Sunday, November 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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MC poll candidate allowed to spend Rs 60,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
A candidate contesting the forthcoming elections to the Municipal Corporation will be allowed an expense of Rs 60,000 with respect to any arrangement he or she makes during the polls and campaign.

Any facilities provided by the Chandigarh Administration or by any office, agency or body of the government or the Municipal Corporation in connection with the election shall not be included in the expenditure.

Mr S. Malaichamy, Election Commissioner, Chandigarh, has exercised powers conferred under Rule 96 of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (Election to Councillor) Rules, 1994, and notified the expenses. This will be in supersession to all previous orders in this context, says the notification.

The candidate shall keep the correct account of election expenses on a day-to-day basis between the dates on which he has been nominated and the date of the declaration of the result in the prescribed form, says the notification.

All expenditure incurred or authorised by the candidate in this regard will have to be supported by vouchers duly serially numbered and as entered in the expenditure statement.

The candidate is required to file the election expenses returns with the concerned Returning Officer within 15 days from the date of the declaration of the result with an affidavit. Within two days of receiving information, the Returning Officer shall display a notice specifying that inspection of the said account may be made and that any person interested in obtaining a copy of such account may obtain the same on payment of a fee of Rs 10 from the concerned Returning Officer.

The state Election Commission, if satisfied that a candidate has failed to lodge the account of election expenses within the prescribed time and in the manner so prescribed without any valid reason or justification for the said failure, shall declare him disqualified for a period of six years from the date of the order of the commission. In order to bring down poll expenses, the Election Commission has come up with a nine-column expense form. The columns will have date of expenditure, nature of expenditure and name and address of the person receiving a payment, among others particulars.

Each candidate will also have to submit an affidavit that the details of expenses are authentic. “Already, political parties have come up with their own codes of conduct, but, overspending cannot be curbed,” say political observers. The Election Commission will also deploy its personnel to make physical verifications of expenses on posters, bunting, gate meetings and the use of vehicles.
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Relatives of slain terrorists honoured
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 10
Memories of dark days of terrorism once again came back knocking when close relatives of slain terrorists were honoured during a kirtan darbar organised by Guru Asra Trust and Khalsa Panchayat in Phase 7 here today. The leader of the youth wing of the AISAD, Devinder Singh, along with Man Singh and Tejinder Singh, all allegedly involved in the 1984 hijacking of an Indian Airlines Boeing flying on the Chandigarh-Jammu route, were also honoured with siropas.

At least 100 close family members of slain terrorists, including the mother of Dilavar Singh, assassin of the late Beant Singh, and mothers of Sukha and Jinda, assassins of Gen A.S. Vaidya, were also honoured by the organisers. The incharge of the Guru Asra Trust, which looks after the children and widows of slain terrorists and orphans, Kanwar Singh Dhammi, said, “In the eyes of the trust, the living or slian persons are heroes as they were fighting for a cause”.

At least three family members of Gurbachan Singh Manochal, Mrs Surjit Kaur, mother of Baljinder Raju, a relative of Jinda, were presented with siropas. Dismissing that the event could kick up a controversy, Mr Dhammi maintained that there was nothing wrong in honouring as they had spent their lives for a cause.

Earlier, different ragis recited shabad kirtan during the kirtan darbar, which would continue till 4 p.m. tomorrow. The trust looks after the children and widows of slain terrorists and orphans. Mr Dhammi said over 400 children were being looked after by the trust. 
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22 juveniles still in Burail jail
Kiran Deep

The law says

The Supreme Court, in its verdict in the Kadra Pahadiya versus the State of Bihar case, had iterated the principles laid down in the Hussainara Khatoon Case that speedy trial was a fundamental right of all prisoners and the deserving should get bail. It also said legal aid should be provided, wherever necessary.

Chandigarh, November 10
Even two years after the introduction of the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, more than 20 juvenile undertrials are still in the Burail jail along with other inmates. The new Act says that they should be kept in a juvenile home, but no one seems to care.

