Wednesday, June 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Houses outside lal dora to be regularised on payment
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
Residents who have constructed houses outside the lal dora of the 22 villages of Chandigarh can now relax. The dreaded demolition squad will not get them. Their houses are soon going to be regularised but upon payment. However, there will be no extension in limits of the existing lal dora of any of the 22 villages of the Union Territory. The Administration is not keen on extending the lal dora as it will create more problems, sources told Chandigarh Tribune.


  • Constructions outside the limits of lal dora to be regularised on payment.
  • Any building not regularised under this scheme will be deemed as illegal construction and demolished.
  • More than 30,000 families to benefit.
  • No extension to be allowed in lal dora.
  • Money will be for providing assured power , water and sewerage connections.
  • Other infrastructure like schools, shops and roads also to be provided.
  • The development will be like other urban planned areas.

The new scheme aims to benefit more than 30,000 families when construction outside the lal dora is regularised. It will be announced soon as the final modalities are being worked out. These modalities will include aspects like areas which will be brought under the scheme. It is still not defined as to what will be the radius around each village in which permissions will be given. Besides, cost of building infrastructure and streamlining the existing and future construction into a pattern will be built into the scheme.

A development charge will be levied for regularising the construction. When asked about what will be this development charge, a senior official said that it would be calculated on the basis of latest rates. This could be close to what is being charged from the cooperative housing societies. The societies have paid about Rs 1000 per square yard towards development costs. The payment could be allowed on instalment basis as a special gesture, said a source. The problem being encountered is of haphazard construction, he added.

In case of houses in the villages, the charge will be lower than the societies, as the intensity of development will not be the same. The major requirement will be upgradation in power system. A sewerage system already exists in the villages. Several people already have connections with the rural sewerage system. These systems can, however, not be linked with the city sewerage system as the gradients of the villages do not match with the sector level planning and existing sewerage pipes. Any building which does not comply with these instructions will be deemed as illegal and would be demolished, said a source.

The lal doras have been frozen since the 1950s when the consolidation or chak bandi was carried out. In Chandigarh, rapid urbanisation and paucity of lands forced lower middle class people to build homes in areas outside the lal dora. Interestingly, had the lal dora been extended the cost of development would have to be borne by the Administration.

The new scheme is part of the suggestions in the report detailing the kind of extension, if any, can be allowed in case of lal dora around villages. This was tabled at a high-level meeting of Chandigarh Administration officials in January.

Discussions were held on various possibilities then. The Urban Planning and Architecture wing placed proposals which were also taken into account. A demand to extend the lal dora of the 18 villages outside the municipal limits has been pending for long.

Discussions were held on an integrated approach for development of villages by providing them various civic facilities like piped water supply, sewerage, sanitation and drainage, after bringing all constructions under a set pattern of bylaws.


Rs 20-cr project gives more power to UT
220 kv substation starts at Kishangarh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The city got a direct link with the Northern Power Grid when a 220 kv substation wheeling in power from Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh was inaugurated this morning at Kishangarh located on the north eastern tip of the UT. The Rs 20 crore project was completed ahead of schedule and is termed as the first step towards making Chandigarh a model power centre.

The Chandigarh Administration may want to have its own maintenance teams for the 220 kv grid Substation at Kishangarh. This will be part of the long-term planning, admits Secretary, Engineering, Mr Karan Avtar Singh. Initially, the Administration was toying with the idea to have the maintenance on contract. Two parties — the Bhakra Beas Management Board and the Power Grid Corporation of India — were invited to give bids. In both cases the spending of the Administration would have increased. Actually till this afternoon, Mr Karan Avtar Singh and the Chief Managing Director of the Power Grid, Mr R.P. Singh, were locked in conversations over the same issue. The employees’ union also represented to the Union Power Minister today saying they can manage and maintain the grid substation. The only hitch will be the sanction of new posts. Since an embargo exists on new posts, it is likely that the Administration will take employees on contract if it decides to manage on its own.

The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), along with the Union Power Minister, Mr Suresh.P. Prabhu, unveiled the ceremonial plaque to officially commission the project. The Power Minister, Mr Suresh.P. Prabhu, today underlined the government’s commitment to develop Chandigarh as a centre of excellence in power. This includes allocation of 5 per cent share in power from the central pool. This will increase automatically whenever a new project is added. The city has the highest per capita consumption of power, he added.

The project, which is like a lifeline for the city’s power projections, will deal with long-term power requirements. Constructed by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, this is the first 220 kv substation in the Union Territory, and shall improve the power supply to the city by connecting it directly to the National Power Grid through a 220 kv line from Nalagarh.

