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‘No harassment of any assessee during survey’
Tribune News service

Patiala, February 23
Rupinder Kaur Brar, additional commissioner of income tax department, Patiala, has assured the District Taxation Bar Association (DTBA) that there will be no harassment to any assessee during the survey. Brar was addressing a seminar today on the topic of ‘Survey under the Income Tax Act, 1961’ held at Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahendra Club. The seminar was organised by the DTBA.

She said in case no discrepancies were noticed during the course of checking at the premises of the assessed individuals, the team of income tax department will be called back immediately and no pressure will be put on an assessed person to declare any addition just because the team had paid a visit.

Brar asked all members of the District Taxation Bar Association to act responsibly and educate their clients so that accounts are maintained in the right spirit and due amount of taxes are paid to the government.

Ravi Gupta, a senior tax consultant from Delhi, deliberated in detail about various provisions and implementation of Income Tax Act. Ashok Jain, president of DTBA assured the chief guest that they will make sincere efforts to ensure smooth rapport among the assesses and the income tax department.



Internet still evades this town
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, February 23
This is the only town in Patiala division of telecom circle, which is deprived of broadband to access the Internet.

Though BSNL has installed D-Slam system, the required mechanism in the local telephone exchange had not been made operational. The residents of the town are running from pillar to post to get this service started. Professionals, students, business community and media persons are at the receiving end.

Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli, senior SAD (B) leader, who applied for broadband service, alleged that BSNL had left this area open for private companies to fleece people for operating Internet services.

He said for using Internet one had to pay hidden charges, whereas BSNL is much cheaper. When contacted Isham Singh DGM Patiala, said it is a huge project and the department had its own limitations. The contract had been given to Hindustan Computer Limited and they had installed the system.



4 city hockey players in India camp
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
Bringing laurels to the city, four budding hockey players of Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) made it to the India camp.

“From the state-run academy Rajbir Singh, Lovedeep Singh, Harman and Davinder Singh have been selected for under-18 India camp, commencing from February 25 to March 8”, said CHA coach Jasbir Bajwa.

Rajbir Singh, who plays as a goalkeeper, has already been attending India’s under-21camp being held at Bhopal. Besides him, Amandeep Singh, Dharamvir and Rupinder Singh have been honing their skills in the u-21 camp being held at Bhopal.

Lauding about his disciples, Bajwa said, “Because of his first-class positional play, Rajbir has successfully attracting all attentions of the hockey aficionados.

His selection in two India camps of different age groups being held simultaneously just corroborated the fact.”

The coach was all praise of the other three- Harman, Lovedeep and Davinder. “Right-in Harman is also making waves as he was part of the Indian squad in the six-nation championship (junior) held last year at Singapore.

Lovedeep is defender while Davinder play as right-outside and centre forward”, said Bajwa.

With the selection of the players in the camp, as many as 15 out of 22 players from the academy have made it to the India’s different age group camps, added Bajwa.

From the u-18 camp, the final squad would be selected, which would vie under-21 national team in an exhibition match to be held at Gwalior on April 8.



Athletics Meet: Mokham declared best athlete
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
Mokham Singh of MA-I was declared the best athlete in the 24th Annual Athletic Meet of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, that concluded at the college premises here today.

International sportspersons, including Kanav Dosajh (rowing), Parveen and Rajnish Sharma (judo) and Jagdeep Singh (cycling), were honoured for their achievements at international levels.

Amandeep Singh was also honoured as he had broken the 45-year old record of the PU Inter-College Athletic Meet in 400m hurdle race.

Results: 100m race (sports): 1 Mokham Singh, 2 Sanjay, 3 Sumit Kumar; 100m (non sports): 1 Mohit Malik, 2 Jagdish Kumar, 3 Avtar Singh.

100m (non-teaching): 1 Himmat Singh, 2 Dhananjay Kumar, 3 Raju.



Dev Samaj College move ahead 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
Local Dev Samaj College of Education for Women, Sector 36, moved ahead as the team beat DAV College, Malout, by 2-1 in the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton B-Division (women) Tournament being held at PU gymnasium hall here today.

Tanya gave the lead to Dev Samaj with her win against Gagandeep (21-8, 21-18) in singles while Manjula of Dev Samaj lost to Kanu Priya from Malout (21-15, 18-21, 21-17).

In doubles, she along with Manjula, beat the duo of Kanu and Gagandeep (17-21, 21-18, 21-15).

In another match, BCM Khalsa College of Education, Ludhiana, lost to Shree Satya Sai BEd College, Karaiwala, 2-0.

The team consisting Mandeep and Sheelu guided the team to victory as Mandeep beat Navpreet (21-17, 2-16) in singles. The pair also outclassed the duo of Rajnish and Prabhjot (21-17, 15-21, 21-13).


MBBG RGC Girls College, Mansowal (Hoshiarpur), b GHGH College of Education, Sidhwan Khurd (Ludhiana), 2-0, (Baljinder b Swati 20-22, 21-12, 21-13; Baljinder and Parneet b Renu and Swati 21-19, 8-21, 21-16).

