Saturday, June 30, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Anxious admission-seekers await detailed marksheets
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Anxiety is writ large on faces of hundreds of students who await the detailed marks cards of the BA (final) examination for submission to departments in Panjab University where they are seeking admission to the postgraduate courses in the forthcoming session.

The results of the final year conducted by PU this year have been declared. The last date for submission of application forms was June 28. Students have been forced to submit incomplete forms because the university is still verifying the exactness of the marked copies. The details have naturally not been handed out to the colleges where students can be seen doing the rounds.

The marksheet is important because the result gazette does not mention the break-up of marks in each separate paper. This is important for the admissions in postgraduate courses because marks in the particular paper to which the student is seeking admissions are added up separately to the grand total.

The English Department has an aptitude test scheduled for July 3. The final total for calculating the merit includes 40 per cent marks in the entrance test and 60 per cent weightage is given to the academic score.

The final date for interview in the English Department is July 9. This gives considerable time advantage to get details of the result and calculate the total merit.

A student said, the university had made a progress of nearly two months in declaration of several results this year. This was commendable but the final date of submission of forms could have been extended a little. This was important because students would now have to rush to their colleges and again submit copies of the result to the departments. The departments would ultimately have to wait for a copy of the detailed marks until working out the final merit.

Mr Ashok Raj Bhandari, Joint Controller of Examination, said university was cooperating in every possibly way to save any inconvenience to students.

Interviews in the Geography Department are scheduled for July 5. In Hindi Department, the interviews are scheduled for July 6. The Public Administration Department has scheduled the intervies for July 10. An official of the department said forms had to be submitted by June 28 at any cost.



PU messes it up again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh June 29
The compulsory examination of environment studies held at various colleges of the city affiliated to Panjab University today was a mismanaged affair yet again.

Many candidates who reached Government College Sector 46 in the morning to appear for the paper realised that their roll numbers were not in the cut lists pasted on the college notice board.

Sources state that the college authorities demanded a sum of Rs 500 to allow students to sit for the examination but later following a clarification from Panjab University, the sum was refunded.

The PU authorities asked the college to let all those students appear in the examination who had their roll numbers issued by the university for the paper. 


Siau murders: prime suspects held
Tribune News Service

There was no evidence against the Youth Akali Dal leader, Mr KBS Kang. Mr GPS Bhullar, SSP, SAS Nagar, said the Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Ropar, would question the Akali leader, if required. He said if anything was found against the Akali leader, the police would not hesitate in roping him.

SAS Nagar, June 29
After nine days of the gruesome murder of two kids of Siau village, the local police today claimed that it had solved the murder case with the arrest of two prime suspects — Swaran Singh (35) and Surmukh Singh, alias Sethi (17). The 17-year-old son of Nirmal Singh, also a suspect in the case, had not been mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the police.

The police said though the viscera report of the victims was awaited, it was being suspected that they had died of asphyxia. The Senior Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, said the children were strangulated in fields while they were coming from the village gurdwara. The bodies were later dumped near the village pond late in the night.

It was suspected that the family members of the accused had abandoned their homes the same evening.

The five year-old victim, Ramapreet was murdered first followed by the murder of nine-year-old boy, Vikram Preet. Mr Bhullar said certain circumstantial evidence like slippers and clothes had been found at the site of the crime. He said investigations were on to ascertain the involvement of four others suspects, Niram Singh, Nirmal Singh Matra, Gurcharan Singh, Gurbachan Singh and Mewa Singh.



Arrest of SAD leader sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Senior leaders of opposition parties, who met here today at Cheema Bhavan, have demanded the arrest of Karanbir Singh Kang, a senior leader of the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD), in connection with the murder of two children of Siau village near Kharar. It has been alleged that the youth leaders have been providing patronage to the accused in the murder case.

Dr Joginder Dayal, Secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, said that besides him, others who participated in the meeting were, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal ( SHSAD), Mr Balwant Singh, Secretary of the Punjab unit of CPM, Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) besides Dr Dayal.

