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Dowry victim lands in mental hospital

Ambala, April 15
Husband’s infidelity has left Sipra in utter mental deterioration. Because of the alleged maltreatment meted out to her by her husband and his parents, the girl is now a mental patient and undergoing treatment at a mental hospital.

According to the girl's father D.D. Chatterjee, an ex-serviceman and resident of Defence Enclave, Boh road here, Tuhin Bannerjee, who had married his daughter Sipra on April 24, 2002, started demanding dowry barely after two months of their marriage.

Tuhin, who was posted at Chandigarh with a private company, lived with Sipra for two months and thereafter, he and his parents started demanding Rs 7 lakh on the pretext that Tuhin was going to settle in New Zealand.

Sipra's father said he had fulfilled their demand by borrowing the amount from relatives and friends when they started threatening of snapping the ties with his daughter if their demand was not met with.

Later, Tuhin left for New Zealand in January 2003 and his parents left the girl at her parents' house on the pretext that they were arranging immigration for her. But they never turned up to take her back.

Chatterjee said they continued to persuade Sipra’s in-laws for her rehabilitation and ultimately they agreed to take her back on the condition of payment of Rs 5,000 per month as her maintenance.

He further said he paid Rs 30,000 and they took Sipra back on October 25, 2005, where she was treated well in the beginning but later, they started harassing her.

He alleged that she was tortured in such a way that she went into depression. She was again left at her parent's house. Sipra recovered a little after she was admitted to the local mental hospital, and later in the MM College and Hospital, Mullana.

Chatterjee further said on October 20, 2007, he, along with his relatives, took his daughter to Tuhin’s parents’ residence, where they abused the girl saying that she was mad and their son could not live with her.

''They disclosed that Tuhin had married another girl. They asked us to leave their house and even threatened of dire consequences when we asked them to return the dowry articles and cash, which they flatly refused,'' he said.

The police has registered a case under Sections 406, 498A, 494 and 506 of the IPC and is further investigating the matter. — UNI



Newly Wed’s Death
Kin protest police inaction
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, April 15
A large number of relatives, family members and villagers of Taranjeet Kaur, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws’ place a few days back, today gheraoed the Sadar police station to protest against police inaction.

The protestors alleged that despite repeated requests, the police had not even registered a case against Taranjeet Kaur’s in-laws.

Taranjeet Kaur of Kalhodi village in Sangrur district was found dead in her room at her in-laws’ house on April 3. Even as her parents accused her in-laws of having killed their daughter, her in-laws maintained that the girl had received an electric shock while sleeping, that lead to her death.

Taranjeet had got married on February 22 this year. The body was first spotted by her husband Narinder Singh and his mother who immediately asked one of their relatives to inform the girl's parents about the incident.

Taranjeet’s parents had been demanding that a case be registered against Narinder Singh and his family members for killing their daughter.

The police maintained that Narinder Singh had already been arrested but as it failed to produce the accused before the agitating family members, they reached National Highway No 1 and blocked the traffic for hours. It was not until senior police officials reached the spot and assured of appropriate action, that the protestors withdrew their agitation.



Farmers lodge complaint against PSEB contractor
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 15
Farmers of the area have alleged that the private contractor of Punjab State Electricity Board is fleecing money from them while installing new power connections under the OYT scheme.

They alleged that the lone contractor charges exorbitant rates and supplies sub-standard transformers, cables and other material used for installing new connections. Farmers said the contractor is hand in glove with officials of the department and a private shopkeeper.

Hundreds of farmers from the area today gathered at the residence of Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli, senior SAD(B) leader, and lodged a protest. They urged him to take up the matter with the PSEB chairman and the Chief Minister. Varinder Pal Singh, Darbara Singh Dhunda and Rupinder Pal Singh Hussainpura said the PSEB has launched OYT scheme for giving new connections to farmers.

The department prepares the estimate and gives it to farmers along with a demand notice and sends it to the private contractor for installing the connection. They alleged that the private contractor charges very high rates for transformers, cable wires and electric poles.

The farmers said if they purchase the material from some other station or shopkeeper, the contractor does not install the connection.

Meanwhile, Lalli pacified the agitated farmers and assured to take up the matter with the authorities.