MBBG RGC Girls College, Mansowal, b Shree Satya Sai BEd College, Karaiwla, 2-0, (Baljinder b Mandeep 21-5, 21-8, Baljinder and Parneet b Mandeep and Sheelu 21-9, 21-14). 



Bhatti bids at ‘sports mandi’ 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
The big, fat, cricket auction may have ended for M.S. Dhoni and others in his league, but for Jaspal Bhatti it has only begun.

The satirist was back in action at the Sector 17 plaza today, where he organised a huge sports “mandi”. The event saw Bhatti and his comrades from the Nonsense Club auctioning players of hockey, football, kabaddi and athletics. Anyone interested in buying players needed to have Rs 100; the minimum bid was fixed at Rs 50 for a hockey player, Rs 30 for a football player and Rs 20 for a kabaddi player.

A player auctioned for Rs 1000 must not score more than one goal; those who have fetched Rs 2000 should score just two.

After the act came the speech in trademark Bhatti style, “The sports that do not contribute to the brand value of any industrial product must be immediately done away with. We have taken upon ourselves the responsibility of cleansing the world of sports of such non-performing streams. Our club will organise a mandi in all districts to trade in sportspersons. The motto would be ‘Play games for gambling, not health.”

Bhatti went on to compare players with commodities, his tone very sharp and caustic. “Subjects of gambling and auctioning should be introduced at primary school level. All players should be listed on the stock market so that common men can invest in them,” Bhatti said, his advice to sports ministry bordering on the necessity of halls for auctioning. “Instead of maintaining sports grounds, the ministry must construct auctioning halls in all districts,” he said.

Before the curtains, it was time for Bhatti’s men to sing a parody. It went: “Khel meri jaan tujhe paisa milega …Utna hi khel jitna paisa milega…”



Respiratory diseases on rise in Indian kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
Even as developed countries are fighting lifestyle diseases, the children of the third world continue to be at the receiving end of the traditional diseases like respiratory infections and tuberculosis (TB).

In fact, if the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates are to be believed about 1 million children die each year on account of pneumonia, and most of these deaths occur in developing countries.

The saddest part is that most of the deaths are preventable through safe and efficacious vaccines, said Meenu Singh, organising chairperson of the two-day continuing medical education programme that got underway at the PGI here today.

However, a number of these vaccines are too expensive to be included in the childhood vaccination programme.

Speaking on the theme of the programme “evidence, experience and excellence for everyone”, she said for a variety of reasons, the incidence of respiratory problems in children had been rising in our country.

This was particularly true for asthma and allergic disorders. Modern lifestyle, eating habits and environmental pollution could be contributing to this phenomenon, Meenu Singh said.

Modern medical practice is widely acclaimed to be based on scientific evidence built up through meticulous research.

The conference attempts to bridge the latest evidence with clinical experience, in order to foster excellence in medical care for everyone involved in caring for children.

Meenu Singh mentioned that in developed countries even lay men had a high level of awareness and access to medical evidence in simplified language.

This ensured that doctors and patients shared the process of making decisions in relation to health.

She also highlighted that the Advanced Paediatrics Centre was taking a leadership role in the country to make all child health practices to be based on evidence.

Meanwhile, inaugurating the programme, Dr K.K. Talwar, Director of the PGI, lauded the efforts of the department of paediatrics in providing excellent medicare to the patients.

Dr B.N.S. Walia, emeritus professor and former director of the PGI, stressed the need for doctors to keep updating themselves with latest knowledge and skills.

Dr Lata Kumar chaired the first session on chronic cough in children.

She stressed the need to apply a rational approach to this common problem rather than ordering investigation and prescribing a mixture of syrups and antibiotics.

Dr S.K. Jindal, head of pulmonary medicine at the PGI, chaired a session on TB in children.

He highlighted the increasing incidence in India, particularly with the HIV epidemic.



Suicide abetment: 2 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
A day after a woman committed suicide at her residence in Sector 22, the police today arrested her husband and brother-in-law on charges of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC. Arshi Sharma hung herself from the ceiling fan with a dupatta at around 3.30 pm yesterday. 

She is survived by a ten-year-old son. On the statements of the victim’s parents, the police arrested Jatinder Kumar and Sittu, who allegedly harassed the victim leading her to take the extreme step.



3 involved in snatchings held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 23
The police here have arrested three members of the gang involved in snatching incidents reported from the tricity recently. The accused were nabbed on Meerut road in Karnal district in the afternoon today and will be produced in court tomorrow.

According to Panchkula SP Sandip Khirwar, the accused include Krishan alias Gulli, Painter, and Devender, all belonging to Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Gulli and Painter were already declared procalimed offenders at Panchkula one-and-a-half year ago, after their accomplice Pinku was nabbed by police.

However, Khirwar said the other accomplices of the accused managed to escape.



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