These leaders have demanded a CBI inquiry into the case as the Punjab police authorities concerned are doing the needful to investigate into the case and take action against those connected with murder directly and indirectly.

An all party rally would be held at Ropar on July 16 to highlight the issue and to further press the State Government to hand over the case to the CBI. Before that a meeting of the representatives of these parties belonging to Ropar district would meet at Ropar on July 6 to make preparations for the rally, Dr Dayal said.



Heavy nickel content in water at CM’s residence
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Tests of drinking water samples of Haryana Chief Minister’s residence in Chandigarh have set alarm bells ringing after reports that the water had nickel content 10 times more than permissible limits. Nickel is a carcinogen which can cause serious heart problems and respiratory infections like asthma and also weaken the immune system of the body.

Sources said after getting the water samples tested by the Public Analyst, the government authorities shot off a letter to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, asking it to take immediate measures to check presence of this heavy metal in water. The Public Analyst, Haryana, found that water had high doses of nickel.

The MC got the water samples tested at Idma Laboratories Limited, where the results were found to be more alarming than suspected. When contacted, officials at the Idma Laboratory refused to divulge any information or to comment over the issue.

The MC is now trying to hush up the whole matter as it does not want to spend huge money on setting up of a treatment plant which can remove nickel content from water, alleged sources. The status of ground water in Chandigarh must be studied and evaluated because it is being suspected to have become contaminated due to indiscriminate dumping of hazardous waste, they add. It is also suspected that sources of the water supply in this area is the tubewells around the city.

The superintending engineer, MC (Public Health), says,. “Chandigarh is supplied with canal water and cannot have a high content of nickel. The Public Analyst, Haryana, has made a mistake. We have got the water samples tested from our own laboratory and this confirms it ,” he adds.

Experts, however, say the dumping of hazardous waste in an unscientific manner in and around Chandigarh may have led to seeping of nickel content in the ground water. Hazardous waste is a main source of pollutants in the water. A few months back, Chandigarh Tribune had carried a story on how in the absence of a proper hazardous landfill site, city residents could face a serious threat to their health and untold damage to the surrounding environment as huge amounts of highly hazardous waste generated by small and medium industries in Chandigarh is being dumped indiscriminately in open areas in the city

The Chandigarh Pollution Control Board Member Secretary, said there was absolutely no chance of presence of nickel in the drinking water. “Chandigarh gets in supply from the Satluj and some natural nutrients called micronutrients may be present, but these are essential part of the potable water. In Chandigarh, even the ground water does not have any chances presence of nickel,” he asserted.



85 Inspectors promoted ITOs
Rs 113 cr hike in IT collection in Chandigarh circle

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
With the restructuring of the Income Tax Department, 85 Inspectors in the department’s north-western region were today promoted as Income Tax Officers.

The promotions come in the backdrop of the Income Tax (IT) Department cutting down on its clerical and grade-IV staff and increasing the strength at the higher levels to meet the emerging demands of revenue generation and prevention of tax evasion. Vacancies resulting by the increase in the authorised strength at higher levels would be offset by promotions from lower ranks.

While 8,000 posts of lower division clerk, data entry operator and other allied jobs have been abolished, the net reduction of its staff would be about 2,500 or 4.75 per cent of the existing staff strength.

Sources at the IT Department say that promotions of Deputy Commissioners as Joint Commissioners have also been cleared by the Delhi-based Central Board of Direct Taxes, but the list of promotees and their subsequent transfers is yet to be received here. Further, about 70-80 ITOs from this region are expected to be elevated to the rank of Assistant/Deputy Commissioner.

Following the overhaul of the department’s personnel structure, the revised authorised strength of officials to be posted in this region at various levels has been received here. While the post of Administrative Officer has been newly introduced, with 45 officials to be posted in this rank, the strength of all non-clerical and non-ministerial posts have been increased.

The sources reveal that the north-western region will have 72 officers at the level of Additional Commissioners and 135 officers at the level of Deputy/Assistant Commissioners. The strength of ITOs has been raised to 313, while the strength of inspectors and office superintendents has been revised to 645 and 135, respectively.