The Nalagarh 400/220 kv substation has already been commissioned by power grid as part of the power evacuation arrangements from the Nathpa-Jhakri Hydro Electric Project.

At present Chandigarh has its own 220 kv source of supply. Earlier, it was dependent upon outside sources like 220 kv supply from S.A.S. Nagar in Punjab or from Dhulkote and Pinjore in Haryana. This new source at Kishangarh will not only supplement the existing three sources of supply, it will enable us to lay a transmission ring around Chandigarh which will provide a backup source of supply in case the primary source of supply fails at any time.

Chandigarh has a total assured allocation of 189.50 MW of power after taking into account the allocation from BBMB, allocation from the eastern region and 7.5% share from unallocated quota of Central generating stations.

The substation will be linked to the 220 kv substation, Mohali, via 66 kv substations. Power from this substation will be linked to four 66 kv substations in the city — the Secretariat, Industrial Area, Phase-I, Phase-II and to BBMB, Sector –28 — thereby completing the 66 kv ring for Chandigarh. The work of providing these 66 kv links with other substations has been awarded to the Power Grid Corporation and is likely to be completed in March, 2003. This will cost around Rs 9 crore. With the completion of this 66 kv ring, it would be possible to make power available from any source in any corner of Chandigarh. This will enable us to have a reliable back-up arrangement in case one source of power fails.

Speaking on the occasion, the Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), said efforts are on to make Chandigarh a power-cut free city, but this will take some time because there are deficiencies in our distribution system. “We have identified these deficiencies and made a plan to improve the power infrastructure. The Power Ministry has assured the required financial and technical assistance to make Chandigarh a model power distribution centre”, he added.

The General said that with the assistance from the Government of India, we have taken steps to overcome the shortage of power we experience during peak hours, and have entered into an MoU with the Power Trading Corporation for purchase of 25 MW of power during the shortfall period — between 10 am to 6 pm.


Why change colour of number plates now?
P.P.S. Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
For quite some time, there has been a scramble for changing the colour scheme of the number plates on motor vehicles. The last date for effecting the simple colour change is June 30, 2002.

In effect this colour scheme is intended for high security registration plates (HSRP). These are to be introduced in respect of all new vehicles registered after June 30, 2002. The existing vehicles are to switch over to the new HSRP system, coupled with the colour scheme, over a two-year period.

This follows a gazette notification, No GSR 221(E), dated March 28, 2001, vide which a provision was made under Rule 50 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, for induction of high security registration plates for motor vehicles. The proposed colour scheme for motor vehicles has also been amended as follows: (1) in the case of transport vehicles, black colour on yellow background; and (2) in other cases, black colour on white background. The HSRP will have letters in English and figures in Arabic numericals embossed and hot-stamped on the registration plate. New Delhi has identified five ‘’testing’’ agencies for HSRPs in Pune, Ahmednagar Tractor Nagar, Budni (Madhya Pradesh), Dehra Dun (Uttaranchal) and New Delhi.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has from time to time circulated the necessary guidelines/gazette notifications etc to all states and union territories for the implementation of the new system of HSRP. The last meeting of all states and union territories on this subject was held in New Delhi on March 4.

The meeting was primarily convened to explain to all concerned the fact that with effect from June 30, 2002, all the vehicles to be freshly registered will have to use HSRP and all the existing vehicle owners would have to change to HSRPs within a two-year period. In no communication has the Ministry said the existing vehicle owners should change the colour scheme before June 30, 2002.

At that meeting several states had raised pertinent issues. The meeting was called to brief states and an union territories on the guidelines in respect of “notice inviting tenders”, identification of vendors and demarcation of regional transport offices on area-wise basis for supply of high security registration plates by vendors, quantification of requirement of HSRPs for different vehicles — two and four-wheel, periodicity of audit etc.

As the minutes show, the meeting was also intended to identify steps for “fresh” registration and ‘’sensitisation’’ of the transport authorities concerned on the HSRP system. One fails to understand that if to begin with only ‘’fresh’’ vehicles are to be registered with HSRP after June 30, 2002, why coerce the existing vehicle owners to spend twice. First, by spending money on getting the colour scheme changed and again when HSRP becomes easily available with the regional transport authorities concerned. Existing owners have a grace period of two years.


MC to rear stray cattle
To tap medicinal properties of cow urine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation will now catch stray cattle and keep them in gaushalas forever to tap their ayurvedic medicinal properties.

A recent ayurvedic research in Nagpur has reportedly found that cow urine can be used for cancer cure.

