from Nagpur three days back.

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BUSINESS
 

Mobilisation campaign by PNB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Punjab National Bank has launched a current and saving accounts mobilisation campaign. The move officials stated has been initiated to penetrate into the masses to expand its customer base and also mobilization of high value accounts during the campaign.

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