Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Dengue fear grips Mani Majra
Entire area to undergo serological test
Tribune News Service


 * High fever accompanied with shivering
 * Severe bodyache, especially in the head and back.
 * Joint and muscle pain.


 * Antibiotics
 * In case of low blood pressure, IV fluids given.
 * If bleeding, then platelet rich plasma is given.

Chandigarh, October 8
With five fresh cases of suspected dengue fever being reported today, the total tally has gone up to seven. Fear has gripped the residents of Mani Majra, where 65 cases of fever have been treated at the Civil Hospital so far.

Even as serological results of the four suspected dengue fever cases, reported yesterday, is being awaited, the falling blood platelet count of two patients admitted to the General Hospital after being referred from Mani Majra area, is causing concern to the doctors who are constantly monitoring their condition.

According to the Assistant Director, Malaria, Dr J.K. Kalra, while Nazir Ali (21) from Mani Majra and Sanjay (25) from Khuda Lahora have been admitted to the General Hospital, Nisha (15), Tinku (17) and Ram Pal (40) from the same village have been admitted to the Civil Hospital at Mani Majra as suspected dengue fever cases.

The UT health authorities have started surveillance at the health institutions in the city as screening of all blood samples is being done. Teams of the Health Department led by Dr J.K. Kalra visited the Mani Majra area, from where all four suspected dengue cases were referred to the General Hospital, last evening. Apart from distributing anti-larval spray, house-to-house checking of water coolers water is being done.

The UT health authorities have issued a circular, asking all doctors to go through the case-detection guidelines and to fill in the format for Medical Officers for reporting suspected cases.” Reports of the serological test, which will confirm dengue fever, will be received only after 10 days from the PGI,” said Dr Kalra. He added that with a population of 35,000, complete survey of the Mani Majra area would be undertaken, especially the motor market, where water in the piled up tyres provided ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

“In the absence of serology test facility at the General Hospital, which will confirm dengue, blood samples have been sent to the PGI, the results of which are still being awaited,” said health authorities. It was after the doctors at the civil Hospital, Mani Majra, suspected that Anil(10), Meet Milan(7), Shakti Chand(40) and Hari Prasad(26) showed symptoms of dengue fever that they were together sent to the General Hospital, last evening.

It is in the case of Shakti Chand, a factory worker residing in Mani Majra, that there has been a sharp fall in the platelet count, one of the symptoms of dengue fever. While his platelet count was 43,000 per cubic mm last night, after 12 hours it fell to 37,000. The fall in platelet count in case of Hari Prasad, a resident of Dan district in Nepal, is also causing concern to the doctors. His platelet count has come down from 98,000 to 87,000 since last night. Being a contractor in the Irrigation Department in Nepal, he was in the city visiting his sister-in-law. “ After landing here on October 26, I was scheduled to return back in a few days, but due my persistent fever and illness, I have been forced to postpone my trip back home,” says worried Hari Prasad.

The condition of two children, Anil and Meet Milan, is stable as their fever is under control, but they are still being kept at the Paediatrics Emergency at the General Hospital for observation. In a normal human being, the platelet count should be between 1.5 lakh to four lakhs.

Dr G.S. Sandhu, who is monitoring the condition of the patients at the GH, said though dengue fever was yet to be confirmed, but the falling platelet count along with other symptoms was indicating that the patients could be suffering from the vector-borne disease caused due to Aedes Aigypti virus.

In case the platelet count in the patients falls as low as 30,000, there was fear of spontaneous bleeding, with renal failure and unconsciousness being other complications.” With anti-virals not being effective, the only way to treat a dengue fever case is to replenish it with platelet rich plasma,” explained Dr Sandhu.

Seeing the falling platelet count of the patients, the hospital authorities have already alerted their relatives as the exercise of arranging platelet-rich plasma from the PGI Blood Bank, has been started. 


Jacob counts Admn’s initiatives
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, (retd), today underlined the need for strengthening the infrastructure of the city to meet the increasing demands of population.

Presiding over the Administrator’s Advisory Committee meeting here today, General Jacob said during the past three years, efforts had been made to improve the quality of life of people by improving infrastructure in health, transport, sanitation, education and environment sectors. It was because of these initiatives, the city had been ranked first among all the states and UTs in a national survey for human development index.

He said people must work together for ensuring that Chandigarh remain the best city in the country. He said several changes had been made in bylaws since the last meeting. These changes gave more freedom in respect of building design, need-based partition, besides ensuring simple procedures, especially for occupation certificate and allowing certain leasehold transfers.

“To meet the demand of increasing population, the Apartment Act has been notified. The conversion of land from leasehold to freehold in respect of commercial as well as industrial plots has been allowed. To educate public regarding new changes in bylaws, Suvidha a book in English, Hindi and Punjabi will be released on October 25, he said. To ensure long-term improvement in the public transport system, feasibility of electric trolley bus system was being examined, he added.

Welcoming more suggestion on liberalisation of bylaws, the Administrator said one more sub- committee relating to revision bylaws would be constituted by the Administration.

Emphasising the need for making the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation as financially self-reliant, he said recommendations of the 2nd Delhi Finance Commission had already been accepted by the Administration in toto and the same had been sent to the Home Ministry for acceptance. He said the corporation should also explore more avenues for increasing revenue collection. He said he had already taken up the issues of deputation status of employees working in the corporation with the Home Ministry. The issue of bonus for the UT employees had already been taken up, he added.

