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Black marketing ODI tickets child’s play
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
In an innovative step to make quick money, migrant labourers are pushing their kids into black-marketing by asking them to purchase tickets for the forthcoming India-England One-Day International match to be held at the PCA Stadium on Thursday.

The tickets thus procured are sold for black. A ticket of the general stand costing Rs 300 is being sold for Rs 8,00 in the black.

An on-the-spot visit by a Tribune correspondent revealed that certain labourers were working in tandem by involving kids in purchasing tickets.

“Kids have an easier access to the ticket counter. They do not face the force of the pushing crowd. The police is also not bothered about them,” a ticket-seller chuckled striking a deal with the Tribune correspondent.

Black-marketeering is going on in the broad daylight near the venue of the match. Cops seem to be looking in all directions except the venue as not even a single case has come on official records, till today evening.

The correspondent stuck a deal for Rs 2,800 for four tickets. When asked about how he managed so many tickets, the dealer said: “I have got kids along to do the leg work of purchasing tickets. I will buy them some toffees in the evening.”

“You have watched me selling a quite a number of tickets. I am hopeful of making more profit as the date for the match comes near,” another black-marketeer told the correspondent.

It is pertinent to mention that black-marketing of students’ block and chair block tickets has also started. A student got one ticket each on his identity card. Another purchase, which was cheaper, was in the chair block category where each ticket was priced at Rs 300. An operator said: “The craze for this match cannot be compared to the India-Pakistan cricket clash. However, the response is getting stronger as the D-day nears.”


Punjab Police one step ahead

Time: 11.30 am: In view of the huge rush at the ticket selling counters, three policemen came in a PCR van (number and names with TNS). While one of the policemen was posing to control the ruckus, his colleague went to the counter and took his bunch of tickets. After a gap of 10 minutes, his colleague came back and took another bunch. Then the constable who had taken the first lot of tickets came back and took another bunch.



1 year, 18 orders, no action
Police turns deaf ear to PCA orders
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The UT Police seems to have turned a deaf ear to numerous orders of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) recommending suspension of ‘erroneous’ cops in the last one year.

The PCA, which began functioning in September 2010 following the Supreme Court orders to look into the complaints against police personnel, appears to have been rendered a toothless tiger with the police acting on only one of the 18 orders passed by the authority. In two cases, senior police officials have reversed the orders of the PCA.

The solitary order on which the police has acted is against a sub-inspector and an assistant sub-inspector with no action against any policeman of the rank of inspector and above.

Figures available with the PCA reveal that they have to date recommended action against a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) on two occasions, seven inspectors (five of them SHOs), 10 sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors, four head constables and two constables holding them responsible for gross negligence and mishandling of various cases.

Two inspectors, both who are or have served as SHOs of police stations, have figured more than once in the PCA inquiries. Inspector Udey Pal Singh, former SHO of the Sector 34 police station, has been indicted thrice this year in three separate cases while inspector Rajesh Shukla, the SHO of the Mani Majra police station, has been twice held responsible in separate cases of professional misconduct. However, the police is yet to initiate departmental inquiry against these officers.

The police has responded by rejecting two of the 18 orders, maintained silence on 15 and taking action on only one order, sources said. Furthermore, the police has not been submitting action taken reports to the PCA on any of the orders despite repeated reminders. 


Orders reversed by UT Police

June 24, 2011: The PCA recommended action against Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vijay Kumar for callousness and bias in a case of criminal trespass. The UT Inspector General of Police issued a clean chit to the DSP declaring that the latter was not responsible

July 2011: A police inquiry by DSP Jagbir Singh gave a clean chit to sub-inspector Kuldip Singh whose suspension was recommended by the PCA. The SI was held guilty of adopting delaying tactics in arresting an accused and facilitating his escape


PCA can only recommend

We are following all orders of the PCA and departmental inquiry has been initiated in all cases in which they have recommended action. As per the notification by which the PCA has been constituted, they can only recommend. It is up to the head of the police department to see what action needs to be taken. Sometimes the findings may be different. But we do initiate proceedings based on the recommendations of the PCA.

Naunihal Singh, UT SSP 


Orders followed

Sub-inspector Pradeep Kumar, posted at the Sector 34 police station, was suspended and assistant sub-inspector Narinder Singh was transferred to police lines following orders of the PCA.



4 drunk youths assault cop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
A 40-year-old UT Police head constable, who was returning home after patrolling duty last night, was assaulted, abducted and later thrown near the forest area in Sector 25 by four tipsy youths whom he had caught drinking at a public place.

