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Illegal taxi operators make hay
Aman Sood
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 5
With private cabs plying in the city, government vehicles have apparently taken a backseat. Owners of private cabs don’t even pay taxes. While the government has set up a separate District Transport Office in every district, the department has failed to curb the practice.

Sources in the DTO office said numerous authentic taxi operators had complained to the officials about illegal cabs plying in the city, but nothing had been done so far.

They added that they this had affected their business badly. Despite paying taxes, they were made to suffer.

“Illegal taxi operators charge less than what the authentic ones do and therefore do more harm to the law abiding taxi operators,” they added. “I can take you to Himachal Pradesh in a Toyota Innova for Rs 800 per day, whereas those possessing a permit would charge more, said a taxi driver.

Sources said a majority of the private players were employed with some government organisations and were running business right under the nose of the transport officials.

“If we are caught outside the state, we have to pay Rs 300 to the officials, and if caught in the state, the bribe is Rs 100,” they added.

Taxi operators said they would not register their cabs with the government, as it brought them no relief.

“We have already spent thousands of rupees. Even we would like to carry on our trade by paying a little bribe rather than paying thousands of rupees as taxes,” said an operator.

District Transport Officer Anil Garg claimed that he would surely curb this menace and would initiate a drive against such tax evaders. “I would ask my staff to laid nakas and fine all illegal taxi operators.” 



Man donates blood for 150th time
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 5
A trader of Ambala City, Rajender Garg, donated blood for the 150th time at a blood donation camp organised by the Parshuram Seva Sangh here today.

Garg had donated blood for the first time in 1971 during the Indo-Pak war at an Army hospital at Ambala Cantt. He was studying in a college at that time.

Later, he made blood donation a part of his life and after every three months he continued to donate blood in some blood donation camp.

His wife, his son, his daughter and his daughter-in-law also followed him and they are also regular donors.

Garg has persuaded hundreds of youths of this city to donate blood for the sake of needy patients.

He started The Saviours Club in which only blood donors were enrolled as a member. A needy patient could get blood of any group from this club at any time.

Garg said that he had completed the age of 58 years and after 60 he would not be medically eligible to donate blood but he wanted to complete his two centauries.

He said that he was still fit and he would continue this venture till he was alive.

The Haryana government, PGI, Chandigarh, district administration and a number of social organisations have already honored him for his commitment towards this social cause. 



Centre of Excellence comes up at business school
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 5
The Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Gharuan campus, has established a Centre of Excellence at its Chandigarh Business School (CBS). The institute plans to select 30 top students and open opportunities for them in terms of curriculum, faculty, facilities, even international tours and placements.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, CGC, said he had noticed many deserving students at formative stage of life, who would often go for low-cost courses in a stream not of their liking, simply because they could not afford the fee, or were not in a position to study in a different city.

Dr Karminder Ghuman, director, CBS, said the Centre of Excellence would go a long way in producing corporate leaders. Eminent and senior management professionals from industry would be invited as the guest faculty to hone managerial skills of budding managers. Along with industry, senior professors from academics, would also be invited to deliver expert lectures and conduct case studies, role plays and management games, Ghuman added.

The centre will also have MoUs with reputed companies for Earn While You Learn Programmes so as to provide work experience to students while they are studying at the institute.



One dead in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 5
One person who was injured in a road accident near Dera Bassi last night today succumbed to injuries in at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. Nearly 4 persons were injured in this accident when an Alto car which was on the wrong side collided with another car.

As per reports, Naveen Kumar resident of Gulmohar city, who was driving an Alto car died in the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, today.

His body was handed over to relatives after conducting a postmortem examination. Another injured as Parkash and Gagandeep of Zirakpur and Sarvpreet Singh of Chandigarh are being treated at GMCH, Chandigarh.



41 cases related to women solved

Patiala, May 5
In 2010-11, the Punjab Women Commission had received 1,674 different cases out of which 941 cases have already been solved.

The chairman of the Punjab Women Commission, Gurdev Kaur Sangha, who was in the city to hear the grievances of women from six districts, including Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib and Barnala, said that out of the cases which the commission received in 2010, 294 cases were related to dowry, 23 rape, 138 were of property, 184 of domestic violence, 1 of extra-marital relation, 49 sexual harassment and two were related to murder.

