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Pay Panel Report
Ayurvedic teachers feel neglected
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 1
Ayurvedic teachers did not get any relief in the 5th Punjab Pay Commission. The anomalies that existed due to non-implementation of recommendations of the 4th Pay Commission have not been considered in the 5th Pay Commission. This was stated, here today, by Dr PK Rishi, president of the Punjab and Chandigarh Ayurvedic Teachers’ Association.

Dr Rishi said though the Ayurvedic teachers were members of medical education and research department of the Punjab Government, they had been shown in the list of health and family welfare department employees in the report.

He said category of the Ayurvedic teachers had been ignored while finalising the report by the commission. All categories of teachers from demonstrators to professors are kept under one pay scale. “Ayurvedic medical officer is our feeder post and qualification required for this is only BAMS and falls under Rs 7,220-10,980 pay slab. However, even the initial posts, including demonstrator, junior lecturer and lecturer falls under the pay scale of Rs 7,000-10,980,” Dr Rishi claimed.

He further said all other professional categories, including PCMS, dental officers, veterinary officers, engineers etc. with same qualifications were getting more salaries.

Dr Rishi said despite the commission admitting in the report that an MD doctor can perform better than an MBBS doctor but this statement was not applied to the Ayurvedic teachers as nothing regarding their increment was recommended. Also, nothing had been recommended regarding the payment of non-practising allowance to the Ayurvedic teachers, whereas, NPA had been recommended to all other categories of medical officers.



Fire station in deplorable condition
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 1
Due to the apathetic attitude of the administration, the fire brigade station has been in a deplorable condition for more than five years despite the fact that several incidents of fire occurred in the last couple of years in the town and its vicinity.

In the last couple of months, two incidents of fire have taken place, in which articles worth lakhs of rupees were gutted.

A visit by The Tribune at the fire station building found the building in a neglected state and residents of the locality were using it to play cards and to ease themselves in the rooms. Official sources said due to the lethargic attitude of the administration, the building of the fire station had been turned into a deplorable condition as there was nofacility of electricity, telephone and water.

The sources added that 16 posts for the fire station, including three leading firemen, three drivers and 10 posts of firemen, had remained vacant ever since the fire station came into existence. The district administration had provided a vehicle for the station.

Mohini Nanda, president of the municipal committee, said the district administration had not provided adequate staff for the fire station and even the vehicle due to poor maintenance remained idle. It was sent back to Panchkula last year and the fire station was closed.



Factory waste gutted at Pinjore
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 1
Two fire incidents occurred at Kalka and Pinjore yesterday. According to information, the fire spread in the dumping ground of Madhanwala village of Pinjore adjacent to the National Highway 21-A on Haryana-Himachal border.

The fire gutted the factory waste, including plastic and chemicals of the industrial town of Baddi, which was dumped here by the junk dealers in many acres since the last couple of years. The fire that broke out in the morning also endangered the residential area of Madhanwala village and a Government Primary School near the fire incident.

The local inhabitants intimated the local administration about the fire. The fire tenders from Panchkula, HMT and Parwanoo, reached the spot and managed to control the fire.

The residents said many incidents of fire had taken place in the last couple of years. However, the administration had not taken any step in this regard, they added.

In the second incident, the fire broke out in the fields of Bar village near Kalka, which was also later controlled by the fire tenders from Baddi, Parwanoo, HMT and Chandigarh, the police sources said.

Power cuts irk residents

The residents of Kalka, Pinjore and in its vicinity are annoyed over the erratic power supply these days.

They said the towns had been facing unscheduled power cuts of more than 10 hours a day. The residents of Pinjore said they were being supplied electricity only for two hours between 10 am and 8 pm. For the last few days electricity shortage problem had intensified. They also alleged that the erratic power supply had also badly affected the water supply in the two towns.



Vote for NDA to get more facilities: Sukhbir
Tribune News Service

Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, with SAD candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra at a rally in Patiala on Friday.
Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, with SAD candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra at a rally in Patiala on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Patran (Patiala), May 1
Giving a clarion call to people of the state, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal today called upon the voters of the state, saying that they should think twice before voting as their elected representatives would form a government in Delhi who would decide price of their crops as well as of essential commodities.

Addressing an impressive public rally here, Badal said Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, the SAD candidate from the Patiala constituency, was undoubtedly competent enough to undertake such responsibility for the people of the state. “Our candidates are those who know people at the grassroot levels and are aware of their problems,” said Badal.

