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Wipe out rich-poor divide: Shekhawat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
Calling upon educationists to wipe out the divide between the rich and the poor by opening doors of quality education to one and all, the Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, said today that India’s greatest asset was its human resource. He stated this at the alumni meet of DAV College, Sector 10, here.

Referring to the alumni from all walks of life, honoured at today’s function, Mr Shekhawat said, “With this kind of human resource, we can compete with the most developed nations of the world. Globalisation is not our worry at all, though we need to put our minds together to use it to the country’s advantage.”

Patting DAV institutions for working with missionary zeal and providing education to the needy while catering to the well-off, he was critical of private institutions where children of moneyed parents were welcome but the poor were denied admission.

“This kind of divide in education is not a healthy sign. We must guard against the divide or else it will become next to impossible to deal with the situation arising out of this,” he cautioned.

The Vice-President also spoke of the valour of the martyrs from the college. “Punjab has always taken lead in protecting the frontiers of the country. I pay tributes to the martyrs, who were alumni of the college and protected the borders of the country fearlessly and laid down their lives doing their duty,” he said.

“We are framing slogans and schemes for women empowerment all over the country. However, in the Panjab University convocation, I saw a manifestation of women empowerment for the first time where they took away most of the gold medals. I am sure this movement will spread from the city to the rest of the country,” he said.

Speaking about the ideals of Swami Dayanand, Mr Shekhawat said he stood for equality and preached and educated the masses about the evils of Sati, child marriage and untouchability.

He honoured the parents of the martyrs — Major Navneet Vats, Brig B.S. Shergill, Capt Vikram Batra, 2nd Lieutenant Rajeev Sandhu, Capt Vijyant Thapar, Capt Atul Sharma and Major Sandeep Sagar, besides judges, bureaucrats, executives businessmen, international sportsmen and passouts of the college down the years. Mr Shekhawat offered floral tributes at the memorial to the martyrs on the campus.

Earlier, the President of the DAV Managing Committee, Mr G.P. Chopra, while welcoming the chief guest, traced the start of the DAV movement and its spread. He informed the audience that the DAV institutions had stood by their commitment to strengthening the value-system in society.

“Twelve years ago, we started moral regeneration camps and they have been continuing since then during the summer vacation. Students are taught the Vedas, their philosophy, as well as dealing with social issues. Our movement is like a candle in the dark,” he said.

The Principal of the college, Mr SC Marriya, apprised the students of how “their” college had grown, making special mention of the recently established Department of Professional Studies, its placement cell, library stocked with rare books and manuscripts.

Parents of martyrs met the Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Airlines and Air-India, Mr Sunil Arora, and urged him to extend travel concession in the airlines. The also demanded travel concession in the Railways.

Stating that 50 per cent concession was given only to wives of martyrs, they urged the MD to extend it to the parents of the martyrs as well.”My son was unmarried and we can’t avail of the concession to martyrs, according to the present rules of the airlines. We have asked him to look into it,” the father of 2nd Lieutenant Rajeev Sandhu, Mr D.S. Sandhu, said.



Shekhawat exhorts youth to take India on
fast track
460 students honoured at PU convocation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
Panjab University today honoured 460 students who have come out with flying colours in the university examinations in different categories of bachelor, master and doctoral-level degree courses. The occasion was the 53rd annual convocation.

In a rare visit by the university Chancellor, the convocation was presided over by Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice-President. This is the first visit by Mr Shekhawat to the university campus ever since he assumed the prestigious office of the country.

The girls topped the list of the award winners. Out of the 331 students who received their degrees, as many as 200 were girls. Out of the 129 winners of medals as many as 94 were girls. The university gave 10 merit certificates and 40 gold medals to toppers.

The university honoured three leading lights of their fields concerned with honoris causa doctorate degrees. These included Dr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan (doctorate of science), a former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Prof G.C. Pande (doctor of literature), Chairman and President of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, and Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (doctor of science), a former Governor of Punjab.

Students were conferred degrees of doctor of science, literature and philosophy, and also master and bachelor degrees in all faculties and streams offered by the university.