He said 11 new sites for schools had been identified and steps were being taken to improve water supply to rehabilitation colonies by providing 12 new tubewells and 17 boosters.

Empasising the need for improving health facilities, especially in Phases II and III sectors, General Jacob said the C block of the GMCH would add 300 beds and 14 operation theatres to the already existing facilities. He said during the past one year, Sector 16 Hospital had been expanded and the TB hospital had become operational.

The Administrator said a private party had promised to donate Rs 40 lakh for a proposed war memorial. He said the war memorial, reflecting sacrifice of our soldiers, would soon come up in the city. Students of the College of Architecture were already finalising the design and our engineer would build it, he added.

He said 54 booths had been allotted to physically challenged persons and 3 per cent jobs had been reserved for them. Ten per cent plots had been reserved for senior citizens in the Chandigarh Housing Board schemes, he added.

Emphasising the need for more development in Phases II and III sectors, General Jacob said a new health club would come up in Sector 42, which would be run on non-membership and daily-payment basis. 


City police’s vehicle claims life
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 8
17-year-old Bitu Sharma, who was allegedly hit by a Chandigarh police’s Tata-407 on October 6, succumbed to injuries last evening at the PGI. Family members of the victim allege that no senior police official bothered to visit them.

On the evening of October 6, a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC was registered against the driver of the truck, Amarjeet. Now Section 304-A of the IPC would also be added, said police sources.

As per sources, Bitu, a resident of Maloya colony, was working as a waiter. On the fateful day, he was going on a cycle to seek job, but his cycle was hit by the truck. Family members also alleged that the persons in the truck had noticed that Bitu had fallen off the cycle, but they did not stop the vehicle immediately. “But when they realised that the truck number has been noted down by the crowd, they decided against fleeing and later took the victim to the General Hospital, Sector 16”, said a relative of the victim. 


2 killed, 3 hurt in car-truck collision
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 8
Two youths were killed on the spot, while their three companions sustained injuries in a head-on collision between a car and a truck near Saket Hospital on the Ambala-Kalka highway, near here today.

According to the police, two car occupants, Rajiv Bagga, a Panchkula resident, and Pawan Sharma of Chandigarh, died on the spot, while three others, Vinod Kumar, Anjum and Pawan Sharma, sustained severe injuries. The victims were employees of a Chandigarh-based company and were on their way from Kasauli to Chandigarh when their car (CH-03D-8198) collided with a truck (HP-31-0941).

Following the accident, traffic on the highway was disrupted for over two hours leading to long queues on both sides of the highway. The bodies have been sent to the Sector 6 General Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The injured have also been admitted to the same hospital.

The truck driver fled from the scene, while the vehicles involved in the accident have been impounded by the police.


Even choe not spared by encroachers
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
A natural choe passing through farms in Kishangarh agricultural land has been encroached upon creating a virtual pond in the Shastri Nagar area.

The housing activity in the area is in violation of the Periphery Control Act.

The pond created due to the development of Shastri Nagar Colony is now itself threatened by encroachment with residents starting to construct new houses around the water body. The pond has been posing a health hazard to residents and houses will now be exposed to floods when upstream flow is high. Water has been stagnated of this monsoon even now in the pond but the housing activity is now moving towards the pond. The new housing construction is also spoiling the beauty of the area. The new housing activity is a result of the Chandigarh Administration turning a blind eye to the construction.

Property dealers have been taking advantage of the situation and have afresh offered plots at Rs 25,000 per marla on the agriculture land adjoining farm houses. As the houses coming up are being constructed without an approval of building plan, the new settlers are being exposed to the problems of electricity and water connections as a lot of people in other areas of Manimajra have been facing. When residents mostly from lower-middle income group have settled there, politicians have also started backing them up.

When asked, Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Singh said where could a poor man go when land price in HUDA, PUDA and Chandigarh Housing Board are as high as to keep them out of the race.

Farm houses inside the area are finding virtually blocked their passage due to the construction of houses. The Farm Owners Association of Manimajra has also taken up cudgels now and its president Pritpal Singh has written to the Estate Officer of Chandigarh informing him about the new development in the area alleging that it was a result of earlier complaints being ignored. He has also attached with the complaint a pamphlet issued by a property dealer, Mr Pritam Singh, inviting buyers.

Mr Pritam Singh, when contacted, admitted the plots on which houses were being built on agriculture land but denied he had offered the sale of those purchases.


Cut power rates: council
Tribune News Service

Major demands ...

 * Re-look at high electricity rate and minimum changes being levelled by the Electricity Department.
 * Exclusion of abadi area of Kishangarh and Raipur Kalan villages from acquisition.
 * One-time waiver to various EWS houses whose record is not available with the Administration.
 * Constitution of inter-state subcommittee to expedite inter-state issues.
 * More financial powers to Zila Parishad.

Chandigarh, October 8
The Administrator’s Advisory Council meeting today reverberated with demands from members of the committee, even as some issues bordered on political lines.

The various issues raised by the members included simplification of conversion of leasehold to freehold residential properties. The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal of the Congress, and a former local MP, Mr Satya Pal of the BJP, had a common opinion of exclusion of the abadi area of Kishangarh and Raipur Kalan villages from acquisition.

