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Cong candidate Lucky faces false affidavit charge
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, November 23
Less than a week before ward No. 11 of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh goes to poll, affidavits submitted by the Congress candidate, Mr H.S. Lucky, nine years ago for getting loans from government agencies, have kicked up a controversy.

In fact, two of the affidavits, allegedly prepared by Mr Lucky, the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress and confidant of the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, within a span of 15 days in May 1995 bear different signatures claiming that he was unemployed.

While one of the affidavits was prepared to get a loan for starting a business under the Prime Minister Rozgar Yojana and another was signed for setting up an STD/PCO booth allotted by the BSNL.

According to sources, Mr Lucky, who is now a practising advocate, was sanctioned a loan of Rs 95,000 under the rozgar yojana for the purchase of a photostat machine. An PCO\STD, under the unemployed category, was sanctioned in 1995 (file No. 22) by the Chandigarh Telephone Circle.

The first affidavit dated May 8, 1995, claimed that he was unemployed and his family income was less than Rs 15,000 per annum. The second affidavit for procuring loan for STD\PCO was submitted after a few days of the first affidavit.

Mr Lucky, when contacted, said he could not make comment without looking at the documents. He, however, conceded that he had taken a loan under the rozgar yojana as he was unemployed and living separately from his parents.

He said some newspapers, including The Tribune, had published this story nine years ago also and his political opponents were once again trying to tarnish his image before the elections.

“This is politically-motivated move to defame me ahead of the municipal poll. I do not owe anyone even a single penny and the whole loan amount was repaid within a few months and I did not take even subsidy on this. Later, the STD/PCO was also surrendered by me”, he claimed.

Mr Lucky was allotted ticket by the party high command despite protest from certain quarters within the CTCC. The election campaign also seemed to have brought the infighting within the CTCC to the fore with the supporters of Mr B.B. Bahl staying away from the campaign.



Litter, filth choke city’s lungs
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

A park in Sector 7-C seems to be a retiring ground for a car
PARKS OR DUMPS? A park in Sector 7-C seems to be a retiring ground for a car.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 23
The lungs of City Beautiful are virtually choked. Barring a few parks in the city, most green spaces are crying for urgent attention. Some gardens that should be serving as leisure spots are actually being condemned as spaces for dustbins and parking lots for vehicles. In almost every part of the city, one finds parks in an utter state of neglect with no or little grass and equally plants drying for want of water.

Contrary to the impression of Chandigarh being a “clean and green” city, the well-maintained green areas in the city could be counted on fingertips. These include the Chandigarh Administration-maintained Leisure Valley, Rose Garden, Bougainvillea Garden and the Sector 46 green belt. Similarly, the municipal corporation-maintained green belts include Shanti Kunj in Sector 16, Fragrance Garden in Sector 37 and Terraced Garden in Sector 33.

One of the main reasons of the poor state of the parks and gardens in the city is the failure on the part of the administration and the corporation to implement the master plan for the distribution of the tertiary treated water. The main line of the tertiary treated water runs from Diggian village to Golf Club. In this incomplete network excessive pressure and accumulation of gases frequently causes ruptures in the plastic pipes carrying the treated water, leading to wastage and foul smell. Only a small amount of the treated water is used, while the rest, treated at a cost, is drained into choes.

The corporation and the Administration expect the tertiary treated water project to be completed by 2009.

The entire blame for the failure to establish the network cannot be put on the corporation as the Administration, which was responsible for the setting up of the network before the MC’s coming into existence in 1995, too did nothing. Currently, the MC looks after around 2000 parks and green spaces. It has a non-planned budget of Rs 1.2 crore that is used for their maintenance, including fencing. Besides, the MC has another Rs 80,000 lakh planned budget. A large part of the Rs 1.2 crore goes on salary, electricity used for pumping water and the machinery used for water supply

On the other hand, according to the UT Chief Engineer, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, the Administration has a budget of Rs 60 lakh for the maintenance of parks.

If any public park is well maintained, it is due to the efforts of the residents’ welfare association of that area. In the absence of water supply, associations too cannot do much. One public park that really deserves to be praised is that of Sector 10-D. But there too the results are solely due to the efforts of the association president, who has coordinated with every house around the park to make a rubber pipe available for watering the park on a rotational basis from their domestic supply.

