Friday, August 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Cholera spread unfortunate: Jacob
Promises measures to prevent recurrence
Tribune News Service

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), presents a trophy to Shweta Malik, Commander, Road Safety Platoon, KBDAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7-B, Chandigarh.
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), presents a trophy to Shweta Malik, Commander, Road Safety Platoon, KBDAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7-B, Chandigarh.

Students dressed up to take part in the Independence Day celebrations at St John High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Students dressed up to take part in the Independence Day celebrations at St John High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Children take part in a cultural programme on the occasion of Independence Day
Children take part in a cultural programme on the occasion of Independence Day 
celebrations in Panchkula on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, August 15
The National Flag was unfurled at the Parade Ground here on the 56th Independence Day by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) amidst tight security. Later, the General joined children presenting bhangra at a cultural show.

General Jacob started with paying homage to freedom fighters and martyrs. He asked the gathering to express solidarity with the brave Armed Forces, who were making sacrifices to maintain the integrity and sovereignty of the country. He highlighted the devotion and gallantry of the Armed Forces, paramilitary forces and police who are combating and countering foreign-sponsored terrorism and insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.

Chandigarh, the General pointed out, had now become one of the most rapidly progressing cities in the country. The quality of life here had improved in the past few years. A leading business magazine had ranked Chandigarh as the 3rd best city in the country for business and investment. A number of steps had been taken by the Administration to enable the residents of Chandigarh to lead a more prosperous and comfortable life. Building by-laws had been liberalised so as to make these more in tune with the current requirements. Keeping in mind the changed socio-economic status of society, a series of amendments had been notified for the residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. A number of measures had also been taken to promote the industrial development of the city.

The Administration has plans to specifically promote the knowledge-based industry in the city. In the National Survey for the Human Development Index, and also in respect of per capita income, Chandigarh had been ranked the first among all states and union territories. A recent survey had placed Chandigarh among the best cities in the country in terms of human resources, telecom facility, power supply, industrial development and government support.

Air Cdre Arun Gopinath unfurls the National Flag at the Independence Day function held in Air Force School, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Air Cdre Arun Gopinath unfurls the National Flag at the Independence Day function held in Air Force School, Chandigarh, on Thursday.

The General said the recent incidents of cholera and gastroenteritis in the city had been unfortunate and strict measures were being taken to prevent their recurrence.

On the health infrastructure, the Administrator said the General Hospital, Sector 16, had been upgraded with the addition of a 28-bed Trauma Unit with an emergency operating theatre. The Polyclinic, Sector 22, had been upgraded to a level of a Community Health Centre and indoor facilities for chest and tuberculosis patients had been inaugurated. A 30-bed gynae and obstetrics wing had also been established, he said.

He said the city’s power share had been increased and Chandigarh declared a model city on the power front. A 220 KV power sub-station had been inaugurated this year. Captive power generation by independent power producers had been allowed subject to certain conditions, he said

Roads were being upgraded. New dual carriageways were being constructed. The widening of the Chandigarh-Kalka road was under progress and is likely to be completed during the current financial year.

The Administration hoped to attract some good schools from India and abroad for a new scheme for land allotment to schools. As many as 450 teachers had been recruited, the General said.

Besides this, the Punjab Engineering College was being upgraded to the level of deemed university. Chandigarh Polytechnic had been upgraded to the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology and degree courses started from this session, he said.

The General assured that cooperation would be extended to the Mayor and all councillors so that they might tackle the problem of sanitation, garbage disposal and cleanliness. New cattle shelters were being set up with active assistance from the UT Administration.

For the greening of Chandigarh, during the current year, 55,000 seedings would be planted in and around the city. About 20,500 saplings would be distributed free of cost. In all, 1 lakh saplings would be planted by all greening agencies and departments. The Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Nature Park were being set up over 175 acres of land near Sarangpur. Medicinal trees and herbs were being planted over 50 acres of land in the first phase. About 100 eco clubs had been set up at schools under the National Green Corps Scheme of Government of India to create awareness in children and involve them in protection of the environment, the General said.

The Administrator said the city police had been taking a variety of initiatives to make the police people friendly. A victims’ assistance cell had been established to supply documents required for filing compensation claims to the victims of road accidents. Introduction of neighbourhood watch schemes in certain areas had helped in enhancing security in residential pockets.

Chandigarh had produced and was producing some of the best sportspersons in the country. A football and a hockey academy were now functional. The process of improving the facilities for cricket players are already underway, he added.

