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Zones for property tax finalised

Dera Bassi, March 7
The Local Bodies Department has finalised zones in eight categories after the evaluation of property in each municipal council. This was revealed by Patiala Local Bodies Deputy Director TK Goel during a meeting with the property tax zoning committee at the Dera Bassi Municipal Council office.

He said only finalisation of the property rates was pending before levying of the property tax. —OC



Methods to preserve foodgrains discussed
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 7
A one-day training workshop of the PUNSUP officials was held today in the office of the Food Corporation of India.
The workshop was held under the chairmanship of Kuldeep Kumar, area manager, FCI, Patiala, and Ravi Shekhar, AGM (QC), FCI, Patiala. Gaurav Ahluwalia, district manager, PUNSUP, officers and field staff of the food agency and the FCI quality control staff attended the workshop.

Ravi Shekhar said, “It is the prime duty of all those employed with the FCI to work hard and preserve every single food grain.”

All minutes of procurement and preservation of food grains were discussed in the training programme.

Gaurav Ahluwalia directed his field staff to strictly follow the preservation techniques given by the FCI staff to save the foodgrains. 



Youth booked for eve-teasing
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 7
The police has booked Ravi, a resident of Behra village, on a charge of eve-teasing.
The police has registered a case against Ravi under Sections 354 and 506 of the IPC. The accused is at large.

According to the police, the accused was harassing a girl of the same village, who is a student of class IX at Rampursaina village. The accused allegedly used to harass the girl by passing lewd comments. 



3-day symposium begins

Patiala, March 7
A three-day international symposium, being organised by the department of forensic science, Punjabi University, on “Emerging Paradigms in Forensic Science” commenced on the university campus today.

Prof Vladimir Klevno, department of medical forensic, Moscow State Bereau of Forensic Medicine, Russia, inaugurated the symposium. Dr Kate Storey-whyte from England presented the keynote address. Vice-chancellor of the university Dr Jaspal Singh presided over the symposium.

Dr Jaspal Singh said developments in majority of the fields, particularly digital technologies, DNA profiling, speaker identification and education in forensic science has changed the whole scenario in past two decades. Unlike other research and analytical materials, forensic scientists work with limited quantity and amount of materials generally left behind by criminals.

Later, the Vice-Chancellor felicitated the visiting dignitaries with mementos. He also released a souvenir on the occasion. —TNS



Four held for illegal sand mining

Dera Bassi, March 7
The police has arrested four persons with loaded tractor trailers of sand on a charge of illegal sand mining.

All accused have been booked under the Mining Act. The police said the booked persons were caught at Mubarkpur railway crossing today. They had loaded their trolleys with sand from Ghaggar River near Mubarkpur village. The booked persons have been identified as Kamaljeet Singh and Gurcharni, residents of Bohri village, and Gurcharn Singh and Kamaljeet Singh, residents of Pragpur village. —OC



Ex-councillor summoned

Chandigarh, March 7
A lower court has summoned former nominated councillor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Dr AP Sanwaria, and Anarkali, a sweeper, in a defamation case.

The complainant, PC Sanghi, in his complaint, had mentioned that Sanwaria had used unethical means through circulation of a manifesto containing objectionable and defamatory remarks against him. As per the complaint, the manifesto also included that he (Sanghi) was unanimously appointed as the Protem Mayor of the Municipal Corporation in May 2007.

Sanghi stated in the complaint that the claims made by Sanwaria were false and were meant to mislead the voters. Sanwaria contested the election for the post of president of the Citizens' Association, Sector 21, against Sanghi.

Sanghi alleged that Sanwaria exploited the dismissal of a woman sweeper, Anarkali, who was earlier working with the association, and got her to lodge a complaint with the police and other authorities against Sanghi, saying that he had passed casteist remarks against her.

The DSP who investigated the case had submitted a report to the Governor of Punjab and the Administrator UT through the SSP and the IGP in May, 2007. The report stated that the complaint filed by Anarkali was false and confirmed the influence of Sanwaria. She had also given a complaint under the SC and ST Act in the court, which was dismissed.

The complaint filed by Sanghi against Anarkali and others was dismissed by a lower court in August 2009 on technical grounds. Sanwaria has been asked to appear in the court on April 22. — TNS



Youngster beaten to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 7
A 22-year-old youth was brutally murdered by unidentified persons last night on the road separating Sector 25 and Sector 26, Panchkula.
The victim, Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Fatehpur, Sector 20, Panchkula, was seen lying in a pool of blood by a passerby when the police was informed.

