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IT sleuths raid three nursing homes
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 11
A team of over 30 income tax officials today conducted raids on the premises of three nursing homes that were believed to evading tax by the income tax department.

The team that was headed by additional income tax commissioner D. S. Brar arrived on the premises of the nursing homes simultaneously this afternoon and started to examine the documents and other important papers that were available on the premises. The three nursing homes that were raided included Simrita Nursing Home, Neelam Nursing Home and Seema Gupta Nursing Home.

The IT officials stayed on the premises of these nursing homes till late in the evening and were learnt to have prepared an inventory of the medical equipment that was installed in these health care institutions. Sources stated that officials sought information from the owners of these institutions about the finances with which they had bought the medical equipment and the investment that they had made on the establishment.

The sources stated that officials found that some of the financial documents were missing for which queries were put before the owners. The officials also checked whether these institutions were issuing appropriate receipts to the patients who got treatment here or not. The officials stated that the documents were being examined and it would be inappropriate to reveal any details at this moment.



Health officials nab ‘fake’ doctor
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 11
Under the supervision of Patiala civil surgeon Avtar Singh Grewal, a team of district health officials today raided a provisional clinic being run from a ‘dharamshala’ in Bathoniyan village and nabbed an alleged ‘fake’ doctor on charges of cheating the public.

Acting on a tip-off, the team raided the clinic today afternoon and arrested the fake doctor Harpal. According to health officials, he had set up a clinic around a year back. Harpal had told the villagers that he was working with the PGI in Chandigarh and now wanted to serve people in and around the village. Following this, villagers offered him a place in the ‘dharamshala’ to start his practice.

However, recently one of the villagers approached the health officials with the information that Harpal was not a qualified doctor and was cheating the naïve villagers. He had even told the villagers that he was taking care of more than six dispensaries in the area, officials said.

Meanwhile, after the raid Harpal failed to produce any documents supporting his claims of being a qualified doctor. Later, he was handed over to the police. The team also recovered a cache of drugs from the clinic.



One killed, two injured as jeep turns turtle
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 11
One person was killed on the spot and two others were seriously injured in an accident today morning. The injured were rushed to a local nurshing home and after first-aid referred to PGI, Chandigarh.

According to information, a Bolero jeep belonging to gurdwara Nanaksar Singhpura Kurali was taking two pilgrims to the railway station for boarding a train for Hazur Sahib. However, in front of Usha Mata Mandir, the driver lost control and the jeep overturned. While the driver Amrit Pal Singh died on the spot, the injured identified as Baljeet Singh, resident of Karnal, and the other one who is yet to be identified, were rushed to PGI.



GCG students stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 11
Scores of students from the Government College for Girls here sat on a dharna today in protest against the college management’s decision of not giving them roll numbers. They blocked the main road leading to the college for more than three hours.

Sources revealed that the college management had refused to hand over roll numbers since the girls had not completed their lectures and if the college management sticks to its decision, scores of students could end up losing an academic year.

According to norms, the management should have informed parents of erring students about the short lectures of their wards. However, students said the management failed to do so and now officials were unnecessarily harassing them.

Students later called on their parents who too could be vehemently seen protesting against the management's decision. Later, many of them made their way to the office of Punjabi University vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh and apprised him of the situation.

Some students, including Amandeep Kaur, Daljeet Kaur and Rameet Kaur said due to the preoccupation of many students with sports activities they could not complete their lectures. Many girls said they were willing to give the requisite amount of fine so that the management could allow them to take their examinations. However, the principal Indra Bagga refused to heed to the pleas following which the students decided to sit on a dharna today.

Some students were not allowed to take their practical examinations, which commenced from March 7. When contacted Dr Jaspal Singh said the University had already extended a lot of concessions to the students and now the college had to decide on the issue.



Pataudi opens seminar at PCA Stadium
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 11
M.A.K Pataudi, chairman, Cricket Committee, IPL, today inaugurated a two-day seminar at PCA Stadium.

The Indian Premier League starts from April 18. Eight teams will be participating in the inaugural tournament at different centres. To provide world-class ground facilities and pitches, a committee comprising Pataudi as chairman and M.P. Pandove, honorary joint secretary, BCCI, as co-chairman has been constituted.

The seminar deals with outfield preparation, ground inspection, review of maintenance equipment, review of grounds and specific action for each ground and, most important, wicket preparation.



Punjab golf opens on March 14
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, March 11
Golfers from all over Punjab will converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the two-day ninth Punjab State Golf Championship, which will be teed off by S.K. Sharma, president of the Punjab Golf Association at 7.45 am on March 14.

All golfers domiciled in Punjab and Chandigarh will be eligible to take part in the tournament.

Players with a handicap of 10 and below will be eligible to take part in the gents category. Giving this information, Col H.S. Baidwan, general secretary of the Punjab Golf Association, said a cut would be applied after the first round and only those players making the cut will go on to play on Day 2. Ladies with a handicap of 18 and below will be eligible to take part in an 18-hole competition to be played on March 15. Last year's winner of the Punjab Championship Balwinder Mattoo and B.S. Ghuman will not be seen in action during the championship as they have turned professionals and thus become ineligible for an amateur tournament.