In his address, Mr Shekhawat said, “There are unmistakable signs of an upsurge in the youth. The achievements of the Indian youth of this generation have enabled India to become the third largest reservoir of scientific and technical manpower. It is on their strength that we are today on the information technology highway. Now you have the opportunity to take India on the fast track and fulfil the dreams of making India a developed nation by 2020.”

He said, “A solid foundation of development has been laid since Independence. We have attained self-sufficiency in food, our granaries have a stock of more than 22 million tonnes of foodgrains”

He stressed the need for improving public governance and providing healthy governance. “We have 26 crore citizens living below the poverty line with no access to literacy, education or healthcare.”

Mr Shekhawat said India could make a significant contribution to the evolution of a truly universal human civilisation of the world.”I urge you to follow the path of righteousness and endeavour to become good human beings,” the Vice-President added.

Doctorates (honoris causa)

Dr Kasturirangan is a former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha. As a director of the ISRO, he oversaw the activities related to the development of new generation spacecraft, Indian national satellite (INSAT-2) and Indian remote sensing satellites(IRS-IA and IB). He was the project director for India’s first two experimental earth observation satellites, Bhaskara I and II, and was responsible for the overall direction of the first operational Indian remote sensing satellite.

Prof Pande did his matriculation from Panjab University in 1937 and his masters degree from the University of Allahabad in 1947. He started his career as a lecturer at Allahabad. He was appointed visiting professor in the Gaekwad Chair of Indian Culture, the first national fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research and an editorial fellow at the Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

General Jacob graduated from Gunnery Staff Course in the UK and did his advanced artillery and missile course in the USA. He was commissioned in the Army in 1941. He served in the Middle East and also fought in Burma in 1943 where he was wounded. He then took part in operations in Sumatra.

General Jacob was Chief of Staff, Eastern Command, during the operations for liberation of Bangladesh. The Pakistanis did not want to surrender and wanted to be sent back to Pakistan. He played a significant role in the surrender.

He served as Governor of Goa till he took over as Governor of Punjab on November 27, 1999. He quit the office on May 8, 2003.



Shekhawat mingles with Rajasthanis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The Rajasthani community, given its business acumen and selfless service to society, is accepted in every part of the country as well as abroad, said the Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, at a felicitation function organised by the Rajasthan Parishad here today.

After the traditional welcome , the chief guest was presented with a memento and a shawl. The venue of the function, Rajasthan Bhavan in Sector 33, was done up with Rajasthani art work.

A Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, Mr Santosk Bagrodia, advised the community to exchange its cultural values with the people of the area where they had settled. The local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, also spoke on the role of Rajasthanis in the city.

Among those present on the stage were Justice O.P. Verma (retd), UT Administrator and Governor of Punjab, Mr R.S. Changothia, Mr S.C. Bagrodia and other members of the community.



Opens PU hostel

The Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, inaugurated Hostel No. VII for Boys at Panjab University here today.



Traffic chaos

Traffic chaos was witnessed in and around Sector 33 here this evening, owing to a visit by the Vice-President to Rajasthan Bhavan and the ongoing Chrysanthemum Show at the Terraced Garden. The weekly apani mandi added to the chaos.




A delegation of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad led by Prof Ravinder Dogra, president of the local unit, met Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat at Governor House here today and apprised him of various issues concerning Panjab University.

The delegation submitted a memorandum demanding Central university status for PU.



Generous applause for Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The loved and popular Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), who left a mark during his stint as Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, was reminded about his popularity when he was greeted with a thunderous applause as he stood up to receive the Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) degree at the annual convocation of Panjab University here today.

The Law Auditorium of Panjab University resonated with applause that would do any celebrity proud. For the audience, the General was the local hero, ahead of other big names present at the convocation.

The decorated soldier, who played a pivotal role in the surrender of Pakistani troops in Bangladesh in 1971, stood towering on the stage while Prof K.N.Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, read out his bio-data. Known for his amiable nature, the soldier, who was considered a people's Governor with a hands-on approach to things, was at his affable best when he arrived in the city for the first time since he left about six months ago.

