Monday, June 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Eyewitness report, OPD slip put hospital in trouble
Case of body dumped outside Civil Hospital
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 17
A passerby had found the body of a 45-year-old patient, Sham Sunder of Badmajra village, outside the Phase VI Government Civil Hospital here on June 15. Sham Sunder, a patient of asthma, had been admitted to the hospital on June 10. Today, the hospital staff said he had left the hospital on June 11.

A slip found in the pocket of the shirt that Sham Sunder was wearing when he died showed the police that he had visited the OPD of the hospital on June 14 to receive treatment for an eye ailment.

Along with the slip that had Gentamycin written on it, a diary and Rs 2.50 were also found in the pocket. Sham Sunder used to carry a bag, which was found at a distance from his body with his shoes, biscuits, pyjamas and a patient-card of the PGI in it. The local police has seized the hospital records of the patient for further investigations.

“Had the patient died after leaving the hospital, his bag and shoes should have been found near the body. Someone might have dropped the bag on the road in a haste to dump the body,” said sources in the police.

When contacted, the Senior Medical Officer of the hospital, Dr Rana Brar, said she did not know anything about the case as she had been away for the past two days. She said she would be able to comment on the case only tomorrow.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr R.S. Saggu, said it was impossible that the hospital staff had dumped the body outside the hospital. He said he had asked the Deputy Medical Superintendent of Ropar, Dr A.K. Khullar, to investigate the case. When Dr Saggu was told that a person had seen the hospital staff carry the body, he said he would look into this matter as well.

Mr Sanjeev, brother of a woman patient of the hospital, told the police that he had seen two employees of the hospital carry Sham Sunder out of the building on a stretcher in a hurry. The contractor of the parking lot for private vehicles, however, refused to comment on whether or not he had seen anything like it.

An official of the hospital said Sham Sunder had left the hospital on June 11 and the entries in file 1296 showed him to be “Not on bed (NOB)” on June 12, 13 and 14. However, he had not been discharged from the hospital. “We find it surprising that patients leave the hospital without the knowledge of the staff,” said a police official. The police sources said the OPD slip proved that the patient had visited the hospital on June 14, but they were not sure whether he had collapsed in the hospital or his condition had deteriorated afterwards.

Enquiries in the locality of Sham Sunder show that he belonged to Birjian village in Jaunpur district of Bihar, had returned from there about two months ago and was a chronic asthma patient. His cousin, Dhood Ram, a resident of Ram Darbar, said Sham Sunder is survived by his wife and two children who live in Bihar. A person called Harikesh said he had visited Sham Sunder in his house on the morning of June 14 before he had left for the hospital. He said it was he who had admitted Sham Sunder to the hospital and paid Rs 30 at its registration counter.

He said, after learning of Sham’s death and the eyewitness reports, he had urged the Subdivisional Magistrate, Mr Jai Pal Singh, to get a postmortem done at any hospital other than the one in Phase VI.

Nowhere to go for autopsy

The jurisdictions of police stations came in way of an autopsy on the body of Sham Sunder. Sham’s acquaintances and officials of the Phase I police station had been running from pillar to post for three days to get the autopsy done. At the time when they should rather have been performing the last rites of Sham, they were shifting the body from one hospital to another.

The problem began when an acquaintance of Sham, Harikesh, wrote to the SDM of SAS Nagar, urging him not to get the postmortem done in the Phase VI Civil Hospital. Doctors of the Kharar hospital, where the body was sent, said it was a case of clinical autopsy, which they could not take up.

The SDM referred the case to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh after this. A police official said, since there had been no ambulance to take the body to the hospital, a funeral van had been requisitioned for the purpose.

Doctors in the GMCH, too, refused to conduct the autopsy, saying that they required a clearance from the SDM (South) of Chandigarh because the case was of SAS Nagar. The GMCH authorities said it was a medico-legal case and the SDM should have referred it to Rajendra Hospital of Patiala. Finally, the body was taken to Patiala in the evening after the intervention of the SDM of SAS Nagar.



