28032019-CT-01.qxd 3/28/2019 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 28 MARCH 2019 | CHANDIGARH MCM DAV COLLEGE’S GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS MCM DAV College for Women organises Swarn Jayanti Mahotsava to mark golden jubilee celebrations. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF AUDI STOLEN FROM SECTOR 15 Chandigarh: An Audi car was stolen from outside a house in Sector 15. According to the police, complainant Jaspal Singh reported that he had parked his Audi, bearing a Punjab number, outside his house in Sector 15 on March 17. The next morning, the vehicle was found missing. The police were informed about the incident, who tried to trace the car for a few days after which they registered a case of theft at the Sector 11 police station on March 26. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~68.85 ~63.24 PANCHKULA ~72.60 ~65.45 MOHALI ~73.43 ~65.99 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH MEETING: Central Government Pensioners’ Welfare Society, Chandigarh, will organise its meeting at Fortis Hospital; 10.30 am YOUTH FEST: Youth Cultural Festival of Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 50, at Tagore Theatre; 6.30 pm APNI MANDI: Sector 34, 56, Ram Darbar MOHALI APNI MANDI: Phase 8 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: Sector 5 PAGE 2 ROADS NEAR PCA STADIUM IN MOHALI IN POOR SHAPE Chandigarh, March 27 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today issued bailable warrants against the manager of Lifestyle store at Elante Mall and the Managing Director, Lifestyle International Pvt Ltd, over non-compliance of its orders. The forum has issued the warrants for May 23 for failing to provide free carry bags to customers and not paying the awarded compensation and costs of Rs 3,000 to complainants Pankaj Chandgothia and his wife Sangeeta Chandgothia. Lifestyle has also not deposited Rs 10,000 in the Consumer Legal Aid account of the Secretary, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, as directed by the forum. Earlier, on a complaint filed on September 4, 2018, by Pankaj and Sangeeta alleging unfair trade practice of sale of carry bags by the Lifestyle store, the forum had, on January 3, 2019, directed Lifestyle to provide free carry bags to all customers forthwith who purchase articles from its shop, to refund to the complainants the amount of Rs 5 wrongly charged for the paper carry bag, to pay Rs 1,500 to the complainants towards com- SHUBHANKAR, LAHIRI SEEK HOME COMFORT The roads in front of IS Bindra PCA Stadium, venue of IPL matches, remain in a dilapidated condition. MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30.5°C | MIN 15.1°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:38 PM PAGE 6 Golfers Anirban and Shubhankar Sharma hope to revive their season with a good show at Indian Open. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:16 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Pay 20% more for booze from April 1 UT Excise and Taxation Department auctions 81 vends for a record ~343.63 crore Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 27 The rates of liquor in the city are set to increase by over 20 per cent from April 1. The UT Excise and Taxation Department earned Rs 343.63 crore from the auction of 81 liquor vends today. The auction saw a 34 per cent increase in the revenue over the reserve price of Rs 256 crore. Due to the high auction price of the vends and an increase in duties announced in the excise policy, the rates of liquor are set to increase in the city from next month. Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Excise and Taxation Commissioner, said the department had successfully conducted the allotment process through the etendering system for the first time. The department would also start issuing excise permits online from next BOOZE LOVERS THRONG VENDS FOR DISCOUNT DHANAS VEND FETCHES RECORD ~10.78 CRORE ■ As the contract of liquor vends is coming to an end this month, booze lovers are thronging the vends to avail of the discount being offered by the owners. ■ The owners are not offering the discount openly this year due to the model code of conduct, but are doing so discreetly. The Excise Department has issued directions to all vend owners not to sell liquor on a discount. The department has allowed the owners to carry forward the left-over quota after paying the required duty for sale in the next financial year. Sanjay Kumar, a customer, said he was buying liquor now as the rates would increase from April 1. month. The facility, approved by the Administrator, would end harassment in getting permits. He said the auction for the remaining 17 vends would also be held soon. Liquor contractors take part in an auction of vends in Chandigarh on Wednesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN The Excise Department received the highest bid of Rs 10.78 crore for the vend situated at Dhanas village, which was 65 per cent more than the reserve price fixed by the department. This is the