The prizes will be given away by G.S. Cheema, chairman, Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, at a colourful function to be held at the Chandigarh Golf Range on March 15 at 8 pm.

Entry forms for the tournament are available at all the golf clubs in Punjab besides the Chandigarh Golf Club, Chandigarh Golf Range and the PGA office (SCO 28, Sector 33, Chandigarh). 



‘ICC should penalise boards that cancel tours’
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Moin Khan, former wicket-keeper of Pakistan cricket team, believes that the situation in Pakistan will further deteriorate following today’s bomb blast. Unfortunately, the cancellation of the Australian tour of Pakistan has left a negative impact on the image of the Pakistan Cricket Board and on cricket, says Moin. “Cricket fans were waiting for this tour and the cancellation will affect the enthusiasm they have for cricket,” he adds.

While talking to The Tribune, Moin affirmed, “ The ICC must have some provision of imposing a penalty on those cricket boards that cancel or leave the tour in between”.

Moin feels it is all about opportunities. “Every player looks for an opportunity. The players, who were banned from playing in Pakistan, have now constituted their own team. We are professionals, who want to play cricket, whether ICL league or some other for that matter”, asserts Moin. Elaborating further, the former wicket- keeper says, “The courts should serve a notice on the boards that are imposing bans on players. It is fundamentally wrong to stop anyone from playing wherever he wishes to play”.

Auctioning players is like selling the value that cricket had in the past, feels Moin. “ Though the system of auctioning the players is new and could be beneficial in terms of business, certainly this will affect the game.”

Moin, coach of the Lahore Badshahs, emphasises that hard work is the key to winning any tournament. The Badshahs have prepared hard, and expect a good performance and better cricket in the end”, says Moin.

Meanwhile, Inzamam-ul-Haq, former skipper of the Pakistan cricket team, said the Australian tour had been postponed and not cancelled.



Drugs worth Rs 7.55 lakh seized
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 11
The drug control wing of the state health department seized drugs worth Rs 7.55 lakh after conducting a raid on a manufacturing unit in Phase IX here late last evening.

Giving details, Dr S.P.S. Sohal, director health services, Punjab, said after getting a tip-off a team headed by Pardeep Kumar, state licencing authority, was formed, other members of the team included Sanjeev Kumar, drug inspector, Amritsar, and Ramandeep Kaur, drug inspector, Nawanshahr.

The team jointly raided the premises of the industrial unit and seized drugs which were allegedly found manufactured by the firm without the required licence and permission. Nine different types of drugs were taken as samples for test and analysis to ascertain their quality, since these were allegedly suspected to be of inferior quality.

The firm was allegedly not having the permission of the section and the product to manufacture on the premises.

State drug controller, Punjab, said the seized medicines included some life-saving drugs like Amoxicillin with claveunic acid, Pantaprazol injection and Artesunat injection. He said the firm was allegedly violating Section 18-C of the Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

The raid was conducted as a part of the on-going drive of the state health department to check drug abuse.



Illegal liquor seized, 2 cops suspended
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 11
The police here have suspended two of its personnel who allegedly tried to let-off a gang of interstate smugglers carrying liquor worth around Rs 20 lakh, here today. The accused have been identified as traffic inspector Davinder Singh and constable Lakhvinder Singh.

According to sources, the accused struck a deal with the smugglers to hush up the matter and did not inform their superiors about the catch. Sources further added that the duo struck a deal and demanded Rs four lakh to let-off the contraband. However, higher authorities got a clue about the incident and DSP Abhay Singh reached the spot.

Superintendent of police Sandip Khirwar said the police personnel had laid a naka near Nada Sahib and found two trucks carrying 1,210 cases of Indian Made Foreign Liquor worth around Rs 20 lakh. The contraband was being smuggled to Rajasthan from Chandigarh.

Following preliminary questioning, both were found guilty in the matter and were suspended. Further inquiry has been ordered into the matter, the SP said. The liquor has been handed over to the excise and taxation department.



55-yr-old woman knocked down fatally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
In yet another hit-and-run case, a 55-year-old woman was knocked down by a speeding motorcycle in the Industrial Area, Phase I, here today.

According to sources, Bhagmati, a sweeper with the CTU, was on her way home in Mauli Jagran from the CTU workshop in Phase I. She was reportedly hit from behind by the motorcycle near the causeway in the area. The motorcyclist fled the scene leaving behind the vehicle. The police said she was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in a serious condition, Later she succumbed to her injuries. A case has been registerted and the vehicle impounded.


Another snatching incident rocked the city tonight. The purse of a student of the law department of Panjab University was snatched by two unidentified motorcycle- borne youths near the Sector 22-23 traffic lights. She was going on a rickshaw. A case has been registered.