With the commissioning of massive information technology project and computerisation, the department visualises to spruce up its functioning and be more assessee-friendly. The job of calculating tax and refunds, if any, would now be done by computers, with certain parameters being fed into the system.

While the department expects to be inter-connected with all regional setups and higher establishments through a wide area network (WAN) within two years, the assessees would be able to file their returns via e-mail in another three years or so.

With the interlinking of IT establishments via the WAN, local authorities would be able to keep track of the assessees’ transactions in other parts of the country, thereby enabling them to keep tabs on sources of income and consequent tax, which earlier went undetected.

Meanwhile, there has been a record annual increase of Rs 113 crore in the collection of income tax by the Chandigarh circle, the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), was informed by the Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Mr J.S. Ahluwalia. The collection rose from Rs 245 crore to Rs 358 crore.

The Governor had been invited to the locally based income tax offices to have a look at the newly introduced computerised record-keeping process. He was also given a presentation on the changes and overhaul process in the department.

General Jacob was informed that it was mandatory for the department to keep records of returns filed during the past 10 year. The earlier manual record-keeping process was time-consuming, besides occupying a lot of storage space. Computer-based records have now been segregated according to the ward, range and year of filing of returns. The exact location and details of a specific return can be accessed by a click of the computer mouse. The job of computerisation of the records was accomplished in 45 days.

The Chief Commissioner said the Chandigarh region was having about 1.70 crore assessees out of which about half were from the salaried class. Since salaried employees constituted about 50 per cent of the tax base in this circle, the department’s efforts have been focused on providing prompt and conducive service to the salaried class.

The Governor also visited the Revenue Building in Sector 17, which houses the headquarters of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, and interacted with senior departmental functionaries.



Subscribers fume as ‘cable war’ hots up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
With the “cable war” for laying underground optical fibre cables (OFC) hotting up in the city, hundreds of the telephone subscribers in different parts of the city are at the receiving end as their phones have been lying faulty for the past several days.

According to sources, the accidental cutting of the underground cables laid by BSNL by certain private telecom operators is cited to be the main reason for the telephones going dead. And the absence of any coordination among the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), the agency which gives permission for digging to lay cables to the private operators, BSNL and private operators, has only added to the woes of the telephone subscribers.

The Tribune has been flooded with written complaints by the BSNL authorities regarding the snapping of telecom links to several areas, allegedly due to digging by private telecom operators.

BSNL sources revealed that with MCC and the private telecom operators not sticking to the “code of conduct” of informing in advance about their digging schedules, BSNL had to bear the brunt. If the department was intimated in advance, the damage to the underground network could be minimised as after damage it took days together to repair the fault.

Telecom links in the area near Ghazal restaurant Sector 17 had been lying disrupted about 15 days now where over 50 telephone connection were out of order. Similarly, an underground cable of 800 pairs size feeding Sector 35 had been damaged by careless digging by a private firm while laying cables opposite AIR building in Sector 34.

Not only that, over 400 phones in the Punjab and Civil Secretariat area had been lying out of order on account of careless digging. Similarly, over 100 telephones of Attawa and Sector 42 having been laying dead as underground cables were cut while a road was being widened in the areas.

The sources added the problem would continue to persist as there was no coordination among different agencies. The problem would worsen in the days to come as the monsoon had already set in. The dug-up areas will become virtually death-traps as it would be difficult to fill them in the rainy season.

It may be mentioned that it was not for the first time that such disruptions had occurred. Last year, 40,000 connections of Panchkula were disrupted when Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL) had cut underground cables of BSNL. BSNL had then even registered an FIR against the company.



Strike by Archaeology Dept staff
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 29
The employees of the state Archaeology Department went on a lightning strike at the Sector 5 office here today to protest against the dismissal of the Deputy Director, Mr DS Malik, and raised a demand for recovering the state treasures housed in the museum in Chandigarh.