Gurdeep Singh, SDO, said the department does not mention the rates as they vary from time to time. He said farmers are free to purchase the material from anywhere.



From School & Colleges
400 participate in mental strength show
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 15
A mental strength show was organised in Sohan Lal DAV College of Education here today. Around 400 students from Haryana and Uttranchal competed in the show. The students were asked to solve 50 complex arithmetical sums in five minutes. The show was organised by social organisation ALOHA. The competition was followed by a prize distribution function. Educationist J.D. Kalra informed the students that the world was full of challenges and one needed to be focused and sharp. Show coordinator J.S. Mojha and college principal Vivek Kohli also spoke on the occasion. Shaurya, Vasudha, Gurjass, Neha Jain, Suchat, Diksha, Sakshi, Kangan, Shipra, Aditya, Shivam and Manav Mangal were awarded for their performance.


CELEBRATED: The principal, staff and students of Ambedkar Institute of Careers and Courses, Phase 3B2, celebrated Ambedkar jayanti with gaiety and fervour here yesterday. Principal, Rajwinder Kaur Minhas said Dr Ambedkar was a great leader and an eminent educationist.



Woman’s body found
Our Correspondent

Ambala April 15
The body of Amritvir Kaur, a resident of Fatehgarh village, was recovered from fields near GT road at Ambala Cantonment this morning.

Amrit was married with Gurcharan Singh. A photo identity card of Jagtar Singh was recovered from Amritvir’s body.

It is to be mentioned that Jagtar’s body was recovered from a tubewell at Mehtabpur village on Ambala-Jagadhari road on Monday. According to the police, Amritvir was Jagtar’s sister-in-law. Jagtar was a resident of Lahormajra village in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Amritvir’s husband Gurcharan Singh, who reached Parao police station this noon, said he, along with Jagtar and Amritvir, had come to Ambala city to visit Manji Sahib Gurdwara on Sunday morning. Later, Jagtar and Amritvir went to the market telling him that they would return soon but they did not turn back till evening. He said he was not aware of the cause of their death.

The police is investigating the matter as injury marks were found on the bodies. The police have sent the viscera of Jagtar to Rohtak for a chemical test while the Amritvir’s body was sent to the civil hospital for a postmortem.



Blood bank introduces measures to ensure safety
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 15
To provide safe blood to needy patients and improve the quality of blood and its components, former head of the blood bank of Government Medical College and Hospital, Patiala, Dr Kulbir Kaur, now director of Life Line Blood Bank, introduced latest operational procedures in a workshop conducted here today.

More than 60 representatives of various social, religious and educational institutions attended the workshop.

Addressing the participants, Dr Kulbir Kaur said this blood bank had already started anti-body screening and cross matching by ID gel technology and malaria testing with malaria anti-gen method. She added that though these tests were costly but added to blood safety and this was the first blood bank in the district to start these tests. To get safest possible blood was the right of every patient and it should not be compromised at any cost, she added.

Reli plasma prepared by Reliance from pooled human plasma, which was PCR tested and viral inactivated, was the safest plasma and was available in this center. It did not even require donors to donate blood in emergency conditions. She emphasised the need to hold camps so that safe blood could be made available to patients.



Powerlifting champ in need of finances
Our Correspondent

Ambala April 15
Rama Saini was the recipient of a gold medal in the National Powerlifting Championship in the 52 kg weight category in 2007. Ironically, to participate in the International Powerlifting Championship, to be held at Tashkent next month, she is running from pillar to post for financial assistance.

A couple of days back when Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda visited Barara to address a rally, Rama meet him and sought financial aid so that she could attend the international championship for which she was selected in Lucknow recently. Hooda assured that he would take up her matter.

Rama, whose father runs a small tea shop in the city, said the Powerlifting Federation had demanded Rs 78,000 from her, which she cannot arrange. She said last year when she had represented India in Taiwan and secured a bronze medal for the country, some of the social organisations had offered her financial support. Rama feels someone would come to her rescue this time as well.

Rama who is pursuing a postgraduation degree in physiotherapy from MDSD Girls College at Ambala City is hopeful that the college management would also help her. Even the deputy commissioner has assured that the Red Cross society would provide financial help to her.