Hearing 41 cases today at the Patiala Circuit House, she further said that in 2011 alone, the commission had already received 333 cases out of which 258 have already been solved.

Talking about the present scenario, she said despite the fact that women had proved them selves in every field; those in villages were often treated badly. Even women have become impatient now. — TNS



Youth held with 900 gm opium

Ambala, May 5
The Ambala police has arrested a motorcycle-borne youth with 900-gm opium near bus stand. The accused has been identified as Rohit, a polytechnic student, and resident of Shahabad.

He was intercepted during a special naka near main bus stand in Ambala Cantt. The police said the accused was going to sell the opium to some other persons. A case has been registered against the accused.

On receiving a tip-off that a youth was on his way to hand over opium to a person near bus stand, the police nabbed the accused. He was produced in a local court today which sent him to a three-day police custody. Rohit said a gang of drug suppliers led by Shunty had given him the packet for delivery at the bus stand. — TNS



Sujata Das case
Complainant falsifies advocate’s claims
Says he never moved application seeking action against police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Giving a U-turn to the case of alleged slapping of a child by IAS officer Sujata Das, the father of the three-year-old girl told the police today that he never moved an application against police inaction in court and his signatures were taken by the advocate without telling him the details of what was written in the application.

On April 4, two months after the slapping incident in which Punjab-cadre senior IAS officer Sujata Dass had brutally thrashed a nursery student Garima (3) in full public view, the father of the girl moved an application seeking directions to the UT police to register an FIR in the case. However, today when he was summoned by the police to the Sector 39 police station, Pardeep Kumar said he was unaware of the contents of the application that was moved in court.

He also said that the advocate of Global Human Rights Council, Arvind Thakur, approached him and told him that they would move his complaint in the Human Rights Commission. He claimed he never sought the registration of FIR, but merely wanted his case to be heard by Human Rights Groups.

“The advocate told me they were fighting for human rights and asked me to put my signatures on an application. I never told them that I want action against the police, nor I read the application. I thought they are himan rights activists, I never wanted action against police and I am surprised to know of it today,” Pardeep Kumar told the Chandigarh Tribune.

He also said that since he does not comprehend English language, he put his signatures on the application as he thought it was meant for the Human Rights Commission.



90 motorists caught for crossing zebra lines: Admn
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Crossing the line separating right from wrong by not stopping before the zebra markings on roads have cost nearly 100 motorists dear.

The UT administration today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that nothing less than 90 motorists were caught unawares for stopping on the zebra lines. The information was given to the high court during the resumed hearing of traffic regulation and pollution control case.

As Justice Rajive Bhalla took up the case this afternoon, UT senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal told the Bench that 90 motorists were caught in just about 15 days from April 17 and May 3.

The development is significant as the Chandigarh Police only in December last had received a rap on its knuckles for doing precious little to ensue the compliance of rules on zebra crossings. Coming down heavily on the police for non-compliance of orders on traffic safety, Justice Bhalla had then asserted: “The orders passed and the directions issued in the writ petition and in this case directing the police to ensure that slow moving vehicles travel in slow carriageways, vehicles stop on zebra crossings, proper demarcation of zebra crossings, vehicles should not be parked on the berms or the sides of the roads, designated parking slots should be provided on the sides of roads opposite markets or within the market area and vehicles should drive in designated lanes are not being implemented by the Chandigarh Police.”

The Bench had also observed: “The number of pedestrian crossings in Chandigarh is woefully inadequate. The police shall take measures to provide adequate pedestrian crossings and ensure that pedestrians do not cross the roads at unauthorised places. The Chandigarh administration shall provide zebra crossings at all relevant places. All traffic lights shall have provision for the sign walk and all vehicles shall be required to stop before a zebra crossing to allow pedestrians to cross the road.”

An affidavit was also placed before the Bench today by the engineering department saying 75 per cent of the closed-circuit television cameras were functional and the remaining were being repaired.

The assertion too is significant as only in August 2010, the court was informed that the third eye, keeping a vigil on city roads, has virtually turned blind. The Bench was told that just about 20 per cent of the closed-circuit television cameras installed on traffic lights and other places in the city were functional.

The Bench is currently hearing a petition filed in public interest by city-based advocate Ajay Singh for enforcing the directions issued by the court in the traffic safety case.



