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Woman hacked to death by 23-year-old son
‘Vulgar behaviour’, incompatibility with father cited as reasons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Frustrated by the “constant insult” allegedly heaped on his father by his mother for over 19 years following his dad’s failure “to give” her another son, a 23-year-old engineer hacked his mother to death with a sickle at their Sector 32 residence late Wednesday night.

The son, along with his physically challenged father working as a record keeper with the Survey of India, surrendered before the police early this morning and confessed to committing the crime. His father is a haemophilia patient.

The incident took place in the Sector 32 Survey of India colony at around 10:30 pm when 52-year-old Nirmal Singh Rana complained to his son, Ajit Pal Singh, alias Laddi, about the “vulgar behaviour” of his wife, Malkiat Kaur (51), which acted as the immediate provocation, leading to the killing, the police said.

The police, while quoting Nirmal Singh, said Malkiat Kaur had insulted him by terming him impotent and a worthless man. She reportedly undressed and went to the backyard of their house yelling at him. On arrival of his son, Nirmal Singh narrated the entire incident. He, in turn, lost his temper and decided to finish off his mother.

Nirmal Singh is posted as Technical Record Keeper in the Survey of India, Sector 32. The couple has two daughters, who are married. His son Laddi, a diploma holder in mechanical engineering, had recently been employed with the Godrej company in Mohali.

The lacerated body of the victim was found lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen. There were multiple stab wounds on her face, throat and limbs. Besides, deep wounds were also found on the rear side of her head. The lower part of the body was wrapped in a bed-sheet and her legs were tied.

The police said the accused had tied the body in order to dispose it of, but dropped the plan later. Blood stains were found on the floor, walls and door of the kitchen opening into the drawing room of the house. The victim was attacked while she was preparing meal in the kitchen and was dragged out of the kitchen during the struggle.

A lock of hair was found clutched in her right hand, indicating that she had resisted the assault and struggled to save her life. The accused also tried to clean the floor with empty sacks. Blood-soaked clothes were found in the bathroom and in the back-yard of the house, said the police.

“No one in the neighbourhood paid attention to the victim’s cries, as disputes and quarrels had become routine in the family. The woman used to come out of the house, abusing and yelling at her husband. Even their relatives admitted that she had a mercurial temperament,” stated DSP (South) KIP Singh.

Narrating the incident before media in the Sector 34 police station, Ajit Pal confessed to killing his mother. With tears in his eyes, he stated, “In order to save my father, who was thinking about ending his life due to the vulgar and incompatible behaviour of my mother, I decided to put an end to this constant source of insult. When my father, who sacrificed a lot for his family, narrated the crude and vulgar behaviour of my mother, I could not bear it and decided to eliminate her”.

When questioned, Nirmal Singh stated that he had no relationship with his wife since 1987 after he went for sterilisation operation.

Later, she was told by a soothsayer that she would have two sons, following which she persuaded me to go in for de-sterilisation. Despite being operated upon many a time, I remained the same, which further soured our relationship.

Thereafter, she would get annoyed with me over trivial issues and I was subjected to public insult and humiliation by her, alleged Nirmal Singh.

Taranjit Kaur, daughter of Nirmal Singh, told Chandigarh Tribune that her mother’s behaviour was irritating and she embarrassed their father.

This fact was known to their entire family. She claimed that her father and brother were sensitive and docile, but her mother ruined their house.

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Admn lets down Nek Chand
Aditi Tondon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
It was an embarrassing sight. At the Rock Garden, where Nek Chand was to be honoured with the International Living Heritage Award this evening, the UT Administration cut a sorry figure. It had made no formal arrangements for such a significant event.

While the creator of the garden and his promoter Tony Rajer, a Nek Chand Foundation (NCF) trustee, waited on the stage of the garden’s amphitheatre to start the ceremony, visitors kept passing them by, disturbing the spirit of the event.

There were no indications or banners to redirect visitors away from the amphitheatre or to direct invitees towards it. The event was not even publicised despite its enormous worldwide significance.