They said that the fight for recovery of all their “treasures” would continue even if the department chose to take action against them. They alleged that Mr Malik was only complying with the rules laid down for the employees by not letting the Governor, Punjab, Lt Gen JRF Jacob, inspect the store at the site of the Bheema Devi temple in Pinjore.

Meanwhile, the suspended Deputy Director, Mr Malik, said that he received intimation from the Director of the Chandigarh museum of the Governor’s visit while there was no information from the side of the state government.

He said that he showed the Governor around the place after which he demanded to inspect the stores. “According to rules, I am not supposed to show the store to anybody without permission. I was only doing my duty and have been ‘rewarded’ for that,” he rued.



Consumers can now install own power meters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The electricity consumers in the city can now install their own electronic meters.

This decision has been taken by the Chandigarh Administration following directions from the Central Government and keeping in view public convenience. In fact, the administration today approved certain brands of single-phase electronic power meters, which could be installed by the consumers.

According to a press note, the firms whose brands had been approved are L and T, Delhi; the SCL, SAS Nagar; the Saraf Industries, Rampura Phul; TTL, Delhi; Precision Meters, Dera Bassi; HS Chawla and Company, Delhi; Electran Energy Equipment, Noida; HPL, Delhi, Elymer International, Delhi; HPL Socomec, New Delhi, Namtech Electronics Devices Limited, Banaglore, and Avon Meters.

The consumers can now purchase meters made by the above companies and handover the same with requisite testing fee of Rs 50 to the respective electricity operation sub-division. The department will, in turn, insall meters at the consumer premises after getting in tested from the M&T Laboratory of the Electricity Department, the press note said.

It added that the meter would cost Rs 1300 to Rs 1400 per meter. However, the benefits of installing the electronic meters is the reduced chances of its becoming defective, dead, besides accurate energy measurement.

Moreover, a consumer, who installs his own meter will not have to pay the monthly rental of Rs 11. The existing arrangement of the department providing electronic meters on demand and charging the monthly rental would, however, continue.



UETU member picked up
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
The city police again forcibly picked up another member of the UETT, Ms Binder Kaur, who was on fast into death for the past three days. A team of about 30 police personnel, including a woman constable, reached the spot on late night and picked up Ms Bindu, a resident of Bathinda. The members of the organisation alleged that the act was in complete violation of their fundamental rights and they would continue their agitation despite all odds.

Earlier, hundreds of members of the Unemployment Elementary Teachers Union held a rally in Sector 17 here today.

The president of the union, said it was unfortunate that the teachers were on strike for more than two years, but the government had not taken any step to solve their problem. The members of the union raised slogans against the government. Ms Binder Kaur joined the indefinite fast today.



Burail — Corbusier’s nightmare
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
The planning of Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh seems to have gone haywire if one goes by the condition of the villages in and around the City Beautiful. The condition in Burail village speaks volumes about the apathy of the authorities concerned. Unhygienic conditions caused by filth and squalor cause untold misery. Lakhs of villagers are doomed to live a life of hell. The streets and roads are full of garbage.

In many places the street and road surfaces have almost vanished for want of carpeting. The road is also marked by cracks and depressions, that make a ride on this road bumpy and risky. Even after a short spell of rain, the pothole turn into cesspools. Unhygienic conditions prevail all around and can lead to diseases like jaundice, diarrhoea, cholera and other water-borne diseases.

To add to the problems cattle and pigs can be seen roaming all over the place, leading to accidents. The residents also have to suffer acute shortage of water, power cuts, poor sanitation and drainage system.

Burail was among 22 villages which were the part of Union Territory. But in July 1997 Burail alongwith three other villages was included in the area of Municipal Corporation and presently it is in Ward Number 10 of the Municipal Corporation.

When this correspondent contacted villagers a number of them said they had written a number of complaint letters to the Municipal Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner and the UT Advisor to improve the condition of the village but the officials had failed to take note of their problems. Finally, the villagers had approached the Governor of Punjab and requested him to visit the village last week.

Ms Manjit Kaur Sandhu, president of the Young Democratic Federation of India, said “after the inclusion of the village in Municipal Corporation in 1997 not even a single penny has been spent on the development of the village by the MC and the Administration”.