Within hours of bail, Ranjit Bajaj back in lock-up
Jagtinder Bagga, too, held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
Friends-turned-foes Ranjit Bajaj and Jagtinder Pal Singh Bagga were arrested by the city police for apprehension of breach of peace here this evening. The two were booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile, the police also registered a case of cheating and forgery under Sections 420, 468 and 471 of IPC against Ranjit for a fake registration number and black film on his car without permission.

Bagga had alleged that this afternoon Ranjit entered his residence and pointed a revolver on his forehead. Ranjit reportedly also pulled the trigger but the revolver did not fire. Following this, Bagga pushed aside Ranjit. In the meantime Ranjit ran out. It is learnt that Bagga also hurled bricks on Ranjit while he was fleeing from the house. A senior police official said that the police was looking into the allegations.

The official said Ranjit was using a white Maruti car bearing a registration number which actually belonged to a scooter with a Sector 41 address. However, Ranjit had reportedly told the police that the number was temporary and was issued to him by the agency from where he had bought the car. Today being Sunday, the agency from where Ranjit claimed to have purchased the car was closed and hence the police could not verify his claim. The car has been impounded.

It may be mentioned here that Ranjit was also arrested last night on the charges of criminal intimidation and torching the car of Bagga on June 6. The police had also impounded the Bolero jeep allegedly used by Ranjit for threatening Bagga. He was booked under Sections 435 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

This morning Ranjit Bajaj was produced in a local court and was released on bail.

Earlier, Bagga had alleged that on June 6 Ranjit set his new Maruti Zen on fire. Ranjit had also been accused of issuing a threat to Bagga. Following the complaint, the UT Inspector-General of Police had marked an inquiry into the matter to the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Central).

Earlier, Ranjit Bajaj was released on bail by a local court here today. He has been accused of criminal intimidation and torching a car. He was released on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 10,000 after he was produced in the court of the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) in the afternoon.

The defence counsel said the accused had been falsely implicated in the case. Earlier, the police had sought a judicial remand for the accused.

The counsel for the complainant said the accused had committed a serious offence and the other accused had not been caught, so, Ranjit did not deserve a bail.

The complainant, Jagtinder Pal Singh Bagga, had alleged that Ranjit had torched his new Maruti Zen car on June 7. However, he had not named Bajaj in the DDR. Bajaj had also lodged a complaint against Bagga that he had been loitering around his house in Sector 16.

The city police had arrested Ranjit Bajaj on June 16 after eight days of the registration of the case. The case had been registered under Sections 435 and 506 of the IPC.


PGI to display rate list of disposables
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The PGI administration has directed its Medical Superintendent (MS) to display rates of all disposables and other items used in the Departments of Cardiology, Cardiothoraccic Surgery and Orthopaedics. This, said sources, is being done after a request from the UT Administration made to the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, in order to save the patients from being fleeced by the chemist-doctor nexus.

The MS office has written to all three heads of the departments to prepare a rate list of those items which are used during surgery and different interventions. Although these departments were asked to prepare their respective lists nearly two weeks ago, only Cardio-thoracic department has submitted its reports. The MS office is still waiting for the lists from the other two departments.

The decision has been taken following reports that the local chemists are fleecing a large number of poor patients coming from different parts of the region to the PGI. The PGI administration believes that some of its doctors may also be involved in such cases. It may be mentioned that the PGI Vigilance Department is already investigating cases against some of its own doctors.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Central Bureau of Investigation has asked the PGI Vigilance Department to provide details regarding a doctor whose role in cheating of poor patients has been suspected. The CBI has reportedly initiated preliminary inquiry (PI) into the case.

Inquiries have revealed that a large number of medicines and disposable items are being sold in the city at exorbitant rates. A stent, which is required to open arteries by the Cardiology Department, is available for Rs 35,000 in Delhi and is being sold in UT anywhere between Rs 50,000 to 55,000.