There is no dearth of parks that can compete for the slot of the “worst maintained park”. It would be unfair to name a few and leave out the rest. The number of parks that are being used for parking vehicles or those in which malba is being dumped, or even those that have no sign of greenery, runs into hundreds.

In terms of maintenance, the southern sectors are once again much worse than the northern ones. More funds are used for the upkeep and beautification of northern sectors, perhaps because they house more VIPs and have a lower population density.



Obstruction of nullahs worries HUDA
Admn asked to take up matter with Patiala DC
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
Troubled over the inaction of the Punjab Government to remove encroachments on the natural flow of seasonal rivulets flowing through Panchkula, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has asked the Panchkula district administration to take up the issue with the neighbouring Patiala administration.

Large-scale encroachments on the natural course of seasonal rivulets flowing through Panchkula and construction on a section of three nullahs, often results in flooding of the township during the monsoon. During the flash floods in August this year, various sectors and slum colonies along these rivulets were submerged because of the construction of the nullah channels by land encroachers in the neighbouring areas of Punjab.

The course of these rivulets has been changed by encroachers within the township, and in the periphery areas falling in neighbouring Punjab.

The district administration and HUDA officials will now take up the matter with Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, and will ask him to ensure that encroachments on the natural outflow of the seasonal rivulets were removed and the section of the nullah was cleared before the next monsoon.

HUDA officials say that a major portion of the natural course of one rivulet flowing through Panchkula has been encroached upon and Harmilap Nagar stands on this land. From here, the nullah reaches Punjab and Haryana boundary, near Shagun Hotel, where the outflow is now blocked. The second rivulet from the township has also been blocked by a coloniser, who has built apartments on the natural course near the railway track on the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway and a cinema hall in Zirakpur. The third rivulet of storm water from Panchkula has been blocked by a marriage palace near Ganda Nullah in Dhakauli village.

In Panchkula, too, Rajiv Colony and Indra Colony had been built on the natural course of the nullah passing through Sector 17. Because of growing encroachments by slum dwellers the course of the nullah has changed over the years.

The terrain of Panchkula is such that the entire rainwater flows down through three seasonal rivulets to Industrial Area and Sector 19 here and the residents of these areas have to bear the brunt during rains.

Mr M.S. Rathore, a resident of Sector 19, says that they were alloted plots in the sector by HUDA, but everytime after rains the 900 odd plots in the sector are flooded. “We have asked them to construct a retaining wall along the nullah, but they placed sandbags and have not bothered to do anything further,” he says. Mr Puneet Deswal, another resident of the sector, too, said HUDA was not serious about proper channelising of the nullah water.

However, HUDA officials say that they are seriously pursuing the matter, and the problem will be sorted out if the Punjab Government removed encroachments from the nullahs, and banned urbanisation on their natural flow. Officials inform that HUDA had received a set-back when the flash floods in August this year caused extensive damage to land along the embankments of the nullah, where HUDA had carved out plots in Sectors 2, 4, 12 and 12-A, and about 40 plots in Sectors 12 and 12-A had already been allotted.



Warrants issued against DSP, ASI and Tehsildar
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
A local court today issued bailable warrants against Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajshree Singh, Tehsildar Bir Singh and Assistant Sub Inspector of police, Omkar Singh.

The warrants have been issued by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Gulab Singh, in a case filed by a pharmacist at the ESI dispensary in Pinjore. The woman has accused the three officers and eight others, including IAS officer Yudhvir Singh, of threatening and defaming her in June 1997.

The woman has alleged that she was involved in a litigation with her colleague, Maya Devi. Maya Devi allegedly approached the then Kalka DSP, Ms Rajshree and then Kalka SDM, Mr Yudhvir Singh, and they conspired to defame and humiliate her. She alleged that she had gone to meet Mr R.C. Chopra, when the DSP and the ASI came there and told her that both of them were under arrest.

She has further stated that, Mr Yudhvir Singh, and Tehsildar Bir Singh, too, arrived and forced, Mr Chopra, to strip. They had brought two videographers, who made a film of the complainant and, Mr Chopra. The complaint said that they were then taken to a government hospital, where the doctor, Dr Vijay Dahiya, too, humiliated them.