Badal also reminded the people that if the NDA government was formed at the Centre, farm labourers, farmers and industry would get several facilities and concessions.

Such concessions included raising of tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh, waiving of agriculture loans and distributing of highly subsidised ‘atta’ and ‘dal’ to the poor, he said, adding that decisions with regard to all that would be taken within a month.

Badal said he was confident that the Congress would be a “big loser” in the Lok Sabha elections as it had suffered a humiliating defeat in the panchayat and municipal polls only a few months ago. But in an exuberant tone, Badal said Congress candidates in Patiala and Bathinda would lose their security deposits as a storm was blowing in favour of the SAD-BJP alliance.

He exhorted the Akali workers that “now onwards let victory be your watch word, high spirits be the guiding compass of your day-long activities and ruling the Delhi durbar be your ultimate dream”.

Chamdumajra claimed whatever he had promised to the people, he had got it implemented.

Former MLA Hamir Singh Ghagga and chief of the NRI wing of the SAD, Surjit Singh Rakhra, also spoke on the occasion.



Cops take out flag march
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 1
The Zirakpur police today took out a flag march across the city to restore the confidence of public to maintain law and order situation prior to the elections.

These flag marches were carried out in Zirakpur, Baltana and all villages. The flag march was led by SP (D) RK Bakshi along with SHO Zirakpur, Ranjodh Singh, and the police forces.

SHO Ranjodh Singh said the flag march was taken out to reinstate the confidence of the general public and to ensure that the law and order would be maintained prior to the Lok Sabha elections. a“The law and order situation of the area is good and there is nothing to worry,” he added.



Three arrested for gambling
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 1
The police arrested three gamblers and recovered Rs 57,640 from their possession here. The accused have been identified as Girdhari Lal, a resident of Ram Darbar, Phase II, Prashant Malhotra, a resident of Sector 56, and Bharat Ram, a resident Sector 26.

According to sources, the police team were checking doubtful persons and they received the information that the accused were gambling. The police recovered Rs 13,140 from Girdhari Lal, Rs 24,000 from Prashant Malhotra and Rs 20,500 from Bharat Ram. They were gambling near lottery bazaar in Zirakpur. A case has been registered.



10 injured in head-on collision

Zirakpur, May 1
Ten persons, including children and women, were injured in a head-on collision between an auto-rickshaw and a motor cycle on the Barwala road in Dera Bassi today.

The injured were identified as Aliya, Pooja, Nitesh, Bittu, Vina Rani, Rajat Kumar, Santosh Rani, Sulekha and Surinder, driver of the auto.

According to the police, the accident took place on the Barwala road when the auto-rickshaw reached near Bhagwanpura and collided with the motor cycle with an impact that the auto-rickshaw turned turtle.

The auto-rickshaw passengers sustained injuries and were admitted to the civil hospital. Some of the injured were critical and have been referred to GMCH-32, where their treatment was going on. However, no case has been registered by the police. — TNS



Non-compliance of orders
HC issues notice to VC, registrar

Chandigarh, May 1
Acting on a contempt petition by ousted lecturer JS Rathore, Justice TPS Mann of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti and Registrar SS Bari.

The petitioner had alleged the non-compliance of the High Court orders dated November 26, 2008.

Rathore had stated that he had filed a civil writ petition challenging the decision of terminating his services on December 31, 2004, after considering him a temporary candidate.

Justice Ajay Tewari had set aside the orders and had held the petitioner would be considered on deemed suspension from the said date.

The university was also granted liberty to take disciplinary proceedings against Rathore by issuing him a charge sheet on the basis of a report submitted on March 27, 2000.

Rathore alleged that even after five months, the PU authorities had neither paid him suspension allowance nor issued a charge sheet.



Man to pay Rs 10,000 for filing frivolous complaint
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Moti Lal Dhiman, a resident of Sector 51, to pay Rs 10,000 to the manager of Connect Care for filing a frivolous complaint.

The complainant stated in the petition that in the first half of March 2006, the complainant applied to the company for an Internet connection.

At the time of offer it was not informed that an amount of Rs 100 per month would be charged for router.

The complainant not being satisfied with the speed of the Internet decided to get the phone disconnected and sent his son to the office of the company for this purpose where he met Neelam Handa, who advised him to deposit the router and related parts, which were deposited on July 17, 2006 along with the handwritten application. She kept the same and advised him to deposit Rs 585 after deducting the router charges, which were paid in cash.

Later on, the complainant received bills for the period of June 16, 2006 to July 15, 2006 and July 16, 2006 to August 15, 2006 and when he met Neelam Handa again she refused having received any application and router with other parts.