When contacted, a city based chemist, however, said that the rates in Delhi were lower than that in Chandigarh because the sales tax on life-saving items sold in the capital is zero whereas in Chandigarh they have to pay high sales tax on these items to the government. Yet, he agreed, that the charges in Chandigarh for many medical items were still higher as compared to Delhi.


Police, traders to streamline parking
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 17
Haphazard parking in the busy Sector 7 market, bursting at its seams with vehicles every evening, would soon be a thing of the past. The police, in collaboration with the traders, has worked out a blueprint of streamlining parking in the crowded market.

The benefits of the new found understanding between the shopkeepers and the police would directly accrue to the public is evident from the fact that systematic parking in the small space would accommodate a larger number of vehicles.

Under the plan, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Manoj Yadava, has asked the market association for help in managing the parking problem by supplying paint to mark separate parking spaces for two-wheelers and four-wheelers.

Association president B.B. Kochhar said that the association had agreed to provide paint for marking the parking areas at a recent meeting.

''Finding space for parking has been a long-pending problem and nobody has tried to work out a solution. This is the first time that the police has extended some help and support to the ever-increasing nuisance outside our shops. We are only too willing to get the parking organised. The police, extending its hand in cooperation is the first-ever indication that it is alive to the problem,'' he added.

Mr Yadava said that despite the police presence in the market, the parking was disorganised. Admitting that paucity of parking space was a problem, he said that organising things in the market would enable parking of a larger number of vehicles than what actually find their way in the limited space.

Happy with the development, visitors to the market claim that police officials has been turning a blind eye to the serious problem.

''With a police post in the market, I am sure the personnel could have apprised the high-ups of tackling the problem. However, it is not too late to wake up and the move would ensure more convenience to the public,'' says Mr R.K. Sood, a resident of Sector 9.

The public, primarily responsible for the parking mess is willing to comply with the orders. ''I come to this market with my wife. Everytime I go to make purchases, she sits in the car and keeps asking people to park their vehicle elsewhere. Without her help I would not be able to get my vehicle out of the parking lot,'' claims Ms Sushma Sharma, a regular visitor to the market.

Businessmen, too, are at the receiving end on account of the problem posed by paucity of space and irregular parking.


PU gives paltry amounts as scholarships
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Students of Panjab University are getting very meagre amounts as scholarship and stipend money.

In case of the Shiv Charan Singh scholarship on need-cum-merit basis for physics honours school, the Wing Commander S.L. Malhotra scholarship for a deserving student of M. Sc (honours school) and the Charu Dev Shastri Endowment Fund stipend for toppers wishing to pursue postgraduation in Sanskrit, the monthly allowance is just Rs 50.

Prof B.R. Scholarship is worth Rs 60 per month and the Dr S.R. Ranganathan scholarship and the Laxmi Durga scholarship are worth Rs 75 per month. Those in the range of Rs 100 to Rs 150 per month include Milkhi Ram memorial scholarship, Dr and Mrs V.S. Puri scholarship, Mai Pratap Kaur scholarship, Tara Chand memorial scholarship, Dewan Som Nath stipends and PU Soldier’s Relief Fund Scholarship, besides others.

A university official, on condition of anonymity, said the list of other nominal stipends was long. One way of looking at the matter was that it was not the amount of money that mattered. It was a prize for hard work, he added.

A research scholar said even a single good book can’t be bought with the stipend. The scholarship amounts need to be enhanced. The university should try to make certain contributions from its side. If the university is facing financial constraints, efforts should be made to contact the donors and requests made about the enhancement of scholarship amounts. It reality, such small amounts don’t serve any academic interest.

However, Dr J.N. Kaushal scholarship (Rs 1000 per month) and Mr Justice R.P. Khosla scholarship (Rs 1000 for 10 months) offer respectable amounts.