The General arrived last night and was staying as a guest of the Western Army Commander, Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, at Chandimandir.

During the day, the General was met by several people of the city, including the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, with whom the General had a very good relationship.



Crucial report against Sharma to be tabled
on Dec 17
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The status report of the crucial inquiry being conducted against PGI Director Prof S.K. Sharma will be placed before the Institute Body, whose meeting will be chaired by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, at New Delhi on December, 17.

Listed as item number five in the agenda for the IB meeting, which will meet for the first time after being reconstituted, the progress made in the inquiry against Prof Sharma will be placed before the apex body. It was at the extraordinary meeting of the IB held on September 29 that the inquiry against Prof Sharma was constituted and he was asked to proceed on leave till the inquiry was complete.

Since the tenure of the IB expired on December 2, it was only after the reconstitution of the apex body that the progress made by the inquiry committee could have been placed before the members.

Another issue which will be taken up at the IB meeting is the reconstitution of the governing body, standing finance committee, standing academic committee, standing selection committee and the standing estate committee. The agenda for the IB meeting has 11 items, which includes creation of posts of nurses, modification of recruitment rules for various categories of employees.

The Director General Health Services, Dr A.K. Aggarwal is heading the inquiry committee, which has been given three months time to complete the task. The IB had directed Prof Sharma to proceed on leave till the inquiry was complete. It was on the recommendation of the Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC) to initiate penal action against Prof Sharma that the IB had constituted the inquiry.

It was alleged that Prof Sharma had not followed rules while appointing a Junior Engineer related to him in the engineering wing of the PGI on ad-hoc basis.

Even as the fate of Prof Sharma remains uncertain contenders for the post of PGI Director have already sent in their nominations to the Health Ministry. Prof Sharma, is due to retire in March.

The senior PGI doctors who have sent in their nominations include Prof Sudha Suri, Dean and head of Radiodiagnosis, Prof S.B.S. Mann, head of ENT, Prof O.N. Nagi, head of Orthopaedics, Prof Pramila Chari, head of Anaesthesia, Dr V.K. Sakhuja, head of Nephrology, Dr Kusum Joshi, head of Pathology, Dr Gurjivan Grewal, head of Haematology, and Dr Amod Gupta, head of Ophthalmology.



PSEB reviews billing rules
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has reviewed its rules that
regulate billing to consumers who have more than one meter installed
at their homes.

According to a press note issued by Mr K.S. Sidhu, Additional Superintending Engineer, PSEB, Mohali, the board has reviewed its decision to charge bills at the highest slab to those who have more than one meter installed at their homes.

Exemption has been allowed in the following cases: In case of different family members or occupants living in the house and each having registered ownership in his name by way of separate partition deed duly notarised and having a separate kitchen can be given separate connections in their names on the same premises. In such cases, the tariff as applicable to each individual connection would be
as per the slab provided for the category.

Secondly, in case a tenant wants a separate connection, he will supply the consent of the landlord in the form of an affidavit that the landlord will clear all his liabilities in case the tenant leaves the house without paying PSEB’s dues and a registered rent deed as well. The board will not install any sub-meter, which can, however, be done by the owner of the house or the tenant at their level for re-apportionment of the consumption recorded by the main meter. The PSEB shall in this case recover power bill on the consumption recorded on the main meter.

Thirdly, the existing consumer, except those covered under the above categories where more than one connection is running on the same premises, shall have the option either to club their connection or comply with the conditions of the above cases for getting separate connection or sub-meter.



Pak patient at city clinic
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
“Had it not been for the man-made physical boundary between India and Pakistan, thousands of people across the border could have been cured by availing the excellent medical facilities here,” is how 14-year-old Serish from Karachi, who underwent plastic surgery at a private clinic today, feels about the strained relations between the two neighbours.