The Director Ayurveda, UT, Dr Madan Gulati, has been asked to visit the research institute in Nagpur to study the developments to enable the Municipal Corporation create infrastructure for rearing cows and tapping their urine, dung, ghee, milk and curd for making medicines.

The Municipal Corporation has now decided to convert its cattle pounds in gaushalas and will impound cows not to release them.

The capacity of Sector 45 cattle pound is being increased and another two-and-a-half acres of land has been acquired for creating a gaushala in Maloya. The Municipal Corporation has sought financial grant from the Central Government for the project.

The new-found medicinal value of the cow urine has enthused the corporation officials. The Municipal Corporation has been facing problems as cattle pounds are filled to the capacity.

The Municipal Corporation is also considering sending a team of experts to Kurukshetra where an NGO is desilting the cow urine for use in medicines.

Dr Gulati has written a letter to the institute in Nagpur showing his eagerness to have a first-hand experience of the new developments in the field of manufacture of medicines from cow waste.

The issue of cow care had come up at a meeting of the officials with National Cattle Commission Chairman Guman Mal Lodha during his recent visit to the city. Justice Lodha had asked the officials not to consider stray cows a burden as their waste could be put to use even after they stopped giving milk.

Number of stray milch animals is rapidly increasing as the use of oxytocin injection reduces the years of milching in animals rendering half of their life useless prompting their owners to desert them.

Dr Gulati told Chandigarh Tribune that Ayurveda found urine, milk, ghee, dung, curd and even touch of cow as having medicinal value and most of the ayurvedic medicines contained cow urine.

The corporation is already using cowdung slurry as a fly repellent and de-odouring substance in its recently set up vermi-culture compost units in different sectors.

The corporation has failed to reduce the number of animals in cattle pounds by dropping them in Ambala as the Ambala authorities have reportedly been doing the same to the city.


Interest in summer camps waning
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
Student interest in summer camps seems to have touched an all-time low in Panjab University this year. The university could not organise even a single camp out of the 10-odd camps organised during the summer vacation each year.

The fact was confirmed by Dr I.S.Dhillon, director of the Youth Welfare Department of the university, while replying to a query by The Tribune. The university claims to have made announcements with regard to the youth leader training camps on more than one occasions during the session.

Once the proposed camps were scheduled for May. The university is now planning the camps during September. The university, however, had to cancel the earlier camps because 'there were no volunteers for the camps'.

One of the arguments forwarded for their poor response to the camps was the border tension with Pakistan due to which students of the Ferozepore belt, in particular, were affected and, therefore, less forthcoming for the camps. However, contrary opinion holders are not convinced with this argument saying the border tension did not affect students in colleges of Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and the city to such a great extent.

A research scholar said one of the major reasons for the poor response to the summer camps was waning student interest. There was a need to make the camps more interesting and paying in comparison to what they offered today. Activities such as debate, quiz and other personality development exercises needed to be carefully planned in terms of making the results more meaningful in their academic and co-curricular pursuits.

The university each year organises 10-odd summer camps which are divided into two categories — preliminary and basic camps. The basic training camps have about 40 students each and the duration is about a week's time. Primary camps are usually of more than a week's duration. Basic camps are usually inter-college while the preliminary camps usually have students from one college only.

Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh) is one of the main venues of the summer camps.

Dr Dhillon said the university will plan the camps during September with adequate care about maintaining their teaching day requirements. The camps have a detailed programme on different aspects of personality orientation, spiritual and physical aspects of personality development, intellectual activity (debate, talks, lectures) and social service projects.


Cong victory procession disrupts traffic
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 11
Traffic on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway was disrupted for over an hour here today following a victory procession by the Congress candidates, who won the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections of the Dera Bassi block.

Chaos was created at the toll tax collection counter on the railway overbridge as the Congress supporters refused to pay toll tax, which resulted in long queues of vehicles on one side of the bridge. Motorists and commuters were put to a great hardship and remained stranded in the jam for over an hour.

A convoy of over 100 vehicles, including cars, vans, jeeps, buses, trucks and tractor-trailers lined up along a half km stretch of the highway, which further put the passengers to a great inconvenience.

Most affected were the children , women and elderly persons who had to bear the brunt in the sweltering heat.

Eyewitnesses said the supporters refused to pay the toll tax, following which the staff deployed at the railway overbridge closed the road. They argued with the toll-collecting staff for over 50 minutes, which led to long queue on one side of the bridge.

Major A.L. Saini, who was on his way to Chandigarh from Kanpur, said the general public has nothing to do with the victory of political leaders. ‘‘If they want to celebrate their victory, they should do it but not at the cost of causing inconvenience to the general passengers, ’’ he added.