Acquisition notices to residents of Kishangarh were issued a few days ago as part of the Chandigarh Administration’s proposed Information Technology Park. Mr Bansal added that uncertainty prevailed in the matter relating to additions in the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats.

Mr Bansal also wanted one-time settlement of economically weaker sections of society. He sought a re-look at the high electricity rate and minimum changes being levelled by the Electricity Department. Mr Jain suggested the formation of an inter-state subcommittee to expedite inter-state issues as several problems were common to adjoining areas of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. He sought the creation of two more posts of secretary and two Additional Deputy Commissioners in the Administration.

Mr Bansal said difficulties were being faced by villages which had been merged with the Municipal Corporation. The other demands raised by members included giving more financial powers to the Zila Parishad. The president of the local Congress, Mr B.B. Bahl, said there was a need to promote tourism as an industry.

The president of the BJP, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, said the Administration must ensure that officers must meet public between the fixed time of 12 noon and 1 p.m. Besides this, roads in the Industrial Area are crying for attention, he said.

Simplification of the process of approval of building plans, free treatment to ex-servicemen in the GMCH and raising the upper age of recruitment in UT, were the other demands. Problems of issuance of Scheduled Caste certificates in Chandigarh, filling the reserved posts in Chandigarh, authorising occupiers of commercial properties to apply for relaxation in building byelaws, declaring the Punjabi and Hindi as first languages of the city, improving parking in religious places of Chandigarh, release of bonus to Chandigarh employees, implementation of the Minimum Wages Act strictly and exploitation of workers by contractors were the other issues raised at the meeting.

Flats to the oustees of Chandigarh, improving the civic amenities in Sectors 41 and 38 west also high on the agenda.

General Jacob informed that he had already initiated action on some of the demands.

Mayor Lalit Joshi urged General Jacob to hand over the commercial properties in Sectors 17, 22 and 34 to the Municipal Corporation to enable it take up development works in the city on a larger scale.

Opening the discussion in the Administrator’s Advisory Council meeting after the Administrator’s comments, the Mayor said the Municipal Corporation, which had been transferred commercial property in Mani Majra, had been attempting to improve its financial position by selling the property in the area which still needed development.

Ms Joshi also appealed to the Administrator to ask the Union Home Ministry to hasten the process of releasing funds to the Municipal Corporation as per the recommendations of the second Delhi Finance Commission.

The Mayor said the Municipal Corporation had employed 150 additional sweepers on contract basis for three months but due to a shortage of funds could not continue them.


Body found
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 8
A decomposed body of a man, aged around 35 to 40 years was found in bushes near Phulwari nursery in Mani Majra here this evening. The police is yet to establish the identity of the man.

The man was wearing a T-shirt, however, his trousers were missing. Police sources said the face of the deceased has also undergone decomposition. Preliminary investigations rules out any foul play. 


Tibetans released from Burail Jail
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, October 8
Twelve Tibetan students, who were arrested by the police on October 4, were released from the Burail Jail this evening. They were arrested for raising ‘anti-China’ slogans on the visit of the Chinese Ambassador to India in Chandigarh.

The Tibetans, including six girls, were released after they have been granted bail by a local court on furnishing bail bonds of Rs 10,000 each.

President of the Regional Tibet Youth Congress (RTYC) Sherab said the association had decided to honour these students at a function to be held here tomorrow. “We will hold a function to recognise the efforts of the students, who have put their careers at stake,” he added.

Giving details about students’ problems, Mr Sudeep Rawat, its press secretary, said all 12 students would be honoured as they had brought the Tibetan issue into focus.

The organising secretary of the Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch, Mr Baldev Pandey, said: “Our organisation will support the cause of Tibetans whenever they required.” He added that it was unfortunate that the UT Administration had arrested them without taking into consideration their problems.

The president of the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha, Mr Satinder Singh, who had helped them getting bail, said: “The students have right to express their feelings through peaceful demonstration.”


BJP to broaden rural base 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The local BJP president Yashpal Mahajan today constituted the city party unit bearing a stamp of the unchallenged authority of former MP Satyapal Jain and completing the marginalisation of his ‘’detractors.”

Mr Mahajan announced a 10-member team of office-bearers, 31 members of the executive body and 16 special invitees.

The list has virtually ignored a group led by Dharampal Gupta and Gian Chand Gupta.

Mr Mahajan has made an attempt to broaden the base of the party in rural areas and colonies of Scheduled Castes.

Two former party presidents Jai Ram Joshi and Dharampal Gupta have been made vice-presidents along with Pavittar Singh Namdhari in the new dispensation. Bal Krishan Kapur and Purushottam Mahajan are appointed general secretaries.

Former Mayor Kewal Krishan Adiwal, Market Committee Director Ramvir Bhatti and Pooja Uppal will be party secretaries. Office secretary will be Bhim Sain Aggarwal while Pritam Dass Mongia will be cashier.

Mr Mahajan has also announced a 31-member executive body.

They are: National Executive member Satya Pal Jain, Zila Parishad Chairman Darshan Singh, former Mayor Kamla Sharma, former party President Prem Sagar Jain, Pushpa Goel, Manorama Sharma, former Mayor Gian Chand Gupta, Dr Pankaj Mala, former councillor R.L. Arora, present councillor Rajesh Gupta, former councillor Des Raj Tandon, Mahaveer Prasad, Niraj Tayal, Krishan Mahajan, Dr Anwar Ali, former sarpanch Daya Singh, Sarpanch Bahadur Singh, Megh Raj Verma, Ms Savita Sethi, Babu Ram Gupta, Girdhari Lal Jindal, Arun Aggarwal, Rakesh Singla, Raj Kumar Singla, Sachin Lotiya, former councillor O.P. Goel, Krishan Kumar, Manjeet Kaur, William Gosain, Ram Niwas Tantia and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha President Satinder Singh.