A car accident in December, 1995, left Serish, a Class 12 student at High Grade School in Karachi, with a completely disfigured face as her right eyelid and eyebrow were damaged. It was months of search on the Internet that brought Muhammad Salim and his wife, Nasreen, to the clinic of Dr V.D. Singh, a city based plastic surgeon, in the hope of getting the scars and disfigurement removed from his daughter’s face.

“I was taken by surprise when these special guests landed unannounced at my clinic yesterday, which speaks volumes of the faith Pakistani people have in Indian doctors despite the soured relations between India and Pakistan,” said Dr Singh.

A diehard Shahrukh Khan and Kajol fan, Serish with bright “mehndi” on her hands and arms, can’t wait to be out of hospital so that she can shop for those smart Indian salwar-kameez and watch the latest Hindi release “Kal Ho Na Ho” featuring her favourite star.

It was not just the poor financial condition of the family which came in the way of early treatment of Serish, the discontinuation of the Lahore-New Delhi bus further delayed treatment. “The resumption of the bus service came as a big relief and seeing the urgency of Serish’s case, Indian High Commission officials were all too cooperative,” says Nasreen. She says every day almost 150 hopeful Pakistanis turn up seeking visa and only about 25 manage to get it.

“Seeing the hostility between the two neighbours, we were quite tense when we left home but right from the moment we set foot at Wagah border, every single person we met made special effort to make our stay here comfortable,” said Mr Salim. Whether we Pakistanis like it or not but the fact remains that India is way ahead of us in practically every fields, including medical science. Serish, to be discharged after two weeks, will have to return after six months for the reconstruction of her eyebrow, nose and lips.



Population boom threat to food security, says Datta
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
Burgeoning population will pose stiff competition to the food security requirements of the country in the current century. The country needs to wake up to the need of the hour, now, with eyes on futurist planning for security of lives.

This was stated by Prof Asis Datta, Director of the National Centre for Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, while talking to The Tribune here today. Professor Datta is also the President of the Indian Science Congress Association. He spoke at length about the focal theme of the science congress “science and society in the 21st century: Quest for excellence” slated to open on January 4, 2004, in the city.

The former Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University said population would also pose problems with regard to maintaining affordable and quality healthcare and increasing energy and infrastructure requirements. Underlining the need for research and development, he said: “We need to develop science and technology programme in quality science education and research. Therefore, we need to develop futurist science curricula and appoint highly qualified and motivated teachers through innovative programmes. This has to be matched with equally motivated students from schools through colleges to pursue science and technology disciplines.”

Professor Datta was very particular about the need of collaboration between academia and biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The country lacked on the aspect of a proper dialogue between the two wings. Quoting an example, he said the strength of the country in information technology that is already being harnessed for research and development needed to be further expanded to make full use of genome sequence of humans and model organisms like rice and other plants. India’s strength in plant and population diversity had to be harnessed using the post-genomic technologies.

The challenges faced by science in the 21st century included utilisation of natural resources, environmental protection and sustainable development, new therapies for infectious diseases, understanding functioning of the brain and regenerative medicine, to name a few.

Professor Datta added: “Some of the major achievements of the last century include understanding the particulate structure of matter, disintegration of radioactive atoms, atmosphere, oceans and earth mantle processes, physiological diversity in living forms, therapeutic interventions for disease control in human beings and animals and molecular basis of inheritance.”



Arora’s daughter in suspect list
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, December 13
The triple murder case of the Arora family here was further complicated when two brothers of Praveen Arora in an affidavit today alleged that Kum Kum, daughter of the K. L.Arora was also involved in the murder conspiracy.

Mr Chander Sharma and Mr Maninder Sharma alleged that Subhash, his son Amit, Dr Vinod Arora and Mrs Kum Kum, who is posted as an Executive Engineer in Delhi Public Works Department, had hatched the conspiracy for hiring contract killers for the crime.

In their affidavit, they pointed out that Subhash collected only the ashes of K.L. Arora and not of others, which pointed to his involvement in the case.

Meanwhile, CIA teams have been sent to Patiala and Ropar districts in connection with the investigations into the case.