The nation needed a “ resolute commitment” to follow goals and targets set by those who were in the forefront of the freedom struggle, said Prof K.N. Pathak, the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, after hoisting the National Flag at a ceremony here today. He advised the students to cultivate discipline, put their heart and soul in studies and maintain “Guru-shishya” relationship.

The State Bank of India celebrated Independence Day with fervour at its local head office. A cultural programme was organised by the bank in which children of the staff members participated. Mr R.K. Sinha, Chief General Manager, Chandigarh, hoisted the flag.

Mr Sinha also honoured the winners of the in-house quiz/essay competition and the staff members, who had excelled in the fields of art, literature, music and social service during 2001-02.

The first prize in quiz competition was awarded to Mr D.S. Sidhana and Mr V.K. Kapoor of local head office, the second prize to Mr Jaibir Singh Kharb and Mr Subhash Hazari of Rohtak branch and third prize to Mr Dalbir Singh and Mr Satish Kumar Dhamija of the Civil Lines branch, Ludhiana.

In the essay competition, the first award was given to Mr B.K. Gupta, Manager, second to Mr S.K. Bajaj, Chief Manager, and third to Mr H.R. Shimar, Deputy Manager and Mr Vipin Kapoor, Manager.

The National Flag was hoisted by Mr V.B. Behal, president, Chandigarh Congress Committee, at a function organised at Burail market. It was a nationalist brigade that marched at St John’s High School, Sector 26, after the conclusion of the Independence Day celebrations, here today.

Waving the Tricolour, the young blood, charged with the new-found feeling of patriotism, rushed out of school. Their cars and autorickshaws became a part of the celebrations as the children fixed the flags atop the vehicles and narrated the sequence of events at school to their parents.

Commencing with a march past which saw students dressed in olive green uniforms, the programme progressed with the unfurling of the National Flag by the Brother Superior and Vice-Principal, Brother Kyle.

The boys rededicated themselves to the country and school at the prayer. Skits and a series of patriotic songs were presented. The highlight of the programme was the skit “Jhansi ki Rani” depicting her life and role in the struggle for independence.

The programme concluded on a sentimental note with the rendition of “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon” after which sweets were distributed.

Students of JPBN Public School, Sector 37, celebrated Independence Day on the campus. Nursery and kindergarten students recited patriotic poems while students of Class II to V presented patriotic songs.

At Bal Niketan Senior Model School, Sector 37, a slogan-writing contest was held. Students made the Tricolour at the school and presented these to junior students.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Primary School, Sector 9, organised a cultural programme titled “Maa Tujhe Salaam”. Children from the play class to Class IV presented a variety programme. Beginning with a rendition of A.R. Rehman’s “Maa Tujhe salaam”, the show went on to present a story from the Akbar and Birbal folklore.

Local colleges also celebrated the day by unfurling the National Flag. Students and staff of GGDSD College, Sector 32, celebrated the Independence Day on the campus. The function began with the hoisting of the National Flag by the Principal, Dr A.C. Vaid, followed by extempore speeches by students.

At DAV College, Sector 10, the principal, staff and students participated in the programme held on the campus. Justice D.V. Sehgal, Lok pal, Punjab, hoisted the National Flag and exhorted the students to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation. Principal S. Marriya paid tributes to the four former students of the college who died protecting the frontiers of the country. The function ended with the national anthem.

At the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, the day was celebrated with traditional fervour and zeal. The National Flag was hoisted on the premises and followed by community breakfast. Homage was paid to freedom fighters.

The Air Force School at 12 Wing, Air Force Station, celebrated the Independence Day. Air Commodore Arun Gopinath unfurled the Tricolour. A cultural programme was also presented.

Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7-B, added another feather to its cap by bagging the first prize in the Independence Day parade here today.

The road safety platoon, led by platoon commander Shweta Malik, comprised children dressed as traffic personnel. The parade was based on the theme of road safety.

The Administrator presented the trophy to Shweta Malik. After the award ceremony, the Chandigarh police honoured the school team and its Principal, Mrs Madhu Bahl.

Patriotism and enthusiasm marked the dance and music show presented by students of 3 BRD Air Force School on the occasion of Independence Day here today. The National Flag was unfurled by the chief guest, Mrs Santosh Prasher, President, AFWWA (L).