Under the new Act a juvenile is anyone who is not yet 18, though, earlier, this age limit was 16. The new Juvenile Justice Act provides for proper care, protection and treatment of juvenile jail inmates by catering to their development needs, adopting child-friendly approach and their ultimate rehabilitation through institutions established under this Act.

Interaction with juveniles and advocates showed that, at present, 22 children were lodged in the Burail jail, some of whom were not even 16. They are being treated as harshly as the other undertrials and the ages of many juveniles have not been mentioned correctly in the jail records.

These juveniles get food twice a day and their relatives can meet them only in visiting hours that are the same for all inmates. They are always taken to court in the same vehicles as adult undertrials.

The only juvenile home in Sector-15, with nine rooms, is lying vacant and, most of the time, only one attendant is there to take care of it.

Leading lawyers said these children needed special attention, which they could get only in juvenile homes. The lawyers said there were chances of these children interacting with hardcore criminals in regular jails and getting influenced by them.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, who handles cases of juvenile offences, said the court had been following the new Act and if anyone was covered by it, the court would surely consider the case for his or her protection and care. Mr Mohal also said, so far, he had not received any application from any lawyer whose juvenile clients were in the Burail jail.

The Superintendent of Model Burail Jail, Mr D.S. Ranna, when contacted, said there were indeed more than 20 juvenile undertrials in the jail, who were here on direction of the court. He said these juvenile undertrials had separate rooms.
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3 held for producing, storing fake medicine labels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Three persons have been arrested by the Economic Offenses wing of the local police for allegedly producing and storing fake labels of medicines. These labels were then pasted on vials of some other medicines.

Those arrested include P P Singh, proprietor of an art press in Industrial Area, Phase II, here and two residents of Kharar, Sanjiv Kumar and Satish Kumar. Sanjiv and Satish were arrested from Kharar and have been remanded to two days’ police custody. The police has seized 130 injections with bogus ‘Norphin’ labels, 290 ampules without labels, 29 plain boxes and 200 ampules of ‘Bonorwin’ in 20 plain boxes from Sanjiv’s possession. In addition, 650 injections with bogus ‘Norphin’ labels in 65 boxes and 3,300 ‘Norphin’ labels have been seized from Satish.

Based on a complaint lodged by the General Manager of UNICHEM Laboratories Limited based in Baddi, the firm which produces ‘Norphin’ injections, a police team under the supervision of DSP B D Bector yesterday raided the premises of Fine Arts Printers in the Industrial Area, here. Officials from the drug manufacturing unit were also present. Officials of the firm got suspicious about fake labels after the art press proprietor approached then, offering his services to print labels for the firm.

The police has registered a case under Sections 63 and 65 of the Copyright Act as well as under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC.
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Employees asked to remove animals from PGI
Move to check filth on campus
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
PGI authorities are likely to come down heavily upon its employees who are rearing animals in the hospital complex for illegal sale of meat. The PGI, which is one of the many illegal suppliers of meat, chicken, eggs, bird meat and even fresh milk, has ordered these employees to remove their animals within a fortnight after which they will be forced to initiate action. The order comes in the wake of a fresh inquiry into the matter and sources state that punishment to the extent of cancellation of the employee’s residence allotment is also expected.

The PGI employees, many of whom are rearing all sorts of animals for years now, have been doing this within the PGI’s established boundaries. There is at present at least one piggery running on the PGI campus, many employees have hens, one is even rearing white pigeons and at least two have more than three buffaloes.

“This is just our side business. And not even a very profitable one. We feed the pigs with the leftovers from the PGI mess and hostels” informs the employee who is rearing pigs here. And how do they access the mess waste? “We have a contract of Rs 2,200 a month with the PGI to collect this waste,” he added.