One of the employees of the company intervened in the matter and the complainant asked him to disconnect the phone from July 17, 2006.

He received another bill for the period August 16, 2006 to September 15, 2006.

On December 28, 2006 Vijay Parkash of the company office came to the complainant’s house for disconnection of the phone and to collect the phone set but the complainant told him that as per the scheme the set was not to be returned and he told the complainant that the phone would be disconnected and the matter would be over.

However, on April 12, 2008 the complainant received a call from Rajbir who threatened him that if an amount of Rs 6,763 was not deposited then a case of Rs 36,000 would be filed against him and perforce the complainant immediately deposited Rs 6,863 at the company’s office.

In reply the company stated that the complainant applied for Internet connection in the month of March, 2006, however, it has been denied that he was not told that Rs 100 per month would be charged for the use of the router. 



Laptop theft: 2 engg students held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1 
The Chandigarh Police today arrested two engineering students who had allegedly stolen two laptops from a hostel of Panjab University.

The accused have been identified as Deepak Khanela, IT final year student, and Rahul, B.Tech second year student of Molana Engineering College.

The police said the duo had come for a night stay at their friend Sanjit’s hostel room on April 27 and had allegedly stolen two laptops, a data card and a mobile phone from Narinder Singh’s room. 



Two arrested for stabbing man
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Sonu, a resident of Mauli Jagran, complained to the police alleging that Tinku alias Dagi and Jaswant Singh, both residents of Mauli Complex, stabbed him near Government School, Mauli Jagran, on Wednesday.

He got injured and was admitted to the PGI. Both accused has been arrested and a case under Sections 307/37 of the IPC has been registered in the Mani Majra police station.


Surinder Kumar, a resident of Burail, complained to the police alleging that Ashok Kumar has threatened and quarrelled with him on April 27 and later ran away.

According to the police, he got injured and was admitted to Government Hospital, Sector 16. A case under Sections 341/147/149/323/506 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 17 police station.


Sanjiv Bedi, a resident of Sector 56, complained to the police that someone has stolen his three-wheeler (PB-12-H-3049) on April 25.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 39 police station.

Man dies

Cyclist Rishi Pal, a resident of DMC, Chandigarh, died after he got fits attack yesterday.

According to the police, he was attacked by an unidentified person when he was going on his cycle at the Sectors 25 and 38 dividing road. Later he was admitted to Government Hospital, Sector 16, where doctor declared him brought dead.

The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Mobike stolen

Swaroop Singh, a resident of Sector 28-B, complained to the police alleging that an unidentified person has stolen his Hero Honda Passion motor cycle (CH-03-R-0573) from a parking lot of the DC office, Sector 17, on April 28.

A case under Section 379 of IPC has been registered in the Sector 17 police station.

Garments stolen

Anuj Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that an unidentified person has stolen garments from his shop, Sector 44, on April 29.

A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Bholla Rawat, a resident of Nehru Colony, Sector 53, from near Sectors 52/53 dividing road yesterday at about 8.10 pm and seized 40 quarters of country wine from his possession.

A case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.


Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Burail, reported to the police alleging that an unidentified person has stolen his Tavera (PB-01-6264) from near Jawala Ji Mandir, Sector 45-A, on April 23.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.



Foetus recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
A four-month-old foetus was recovered from Maloya Colony here yesterday. According to sources, Raju, a resident of Togan village, noticed dogs dragging a flesh piece. When he went near it, he found it to be the human foetus and shooed away the dogs. He informed the police.

The foetus was taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector-16. Midwives were summoned to find out whether someone had aborted the foetus in the locality.

The records of all nearby clinics would be checked, the cops added.

Meanwhile, a case of concealment of the birth by secretly disposing off the body has been registered under Section 318 of the IPC. 



PU student fined for rash driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Panjab University authorities imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on a student for rash driving on the campus. According to the officials, the student was driving a black Skoda. The Vice-Chancellor, who was passing by, asked his security to stop the vehicle, but the student fled.

The security personnel immediately wireless to close all the gates of the university to catch him.

Officials informed that the student was caught at gate no. 3 and was fined for his act.



Govt employees booked for cheating

Mohali, May 1
The police today booked Raj Kumar, a photographer with the police, and Rajni, a contractual employee with the traffic police and the district transport office, for cheating and criminal breach of trust. 