The programme started with “Vande Mataram” and was followed by the saga of sacrifices of freedom fighters, relived by tiny tots. Songs like “Kadam badao aao rahi” were sung.

The cultural programmer ended with the speech by the chief guest.

SAS NAGAR: The SDM, Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu, cautioned the people against the enemies of the nation and corrupt elements.

The SDM, who hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of Independence Day at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase III B1, said thousands had made sacrifices for attaining freedom and it was the duty of all Indians to preserve the honour of the country.

He said the Punjab Government would fulfil its promise to ensure the state’s development and provide relief to farmers hit by the dry spell.

KHARAR: The subdivision-level function of Independence Day was organised in Christian High School where Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, SDM, unfurled the National Flag and took the salute. A colourful cultural programme was presented by schoolchildren.

Similarly, workers of Panipat Woolen Mills, Kharar, organised a rally outside the mill.


Schools to remain closed today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
All government and private schools in the city will remain closed on Friday, announced the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), while concluding his speech at the Parade Ground in Sector 17 here this morning.

In Panchkula, too, all government and private schools will remain closed on Friday. This announcement was made by Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand at Parade Ground, Sector 5, while concluding his address to the people today.


Babu Parmanand pays tributes to martyrs
Tribune News Service

Babu Parmanand, Governor, Haryana, inspects the parade on the occasion of Independence Day in Panchkula on Thursday.
Babu Parmanand, Governor, Haryana, inspects the parade on the occasion of Independence Day in Panchkula on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, August 15
Apprising the responsibility of every person towards his country, Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand said India was our own country and the responsibility of building it a strong lies on us. The Governor conveyed this message to the people after hoisting the National Flag during the state-level Independence Day function at Cricket Grounds here today. The Governor also inspected the guard of honour and took salute from various contingents of the security forces, students and scouts of various schools of the district.

Paying tributes to martyrs and his gratitude towards patriots and freedom fighters, Babu Parmanand said we were enjoying all facilities and liberties of a free citizen because of their sacrifice and sufferings. He urged the people to imbibe the spirit of national integration in our youth, which would go a long way in strengthening and preserving our national unity, integrity and freedom.

The Haryana Armed Police, district police, Home Guards, NCC, scouts and students of various schools presented an impressive march past on this occasion. More than 1,000 children from 16 schools of the district performed a variety cultural programme to project the national spirit of patriotism and nation building. A grant of Rs 50,000 was also announced from the Governor’s discretionary fund for distributing sweets to the participants. The Governor also announced a holiday in all schools for tomorrow.

The 56th Independence Day was also celebrated at Government College here with the Principal, Mr B.S. Dahiya, unfurling the National Flag. He took salute from NCC cadets of the college and paid tributes to martyrs and freedom fighters. A colourful cultural programme was also organised on this occasion.

Doon Public School, Sector 21, also organised a colourful cultural programme. The General Manager, Vijaya Bank, Mr K.M. Shetty, hoisted the Tricolour and students of nursery class presented a cultural programme.

Gaeity and fervour marked the celebrations at the State Bank of India, Staff Training Centre, Sector 14, here today. Amidst chanting of National Anthem by the participants, staff and their families, Assistant General of the centre unfurled the National Flag.

The Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, Panchkula, celebrated Independence Day with inmates of Saket Institute of Orthopaedically handicapped, Chandi Mandir. Dr J.L. Chaudhary, Director, Health Services, was the chief guest who unfurled the National Flag. The inmates presented a cultural programme. Mr Parveen Kumar Goyal, senior vice-president of the club, said the club donated a water purifier costing Rs 6,000 to the institute. Fruits, chocolates and daily need articles were distributed to the inmates. 


Overall best trophy for city police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The best overall trophy for this year’s Independence Day celebrations has been awarded to the Chandigarh police from among the presentations made by the police contingents. Among the NCC units, the cadets of Number 1 Chandigarh Air Squadron won the best contingent trophy for the second consecutive year.

The road safety trophy was won by children of the Kailash Bahl DAV School, Sector 7. The civil defence unit was declared top in its own class.

At the cultural function the patriotic action programme was presented by Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25; flag drill was presented by Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27; Government Model School, Sector 35 presented a play on corruption; Government Model School, Sector 16, presented a Rajasthani dance; and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46 presented a bhangra.


Corruption, a cause for concern’
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 15
Politicians have failed the country and today the main problem is not population explosion but corruption, a disease that has entered politics.