Later, the traffic was restored after the intervention of Mr Arvind Puri, SHO of Dera Bassi, who reached the spot and forcibly lifted the barricades, allowing the vehicles to cross the overbridge.

When contacted, Mr Daljit Singh, a toll official at the overbridge, said the loss worth Rs 2,500 was estimated as over 125 vehicles passed the place without paying the toll tax.


Returning Officer clarifies
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 11
Reacting to the news item ‘‘RO charged with favouritism’’, published in Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Amarjit Singh Dhindsa, Returning Officer of the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections and SDM, clarified that no oral request was made by any Congress supporter for the recounting of votes, and no slogans were raised inside the counting hall during the counting process in Government Degree College on Sunday.

He said the police was also not called to push back the SAD workers. The counting was held peacefully and results were declared soon after counting was over, he claimed.


Residents observe bandh 
Allege illegal detention of Akali workers
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 11
Residents and traders of Trivedi Camp near Mubarikpur village observed a complete bandh today to protest against the alleged detention of eight senior Akali activists.

Protesters also raised anti-government and anti-police slogans at a rally in the market of Trivedi Camp, about 3 km from here. They alleged that the police had picked up the SAD activists, including some Akali jathedars, in connivance with some local Congress leaders due to personal rivalry.

Sources say eight Akali activists were picked up by the police from Dera Bassi and Lalru areas on the pretext of a meeting with the Station House Officers of the police stations concerned. After being taken to the police stations, they were illegally detained, the sources say.

Three persons — Kartar Singh, Sarpanch of Meerpur village, Sunehari Lal, Sarpanch of Trivedi Camp and Mukesh Kumar, a candidate for the Block Samiti election — were picked up from Trivedi Camp. Nardev Sharma, Sarpanch of Sarsini village, Baseshar Singh Bachhal, jathedar of Lalru circle, Balwant Singh, senior vice-president of the Patiala district unit of SAD, Vasudev Batra, Sarpanch of Lalru village and Jasmer Singh, a former chairman of the Lalru market committee, were picked up from their houses in Lalru area last evening.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Kartar Singh, one of the detianees, said three constables and an ASI came to his house in a Maruti van and asked him to accompany them to the SHO. He said, they asked him to sit inside the van where Sunehari Lal was already sitting. He said, “We were taken to the Dera Bassi police station and were made to sit there till morning without being told our fault”.

Another detainee, Nardev Sharma, said Mr Ramesh Chand, Assistant SHO of Lalru police station, called him up and asked him to come to the police station as the police wanted to restrain them from joining a rally to be held at Chandigarh tomorrow.

“After some time two constables came and took me to the police station. I was told that I would be released tomorrow morning after being produced before the SDM court”, he said. In a similar way, other Akali workers were also detained and were put in illegal confinement, he said.

The SAD general secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, on receiving the information, rushed to the court of the SDM in Dera Bassi to arrange their release on bail.

Mr Raj Kumar Kalia, general secretary of the Trivedi Camp Market Welfare Association, alleged that the police had been harassing the residents and shopkeepers since the announcement of date for the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections. The market was opened in the evening.

Mr Balwinder Singh, DSP, said the Akali workers were arrested under Sections 107 and 51 of the IPC to avoid any untoward incident. He, however, denied any allegation against them.


Proposal to upgrade traffic lights
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 11
Faced with the problem of ‘dead’ traffic lights due to frequent power cuts, the police is contemplating to get installed a backup system of power. This will help reduce the number of accidents at traffic junctions in the town, feel officials.

The new system will involve upgrading the existing traffic signals at a cost of Rs 4 lakh for a traffic junction.

The police has identified at least nine busiest traffic junctions, which have witnessed maximum fatal and non-fatal accidents. By updating the system, the traffic lights would continue to function in spite of a power failure.

Mr Satish Kumar, owner of a private company, who is forwarding the proposal to the civic body and the police, said 9000W of power was consumed at each traffic junction by the existing system and an expenditure of Rs 272 was incurred on the power bills for a day. After installing Light Emitting Diodes (LED), the power consumption would come to 450W and daily bills of energy consumption would come to around Rs 25. Mr Kulwant Singh, president of the civic body, said this issue would certainly be taken up when the proposal comes before him.

Meanwhile, the police will launch a special drive to instal reflectors on auto-rickshaws in the town from tomorrow. The reflectors will be installed on around 400 auto-rickshaws. The auto-rickshaw drivers will be told about the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.


Expecting a refund, he gets a bill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
Telephone subscribers are destined to suffer harassment at the hands of lower rank staff of telephone companies, despite the entry of private players like AirTel in the field.

Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 32, Panchkula, in a signed statement has alleged that he had deposited Rs 1,500 as security with AirTel for a mobile phone connection. However, he later decided to withdraw his security instead of a connection, since he was not satisfied with the package. He formally applied for the refund of the security on April 11, 2002. However, the security amount has not been refunded till today.

Mr Aggarwal claimed that he was shocked when instead of getting a check for Rs 1,500 deposited as security amount, he was handed over a bill for Rs 207.90.

He pointed out that some other persons residing in his neighbourhood had also received such bills though they had already applied for the refund of their security. None of them had taken telephone connection from the company.

He claimed that despite repeated complaints to the customer care service cell at SAS Nagar (phone no 98150-12345) and other senior officials, no one bothered to listen to his complaint. He feared that the company, even if it pays his security amount, may deduct the amount of the bill. Interestingly, no one bothered to attend the phone calls at the customer care cell in this regard. Mr Aggarwal has urged the authorities to take corrective steps in this regard.


Councillors to meet Jacob on grant-in-aid issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
Councillors of all parties here today reached a consensus to make a strong representation to the Administrator, Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd), to restore Rs 86 grant-in-aid to the Municipal Corporation.

This was decided at a councillors’ meeting here today called by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, to chalk out a strategy for getting the corporation sufficient grants. The councillors also decided to constitute a committee of members to draft a memorandum to be submitted to the Administrator. The nominated member, Mr P. C. Sanghi, suggested that the memorandum should ask the Administration to give the corporation the amount it used to spend on the transferred functions to the corporation along with an annual escalation of 7 per cent. The members approved the suggestion. The shape and number of the committee members has not yet been decided.

The councillors also decided that in case of failure of the Administrator in restoring grants, the members should make a representation to the Second Delhi Finance Commission for the same purpose.


NCP demands Vidhan Sabha for city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The Nationalist Congress Party has demanded the creation of a Vidhan Sabha and a local public service commission for Chandigarh.

Addressing a press conference here today, the national general secretary of the party, Mr T. P. Pithambaram, said the UT required a Vidhan Sabha.

Mr Pithambaram announced that the party would launch a nation-wide agitation against the BJP-led government at the Centre, which it accused of seeking to topple the Congress-NCP Government in Maharashtra.

Mr Pithambaram said that the BJP had failed in its constitutional duty deliberately in Ayodhya and Gujarat. The Supreme Court had saved the secular fabric of the country by not allowing shilanyas at Ayodhya, he added.

The local party unit president, Mr Gurbachan Singh, presented a memorandum to Mr Pithambaram to seek the national party’s backing for a charter of local demands.

The memorandum demanded that the upper age limit in employment for the UT should be brought to 35 instead of 25.

The party opposed privatisation of electricity boards and made host of demands in favour of employees.


Need to set up organ banks

RACKET in organ donation has been going on for quite some time. Those who could afford it were paying (and some still do on the quite, despite the law against it). And about those poor people, their need for money is greater than our need for their organs.

The best matching is with an organ donated by a blood relation, i.e, parents, brothers, sisters etc but in some cases like having no blood relative alive, the law has a provision that cadaver transplant can be resorted to, implying that with the permission of the next of the kin of the patient, similar organ as is required can be removed from a patient, within six hours of the death. This also means that an organ bank can be maintained by the transplanting hospital for the benefit of the deserving patients. There are seven organs that can be donated to other unfortunate people. These are heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, eyes, bone marrow and pancreas.

Every year thousands of people die for various reasons including old age and are either cremated or buried with most of their transplantable organs intact. What a pity that these organs are going waste. What could be bigger religious act than donating our organs to save other lives who are not so lucky, as we are, to carry on living?

Chandigarh’s PGI had organised an organ donation awareness camp at the PGI in May last week. It was long overdue. Thousands of people, including me and my wife, got registered for organ donation after we are no more. We derive great pleasure from the fact that we will give life to others even after we are no more. The organs thus collected will be given to those who are waiting for cadaver transplant of the organ for whatever reason.

It is learnt that on an average there are two brain deaths a day at the PGI. The next of kin of these patients could also be requested to donate their organs whenever these unfortunate patients can no longer continue to live.

However, with the kind of moral fibre that we are made of, these organ banks must have strict rules and enough checks and balances to guard against ‘Ravi Sidhus’ who may want to make a good living out of our donations. I avail myself of this opportunity to thank the PGI for the initiative taken in this regard and I wish you and all others the very best in this noble venture.

Lieut-Col VINAY TEVATIA (retd).