Ms Prem Lata, a teacher, complained that the absence of a circular road near government primary school and Shiv mandir was a big problem and heaps of garbage near the school were very unhygienic and dangerous for small children. She added that there was no road in the village and during the rainy season the kuccha passage used by more than half of the villagers took shape of a canal of garbage and dirt.

Ran Nath, another villager, complained that there was no entry point to approach the road to the village. The villagers were facing great difficulty while entering the village. It is just impossible to enter the village in a car or scooter.

Mohan Singh complained that the villagers were facing discomfort on account of irregular water supply, low water pressure and polluted water.

When this correspondent contacted the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, confirmed the said problems in the area since he had visited the village recently with other senior corporation officials. He said he had already directed the officials concerned to look into the problems. He assured that the corporation would solve the problem within a month.



Roundabout or death-trap?
Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Residents of southern sectors, particularly those residing in Sectors 38, 39 and 41, are a harassed lot. Their repeated complaints about the step-motherly treatment being meted out to them by the Municipal Corporation as far as the maintenance of roads and roundabouts have fallen on deaf ears. .

The roundabout of Sectors 37, 38, 41 and 40 is quite unsafe and becomes

a virtual death-trap due to poor riding surface dotted with potholes and depressions, the residents disclose. According to Mr Sudesh Kumar, “The ride is very bumpy and risky. If one ventures to go from Sector 14 towards Sector 40 and 39 on a two-wheeler or three-wheeler, one cannot escape the experience of getting 30 to 35 jolts.”

Another resident points out that a 5 feet 3 inch wide pit near the round about has resulted in various accidents, particularly at night, when the drivers fail to notice due to non-functional streetlights. A former executive engineer, Mr J. Tiwari, discloses that the problems is aggravated during the monsoons, when rain water accumulates in the pit and the surrounding potholes and those driving on it often fall prey to it. Since the road is badly broken from many places, many cases of people sustaining head injuries after falling from a two-wheeler near this roundabout have been reported.

Prof R.P. Chaudhry, a senior lecturer at DAV College, Chandigarh, who travels from Sector 39 to Sector 10 daily, also highlights the problems experienced by them in going across this crossing smoothly. Many a time, people just escape skidding. The residents of the area, who are rather sore with the MC about its proper upkeep and maintenance, point out that heavy volume of traffic to SAS Nagar and Kharar moves through this roundabout. A resident discloses that since no separate space has been provided for the local buses to stop, there is lot of congestion when a CTU bus stops at this roundabout and often results in serious accidents.

A few others point out the threat that is posed by the vehicles of the VVIPs residing in Sector 39 as they move at high speed along this uneven surface. The danger is more at night when people of the nearby areas come for a stroll here after their meals and the rush often leads to accidents.

The residents have demanded that the civic body should take immediate steps to remettle the entire roundabout with latest techniques. While the residents blame the MC for their apathy, a senior official says the work has been held up due to constraint of funds. He has assured that the repair of the said crossing will be undertaken shortly to avoid any mishap.



Pitiable condition of roads
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 29
Claims of the Punjab Government to promote industry appear not to be in conformity with the functioning of the local Municipal Council if the poor condition of roads in Industrial Area, Phase 9, is to be believed.

Entrepreneurs running small-scale electronic units in the area have been running from pillar to post to get repaired a section of the road in front of their units, especially from plot No 645 to 655. The newly constructed road was damaged due to plying of trucks, carrying earth for the ongoing work on the Chandigarh — Ludhiana rail link to nearby Kambala village.

The problem aggravated after recent rain, resulting in road blockage “To make the road usable, earth was dumped on the road by the contractor carrying out the work on the railway line. This further damaged the road”, said Mr R.S. Virk, Managing Director of a unit manufacturing electronic weighing machines.

Other entrepreneurs manufacturing electronic gadgets are equally concerned as they have to park their vehicles away from their units.

Inquires reveal that a water supply line along the road was damaged due to the plying of trucks. After repairing the water supply line, the civic body did not fill up the trenches.