Sewer man dies in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 5
A 36- year-old sewer man of Greater Mohali Area Development (GMADA) died after being buried under the debris when he was cleaning a blocked sewer line near Singh Shahdean Gurdwara Sohana.

The loose earth around the sewer manhole caved in resulting in his death. He was declared brought dead at the Sohana Eye Hospital.

GMADA official said the roots of a tree had damaged a sewer manhole and it was blocked for the last few days.

Presently, work of widening of the road is going on and the contractors had stacked up the construction material near the sewer manhole.

Three more sewermen and a junior engineer who were also working at the spot managed to escape when the debris fell into the sewer manhole.

DSP, City-II RS Sohal said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated.



Tamil Nadu resident held for fleecing

Chandigarh, May 5
The police has busted a gang with its members hailing from Tamil Nadu for their involvement in cheating cases.

The police arrested P Logu as the second member of the gang. The police said the gang was adept in duping people by throwing notes on the ground to divert their attention and fleeing with their bags. Sub Inspector Rajiv Kumar, in charge, Sector 22 police post, said one member of the gang was presently absconding.

Describing his modus operandi, Rajiv said the accused used to throw a Rs 10 note on the ground near a car and then tell a person that his money has fallen. After diverting their attention, they fled with laptops and other valuables. — TNS



Saupin’s School win by 62 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Saupin’s School, Sector 32, beat Strawberry World School, Sector 26, by 62 runs in a league match of the St Kabir Trophy being held at St Kabir Public School.

Electing to bat first, Saupin's team mustered a total of 129 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Aayush Chawla played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 54 runs. Anhad supported him with his 33 runs. Wicket takers for Strawberry included Manan, Harshdeep and Assess, who took one wicket each. Chasing the target, the Strawberry team all out packed on 67 runs. Only Anhad Batta (25) and Aassees (21) put up some resistance. In the second match today at the same venue, St Anne's-32 thrashed St Soldier School, Mohali, by 97 runs.

Batting first, St Anne's team accumulated 145 runs in the allotted 20 overs with the help of Anmol Puri’s 25 runs and Kanishk’s 25 runs. Abhishek with 2 for 31 was the successful bowler for the Soldier’s team. In reply, Soldier’s team buckled under pressure and were bowled out for only 47 runs in 12.1 overs. Only Sameer reached double figures with 10 runs. For the Anne's team, Saksham (3 for 9) was the chief wicket taker.

Scores : Saupin's: 129 for 3 in 20 overs (Aayush 54 n o, Anhad 33, Aasees 1 for 12, Manan 1 for 24 and Harshdeep 1 for 26). Strawberry: 67 for 9 in 20 overs (Anhad 25, Aasees 21, Harman 3 for 1, Manav 1 for 8 and Prithivi 1 for 11).

St Anne's: 144 for 4 in 20 overs (Anmol 29 n o, Kanishk 25 n o and Abhishek 2 for 31). St Soldier’s: 47 all out in 12.1 overs (Sameer 10, Saksham 3 for 9 and Jaideep 1 for 3).



DP Azad academy beat St Soldier’s

Panchkula, May 5
DP Azad Cricket Academy outplayed St Soldier’s Cricket Academy in a league match of U-11 Tricity Inter Coaching Centre League Cricket Tournament being organised by the District Coaching Centre, Sector 3, at Tau Devi Lal Stadium here today.

Batting first, DP Azad were all out on 140 for 5 in 20 overs.

In reply, St Soldier’s Academy were restricted to 75 in 17 overs. In the second match of the day, Coaching Centre, Sector 3, crushed CL Champs by 139 runs. The batsmen of Coaching Centre put up 198 runs in 25 overs for the loss of seven wickets. In reply, CL Champs could only muster 59 runs in 25 overs.

Scores: DP Azad Cricket Academy: 140 for 5 in 20 overs (Rittick Shukla 32 n o, Naman 25 n o and Paritosh 3 for 12). St. Soldier's Academy: 75 all out in 17 overs (Triyaksh 38, Arjun Aggarwal 3 for 18 and Naman 3 for 12). Coaching Centre ,Sector-3 (Red): 198 for 7 in 25 overs (Amarinder 54, Rahul 3 for 41 and Mannat 2 for 31). CL Champs: 59 for 7 in 25 overs (Ajay 18 and Tushar 2 for 18). — TNS



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