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Local MLA wants no VAT on scientific industry
Says it needs government assistance for survival
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, March 4
The MLA from Ambala Cantonment and leader of the BJP legislative group in the Haryana Assembly, Anil Vij, urged the state government to abolish VAT on scientific industry here. He said he had raised the issue in the current Assembly session.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he said the scientific industry here was on the edge of closure and it needed government assistance for survival.

He said hundreds of people would be unemployed if the government did not take immediate steps.

He said there was 4 per cent VAT on scientific goods in some other states, but it was 12 per cent in Haryana.

He demanded the abolition of form 38, which according to him created inconvenience to the traders in the state.

He said he had written a letter to the Union Finance Minister, requesting him to reduce Central excise on pharmaceutical products.

He said a number of pharmaceutical industries had shifted from Haryana to some other states in the last five years.

He said the Chief Minister had assured them in the last Assembly session that a national-level monument would be constructed here in memory of martyrs of the 1857 revolution, but work had not been started so far.



Committee on checking crime holds meeting
Our Correspondent

Kalka, March 4
A meeting of recently formed coordination committee to check the rising crime was today organised at the Pinjore Police station today. The meeting was presided over by DSP, Kalka, Krishan Pal Hooda.

The members of the committee, including Tarsem Narain, Shehdab Samuel, Balwinder Shimmi, Karam Chand Dhiman, former Municipal Councillor, Krishan Lamba, Achhru Ram and Gurmail Singh attended the meeting.

The Pinjore area has been divided into five beats, which include urban and adjoining rural areas of Kalka and Pinjore. A police team headed by a personnel has been given charge of every beat and it would keep a special vigil on their respective areas.

Addressing the meeting, Hooda urged the public to inform the police or neighbours, in case of they left their houses locked for a long time. He also urged the people to inform the police about suspicious persons in the area.

The SHO of Pinjore Police station, Dharamvir Singh, said it was decided at the meeting that the coordination Committee would try to sort out the complaints related to domestic and other disputes. The meeting would be regularly conducted on every Sunday between 10 am to 12 pm.



‘Xenos 2012’ draws to close
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 4
The two-day tech-fest extravaganza ‘Xenos 2012’, with the theme ‘technological advancements in rural Punjab’, concluded at the Jalvehra campus of the Continental Group of Institutes (CGI) here today. Around 7,000 students from the CGI and other colleges took part in the event.

In the turban-tying competition, Tarunjeet won the first position. In the ‘mehndi’ competition, Gagandeep bagged the first position.

The CGI master chef titled went to Chirag Pahuja. The second prize was bagged by Gurinder Kaur. In the software development contest, the top two positions went to Sumit and Kanita.

In the kite-flying competition, Birmire Singh and Maninder Singh, were first and second, respectively. In the cartoon-making contest, Gurjant Singh was first.

In quiz, Jyotika, Jasbalkaran Singh and Rajat Arora won the first position. Anjita won in the saree-tying contest. Ranjeet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Dukhbhanjan Singh and Pawandeep Kaur won the aptitude test.

Amanpreet Singh, Jatinder Sharma and Baljinder Singh got the top three positions in the mechanical quiz. Kuldeep Singh was first, Rajdeep Singh second and Vikas Kumar third in the 3-D graphics contest.



Film shot near Dera Bassi
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 4
The shooting of the Punjabi film ‘Aaj de Raanjhe’ was held at the Aarzoo resort near here on Friday and Saturday.

Sandeep Singh, Indian hockey player, also gave shots for the film. He said he was playing a role in a film for the first time.

Punjabi director Manmohan Singh guided the actors. Punjabi actress Kim Verma drove a loaded truck in her role.

The film was being prepared under the banner of the Reliance Entertainment and the Punjab Movies International.



Five-day workshop at college ends
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 4
A five-day employability training workshop, organised by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperimbudur, Chennai, and the NSS department of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) in Jalandhar, concluded at Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology, Lalru, yesterday.

A valedictory function was held. Dr HS Bains, Registrar, PTU, was the chief guest.

He said the PTU and the RGNIYD were signing a memorandum of understanding for the development of youth in the state.

He added that their objective was to develop the Kapurthala district as a model for youth development.

Around 42 volunteers from a number of universities in the state participated in the workshop.



Abandoned newborn given to social organisation
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 4
A male newborn, who was found abandoned near Basouli village on Friday night, was handed over to a Ludhiana-based social and childcare organisation today.

Following the orders of the local SDM, the two-day-old infant was handed over to the SGB International Foundation at Talwandi Khurd in Ludhiana district.

Before this, the infant was kept at the Civil Hospital here. According to the police, his parents could not be traced despite efforts.



They sold drugs even to children
2 get police remand, 1in judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 4
The three accused arrested by the police from the Chandi Mandir area yesterday used to supply poppy husk to Army jawans and schoolchildren in the area.

During investigation, the three accused told the police that they used to bring the contraband from Rajasthan and sell it in the area for the last one year. They also told the police that their customers included labourers engaged by various construction companies in the area.