Expressing these views at a function held in connection with Independence Day at Lawrence Public School here yesterday, Mr Birender Singh, MLA (Kharar), said the people had great expectations from politicians, but the latter had let them down. Politics was now a number game in which even an illiterate could become the Chief Minister.

He regretted that Independence Day was not celebrated in universities and the celebrations were now confined to the school level. He said one rarely saw the National Flag atop private houses on Independence Day. In fact, not all government offices hoisted the flag on August 15.

An inter-house competition was also held on this occasion where students presented songs and skits that had a patriotic theme. 


Man kills sons, surrenders
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 15
Driven by poor financial conditions, a man killed two of his sons, aged 11 and 5 years, late last night in Khurd Raipur village, about 5 km from here on the Kharar-Banur road.

The 33-year-old man, Baldev Singh, a part-time taxi driver, surrendered before the police early this morning. The children, Hardev Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, were the offspring from his first marriage with Kuldeep Kaur. The woman had committed suicide about four years ago.

The man first strangled his younger son Lakhwinder Singh, around 11 p.m. Then it was the turn of Hardev Singh. After strangling him, he also stabbed him in the neck.

After bolting the house from the outside, surrendered at Sohana police station around 6 a.m. The villagers came to know about this incident only when police personnel reached the village at 7 a.m.

Police personnel and some villagers in the presence of the sarpanch of the village went upstairs and found both bodies on a blood-splattered bed.

Mr Ram Singh, a former Railway police employee, and grandfather of the victims, staying with his elder son at Ambala was informed.

Scores of villagers accompanied the bodies to the Civil Hospital, Phase VI. Some irate neighbours also reached the Sohana police station and gave a sound beating to Baldev Singh.

According to villagers, Hardev Singh was a student of Class V in Arya Public School in Sohana while Lakhwinder Singh was studying in the nearby Shiva Public School. Baldev Singh had brought both boys to the village yesterday afternoon from his in-laws’ house in Ram Darbar in Chandigarh.

Women folk in the village revealed that the man had developed illicit relations with his cousin sister-in-law and this had forced his wife to commit suicide.

Bachani Devi, aunt of the accused, alleged that Baldev Singh was a short-tempered man and had also beaten up his father Ram Singh a month back.

The bodies were cremated in the village cremation ground late in the evening.

Meanwhile, a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Baldev Singh at the Sohana Police Station. The police has also recovered a knife from the spot.

The accused said, ‘‘I am unemployed and financial problems forced me to take this extreme step. I was unable to bring up Hardev and Lakhwinder Singh. None of my family members helped me out.”


MC plan to replenish ground water
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Faced with the alarming situation of depleting water table, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is chalking out a plan to replenish ground water by digging up wells around the city.

This was announced by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi after unfurling the National Flag on the Municipal Corporation office premises and inspecting the guard of honour presented by a contingent of 32 firemen led by the chief fire officer, Mr G.S. Bajwa.

The Mayor also announced cleaning of nullahs in Mani Majra and making additional arrangements for draining water from streets and small lanes in the area.

The area was flooded yesterday and the Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, had also announced similar measures for finding a permanent solution to the problem.

Terming development as a continuing process, the Mayor called for people’s participation in putting the development on a faster track. She said the recarpeting of V-6 roads had been completed and work on V-4 and V-5 roads was going on.

The Mayor admitted that the Municipal Corporation was in financial mess and thanked all councillors for putting up a united front for more funds before the Chandigarh Administration and the Second Delhi Finance Commission.

Ms Joshi highlighted the afternoon water supply in the city as an achievement of her tenure, adding that several measures had been taken to augment the supply.

She said the clean water storage capacity of the city was being increased with the digging up of one such store at Sector 39 waterworks.

The Mayor said PVC pipelines were being arranged for green belts and parks of Sectors 9, 10, 20, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 47.

She said a 5 MGD sewage treatment plant would be completed by the end of the next year to save the people of Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran from pollution. The Mayor assured that the recarpeting of roads in villages and colonies would be completed soon.

The Mayor said the Municipal Corporation would improve condition of parking lots in all markets and work in this direction had already begun.

Reiterating her focus on cleanliness, the Mayor said more JCBs, 150 contract sweepers, tractors, wheel barrows and garbage bins were being procured, adding that number of challans for creating insanitary conditions had also been increased.

She appealed to people to come forward for funding gaushalas in Sectors 25 and 45.