Head constable Janak Raj was patrolling near the Toga village barrier when he stopped a car on the basis of suspicion. He asked the four occupants of the car for their identity, but they started abusing him. All four of them were reportedly in an inebriated state.

The four initially tried to flee and as the head constable nabbed one of them, the rest returned and thrashed him. They then pushed the head constable in the car, forced him to consume liquor and kept him confined in their moving car for an hour. They then snatched his wireless set, belt, tore his uniform and abandoned him in the forest area.

The police has arrested one of the youths, Ajay Kumar (25). The absconding accused include a property dealer and an employee of a private firm. Raids are on to nab them, the police said. 

The incident took place at 11:30 pm when Janak was returning home after finishing his duty near the Tonga village barrier. He spotted four inebriated youths creating ruckus while consuming liquor at a public place.

In his statement, injured Janak stated that the youths pushed him inside their Maruti car after beating him up and forced a liquor bottle inside his mouth. He then approached a watchman and managed to call the police control room. A case of abduction, illegal confinement and robbery has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.



Catering to their ‘greed’
Hotel management institute staff pocket Rs 10.41 lakh
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
In a case of public money being diverted for private use, the principal and staff of Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management (AIHM) in Sector 42 has allegedly pocketed Rs 10.41 lakh as incentive, which was earned by the institute from conducting various training programmes, undertaking outdoor catering services and use of its infrastructure by the general public.

Information given by the Institute under the RTI Act reveals that principal Navin Kumar Nanchahal leads from the front by pocketing a lion’s share of the disbursements with Rs 2.5 lakh followed by the head of department Bharti Tyagi Rs 1.18 lakh and administrative-cum-accounts officer VK Sehgal, who had become richer by over Rs 81,000.

Interestingly, Nanchahal was the sanctioning authority for the disbursal of thousands of rupees to himself, the faculty and the administrative staff.The AIHM conducts training programmes for various organisations, undertakes outdoor catering and rent its infrastructure such as auditorium, conference rooms and classrooms for various activities by various organisations.

However, for the sanctioning of such honorariums, the institute has taken the view that “the staff was involved in planning, organising and execution of the training programmes.” Besides, the staff worked early in the morning, late at night and on holidays, the institute has claimed.

Information sought under the RTI Act also revealed that the honorariums to the staff were paid in accordance with the draft financial powers for Institute of Hotel Managements (IHMs) for 2006, which were never ratified by the authorities concerned. At a meeting of the institute’s board of governors on July 4, 2011, it was decided to set up a centre for consultancy and outdoor catering under the AIHM on the pattern of IHM, Jaipur.

This would mean that the incentives paid to the staff during the period between November 27, 2006 and June 9, 2011, which has been covered in the RTI, were unjustified.

Meanwhile, Harbans Lal Verma, who sought the information under the RTI Act, has filed a complaint with the additional director general (tourism), Union Ministry of Tourism, demanding an inquiry into the gross financial irregularities in the AIHM.



Josan guilty of misconduct
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Principal of the local DAV College Dr BC Josan might be on his way out as the management committee interim report has found him guilty of gross misconduct and even misappropriation of college funds.

In what might prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the ongoing controversy, the management committee has given him 10 days time to reply following which a final decision with regard to his status as the college head will be taken.

The case had earlier featured in the Punjab and Haryana High Court following which the Panjab University Registrar had revoked the suspension of Josan. The management committee was asked to initiate an inquiry and take action. Following the university orders, Josan had started coming to the college recently and had placed his table in front of the college principal’s office to carry out his “command”.


Soon, Mohali will have 2,000 convenience shops
GMADA wooing common man, 24 sites identified; tenders to be invited
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, October 17
Keeping in mind the requirements of the common man, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to construct 2,000 convenience shops spread all over the town to cater to the basic needs of a vast majority of customers who prefer patronising small shops rather than big showrooms and malls.

As many as 24 sites have been identified in all sectors of the town under the project where a cluster of shops will be constructed at a cost of about Rs 24 crore.

It is learnt that the project will be carried out in a phased manner and a cluster of 40 to 60 convenience shops in each sector will be constructed by GMADA. The shops will be constructed on the ground floor and also on the first-floor level. The construction will start from the developing sectors (76 to 80) where 500 such shops will be constructed in the first phase.