Special invitees are: former Additional Advocate-General of Punjab Chetan Mittal, national youth body member Urmil Devi, Ratan Singh, Banarsi Dass Mahajan, Gurdeep Singh, M.L. Goel, Kamla Manchanda, Sulekh Chand Jain, Dr Tarsem Garg, Jatinder Chopra, Rakesh Kumar, Gaya Parshad, Tirath Raj, Dr R.S. Dhiman, Market Committee Director Des Raj Gupta and a vocal former councillor Ranjana Shahi.

All district presidents, general secretaries and morcha and cell presidents have been made permanent special invitees.


IAF celebrates 70th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The 70th anniversary of the Indian Air Force was celebrated by Air Force units located in and around Chandigarh today. All personnel of Air Force Station, Chandigarh, 12 Wing, No 3 Base Repair Depot, Air Force Station, High Grounds and Mullanpur were administered an oath by their commanders.

Felicitating all ranks, civilians and their families, the Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD, Air Cmde S.B. Prasher, emphasised the need to shoulder greater responsibility to meet the present day challenges. He also called for judicious utilisation of scarce resources.

Addressing the personnel of 12 Wing AF Station, Air Cmde Arun Gopinath lauded their role and exhorted them to rededicate themselves to the operational commitments with renewed vigour and efficiency.

A social get-together was jointly organised for the first time this year by all local AF Units as well as the Advance Air Headquarters. Besides serving and retired Air Force officers, civil dignitaries also graced the occasion.


Recruitment rally
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 8
A rally for recruiting soldiers (general duty) and clerk (general duty) in the Bombay Sapper Group of the Corps of Engineers under arrangements of 119 Assault Engineer Regiment will be organised at Chandimandir, near here, from November 14 to 24.

Wards\brothers of serving\ex-servicemen soldiers of Bombay Sapper Group are entitled to take part in this rally. The minimum educational qualification required in matric. For clerk (general duty) the candidate should have a minimum of second division marks. Priority will be given to wards of Bombay Sapper widows. The recruitment for clerk (general duty) is also open to wards\brothers of serving\ex-servicemen soldiers of other corps.

Only Mazbi Sikhs and Ramdasia Sikhs are entitled to take part in the rally for recruitment as soldier (general duty). The candidates should bring all the relevant documents and three photographs each.


Cook with love is the motto here
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH: It’s festival season once again. Time for which most of us eagerly wait throughout the year. When we can let go... whether it be festivities related to song, dance, marriage, shopping, Dasehra, Divali, Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, Christmas, culminating into the New Year... when general all-round happiness pervades the atmosphere ... all apparent in varied ways... topped with special food... beginning with the Navratras... that time when, those who believe, follow the tradition & culture of shunning grain (anaj) and cereal (pulses) during the week prior to Dasehra.

Catering to this section of food connoisseurs, Sip’n Dine, Sector 7, Madhya Marg, has come up with a special menu, in addition to its routine fare. From October 7 to 14, you have the option of eating out and yet, keep your vrat or fast. Thus, you have rotis and puris made of singhare ka atta to go with a variety of subzis, raitas and salads. Try their masala aloo, pineapple raita and fruit salad for a tingling mouthful.

For those who believe that anaj should not come in the way of the celebration of life in general (with no offence meant to those who think otherwise), the pub-cum-restaurant has a big repertoire of multi-cuisine veg and non-veg delicacies, besides drinks, cocktails, mocktails and beverages.

The proprietor, Mr Baldev Aggarwal, says that since he is himself a vegetarian, he ensures that food for the veg conforms to the standards expected of even the most devout. Special curries and subzis are dished out for those who don’t eat even garlic and onion. The fact that many of their customers return to savour the goodies repeatedly speaks for the eatery’s quality and taste.

The chefs are trained to churn up stuff with the motto “cook with love”, adds Mr Aggarwal. This is the main reason why they have regular customers, like the Rotary Shivalik Club, whose members meet here over dinner every Tuesday.

His son Aman, who is doing his MBA from Panjab University, has been lending a helping hand for six years. He has gone through the grind — beginning with the kitchen and graduating to the store and front office, gradually. Now, he says that he has realised that he has found his metier in the hospitality industry as he “loves to serve people”.

In keeping with its philosophy of catering to the guests’ taste, Sip’n Dine is also open to interactive cooking. If you prefer less oil, or less salt, or less sugar, just inform the captain on duty and wait for your meal.

This experimentation and interaction has led to the availability of dishes over and above those mentioned in the menu card. For example, their tongue-licking honey-dipped spicy chicken lollipop. A ball of chicken flesh stuck into a foil-covered bone, it is attractively garnished with lettuce leaves and tomato cut into a flower with a candle lit in its centre. Or, try their smoky chicken prepared in the Chinese style and served with sauce. The other Oriental favourite is the babycorn chocho.

The spinach rice, topped with grated cheese is baked to give a tempting greenish refinery. If health and calories are high on your priority, you will feel comfortable with the babycorn-embellished salad.