The duo used to remove traffic challans from the official record and approached the violator to negotiate the amount of challan. They used to tamper the records. A total of 170 traffic challans had been removed by them in the past few months. The modus operandi was revealed when one of the challans could not be traced. —TNS



Loan Fraud
Consultancy firm targeted outsiders
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
Right under the nose of the district authorities, a number of fly-by-night operators are luring people to get loans at low interest rates, as low as 4 per cent per annum.

The specific case of a company that reportedly cheated at least 300 persons from far-flung areas of Haryana, Uttranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan ever since it opened its office in Phase X, Mohali, is already being probed by the DSP (city). “We will take action if any complaint against such other companies is received,” said JS Aulakh, SSP, Mohali.

Investigations revealed that the modus operandi of the company was to first publish advertisemnet in regional newspapers, seeking applications for agricultural, business and property loan. While the applications of local residents were refused, only outsiders were entertained. The applicants were asked to deposit processing fee, consultancy fee and other hidden charges proportionate to the loan amount.

“The company took over nine months to ask for different documents. The applicants had to face a lot of inconvenience as the documents were made from applicants’ native. The company kept on asking for more money to clear certain documents. We were given the first week of April to get our cheques. But when we came, the office was closed and no one was seen in the office,” said a number of victims. Many had taken loan to pay the processing charges.

The scam came to light, here on Monday, when the credit company, Cosmic Credit Services, suddenly packed off and decamped, leaving the loan seekers high and dry. The applicants lost lakhs of rupees deposited in the form of processing fee and property documents with the company.



Kaleka is athletics body chief
Our Correspondent

Patiala, May 1
Former international athlete Ajaib Singh Kaleka was unanimously elected as the new president of the Punjab Athletics Association (PAA) at a meeting held here today. The post had fallen vacant after the death of Umrao Singh, former president of the PAA.

Kaleka, a former IPS officer, was elected unanimously as the new president of the PAA at an emergency meeting of the association held here today. Presently, he is holding the post of senior vice-president of the PAA.

The meeting was held in the presence of JS Saini of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and Arun Vij of the Punjab Olympics Association.

For the first time in 50 years, the PAA general body meeting, which was attended by members of all district units, was held outside Jalandhar.

Kaleka was elected by a voice vote. Once in the chair, Kaleka announced that he would donate Rs 2 lakh to the association.

The house also authorised the president and secretary to fill the post of senior vice-president.

The death of Umrao Singh was also condoled at the meeting.



Anvit, Taranbir to lock horns in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Continuing his winning streak, unseeded Anvit Gupta of Total Tennis Academy got the better of Prabhsimran Bal 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the boys’ under-16 singles semifinals on the penultimate day of the YMCA Total Tennis Championship being played on the YMCA’s, Sector 11 premises, here today.

This well-contested semifinal played in three sets and lasted for over two hours. Now Anvit will lock horns with the third seed Taranbir Singh in the finals tomorrow.

Taranbir Singh today upset the top seed Aviraj Kamboj of CLTA in a tough battle lasted for over two hours. He beat Aviraj 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

In the boys’ under-12 semifinals, unseeded Sachit Malhotra proved too good for his unseeded opponent as he thrashed him in just 40 minutes by conceding just one game 4-1, 4-0. Now Sachit will face the second seed Santbir Singh in the finals to be played tomorrow. He beat Sahil Yadav with an identical score by 4-1, 4-0.

Top seed Sabrina Gill easily beat Rubani Singh 5-3, 4-1 in the girls under-12 singles semifinals and the second seed Saumya Saxena defeated Neamat Aulakh 5-4 (7-2), 4-2 to play each other in the finals tomorrow.

Semifinals results:

Boys’ u-12: Sachit Malhotra bt Aditya Kansal 4-1, 4-0; Santbir Singh bt Sahil Yadav 4-1, 4-0.

Boys’ u-16: Taranbir Singh bt Aviraj Kamboj 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Anvit Gupta bt Prabhsimran Bal 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Girls’ u-12: Sabrina Gill bt Rubani Singh 5-3, 4-1; Saumya Saxena bt Neamat Aulakh 5-4 (7-2), 4-2.

Girls’ u-14: Sabrina Gill bt Karishma Mehta 5-4 (8-6), 4-0; Neamat Aulakh bt Ridhima Gupta 4-1, 4-0.



Bhullar moves to tied 5th slot
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, May 1
Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala fired a five under par 65 to be tied fifth at five under 205 as Kolkata's Raju Ali Mollah consolidated his lead at 14 under 196 shooting a 6 under par 64 on the penultimate day of the Rs 20 lakh PGTI Players' Championship at Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur today.