Rama is also desperately looking out for a job to supplement the income of her family. She had applied at several places during the last one year, but could not manage to get a job.

Last year, she had applied for the post of constable in Haryana police. She cleared the physical test but was rejected in the interview. “My confidence and commitment will help me achieve my goal one day,” said a resolute Rama.



Kohar distributes cheques to farmers
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 15
Ajit Singh Kohar, revenue and rehabilitation minister, distributed Rs 11.60 lakh to nearly 265 farmers whose wheat crop had been damaged by the recent hailstorms which lashed the region at Lot village, near here, today.

Earlier, the minister had distributed an amount of Rs 16.60 lakh to these farmers but later the farmers met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and urged him to increase the amount of compensation. It was at the insistence of the Chief Minister that Kohar distributed this amount today.

Kohar added that ever since the SAD government took over the reigns of the state, compensation amount to farmers whose crops had been devastated had been increased to Rs 5,000 per acre.

Earlier, during the Congress government’s tenure, this amount had been pegged at Rs 1,000 per acre. Kohar added that those farmers would also be compensated whose fields had turned barren due to the depleting water table.



964 examined at eye camp
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 15
Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Institute and Multi-specialty Hospital, Sohana, in association with Yuvak Sewa Club, Mohali district, organised a free eye check up camp as part of Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Retinopathy Project funded by the World Diabetes Foundation, Denmark on Tuesday.

In all, 964 patients were examined during two different camps organised at Dehri (425), Saneta (338) and Bhagomajra (201) villages.

The hospital will cover five districts of Punjab, including 250 villages in the vicinity.



Under-13 Twenty20 Cricket
ATC march past Pondicherry

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
ATC defeated Pondicherry in the final league match by 16 runs during the first U-13 National Twenty20 Cricket Championship being played at Sector 16 Stadium, here today. Raghav Goyal of ATC scored 96 runs from 53 balls. His knock included two sixes and 17 fours. He was declared man of the match.

Batting first, ATC scored 197 runs with the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Kapil scored 20 and Chirag contributed 26 to the total. Losing three wickets early, Saran Raj and K Sendhil supported the inning by scoring 47 and 68 runs respectively.

Earlier, Hyderabad defeated Punjab by 9 wickets in a one-sided match. Batting first Punjab scored 109 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs, which Hyderabad achieved in the 16th over.

Hyderabad bowlers dominated the Punjab Batting since beginning. M. Ravi Karan of Hyderabad was declared Man of the Match. He scored 49 and was unbeaten till the end.

In another league match, West Bengal defeated Maharashtra by 50 runs. Batting first, Maharashtra scored 161 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Kundan contributed 51 runs to the total. Maharashtra was all out for 111 in 17.3 overs. Kundan of West Bengal was declared man of the match.

In the match between Himachal and Hyderabad, batting first Hyderabad scored 204 runs. HP was bundled out for 164. Maninder of HP was declared man of the match. He scored unbeaten 98 runs. The qualified teams will appear for the quarterfinals to be played tomorrow at Sector 16 stadium and DAV College Grounds in Sector 10.



Pak tennis players get warm send-off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The team of tennis players from Pakistan was given a warm send-off by the staff of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium, here today. The players were here to attend a three-week advanced coaching camp that commenced on March 27.

The visitors, mostly junior players, left for Amritsar tonight and tomorrow morning they will cross over to Pakistan via the Attari border. Two of the players had earlier left for due to their examinations and National Championship.

CLTA general manager R.K. Nayyar and director (coaching) Gary O’Brian were present on the occasion. Chief delegate of the Pakistan team Nazir Ahmed was happy with the facilities provided to them in Chandigarh. He was confident that the boys who trained at the CLTA Tennis Sports Complex for 21 days had gained a lot of experience. Two of his trainees also competed in the AITA Super Series. The players were also able to see top players from 17 countries who competed in the India F5 Futures ITF Men’s Circuit conducted by the CLTA from March 31 to April 5.

The trainees, including Khurram Nazir, Syed Muhamad Abbas Raza, Syed Zohar Raiz, Gohar Riaz, Muhammad Waqas Malak, Salman Ikram and Shehla Rehan, and officials including Nazir Ahmed and Muhammad Rehan Qureshi, also called upon Punjab Sports Director Pargat Singh who assured to explore the possibility of an Indo-Pak tennis series under the mutual exchange programme between the two countries.



