01042019-CT-01.qxd 4/1/2019 1:19 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 1 APRIL 2019 | CHANDIGARH SATIRICAL COMEDY PLAY STAGED AT TAGORE THEATRE PAGE 2 As part of the Jaspal Bhatti Comedy series, Anhad Kala Manch stages a satirical comedy play. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 2 ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING LIQUOR Chandigarh: Traffic staff of the UT police has arrested two persons while smuggling 160 boxes of wine and beer in a vehicle. Head Constable Gurnam Singh of the Traffic Wing caught two persons while carrying 90 boxes of wine and 70 boxes of beer in a Tata Ace. The suspect, Pardeep Kumar, a native of Kangra district in HP, and Mohinder Pal, a resident of Mani Majra, were arrested from near the Sector 44/51 light point on March 30. The local police were informed about the incident following which the liquor was seized and the suspects were arrested. TNS PANCHKULA MAN HELD FOR RAPE Chandigarh: A Panchkula resident has been arrested for raping a woman on the pretext of marriage. Sources said the victim, a resident of Zirakpur, alleged that she came in contact with the suspect, Manoj Kumar, who works with a car dealer in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula, in 2016. The victim alleged that the suspect claimed that he is divorced and wants to marry her. The suspect made relations with the woman. He later tied the knot with her at a temple in Chandigarh. The victim alleged that she later found that the suspect was already married. The woman made a complaint to the UT police following which a rape case was registered. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~68.80 ~62.91 PANCHKULA ~72.55 ~65.12 MOHALI ~73.38 ~65.64 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH ART EXHIBITION: Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi — Inauguration of Kulpreet Singh’s 5-day art exhibition, ‘Contemplation’, at PLKA Gallery, Punjab Kala Bhavan; 5.15 pm. APNI MANDI: Sector 43 and 45 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: MDC WATER SUPPLY TO BE AFFECTED FOR 2 DAYS Water supply will remain affected in Chandigarh and Mohali on Monday and Tuesday. Chandigarh MC officials said due to urgent work between old and new intake sump to release additional 35 MGD raw water, there will be no pumping of raw water from Kajauli (Phase I to IV) to waterworks in Sector 39 on Monday. There will be normal water supply from 4 am to 8 am, while in the evening, there will be no supply on Monday. The next day, supply will be at low pressure from 4 am to 8 am. There will be normal water supply from 5 pm to 9 pm. In Mohali (from Phase 1-7, Phase 9-11, Sector 70-71, Matour village, Shahi Majra and Industrial Area, Phase 1-5), there will be normal water pressure on Monday morning, while in the evening it will be at low pressure. On Tuesday, water supply in the morning and evening will be as per availability. TNS SUNSET MONDAY 6:41 PM PAGE 6 RAIL COACH FACTORY WIN TWIN HOCKEY TITLES Pawan Kumar Bansal says PM Narendra Modi-led government failed to fulfil the promises made to voters. MAX 32°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 17.9°C Rail Coach Factory win twin titles of the Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Hockey Tournament. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:11 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE 20% rebate on residential properties Pay tax online from today, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation announces discount scheme Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 31 In a major relief for city residents, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has decided to accept online property tax from April 1, 2019. Besides, the civic body has also announced the rebate scheme under which residential property owners will get 20 per cent rebate on the total tax amount, while commercial property tax payers will get a rebate of 10 per cent if they deposit the tax before May 31, 2019. The scheme will be implemented for two months beginning April 1. MC Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg said if property tax was not deposited in the next two months, then property owners would be penalised with 25 per cent of their total taxable amount plus 12 per cent interest on it. The MC has collected Rs 49 crore as property tax in the financial year 2018-19 and has started the process to is ❝If the taxthenot two deposited in next months, property owners will be penalised with 25 per cent of their total taxable amount plus 12 per cent interest on it. ❞ Anil Kumar Garg, MC ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER increase the revenue through tax collected last year. Garg said the department had made elaborate arrange- ments for property owners to deposit the tax. Residents could deposit the tax at all sampark centres and also pay online by logging onto the sampark centre website. No tax will be deposited in banks like in the past. He said the rebate scheme had been announced with an aim to collect maximum amount of tax. He made an appeal to all residents to avail the benefit of the scheme to avoid notices. The department has almost completed the GIS survey of properties which has enabled it to identify each and every property situated in the city. There were around 24,000 commercial units while the number of residential properties in the city has reached around 70,000. An MC official said printed tax demand bills would also be issued by the civic body from tomorrow. Arrears of the past, if any, would also be included in the notices. Last year, the MC issued over 20,000 notices to the defaulters under Section 138 of the Punjab MC Act - 1976 as extended to the UT for depositing the tax. Charging GST on discounted item costs e-market portal dear Told to refund extra money, pay ~4,000 for unfair trade practice Tribune News Service Mohali, March 31 