Biotechnology course

Some of the issues raised by your correspondent and your readers in the report “PU out of time and out of step” (Chandigarh Tribune, June 8) need to be debated. “The hackneyed mindset and prescriptive parameters of orthodox education”, that the “policymakers are fossilised in antiquity and out of time and out of step” and allusion to international scenario in science and technology is nothing but verbiage aimed at creating controversy where there is none.

Some holier-than-thou self-styled academicians, who talk of American or Western systems, live in India and try to impose their whims to enjoy the benefits of any educational system which can suit them, are neither familiar with the practices in these universities nor do they seem to understand the ground realities of the educational system in India. Such opportunists refuse to take cognisance of academic course parameters in our country. They must know that the university has rather scrupulously avoided getting into any controversy by conforming to the practice being followed by institutions of repute including IITs and other regulatory bodies.

Compartmentalisation between various faculties has been disturbing the educated class for long but no concrete steps have been possible because of many reasons. Professor Yash Pal, former Chairman, University Grants Commission, in his personal capacity, has been advocating the cause of intra-disciplinary approach in vain. In a country like ours where resources are few and guidelines, directives, faculties and other relevant bodies make it obligatory for the university to adhere to their directions in letter and spirit before starting a course, the university is left with no choice but to comply with these.

Incidentally, the present BE degree in Bio-technology has been initiated after the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, approval of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, guidelines of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and other regulated bodies.

This course has been started because of the sincere efforts of the Vice-Chancellor. He has to work under certain parameters\guidelines failing which the entire system including the media starts criticising him. Can any Vice-Chancellor violate systemic compulsions?

It is time The Tribune started a debate on issues relating to intra-disciplinary freedom, the relevance of factors which determine the eligibility of candidates for various courses, the issue of education policy, depleting grants\financial support, education becoming prohibitive for the common man and many such relevant issues.

Such a debate may pave way for the powers-that-be to prioritise funding for the real welfare and create conditions as good as in the Western/American universities.

SANJIV TEWARI, Director, Public Relations,
Panjab University Chandigarh


Girl dies under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
A teenaged girl died under mysterious circumstances at her residence in Sector 41. Shefali was found dead by her father, Mr Surinder Lal Sharma, a scientist in the CSIO, this morning.

Police suspects that her mother knew that Shefali consumed sleeping pills yesterday. The girl may have died by last evening but details will be known only when the post-mortem report is out. The police said when Mr Sharma reached his house last evening his wife told him that Shefali was asleep as she was tired. In the morning Mr Sharma found his daughter dead and later informed the police.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC and the autopsy was done at the Sector 16 General Hospital, today.

According to information, the girl after clearing here class XII examination two years back was preparing for medical entrance examination. People living in the locality said the girl was under mental pressure as she was not allowed to move out of the home for the past two years. The girl had made a suicide attempt in May last year also.


Dharna by panel members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The Co-ordination Committee of the Central Government Employees here today staged a day-long dharna and organised a rally to press their demand for withdrawal of the “unilaterally-imposed” Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).

The protesters said the scheme had no relevance at a place where best medical facilities were already available. They said the scheme should remain confined to pensioners.

The committee threatened to intensify the agitation in front of the office of the Joint Director CGHS during lunch hours or at Sector-45 dispensary on June 20. The committee claimed that 80,000 persons had been affected by the implementation of the scheme in the city. In the previous arrangement, an employee could go for medical help in any sector.


CBI raids Engg Dept store
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
A team of the UT Vigilance Department and the CBI today conducted a search operation on a store of the Chandigarh Administration Engineering Department.

The search was to check the stock of steel purchased by the Administration. Sources said about 800 tonne of steel was lying in the stock which had to be weighed. The CBI and the vigilance team stopped the weighing around 8 p.m. and will carry on with their task tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Administration appointed Mr C.L. Lakhanpal, a retired IAS officer, as inquiry officer.


Rain in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The city and surrounding areas here tonight experienced showers, bringing down the night temperature.

The rain was preceded by strong winds, thunder and lightening.

Reports were also received of power failure at some places due to falling of trees on power lines.


PUDA to be served notice
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 11
The House Owners Welfare Society, Phase 5, has decided to serve a legal notice on the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for its failure to solve 12-year-old problem of flooding of the low lying pocket of Phase 5. The decision was taken at a meeting of the society here today.

Mr Albel Singh Syan, general secretary of the society, said PUDA had made a proposal in 1998 but the same had not been implemented.


BJYM condemns Bhatti’s act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has condemned Jaspal Bhatti for “training young Bhagat Singhs in his acting academy.” In a statement issued here today, Mr Satinder Singh and Mr Shakti Prakash Devshali, president and general secretary of the BJYM, Chandigarh, respectively, said Bhatti was making fun of a national hero by indulging in such acts.