The police arrested five persons of Maloya on the charges of rioting and criminal intimidation. The police also recovered a countrymade pistol from one of the arrested persons.

The police said Madan and Vinod, who were also distant relatives, picked up an altercation last night following some old feud. The altercation took a violent turn with both parties along with their associates assaulting each other with batons and other weapons. The police was informed about the incident which arrested five person of both parties, including Madan, Rinku, Vinod, Vinod’s son and two other persons.

The police also recovered a countrymade pistol from Rinku and registered a case under the Arms Act against him. He told the police that he brought the weapon from Saharanpur about one-and-half year ago.

All the accused were discharged from the hospital after first-aid.


Ravi Saluja of Sector 56 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a person had taken a loan of Rs 4.80 lakh from the Sector 8 branch of ICICI Bank on February 16 last year. The miscreant furnished details of his telephone bills and other records to claim the loan.

He further told the police that the fraud came to light when the bank official came to his residence after they did not get any instalments. The matter was reported to the economic offences wing of the Chandigarh Police and a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy has been registered.

Cheque bounce

Sanjeev Nizwan of Wimpy, Sector 35, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Gagandeep purchased a mobile phone worth Rs 21,500 from his shop in November last year. The accused handed him a cheque of the same amount, but the cheque was dishonoured by the bank later. A case of cheating has been registered.


Balpreet Singh of Sector 41 reported to the police alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB-10-CC-3208) was stolen from his house last night. A case of theft has been registered.



3 booked for kidnapping bid
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 11
The police here have booked three persons for allegedly making an attempt to kidnap a lawyer in Phase XI today.

Police officials said the lawyer Ravinder Singh had a heated arguments with three persons who had some dispute with a client of his. Later, he was allegedly manhandled. He sustained minor injuries and underwent a medical examination. A property dispute is believed to be the reason behind the case.



CLI service for more BSNL consumers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Over 3000 BSNL consumers in the city will now be able to avail a call line identification (CLI) service, with the shifting of all numbers in “271…” series from the present Fetex exchange in Sector 17 to the OCB Exchange tomorrow. General manager, telecom, Naresh Sharma, informed TNS that the new facility would ensure that the subscribers can avail a CLI, if they have CLI-enabled telephone sets.

“Once the new exchange will become operational on Wednesday afternoon, the subscribers will have to re-register their dynamic STD code (the individual code used for locking the STD on a number),” he added.

He also said all landline and WLL telephone subscribers in the city and neighbouring towns of Mohali, Kharar and Panchkula can now deposit their bills at the e-sampark and e-gram Sampark centres in the city.

“We have signed an MoU with the Chandigarh Administration for providing this facility. As of now, bills could be deposited at the banks and post offices, besides our own offices,” he added.



STEPS organises ‘Fana’s Ranjha Revisited’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 11
The STEPS, under the aegis of department of tourism today organised a dance theatre piece, ‘Fana'a Ranjha Revisited,’ performed by world-renowned Bharatnatyam maestro Navtej Johar at St Stephens School Auditorium, Sector 45, here today. Staged in Germany, Pakistan, the one-hour sleek production had many influences of the folklore traditions, Sufiana mysticism and adroit dancing skills which met in the spectacular dance drama and music spectacle in mystic phrase, to embellish the Bharatnatyam-based "Fana'a: Ranjha Revisited."

Navtej Johar, Anil Panchal, Madan Gopal Singh and musician G. Elangovan employed their individual traits to weave out a unique bonanza merging two slumbering love legends from different lands but conveying the same eternal sentiments of love in all manifestations.

Fana'a: Ranjha Revisited was much lauded creation of Navtej Singh Johar, Sufi singer and composer Madan Gopal Singh. The dance-theatre piece seamlessly fused two archetypical narratives from North and South India: the predominant Sufi love legend from the Punjab, Heer Ranjha interspersed with Kutrala Kuravanji, a genre of dance-drama from Tamil Nadu. The artists relying on plural dance vocabularies- Bharatanatyam, Chhau, yoga, modern dance and physical theater ensured that the choreographic treatment remains very contemporary. S.K. Jain and Vivek Atrey were present at the programme besides many dignitaries.



Sitar virtuoso captivates audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 11
Jaipur-based exceptional sitar virtuoso Ankit Bhatt created soulful notes of music at the Pracheen Kala Kendra, here, to mark their 128th Baithak programme. Ankit had learnt music at home and transformed his dormant music sensibilities to perfection.

His adroit mastery over accompaniments like meend, gamak, taans, jhalla with proficiency in vocal and instrumental approaches were a testimony of good grooming. Beginning with a short alaap and jod, Ankit skilfully presented the typical raga ‘Chandra Nandan,’ an amalgam of four melodies, Malkauns, Chandrakauns, Nandkauns and Jogkauns, which signifies the night of full moon.

The audience however, relished the concluding sawaal-jawaab. Ustad Akram Khan, the acclaimed tabla expert added further charm to Ankit's mesmerising sitar recital. Kendra director M.L. Koser honoured the artists.



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