Otherwise, there is that old snack in a new package. Chaat papri — it’s a dressed bhalla topped on a papri that you pick one by one, unlike usual style of being offered in a plate or doonga, wherein, you’re obliged to down a fixed quantity. At this point, I may add, that Sip’n Dine snacks from the tandoor are among the best in the city.

And this is not the end of it. The evolution continues, with a surprise package in the offing around divali.... Well, let the festivities carry on.


Repair to affect water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Water supply to the city is likely to remain affected tomorrow evening and the next morning due to a major repair on the 20 MGD Kajauli mainline.

The supply to SAS Nagar would also be affected, official sources said. The line would remain shut between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow to repair the leakage in the pipeline coming to the Sector 39 waterworks.

Those living on the first floor upwards might face shortage of water due to paucity of 20 MGD water out of a total of 60 MGD water supplied through lines, sources said.


City’s Simla connections

This has reference to the write-up “Nostalgia” by Harbans Singh Chopra (Chandigarh Tribune, Sept 8), which seeks to bring out sentimental yearnings for ‘Chandigarh’s Simla connections’’. Nevertheless, the above write-up is full of factual and glaring inaccuracies.

At the very outset, the writer says that after Partition, ‘the Punjab Government’ shifted its capital, on a temporary basis, to Simla. It was the East Punjab Government and not ‘the Punjab Government’ that moved to Simla, popularly known as the Queen of hills. Silhouetted against the dark green ranges, about 7,000 ft. above sea level, it was, in these days, perhaps the best developed hill station in India.

Further, the writer errs when he says that “Mr Madhav Chander Chaturvedi” became the first Governor of Punjab, with Mr Saroop Krishan, ICS, as his Secretary. The first Governor of the state of East Punjab was Mr C.L. Trivedi, ICS, who was popularly known as Mr Chandu Lal Trivedi. Besides, Mr Saroop Krishan is very fastidious about the correct spellings of his name. He writes his name as ‘Saroop Krishen’, with ‘e’ and not ‘a’ in the word ‘Krishen’.

Harbans Singh Chopra again goes wide off the mark when he described Ujjal Singh as ‘Sardar Bahadur’. In fact, Ujjal Singh, the then Minister for Finance and Rehabilitation, was simple Ujjal Singh, and not Sardar Bahadur Ujjal Singh. Further, the writer mentions that Bansi Lal was one of the ministers, apart from Partap Singh Kairon and Lehna Singh etc. in the ministry of Dr Gopi Chand Bhargave. This is not correct. Bansi Lal was never a minister in the erstwhile state of Punjab, either under Dr Bharvage, Mr Sachar or Partap Singh Kairon.

The howlers in the write-up do not end here. The first Chief Secretary of the East Punjab Government was Mr M.R. Sachdeva, ICS, and not Mr M.C. Sachdeva, ICS, as erroneously mentioned. Further, the correct initials of Mr Bhide, ICS, were M.R. Bhide, and not M.C. Bhide, as mistakenly mentioned.

The train of inaccuracies further moves on in the name of Mr C.M. Trivedi, whom the writer described as Mr C.M. Chaturvedi. The correct spellings of the residence of Mr Trivedi should read as ‘Barnes Court’, and not as ‘Bernes Court’.

Finally, there was no DAV College in Simla in those days. The only college at Simla after Partition was ‘Rana Padam Chandera Sanatan Dharam College’ at Summer Hill. Later, it shifted to Harcourt Buttler School premises.

As for ‘Chandigarh’s Simla connections’, it is a story of the state gruelling to rise, like a phoenix, from the deep agony of Partition, when nearly 45 lakh people crossed the border in the midst of fire, violence and communal hatred. The story of the growth of Chandigarh reads like a fancy tale. In the last quarter of 1948, the first aerial survey of the site was made. In 1949, its geographical study was completed.

Work started on the site in 1951. Thereafter, by April, 1952, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited the site. On October 7, 1953, the capital project was formally inaugurated by the President of India, and by April 1, 1954, Chandigarh, was put on the rail map of India. By now, the outlines of the rising city had become visible. Nostalgic isn’t it?

P.N. Tandon

Bad to worse

Illustration by Sandeep JoshiWith the coming into existence of the Municipal Corporation, Panchkula, the condition of the city has deteriorated in spite of the extra burden on the residents in the form of taxes. Now it is nobody’s baby, neither the MC nor HUDA. There is confusion and chaos all around.

The sanitation has gone worse, with wild weeds and congress grass making ugly faces at authorities and allergic diseases spreading like anything. Let us not talk about the stray cattle wandering all over the city, especially at night, with impunity and the connivance of staff, spreading dung all over, causing nuisance to people, more so the morning walkers.

The day starts with dung on shoes due to added courtesy of non-functioning defective street lights. Incidentally, street lights near the General Hospital which are most needed are rarely functional. No 86 to 90 with 88 are perpetually out of order and repaired only on the eve of a VIP visit. They work only for 2-3 days after the visit and fuse.

Stray dogs, especially near the hospital, are another nuisance. They have also become a health and accident hazard. Besides, the uncalled for property/house tax, the latest and worst logic is levying professional tax even before the inception of the corporation itself. This is like delivery before pregnancy. Let the conscience of the authorities concerned prick them, compelling them to at least do their assigned duty sincerely.