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mohali, penalised the managements of e-market portal Myntra Designs Private Limited and Coracle Marketing and Services for charging GST on discounted item here. Kharar resident Baljeet Singh had filed a complaint in this regard. The forum directed them to refund Rs 42.25, which was charged as GST by the sellers on the discounted item, with 6 per cent interest with effect from March 28, 2018 (the date of purchase of the item) and Rs 4,000 as compensation and cost of litigation. In his complaint, Baljeet stated that he had purchased a shirt through THE ORDER After hearing the parties in the case, the forum provided relief to the complainant and asked the sellers to make the payment of refund and the compensation within 30 days from the date of receipt of the certified copy of the order. online e-market portal on March 28, 2018. The MRP of the product was Rs 1,699 inclusive of all taxes and the discount offered on it was Rs 849. On the rate of the product after the discount, the seller charged Rs 891.45, including Rs 42.45 as GST, which the complainant termed as unfair trade practice on part of the seller. In its reply, the Myntra management claimed that it was an online platform which is an intermediary for facilitating the transactions of sale and purchase through electronic commerce. Myntra also claimed that they were neither manufacturer nor seller or re-seller of the product and as such it has not collected any amount of tax/GST. After hearing the parties in the case, the forum provided relief to the complainant and asked the sellers to make the payment of refund and the compensation within 30 days from the date of receipt of the certified copy of the order. A huge rush of people at a liquor vend in Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Sunday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Booze lovers throng vends Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March, 31 Booze lovers thronged liquor vends across the city on Sunday to avail of the discounts offered by the owners on the last day of the contract. Though liquor vend owners have not offered discount due to the model code Neha was a dedicated & upright officer, says State Drug Controller No application for assailant’s licence restoration was pending with her DRUG OFFICER’S NEHA’S ELEVATION AS THE ZONAL LICENSING AUTHORITY MURDER Neha Shoree, who joined as drug inspector (the designation was changed to drug control officer in March 2016) in 2007, was given the charge of the zonal licensing authority at Kharar for Ropar and Mohali districts in 2015 looking at her seniority and good work. However, the post is meant for senior drug control officer and the victim was yet to be Sushil Manav Tribune News Service MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sector 70 PAGE 3 BJP GOVT FAILED TO FULFIL PROMISES, SAYS BANSAL Chandigarh, March 31 No criminal proceedings were pending against Balwinder Singh, the man who shot himself after killing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officer Neha Shoree in her Kharar office on Friday, in which the victim was to depose as a witness against him. No application for restoration of Balwinder’s drug licence, which was cancelled in 2008 following recovery of intoxicant drugs, was pending before Neha, who was the zonal licensing authority (ZLA) for Mohali and Ropar districts with her office at Kharar. Balwinder had killed Neha by pumping in four bullets into her body when she was sitting in her office on Friday before killing himself when he found it was impossible to escape from the spot. While the cops investigating the crime are baffled as to how can a person wait for 11 years to revenge for an act and are trying to find out whether there was any recent trigger for the crime, senior officers of the FDA deny this. “According to our records, no criminal proceedings were promoted to that post. “Looking at a large number of 16,500 retail drug licence holders in the state, we had created 10 posts of ZLA in Punjab in 2011 with each such officer to head 4 to 5 drug control officers and to issue and renew licences at his or her level. In 2015, Neha was given the charge of ZLA at Kharar,” Mattu said. MOHALI POLICE CONSTITUTE FOUR-MEMBER SIT Mohali: To get more information in the murder case of Neha Shoree, the Mohali police have constituted a four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) here. Sources claimed that the SIT is pending against Balwinder where Neha was to appear as witness against him. Nor there is application of restoration of his drug licence pending with the FDA,” said Pardeep Kumar Mattu, State Drug Controller-cum-Joint Commissioner, FDA, Punjab. “In fact, when we find intoxicants from a chemist shop, we cancel its drug licence and no criminal proceedings are launched. We take recourse to legal proceeding only in case of recovery of spurious drugs or drugs being stored or sold without a valid licence. The cases where narcotics are recovered from a person are dealt by a different authority and not by the FDA,” Mattu said. being headed by the Mohali SP (City), DSP Kharar, DSP (D) and the SHO, Kharar police station, where the case has been registered in this regard. The sources said the team would investigate all aspects Bhagwant Singh, SHO of the Kharar police station, had earlier said that the police were investigating the angles that Balwinder might have applied for the restoration of his licence or Neha could be a likely witness against him in a pending criminal case in relation to the 2009 raid on his shop. The raid at Balwinder’s shop was part of an intensive statewide crackdown launched by Laxmi Kanta Chawla during her three-year (2007-2010) stint as the Health Minister of Punjab. During this period, hundreds of chemist shops, especially in the rural and semi-urban areas, were shut down for allegedly selling c m y b in this