Till some years back animal rearing was being done in the residences of these employees but after complaints of these animals causing accidents and filth were lodged with the administration, the piggeries and cowsheds were removed. But they re-established them just at the PGI boundary. So what is the cause of this incorrigibility of the employees? “Its only the poor employees who are trying to earn a little bit of extra money. And I think there is nothing wrong in it. But certainly doing it in their houses is illegal. But then I think most of them are doing this on the PGI outskirts,” said Mr Ashwani Munjal, general secretary of the PGI Employees Union.

However, Mr M.S. Sodhi, PGI Estate Manager, is not so sure. “We will be going through the PGI residence allotment rules and find out if it is illegal to rear animals in the complex.” he said. A fresh inquiry had been ordered into the issue after another complaint was received by the administration. Sources state that a team from the PGI which included some officers and securitymen went around with cameras and noted the exact number of employees who have this side business running, photographed the places where the animals are kept, and filed a detailed report to the authorities.
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Canada 3000 cancels India operations
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Polar flights to India from North America have met an unexpectedly quick end. Introduced last month by Canada 3000, when it brought the first-ever commercial flight to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on October 8, it has been discontinued exactly after a month. The airline (Canada 3000) decided to cease all its operations, both domestic and international with immediate, effect i.e. from today.

Earlier, United Airlines announced cancellation of its plan to introduce a polar flight from Chicago to New Delhi. So both United and Canada 3000 have for the time being decided to discontinue their India operations.

“Canada 3000 Airlines regrets to advise that it will cease flying operation effective November 9. We are, therefore, unable to transport passengers to their destinations, and recommend that they seek an alternative means of travel,” said Ms Angela Saclamics, Communications Manager of the airline.

As a result of the terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11, the demand for air travel among all carriers fell by about 30 per cent. This decline was further aggravated by the downturn in economic activity, the record low value of the Canadian dollar, and the introduction of Air Canada’s low cost carrier, Tango, on main domestic routes, she said.

The cancellation of these operations would inconvenience air travellers to India as many of the international carriers have already discontinued their New Delhi-Toronto operations. Austrian Airline, for example, has discontinued its Vienna-Toronto flight.

Air India operates on Delhi-Toronto route in cooperation with Air-Canada. Air-Canada has already stopped its Indian operations.

The Government of Canada, Ms Saclamacis said, offered a loan guarantee of $75 million to Canada 3000, conditional upon reduction of capacity and costs by approximately 30per cent. Due to labour union contracts and labour regulations requiring crew layoffs by seniority, which would result in extensive delays in implementing layoffs and significant costs in crew aircraft type retraining, the airline was unable to produce a plan acceptable to the government without relief from these requirements.

There has been worldwide recession in aviation industry.
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Lottery results fixed by unscrupulous dealers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
Results of state government lotteries in Haryana are being allegedly fixed and bets on the outcome of results are being placed with unscrupulous dealers.

According to information available, a large number of unscrupulous elements have made the township their area of operation after the daily lottery draws were banned by the UT Administration last year. Bets on results of these daily draws worth lakhs of rupees, are being placed with these lottery agents.

It is learnt that a number of people operating in Sectors 5, 11 and 16 have come here following ban on lotteries by the UT Administration, last year.

The township, along with SAS Nagar and Zirakpur, has since then become the Mecca for lottery agents. A number of illegal lottery stalls have also reportedly cropped up at Majri Chowk, Abheypur village and in Kalka. There are 12 draws of lotteries each day within a gap of 30 minutes each. While blocks of tickets (10 tickets each) for seven draws are sold for Rs 11, tickets for three groups are sold for Rs 22 and for the remaining two blocks for Rs 33. The prize is on the last two figures of the lottery number. One in a 100 tickets is the winning number.

Sources inform that these agents in the township buy blocks of lottery tickets worth only a few thousand rupees from the state government-recognised dealers, but place bets on favourite numbers for each draw, irrespective of the fact that they do not have the tickets. The bets are placed and noted down in diaries and the accounts are thus maintained.