highest-ever price the department has received for a vend at an auction. The liquor vends situated in Khuda Lahora adjoining Chandigarh-Kurali Marg and Palsora fetched the second highest price of Rs 8.55 crore each. The third highest bid was fetched by a liquor vend at the Sector 47 market . A firm bought the vend for Rs 6.69 crore against the reserve price of Rs 3 crore. Gurmeet Singh ASI shoots self in suicide bid Morinda, March 27 An ASI attempted suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon at his home in the police station complex here today. The victim, Gurmeet Singh (52), was taken to the PGI, where his condition was stated to be critical. According to SSP Swapan Sharma, before his posting at the lcoal police station following his promotion, Gurmeet mostly remained deployed with the Police Control Room or as personal security officer. He was reportedly finding it difficult to cope with the work pressure at the police station and was in stress following which he shot himself in the evening, said the SSP — TNS . The department had announced 98 licensing units to be allotted in 2019-20, but it failed to get a response for all vends. There were no takers for 17 vends. The auction was held in the presence of Rakesh Kumar Popli, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner-cum-Collector, Saurabh Mishra, SDM, and RK Chaudhary, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Chandigarh. ~94L gold seized from passenger at airport Toddler run over by auto at Zirakpur, dies ~75 lakh seized from vehicle in Lalru Tribune News Service Zirakpur, March 27 A toddler died after she was allegedly run over by an auto near Zirakpur here on Wednesday. The police said the incident occurred when the victim, Aradhana, was playing near her house. The auto driver did not notice her. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. The police did not register a case as the victim’s kin refused to lodgea complaint in this connection. OC Mohali, March 27 The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recovered 2.98 kg of gold, estimated to be worth Rs 94 lakh, that was being smuggled in by a resident of Amritsar at the Chandigarh international airport here today. The passenger, Malkeet Singh, arrived from Dubai on an IndiGo flight that landed here in the morning. He was proceeding through the green channel without making any declaration before customs officials when he was intercepted by DRI officials on a tip-off. It was a joint operation with continued on p6 Bailable warrants against Lifestyle MD Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Failed to comply with orders & provide free carry bags to customers pensation for harassment and mental agony, to pay Rs 1,500 as litigation expenses and to deposit Rs 10,000 in the Consumer Legal Aid account maintained with the State Bank of India in the name of Secretary, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. The forum had directed the opposite party to comply with its orders within a month from the date of receipt of its certified copy. Chandgothia contended before the forum that the state commission had also upheld the orders of the forum and dismissed the appeal of Lifestyle vide orders dated March 18, 2019. Although one-month time was given to the company to implement the orders, in spite of the passage of over two and a half months, Lifestyle had not implemented the orders. Lifestyle was continuing to charge for carry bags from customers all over India and was making crores of illegal money by violating the orders of the forum, he added. Hence, they continued on p6 c m y b Darshan Singh Kler, one of the vend owners, said the prices of a majority of the brands of the IMFL would increase by over 20 per cent due to the enhancement in the duties, but these would still be lower than the prices in Haryana and Punjab. However, the prices of beer and wine would increase marginally as the Administration had kept the duty same for these items. Our Correspondent Lalru, March 27 An amount of Rs 75 lakh was seized from a vehicle here today amid restrictions imposed under the model code of conduct for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the police said. The Scorpio, bearing a Chandigarh registration number, was intercepted near Sirsini village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Lalru police station, around noon during a routine check, said Simranjit Singh, DSP Dera Bassi. , The cash that was seized from a Scorpio at Lalru on Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle, Parmod Sangwan of Rajasthan, and his accomplice Sonu Singh, a resident of Rewari, Haryana, were detained and later handed over to the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department (Investigation Wing) for further investigation. The DSP said as part of stepped up vigil in view of the coming Lok Sabha elections, the police had laid a naka near Sirsini village in Lalru today. A Scorpio, which was coming from the Ambala continued on p6
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