Secular curriculum

Though the Supreme Court has given the green signal to the new curriculum proposed by the NDA Government, Justice Shah has cautioned the concerned authorities not to teach superstitions and rituals in the name of religion. So far as inculcating moral values that are incorporated in every religion is concerned, teaching of religion is good. But if, in the name of religion, we want to go back to the dark ages of tantriks and perpetration of Narbali (human sacrifice or killing of human beings), such a religion should be rejected outright.

Dev Raj Gupta

CTU’s tall promises

The tall promises made by the CTU authorities to construct shelters at various bus stops have proved to be a damp squib. The all-important intersection of Housing Board Chowk at Manimajra (for Panchkula residents) along with many bus stops do not have any shelters. The old and the young are forced to face a lot of difficulty. The plight of young school going children carrying heavy bags can well be imagined. The situation is even worse during rainy season.

I request the CTU authorities to provide this most basic facility in the most modern part of the region.

Neha Sharma


Glitz & glamour
Ravishing sharara...
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

She reaches for the stars and wraps them around. As they twinkle at the horizon of her sharara in synthetic moonlight thrown by a high-wattage bulb, Tamana smiles at the heavenly beauty peeping from within a life-size mirror in her bedroom. Adjusting the length, she walks out of the house to get in a semi-limousine waiting to drive her down to a wedding party in a posh hotel.

Yes, shararas - lehengas with a divide - are the latest scream among city damsels for capturing the hearts of the hapless revelers relishing snacks and drinks in marriage ceremonies. “They simply look cool,” declares under-grad Tamana. “That’s the reason why I have three of them, all in different hues”.

Agreeing with her, Tamana’s best chum Radhu croons, “I am dying to wear shararas at my cousin’s wedding. So many of his relatives are coming from America and I want to see appreciation in their eyes for traditionally modern Indian gear”.

Wedding wear was always grandiose, no doubt about it. But in days that are no more, it was gold net embroidered sarees for the near-yet-not-so-dear crowd. Or else, crimson kutra blouse with crystal-encrusted gold lehengas were in.

Others would simply arrive in satin-silk tissue salwar-kameej for that formal appearance. In casuals, you had tank tops over denims. Shararas were somehow not so much in style.

That was years ago. Now more and more dames are asking for these. The reason behind their “celebrity status” is not very hard to analyse. “Shararas are easy to handle,” says designer Pankaj Gulati. “But that’s not all. They give you an official, yet casual, look. You can easily wear shararas to ceremonies and look formal without appearing over enthusiastic”.

Little wonder, Pankaj is selling shararas like transfer resistant lipsticks. “In less than 30 day, over 20 maidens have pulled out money from their wallets to take home shararas from my outlet alone and the marriage season is yet to begin. Asking they are for pastel colors - blue and peach - with the top running down to the knees or three inches above it”.

So folks, if you haven’t picked up your sharara, go and buy one from any fashion super store in the city, now. “They aren’t very expensive either,” reveals Pankaj. “You can gladly acquire a sharara by just paying Rs 3,900 to Rs 5,000”.

Before you go in for a sharara, remember to scan carefully the work around the neck and in the front . “In rage are the ones having aari and succha zari work with sequence, thread and French knots,” says Raman Sharma, another designer. “I personally prefer the ones with aari work from Luknow, Bareily or Kolkotta”. 


Venus Speaks
Nature cure is the best

Ruchie Bhandari She is not a model, but her ivory complexion is just like that of one. Ask her the secret of her beauty and the post graduation student covers her misty eyes with her fair hands.

“I believe in nature cure instead of applying all those so-called magic creams and powders you get in the market,” chirps Ruchie Bhandari chirps in a soft melodious voice. “You too can have complexion like mine. Go in for a fruit-mix — that’s all you have to do. Mash one-fourth banana, two cubes each of Avocado and Papaya along with three strawberries. Add one teaspoon each of besan and corn floor powder, along with half a teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of water melon juice.”

She adds: “After mixing it well, apply it on your visage. Move hands in a circular motion for about a minute. Let the paste stay on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off with chilled milk diluted with water”.

But what about pimples and other problems? Don’t they disturb her? “Oh, I have oily face and sometimes rubbing it with moist tissue paper over and over again irritates me like hell. So I take one-fourth grated apple, chilled milk, rosewater, one tablespoon each of fullers earth and sandle wood powder, besides half teaspoon each of lemon and mint juice. I apply it on my face and neck before washing it off after half an hour to reveal soft, smooth skin”. So you see kids its not all that expensive.


Chillout Zone
Heaven on campus

Heaven on campusOnce it was Panjab University’s Student Center, today it is the English department Canteen. If you do not believe it, just leave behind your semi-limousine and walk down to the rear of the department, cautiously. The sight will simply dazzle you.

Heaven is a place on earth — that’s the feeling you get as angels in short sleeveless tops over cool capris descend upon the concrete slabs around Hut – 14. Enthusiastically waving at the waiting chums, they savour life, and tea, after making themselves comfortable.

It begins early. As the sleek needles of the graceful watches wrapped around the fair wrists announce the time for attending classes, they leave behind the maddening crowd to reach the heart of brightness.

As precious minutes of leisure boisterously roll by, they are joined in by friends, sometimes “more-than-just-friends” from the other departments — “cousins” to be more precise.