The police, in coordination with the Military Intelligence, arrested Rajbir, an employee of the Military Engineer Services, from the family quarters at the station.

About 23-kg poppy husk was recovered from Rajbir and his brothers Krishan Kumar and Kartar, running shop at old Panchkula.

The police said Krishan and Kartar had started this racket from Panchkula and later, included Rajbir in the racket.

The police was also investigating how Rajbir managed to take the poppy husk inside the Western Command area and stored it.

The police presented the three accused in the court today, which sent Rajbir and Krishan to police remand and Kartar to judicial custody.



Teenaged girl commits suicide
The deceased’s 3-year-old sibling was also in the house at the time of the incident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
A 14-year-old girl, Sakshi, allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Sector 29 here this morning. According to the information, Sakshi hanged herself with a cloth after her mother left the house to attend a satsang at the home of a close family friend.

The deceased’s 3-year-old sibling was also in the house at the time of the incident.

The incident came to light when her father, who had gone to his office, returned to his house and found her daughter hanging from the ceiling.

He immediately informed the neighbours about the incident and took her to the GMCH, Sector 32, where the doctors declared her brought dead.

The Sector 31 police station has registered a case.



Four booked for killing neighbour

Dera Bassi, March 4
The police has booked four persons for killing their neighbour. Jasbeer Singh of the Chandigarh Apartments was injured in a brawl with neighbours yesterday. He died at the GMCH in today. Kashmir Singh, Lakhveer Singh, Mahinder Kaur and Pooja, all accused, were absconding. — OC



Gurinder’s ton helps ITC beat Modern Agency
Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial League Cricket Tournament at Sector 16 stadium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
A quick fire century by Gurinder Saini enabled ITC XI to defeat Modern Agency XI by 77 runs in a league match of the Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial League Cricket Tournament here today. The match played at Sector-16 cricket stadium was organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club.

Batting first after winning the toss, ITC XI amassed 176 runs in their 20 overs for the loss of 5 wickets.

ITC were led by Gurinder Saini who scored 117 runs off just 67 deliveries and single handedly destroyed the bowling attack. He completed his century in just 54 deliveries.

The other batsmen of the team played supporting roles, managing to rotate the strike and giving Saini the chance to play his strokes. His innings included 15 boundaries and four sixes.

For Modern Agency XI, Ashwani Kumar scalped two wickets, including that of Gurinder Saini, for 32 runs.

In reply, the ITC XI bowles made short work of the Modern Agency batsmen as they picked up wickets at regular intervals.

Vijaypal was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 3 wickets for just 22 runs in his 4 overs. For Modern Agency, Deepinder Singh was the highest run scorer with 27 runs to his credit. The team could only manage 99 runs in 15 overs with the last two batsmen declared retired out.

Brief Scores:

ITC XI: 176 for 5 in 20 overs.

Gurinder Saini 117, Charanjit Singh 14 n.o.

Ashwani Kumar 2 for 32.

Modern Agency XI: 99 for 8 in 14.4 overs.

Deepinder Singh 27, Vijaypal 3 for 22, Naresh Dhingra 2 for 29, Inderjit Singh 2 for 33.

In the second match of the day, Infosys XI defeated Realty XI by 9 wickets.

Brief Scores:

Realty XI: 89 for 7 in 20 overs.

Manpreet Singh 26, Deepmohan Kumar 19,

Pankaj Dharmani 2 for 16, Bhuvesh Singh 1 for 7.

Infosys XI: 90 for 1 in 10.4 overs.

A Nair 41, P Rawat 41 n.o., Amit Kumar 1 for 8.

In the third match of the day, MG Construction XI beat RealCon XI by 8 wickets.

Brief Scores:

RealCon XI: 140 for 4 in 20 overs.

Sunny 67, Gurav 37.

Atul 2 for 31.

MG Construction XI: 144 for 2 in 18 overs.

Harish 58, Binny 54.

Vivek 1 for 20.



Reinstate coach, ask CLTA trainees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 4
The trainees at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, Sector 10, staged a protest outside the academy after the director coach resigned from his post here today. The trainees alleged that director coach Gurvariner Singh had been subjected to humiliation which lead to his resignation.

Over two dozen trainees staged a dharna in the morning, demanding the reinstatement of their director coach. The coach had to leave due to the dictatorial attitude of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Megh Raj, they alleged.

They said that the players were being made to practise with old and worn out balls, fee was being increased frequently, and all the decisions were being taken keeping an eye on revenue generation, which had led to a suffocating atmosphere in the academy. They also said that many of the good players left the academy recently due to the COO, who was from a non-technical background and did not know anything about the game. He was not supposed to dictate the coach, they complained. Further, the fee for trainees had been increased manifold during last four years, they said.

Even the parents of many trainees present on the spot alleged that ever since new COO Megh Raj joined the academy, the focus has been on revenue generation and all the decisions related to tennis were being taken with an eye on revenue. It is for this reason that the morning practice session for school children had been cancelled.