Awareness needed among Dalits
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 13
Regressive and unprincipled tendencies of some members of the Dalit community are responsible for its social exploitation and discrimination against it.

This was stated by Mr Shamsher Purkhalvi, president of the Punjab unit ot the Dalit Chetna, during a function at Mataur village here today. He said political parties, leaders and the rich had been using the community for their personal gains. He said the manch would organise campus at village and block levels to create awareness among members of the community so that they were able to change their way of thinking and could fight for their right.

Dr Harnek Singh Kaler, adviser to the manch, said such functions were held to create awareness among the members of the community and urged them to follow the path laid down by Dr B.R. Ambedkar.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Panchi, patron, demanded that the Punjab Government should withdraw the hike in college fee, restart scholarships that had been discontinued long time back, simplify the system of providing loans to unemployed youth by withdrawing unnecessary conditions, fill vacant posts of welfare officers at the district and tehsil levels and implement the 85th Amendment to the constitution.

The manch honoured the parents of Gurpinder Singh, who had lost his life while fighting for the nation during his posting in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ms Kuldeep Kaur, chairperson, Zila Parishad, Ropar, was the chief guest.

The following were elected office-bearers of the manch: patron — Mr Gurcharan Singh Panchi Rajpura; president — Mr Shamsher Purkhalvi; vice-president — Mr Tarvinder Singh Hoshiarpur; general secretary — Mr Supinder Singh Lalru; joint-secretary — Dr Bhupinder Singh Banur; stage secretary — Mr Yadvinder Singh Amritsar; press secretary — Ms Baljeet Kaur; cashier — Mr Charanjit Singh Bhiora; and adviser — Dr Harnek Singh Kaler.



Exhibition on khadi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 13
The Khadi Village Industries Commission has decided to spend over Rs 18 crore on popularising of khadi across the country. This was stated by Ms Maya S. Sinha, Financial Adviser of the commission, while inaugurating the first-ever khadi exhibition here yesterday.

Stating that the commission had witnessed unprecedented sale at the exhibition put up at Sector 34, Chandigarh, recently, Ms Sinha added that the commission had earned Rs 75 lakh there, which was a record.

The exhibition put up on the police land opposite the Phase VII scooter market has 35 stalls and a rebate of up to 25 per cent is being given on various items. Special art products from various states are being showcased in the exhibition.



Federation opposes PUDA policy
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 13
The Citizens Welfare Federation has opposed PUDA’s policy on penalties relating to the regularisation of alterations made in residential units in the town and has demanded its withdrawal.

The secretary-general of the federation, Mr A.S. Shyan, said the owners of houses and flats had made alteractions in their accommodation in accordance with their needs.

It was the responsibility of the PUDA authorities to regularise the changes after fixing fresh limits.



2 incidents of fire reported
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 13
Fire broke out in the Industrial Area and Sector 70 here today.

In the Industrial Area, a fire broke out early this morning and spread to a mobile toilet van lying nearby. Fire engines were called in and the fire was brought under control within half an hour. According to fire officials, the fire broke out in an open ground near the MC cattle pound from where it spread quickly to a mobile toilet van lying unused nearby. However, timely action by the fire engines prevented fire from spreading to the government press close to the cattle pound.

In another incident, fire broke out in the residence of Mr Vijay Sharma in Sector 70 today.No loss of life was reported. The fire was limited to a single room.



‘Honest judge can check corruption’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 13
“Only the selection of right kind of judges can help root out corruption and reduce the number of pending cases. This can also help build trust of the people in the judicial system”, said Mr Justice S. Rajendra Babu, Chairman of the National Legal Service Authority (NLSA), while stressing the need for stemming corruption in the society.

Justice Babu expressed his views to the media when asked about the role of fast track courts in the present scenario after the completion of a legal seminar organised by the CII here.

Talking about the need for men with clean image in the judiciary, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana, said: “Judges for fast track courts to be started in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have already been selected.” Justice Roy said everything was done as per the Constitution.