The woman then filed a case in the court, and sought action against the accused. While accused Om Prakash, Head Constable, Dr Vijay Dahiya, videographers Ramesh and Jaidev, Maya Devi and her son Rajesh, Swatantra Gupta, and Mr Yudhvir Singh had been granted bail by the court on November 19, after they were summoned, the DSP, the Tehsildar and the ASI had not appeared in the court.



Col Bains remanded in judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Ms Harpreet Kaur, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), today remanded Col M.S. Bains and his son Vikram in judicial custody. Both are accused of torturing Ms Beant Kaur, widow of Air Vice-Marshal Harjinder Singh and her sister Satwant Kaur.

It may be recalled that the two sisters had recently alleged that their nephew, Colonel Bains, his wife Madhu Bains and his son Vikram had been "torturing" them for several years and eyeing their palatial house in Sector 3 and other properties.

However, Colonel Bains retaliated saying that certain relatives were "instigating" the sisters with a view to "grab" the property.The police had arrested Colonel Bains and his son on November 20 while Madhu is yet to be arrested.

It was also claimed by Colonel Bains that he was the adopted son of the AVM and general power of attorney(GPA) holder. However, Ms Beant Kaur refuted the claims saying he was never adopted by his late husband.

Ms Beant Kaur, widow of the AVM and the first Indian Technical Officer of the Indian Air Force(IAF) and her sister had been putting up at the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council Complex in Sector 37 after being "rescued" from the alleged confinement of their relatives.



Nation needs people's movement to end corruption, says Dua
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
"The nation needs a people's movement to weed out corrupt and criminal elements of society that have infiltrated important institutions like Parliament. Unless the people shut the door on such elements, the nation cannot move forward".

This was stated by Mr. H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune Group of Newspapers, delivering a special lecture on the "State of the Nation" under Distinguished Lecture Series at Panjab University here today.

Mr. Dua said the lawbreakers and corrupt politicians were a hurdle in creating a healthy political system and a stable nation. He cited the case of the Indian Parliament where about a 100 members had criminal records. Similarly some state assemblies too had a large number of people with criminal backgrounds.

"How do you expect these people to make law for the common man. They will obviously make laws that are in their own vested interests rather than those that help the nation progress", he said.

" For creating a new India, we should be ready to pay the price and just not talk about the issue", said the Editor-in-Chief who listed unemployment, casteism and political instability as the major hurdles in the progress of the nation.

The strife witnessed in different parts of the country, be it Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh or the North-East, the unemployment was the reason. The educational institutions, universities and other professional colleges were churning out job producers but there were no jobs. It is a serious problem that poses a real danger to the nation.

Tracing the strengths and weaknesses which he had witnessed during the past 57 years of India's Independence, Mr Dua expressed his concern at the growing aberrations which came in the way of India emerging as a super power.

Notwithstanding the reality that India was emerging as one of the fastest economic powers with the third largest army in the world, nuclear power potential and one of the biggest educated man-power base which were the real assets for any nation, the major worry which the country was facing was corruption, criminalisation of politics and casteism. These few aberrations were causing despair and not much was being done to tackle these, said Mr Dua .

"We achieved freedom but at a price" and the country had problems of resettlement of refugees, communal strife but the leaders wanted the nation to be a model democratic state capable of playing a bigger role but that was not to be. Opportunism, struggle for retaining power, imposition of emergency, destruction of Babri Masjid, culture of Aya Rams and Gaya Rams led to degeneration of public morality.

As a consequence corruption had started cutting across all boundaries, caste factor has become more important than merit in all spheres, and benefits of economic development were going to only a few.

He said that the nation had 33 million illiterates living below the poverty line who were denied two meals a day, had no roof, toilets or even drinking water. On the state of education, he said the universities were ideal places for creative thinking and should prepare the students for facing challenges in life besides preparing them for degrees and careers.

On the occasion, the honorary membership of Panjab University Alumni Association was conferred upon Mr Dua.

Earlier Professor K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, introduced the speaker and informed the audience that he had recently been nominated to the Senate and that the university was looking forward to his guidance and advice.