PU has a list of about 50 gold medals for academic excellence. The prominent ones on the list include the Mohinder Pal Aggarwal gold medal for the poorest candidate amongst the top position holders in MBBS course, the HMT (Bangalore) gold medal for standing first in the Bachelor of production engineering , R.B.Badri Dass silver medal for LLB, HMT (Bangalore) for standing first in bachelor of mechanical engineering, besides others.

Interestingly, there does not exist a bachelors course in mass communication but the university list still mentions the Panjab University Journalists’ gold medal for standing first in the BMC.

The list also mentions the Prem Chand medal for short stories and gold medal for Dr Hazari Prasad Dwivedi essay contests.


Chandigarh calling

THE Chandigarh Administration has made one more effort to be people friendly. Offices of the licencing and registering authority will remain open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All work like issuing new licences, renewal of licences, registration of vehicles, acceptance of application forms for change of name and issue of no objection certificates, will be carried out.

However, on Saturdays the office will open only for senior citizens, handicapped persons, defence persons and ex-servicemen. Members of general public will not be entertained. The system of working on Saturdays was in place earlier and functioned for about six months but was discontinued a few months ago.


Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) acted quite like a caring grandfather as he mingled with children from Pakistan who were guests of honour at Raj Bhavan last week.

Almost like a doting grandpa would do in case of visiting grandchildren, the Governor enquired about the wellbeing of the kids, as his staff laid out a sumptuous fare for the high tea. He took personal interest as he directed his staff to look after the kids and went around asking the children to eat more. Reporters who cover the Chandigarh Administration beat opined that the Governor was at his happiest.

The children who are a part of the Ajoka children theatre, Lahore, sang and acted out a preview of a play “Border-Border” much to his glee. When a child told the Governor that he was from Sialkot, the General recollected that he was also posted to Sialkot in 1943 when no border existed between the two countries.


So you are a fitness freak. Here are some fitness facts provided by Paras Gupta who is training under Mr Chandigarh, Hari Narayan.

Our day-to-day life is busy that allows us very limited time for exercise and that too at odd hours — either late evening or noon or early morning.

“Morning is the best time to exercise” goes the old saying. For those who are already in proper shape and wish to concentrate on building up the muscular parts, evening time is the best time to work out. Sometime after or around 5 O’clock goes great with them. And the evening time is cool and joyful with all parts of body having been worked out throughout the day from routine activity. And with no doubt all the necessary nutrition being stuffed in (breakfast, brunch, lunch) evenings provide enough energy to pump up your body.

But everything is opposite in case of abdominal workout. For abdominal exercises, stomach should be empty. So morning time is the best time for burning your calories. The one who prefers cardiovascular exercise, should start up with a jog, that too in the late afternoon so that food which is already in through breakfast, brunch and lunch is settled down.

Aerobics, which is the favourite of female heart, should be practised between 4 p m and 7 p m because it is the time when our heart and lungs are strongest and your metabolic rate is high.

Different facts which are very important are often missed in carelessness, such as cooling down after exercise. Stretch marks, strain in back or pain in other parts of body are symptoms of avoiding cooling down activities or the carelessness while doing exercise. Five to 10 minutes of cycling, downhill walking or platform brisk walk are certain cooling down exercises which give us a better break.

Addicted Nigerians

The Nigerians in the city have increasingly been involved in more and more drug cases. Only last month, the Panchkula police arrested a Nigerian and seized three kg smack and Rs 18.30 lakh cash from him. Where on the one hand, the number of NDPS cases against the Nigerian nationals in Chandigarh are on the rise, on the other the drug addiction levels of these people are also rising dangerously.

The Nigerians can often be seen lying in unconscious state sometimes in the hostel compounds and sometimes on roadsides. The photograph on top of the page shows the grave situation caused by drugs. Tribune lensman Parvesh Chauhan found these two Nigerians sleeping along the road dividing Sectors 33 and 34. They were under a heavy influence of smack, so much so that every time they tried to get out of the dangerous spell, they again fell on the ground unconscious.