With the receipt of the award, instituted by the Living Heritage Society, USA, Nek Chand entered a coveted league of artistes who had made exquisite contributions to the artistic heritage of the world.

The show, however, remained a dull affair, with hardly any effort on the part of the UT Administration visible. The only person representing the Administration at the time the medal was presented was XEN in charge of the Rock Garden. Chief Engineer V.K. Bhardwaj and Director Tourism Vivek Atray came in after the formal presentation was over, although their presence was welcomed.

For his part, Nek Chand was disturbed by the Administration’s indifference to the event. He wished they could have publicised it through the PR department. Even Nek Chand’s admirers, who were in time for today’s show, found the Administration’s absence in participation and organisation of the event vague.

Come to think of it, Tony Rajer had extended invitations for the event to UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues, Secretary Tourism Krishna Mohan and other officers.

Rajer said, “This medal is an endorsement of Nek Chand’s genius. It is a great honour for Chandigarh." And though Rajer was expecting a greater response, he was silent about the affair.

Nek Chand's admirers had things to say, including: "The UT Administration is going all over, seeking suggestions to promote Chandigarh as a tourist destination. Only if it could go all out to promote the Rock Garden, which has unparalleled tourism potential, it would not have to waste energies elsewhere."

While people felt sorry that an important event had gone unnoticed, Rajer kept them entertained by showering praises on Nek Chand in Hindi. Giving him company was Ms Rupan Deol Bajaj, convener, Admirers of Nek Chand's Rock Garden. She presented Nek Chand with a shawl. Also present was Mr M.N. Sharma, the first chief architect of UT and a Nek Chand fan.

Later during the evening, Mr Atray joined the show and spoke to Rajer about promoting the Rock Garden by preparing a commemorative postcard. This, Rajer said, could be done as part of Rock Garden's diamond jubilee year celebrations, which began with today's event.

Interestingly, the idea of celebrating the diamond jubilee of the garden had also been mooted by the NCF and not the UT Administration, which, however, promised to partner with the NCF on two fronts.

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Nek Chand is first Asian to get International Living Heritage Medal
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Environmental artiste Nek Chand today became the first Asian to receive the prestigious International Living Heritage Medal, instituted by the Living Heritage Society, USA.

The award, which promotes excellence in art, literature, dance and theatre, was presented to Nek Chand in the amphitheatre of his Rock Garden. Doing the honours on the behalf of society’s President Jerry Johnson was Tony Rajer, Nek Chand Foundation trustee and international heritage preservation specialist, who restored the artiste’s works when they were travelling to New York for an exhibition recently.

For Rajer, who is in India to finalise schedules for Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations of the Rock Garden to be held next year, today was a big day.

An ardent Nek Chand admirer, he has been promoting the Rock Garden for 15 years. Now, he has given Chandigarh more news to cheer about.

It was Rajer who documented Nek Chand’s artworks and recommended his case to the Living Heritage Society, which, he said, has only given the award to Europeans and Americans.

Nek Chand, for his part, was humbled by the gesture. All he said was, “The Nek Chand Foundation has done more than it could in promoting the Garden’s cause. I am touched.” Rajer, who is a special guest of Nek Chand, has, meanwhile, finalised the programme for the Rock Garden’s diamond jubilee year celebrations to be held in November next year.

He has met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is likely to inaugurate the celebrations in Chandigarh next year. But before that, the Nek Chand Foundation (NCF) has planned several events, especially for December 15, which is Nek Chand’s birthday. Other events include a city-wide competition to design the official flag of the Rock Garden, a contest for children who will be asked to draw their favourite spot in the
garden.

The NCF has also instituted a special scholarship - the Cynthia Johnson scholarship — for those who work on the Garden with Nek Chand. Said Rajer,” Cynthia Johnson visited the Rock Garden in January, 2006. She was so overwhelmed that she donated money to the NCF to institute a scholarship and promote people’s interest in the Rock Garden.”