The Mayor thanked the Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, for taking active participation in keeping the city clean and green. Sahaj Safai and Khad Banao Kendras in Sectors 21, 26, 27, 33, 15 and 36 had been built with her cooperation, she said.


Petrol, diesel prices cut
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The oil companies have reduced the prices of petrol and diesel by 18 to 21 paise per litre. The new rates would be applicable from midnight tonight.

The price of petrol in Chandigarh will be Rs 29.15 per litre against the present rate of Rs 29.34. The consumers would get diesel at Rs 17.72 per litre against Rs 17.90 at present.

In Panchkula, the current price of petrol is Rs 28.88 per litre and that of diesel it is Rs 17.58 per litre, which are likely to come down to Rs 28.70 and Rs 17.40 per litre, respectively.

Similarly, in SAS Nagar, the prices would come down by about 20 paise per litre.


HIV risk to medical staff: the threat is real
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
One may term it as a professional hazard but with about 24 medical staff, including doctors nurses and paramedicals in the region, exposed to the risk of transmission of HIV virus through accidental pricking, the threat is for real.

With paramedical staff handling blood samples and body secretions that could carry life-threatening infections, there is concern amongst the medical fraternity over the heightened risk are they exposed to while treating HIV-positive patients.

Sources revealed that more than 25 such cases had already come to light after they approached doctors at the PGI for treatment following an accidental prick while treating AIDS and HIV-positive persons.

“The problem is not just confined to the PGI and government hospitals in the city. I have had frantic call from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh from those who had an accidental prick while treating a patient who has AIDS or is HIV positive,” said a senior PGI doctor.

He cited the case of a nurse from Rajasthan who contracted the killer disease after she had a needle-stick injury, while treating an AIDS patient and got to know of it only when she had her blood tested, much later.

“Frequently, paramedical staff from smaller places in the region is seen rushing to Chandigarh as apart from lack of knowledge regarding what treatment should be followed after an accidental pricking, the required medicines are also not available there,” said a doctor from the GMCH, Sector 32. He said that due to the social stigma attached to a person afflicted with AIDS or HIV, the medicines are not available at smaller places.

“Since viruses like HIV, Hepatitis B and C can be transmitted by blood, the risk of transmission of these to the healthcare professionals by a needle-stick injury is always there,” opined a doctor.

While on an average, the risk of getting infected by HIV following pricking is 0.4 per cent , the figures for Hepatitis B and C are between 9 to 30 per cent and 3 to 10 per cent, respectively. This overlooks the fact that viral hepatitis carries a substantially lower mortality than HIV and can be protected to a great extent with a vaccine.

With very few cases of HIV transmission being reported after exposure of mucous membranes of the mouth, eyes and broken skin of the infected blood, the risk of occupational exposure to HIV is real. “Utmost care can be taken while treating an AIDS patient , but the greatest threat is from people who themselves do not know that they are carrying the virus or do not disclose it for obvious reasons,” said a doctor.

Medical experts suggested that taking universal precautions while treating patients was the only solution. These were based on the assumption that all blood was potentially infectious, regardless of who it belonged to and what his or his HIV status was. This also applied to other body fluids like faeces, urine and sputum.

Doctors suggested that precautions included use of gloves, masks, gowns, protective eye wear, when splashing of blood was likely to occur. Blood spills should be handled with care, while needles should never ever be manipulated, bent or recapped, they said.


Residents protest against power failure
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 15
Hundreds of residents of Housing Board Complex, Sector 14, here virtually took to the streets in protest against power failure in their colony and “indifferent attitude of the Housing Board officials”.

It was around 8 pm yesterday that a sparking in the main pedestal led to a major fire and a number of transmission lines got burnt. Power supply to all 600 houses in the complex was disrupted. Residents allege that inspite of making numerous calls to the Housing Board officials as well as the UHBVN, no official turned up.

It is learnt that the Housing Board was passing the buck onto the UHBVN for repairing the fault and the latter was unwilling to take the blame and said that the Housing Board was itself responsible for the maintenance of power supply in the complex. With both departments at loggerheads, the residents had to suffer.

When power supply was still not restored around 11 am today, the residents took to the streets. Around 200 residents staged a dharna outside the Housing Board Complex and raised slogans against the authorities.

Later, the Superintending Engineer, Mr R.S. Gupta, the Executive Engineer, Mr Naresh Mahajan, and the SDO, Mr Y.K. Gupta of the Housing Board reached the spot at about 12.30 pm. By that time Electricity Department officials, too, had rushed to the spot. However, it was only around 7 pm that the power supply could be restored.