Strange revelation

The news that city-based painter K.R. Kohli was getting his exhibition inaugurated by the famous Punjabi comedian Meher Mittal sounded a little strange simply because it is a little difficult to associate serious art with comedy. Anyway, the inaugural function which was held at Indus Bank Art Gallery on June 11 went off quite well, with Meher Mittal enjoying the depth of Kohli’s works.

The much expected comedy act came towards the end of the show when someone from among the visitors asked Meher Mittal to fill the remark book in Punjabi. To everyone’s surprise the comedy king replied: “Mere ton Punjabi likhi nahin jaandi. Bula jinni marzi lao.” The crowd broke into laughter at the strange revelation that the man who has featured in almost every Punjabi film ever made cannot read or write the language.

— Sentinel


Seminar on Kashmir problem
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
A seminar on “Kashmir Problem: Its Genesis and Solution” was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here today. Speakers held the then political leadership at the time of Independence responsible for the problem.

Speaking on the occasion, Major-Gen Rajendra Nath (retd) welcomed the Indian Government’s initiative to invite the Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen Parvez Mushrraf to India and steps to solve the Kashmir problem.

Stating that the Kashmir problem is still hanging fire, he said that the decision of the government to appoint a British Governor-General and retain command of the armed forces with the Britishers immediately after independence contributed in no small measure in creating the problem.

He said that it was on the advice of the then Governor General, Lord Mountbatten, that the government went in for a ceasefire in Kashmir in 1948 and took the matter to the United Nations. He added that even the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India was made conditional to holding a plebiscite at the insistence of the then governor general.

He said that the problem, which had been persisting for the past 52 years, could not be solved overnight and, therefore, no solution would emerge from the forthcoming meeting of the Prime Minister with General Mushrraf, who, under strong international pressure and growing closeness of Indian and US ties, had been forced to accept the invitation for talks.

Mr Indresh Kumar, an RSS leader and expert on the Kashmir problem, said that Pakistan was now engaged in a fifth war with India, which was the proxy war being fought through mercenaries.

He said that the proxy war could be countered by the people by inculcating a national spirit and by opposing Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan.

The RSS leader added that the nation should give a strong message to Pakistan that it would not tolerate cross-border terrorism and that it should negotiate from a position of strength.

A former Director-General, of Police, Mr P.C. Dogra, who also served as Inspector-General in the BSF in Jammu and Kashmir, presided over the function.


Road of inconvenience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Poorly laid tarmac riding surface dotted with potholes of the size of crater, cracks and depression mark the stretch of road dividing Panjab University and Dhanas village. The condition of the road deteriorates further where it turns towards Madhya marg. In fact, the road passing in front of the Sanatan Dharam mandir, Sector 14, which goes towards Dhanas and Madhya marg, is in a pitiable condition.

Hundreds of residents of Dhanas use this road everyday. The journey on this particular stretch of the road is very bumpy, may it be on a two-wheeler or four-wheeler. Driving on this road is extremely dangerous, especially at night in view of the non-functional street lights, which often leads to serious accidents.

Residents disclose that even though they move at a snail's pace on this bumpy road, the vehicles sill get damaged. Shivani, who takes this road daily to go to Panjab University, says: ''My scooter has started rattling in six months and even the mechanic was shocked to see its condition.'' Even car drivers complain of frequent tyre punctures.

In fact, residents of nearby sectors, who go to the milk colony, Dhanas, to get milk, have to take lengthy routes to reach their homes. The road is also used by several residents of the nearby sectors as they go to the village to fetch milk. The problem worsens during rain when rainwater accumulates in these potholes and the residents have to wade through mud and slush.

The road is put to use by Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses and trucks, some of whom even take this route to go to various cities of Punjab. Mr Kamal Kishore Shankar said that since the road has not been repaired ever since it was constructed, the size of the potholes has deepened. In fact, five-odd potholes on the 1-km stretch turn into cesspools even after a small shower.

The residents of the area, while highlighting the apathy of the authorities, said that half-hearted repair of these potholes is no solution, for the road is just giving way.