Kabaddi trials tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India would hold trials to select the Indian Circle Kabaddi Men’s team at the DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, on April 17 at 1 pm.

The team will play Indo-Pak Circle Kabaddi exhibition matches in Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana from April 21 to May 20.

According to J.P. Sharma, general secretary of Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, the Pakistan Circle Kabaddi Federation will organise similar type of matches at different places in Pakistan.



Technicians’ strike hits PGI working
10 ad hoc employees suspended

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Patient care services were affected at the OPD of the PGI on the first day of the strike by the technicians here today despite the hospital drawing technicians from other institutes. The PGI staff was forced to turn back patients and their attendants coming for various tests, including X-rays and blood tests. A few of the counters were closed.

According to the spokesperson of the PGI, services of 10 adhoc employees who were on strike have been terminated.

Several patients who came for fasting and PP test (which is conducted for blood sugar detection) at room number 5 on Tuesday had to go back due to the strike. Not a single technician or student was available there. Even staff members, who were available, were helpless. The patients preferred to get the tests done from private clinics as the strike is scheduled to continue for another two days.

Saligram, a patient from Nangal, said, “I have been diagnosed. Doctors suggested a blood test after the diagnosis. I deposited Rs 100 at the counter immediately, but sample collection centre had refused to take the blood sample, as no technician was available there. I will have to spend a lot of money again and I don’t not know how long I have to wait.”

Similarly, another patient, Suchha Singh (45) faced difficulty due to technicians strike. He said he did not have enough money to get tests done from outside.

Even emergency functioning was affected slightly as no technician was available in room numbers 23, 24 and 25. One of the patients, Naveen Kripal Kaur (45), who came here from Kurukshetra for blood and urine test told TNS that the staff deputed in emergency refused to take blood sample due to shortage of staff.

However, PGI administration claimed that laboratory diagnostic services functioned between 80-90% of the normal daily performance in emergency, OPD and indoors. Meanwhile, operation theatre services functioned normally and no case was cancelled or postponed due to the strike.

“There is no positive response from the PGI administration. It has been insensitive to our demands. Patient care services will be affected as there are 80% members participating in the strike. No one can replace technicians,” members of PGI medical technologist association said.



PGI Pangs
A month on, test report still eludes patient
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Services

Chandigarh, April 15
The tall claims made by the PGI management on efficiency in service and fast delivery mechanism have fallen flat with the institution failing to provide a patient with her blood test report even a month after the blood sample was taken. The procedure generally takes a few days.

Kusum Giri (30), who hails from Shimla and had come to the PGI along with her husband today, told the TNS that she had given her blood sample on March 8 but the report was yet to be received.

She added that she had been running from pillar to post to get the report, but to no avail.

Kusum said: “The cost of treatment elsewhere is beyond our reach. And visiting the PGI several times just for the collection of blood report has been a harrowing experience for us,” said the daily wager.

“My husband cannot afford sundry expenses as we are alone here. We have visited the PGI thrice for the purpose already.”

She was told by the attendant at counter No. 13 to contact the department concerned. Upon contacting the cardiac department, where Kusum is undergoing treatment, she was told that they did not have her report.

The doctor had recommended Kusum to run ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) test.

Under the PGI guidelines, a report must be released within three days. Experts feel that the period should not go beyond 10 days in rare cases. However, Kusum is yet to get the report even a one month after she had given her sample.

Terming it a routine affair, sources blamed it on the shortage of staff and equipment for the delay.

Refusing to comment on the case, PGI spokesperson Manju admitted that an ESR report should not take more than three days to come out.

“I can only comment once I have contacted the department concerned,” she added.



Car stolen from Sector 34
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Ramesh Kalia of Sector 34 has lodged a complaint with the police that his car (UP-32-R-8964) was stolen from outside his house yesterday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.


Sonu Kumar of Sector 37 has been arrested on the compliant of Simranjit Singh, a resident of Sector 38, who alleged that the accused had stolen his gold chain on April 12. The chain has been recovered from the possession of the accused.

Liquor seized

Makul, a resident of Hallo Majra, has been arrested under the Excise Act for possessing six bottles of countrymade liquor.