CAT stays cancellation of appointments of KV Principals
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The detoxification drive of the Central Government aimed at cancelling the appointment and repatriation of 327 Principals of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) suffered a setback today with the Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) staying the order.

In his order on an application filed by over 30 affected Principals of the Chandigarh Region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, Mr JS Dhaliwal, a Member, fixed December 3 as the next date of hearing.

Terming the cancellation and repatriation as "illegal and unjustified", the Principals had contended that no show-cause notices were issued to any of them to explain their points of view. Since they had been directed to hand over the charge to the Vice-Principals and seniormost Postgraduate Teachers (PGTs), an ambiguous situation would emerge as they would have to work under "junior teachers".

Recently, the KVS Commissioner, Mr Ranglal Jamuda, ordered the cancellation of the appointments of 140 persons and repatriation of 187 Principals on deputation all over the country.These appointments were violative of the Supreme Court judgement on reservations for certain sections of society.

Sources said in the wake of the shortage of school Principals in the Kendriya Vidyalayas all over the country in 2000, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had brought in certain amendments in the Rules to appoint the PGT teachers and Vice-Principals as the Principals on deputation.Subsequently, 140 Principals were regularised.

Another category of these appointees included the teachers working as the PGTs, who were taken on deputation for a year. The extended deputation of some of the Principals, who moved CAT, will expire mid next year.



Low levels of job satisfaction among medical officers: study
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
An Army pilot study has revealed low levels of job satisfaction among medical officers, including specialists, in the armed forces. Poor utilisation of skills, low promotional prospects, inadequate redressal of grievances and current organisational policies are among factors cited as the reason.

The study conducted by two Army specialists, including a psychiatrist, was published last month. Medical officers, administrative cadre and superspecialists posted in large cantonments were surveyed with their consent during the study.

“The major finding of our study was that there is a rather low level of job satisfaction among medical officers, including those in administrative and specialist cadres,” the study report stated.

“Though discouraging, the phenomenon is not restricted to medical officers in the armed forces. Studies world wide have brought out similar results,” it added.

Stating that dramatic changes in healthcare have altered doctors’ jobs, thereby limiting autonomy and reducing morale, the report stated job satisfaction and morale among doctors as a concern the worldover.

To establish its point, the report also cited examples of different studies pertaining to doctors working with a state insurance establishment in India, and those covered by a Spanish study, which had similar conclusions.

Majority of the respondents have cited poor promotional prospects and unsatisfactory grievance handling process in the services as the prime reasons for low jab satisfaction. They felt that some of the organisational policies, including the appraisal system and posting policy, needed reforms.

“While some steps have been taken to improve job satisfaction, it must be conceeded that a lot more can be done,” the report stated.

“Job satisfaction is a multi-dimensional phenomenon where it is not easy to assign one factor as the sole detriment of satisfaction or dissatisfaction,” it added.

On the other hand, the report cited the opportunity towards self development provided by the armed forces as a major factor contributing towards job satisfaction among medical officers.

Majority of those surveyed termed the present system of selecting medical officers for post-graduate courses as “very fair”. Job security, prestige of the organisation and the nature of work were other factors which contributed towards job satisfaction.



CTU bus hits motor cycle, 1 killed
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, November 23
A woman died on the spot while her husband and son escaped unhurt when a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus hit their motor cycle on the Kalka-Ambala highway at Zirakpur late last night.

The woman was identified as Kamaljit Kaur. Her husband, Tarsem Chand, and one-and-a-half-year-old son, however, escaped unhurt. The police said the couple was coming from the K-Area side.

The body was today handed over to the family after postmortem at the Rajpura Civil Hospital. The police has impounded the vehicles and a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the bus driver.



Savings agent booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 23
The local police has booked a postal agent for cheating an NRI of Rs 1 lakh. The accused Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Phase IV has been charged with cheating Ms Sahibjit Kaur of Rs 1 lakh. The police said Gurcharan Singh also ran a restaurant by the name of Isha Rasoi and a sweets shop in Phase I.