Back home in the USA, Rajer is writing a colour book on the Rock Garden. But most important to him and the NCF is the completion of Rock Garden’s Phase III, which is progressing at a snail’s pace.

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Protest at C-DAC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 16
A section of aspirants for posts of teacher staged a protest on the last day of the completion of work on scrutiny of academic certificates in
connection with the recruitment of teachers by the Punjab Government at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) here today.

The protesters raised slogans against the government and alleged impropriety in the fixing of eligibility criteria for the selection of teachers. They sought a hike in the number of posts. They said they had come from different places but now officials concerned had stopped the scrutiny of certificates those holding BPEd.

However, the authorities concerned said the applicants had not been called, as they were not found eligible for the post.

Fewer number of candidates appeared today as compared to the earlier days and the entry to the C-DAC premises was restricted to candidates only.

Candidates were checked at three different points before being allowed to move in for the scrutiny.

While the police restricted entry to candidates at the first checkpoint, candidates with marks above the cutoff percentage were asked to form a queue at the second.

At the main entrance to C-DAC, staff on duty allowed access to only those candidates who possessed requisite certificates.

No one carrying a counterfoil of the online registration was allowed entry.

The results of the Services Selection Board for recruitment of teachers was reportedly announced today after which many candidates left the arena.

Moreover, around 1,000 candidates had been called on the last day for the scrutiny of documents. The work on scrutiny had started on Monday.

Online registration work for the recruitment of teachers was started by C-DAC around three weeks ago.

C-DAC is taking care of the recruitment of teachers under various categories for the Punjab Government.

Around 100 officials from the centre and the Department of School Education, Punjab, checked the academic, experience and date of birth certificates of candidates.

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Watch out

Dr Sudhir Kumar Garg, head of the orthopaedic department, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, will make presentations at a conference of the Indian American Orthopaedics Association at New Delhi.

Dr Sudhir will present his works apart from sharing his experiences on the “Total Hip Replacement techniques” at the conference to be attended scores of orthopaedic surgeons from the country.

Trained at bone tumour service of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, Dr Sudhir Kumar Garg introduced the latest techniques of managing bone cancer.

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In Town

Mr Gurbachan Jagat, Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, will be in the city to deliver a lecture to in-service IAS officers. The week- long IAS officers, training is being conducted by the Institute of Development and Communication at their centre in Mohali. Mr Jagat will be talking to the senior IAS officers about dissonance between the police and civil administration.

An IPS officer of the Punjab cadre, Mr Jagat has served as the DGP Jammu and Kashmir police before he became DGP Border Security Force. He then became a member of the UPSC and was later elevated as the Chairman of the commission. He has also held key positions as SSP Amritsar, IG, Intelligence. 

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Passing Through

Jatin Grewal
Jatin Grewal, model-cum-actor

What is the scope of Punjabi movies in the current film scenario?

Punjabi movies have come back with a musical bang. And it’s not just large-budget movies that are making it big at the box office. Even medium and low-budget Punjabi movies are doing fine. I can say without hesitation that “Punjwood” is currently on a par with Bollywood, with some of the producers making real good movies in the recent past. In the near future, things are only going to improve. Chances are the Punjabi film industry will overtake the Hindi cinema. The inclusion of so many Punjabi songs in Hindi flicks is nothing but a testimony to the language’s popularity.

Are you acting in a Punjabi movie?

I am playing the lead role in Punjabi movie Reejhan, along with twinkling star of the tinsel world Ranjit. Working in Punjabi movies gives me immense pleasure, as I belong to that culture and the language is close to my heart. Otherwise also, the flicks are doing a real good business in India and abroad. Things will turn even better once they allow the exchange of movies with Pakistan.

The move will go a long way in further improving the standard of Punjabi movie industry, besides encouraging the exchange of ideas, technology and talent between the filmmakers of the two countries.

Were you always interested in acting?

I always wanted to become an actor and have displayed flair before the footlights during school and college days. After getting MBA degree from Pune, I got a chance to show my talent on the big screen. Since then, it has been life on the fast track of excitement for me.