Mr Randhir Singh Badhran, President and Mr Jaswant Singh of the People’s Forum, Panchkula, said that the transmission lines were old and needed maintenance. But none of the two departments were willing to undertake the repairs.


Samiti to fight for footpath workers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Vows to launch a struggle for permanent workplaces for footpath workers, uniting the Congress, demands of a university for the city and its own education board marked the Independence Day celebrations organised by political parties, residents welfare associations and workers’ unions.

The Footpath Worker’s Rozgar Bachao Samiti, in a function at Labour Chowk, demanded permanent work places for barbers, washermen, cobblers and cycle mechanics and took a pledge to continue its struggle till the goal was achieved.

The Congress president, Mr B. B. Bahl, administered an oath of unity to his partymen while unfurling the Tricolour at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, Burail, Sector 52, Palsora and Industrial Area.

The BJP remembered the day for the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, becoming the only non-Congress Prime Minister to have unfurled the National Flag for five consecutive years at Red Fort.

The local BJP ad hoc committee convener, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, and the national executive member of the party, Mr Satyapal Jain, presided over functions in party office in Sector 33, Bulhana, Hallomajra, Labour Chowk, Sector 44 and 45, Peer Colony, Palsora, Lal Bahadur Shastri Colony and Sector 38. Area councillors, including Ms Kamla Sharma, unfurled the National Flag in their respective areas.

Those who attended the BJP functions included Mr Purshottam Mahajan, Zila Parishad chairman, Mr Darshan Singh Buhlana, Mr Jai Ram Joshi, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, Mr Desraj Tandon, Mr Dharam Pal Gupta, Ms Nancy Ganju, Mr Kanhaya Lal Sharma, Mr Kewal Krishan Adiwal and Mr Pavittar Singh.

The Nationalist Congress Party President, Principal Gurbachan Singh, today concluded party’s ‘Bharat bachao saptah’ on the day. He unfurled the Tricolour at SBS Colony, Indira Colony and Raipur Khurd.

Party leaders, Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia, Mr G. C. Dhadwal, Mr Subhash Chand, Mr Ved Prakash, Mr Surjeet Kaur, Mr Asa Ram Pilodia, Mr Manjit Singh Mann, Paramjit Kaur Dhillon, Mr Gurmail Singh Matharoo, Ms Anita Gupta and Mr Gurcharan Singh Channi attended the functions.

The Chandigarh Mukti Morcha president, Dr Arvind Kumar Mishra, unfurled the National Flag in Shahid Bhagat Singh Colony.

The New Congress Party president, Mr Ram Pal Hans, hoisted the Tricolour in a function at Ram Darbar.

The Sector 27-D Welfare Committee organised an Independence Day function which was attended by the local councillor, Ms Harpreet Kaur Babla, and the Chandigarh Vikas Manch general secretary, Mr Devider Singh Babla. 


Punish corrupt officials: Forum
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 15
The Anti-Corruption Forum, here, has demanded that the on-going campaign of the state government against corruption should not be confined only to ministers and officers but also extended to officials at the lowest level in all departments.

Col H.S. Sangha, president of the forum, said today that despite a couple of suspensions and postings at the local PUDA office, the state of affairs continued to be disappointing.

He alleged that the PUDA machinery had to be ‘greased’ for various works including, getting an NOC, a sewerage connection or a plot demarcation done.

Members of the Forum said the declaration of assets should not be limited to high ranking officers of the government but also cover other officials.


City boy to represent IMF at Johannesburg summit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will soon come out with a book on adverse affects of corruption on growing societies. The book, which will contain as many as 18-20 research papers on various aspects of corruption, is being edited among others by Mr Sanjeev Gupta, an Assistant Director in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department.

Mr Gupta, who belongs to Chandigarh, is currently in the city visiting his parents. His father, Mr J.P. Gupta, retired as Financial Commissioner, Punjab.

“Corruption is best defined as diversion of public resources for private use,” says Mr Gupta disclosing that research papers being included in the book basically deal with the impact of corruption on revenue collection thus limiting the government from providing basic amenities to the populace at large.

“Its is mainly the budgetary allocations that provide scope for corruption. Studies reveal that substantial budgetary allocations are made to the projects which have a wider scope for corruption while the issues related to welfare of a common man get little or no allocation.