Jhuggi-dwellers, residing along this road, have damaged the road berms and footpaths. Further water leakage due to inadequate storm water drainage has further led to the weakening of this road.

While the residents continue to blame the MCC authorities for their indifferent attitude, MCC officials have been unable to mend matters for want of funds. An official of the roads wing of the MCC pointed out that due to a heavy flow of traffic and the absence of regular maintenance, the surface has weakend to such an extent that even the patchwork does not stay here.


Radio jockeys — taking city youth by storm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Thanks to the audio-visual production houses, which have recently become very active in the promotion of media-related jobs in the city, the youth are currently having a taste of the best techniques available in the field. Two parallel workshops, both focusing fairly well on the various aspects of the job, are currently in progress in the city. The first is being run by the IAAN Creations which has arranged lectures from DD newscaster Ved Prakash, AIR FM radio jockey Sachin Sahni and now the DD presenter Mukul Verma, in the three subjects. Mukul is currently taking classes in achoring and presentation for the IAAN.

The batch with IAAN comprises 30 students.

Yet another workshop is being run by Studio Max in Sector 34. This one has about 40 participants. Some of the prominent persons attending the workshop here are Mrs Birender Aulakh, Director, Regional Institute for English.

This popularity can be related directly to the course content which is essentially job-oriented and practicable. The Studio Max workshop is being conducted by professionals of the order of Sunit Tandon and Meenakshi Rani, who have their rightful places in the world of media. The best part is that both of them have graduated from radio to television. In that context the significance and importance of radio cannot be underestimated. The revived interest in radio jockeying will also help in restoring the waning prestige of radio as a medium of communication.

Coming to the content of the lectures. Sunit Tandon threw light on radio and television programme presentation, the relevant interviewing techniques, relevance of media in society. Towards the conclusion he also shared his own experiences with the participants.

Sunit’s class was followed by a session in voice modulation and training as well as music appreciation taken by the Delhi-based DD presenter Suchet Malhotra who was here four months back to conduct classes for the IAAN Creations also.

Apart from voice, Suchet also focused on music appreciation, beginning with how to differentiate between the various forms of music. Suchet brought an instrument and 50 CDs with him to differentiate between rock, pop, raggae, jazz, classical, ballet, beethoven style of music, and the other styles. He can play tabla. In fact, he started learning music when he was six. He also has a rock band in Delhi by the name of Apma Kamalish (basically a juxtaposition of different forms of music). Suchet also plays guitar. Currently he is the anchor of a programme, Yours Truly, on DD World. He also has a show on the same channel. Not to miss that he is also a voice over artiste for ESPN Sports.

While Suchet has already gone back, the stage is now being held by Meenakshi Rani, the famous and glamorous radio jockey with AIR FM based in Delhi. Meenakshi is shortly going to co-host a show on STAR Plus with Girish Karnad. The show, called Without Malice, will be set in political circumstances. As for the shows, she has one hour of live morning show on FM AIR called Time Out.

After Meenakshi, Sanjeev Dosaj, senior programme producer with AIR, Chandigarh, and famous news reader Salma Sultan will be holding classes.


DJ who can read crowd’s mind
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
Honey became a DJ at the age of 14 when he was a Class VIII student of Tagore International School in New Delhi.

“Music is my soul. Even as a student, I used to carry a walkman to my classroom. Inspired by my brother JC, who is well known in the circle of DJs, I began deejaying at private parties when I was still in school,” Honey says. He is here for the promotion of the remix album ‘Digen’s Jalwa’.

Honey, who played for the crowd at a local discotheque here today, says that the ability to read the crowd’s mind is one of the main assets of a DJ. “While the crowd in Delhi prefers to hear fusion music, the Chandigarh crowd loves Hindi and Punjabi dance numbers,” he says.

“Technology is a DJ’s best friend, but it has to be handled with care,” says Honey. You have to believe this 21-year-old DJ because he is the winner of past year’s regional round of the World DJ Mixing Championships. He has also won the Times Music Smirrnoff War of the DJs — 2000 (North India).