GMADA will be selling these shops by inviting tenders. Though most of the sectors will have one such market, Sectors 48 , 61, 69 and 78 are likely to have two clusters of convenience shops each. Items used by the common man in his day-to-day life like vegetables, fruits, kiryana , etc will be sold in such shops.

Sources said that a team of GMADA officials had gone to Chandigarh to study various small markets like the Azad Market, Palika Bazar, etc. The dimensions of the shops in Chandigarh are about 8 ft by 6 ft. There is a 6-ft wide verandah outside these shops. But GMADA has decided to have bigger shops as compared to Chandigarh and the dimensions suggested for shops in the case of Mohali are 7 ft by 10 ft.

The size of the verandah, however, will remain the same.

GMADA has decided to have a proper parking space for those frequenting these convenience shops in order to avoid the situation faced by residents who want to make purchases in the rehri markets of the town at present.

The sources said that according to GMADA only 10 per cent of the residents go to showrooms or malls to make their purchases and 70 per cent of them prefer to go to small shops to buy for their daily needs. 



Parents identify accused couple in temple’s CCTV footage
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, October 17
While the police are yet to make any breakthrough in tracing the 10-month-old missing infant Nishant, the parents have identified the couple, who had kidnapped their child in the CCTV footage of Mata Mansa Devi Temple.

The child is missing since September 29 and it was only on October 13, when the police had registered an FIR under kidnapping charges and that too when the family had received a ransom call for Rs 10 lakh.

Sources said that the Panchkula police was suspecting that the child was with the kidnappers. The sources added that the ransom call was received a day after the family had issued an advertisement in a newspaper in which they had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to whosoever would provide information about the baby.

The sources added that the police was suspecting that the kidnappers had made the call only after reading the advertisement in which Nishant’s uncle number was published.

The police said Pinjore resident Anil and his wife Sarita lost their son Nishant during a visit to the Mata Mansa Devi Temple on September 29, the second day of the Navratras. The couple separated in the huge rush at the temple and Sarita tried to find her husband. As she was feeling thirsty, she handed over her baby to a couple standing in a queue in order to drink water. Before stepping out of the queue, she took the couple’s contact number.

On returning five minutes later, Sarita was shocked to find that the couple had gone missing with her baby. She managed to find her husband and tried calling up the number of the couple. Sarita and Anil further discovered to their horror that the number given to them by the couple to whom their baby had been handed over was fake.



Councillor goes engineer bashing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Heated arguments took place between SAD councillor Jagjit Singh Kang and municipal corporation (MC) executive engineer (XEN), roads wing, Sanjay Arora, at the office of the latter today.

Kang accused Arora of wilfully not allotting tenders for development works in his ward. The councillor lodged a complaint with MC superintending engineer (B&R) Mukesh Anand.

Kang alleged that the work of recarpeting of two roads was pending for a long time.

On enquiring from the road wing official, Kang found that tenders for were invited twice, but no contractor turned up for it, after which fresh tender had not been invited.



Residents feel harassed as SSP unavailable
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
A number of city residents, most of them senior citizens, were reportedly harassed as they waited for over two hours to meet UT SSP Naunihal Singh to express their general grievances, but were asked to return. Over 20 residents protested outside the police headquarters at Sector 9 before they finally dispersed.

LK Khurana, president of the Lion Welfare Society, said he came to the police headquarters at 10:30 am. After a time-consuming exercise for entry passes in a queue, they were made to sit in the visitors’ room. They waited till 1 pm and had to return without meeting the SSP as he went to attend a meeting.

“The SSP was on leave the previous week and we were unable to meet him then. The senior police officer has no time to meet senior citizens and other members of the public even in public hours. Waiting for him for three hours and then being told to return was harassment,” he said.

A number of visitors who returned without meeting the senior police officer were women and non-resident Indians, who had come with their complaints. They included NRI Jagjivan, who came to seeking redress to his complaint of mobile phone theft, and Seema, who came from Ambala and had a matrimonial dispute case with the women’s cell.

When contacted, Naunihal Singh said he met a number of visitors as he was at his office for two hours, from 10 am to 12 noon, and had to attend an important meeting with the Home Secretary. This was the reason he could not meet all visitors, who were huge in number, he added.



MC clears Sec-34 parking lot of encroachment
Was done by Pardeep Chhabra’s brother
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
There seems to be no check on encroachments on open spaces belonging to the municipal corporation (MC).
A classic example of negligence on part of the MC has come to light with encroachment on a parking lot near the gurdwara at Sector 34 here. Event organiser Sandeep Chhabra, brother of Congress councillor and former Mayor Pardeep Chhabra, has put stalls at the parking lot.