“Though at the UN Millennium Summit attended by nearly 150 heads of states approved eight millennium development goals, including eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, yet corruption is coming in a big way in achieving these goals.

“Though various steps, including hike in wages of civil servants, have been suggested for reducing corruption, yet wages alone is not the real cause of rampant corruption in developing societies. It is a multi-faceted phenomenon with socio-economic ramifications. To deal with the problem, one choice would be to strengthen the infrastructure leaving little or no scope for corruption,” says Mr Gupta.

“This could be well achieved with an open and transparent budget procedures. The IMF has developed a ‘Code for Fiscal Transparency’ which lists best practices for making budgets free and transparent. If such a code is followed, corruption will tend to diminish substantially,” argues Mr Gupta.

“Public participation in fiscal management is the best check,” he says. Appreciating the work done by Transparency International, Mr Gupta says that most of the developing countries figure high on the corruption list prepared by the Transparency International from time to time.

Other reason for corruption has been the “fungibility of money”. The diversion of funds from the earmarked projects provides sufficient opportunity for corruption, he says.

Mr Gupta will be in Johannesburg later this month to represent IMF at the Sustainable Development summit. “We will present a paper at the summit where more than 100 heads of states are expected to attend.” 


Probe into false certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob(retd), yesterday ordered an inquiry into the alleged false certificates submitted by trainees of the Chandigarh Football Academy.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, who is also the Director, Sports, will conduct the inquiry. It was reported Chandigarh Tribune on August 4 that the champions of this year’s under-14 competition for the pre-Subroto cup were the much-hyped Chandigarh Football Academy players of Sector 42 Government Model High School. At least three of them were overage and they presented fake date of birth certificates to get take admission. Chandigarh Tribune in its investigation had gathered records from the Punjab Education Department. Most of the boys who figure in the overage bracket are from Gurdaspur.

Several schools lodged a protest against the Sector 42 Govt Model High School for fielding overage players.


Racket of forged documents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
In the case of two cars being run on fake registration numbers impounded by the CIA wing of the Chandigarh police, investigations have revealed that the forged documents had been submitted by the flourishing racket of financing vehicles on the basis of forged documents.

In the case of Tata Indica car with the registration number, CH-01-T-0875, originally been issued to a Bajaj Chetak scooter, the police has found that the bank statement given by the applicant was fake. One person, Devinder, has already been arrested in the case. The file of the other car (CH-01-1196) was said to be untraceable in the office of the Chandigarh Registration Authority. The original documents of the second vehicle have been sought from a private bank which financed the vehicle.

Sources in the police said details of the vehicles were being sought from the finance companies. An official said the information could also be sought from a common pool of information about the chronic defaulters in the city. The list of defaulters purchasing vehicles on higher sale purchase could be over 1,500, said persons in the business of higher sale purchase.

Proper investigations could reveal many more such cases but for that a common complaint would have to be made to the police. 


Chautala’s wife admitted to PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Mrs Sneh Lata , wife of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala , was admitted to the cardiac care unit (CCU) of the PGI today after she complained of chest pain and uneasiness.

Dr Harinder Bali, who is attending to her, said that her condition was stable but she would be kept in hospital for another three days.


Man booked in rape case, car impounded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
In a case of alleged drugging and kidnapping of a girl in her twenties, who was abandoned near the Sector 33 petrol filling station, the Chandigarh police today booked the owner of a computer centre, said to be in the early forties. The victim had joined computer classes at the centre and had told the owner, N.K. Jain, that she was looking for a job.

The victim, hailing from Himachal Pradesh, was staying in a rented accommodation in Sector 44, and had earlier worked at a slim and shape centre in Sector 35. The girl, with her clothes torn and bruises all over the body, was noticed by a passer-by near the Sector 33 filling station. He informed the police and she was taken to the Sector 16 General Hospital.

A police official said that the suspect, on the pretext of giving her job, took her to Panchkula and sedated her by mixing something in a cold drink. The victim was dumped near the filling station by the suspect before escaping from the scene in a car. The registration number of the car was given to the police by the passer-by. The Mitsubushi Lancer car (CH01-E-0125) reportedly used in the crime was seized from house No 125, Sector 8, this evening.

A case under Sections 366 and 376 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

In a statement recorded before the Duty Magistrate at the Sector 16 General Hospital, the victim said she became unconscious after drinking a soft drink and regained consciousness in hospital. Investigations took the police to SCF 138 in Sector 20. The premises was found locked.

