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Crime time: When P’kula sleeps, so do cops
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
Nearly three hours on city roads and a peek into six police stations later, the mystery of the rising thefts in the city lay unravelled last night - when the city goes to sleep, so does its police.

Yesterday was no exception. Snug in their quilts, cops locked out the cold and duty from police stations and slumbered in peace. They offered the security of residents on a platter to anybody wishing to assail it and slip away unnoticed into the cold winter night, scot free.

The menacing police stations of the city were an apology of their reputation in the dead of the night when a Chandigarh Tribune team chose to visit these just after 11.30 pm last night. And, at every police station, it was the same story - complete darkness outside, a light burning in one unoccupied room and policemen snoring away to glory, phone close to their ears.

For nearly two hours during the drive in the night, not a single PCR was spotted on any road as the car zipped from Mansa Devi Complex to Sectors 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 16, and the Industrial Area. It was only around 1.15 am when the first PCR was seen at the Sector 19 railway crossing.

So, we must hand it out to the Haryana Police for being completely impartial in applying the rule of "zero-visibility" across the board without favouring posh sectors housing VIPs - each house in every sector was as vulnerable as the rest of them.

In Mansa Devi, a policeman slept huddled in a quilt inside a closed door while his wireless crackled its "banal" messages. At the Sector 6 post, the team was greeted by empty chairs. On calling out, a "drunken-with-sleep" cop emerged from the liquor-smelling barracks to dismiss a query about "any crime in the area" and go back to bed. Three armed guards did emerge from the shadows of the shops to cast an inquiring look but disappeared soon after.

In Sector 5, the police station doors were tightly shut. On knocking repeatedly, a cop, with eyes half-shut, emerged from the room and led the team into the police station where a senior lay tucked in his quilt. He didn't even bother to get up an enquire the reason for a late visit and said there was no crime reported for the day with as much disinterest.

The Sector 8 market, where a showroom had recently been burgled despite the area being well lit, was equally unguarded. The Sector 7 post was the only exception to have one person wide awake, sitting in a chair, watching all movement. In Sector 16, the most sensitive police post catering to the adjoining slums of the Indira and Rajiv colonies, was closed to the outside world when the team visited it at 12.30 am.

Though the telephone was answered promptly, cops failed to notice any movement inside their premises and even missed the cameras clicking their pictures from the window. While inside the Industrial area roads were completely deserted, a PCR stood stationed at the railway crossing though the police station was completely calm and dark.

In Sector 20, the police station was in complete darkness as one single cop slept away to glory. On knocking at the door, he slumped out of bed to open the door. He later switched on the light and admitted that he was the only one in the post, besides two others who were sleeping in the barracks. The rest, he said, were out on duty though its another matter that none was visible on the roads.

It was here that the Gypsy of the Sector 5 SHO, Mr Zile Singh, caught up with the team and insisted on a “guided tour of the city” to show that the cops were very much on duty. On the very roads where there was no cop-presence, PCRs and police personnel appeared out of nowhere to salute the “visitor”. The SHO briefed them about keeping vigil to ensure that no theft took place in the city, especially in vacant houses.



Admn nominates nine councillors
Tribune News Service

Kuldeep Chandpuri

M.P.S. Chawla

Resham C. Jakhu

Amrit Bolaria

Pam Rajput

Chandigarh, December 21
A day ahead of the counting of the votes polled in the Municipal Corporation elections, the Chandigarh Administration today released the much-awaited list of the nine councillors, nominated by the UT Administrator for the next term of the civic body.

Having a wide ranging experience in various fields, some of the known public faces find mention on the list.

Decorated hero, Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, winner of the Maha Vir Chakra, is among the nominated councillors.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Brigadier Chandpuri said: “My preference would be to improve cleanliness and propose rules for regulation of traffic. I would watch the interest of the middle and lower sections of society”.

Having an association of about 40 years with the city, for Mr P.K. Mukherjee, an architect, problems of the city are not new. “I have seen the city growing. I want that the city should progress with the time and should have the best economy. I am a analytical thinker.”

He feels that the civic amenities in the city should be the best.

The President of Guru Nanak Paper Mills Ltd and advisory member of the SPICMACAY, Dr Amrit Bolaria, said her priority would be welfare of the increasing slum population. “I moved to the city 29 years ago after marriage have been awarded a UGC scholarship for research in the temples of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.”

Mr M.P.S. Chawla, president of the Chandigarh Industrial Association, Chandigarh, and former member of the Local Advisory Committee, is keen on developing Industrial Area. “Since the Municipal Corporation is the nodal agency for development of Industrial Area, being a nominated councillor would be an advantage for me in carrying out my task”.

The youngest of the nominated councillors, Mr Arshad Khan, management consultant, said he advocated the cause of empowerment of the minorities, education, health care, economic uplift and better civic amenities.