Responding to a complaint, an MC enforcement team was sent to check the status of the parking lot.

On a visit to the spot, the officials found the site covered with sheds, as if the organiser was about to allot those on rent during an exhibition. When asked about it, the organiser said he was not aware that the land belonged to the MC as there was no signboard to earmark it.

The enforcement staff immediately got the land vacated. MC sources said the signboard had been dumped amid wild growth nearby.

MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach said action was taken and the land vacated after the receipt of a complaint.

He said the enforcement wing had been keeping a watch on permission for the use of open spaces and taking action against violations.

In another such incident, the MC removed encroachment on an open space at Sector 7 here by a private event manager.

Records showed that the event organiser had encroached on the backlane of the Sector-7 market, affecting the smooth flow of traffic.

The sources said there was no check by any wing of the MC after granting permission till a complaint was lodged.



Watch out! You may be hitting premature menopause
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Haven’t still hit the fourth decade of your life and struggling to cope up with irregular menstrual cycle, hot flushes, fatigue or depression and anxiety? While a majority might dismiss it as usual ‘stress effect’ it may have got nothing to do with stress at all as you might be headed to be one amongst hundreds of women hitting a premature menopause.

According to experts, the average age of onset for "natural" menopause is post 50 years, however, because of various genetic reasons, medical procedures or stress to some extent some women go through menopause before the age of 40 which is generally termed as "premature" menopause. In addition to dealing with several physical issues, women undergoing premature menopause have to struggle with emotional and psychological concerns. What however leaves doctors perturbed is the fact that a majority fail to approach medicos either due to ignorance or sheer indifference to health.

“We can say 18 out of 100 odd patients who approach us are detected with a premature menopause. Unfortunately, women who have kids are more than happy to get rid of periods as early as possible without realizing the repercussions as it may lead to deterioration of bone health at earlier stages. It’s a sorry state of affairs that in region where people are so particular about getting regular ECG’s, cholestrol check ups and glucose level checks we hardly have women, incluiding the educated ones, coming to us for routine gynecological investigations to rule out malignancy or onset of menopause,” says Dr Lakhbir K Dhaliwal, head of the department, gynaecology, PGIMER.

Agreeing to her, GMCH, Sector 32 gyane HoD Dr Anju Hurria says that gynaecological health for many just means having kids at the right time.

“ If a women has had children then they are hardly bothered about themselves. Unfortunately we are yet to spread awareness on regular menopause, leave aside premature one. They will only approach us if they still want kids. I think the moment you start having symptoms you should necessarily see a doctor,” she says.

Dr. yashbala, a local practioner in Sector 21 says in some cases allergy to wheat is the key reason for the problem.

“ Premature menopause sets in when body produces anti ovarian tissue chemicals, which in some cases develope allergy to wheat. The situation though irreversible can be handled to some extent by giving external hormones it is however always better to approach you doctor on experiencing the very first symptom,” she added.



Violate and pay up four times: MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The municipal corporation (MC) will charge four times the rate approved from violators of road cuts if they indulge in it without the permission of the authorities.
In fact, the material will also be seized there and then by the inspection team. This was decided in the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting, chaired by Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh here today.

Officials said many cases came to light in the past few months of companies not taking permission from the authorities for making road cuts. They suggested that the fine for these violations be increased and stringent action be allowed against the companies concerned.

Recommending the revision of rates of eatables proposed for night food street, the members said the authorities had quoted low price for food items, which should be reconsidered.

A member suggested that rates be similar to those at the Chandigarh Club or the Golf Club. A number of development works were okayed.



No takers at auction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The auction of two paid parking lots of the municipal corporation (MC) at Sector 17 here turned out to be a flop show today.
The auction for the Jagat and CMC parking lots was eventually cancelled. Eighteen contractors turned up for the auction, but none participated.

They demanded proper infrastructure, including CCTV cameras and semi-automated parking, at the parking lots.

They asserted that providing infrastructure was the duty of the MC, but it kept passing the buck.



Standoff between BSNL, pvt operators continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Residents of the tricity continued to suffer for the 18th day due to the standoff between state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and some major private operators over the non-payment of carriage charge.

As government hospitals, police control rooms, Life Insurance Corporation, public-sector banks and other government offices had BSNL landline phones, people were finding it difficult to enquire about their work or accounts.