In case, one of the persons who has placed a bet, wins on the number, which is rare, he gets the booty. Otherwise the money placed on the bets is pocketed by these agents.

Sources inform that as word about this illegal and parallel lottery in Panchkula spread, a number of satta operators in Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, thought of Panchkula as a safe place for expanding their business. Though the Haryana State Lottery tickets are not sold in either of these places, people residing there are reportedly betting their money on these daily draws. The business is reportedly being carried on through cellular phones.

It is also alleged that certain employees of the result department in Haryana State Lottery are hand-in-glove with satta operators. A few people are allowed to enter the premises where the draw is held in Sector 11 just before each of the 12 draws in order to give the results to the operators operating from outside Panchkula. It is also alleged that in at least three to four draws a month, when the judges for the draw are unavailable, the results of the draws are fixed.

Meanwhile, Mr S.P. Singh, one of the biggest lottery agents in the state, when contacted, lamented that while unscrupulous elements managed to escape the police net, it was always the big agents who were harassed.
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‘Palsora murder case solved’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The police yesterday claimed to solve a murder case within a few hours after a person, identified as Dalip Singh, was found dead in a jhuggi in Vishvakarma Colony in Palsora. The brother of the deceased, Kaka Singh and his nephew, Harpreet, have been arrested.

Giving details of the incident, the police said that on receiving telephonic information, a party reached the spot and found the deceased’s body with his head smashed. During investigations, the deceased’s wife, Shakuntala provided some vital inputs, which helped police trace the culprits.

During interrogation Harpreet disclosed that some time back, the accused had molested his minor sister and the wife of his elder brother, which made him harbour a grudge towards the deceased. Moreover, the deceased was also suspecting that his wife was having an illicit relationship with Harpreet, on account of which the deceased used to pass insulting remarks at him.

The police further said that a few days ago, the deceased’s minor son had died due to drowning, after which he started consuming alcohol heavily. He also used to beat up his wife quite often. Yesterday, the deceased had brought his wife back from his parental house in Colony No 5, where she had gone to stay a few days ago. Kaka Singh and Harpreet also accompanied them yesterday. The three had started consuming liquor together and later Dalip Singh picked up a quarrel with Harpreet, alleging that he was having illicit relations with his wife. Meanwhile, Shakuntala took her minor son outside.

While she was out, Kaka and Harpreet clubbed Dalip to death with a wooden log. There after they fled from the spot, picking up Shakuntala from the nearby lane, saying that Dalip was quite drunk and was not safe to stay with.
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Jacob once owned this car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
One of the cars on display in the vintage auto show at the four-day Chandigarh Fair 2001 organised by the CII in Sector 17, once belonged to the Governor of Punjab, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), who is also the Administrator of Chandigarh UT.

The car is a red 1950 MG (Morris), bearing registration number CHB 2200. “Ï purchased it in the early 50s when I was a young Army Major in Delhi”, recalled the Governor in a talk with TNS here today. “I drove it for five-six years. It was a nice car. As I had to go to the USA, I gave it away to an acquaintance for sale on power of attorney. And that was the last I heard about it. The person never got back to me even when I came back to India.”

The Governor said he was quite surprised to see the car at the auto show the other day. “But there is nothing much I can do about it. It now belongs to Bhambhanis, according to a sticker pasted on it’. 
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Sector 17 to remain open today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The main shopping piazza in Sector 17 will remain open on Sunday in view of Divali, a press note of the Traders Association, Sector 17, stated today. Cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse would be around to entertain members of the public.
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COMMUNITY
 

IN FOCUS
A drive for safe driving
Kulwinder Sangha

SAS Nagar
The Rotary Club of SAS Nagar has launched a project to turn one of the central roads of the town into an accident-free zone.