— Saurabh Malik 

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‘Illegal’ voters cause concern
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Residents of the city, particularly villages, are resenting the voters’ list prepared by the Election Department by including names of the occupants of illegal colonies and unauthorised places. The Pind Bachao Committee has sought cancellation of illegal votes.

“How can a resident of an illegal settlement be allowed to vote?” asked Mr Angrez Singh Badheri, president of the committee. The change in demography was not in interests of local residents, particularly original inhabitants, he said.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Minister of State for Finance and local Member of Parliament, said “There is no link between residency and voting rights. The public is allowed under the Right to Representation Act, 1950, to cast their vote and they can they do it anywhere they are residing in the country. How can migratory voters be called illegal? Only a negligible fraction are original inhabitants of UT land. The rest came from adjoining states. Are they illegal?”

Mr Didar Singh, a resident of Halo Majra, said “Political leadership was the biggest reason in addition to the illegal migrant population. The occupants in colonies were issued ration cards and also registered as voters”.

In a majority of villages, the number of migrant voters was more than double the original voters, meaning there were negligible chances of them getting elected.

Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former Member of Parliament, said “Every citizen has the right to vote, which has nothing to do with his residence. The only rider is that no registered voter can vote at two places”.

Mr Shadi Ram, a resident of Kajheri, said the issue needed to be understood in a larger perspective “If a person constructed his house outside the ‘lal dora’, it was considered illegal and was likely to be demolished. At the same time, the Administration is planning to settle all illegal encroachers in new housing schemes. The issue needs to be deliberated upon”.

Mr Badheri said, “No politician is going to support us on this issue because of political compulsions. I am only arguing the case logically. In case the current trend continues, the whole demography of the area will change. The results of the last municipal corporation elections gave enough indications. The same is true for certain places in Punjab also. The matter needs a serious deliberation”

Mr Badheri gave a formal representation, seeking cancellation of illegal votes, to Mr S.K.Sandhu, the Chief Electoral Officer, this afternoon. Mr Sandhu said, “I will have to go through details of the representation before any comments”. Mr Badheri planned to meet the Chief Election Commissioner, who would be in the city tomorrow.

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Panchkula being developed on Chandigarh pattern: CM
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 16
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today said that Panchkula was being developed on the pattern of Chandigarh to make it a better city than City Beautiful.

The Chief Minister was speaking after dedicating to the people the region’s largest auditorium “Inderdhanush” at Panchkula, which had been constructed at a cost of Rs 14 crore and had a seating capacity of 1350.

The auditorium would facilitate the promotion of performing arts, Mr Hooda said seeking cooperation from the people in the overall development of Panchkula.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister, Chander Mohan said a sum of Rs 64 crore was being spent on the implementation of various development projects in Panchkula during the year as compared to Rs 54 crore spent in the last financial year.

Well-known Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans gave his scintillating performance during the programme.

The auditorium has been constructed over an area of 4.4 acre by HUDA in the City Centre, Sector 5. It has a wide stage for all type of live performances, spacious green rooms and is equipped with latest services of light and sound, fire fighting equipment, close circuit TV and elevators.

Earlier, Mr Hooda also inaugurated the library of the District Bar Association(DBA) set up with the financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh already given by him.

While speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the state government was in the process of formulating a policy to provide land to the advocates at the place of their work, so as to enable them construct their houses. On the demand for setting up of chambers, Mr Hooda directed the Deputy Commissioner to identify the area where these chambers would be set up.

Those who also spoke on the occasion, included the president of the DBA, Mr Lalit Gupta and Mr M.G. Sharma.

Mr Hooda also laid the foundation stone of the corporate office building for the Haryana State Roads and Bridges Development Corporation in Sector 2 here.

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Mayor underlines Congress achievements in MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
With the Municipal Corporation elections round the corner, Mayor Surinder Singh today listed the Congress’ achievements in the Municipal Corporation during the past five years.