Phone calls from mobile phones to landlines had been badly affected.

A senior BSNL official said notices were issued to private operators before action was initiated.



Admn joins hands with NZCC to evade taxes
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The Chandigarh Administration and the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), organisers of the third National Crafts Mela at Kalagram here, have allegedly evaded entertainment tax and value-added tax (VAT), amounting to lakhs, during the 10-day event, which concluded this evening.

Sources in the local excise and taxation department confirmed that the organisers had not paid taxes to the department. The organisers had neither paid tax, nor sought exemption from entertainment tax, which was 30 per cent of the price of entry tickets sold.

“The participants could not have been exempt from VAT,” said an official. VAT and sales tax formalities for an exhibition clearly stated, “Participation and sale of exhibits are subject to mandatory clearance from the excise and sales tax department. All exhibitors are required to produce necessary clearance before taking possession of stalls.”

The organisers had got exemption from entertainment tax the previous year. “This time, they did not apply for it,” said the official.

Entry tickets were priced at Rs 15 for adults and Rs 10 for children. The organisers had also to pay Rs 500 per stall, which had not been paid yet. The fair had 146 stalls this time around.

A senior official with the excise and taxation department said, “They should seek exemption before the start of the event. The issue has been communicated to the higher authorities.”



GPA holders, property consultants in tizzy
SC ruling invalidates sale of property through general power of attorney

Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The Supreme Court judgement invalidating the sale of property through General Power of Attorney (GPA) has sent thousands of GPA holders and the property consultants in a tizzy.

With stakes high in the already-inflated property market in the city, the GPAs holders are at their wits end and are left with no option but to get the property registered in their name. And all this will come at a price as they will have to pay stamp duty at the rate of 6 per cent.

Besides the GPA, it is the property consultants, who are hit hard by the SC ruling as property transactions had come down considerably after October 11 when the apex court delivered the judgement. “It is double whammy for us as the SC judgement had come close on the heels of recession in the real estate market,” a Sector 35-based property consultant said.

It is an accepted fact that selling of property on GPA, special power of attorney and will was a routine practice in Chandigarh and was a major factor in the inflated property prices. While the property keeps on changing hands though GPAs, the state exchequer loses money in the process as the property is not transferred through registered sales deeds by paying stamp duty.

Will curb black money

This is a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court and will go a long way in ensuring transparency in the property transactions by curbing the role of black money. The speculators, who try to make a killing by investing black money in the property transaction by evading various taxes, including income tax and stamp duty, will be eliminated and genuine buyers and end users should get property at reasonable rates through fair deals.~

— BK Sanghi, real estate expert.

Group housing best bet

While the UT Administration gears up to ban the GPA transfers in the property transaction, the cooperative group housing flats in Sectors 48 to 51 seem to be the best bet. While a lot of technicalities are involved in the property transactions of marla houses and around 50,000 Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats, the society flats are transferred on a fee already fixed by the UT Administration. Since only the share of the seller in the society is transferred in the name of buyers, these transactions seemed to be out of the ambit of the SC ruling.

Property prices likely to come down

The SC ruling is set to take its toll on the realty market which is currently passing through a bad phase. While investors, who invested a lot of black money in the property transactions, will be wary of investing that money in the property for the fear of paying the stamp duty, the end users will be a delighted lot. For persons who buy property through white money, it the best time to buy property.



Eateries raided in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 17
Stale food items, rotten tomatoes and onions were found in the storage of sweets shops and fast-food shops of Panchkula during a raid conducted by Subdivisional Magistrate Sharndeep Kaur Brar 
here today.

The items were destroyed on the spot and a warning was issued to shopkeepers. Brar along with distrct health officer, district food and supplies officer, and labour officer visited nearly one dozen such outlets, including renowned sweets shops, in the town to inspect the hygienic conditions and misuse of domestic gas cylinders. .

While everything was found in order at Anupam Sweets and Gopal sweets, the refrigerators of two sweets shops Nand Sweets and Chaman Sweets in were full of stale food items, said the SDM. Many sweets were found lying uncovered, she said.

Many fast-food centres serving Chinese food in Sector 7 and 8 were raided too



100 quintals of sweets confiscated in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 17
In a surprise raid conducted on cold stores in the district, 100 quintals of sweets were confiscated from Dasmesh Cold Store, Gharuan, and Punjab Cold Store, Balongi. A harmful chemical (calcium carbide) used for ripening bananas was seized by the district health officials.