According to sources Sahibjit Kaur, a resident of Phase IV here, had invested in postal department’s Kisan Vikas Patra through Gurcharan Singh. Gurcharan Singh was also Sahibjit Kaur’s tenant at her Phase IV residence then. She reportedly deposited Rs 1,200 every month for the past five years through the agent. Now when the policy was to mature she asked Gurcharan Singh to get the amount. He withdrew the amount from the post office but allegedly did not give it to Sahibjit Kaur who had, in the meantime, gone abroad.



SDM for action against illegal marriage palaces
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 23
Coming down heavily on the industrial and commercial site owners running unauthorised marriage palaces, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) today asked the regulatory authorities to take action against them.

In an official letter written to the Managing Director, Punjab State Industrial Export Corporation and the Estate Officer, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), the SDM Mohali, Mr M. L. Sharma, has recommended action against those running unauthorised marriage palaces and banquet halls in the township.

Giving a list of nine such halls in Mohali, the SDM stated that a large number of complaints had been received from the general public against these halls. ‘‘It was brought to my notice that many of these banquet halls are running from industrial plots and commercial shops. These shops and industrial units are not authorised to run marriage palaces without the requisite permission. We have decided to take action against this open flouting of rules and regulations,’’ said Mr Sharma.

Mr Sharma has also forwarded a list of nine such unauthorised banquet halls to the regulatory authorities for action. These include the ones at: Dara Studios Phase VI, Industrial Area; C-111, Phase VII Industrial Area; WWICS , A-12 Phase VI Industrial Area; The Ground Pangam Raj Ram Glucose, Mohali; Celebration Banquet Phase VI, Industrial Area; and Plot Number 350, Phase IX Industrial Area.



Property tax: blame game begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The notification of the Chandigarh Administration regarding the imposition of 3 per cent tax on the commercial property has kicked off the blame game among three major contenders from the ward No 11 of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), which is going to poll on November 28.

Demanding the resignation of the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, the BJP candidate, Mr Girdhari Lal Jindal, said the notification had belied claims of the Congress that the proposal to levy property tax would be scrapped six months after the Congress won the General Election.

On the other hand, Mr H.S. Lucky, Congress candidate, alleged that it was the BJP who proposed the property tax. The BJP exerted its influence to stop the grant-in-aid to the MCC till the property tax was levied in the city.

Dr O.P. Verma, candidate of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM), blamed the Congress for the notification as the administration was controlled by the UPA government.



Mohali council to recommend pension cases
Tribune New Service

Mohali, November 23
The Mohali Municipal Council will be the nodal agency to forward cases of those eligible for pension to the aged, widows below 60 years of age and the handicapped. Eight such cases from the township recommended by the council would be forwarded to the Punjab Government following a nod during the council’s monthly meeting scheduled to be held on November 29.

The council executive officer, Mr Har Bhagwan Garg, said the government had made the municipal bodies in the state the recommending authority for such cases. Earlier this work was being done by the Department of Social Welfare.

Mr Garg added that at least 30 more cases had already been passed and sent to the government for starting the pensions. He explained that those who want to apply for one of these pensions should apply to the council. Following the receipt of the application, council employees would visit the applicant’s home and file a report. If the case is found to be genuine, it would be brought before the House of the council and passed for recommendation to the government.

The council would also be asking the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to undertake the laying of a sewerage pipe at Matour village during this meeting. The council members would also take up for discussion PUDA’s demolition of public toilets being maintained by the Sulabh Shauchalaya. It would be pointed out to the members that PUDA had handed over these toilets to the council and despite the council having decided at its last monthly meeting that PUDA not be handed these toilets back, it had gone ahead with their demolition.

The council members would be asked to take a decision regarding the architecture company that had prepared plans for the construction of municipal bhavan in Sector 68. The company had demanded a raise in their fee following the increase in the cost of the work from Rs 3.5 crore to Rs 6 crore. Development works worth Rs 50 lakh have also been listed to be passed by the House during the meeting.

Certain other agenda items related to council employees would be taken up for discussion. One of the senior officials of the employee would be attending the national professional programme on “Solid waste management: collection handling and disposal operations” at Hyderabad from December 7 to 10 following a nod during the House meeting.