In days that are no more, the flower of love used to bloom on that one-day trip to Kasauli where deafening antakshri in the bus ended in whispering sweet nothings. Love across the departmental border was also a reality, but not at the hut.

Sharp shooters on the campus would cleanly make the sitting ducks, from different departments, fall after hitting them hard with fair messages of love in the main library.

At the kiosk, it was different. Don Juans from other departments did visit, but any effort to break the ice was met with hostile retaliation. The would-be lady loves were either more interested in what Dryden said in the 17th century or Congreves’ opinion of love expressed audaciously in books they would carry to the canteen. Some were bold enough to cross the line of actual control but had to retreat under the pressure of whisper attack by the observers. Conversing was like indulging in a wild goose chase when goose refused to budge.

That was years ago. Today, Belindas of 2002 sashay down the narrow path leading to the hut. Like the sun their eyes the gazers strike and like the sun they shine on all alike. Smiles to all, favours to none they extend. Often they reject, but never once offend. Little wonder, love is stolen in the shadow of the impressive trees around the eatery.

“Let the boring crowd mug up Donne’s poetry after sitting on the hard wooden benches in the classrooms,” asserts post-grad Nittin. “We prefer to recite romantic couplets after reposing on the cement sofa sets in front of the canteen”. So folks, get going.


Tip top
Wearing right, looking bright

All you damsels worried about wedding night make-up, do not scratch your pretty little heads with anxious fingers. City-based professionals are here to tell you the art of avoiding that washed out appearance without looking like an over made-up dame.

If you have a pale face, you can wear any colour. But remember, the brighter, the better. “Go in for vibrant red or cheerful pink,” says make-up artist Tanya Singh. “Do not go in for mustards and light pinks, they can make you look paler than you are. Choose deep red or any other bright coloured lehenga if you are near to the bride’s family. Otherwise dress up in casuals of the same hue”.

He adds: “You can also enhance your eyes with a copper glitter shadow and add a sparkling touch to your lips for complementing the rich shades of your outfit. Anyway, do make sure that you do not go over-board in the process of getting decked up for the occasion”.

Traditional unadorned beauties have olive skin — a complexion many would die for. But so many of them play havoc with their appearance by donning conventional maroons and reds without realizing the disastrous effect. “Dark maidens should always go in for light colours,” asserts beautician Ritu Kapoor. “In fact they should remember one basis principle — the darker the colour of your skin, the lighter should be the shade you opt for”.

Ritu believes in enhancing mahogany skin by picking up gold. “You can always team gold eye-shadow with a very pale shimmery lipstick and then walk into a marriage party. Believe me, the effect would be electrifying”.

Dusky divas can pick up almost all the colours for that “wow” appearance. They should, however, avoid loud red and jarring pink. “I strictly recommend dusty pink, old rose and mint green, besides light or bright blue”, Ritu insists.

For make-up, try light pink eye shadow. “Also complement all that flashy jewellery by using loads of glitter,” Ritu reveals. “Just do as we are asking you to and see the guys drool all over the place”.

So folks, do not forget to look perfect at your friend’s wedding bash. Your outfit, your jewellery and your make-up has to be “just right”. You can do this by ensuring that the make-up you wear at the marriage ceremony compliments the outfit you have selected for the big event. “That is why it is so important to decide on clothes that do maximum justice to you,” Ritu concludes. Well, remember what all we have told you while dressing up and have a nice time without munching too much.


Abducted girl recovered, one arrested
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula, October 8
The police has arrested a Rallei village resident for abducting a girl of the same village. The abducted girl was also recovered from his house.

Earlier, Hira Singh, a relative of the girl, had complained to the police that the accused had abducted the girl. After a tip off from the relatives of the girl, the police carried out raids and recovered the girl from the house of the accused. During questioning, the girl has confessed that they had been to Hardwar .

Ms Charu Bali, SP, said after medical examinations of the girl, a case under Section 376 of the IPC has been registered against Mahendra Singh.

8 booked for forgery: In a case of forgery, the police has booked eight residents, Muhammad Yaseen, Nadin Ahmad, Moyeen, Kakeen, Bashir, Tipu, Khushi and Chand, of Sector 8, here today.

The police said they were booked under Sections 406, 420, 506 and 120-B of the IPC on the complaint of a Sector 7 resident, Ms Veena Rani.

The complainant had alleged that the persons had taken a loan of Rs 3,50,000 from her in June, 2002, to start some business. In lieu of that, they had issued her cheques which were dishonoured by the bank.

The accused also threatened her of dire consequences when she demanded the money, police added.

One arrested: In a theft case, the police has arrested Yog Raj, a Mauli Jagran resident near from Nursery Chowk in Sector 19 today. The police has also recovered the stolen cycle from his possession.

The police said accused was booked on the complaint of Mr Rajkumar of Sector 15.


Vehicles stolen: Three more cases of vehicle thefts have been reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

Mr Charnajit Singh, a resident of the PGI Complex, reported with the police that his Maruti van (CH 02 0467) was stolen from the PGI yesterday morning. Kinetic Honda scooter (CH 03 3465) of Ms Pratibha, a resident of Sector 32, was allegedly stolen from her residence on the night intervening October 6 and 7. Mr Partap Singh Narwal, a resident of Sector 24, also reported that his Priya scooter (CHJ 99) was stolen from the Panjab University campus in the evening of October 4.