District Health officer Jai Singh said the sweets included khoya, rasgula and petha, which had been kept in gunny bags and containers.

The sweets had been stored in the cold stores by sweets shops in the area. At the cold store in Balongi, the health officials also destroyed 100 crates of rotten bananas.

Samples of the sweets have been sent to the health laboratory for testing. 



Samples of Verka products taken
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 17
Officials of the Health Department collected samples of Verka sweets as part of the on-going campaign to check the sale of adulterated and sub-standard food items.

Dr Usha Bansal , Civil Surgeon, said that three samples of Verka sweets were collected to check the quality of the products. Samples of dhodha, pera and sohan papri were collected and sent for testing to the food laboratory in Chandigarh.

The samples from sweets shops in the town were also collected. Officials of the team said that during the checking it was seen that most of the sweets in the industrial here were being prepared under hygienic conditions.

The samples of others products like flour and spices being sold loose were also collected by health officials and sent for testing. 



Family seeks another probe
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, October 17
Not satisfied with the Panchkula police probe in the infamous Simran murder case, the victim’s family today filed an application seeking further investigation in the case.

The family alleged that the police had not collected evidences. The family claimed that the police had not collected toll tax slips from barriers between Panchkula and Jalandhar. Besides, the police also don’t have the hard copy of the text messages sent from accused and the victim’s mobile, the family said.

Meanwhile, three witnesses, including a doctor, who had conducted the post-mortem, deposed before the court today. The Panchkula court had already framed murder charges against accused Tanmay.

Tanmay, had reached Simran’s residence on April 30 in Panchkula, where he found her in the company of three youths he did not know, the police said. After they left, Tanmay started questioning the victim about who the youths were, sources said.

In a fit of rage, he allegedly attacked her and hit her head against the bathroom wall and subsequently strangulating her, the sources added.

Later, he allegedly dumped her body in a vacant plot near Lidhran village on the Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway, the sources said. Tanmay had surrendered before the Panchkula police on May 13.

Simran, who belongs to Amritsar, had been living in Sector 15 from 2010. In 2004, she married Karan but got divorced on April 26 this year. Cops had found Simran's car abandoned in the Sector 16 market, Panchkula, on May 1. They came to know about her Amritsar address from the documents that they found in the car.

It was on her father’s complaint that the Panchkula police had lodged a missing person’s complaint at the Sector 15 police post in Panchkula. But after recovering her body, the police had converted the missing complaint into a murder case and booked her former husband Karan Mehra and her close friend, Tanmay under Sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC.

However, during investigations, the police had given a clean chit to former husband Karan Mehra.



‘Every effort has been made to make visitors comfortable’
Tribune Reporters

Mohali/Dera Bassi, October 17
Formally dressed and suave men and women at the counters attended to queries of visitors at the air-conditioned outreach centre inaugurated by Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar at the Phase VIII police station here today. “Every effort has been made to make the visitors comfortable and not to create a police station-like atmosphere”, said a senior police official.

The outreach centre also inaugurated at the Phase 1 police station, phase 11, Sector 71 and Mubarakpur in Dera Bassi will provide copies of FIRs, status of police verification or passport verification, character verification, information about vehicles, status of investigation, and information on economic crimes. The centres have been set up to enable the visitors to get instant feedback on various inquiries at a single window.

Officials said the employees of the police department, attending to the visitors at the outreach centers, have been given formal wear and they have been instructed to be suave and cooperative, unlike the behaviour of the police at the police stations.

NK Sharma, chairman of the District Planning Committee, who inaugurated the centre in Sector 71, said the Right to Service Act and the police outreach centre was symbolic of empowerment for the masses. There would be a system to check and review the status of the complaints.

Each of the ultra-modern centres has been constructed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh with a covered area of 25 ft by 27 ft.

Meanwhile in Dera Bassi too common people could have an easy access to the police services through community policing outreach centers. The main purpose of these centers is to bring transparency in the police services and remove the harassment of people in the offices. This was stated by inspector general Punjab police, Parmjeet Singh Gill after inaugurating the community policing outreach center at Mubarkpur near here today.



Sony Ericsson fined Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on Sony Ericsson, a mobile phone company, for its refusal to replace a mobile set.

Counsel for the complainant Harmanjit Singh Sethi averred that the complainant had purchased Sony Xperia Model X 10 for Rs 28,000 on July 31, 2010, but soon it started giving trouble. So she approached the opposite party who after making some adjustments returned the same. However, after a few days, the mobile phone stopped working and when she approached the opposite party for its replacement, it refused to replace it.