Anirban Lahiri also shot 64 in the third round that propelled him to tied second place at seven under 203. Vikrant Chopra returned a four under 66 to join Lahiri in tied second.

Bhullar, who turned 21 on April 27, and is placed 14th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, sank birdies on the fifth and eighth and conceded a bogey on the ninth to be one under 34 at the turn.

But the Kapurthala lad played a superb back nine shooting birdies on the 12th and 16th and capping it with a perfect eagle on the 17th for a four under 31 back nine and a card of five under 65.

Bhullar is still nine strokes behind the leader, but is very much in contention for the second slot as he trails them by just two strokes.

Chandigarh's Harendra P Gupta carded a two under 68 to be tied 11th at three under 207.

Seasoned city player Harmeet Kahlon, who shared the 6th slot with Gurbaaz Mann yesterday could card an even par 70 to slip to tied 14th slot at two under 208.

Gurbaaz Mann and Randhir Singh Ghotra, the other city players, were another stroke behind at one under 209. Gurbaaz carded a one over 71 while Randhir Singh put up a good four under 66.

Chandigarh's amateur golfer Rahul Bakshi was placed 27th at two over 212 after carding a three under 67 today.

Other city golfers in the fray are Ranjit Singh and AS Lehal (tied 37th at four over 214) and Roop Singh (tied 51st at eight over 218).



Ball badminton meet from May 9
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Ball Badminton Sports Promotion Association, Chandigarh, has decided to organise the 6th Sub-Junior Chandigarh State Ball Badminton Championship, which will be held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on May 9 and 10.

After the championship Chandigarh teams (boys and girls) will be selected for the 29th Sub-Junior National Ball Badminton Championship, which will be held in Kaddpa, Andhra Pradesh, from June 11 to 14. The players who are born on January 1, 1995 or after are eligible for the said championship. Entry close to Manoj Kumar, organising secretary, Mobile No 9855454341.



Cricket probables selected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the PCA has announced the probables for the Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament starting from May 18 all over Punjab.

According to secretary S Mohinder Singh, the selected players will report today at 3.30 pm at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36.


Vishwas Bhalla, VRV Singh, Uday Kaul, Siddharth Kaul, Sarul Kanwar, Gurkirat Singh, Anupam Gambhir, Sumit Dhiman, Gaurav Gambhir, Simrat Bawa, Amit Prashar, Ankit Kaushik, Shah Nawaz, Rahul Chara, Gurinder Singh, Anshul Tripathi, Nawab Cheema, Satnam Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Karan, Shivam Khurana and Vishnoo Manohram.



Women golf camp from today
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Golf Club will once again open its greens to non-members. And this time it will be for women who want to learn the game. Starting from May 2, the two-day programme will be an introduction to the game by EGTF coach Ajay Gujral.

The introductory golf programme will incorporate mechanics of the golf swing, short-game skills and etiquette and rules of the game.

The coaching programme will be open to the members and non-members of the club and will be held from 4 to 5 pm on May 2 and 3.

"The focus of this golf camp is all about having fun and making one feel comfortable with the golf swing. Such a programme is being conducted for the first time at the club,” said Gujral.



Little Flower register berth in semis
Tribune News Service

A batsman plays a shot during a match in Panchkula on Friday.
A batsman plays a shot during a match in Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, May 1
Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, registered a berth in the semifinal in the Satluj Summer Cup-09 after beating Satluj Cricket Academy team-B by six wickets at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

Satluj Cricket Academy won the toss and elected to bat first. Karan Punj (31) and Shubham Mishra (30) were the only scorers, who could provide some respite to the team.

Rest all batsmen failed to perform and the team scored a total of 119 for nine in 20 overs. Ketan (two/23) was the successful bowler for Little Flower Convent School-14.

Replying to the target, Little Flower Convent School, scored through Tavneet Singh (22), Aishal (17*) and Kartik (16*).

The team reached the target of 120 at the loss of four wickets in 18 overs. Shubham and Shivam Arora pocketed two wickets each for Satluj.



Cricket tourney from tomorrow

Chandigarh, May 1
The St Stephen's Trophy Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket Tournament will be organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy at St Stephen's School in Sector 45 and Punjab Cricket Association ground in Mohali from May 3.

The matches will be of 40 overs each side. DP Azad Cricket Academy, MCA Academy, Bharti Vij Academy and Sector 37 academy will participate.

On the opening day, DP Azad academy will play against Sector 37 academy on St Stephen's School ground in Sector 45. — TNS



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