However, most of the achievements listed are those that have only been cleared in the General House of the MCC and have yet to be even processed, while a few others are in the pipeline.

The Mayor started off with the re-carpeting of 1,000 km of road in the city since 2002 at the cost of Rs 40 crore.

Though the Mayor was quick to highlight the length of roads carpeted in Mani Majra, from where he is a councillor, he was not forthcoming on the data of other villages, etc.

Improvement of existing infrastructure facilities in Sector 17, provision of idle truck parking, gymnasium, construction of Shivalik garden in Mani Majra, Mini Rose Garden, Sector 24, Moonlit Park, Sector 22, have been listed as achievements of the Horticulture Department. An addition to the list is the purchase of 75 brush cutters, which is in the “pipeline”.

In the electrical projects category, except for upgrade of streetlights, the rest are still in the process, including the remote control automatic streetlight energy efficiency project, modernisation of dhobi ghats, provision of electric furnace in Sector 25 crematorium and provision of elevator in the MC building.

The achievements of the Public Health Wing include commissioning of water supply scheme, Phase IV, installation of deep tubewells, boosting stations, community stand post in slums, provision of storm water drainage and sewerage.

Interestingly, the much-publicised and controversial project of garbage dumping ground in Dadu Majra found no mention in the Mayor’s lists of 
achievements.

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WARD WATCH
‘Dream Park, Rose Garden our achievements’
Tribune News Service

Subash Chawla
Subash Chawla

Chandigarh, November 16
With an approximate voter strength of 22,000, ward number 4, consisting of Sectors 23 and 24 (before de-limitation), has come a long way in the past five years. Many development works have taken place in these sectors to bring them on a par with others.

Talking to TNS, a resident of Sector 23 stated that there has been development of Dream Park, expansion of the small bridge over the choe and better green belts have been provided. However, the sectors are facing a problem with sanitation, as some residents had opposed the proposal for a “Sehaj Safai Kendra” and we are still carrying on with the old style of garbage disposal.

Mr J.S. Rathor, a shopkeeper in Sector 24, stated that there are pending development works in the booth market and showrooms in the market of Sector 24-D. “We have been waiting for the work to be done for the past five years. We have been given step motherly treatment,” he stated.

Councillorspeak

The whole ward has been given a new look during the past five years. Every effort has been made to bring it on a par with the so-called posh sectors of the city. Re-carpeting of all roads has been done. The development of the mini Rose Garden at Sector 24 is our biggest achievement. Janj Ghar at Sector 23 is being refurbished at a cost of Rs 70 lakh. All parks have been provided with swings and their exteriors have been tiled. Sector 23 market was the first one to get paver blocks. Small parks in front of residential areas have also been decorated with paver blocks. Sanitation of both sectors has also been improved. If elected, I will make Sector 36 even better than these sectors.

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Rehab: slum-dwellers get VIP treatment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
While departments of the Chandigarh Administration are bending backwards to give water and electricity connections to slum dwellers on their rehabilitation, they have all rigmarole and red tape in place for granting the same to those seeking the same facilities in the rest of the union territory.

Even as the residents rue that no such facility has ever been extended to them by the Administration, they welcome the move of the housing board for the doorstep delivery of services, provided others are also extended the same.

For plot owners, getting clearance for occupying their houses is a Herculean task.

Everyone, who owns a house is aware of the long ordeal each one of them has undergone to get regular water and power connections.

Various schemes run by the Administration to offer documents from possession to occupation of a house have remained on paper.

“Seeking clearance from 11 departments is still a problem. There is no single window to give the approvals under one roof”, says Mr Naresh Kumar.

There have been instances when due to differences between two departments, the residents are devoid of basic amenities.

Citing the case of Sector 51 flats, Mr Yoginder Mohan, a resident of the area, says for over six months, occupants were not able to get water connections.

Similar problems were faced by residents of the Modern Housing Complex.

“The Administration can hold special camps for residents at regular intervals. This will enable them to monitor the efficiency of its departments”, opines Mr Kirpal Singh, a resident of Sector 32.