She then approached the service centre of the company, where the battery, motherboard and software of the mobile set were replaced. After two days, the mobile set again started giving trouble and the same was kept by the company service centre with a view to send the same to the head office for rectifying the problem.

The complainant said despite her repeated requests, the mobile phone was not returned by the opposite party and she had to serve a legal notice. She further stated that when her father went to collect the mobile phone, the opposite party wanted him to sign a card containing his satisfaction note to which he refused.

The forum comprising president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota observed that the allegations made in the complaint had gone un-rebutted and un-controverted as nobody appeared on behalf of the opposite party to contest the case. “Non-refund of the price of the mobile handset in question despite the fact that it is not working properly amounts to gross deficiency in service and adopting unfair trade practice on the part of the opposite party. The forum also directed the opposite party to refund Rs 28,000 to the complainant besides Rs 2,500 as costs of litigation. 



Hospitality body raises demands

Chandigarh, October 17
The Chandigarh Hospitality Association demanded the rationalisation of taxation and infrastructure status for the industry during the 46th convention of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Association of India, which was organised at Bangkok in Thailand from October 11 to 13.

Ankit Gupta, secretary of the CHA, said office-bearers of the association had submitted a memorandum to Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister. “The memorandum contains demands in the direction of promoting tourism in a big way here,” he said, adding that Sahay assured them that he would look into the matter. — TNS



Chandigarh Scan
Kiran for voters’ right to abstain

“The right to vote should be complemented with the right to abstain to combat the Draconian level of corruption in country,” said Dr Kiran Bedi, one of the persons spearheading Anna Hazare’s movement for a stronger Lokpal Bill. She was at the Panjab University here on Monday to release Anu Peshwaria’s book ‘Lives on the Brink’.

She refused to comment on the recent assault on Bhushan and threats to Kejriwal, but said nothing could deter them. Claiming elections to be the best weapon to combat corruption, she said, “The right to vote is our biggest strength and we should use it judiciously. We should exercise our right to choose only non-corrupt candidates.”

Entrepreneurship sensitisation day

Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) in association with Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) today organised "Entrepreneurship Sensitisation Day" at PHD Chamber, Chandigarh. Naval Gupta, Chief Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) was the chief guest while Dr Anshu Kataria (Chairman, Aryans Group & President, CMA) presided over the event. Top seven organisations including Aryans, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Chandigarh Management Association (CMA), PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Punjab Technical University (PTU), Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) join hands today to promote entrepreneurship among the students of tricity.

Public distribution system

Those registered, Above Poverty Line (APL), beneficiaries under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in the UT will be entitled to draw 60 kg of wheat at the rate of Rs 7 per kg per APL ration card, per month for the month of October and November, 2011 in addition to the fortified flour (atta) already being issued to the APL beneficiaries. Moreover, in addition to 35 kg of rice per month, the registered Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries under the TPDS will be entitled to draw 7 kg of rice at the rate of Rs 6.15 per kg and 7 kg of Wheat at the rate of Rs 4.65 per kg per month from the month of October, 2011 till March, 2012.

Anti-cracker campaign-2011

Department of environment in collaboration with department of education is organising ‘anti cracker campaign-2011’ in the city. The campaign will be launched by organising ‘Anti Cracker Rally’ by all Eco Clubs (125 schools) of Chandigarh and taking oath by students for not using cracker in the coming festival season. The inaugural ceremonial function is being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector, 46 D, where Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary (Environment & Education) - VK Singh, IAS will flag off the Anti Cracker Rally.

Encroachment drive

In a special anti-encroachment drive, the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh has lifted seven cars, which were being repaired unauthorised on the MC land in sector 28, here today. In addition to that 5 cars and one three wheeler were removed from Manimajra. Two water tanks and two dumped trucks were also removed from village Burail.

Epidemic raids

Approximately 200 kg of cut fruits and 150 kg of vegetables, sweets and samosas, 10 slabs of ice, 60 kg noodles, 14 crates of aerated water bottles and 40 kg of sugarcane were seized and destroyed by Municipal Corporation (MC) during a special drive today. The teams conducted special epidemic raids in Sectors 21, 22, 56, 45 and 46 and various parts of Manimajra where they found that quantity of food items unfit for human consumption and exposed to dust and flies.

BJP ends protest

The protest and chain hunger strike hold by the Dadumajra welfare association, ended today on the call of the BJP president Sanjay Tandon.