During an informal talk with mediapersons on the National Legal Service Authority, Justice Babu said there was an urgent need to ensure that no one was deprived of legal aid due to his poor economic condition. The number of persons who could not afford expenses of litigation was quite high.



Rotary team leaves for Cambodia today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
As part of the Intercontinental Medicare Project, a 19-member team of Rotarian volunteers, including three city doctors will leave for Cambodia tomorrow.

Interacting with mediapersons here today, a Past Rotary International President, Mr R.K. Saboo said the team comprising of 13 doctors will provide medical care to patients in Phnom Penh and Siemrep for 25 days. Apart from Mr Saboo and his wife Usha Saboo, three city doctors, — Dr G.S. Kochhar, Dr B.R, Jain and Dr Shobit Ghai — will be part of the team.

“I do not consider India poor as we are in a position to not just give knowledge or medical expertise but also dignity to an individual,” remarked Mr Saboo.

Mr Saboo informed that another team from Rotary District 3080 would be visiting Madagaskar in March next year.

The team leader and District Governor of Rotary 3080, Ms Kawal Bedi, said volunteers would restore the vision of 400 patients and provide dental care among other services.



Chrysanthemum Show draws big crowd
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The second day of the three-day Chrysanthemum Show witnessed a heavy rush of visitors, with a number of them making inquiries regarding tips to grow seasonal flowers. Children were attracted by the topiary of various animals made in attractive patterns of marigold petals.

An officer of the horticulture wing of the municipal corporation said the visitors showed keen interest in the varieties of chrysanthemum on display. Around 4,800 potted flowers of about 130 varieties are on display.

The rush increased towards the evening. The officer said the prize distribution function would be held tomorrow at the Terraced Garden. The Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, would distribute the prizes.



Mohali’s first flower show next Feb
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 13
The green-fingered residents of the township can start pruning their plants. Come February, the town will be hosting its first two-day flower show. Other than an exhibition of colourful potted plants and the best grown flowers, the best home and corporate gardens will also be awarded during the show.

At a joint meeting of various administrative and development agencies in the township held recently the competition categories were finalised. It was decided that other than the potted plants category, a competition of bonsai creation and an on-the-spot flower arrangement competition will also be organised.

The meeting held at the PUDA office under the chairmanship of the ACA, Mohali, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, was attended by the SDM, MC Executive Officer and DSP, Mohali. Mr Mahajan informed The Tribune that three committees consisting of horticulturists have been constituted for judging home and corporate office gardens and various roundabouts.



Ex-servicemen to hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
Ex-servicemen across the country would wear black bands on their left arms on December 22 and also submit a memorandum to the civil authorities concerned to protest against the alleged indifference of the government towards their genuine demands. They will also hold protest rallies.

The protest plan was chalked out at a meeting of the executive committee of the Indian Ex-Services League held yesterday under the presidentship of Brig Sant Singh (retd).

Their demands include removal of 33 years’ condition to earn full pension and grant of one-rank-one-pension.



Veterinary corps anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) today celebrated its 224th anniversary at Chandimandir Cantonment. The specialised force is responsible for breeding, training and treatment of military horses, cattle and dogs.

The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command, Lieut-General S.S. Mehta, greeted all ranks, civilians and ex-servicemen of the corps and their families. The Director of the corps in the command, Colonel Rajpal, also felicitated all ranks.

The performance of RVC personnel in UN Missions in Somalia , Angola, Lebanon, Ethopia and Eritrea in rendering professional as well as humanitarian aid has been highly appreciated.



Acquisition notice for gaushala land
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The Chandigarh Administration formally issued a notification on Thursday to acquire 22 acres of land in Raipur Kalan village to set up a gaushala where a shelter for stray animals and cattle will be set up. The village is located near the railway station.

Issuing the notification the Administrtaion said the shelter for stray animals was an urgency as cattle were causing traffic hazards in the city.