Healthy diet keeps diabetes at bay, says Wasim Akram
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 23
Coping with diabetes for the past seven years, legendary Pakistani all rounder Wasim Akram said healthy diet, regular exercise and daily monitoring of the blood sugar level could go a long way in keeping the disease in control.

Speaking to mediapersons after giving a motivational talk to students at Shivalik Public School here today, Akram said his family supported him in 1997 when he was diagnosed with the diabetes.

“I was upset for the initial one month and had lost weight up to 6 kg. But with the help of a doctor, I regained my weight and came back into active playing. Even since then, being diabetic has never hampered my game, rather I performed better after being diagnosed with diabetes.”

The fast bowler, however, rubbished the recent research of the bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC), saying the ICC was being stupid in proposing that bowlers be allowed to bend their arms to some degrees.

Calling Yuvraj Singh as his favourite player, Akram saw a lot of potential in young Irfan Pathan as a fast bowler. Akram went on to say that: “Irfan is better than what I was at his age.”

However, the bowler seemed critical of Indian spinners who he said “wanted the pitch to start turning from the first day itself.”

“I think Harbhajan Singh is a great bowler but he should stop blaming the wickets,” said Akram.

The Pakistani bowler, however, supported Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.

“Ganguly has performed so well in the last two and a half years by winning matches. The country should support him in this rough patch,” he remarked.

“I don’t plan to open any coaching academy as I don’t have the skill to coach others,” he clarified. “I believe in meeting people and creating awareness about diabetes wherever I go,” added Akram.

He also gave away cash prizes worth Rs 10,000 each to 10 children for excelling in sports.



Book on pensionary benefits released
Tribune News Service

GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh releases a book on benefits available to service personnel and ex-servicemen in Amritsar
GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh releases a book on benefits available to service personnel and ex-servicemen in Amritsar on Monday.

Chandigarh, November 23
A book on special benefits and privileges available under law to servicemen, ex-servicemen, widows and their families has been brought out by two city-based advocates.

The book was released by the GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh at a social evening organised after the conclusion of an ex-servicemen’s rally at Amritsar last evening.

Titled “Soldiers, Know Your Rights”, has been authored by Capt Navdeep Singh, a Territorial Army Officer and Mr Rajeev Anand, a former Intelligence Bureau and Border Security Force officer. It is claimed to be the first book of its kind to hit the market and the foreword has been written by the former GOC-in-C, Southern Command, Lieut-Gen G.S. Sihota.

The 14-chapter book contains information on many lesser known privileges available to the service fraternity. Information pertaining to exemptions on toll tax on private vehicles, entertainment tax at cinema houses, licence fee for arms and income tax for disabled soldiers is contained in the book.

The book also provides information on pensionary benefits, benefits being provided by the central and various state governments, addresses of welfare organisations and important notifications.



Award for Pathak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, will be presented Rashtriya Gaurav Award on December 3 in New Delhi. A communication in this regard has been received from the Secretary General of the India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. The society has also invited Dr Pathak to participate in a seminar on “Economic growth and national integration”. The Union Minister for Food and Processing will be the chief guest at the function.


Results of BBA-I, B.A. (General) first year and B.Sc. (General) second year examinations held in September-October 2004 were declared on Tuesday. Copies of the result gazettes will be available at the new enquiry counter, located adjacent to the main administrative building, on all working days from 9 am to 5 pm.



Names for Kosovo mission
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 23
The Chandigarh Police has forwarded the names of 12 police personnel to the Union Government for the UN Peacekeeping Mission-2005 in Kosovo.

These 12 were selected out of 40 applicants. There is one DSP, one inspector, two sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors and five head constables in this group.



Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Mrs Shanti Devi, mother of Mr Mohinder Lal Sharma, Press Supervisor in the Tribune Trust Publications, died at Upper Dhar village in Jaisingpur tehsil of Kangra district yesterday. She was 85.



Minor alleges molestation, one held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 23
A minor girl from Ram Darbar had complained to the police that two boys from her locality had tried to molest her by threatening her with a knife.

The girl in her complaint alleged that on Sunday a boy living in her locality, Mohamad Latif, and his friend came outside her house where she was fetching water from a tap. The boys tried to take her with them forcibly but a neighbour came out and the boys ran away.