The residents were on chain hunger strike for the past 12 days demanding to solve the problem of foul smell in the area by the Municipal Corporation.

Blood donated

A blood donation camp was organised at the PGI by the All-India Technologist Association’s Chandigarh chapter in association with the Association of Paramedical Students of PGI. More than 80 units of blood were collected in the camp to mark the Founder’s Day of the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences.

Memo submitted

A memorandum was submitted by Panjab University Student Union president Sukhjit Singh Brar. It questioned the attitude of the authorities towards the rise in incidents of eve-teasing on the campus and the poor condition of the Wi-Fi system at hostels.

Mohali Scan
Ban on sale of crackers

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam has banned the sale of fire crackers at unauthorised places in the city. In the orders, the DC has directed the SDM to ensure that the fire crackers were sold at authorised places in the city. Action would be taken against those found violating the orders.

Topper gets cash prize

The executive vice chairman of ‘Doaba Group of Colleges’ Manjit Singh disclosed here at Ghataur Campus that 2010 batch pass out, Varun of IT department of Doaba Institute Engineering & Technology has topped the IT BTech Course 2006-2010 in Punjab Technical University. ‘Doaba Group of Colleges will pay a Cash Prize of Rs 1 Lakh to Varun at a function on October 21, on the occasion of Freshers’ party.

Annual Education Fete-2011

Quark Prayas Annual Education Fete-2011 was held at Quark Atrium premises here. Olympian Milkha Singh was the Chief Guest, Dr Ashok Chitkara and Dr Madhu Chitkara were the guest of honours. More than 150 students are expected to participate in this fete. Quark Prayas is a community development initiative started by a group of dedicated Quark India volunteers. The objective of Quark Prayas is to provide education support to the underprivileged. Under this program Quark Prayas has donated more than 100 computers to various under privileged institutes.

Upgraded sports facility

Nirmal Singh chairman of Punjab Group of Colleges Chunni Kalan today inaugurated an indoor badminton court. Speaking on this occasion Nirmal Singh told the importance of the games in the student’s life. He also said the stadium was a part of the college commitment towards the development of sports and the same facilities would be provided for staff members also.

Book released

Manpreet Badal, president of the People's Party of Punjab (PPP), today released Punjabi version of 'The One Straw Revolution', an internationally acclaimed book by Masanobu Fukuoka, the pioneer of natural farming. The book titled ‘Kakh ton Kranti’ has been translated in to Punjabi by Rishi Miranhshah. Though the book, the translator hopes to reach out to the cultivators of Punjab and implore them to experiment with the most beneficial form of agriculture. The Punjabi farmer needs to re-establish his relationship with the soil and stop playing at the hands of exploitative forces of the new global markets. The translator of the book is also working on shamukhi version of ‘Kakh ton Kranti’ to be release next year. The book release function was attended by people from various walks of life.

Panchkula Scan
Poor sanitation: ex-MC Singal

Former Panchkula MC vice-president BB Singal has written a letter to Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar, highlighting the poor condition of sanitation and streetlights. He has noted that the increase in number of sweepers and trolleys has not led to improvement in sanitation, adding that the contract for maintenance of streetlights has expired and complaints ares not being attended to.

Tribune Reporters



PU selection panel
VC raises question on integrity of faculty
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Raising finger on his own recruitment process, Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti questioned the integrity of the university faculty who were part of the selection panels recently.

Citing a recent example, Sobti claimed that the three members of a selection committee divulged the name of chosen candidate and his score to people outside even before the conclusion of the interview. Demanding a permission from the Senate to procure their mobile records Sobti said that while he was being regularly accused of influencing the recruitment process it was the selection committee members who failed to upkeep propriety. He even threatened to refrain from any faculty appointments.

“What can we say now? You all are ready to raise fingers at many at the first chance but what about your own friends who call people on the campus during the course of interview and I receive calls from people seeking explanation for choosing a candidate or score given to him. The transparency goes for a toss and it’s the VC who has to take the blame. Allow me and I will not make a single appointment in my remaining tenure of about six months,” said Sobti.

Shocked by the revelations, PUTA president Akshay Kumar said that Sobti should start an enquiry in the matter, as a few people should not be allowed to tarnish the image of PU faculty.

“Catch them and punish them but for a few black sheep don’t raise fingers on the integrity of the entire community. We all in favour of transparent appointments and want the Vice-Chancellor to ensure same,” said Akshay Kumar.



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