Sukhna Nadi bridge, a traffic hazard

I fully endorse Col M.S. Sandhu’s views about the Sukhna Nadi bridge in Zirakpur, which were published in Chandigarh Tribune dated December 4. The area beyond this bridge is developing fast, both commercially and academically. A number of educational institutions, including Central School in the cantonment and the Regional Institute of Craft and Health Training Centre, are coming up in the area. Many other institutions are also located on the other side of the bridge.

But anytime during the day, there are traffic jams on the bridge, causing great inconvenience to commuters, including students. The bridge is not only narrow but is also poorly maintained. Every time one passes over it, one gets the impression that the bridge might cave in.

I fear that some serious mishap might occur if the bridge is not repaired and widened. It also happens to be a national highway and a gateway to Himachal Pradesh for rest of the country. Surely a visitor deserves a better welcome. The people of Baltana and Panchkula will also feel relieved if the bridge is repaired.

S.K. Aggarwal, Zirakpur

In search of justice

I want to bring forth problems, faced by people praying to the President for justice. I have personally experienced these problems.

I had written to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on September 6, urging for a CBI inquiry as certain BSNL officers were not giving me details of incoming SMS messages that my son, Ashish Hansi, had received on his mobile phone.The information was required to investigate why Ashish committed suicide on February 20, this year.

I received a response from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, vide P1/D-60517 dated September 15, saying that my communication had been forwarded to the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Communications, for appropriate action.

On October 8, I sent a reminder saying that no response had been received from the BSNL till date. Again on November 17, I sent a reminder saying that an ITS officer of the BSNL in Mani Majra, Chandigarh, was not giving me details of the mobile phone from which my son had received threatening SMS messages on his mobile.

On December 5, I rang up the Rashtrapati Bhavan and was told that after the first letter, all my others letters were sent to the Secretary of Communications, from where I am yet to get any response. I want to ask that where will someone like me, who cannot afford an Advocate's fee, hope to find justice.

N.M. Hansi, Ludhiana

Praise should have been in print

This is in reference to Himmat Singh Gill's review of my book "The Legend of Banda Bahadur". I have no illusion about my writing ability. If my work is noticed in the Press the notice is usually limited to a one-line reference by someone who has not even read the work in question. I am indeed grateful to Himmat for having read this book thoroughly and of having written about it at such length. Just one thing leaves me a little confused. Himmat told me on the phone that he had enjoyed reading the book. I wonder why he failed to say this in print in his review.

H.S Dhillon, SAS Nagar



Delhi trader killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, December 13
A trader from Karol Bagh, New Delhi, was killed on the spot while his companion sustained serious injuries when the car they were travelling in collided with another car coming from the opposite direction on the Kalka-Ambala highway at Devi Nagar village this morning.

According to the police, Mr Chandra Prakash Vermani, owner of a shop in Karol Bagh, died on the spot while Jugnu, of the same locality, sustained serious injuries when their Wagon R collided with an Indica coming from Ambala at 5.30 am. The Delhi traders were on their way home from Dera Bassi.

The body of Mr Vermani was sent to Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for postmortem while the seriously injured Jugnu was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Occupants of the Indica were said to have fled from the scene. After the impounding of both the vehicles, a case under Sections 279, 427, 337 and 304-A of the IPC was registered.



Three booked for forgery
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 13
The police registered two cases of fraud worth Rs 30 lakh here yesterday.

According to it, a Sector 15 resident withdrew about Rs 4 lakh from a branch of the Punjab National Bank(PNB) while two persons have been booked for taking a loan of Rs 27 lakh from a Sector 35 bank on fake documents.

An Assistant Manager of the Sector 17 branch of the PNB, stated that Bimal Mehra withdrew Rs 3,98,630 on a fake cheque. The amount was withdrawn on September 22.

A case under various sections of the IPC has been registered.

In the second case Pardeep Bhardwaj of Sector 48-A and Maan Singh of M\s Building Material, Kalka Road, Pinjore, took a Rs 26 lakh loan from Punjab State Cooperative Bank by submitting fake documents. The manager of the bank, Mr P.K Jain, said when the former did not deposit the instalments the bank carried out investigations and found that the documents deposited were fake.


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