To shift 800 families of slum dwellers of Madrasi Colony, Sector 26, to newly constructed one-room tenements in Sector 56, a special three-day camp by the Chandigarh Administration started at Anganwadi Centre, Sector 26.

At least 120 applicants were screened on the first day of the camp.

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Boyd’s mantra: keep giving and keep going on
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

William B Boyd
William B Boyd

Chandigarh, November 16
He tackles challenges head on just like in his favourite sport Rugby and this resolute Kiwi is unwavering in his resolve to change lives, what is more, being at the helm of affairs at Rotary International helps.

The 73-year-old William B Boyd is World President of Rotary International this year and while ‘development’ may seem an uphill task, Boyd believes he is armed with the very best, with 1.2 million Rotarians around 169 countries, all engaging with the heart-rending faces of hunger, illiteracy and poverty head on.

In the city to address senior Rotarians at the Rotary Asia Zone Institute beginning tomorrow he spoke at length about the need to serve in order to feel a sense of satisfaction from within. “The role of the President is not to change the course of work that Rotarians are doing across the world, but to be an ambassador both within the organisation and outside. All I try and do is motivate Rotarians to keep giving, to keep going on,” he stressed.

While Mr Boyd hopes to address the issues of water management, literacy, health and hunger this year, it does not mean that the other issues that Rotary clubs are working on become redundant. “What is in fact, wonderful about this organisation, is its internationalism which means that every concern is important to us.” This also translates into what he refers to as “the hands-on approach” where it is not only the funds but the participation of every Rotarian that is relevant.

“I am often asked if Rotary as an organisation will ever become redundant. But I truly believe that it is the autonomous nature of this organisation that will keep it flourishing for it helps to bring concerns at the grassroots level up for notice. We are a bottom-up organisation and we will preserve that.”

A Rotarian since 1971, Mr Boyd was involved with youth and sporting activities as a young child so it came as no surprise when he was invited to join the Rotary Club in Wellington, New Zealand, where he grew up. He became a District Governor for his country in 1983-84 and today leads this august international organisation striving to help people in need and promote understanding amongst cultures.

Considered amongst his peers to be “an outstanding leader” he hopes to pan the spotlight on these issues closest to his heart while leading the rest of the world into problems specific to their regions. “I recently attended a conference on water management in Jaipur and was very impressed with the kind of work Rotarians are doing over there.

Right from building small seasonal dams, to digging bore-wells to adopting villages, it is all happening. Not just this hunger alleviation projects in Bangalore, the polio eradication programmes all across, adult education, there is a tremendous zeal to make that difference.”

And it is this exchange of ideas, of sharing and experiencing that he believes will percolate down to clubs all over and that is what in his eyes makes Rotary’s internationalism and its concerns so relevant. 

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Rotarians converge for annual meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
It was a gathering of senior Rotarians who came together with World President of Rotary International William B. Boyd, Trustee of the Rotary Foundation Ron D. Burton and Rotary International Director and Convener of the Rotary Institute in Chandigarh Noraseth Pathmanand to address mediapersons at the UT Guesthouse on the eve of the three-day Rotary Zone Institute-2006 beginning here tomorrow.

Mr Boyd will inaugurate the institute at Shivalik Public School, Mohali, tomorrow evening where he will also address over 600 delegates from different parts of the world.

Also, lighting up the function will be a special dance performance by special children from the Saket Rehabilitation Centre.

Former World President of Rotary International Rajendra K. Saboo, who is also Institute Adviser, explained what the forum was all about. “An annual event held every year, it not only helps provide a link between Rotarians but also functions as a portal for updating information, sharing of knowledge and ideas and discussing challenges facing them in their respective regions.”

Over 600 Rotarians and their spouses are participating Rotary Districts in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, the UK and the US.

The plenary sessions on November 18 and 19 will have some prominent dignitaries like Uttaranchal Governor Sudarshan Agarwal, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) and South African High Commissioner to India Francis Moloi addressing the institute.