They said Bhagat Singh was no actor; he was a patriot and that by stating that he was preparing young Bhagat Singhs in his acting academy, Jaspal Bhatti had not done justice to the sacrifice of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. They said given the war-like situation being faced by the country, films on the life of martyr helped to create the feelings of nationalism and ought to be respected.


Four injured in accidents
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, June 11
Four persons were injured in two separate accidents in the district in the past 24 hours.

According to a press note issued by the police, a car (HR-03C-9037) driven by Balkishan hit Mr Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Khataula village, and two others, while they were waiting for a bus at the Sector 6/7 dividing road on Sunday.

In another case, Mr Vinod Kumar, a resident of Sector 2, was hit by a Maruti van (CH-01N-3443) driven by an unidentified person near the Government Press in Sector 6, here this morning. The driver of the van sped away.

Cases under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC have been registered.

Case of gambling
In a case of gambling the police has arrested Kaka Singh of Bir Ghaggar village for gambling at public place near the Chandimandir Railway Station on Sunday night. A sum of Rs 770 has also been recovered from him.

A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against him.

One held
For his alleged involvement in a theft case in House No. 238 of Sector 16, the police has arrested Hari Singh, a resident of Abheypur village, here today.

According to the police, the accused was involved in the theft and the police has recovered some jewellery from him.

SAS Nagar

Autopsy done
The post-mortem examination of 40-yr-old Sumarpal, a resident of Badmajra, who died three days ago, was conducted at the Kharar Civil Hospital. It is learnt that panel of doctors that conducted the autopsy found no external injury marks on the body.

The vicesra has been sent for chemical examination to Patiala. The body was handed over to the family members of the victim and last rites were performed here this evening.

Earlier, the family members of the victim had said that he was beaten to death by certain people in the colony. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Firing incident
The police has booked Navdeep Singh, a resident of Phase 5, for firing in air in Sector 71 from his. 12 bore licenced gun. The police party on hearing the gun shots reached the spot. A case under Sections 363 of the IPC has been registered by the police.

A chain of gold earrings of a former municipal councillor, Mrs Sita Devi, was snatched by two unidentified youths near the PUDA office in Phase 1, here late last evening. The victim was returning from Badheri when the incident took place. The snatchers escaped on a scooter.

A 32-year-old resident of Phase 3 A, Paramjit, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. He was reportedly under stress due to debts. According to information, the victim got employed at a boutique in Phase 4 after he shifted from Patiala. The victim’s wife is an employee at government press at Sirhind. The victim died at the PGI after being referred from the Phase 6 Civil Hospital. He was earlier taken to Phase 6 Civil Hospital.

Theft case
The police has registered a case of theft on the complaint by Mr Roshan Lal, a resident of Sector 35C, Chandigarh.

In his complaint, Ms Lal said some unidentified person had stolen his car (CH-01L-0127) parked out side a house in Sector 11 in Panchkula at about 10 pm.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.


2 killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Lalru, June 11
Two persons died and 12 others sustained serious injuries when a truck and a Himachal Roadways Transport bus collided on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Lalru here late last night. The police said bus (HP-14-5308) was on its way from Hardwar to Shimla when it collided with a truck (HR-45-4770) headed towards Ambala at about 10.30 pm in Dapper village.

A bus passenger, Jeete Attry, died on the spot while another, Chandria Ram, succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. The injured were taken to Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in Chandigarh. They include Ashuvir, Dharti, Padam Sharma, Nidhi Sharma, Ratti Bahadur, Kali Bahadur, Singar and Prem Bahadur. Bir Bahadur, Chandiana, Sunder and Mahesh were rushed to the PGI in Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, an elderly woman, Laxmi Devi of Gholumajra, died on the spot when a car (PB-65B-2775) hit her on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway today. A case has been registered.


Murder accused arrested
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 11
Balwinder Singh Brar, who allegedly shot a property dealer, Baljinder Singh, in Sector 21 in July 1998, was arrested by the police from Faridkot today. He was later remanded in police custody by a local court.

He was brought here by the crime branch of the police on a production warrant. After being arrested under the NDPS Act by the Punjab Police, Balwinder was undergoing treatment at a de-addiction centre in Faridkot and was sent to jail yesterday. According to police sources, Brar had fired bullets at the victim when he was going to drop his daughter to school. The bone of contention was the house in which the property dealer was living.


ICICI, HPCL launch credit card
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
ICICI Bank Limited and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, have launched their co-branded credit cards in Chandigarh. The card has already been launched in Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Nasik and has received encouraging response from the consumers.