Harvarinder, when contacted, confirmed that he had resigned from the post of director coach yesterday evening. “I was subjected to humiliation every other day,” he said. It was difficult to convince the COO on technical issues as he was from a non-technical background, added Gurvarinder.

COO Megh Raj, denying all allegations, said that his job was limited to the administrative work. He refused to comment on other issues.

President of CLTA Jai Singh Gill, when contacted, denied that the director coaching was being subjected to humiliation and was forced to leave.

“We are open to hearing any one, on any issue. It was the decision of Gurvarinder himself to leave the job,” said Gill.



Audit Haryana drub Youth Club 7-2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Principal AG (Audit) Haryana outscored Youth Club, Sector 30, by 7-2 in the super league match on the fifth day of the Chandigarh Senior Men Football Championship being organised by the Chandigarh Football Association at the Sector 17 football stadium here today.

Audit Haryana missed a golden chance in the second minute itself when their right striker Sanjeev Deopa’s powerful shot hit the post and went out. In a counter attack, Youth Club made a dangerous move and their right striker Arshdeep dribbled passed two Audit Haryana defenders to hit a powerful shot which went straight into the Audit Haryana goal, beating goalkeeper Kulwinder Singh.

Stung by this goal Audit Haryana mounted attacks time and again and managed to score the equaliser in the fifth minut. The goal was scored by right striker Sanjeev Deopa.

Most of the remainig match was dominated by Audit Haryana. They ensured their superiority in ball control and positioning play.

The right winger, Suraj Verma of Audit Haryana, collected a shot from right half Kartik Bhardwaj and went straight into the Youth Club goal. Suraj Verma was again instrumental in scoring the third goal, in the 32nd minute, on a pass given by Sanjeev Deopa.

The score at the half time was 3-1 in favour of Audit Haryana.

After the lemon break, Audit Haryana added three more quick goals. The scorers were Harminder Singh (2 goals) and Naresh.

The win gave Audit Haryana three valuable points.

In the second super league match, Panjab University Campus defeated Sports Club, Sector 23, by 9-0. Right Striker Harkirat of PU Campus opened the account for his team in the 10th minute.

Sukhdeep scored the second goal in the 23th minute, and the third goal was a self-goal scored by the Sports Club defender in the 25th minutes.

Left-winger Jagjit of PU Campus scored the fourth goal with his angular shot in the 35th minute. Jasmeet added one more goal in 39th minute.

After the lemon break, PU Campus added four more goals.

The scorers were Jashanpreet (2), Sukhdeep (1), and Jaspreet(1). PU Campus won the match and earned 3 valuable points.



CA Cup
CCA XI beat PCA XI to win title
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 4
Chandigarh Chartered Accountants (CCA) XI beat Patiala Chartered Accountants (PCA) XI by seven wickets to lift the CA Cup here today. The match played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, was organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

PCA XI won the toss and elected to bat first. They had a slow start, struggling at 48 for 7 at one point, but managed to score 84 (all out) in 17.5 overs, thanks to 33 runs scored by Shashi. Speedster Krishan Joshi clinched five wickets, while Gurpreet Singh took three wickets for CCA XI.

In reply, Chandigarh Chartered Accountants (CCA) XI achieved the target with the loss of three wickets. Munish, with the top score of 34, steered the team to a comfortable victory in 17.3 overs.

Krishan Joshi was declared man of the match for his splendid bowling. Kapil Sabharwal, chairman, and Pankaj Tyagi, central council member, ICAI, gave away the prizes to the winning team.

The tournament was participated by teams from various ICAI branches of Bathinda, Ludhiana, Ambala, Patiala, Jalandhar, and Chandigarh.



Eye-Heart Cricket Cup
LSC crush Carriers by 10 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Laser Sharp Cricketers beat Carriers India by 10 wickets in the third and final match of Eye-Heart Cricket Cup here today. The series was organised to promote eye donation in the tricity.

After winning the toss, Carriers decided to bat first and had a disastrous start as both the openers got out for a duck.

Abhishek of LSC took both the wickets. Only two batsmen, Updesh (11) and Davinder Sharma (10), reached double figures.

Accurate fast bowling by Vikram (4 for 6) and Abhishek (3 for 3) wrecked the Carriers’ batting line up. Gaurav Chabra, Kishore Bhatt, and Avi Rana took 1 wicket each for 3, 9 and 22 runs respectively. Carriers were bundled out for 44 runs in 14.4 overs.

Batting second, LSC overhauled the target with the help of a thorough performance by openers Arun Luthra (24 n.o.) and Vinay Bansal (13 n.o.) in 8.1 overs.

Man of the Match award went to Vikram of LSC.

Brief Score:

Carriers: 44 all out in 14.4 overs. Updesh Sharma 11, Vikram 4 for 6, Abhishek 3 for 3.

LSC: 45 no loss in 8.1 overs.

Arun Luthra 24 n.o, Vinay Bansal 13 n.o



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