The Rotarians also spoke about the various development projects running across the country undertaken by its clubs, including the setting up of blood banks — five of these have already been established and another four have been planned in Meerut, Moradabad, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Adoption of two villages by two clubs of the city — Chotiparch and Kishangarh, near Chandigarh — was also discussed along with the adoption of schools in Mauli Jagran, Bapu Dham and several anganwadis by the clubs here.

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Renovation of toilets okayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The Finance and Contract Committee of municipal corporation has accorded approval to various agendas, including the work of renovation of toilet blocks situated in the markets of sectors 8 and 23 (as per specification provided for BOT toilets).

The committee has approved the BOT specifications adopted for renovation of the toilets taken in the above estimate and also for all other toilets. The criteria for framing the rough cost estimates on the basis of average rate worked per square foot.

All existing toilets in the markets where no renovation has been carried out during the last five years shall be renovated on the BOT specifications. The toilets where renovations have been carried out during the last five years shall be further upgraded by replacement of the broken fixtures and carrying out other minor repairs to make them properly functional.

The F&CC has deferred the agenda item of construction of multi-level parking facility on BOT basis behind the Dr Sahib Singh block in Sector 17 and decided to take up the project after getting the zoning plan of the project approved from the Administration.

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Now, one-stop services in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 16
Panchkula today got its well-equipped e-DISHA (Electronic Delivery of Integrated Services of Haryana for All) centre and became the 17th district of Haryana to have such a centre aimed at providing one-stop services to cities.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, inaugurated the centre which has been set up by the state government to improve the quality of public delivery services by making them simple, cost-effective and speedy.

Mr Hooda also gave away copies of land record and caste certificates to some of the applicants after the inauguration of the centre.

The centre, set up at a cost of about Rs 15 lakh would provide services for getting driving licence, registration of vehicles, renewal of licences, transfer of vehicles, acceptance of passport applications, issuance of jamabandi nakal, certificates for proof of residence, income, caste and handicapped, birth and death certificates, acceptance of application forms for availing benefit of social welfare schemes and arms licenses.

The centre has been set up with the technical support of the National Informatics Centre (NIC). 

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Singapore is theme of Chandigarh Carnival
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Chandigarh Carnival will be held on November 25 and 26, said Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Tourism, while addressing a press conference here today.
Singapore and Rural Tourism are the themes of the carnival. Governor of Punjab and the UT Administrator, Gen (Retd) S.F Rodrigues will inaugurate the carnival.

Carnival Parade will be flagged off at 11.45 a.m and a number of activities have been lined up for the two-day annual mega event. A carnival village has been planned. Famous pop singer Shibani Kashyap and Javed Ali will be performing on the occasion. Shibani Kashyap and Javed Ali will perform on November 25 and 26, respectively.

Costume, cuisine and culture of Singapore will be depicted. Singapore is also a city state like Chandigarh and is worldfamous for its tourism. Rural and village tourism will be showcased in an attractive manner, as it is very popular with the international tourists.

The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi and Sahitya Akademi will put up their exhibits depicting the streams of art. The College of Architecture, Government Arts College, Home Science College and Government Museum will also contribute to Chandigarh Carnival.

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Only 1 Estate Office panel to okay plans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Moving an inch closer to reforms in the Estate Office, the Chandigarh Administration has scrapped upper plan approval committees and lower plan approval committee.
A six-member single plan approval committee has been constituted for approval of the building plans. The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer remains chairman of the committee.

No representative of the Fire Department has been kept in the committee. The new committee started functioning today.

After getting feedback from the public and architects, Administration has been working out a plan to further streamline public dealing at the office.

It had announced a single window service for building plans, but it remained on paper.

The claim that building plans would be processed and disposed of within two weeks after submission remained on paper.

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PSEB official gheraoed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 16
Members of the Technical Services Union of the Punjab State Electricity Board gheraoed the Senior Executive Engineer outside the office of the board here today.
The protesters also held a rally and carried black flags outside the main gate of the office. The protest was organised under the leadership of Mr Raj Kumar.