Sources said that a medical examination of the girl would be conducted at General Hospital tomorrow. The suspect is yet to be arrested. However, the person, who saw the girl being dumped near the Sector 33 petrol station, had said that he had seen two youths in the car.


Cheating cases registered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The economic offence wing of the Chandigarh police has registered two cases of cheating involving an amount of Rs 5.17 lakh. According to the information available, Rakesh Kumar of Sector 41 paid Rs 1 lakh to Paramjit of Sector 32 to send him abroad. According to the complainant, neither was he sent abroad nor the money returned. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered.

In another case, the manager of the Sector 34 branch of Allahabad Bank registered a complaint that Annop Singh of Sector 19 took a loan of Rs 4.17 lakh on March 3, 2002, by submitting fake documents of his vehicle. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered.

Theft cases: At least two streetlight fittings and two PVC bundles were found missing from the complaint office of the Electricity Department in Sector 16. The items were reportedly stolen after breaking open the door of the office. A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC has been registered.

In another case, a scooter was stolen from the parking of Fragrance Garden in Sector 36 . A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

In another case, Nafe Singh of Janta Colony, Sector 25, complained that grocery items and Rs 1500 were stolen from his shop in the colony on the night intervening August 13 and 14. A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC has been registered.


Water meters stolen from Sector 44
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
A gang of water meter thieves struck Sector 44-D stealing eight meters in a row on Tuesday night. The meters were stolen from house numbers 3053/1, 2054/1, 3054/2, 3047/1, 3047/2, 3047, 3048/1 and 3048/2.

A complaint has been registered in this regard at the Sector 34 police station but no arrest has been made so far.

Residents said the watchman had caught one of the thieves with his tools but he managed to escape.

The watchman said there were three to four persons and when he saw them opening water metres he called out for help.

One of the thieves was caught but because he had applied oil on his body, the watchman could not hold on to him.

A large number of residents gathered on the call of the watchman in the night. The residents complained that the area had become unsafe with a number of vehicle thefts being reported from the area recently. They said one of the major causes of rise in crime was that the adjoining reserve forest area, a possible safe haven for criminals, had been left unprotected.

The residents demanded that a wall be constructed between the forest area and houses. Earlier, a kidnapping had taken place in the area.


1 dead, 1 injured in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
A 45-year-old old scooterist died after the Bajaj Sunny scooter which he was driving was hit by a truck near the Mani Majra Housing Board traffic lights here today. The victim, Swarn Singh, was declared brought dead at the PGI, Chandigarh. The victim was a resident of Ram Darbar and was in the business of sale purchase of second-hand vehicles.

The driver of the truck, Kesar Singh, has been arrested and the truck impounded. A case under Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

In another case, Ramesh Chand (35) was seriously injured when the scooter he was driving was hit by a car near the Sector 29 mandir. The victim was referred to the PGI from the Sector 32 GMCH. 


Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
A 35-year-old person allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of an abandoned shed behind the office of the Haryana PWD (B and R) here today.

The victim has been identified as Amar Singh, alias Amar Nath, a resident of 1188, Sector 19-B. He had reportedly been dispossessed by his parents due to addiction to liquor and drugs. A police official at the Sector 19 police station said the deceased was unmarried and had four brothers and four sisters.

The victim often used to come to the secluded place behind the PWD office to sleep there. The body has been sent to the Sector 16 General Hospital for the autopsy.

In another case, a 50-year-old man was found dead near the Sector 20 gurdwara. The unidentified persons was suffering from some ailment and often used to sleep on a platform near the mandir. People in the area, said he was working in some Haryana Government office. A visitor’s slip has been found in his pocket.

Efforts are being made to ascertain the identity of the deceased. The body has been sent for autopsy to the Sector 16 General Hospital. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated in both the cases.


Chain snatched: Two unidentified youths snatched a gold chain from Ritu Rani on the Sector 10-11 dividing road last evening. The youths were on a motor cycle. A case under Section 356 of IPC has been registered.

Man arrested: The police arrested Vijay Kumar, a domestic servant in a Sector 20 house, on the charge of indecent acts at a public place. He has been booked under Sections 294 and 509, IPC.

Driver arrested: The police has arrested the driver of a Canter which had hit a scooter in Sector 7 on the night of August 13 and killed Baldev Krishan. The man riding pillion with him, Vikas Walia, was seriously injured. The accused has been booked under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC.

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