Mr Virk said his unit, exporting electronic weighing machines, was expecting his foreign collaborators. “What impression will they get after they see the condition of roads,” he asked. The affected entrepreneurs have represented to the Punjab State Electronic Corporation and president of the civic body. Even the Municipal Engineer of the civic body visited the site but the problems persist. The entrepreneurs now plan to apprise the Punjab Governor of the problem.



Plan to beautify roadsides
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Mr Ishwar Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forests and Director, Environment, stated here today that selected species of plants would be planted under the overhead electric lines and telephone lines running parallel to roads in parks and greenbelts.

According to a press note, the species like maulsari, millettia and beringtonia will be given beautiful shape by lighting. These plants have beautiful foliage and good capacity to absorb the pollutants, including dust.

Mr Ishwar Singh said the burning of leaves and other waste material would be discouraged in future as it not only caused air pollution but also damaged trees and affected their growth.

The kiosks and advertisement boards would be removed from the trunks. Individuals and commercial organisations, displaying such boards on the plants would be dealt with sternly.

While giving information regarding forestry, he advocated that all government, non-governmental organisations and citizens should take the necessary steps to maintain and protect the plantations by preparing a proper maintenance and watering schedule.

In Chandigarh certain trees are either dead or eaten up by the termites and were in the process of dying. Some “imli” trees along the Sukhna Lake have died and dried up, giving an ugly look to the area.

These will be removed to create a second crop of good-looking trees, he added.



Exotic food, classy ambience
Harvinder Khetal

IF you have an exotic taste or if you want to be posh, then Imperial Resorts is the place for you to visit. This new hospitality venture has come up on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur highway, next to the Nevedac Prosthetic Centre.

Based on the farmhouse concept of Delhi, the outfit promises a resort, a banquet hall and a multi-cuisine restaurant. It is a stylish place for parties, conferences and shooting of movies.

Opening on July 2, the restaurant gives one an opportunity to savour some delightful dishes of Thai, Chinese, Continental and, of course, Indian cuisine amid three lush green acres of landscape and waterfalls. I revelled in the rich gastronomical delights there at the inaugural bash held on its spacious lawns on June 23. You should dine in the gazebo made of exquisitely fabricated wooden branches and enclosed in a waterfall. For lunch, maybe the air-conditioned environs of the restaurant, done up in wrought iron and colourful leather furniture and giving a view of the cool greenery, could be preferred.

As for the food, you have a vast array of items to choose from. And to help you decipher the international menu are English-speaking waiters and the captain. Over a bowl of yummy Tom Yum soup, Varinder Chauhan, and B. S. Shashi, chefs, explain that Thai cooking basically comprises three curries — red, green and yellow — cooked in special spices and sauces. And these are teamed with either chicken, lamb or fish or an assortment of vegetables like Chinese broccoli, beans, bamboo shoots, beans, baby corn etc. These make good eating with rice.

Mr J.J. Singh, Director of the resort, says that since the appeal of Thai food is the use of spices, herbs and seasonings, the sauces used in preparing this food are imported from Thailand to give it the right flavour. The Imperial special is chicken in white sauce with almond and cashew curry. Chicken sataye, chicken honey and chicken or veg chilli basil or Thai fish cake (fried minced spicy fish served with siracha sauce) are the snacks that you can pick from.

Among the Chinese delicacies are the ever popular talomein, minchow and hot ‘n sour soups, noodles, rice spring rolls, Manchurian, chilli panir, cheese balls etc.

Tortillas with salsa sauce, stuffed mushrooms with sour cream, chicken stake with saffron rice and panir shashlik are some of the Continental delicacies that tingle your palette.

The Indian fare has the global favourite CTM (chicken tikka masala) besides rogan josh, murg with such flavours as methi, pudina, and dhania and the assortments of panir and vegetable dishes, besides the special navratan curry in white sauce. The cost is around Rs 90 per portion.



Date of document submission extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The committee which has been screening the claims and objections of the prospective allottees of the Sector 46 rehri market today extended the last date for submitting documentary evidence to July 2.