He is confident before a huge crowd with a microphone in his hand, but becomes nervous when he is asked to face a camera. This is the reason why he has never tried to become a VJ, though he has the looks, talent and knowledge for the job, besides a taste for music. Honey is more into being a DJ at private parties and fashion shows. He has shared the stage with Daler Mehndi, Jassi, Mika and Anamika.

Honey has opened a school for aspiring DJs, which he has named Music Mania. “The school offers two courses — short term and advanced,” he says.

According to Honey, deejaying is a continuous process of learning because of endless innovations in music. “I will continue to be a DJ as long I can. I met a DJ in Amsterdam who was 60-year-old. With the spread of the discotheque culture, sky is the limit for us,” says Honey.


Pointing a finger is bad

FENG Shui suggests never point a finger at a person. It is just not wise to point the index finger at anyone when one is speaking. Generally, I have seen that when people are angry with someone, they tend to point the index finger at the person concerned.

Also it is regarded very rude and ill mannered to point a finger as you speak. It normally puts people off .

It is not a matter of just putting people off; the energies created are also very hostile. Bad energy is directed towards the person one is pointing the finger at.

In Feng Shui it is said that the person who is subjected to too much of finger -pointing, will sooner or later succumbs to a large dose of bad luck.

In short, I will just say that one should refrain from pointing a finger at someone when he or she is speaking, because one then creates extremely bad energy.


Address your Feng Shui queries to:
Postal address: C/o F.S. TIPS
The Tribune, Sector-29, Chandigarh-160020.



Report on royal killings ‘baseless’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
Hundreds of members of the Young Communist League, Nepal, held a rally here today. They were protesting against the present ruler of Nepal, King Gyanendra.

Leaders of various unions alleged that the report released on the killing of the royal family was baseless and there was a conspiracy to declare Dipendra as the killer.

Members of the Communist League from different states gathered at the Parade Ground in the afternoon. The rally was addressed by leaders from Nepal and various states of India.


Regularise’ alternations in flats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The CHB Federation organised the third campaign rally in Sector 29 here today.

Addressing the rally, various speakers urged the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) authorities to withdraw the notices regarding the demolition of need-based additions and alterations which had not been covered by the relief given by the board. While urging the authorities to consider the remaining need-based requirements, the speakers wanted that the addition and alterations, which were structurally sound and did not encroach upon the public land should be regularised.


Bansal visits UT village
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, today visited Dhanas village and its adjoining colonies.

According to a press note, Mr Bansal announced Rs 15 lakh for various development works in the area. Residents apprised the MP of their problems and demands. He also visited the spot where a child had drowned a few months back.

Mr H.S. Lucky, Mr Pawan Sharma, Mr Narata Singh, Mr Narinder Singh, Mr G.S. Sabherwal, Mr Swaraj Arora, Mr Subhash Saini and Mr Baljeet also accompanied Mr Bansal.


Babbu Mann enthrals kids from Pak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Noted Punjabi pop singer Babbu Mann sang and danced with kids from Pakistan who are in Chandigarh on an invitation of the Besten Foundation, and performed a play “Border Border” at the Tagore Theatre.

The Besten Foundation had arranged a get-together for the kids at a discotheque in Sector 34 here yesterday.

Babbu Mann sang some of his popular numbers “Saun di jhari”, “Dil tan dil he”, “Raat channani”, among others.

He stated that he would be visiting Pakistan soon, where he would be presenting a special song being written by him on Indo-Pak relationship.


Workshop for kids
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
Children of the city have an opportunity to enhance their creative skills through theatre, dance, music, art and craft, mask and puppet-making, story-telling and creative writing during a month long workshop which is in progress at the PGI Community Centre in Sector 24 here. The workshop aims at engaging children in meaningful and creative activities and develop their personality.


Woman missing
Our Correspondent

Kharar, June 17
A married woman of nearby Mundi Kharar village, near here, has been missing from her house under mys-terious circumstances since June 14.