In her complaint she named Mohamad Latif and his friend Sarfaz Ahmed, alias Kaka, and another unidentified youth.

A case under Sections 342, 354, 506 and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Sector 31 police station. One person has been arrested.

Two houses burgled

Two houses have reportedly been burgled in the different parts of the city.

Ms Malkiat Kaur of Sector 11-A had filed a complaint that Rs 3500-4,000 were stolen from her residence early this morning. She said she went out for a walk around 4.30 am and came back after an hour and found her purse missing.

A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

In another incident, Mr D.S. Pandey of Sector 40 reported to the police that a CD player, jewellery, Rs 14,000, watches and some other articles and documents were stolen from his residence between November 16 and 21. He was not at home on those days. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Vehicles stolen

Mr Kartar Singh of Sector 41-A reported to the police that his scooter (CH-01-A-9445) was stolen from near the library on the PGI campus yesterday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

Mr Sarfudin of Maloya Colony filed a complaint that his scooter (CH-01-Q-9479) was stolen from Badheri market on November 13. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.



20 manhole covers stolen in Sector 33
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, November 23
Residents of Sector 33 were taken by surprise in the early morning today when they found the manhole covers in their houses missing. More than 20 manhole covers were stolen from seven houses in the locality last night.

Ms Rashmi Juneja, resident of House No. 285of Sector 33, told The Tribune that her father noticed the covers of five manholes at his house were missing when he went out for a walk in the morning today. “We have fixed iron grills on the boundary wall of our house. I am surprised how they managed to get away with such heavy iron manhole covers”, said Ms Juneja. She further said that they heard noise of a bus and some people talking late last night, but they did not pay attention to it.

Lieut-Col Sidhu, another area resident and from whose house three manhole covers had been lifted, said that the residents of the locality were scared at the way so many manhole covers had been stolen in the locality. He said theft of manhole covers was generally passed off as a minor crime but what about the security of the residents living alone. There was a greater risk of theft of vehicles parked in the open considering the way the covers had been lifted by entering the houses in the area, said yet another resident.

Lieut-Col Sidhu said the residents filed a complaint in this regard in Sector 34 police station and a case under Section 380 of the IPC was registered.

Mr Bakshinder Singh, who lives in House No. 1703, said that manhole covers had been lifted from his house twice in the past. However, he did not file a complaint earlier.

Asked about the rising incidents of theft of manhole covers, the SHO of Sector 34 police station, Mr Ajaib Singh Somal, said, “The theft of manhole covers is a petty offence. The people generally do not file complaints as the loss of property is not much. We have registered a case and are investigating into it.” 



6 held for assaulting MC staff
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 23
The local police arrested six persons for allegedly attacking the enforcement staff of Municipal Corporation (MC) of Chandigarh at Sector 40-D, today.

According to the police, the enforcement staff of MC, under the supervision of, Mr Inderpal Singh, came to the open area in Sector 40-D, where apni mandi is held every Tuesday to stop vendors and rehriwalas from setting up stalls in the mandi there.

UT Administration had passed orders to shift the mandi from its present location to Dana Mandi in Sector 39. Today, the vendors and the rehriwalas came to Sector 40-D and started selling in violation of the Administration’s orders. When the enforcement staff objected to their activity they became enraged. In the scuffle one person, identified as Sundram, was injured. Members of the enforcement staff also received injuries.

It is learnt that the Administration has passed orders to hold the mandi at Dana Mandi in Sector 39 on every Saturday.

The police has registered a case on a complaint filed by, Mr Inderpal Singh, under Sections 147, 148, 149, 332, 353 and 379 of the IPC in Sector 39 police station.



760 kg poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 23
The Narcotics Control Bureau, Chandigarh, seized 760 kg of poppy husk and arrested three persons, according an official press note released here today. The bureau said the poppy husk was carried in a truck and a car in jute bags of 40 kg each.

The three persons, Ashok Kumar of Ludhiana and Balbir Singh and Raj Kumar from Phillaur were arrested near the Grain Market in Sector 39 here. They were allegedly buying poppy husk from Rajasthan and selling in rural areas of Punjab and Haryana.


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