Singh was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where he was referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh. Singh succumbed to his injuries on the way to the GMCH.

The police has registered a case of murder at the Chandimandir police station.

"A passerby saw Singh being beaten up badly by unidentified persons with rods. He called up the police control room but before the police could reach, the accused fled from the spot," said Vinod Kumar, a relative.

Before the police could reach the spot, the passerby had rushed the victim to the hospital.

"We have just come to know that some persons had called Gurpreet on that road. We are still investigating the case," said Inspector Satish Kumar, Station House Officer, Chandimandir police station.



Youth sexually assaulted by friends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
A financial dispute turned ugly when a youngster was allegedly kidnapped in a car and sexually assaulted by three of his friends.
The victim reported to the police that Rakesh Verma, Harbans, a resident of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, and others kidnapped him from his residence in Maruti Zen (CH03-X-1663) and sexually harassed.

After that they dropped him near Batra Cinema, Sector 37. The police has registered a case. The police said the youngster was kidnapped over a dispute.



Rajasthan trounce Chandigarh
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The cricket field of Panjab University witnessed visually impaired cricketers of Chandigarh and Rajasthan, vying to win the match during the blind cricket tournament, here today. Standing tall against all odds, these visually impaired players showcased a real sportsmanship.

“I always wanted to be a cricketer. But fate had something else in store for me. I am visually impaired since my childhood,” said Chandan Lal, who scored 132 runs off 47 balls for Chandigarh team. “Presently, I am living in Jalandhar’s blind institute. Our group is among the best of the batches for the game. At our institute, we organise weekly matches and go outstation to showcase our skills. People support us and appreciate our step to play, which remains the main motivation for us,” he added.

A player form Rajasthan team added, “We have faced a tough time in justifying our presence in this world. Playing cricket or any other game remains a stress buster for us. We feel happy after playing and getting appreciated by people,” said Faizal Khan, who scored 140 off 46 balls for Rajasthan side.

The players also received applause from the students of UIHMT (University Institute of Hotel, Management and Tourism) department, who preffered to attend cheer these players, during a free lecture. “At a first look, it seems like a normal cricket match. But soon we realised that these players were visually impaired. It’s their dedication towards this game,” said Arzoo Mahajan and Monica.

“We are amazed to witness their talent. These players are real motivators for a layman. Without even seeing the ball, they are able to hit hard and gather cleanly. We hope some of them would make to the Indian blind team,” said Gurmohan and Nikhil.

Earlier, Rajasthan team defeated Chandigarh by 10 wickets. Batting first, the local side posted 232 runs with Chandan Lal (132 runs) and Harpreet Singh (10 runs) scoring the lion’s share. In reply, Faizal Khan (140 runs) and Islam Ali (33 runs) enabled the visiting side to achieve victory. Faizal Khan was adjudged as the man of the match.



Sale of tickets from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will start sale of tickets for the forthcoming 3rd test match between India and Australia, from tomorrow.
The match will be played at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, from March 14 to 18.The tickets would be available at the Punjab Cricket Association Cricket Stadium, Mohali, Central Bank of India, Sector 70, Central Bank of India, Sector 15, Central Bank of India, Sector 22, Central Bank of India, Sector 32, and Central Bank of India, Sector 10, (Panchkula).

The sale of tickets would start from 10.30 am to 4 pm (at bank branches) and at the PCA Cricket Stadium (11 am to 7 pm) at the counters of the stadium.

The tickets are available in categories including AC Lounge-Rs 4,000 (season ticket), Enclosure Level-2 Rs 5,000 (season ticket), Pavilion Terrace Rs 2,500 (season ticket), VIP Block Rs 750 (season ticket), Chair Block-Rs 250 (season ticket), Student Ticket-Rs 150 (season ticket).

Though Australia may have lost the first two matches of the 4-match series, Mohali offers the visitors a bright chance to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as PCA wicket offers more to the pacers than to the spinners.

“Mohali has always been a competitive venue for both sides. It gives equal chance to both teams and throws up result most of the times. We have taken measures to promote the longer format of the game in budding cricketers. Tickets will be available in educational institutions and academies so that more and more youngsters come and watch the match, said MP Pandove, Punjab Cricket Association secretary.



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