By using the card, a customer can buy fuel at an HPCL outlet without having to incur the 2.5 per cent service charge attracted on normal credit cards. Moreover, the ICICI Bank-HPCL cardholders can also redeem their reward points, earned at HPCL outlets or through any other transactions made on the card, for fuel at HPCL outlets. A special feature of the cards is that the reward points, called speed‘O’miles, accrue even faster when the card is used at an HPCL retail outlet. The cardholders also get a number of promotional schemes on a range of vehicle accessories, tyres, batteries, as well as servicing facilities available at the HPCL outlets. A card holder will be able to get all these unique benefits at all card accepting HPCL petrol pumps in Mumbai, Pune Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Nasik and Chandigarh.

Says Mr Anand Kumar, Regional Head, Retail Banking, ICICI Bank Limited : ‘‘We have always endeavored to provide convenience though our value-added services for our customers across the country. The launch of the cards in New Delhi is of great importance for us considering the immense potential it holds for us. Chandigarh has the highest per capita density of vehicles in the country and we are sure the ICICI bank - HPCL card will find ready acceptance from them ’’.

Mr T.S. Sawhney, Regional Manager, Chandigarh Retail Region, HPCL , said: ‘‘This card has been specially designed keeping in mind the changing needs of the Indian vehicle owners. HP retail outlets are now offering a bundle of products, services as well as convenience with no additional load on the customer. The conversion of speed‘o’miles reward points into fuel and discounts on a range of vehicle accessories and servicing will definitely appeal to our customers”.


Anil, Shilpa to be in city today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The city is all set to play host to Mr India. For the first time perhaps, Anil Kapoor will be visiting Chandigarh in connection with two major functions slated for tomorrow.

The first occasion will be the culmination of the VLCC’s get lucky with the VLCC offer, according to which any customer booking a slimming or beauty package on June 10 and 11 will not only get another package of the same amount absolutely free but will also have a chance to get photographed with Anil Kapoor.

Three lucky winners from each centre of the VLCC in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ambala, will also win a date with Anil Kapoor. The winner can also bring along one companion. Anil Kapoor is reportedly flying down with Vandana Luthra for this function.

Later during the day, the focus will shift towards the Planet M where a full-fledged promotion for the latest Anil Kapoor-Shilpa Shetty starrer Badhai ho badhai has been arranged. Shilpa and Anil will be present at the store.

Meanwhile, Egmont Imagination India Ltd, one of the largest children’s entertainment company in the world, has tied up with film star Anil Kapoor’s Kapoor and Kaushik Entertainment Pvt Ltd for the launch of an entire range of products based on Anil Kapoor’s forthcoming film ‘Badhaai Ho Badhaai’.

Egmont has acquired world rights from Kapoor & Kaushik Entertainment to publish and market ‘Badhaai Ho Badhaai’ range of products in India. Egmont has pioneered the concept of Bollywood film publishing programme in India successfully. Egmont announced the launch of the range of products based on the fun and frolic film which extends from a graphic novel to an entire spectrum of infotainment that would educate and interest children. All in all it is an interesting combo of infotainment and marketing prior to the release of the film.

The film has been produced by Kapoor and Kaushik Entertainment and is directed by Satish Kaushik. The film is presented by Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts. Anil Kapoor plays the lead role with Shilpa Shetty and Kirti Reddy. Satish Kaushik also plays a cameo role in the film.

The graphic novel is the flagship product of the film which narrates the entire story with caricatures and captures the complete essence of the film. These products are targeted at children in the age group of 4 to 14. The products are being designed and made keeping in mind the age of the kids and to indulge them in various activities like coloring, reading and creativity development. Priced between Rs 20 and Rs 300 the products will be available at all gift and bookshops, kid stores, supermarkets and malls all across India.

Announcing this, Mr Uday Mathur, Managing Director, Egmont Imagination, said: “Egmont has pioneered the concept of Bollywood film publishing programme in India. We are proud to be the only one to launch a whole range of publishing merchandise in the country for a Bollywood film for the second time in a row.

We have been very selective in choosing films for the publishing programme. With the release of the publishing programme for ‘Badhaai Ho Badhaai’, it is our endeavor to provide a wide variety of reading options to the children”.

Expressing his comments on the tie up, Mr Anil Kapoor, Chairman and Managing Director, Kapoor & Kaushik Entertainment, said: “This is the maiden film of our production company. It is a clean, engrossing family entertainer on the theme of goodness of life. We are pleased to be associated with Egmont for the publishing programme for the film which will add credibility to the film”.



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