Chain snatched

Narinder Kaur of Sector 46 has reported to the police that her gold chain was snatched when she was going to pick up her child from school.



Woman found dead at platform
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Sunita Devi (23) allegedly ended her life by jumping in front of a train here this morning. The police has so far ruled out foul play, but it is yet to ascertain if it was an accident or a case of suicide.

Sunita, a resident of Indira Colony, was found lying on the platform. The police said the incident came to light at around 7 am when the woman was found lying dead. The body was handed over to her family after a postmortem.


In another incident, a 60-year-old man allegedly hanged himself from a tree in front of his house in Colony No 4 this morning. Ragubir Singh was reportedly depressed over his financial condition. The police received a call in this regard at around 6 am.



‘Chak De Phatte’
Five ace comedians guarantee laughter
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, April 15
Entertainment unlimited is not just assured but guaranteed as the five comedy kings team up in their forthcoming Punjabi film "Chak De Phatte”, a triumphal march for a new dimension in Punjabi comedy.

The mega-film venture featuring the invincible comedy super star, Jaspal Bhatti, versatile Vivek Shaque, Gurpreet Guggi, Jaswinder Bhalla, Savita Bhatti, B.M. Sharma besides lead pair of Mahie Gill and Sameep Kang, who wields the megaphone also for the film.

The film being produced by Devinder Singh under Sampeep Kang Productions, says Kang, is total comedy, away from the formula Bollywood film, aimed at generating loads of laughter. In a bid to marry an NRI girl, some five contenders, neither adequately educated nor rich enough to afford exploitation of immigration agents, vie for securing the love of the prospective bride. The script is immaculately sculpted to extract very natural and subtle humour from the characters rather than out of mere fabrication and incident.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune all the comedy maestros deliberated on very serious issues. Quoting Ben Johnson, reiterated Jaspal Bhatti that the mission of a comedy's in fact is to depict the contemporary reality of life with moral intent and rued that present-day proponents of comedy have drifted away from this concept. An artiste should interpret reality and reproduce it, he maintained, having a dig at the double meaning cheap comedy spells. A veteran of 50 films, Vivek Shauqe, however lamented that the promotion of regional Punjabi cinema lacks the spirit patronage by Punjabis, recalling that viewing films of their region is in the family budget of every South Indian family.

The medium of Punjabi is very close to Hindi and as such they prefer to watch it being high budgeted films. Ace stylish comedian, Gurpreet Guggi sought a check on piracy but not favoured the subsidy assistance. But he desired the government's participation and patronage in providing shooting locales, hotel accommodations at concession and travelling facilities during film productions. With six films being released this month Guggi has more in his kitty. Academician comedy star Jaswinder Bhalla with 26 productions of Chhankata series has already condemned piracy in his latest album 'Lai lagg'.

The 1.5-crore film has been slated for release in August in India and international circuit, says producer Devinder Sandhu.



Chandigarh lacks film city: Baweja
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
City Beautiful is emerging as a hub of entertainment activities in the region and this arises a need to promote more cinema-oriented projects to provide a wider platform to the young artists of the area. This was stated by Harry Baweja, a film director while talking to The Tribune, here today.

Baweja revealed that in a meeting with the Punjab Governor and Chandigarh administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) here today suggested setting up of a film city in Chandigarh as the first step towards the promotion of film industry in this region. He said he had also given some concrete suggestions for the setting up of a film city.

He stated that as Chandigarh is developing at a fast pace in all spheres, film industry would also flourish in the region with the passage of time. He suggested that the project of film city could only be successful if the administration also focuses on the development of ancillary industry connected with the film industry.

Baweja opined that with the setting up of a film city in Chandigarh, artistes would get an opportunity to show their potential and get a chance to enter this industry, for which they now have to look towards Mumbai.

While reminding about his own days of struggle, Baweja stated that if the film city had been set up in Chandigarh then he would have groomed himself before entering the industry. He said this film city would not only provide a chance to the budding artistes but professionals would get talented artistes from this region.

While replying about the release of Love Story 2050, his son Harman Baweja's debut film, Baweja said it would be screened on July 4. He remarked that the real challenge for the movie would only start after its release.



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