“You change yourself, others will follow”, is the motto the club has adopted and taken the 4 km stretch from Punjab Tractors crossing to the Cricket Stadium under its pilot project. Traffic-related structures, boards, hang-signs and other equipment and fixtures will be installed on the road. The cost per kilometre has been worked out to about Rs 4 lakh which will be raised through donations and sponsorship. The scheme is partly sponsored by IndusInd Bank.

To make safe driving a habit, the club will, instead of following the usual police practice of imposing the traffic rules on road users, involve the residents through a voluntary moral commitment scheme. They will be approached individually as well as through group meetings, seminars and exhibitions to convince them that it is their moral responsibility to follow the traffic rules.

Dr B.S. Chandhok, chairman of the Rotary project, says he was once driving home along with his daughter when he jumped a red light. His teenaged daughter asked him why he had violated the traffic rules. He was so moved by his child reminding him of his duty that he swore to become a disciplined driver. This incident, and the death of Mr C.S. Sethi, a well-known industrialist, in a road accident had a tremendous impact on him. So, he and Mr Sethi’s nephew, Mr Khushjiv Singh, a Rotarian and co-chairman of the project, planned the road awareness scheme.

Keeping his daughter’s protest in mind, he decided to first make the elders “road disciplined”. He argues that if children enjoy safe driving in vehicles driven by their elders, they will learn the traffic rules much better.

Dr Chandhok says that nearly 350 persons have signed a pledge to become “road-disciplined” drivers. The pledge says: “I shall always stop at the red light. I shall not cross the stop line while stopping at a red light. I shall not overspeed. I shall not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. I shall show respect to other motorists and pedestrians and shall minimise the use of the horn. I shall also abide by all other prescribed traffic rules”.

The club has also tied up with Gian Jyoti Public School to educate the drivers of this institution in road safety. Workshops will be held for the “adopted” drivers to make them aware of their responsibility to society in general and schoolchildren in particular. They will then be taken to the Traffic Park in Chandigarh’s Sector 23 for a test. Later, they will be provided with grey uniforms and lapel pins and be redesignated “honorary driving masters”. Their vehicles will have stickers declaring “Bus driven by road-disciplined driver”.

The club has put up about 50 boards on the 4 km stretch with slogans like “You may have terrific sense, but what is needed is traffic sense” and “Good citizens care for others, rascals kill others”.

In the first phase of the project, Chawla Nursing Home crossing on this stretch will have traffic reflectors, delineators and illuminated traffic signboards. The zebra crossing will he marked in luminous paint. There will also be 30 spring posts, 80 road studs and four guide posts. The club has already given a live demonstration of these items to the police, the SDM and the Municipal Engineer. The municipal council has given permission to install the equipment, which is likely to be done in about a fortnight.
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IN FOCUS
Preparing for Divali lights
Shashi Pal Jain

Kharar
As the festival of lights nears, illumination arrangements of homes and establishments are getting special attention. A number of shops have sprung up that offer illumination devices since the conventional methods are losing popularity.

The main bazaar of Kharar is full of stalls selling “chains of multicoloured electric lights chandeliers. These shops are not permanent establishments but spring up only occasions like Divali and Gurpurb. Most of these shops specialise in chains of small multi-coloured bulbs and other small lighting systems. These are easy to make, and do not need much investment. But they do fetch a reasonable profit.

This seasonal occupation is popular with some students and unemployed youths. Mr Naresh Kumar Goel, who owns one of such outlet, says: “I am studying and simultaneously earning a little by setting these lights. They do not require great technical knowledge and unlike cracker selling, you do not need a licence.” He says that he is able to sell 30 to 40 chains in a day. Some of them also offer the chains on hire.

The conventional diyas have taken a back seat. This town was once known for its pottery but today there are only a few families make earthen diyas. Today, most of the traditional potters have abandoned the occupation and the younger generation is no longer interested in it.