According to a press note, the committee visited the rehri market site today and collected the documents from the allottees. The documents can be submitted in the office of the Tehsildar(C) No 7, Third Floor, Estate Office building, Sector 17, the press note added.


Taking care of your car-I

YOUR car needs a lot of looking after. Every party of the car can be related to different areas. The source of the energy is the engine. This is equivalent to the months of Chi, which means that the bonnet relates to the career area. From here one can go to different parts of the car and relate. Thus after the bonnet comes the front right hand side. This area is for helpful people. The front left hand side is the knowledge are; the rear passenger right side is the children’s area.

The rear passenger left side is the ancestor’s area. The far left relates to teh wealth area. The far right relates to the relationship area; the centre relates to the health area.

Now every one of you knows which area of your car relates to which part. So, if there are scratches or dents on the far-left side of the car, financial problems may be looming. Therefore, drive carefully. Harshna 

Address your Feng Shui queries to:

Postal address:
The Tribune, Sector-29, Chandigarh-160020.



JD (U) to launch campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
A meeting of the Chandigarh Territorial Janata Dal (U), held here today decided to launch a campaign for chahmukhi vikas of the city.

With that end in view, a mass contact programme by holding rallis and padyatras in the colonies and villages would be undertaken. Besides working for permanent union territory status for Chandigarh, the party would press the Chandigarh Administration to spend 50 per cent of the budget on villages and colonies.

Regularisation of the houses outside the lal dora, proper maintenance of roads and streelights, provision of about 3 lakh unemployed youths in the city would be other demands on which the party would mobilise the people.


3 power meters burnt down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Three electric meters were burnt down when a fire broke out in SCO 372, Sector 44-D here today. The cause of the fire is said to be short-circuit. According to sources two fire engines were rushed to the spot which controlled the fire within 30 minutes.

Another fire was caused by short-circuit in IFCI building, Sector 27. Short-circuit in the stabiliser of a computer led to the fire. A minor fire broke out following short-circuit in a transformer near the Sector 33 terrace garden.



Liquor worth 1 lakh seized
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
The local police arrested two persons, including a city resident, and seized liquor worth Rs 1 lakh from their possession. The seized liquor was meant to be smuggled in Punjab.

According to the local police, 35 crates (420 bottles) and 60 quarter bottles of liquor were recovered from a Tata 407 truck from near Rehri Market of Sector 24 here today. The truck was also impounded as the necessary documents to transport such quantity of liquor were found missing. The truck belonged to a former contractor and proprietor of Ladda Group. Those arrested were Parmod Kumar, resident of Sector 24, and Milap Singh, resident of Mandi district.

Man assaulted

Mr Ram Karan, resident of Colony 4, reported to the police that he was assaulted by Gurdev Singh and his wife, residents of the same colony, here yesterday. The complainant reportedly received injuries. A case under Sections 323, 324 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.

Cyclist injured

A cyclist, Mr Joginder Singh, resident of Khuda Jassu village, was hit by an Ambassador car being driven by Balbir Singh of Muktsar near the PGI here yesterday. The victim was admitted to the PGI. The driver was arrested under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC. He was later released on bail.

Shop burgled

Mr Ramesh Kapoor, resident of Sector 34, reported that his shop in Sector 17 was burgled sometime between June 26 and 27 here. The thieves decamped with Rs 35,000. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Theft reported

Mr Balkar Singh, resident of Sector 28, reported that a wrist watch, Rs 3,000 and some household goods were stolen from his house after breaking the door lock here yesterday. A case under Sections 380 and 454 of the IPC has been registered.

Scooter stolen

A scooter (CH - 01 - R - 7170) of Mr Harinder Pal, resident of Sector 40, was stolen from his residence here yesterday. A case under Sections 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Two arrested

The local police arrested two persons from different parts of the city and seized 120 pouches of liquor from their possession. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Scooterist dies

A scooterist who was hit by a truck on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Hallomajra succumbed to his injuries in Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here on Friday. The police said the victim’s scooter (CHD 4924) was hit by a truck (HR-37-6269) around 2.30 pm. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The truck driver fled after the accident. A case has been registered.