Mr Paramjit Singh, husband of the woman, has reported to the Kharar police that his wife, who was married about eight years back and is the mother of two sons, had been missing.


A clarification

The date of walk-in interview for those who have passed the Class XII examination for entry into ITC hotels is June 22 and not July 22 as has been printed inadvertently in these columns on June 15.


Arrested for wife’s murder
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, June 17
The CIA staff of the Panchkula police has arrested Santosh Yadav, alias Pappu, who strangled his wife, Preeti, on May 13 morning in Rajiv Colony, Sector 17, here.

He hailed from Bajkari Mojaban (Katra) in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Manoj Yadava, SP, said that the accused had confessed committing of the crime and confirmed that Preeti had developed illegal relations with Sant Lal, a neighbour.

The couple had a fight on the issue which resulted into Preeti’s death. Santosh Yadav had been absconding with his five-year-old girl, Chandni.

The paramour of the victim, Sant Lal, has already surrendered to the police after remaining absconded from the colony for a week.

Earlier the police had failed to nab the accused from his suspected hideouts in Ludhiana and Uttar Pradesh.


Booked for theft
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
The local police has arrested Santosh Kumar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, after he was reportedly caught redhanded in a godown in Sector 34 here yesterday. The complainant, Mr Rahul Kohli, a resident of Panchkula, alleged that the accused had entered the godown with an intention of theft.

Santosh was booked under Sections 457, 380 and 511 of the IPC

Account books stolen: Mr Satish Kumar, a resident of plot no. 700 in Industrial Area, Phase II, reported that account books and Rs 6,000 were stolen from the above said plot on the Friday night.

A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Water taps stolen: Mr Mote, Junior Engineer in the CPWD, has alleged that Sandeep, a resident of Phase VII in SAS Nagar, had stolen eight water taps and a ranch from his office here yesterday.

A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Music system stolen: Mr T. R. Thakur, a resident of Sector 9, reported that a music system, six imported watches and Rs 11,000 were stolen from his residence sometime between May 24 and June 12. The complainant was out of station during the above said period.

A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Beggars arrested: The local police has arrested 24 persons from various parts of the city for begging at public places here yesterday. However, they were let off on bail.

Twenty four cases under Section 151 of the MC Act were registered.

Three held: The local police has arrested three persons from the jurisdiction of Sector 34 Police Station and recovered 337 pouches and 30 bottles of liquor from their possession.

Two cases under the Excise Act were registered.


Gamblers held: The police has arrested three persons for gambling in two separate places in Panchkula here today.

According to the police, Mahipal of Kharagmangoli in Old Panchkula and Pawan Kumar, a resident of Bent Singh Colony of Daddu Majra in Chandigarh, were caught redhanded while gambling in Majri Chowk. The third accused, Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Mubarikpur near Dera Bassi, was arrested from Old Panchkula.

Mr Manoj Yadav, SP, said the accused have been arrested on the complaint of the Lottery Department of the Haryana government. Cases under the Gambling Act has been registered against the three.


Woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 17
Gurnam Kaur, a 25-year-old, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with the ceiling fan of her house in Behra village near here. Meanwhile, Gurnam’s parents have alleged that her in-laws has forced her to bring dowry, following which she was forced to commit suicide.

According to sources, body which was tied with a nylon string with the ceiling fan was noticed by her husband, Sulakhan Singh, at about 4 am. He was sleeping in the verandah with his mother as the village was facing an electricity cut. Members of the family of the deceased were informed by Mr Mitra Pal Singh, sarpanch of the village. The parents alleged that Gurnam Kaur was murdered by her in-laws. Heated arguments were exchanged between the two families, which resulted in a scuffle.

On the complaint of Mr Inder Singh, the Dera Bassi police has registered a case under Dowry Act the against in-laws of the deceased including Fouja Singh, father-in-law, Sulakhan Singh, husband, Nishan Singh, Baldev Singh and Sucha Singh, brothers-in-law. The accused are said to be absconding.

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