Candles are also popular and a number of candle shops have come up. A large variety of candles in beautiful designs, colours and shapes are on sale. 
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PHRC seeks reply from PUDA
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 10
The Punjab Human Rights Commission has sought a reply from the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for allowing construction of houses in a park, adjoining Economically Weaker Section (EWS ) flats in Phase VII.

In a complaint occupants of the EWS flats to the Human Rights Commission said construction of houses in the park was causing inconvenience to them. The commission observed that the executive authorities have to take care of the welfare and basic needs of the residents. The commission directed PUDA not to destroy the green belt till it has properly scrutinised the matter. PUDA has been asked to file its reply by December 4.
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Assurance on recycled plastic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Manufacturers of polythene bags based in Chandigarh today promised the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, that they would not manufacture plastic bags using re-cycled plastic.

An assurance in this regard was given by Mr Jarnail Singh , president of the Plastic Manufacturers and Traders Association today to Ms Nanda as she addressed a press conference here today. The manufacturers also promised that they would cancel the membership of anyone who manufactured bags using recycled plastic, said Mr Jarnail, while adding that paper bags were five time costlier than plastic. A wholesaler of plastic, Mr Jasbir Singh Narula, said only 5 per cent of plastic bags being sold in Chandigarh were being sourced from the city, the rest were being marketed by manufacturers outside the city.

Keeping in view of the ban imposed by the Chandigarh Administration he also promised that wholesalers would not sell recycled bags. Mr Jagdish Pal Singh Khalra, representing the traders, said the issue of polythene bags must be added into the manifestoes of political parties contesting the elections.

The Commissioner MC, Mr M.P. Singh informed that 175 kg of bags made out of recycled plastic had been seized so far. 
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Rotary International to hold contest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 10
The Rotary International will organise a poster and essay writing contest to educate young people about the concept of providing services to others. The theme of the contests is “Mankind is our business”. The last date of receiving entries in each category is November 28. The complete list of the winners will be published on the Rotary International Website at htt:\www.rotary.org. after May, 2002.

The contest is open to children in the age group of 12 to 15. Each school has to select one best entry in each category (poster and essay) and forward it to Mr B.S. Khandpur — Chairman of the District Meet Promotion. The best entry in each category would be sent to the Rotary district-level competitions.

An International Committee would select first, second and third prize winners at the final level, who would receive $ 2,000, $ 1,000 and $ 500 scholarships .
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Thalassaemic society honours kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
‘Where we gain, we lose, we give, we get and forget, we love and are loved and with a sigh we leave the earth...’ wrote Sukhsohit Singh Bawa, a seventeen-year-old boy suffering from thalassaemia, a serious genetic disorder, in which the only way for the sufferer to lead a normal life is to have a blood transfusion each month.

This poem by Sukhsohit fetched him the first prize in a set of competitions organised by the Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association of the city, the prize distribution function of which was held at the APC auditorium, PGI, here today.

Dr S.K. Sharma, Director, PGI, informed the parents of more than 40 thalassaemic children who were attending the function that very soon a bone marrow transplantation facility would be available at PGI.

The parents would not have to go to South India for this complex and expensive cure of thalassaemia. “Gene therapy, another cure will also be researched as part of the genome project in PGI”, he said.

While 40 children received prizes sponsored by the State Bank of India, the association also received two computers along with all accessories from the bank.

The Chief General Manager, Mr Rajender Kakkar presented these computers at the function.

Thanking the bank, Mr S.P. Ajmani, president of the association, stated that this gesture of the bank would go a long way in helping the association.

Mr S.S. Khattar, general secretary of the association, gave a brief resume of the activities of the association.

He requested the blood donor for liberal blood donations for the thalassaemics.