Two arrested

Panchkula police has arrested two persons — Narayan Singh, alias Bittu and Narinder Singh, alias Billu, who were involved in Bangu bus theft case. The third accused, Ashok Kumar, alias Banti, is still at large. The police said that Narayan Singh, a resident of Riwar, near Choupal in Shimla, was working as a cleaner in a Kalka-based transport company while his accomplice, Narinder of Kalka, was a truck cleaner. They along with the third accused had lifted a bus from Kalka last month and were on their way to Delhi along with the stolen vehicle when they were stopped by the police. The trio had fled from the scene and the Delhi police had seized the vehicle. A case under Section 379, IPC was registered against the trio.

Pistol seized

The police on Friday arrested four persons under the Arms Act and seized one country-made pistol and three knives from them. Mr Mohinder Singh, alias Raju, of Kaithal was arrested for possessing a 3.15-bore country-made pistol. Pradeep of Bartana village, Uttam Chand of Mullanpur village and another person were arrested for possessing knives. Cases under the Arms Act have been registered against them.



Body found
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 29
The body of a 35-year-old man was found lying on the storm water gully under mysterious circumstances on a road diving Sectors 64 (Phase 10) and Sector 65 (Phase 11) here this morning. The face of the unidentified victim was badly mutilated with two stab wounds on the chin and broken front teeth.

Efforts by the police to ascertain the identity of the victim had not yielded any result till late this evening. A deep wound on the back of the deceased’s head was also found and blood was oozing out from the spot. A police official said it was suspected that the victim had died on the spot after being hit by a small boulder which was found near the body.

There were injury marks also at the back of the deceased’s neck. It appeared that the victim had been attacked with sharp-edged weapon. The incharge of the Phase 11 police post, Mr G.S. Bal, said the victim appeared to be a skilled labourer. Efforts to trace the address of the victim in Hallo Majra colony near Mani Majra did not yield any result.

Forensic experts took samples of the blood, strands of hair and samples of earth from the site. The police has registered a case of murder. An autopsy of the victim was done at the civil hospital in Phase 6 here.


Money transfer facility extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The International Money Transfer Services (IMTS), introduced in posts offices of major cities earlier, has now bee extended to 27 more post offices in Punjab and Chandigarh.

According to the Chief Postmaster General, Punjab Circle, the scheme will also be extended to 106 more post offices throughout the country with effect from June 30. Within the next three years, the network is expected to touch 300 post offices.

The service is based on an agreement of the Department of Posts with the USA-based Western Union Financial Services International. The money transfer takes place electronically. The working hours in the post office for this service have been fixed from 10 am to 3 pm, with no lunch break.

Besides the Sector 14 Chandigarh post office, other post offices in Punjab to which this service has been extended are Amritsar HO, Taran Taran HO, GT Amritsar, Bathinda HO, Mansa, Ropar HO, Ferozepur HO, Faridkot HO, Muktsar, Moga, Gurdaspur HO, Batala HO, Hoshiarpur HO, Dasuya HO, Mukerian, Jalandhar Cantt HO, Nawanshahr, Kapurthala HO, Phagwara HO, Patiala HO, Rajpura HO, Sirhind CPO, Ludhiana, Jagraon HO, Khanna HO and Sangrur HO.


Direct contest likely in CBM poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The election campaign for the election to president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal(CBM), scheduled to be held on July 1, has hotted up with the two candidates claiming support of different traders’ bodies. A rally was organised in Sector 37 in support of Mr Charanjiv Singh today. Members from markets of Sectors 37, 44D, 46, 38, 42, 32, 34, 35, 23 and 24 pledged support to him, according to a press note.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Electrical and Electronics Traders Association, Traders Association, Sector 17, Capital Beoparies Association, the Chandigarh Plywood Dealers Association and the Chandigarh Transport Association have pledged support Mr Jagdish Arora, another candidate, according to another press note.

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