The protesters alleged that the authorities concerned were allegedly indulging in discrimination against certain employees. They said that in a similar case of six employees, three employees were being given arrears and others benefits while the other three were being deprived of such benefits.

Mr H.S. Boparai, Senior Executive Engineer, refused to give his comments.

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Eight PCR cops rewarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The UT Inspector-General of Police (IGP) today gave commendation certificates and cash reward to eight police officers of the Police Control Room (PCR) staff for apprehending three persons and a vehicle involved in various crimes.

A statement issued by the Chandigarh police stated that Home Guard volunteers, Onkar Singh and Satish Kumar, deputed at the PCR Trauma Highway vehicle apprehended Sunil Kumar of Sector 23-C, who snatched a mobile phone from a woman near Kisan Bhavan on November 13. In another incident on that day, another team of the PCR staff involving Sub-Inspector Dharam Singh, Anil Kumar and Didar Singh, Home Guard volunteers, impounded an Indica car (CHG-02-0707) on suspicion from the Sector 20-C. The vehicle was later handed over to the Sector 34 police station , it was found that the car was involved in a snatching incident.

Similarly, the alert staff of the PCR including Head Constable Dev Kumar, constable Mita Ram and Home Guard volunteer Pawan Kumar, nabbed two persons accused of robbing Rs 1500 and some documents from Bhadur Lal at the Industrial Area. They were later handed over to the Industrial Area police station.

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Meeting on need-based changes in marla houses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Members of the Chandigarh Marla Houses Residents Welfare Association today held a meeting with the UT Finance Secretary over their demand for allowing need based changes in the marla houses.

The association said during its meeting with the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), they were assured that the Administration did not want to harass house owners and their genuine demands would be considered favourably.

Though 99 per cent of the house-owners had done building bylaws violations, about 500 violators were being targeted, said the association members.

The association impressed upon the officials that the balconies on both sides of the houses were the need of the hour. With the changing times, the requirements of the residents have changed necessitating the balconies. Need-based rooms and toilets on the rear sides of their houses have invited demolition and resumption notices.

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New tubewell in Zirakpur
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 16
The water shortage in certain colonies of the township will be a thing of the past with the installation of a tubewell today.
Built at a cost of Rs 14 lakh, the tubewell was commissioned by the vice-chairman of the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) and in charge of the Banur Assembly segment of the Congress, Mr Deepinder Singh Dhillon.

Several colonies, including Jarnail Enclave, Defence Enclave, KK Colony and Palam Enclave, will benefit from the new tubewell.

Mr Dhillon said the government was committed to the overall development of the state in general and the Banur area in particular.

Mr Dhillon claimed that the Congress was set to return to power in the wake of the development works initiated by the government.

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Elected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Mr Sunil Walia, president, Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association, has been elected general secretary, North India Body Building Association, for the second term also. Mr Anand Saroop Walia and Mr Anil Kumar from Chandigarh were elected treasurer and executive member, respectively. The election was held at Jammu during the Senior North India Body Building Championship.

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V.K. Vaid
V.K. Vaid

Home Guards to get training
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 16
Home Guards working with the Punjab police here will be given training in order to improve their performance.
This was stated by Mr V.K.Vaid, new commandant for Home Guards in Mohali district, at a press conference here today.

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Two held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The local police arrested two persons for indulging in gambling at a public place.
Gobind Lal and Ram Dulare, both residents of Mani Majra were arrested from Mauli Jagran on Wednesday for gambling at a public place. The police recovered Rs 450 from their possession and registered a case.

Motor cycle stolen: Mr Gurdip Singh of Sector 20A reported to the police alleging that his Hero Honda CBZ motorcycle 9CH-01-J-9807) was stolen from the Sector 22 market on Wednesday. A case of theft has been registered.

Bag stolen: Ms Urvashi Dhuga of Phase III-B-I, Mohali lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her bag containing Rs 1000 and some documents was stolen from the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday morning. A case has been registered. 

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