Meanwhile, an unidentified man reportedly drove away with motorcycle of Mr Ramesh Singh, while the latter had taken the vehicle for sale in Scooter Market, Sector 41, on October 6. The unidentified man had borrowed the motorcycle on pretext of taking a test-ride but never returned. A case under Section 406 of the IPC has been registered.

Husband, in-laws booked: Ms Sumedha Dhawan, a resident of Sector 37, has alleged that she was maltreated and harassed by her husband, Manoj Dhawan, and in-laws for bringing more dowry. All the accused are residents of SAS Nagar and the case registered under Sections 406 and 498A of the IPC is being investigated by the Child and Women Support Unit of the police.

Injured: Ms Marchi Devi, a resident of Hallomajra village, was injured and admitted to the PGI after she was allegedly hit by a Maruti car near the village on the evening of October 6. The car driver also fled away from the spot and a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.

Theft case solved: By arresting Akshit Mehra (20), the police today claimed to solve theft of Mr Chander Sharma’s Maruti car (PAW - 6975), which was stolen from a parking lot in the PGI last evening. He was allegedly caught with the car in Sector 11 by personnel of the crime branch last evening.

As per sources, Akshit, who was released from jail on bail on September 26, was earlier held on September 12 for stealing car of one Mr R.P Chauhan. Akshit, who is pursuing his graduation from Correspondence Studies, Panjab University, is said to be a drug addict. His father runs a confectionery shop in Sector 22.

Burglary: Burglar (s) reportedly broke into first-floor residence of Mr Karan Bhardwaj in Sector 27 and took away cash, jewellery and electronic items worth Rs 50,000 here this afternoon. The house was said to be unoccupied at the time of the alleged burglary.

As per sources, Mr Bhardwaj, Senior Assistant Manager, Punjab State Finance Corporation, Chandigarh, and his wife left-off for their work places after sending their children to school this morning. At around 2 pm, Tarun Bhardwaj, younger son of Mr Bhardwaj, returned home and found the lock on the front door broken. As per police sources, two rooms of his house were ransacked. The thieves are said to have decamped with Rs 10,000, three tolas of gold and some electronic items. A case has been registered.

SAS Nagar

1091 challaned: The police challaned 1091 vehicle drivers for committing various offences in September.

According to a press note issued by Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, SP, here today the police challaned 246 persons for jumping red light, 218 for over speeding, 171 for not wearing helmet, 42 for not wearing seat belts, 28 for using black films, 56 for not having proper documents and 294 miscellaneous.

Mr Bhullar said during August also, the police had issued 1128 challans.


New team of CITU office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Mr Mohmmed Shahnaz Gorzi and Mr V. D. Aery have been elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) inviting questions to its legality by its rival faction led by Balbir Singh.

Mr A. S. Sawhney, Mr Mohmmed Rehmattullah and Mr Ram Narain Yadav were elected vice-presidents while Mr Ram Dev, Mr Ram Adhar and Mr Satya Narain Yadav will be new secretaries. Mr Sunil Kumar will be the cashier.

The elections were held at the district delegate conference of the labour organisation held in Cheema Bhavan here yesterday.

Two committees were formed to regulate the proceedings of the house.

Prof Balwant Singh, president of CITU, Punjab, while addressing delegates, the USA was seeking to control the oil market by targeting Iraq after ensuring its presence in Afghanistan. He said the Third World countries were being looted by multi-national companies.

The conference was also addressed by Punjab Kisan Sabha president Rachhpal Singh, Punjab state committee secretary of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) Asha Nand, Punjab state committee for agriculture labour activist Neeraj Kumar, and Tarlochan Singh.

CITU-led by Mr Balbir Singh here termed the elections by the group led by Mr Mohmmed Shahnaz as “illegal” and “anti-trade union”.


CM allays fears of PCL employees
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 8
The Punjab Chief Minister has given an assurance that the interests of employees of Punjab Communications Limited (Puncom) will be taken care of in every respect, the process of disinvestment will be transparent and the union will participate in the whole process.

The Punjab Communication Employees Union told mediapersons at a press conference here yesterday that they had met Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, on October 5 and presented him a memorandum.

They said the Chief Minister had also assured that allowances and facilities being given to employees at present would not be cut in any way.

Mr Kultar Singh, president of the union, said the Disinvestment Board had not so far taken the union into confidence and neither had it conveyed as to which companies had shown interest in buying Puncom.

He said the union had come to know from reliable sources that five companies were interested in taking over Puncom.

He claimed that out of these five companies, two were from non-telecom sector and one had net worth less than half of that of Puncom.

He further alleged that another company which had a net worth far more than Puncom, was running in huge losses, and was under a debt burden of Rs 650 crore.

Only one company was fit to purchase Puncom as per representation report submitted to the board and which could safeguard interests of the employees, he said.

The union leader said the way the things were going on at present it appeared that the process was going to spell doom for the employees.

During the past two months they had tried to convey their viewpoint to senior officials at every level, but to no avail.


Meeting on fake currency notes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
In view of the increasing number of cases about the detection of fake currency notes in the city, Punjab National Bank (PNB) has taken the initiative to create awareness among the public.

In a press note issued here today, Mr A.R. Mishra, Chief Manager, Sector 22, said, ‘‘The PNB in collaboration with the Market Committee would organise an awareness programme for the detection of fake currency note on October 9, 2002, in the Sector 22-D market.”

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