case in which Balwinder Singh killed Neha Shoree after around 10 years of animosity. Mohali SSP HS Bhullar would supervise the probe by the SIT, said the sources. TNS habit-forming drugs to addicts. “Neha was one of the most dedicated and upright officers of our force and she had cracked many such cases. It will be difficult to provide details of all such cases offhand today, but in several cases where Neha was part of the raiding parties, licences of chemists were suspended or cancelled,” said Mattu. He clarified that the cancellation of licence was ordered by the senior authorities after following a procedure and officers like Neha, who was drug inspector at Ropar at that time, merely recovered contrabands and reported to the higher authorities. SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Two arrested in robbery cases Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 31 The UT police arrested 2 persons in separate robbery cases reported from the city. One of the suspects was caught by the victim and handed over to the police. According to the police, complainant Rahul Sharma, who works at the Grain Market, Sector 26, here, reported that unknown persons took away Rs 700, a driving licence and an Aadhaar card from him at knifepoint at the Grain Market on March 30. The police were informed about the incident following which a case was registered at the Sector 26 police station. Later, one of the suspects, identified as Arun, a resident of New Indira Colony (NIC), Mani Majra, was arrested. In another incident, complainant Guru Sami, a resident of Mauli Jagran complex, reported that two unknown Activa-borne miscreants tried to rob him near his house on March 30. The complainant and his brother caught one of the miscreants on the spot, while another one managed to flee leaving the scooter behind. After getting information, the police reached the spot and arrested the suspect, identified as Vinery, a resident of Rajiv Colony, Sector 17, Panchkula. of conduct, still the booze was sold cheaper by almost 30 to 40 per cent discreetly. The rates of liquor in the city will also increase by 20 per cent as new licensees will take over the vends from April 1. The Excise Department had also allowed the owners to carry forward the left-over quota after paying the duty for sale in the next financial year. The UT Excise and Taxation Department had earned record Rs 343.63 crore from the auction of 81 liquor vends this year. The department is also expecting to get Rs 45 crore more from the remaining 17 vends for which the bids have been invited. Drug officer was among toppers Sector 45 hospital sans surgeon, medical specialist Chandigarh, March 31 Drug inspector Neha Shoree, who was shot dead at her office in Kharar by an assailant, was among toppers in her entrance examinations at NIPER and later in her MSc (Pharmacy), too. Her teacher Dr Neeraj said she was among top five in the entrance exam for admission to MSc (Pharma). Later in her Master’s Degree at NIPER also, she scored eighth rank. “Neha was cooperative and an obedient student. She was intelligent and dedicated to studies. She was also a loving student for everyone,” he said. According to him, Neha completed her BCom from Panjab University in 2004 and did her MSc from here in 2006. During her studies here, she worked on the anticancer drug delivery system. Neha then got a job in a private institute. She later cleared the Punjab Public Services Commission examinations to join Punjab’s Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as an inspector in October 2007. “When I got to know about the incident, I could not believe. I asked someone to crosscheck it. Even when the news of her murder was confirmed to me, I could not accept it for a long time,” her teacher said. Mahesh Chand, a technical staff member posted in a laboratory where he was associated with her for two months, recalled: “It is sad news for us. Her nature was good and she was excellent in her studies.” — TNS Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 31 With posts of surgeon and medical specialist lying vacant at the Civil Hospital in Sector 45 here since long, patients have to return are without getting treatment. They are being referred to the overcrowded Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 here. According to information, 1,200 patients visit the OPD of the Civil Hospital daily. A large number of patients, who are to be treated by the surgeon and medical specialist, also turn up at the hospital. Since these specialists are not available at the hospital, people are asked to visit the GMSH. The two posts have been lying vacant since long as the Health Department has failed to appoint these specialists. “I live in Burail and I had to get my surgery done at the Civil Hospital. But I was told that the doctor is not available and I should to go to the GMSH. We wonder why this dispensary has been upgraded to the Civil Hospital when we have to go to the GMSH. We could have directly gone there. There are several patients 1,200 PATIENTS VISIT CIVIL HOSPITAL OPD DAILY According to information, 1,200 patients visit the OPD of the Civil Hospital daily. A large number of patients, who are to be treated by the surgeon and medical specialist, also turn up at the hospital. who return disappointed from here,” rued Ramesh Kumar, a patient. An official at the hospital said: “We have written to the authorities concerned several times to fill the vacant posts, but to no avail. The hospital is also trying to make a way out by its own. The doctors here are already overworked and shortage of two specialist doctors has not only created a trouble for patients but also for doctors.” Dr G Diwan, Director, UT Health Services, said: “They have written to the UPSC to fill the vacant posts. Punjab and Haryana have been requested to send a panel of doctors on deputation.”
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