Dr S.B.S. Mann, the chief patron of the association, along with Dr Lata Kumar, Head of Department, Paediatrics, were also present on the occasion. 
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Court order only for corner plots’
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 10
Mr N.S. Minhas, president of the Anti-Encroachment Committee, which had gone to court against encroachments on public land in the town, said the order by a Division Bench for staying the anti-encroachment drive was pertaining only to the 111 petitioners of corner plots and PUDA should clarify the matter with the high court. The committee would become party to the petition by the occupants of the corner plots, he added.
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Police awareness camp
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
The police organised an awareness camp at Barwala this morning under its Operation Sadhbhavna scheme.

According to an official press release, it was informed that around 250 persons, mainly women, attended the camp. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Sheela Bhyan, Chairperson of the Haryana State Women Commission, said female infanticide and foeticide were dangerous. The ASP, Rural, spoke of legal rights of women and their rights regarding arrest, interrogation in police station etc.
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Inflated water bill
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 10
Dr B.S. Khandpur, a resident of Phase VI, is in a state of shock on receiving an inflated water bill from the Public Health Department. Dr Khandpur said instead of writing 157 units, the official concerned wrote 1,570 units of consumption and he received a bill of Rs 4,240.
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CRIME

Motorcyclist succumbs to injuries in PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
A motorcyclist, Vinod Kumar, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, where he was admitted after being hit by a Maruti van near Maloya. The van driver escaped from the spot, leaving his vehicle (DAE 1972) behind, which has been impounded by the police. A case has been registered.

Arrested: A resident of Colony No 4, Uday Raj, has been arrested by the police after he was caught red handed while stealing a wrist watch and a mobile phone after breaking into the house of Rahul Sharma in Sector 19. The police has registered a case.

Booked: The police has registered a case against a Sector 20 resident after two cheques issued by him were dishonoured. Rajiv Bansal, who has his offices in Sector 8, has reported that he had financed a Cielo car to the accused and given him Rs 5 lakh in 1997, for which the accused deposited 15 installments and two cheques. The cheques were later dishonoured.

Maruti stolen: An SAS Nagar resident, Jasmel Singh Sandhu, has reported that his Maruti car (HR-27-0055) was stolen from the paid parking lot of the Sector 16 General Hospital. The police has registered a case.

Panchkula

Booked: A car driver was booked on charges of rash and negligent driving by the Pinjore police on Friday evening. He was overspeeding in a car (HR- 23A- 712) when he was caught by the police near Mallah turning.

One booked: Satnam Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, was booked by the police on charges of outraging the modesty of a young girl near Gandhi Chowk on Friday. A case under Section 354 of IPC. 
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BUSINESS

Industrialists resent govt move
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 10
The Mohali Industries Association has urged the Punjab Government to review its decision to levy surcharge on the taxable turnover on all dealers registered under the Punjab General Sales Tax Act, 1948. Under the government’s decision, all the industrial units enjoying exemption or deferment of tax would have to charge and pay the surcharge on their taxable turnover with effect from November 6, 2000.

The president of the association, Mr B.S. Baidwan, said there was resentment among the industrialists over the government’s move. He said it was surprising that the surcharge levied by the state government was earlier withdrawn at the instance of the Central Government. It was introduced as social security cess but was struck down by the high court. Now the state government has introduced surcharge without any prior notice.
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CII fair gets good response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The CII Chandigarh Fair-2001 received a tremendous response from residents on its second day. Goan band, Taan Trikz, stole the show here today with their excellent performance.

The ICE-2001 pavilion includes products of communications, IT and entertainment companies. Latest-technology computers with easy to use applications like i-tunes, i-movie and i-tools are on display. There is also a lot of information on computer courses. There are also stalls of books, health products, eatables, home appliances, finance schemes and automobiles.

In the Good Health section, apart from food products, there are stalls of insurance companies that are selling their latest policies.

An expo on finance, banking and investment, accessories for modern homes, an array of household and consumer items and the North India Auto Show are the other attractions.

Vintage cars were another attraction. More than 100 companies with a wide range of products and services are participating in the show.
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