Pam Rajput, former Head of Department of Women Studies, Punjab University, and member of the Expert Committee on the Economic Empowerment of Women, and Dr Neelam Malik, former doctor from the Haryana Medical Services, are among the nominated councillors.

A physician and a former Army doctor, Dr A.P. Sanwaria, said his immediate agenda would be welfare of the ex-servicemen. She would try to make himself available to the residents of the city. He strongly believes that more funds are being spent on northern sectors and he wants to reverse the trend.

Arshad Khan

Dr A.P. Sanwaria

Dr Neelam Malik

P.K. Mukherjee

Being former chairman of the Action Committee of the Coop House Building Societies of Chandigarh, he wants to improve basic amenities around the housing societies.

Director of the SC, BC and Minorities Financial Corporation, Chandigarh, Mr Resham Chand Jakhu, said poor sanitation was a serious issue which had to be addressed.

Hold key to Mayor’s election

With the possibility of a hung House looming large, the nominated councillors are set to play a significant role. Sources disclose that at least five of the nominated councillors have direct or indirect association with the Congress. “In case the Congress performs badly in tomorrow’s counting, the councillors would play an important role”, said a senior Congress leader. 



Candidates’ fate to be decided today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
As many as 600 police personnel and 300 employees have been deployed for the smooth conduct of the process of counting of votes for the Municipal Corporation elections tomorrow.

The counting of votes will begin at 8 am. The results of the elections, held on December 20, are expected to be out by 11 am.

Counting centres

  • Ward Nos 1-8: Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23
  • Ward Nos 9-16 : Government College for Girls, Sector 42
  • Ward Nos 17-26: College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26
  • Panchayat Samiti/ Panch: Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10

As many as 172 candidates have contested the elections for 25 wards of the MC.

Electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used for the first time in the MC elections. The results are thus expected to be out fast as the counting of votes on the EVMs does not take much time.

The results of the Panchayat Samiti elections are expected to be declared around lunch. The voting for these was conducted by the ballot process. Four counting centres have been set up.



MC bonfires light up winter evenings in slums
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Perturbed over unconfirmed reports that two persons have died of cold in the city, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC) started on a novel project of providing warmth to slum dwellers. Though none of the two unnatural deaths turned out to be because of cold, the MC introduced bonfires in some of the slums.

The tractor trailers unload huge stacks of dry horticultural waste in some of the big slums, including colonies number 4 and 5 besides the Kumhar Colony in Sector 25, during day time.

In the evening, the Sanitary Inspector of the area comes and lights up the piles of dry leaves and twigs.

For the past few days, the concept has been appreciated by slum dwellers who come out in large numbers to enjoy the bonfire.

Normally, these bonfires are lit around 7.30 p.m and continue till about 10 p.m. “After we introduced bonfires in slums, no case of any death due to cold has been reported from any part of the city,” says Mr P.S. Aujla, Commissioner, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, holding that “it also helps us in consuming the huge piles of horticultural waste, suitable disposal of which, otherwise, is a big problem.”

The Tribune team which visited different colonies where bonfires are organised by the CMC found that slum dwellers have taken well to the concept which is now gradually turning out to be “get together time for the entire colony”.



Watch out

Mr Tejinder Singh, lecturer in political science, Paragon Senior Secondary School, Mohali, will be in South Korea as part of a delegation visiting the Jeong Myung Girls Middle and High School and American Missionary Adventure Mokpo City, South Korea.



In Town

Anshuman Bhagwati, director-cum-coach of the City Cricket Academy, Leicester (UK), will be in town on Friday. A former Ranji player from Assam, Anshuman is directing his team in a five-match series against MCM Blue Caps, Sector 36 in Chandigarh.



Passing Thru

Virender K Ahluwalia

Virender K Ahluwalia, CEO, Fobaz Foto Bazar, a leading online photo portal

What are your plans for retail expansion in North India?

Fobaz Foto Bazaar is planning to invest about Rs 60-crore in the photo industry of the northern region in the first phase of its expansion. This investment would come in the form of a support to the existing photo retailers and studios through services like digital photo prints and personalised photo gifts through our portal www.fobaz.com

Does the photo retail industry in India have enough scope for retail expansion?

Yes, there is tremendous scope for the expansion of retail in photo industry. The domestic photo industry is worth approximately Rs 4,500-crore and is currently supported by about 1,54,000 photo retailers. The company has plans to bring services and technology at the retail level to enhance the consumers buying experience, while supporting the photo retailer/photo studio. Starting with Chandigarh, the company will develop a network of photo retail stores across the North.

Why are you launching your services from North India?

The company’s research has shown that the northern region of India (Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh) represents a significant opportunity for the company’s product and services. Considering the facts that Punjab and Chandigarh have one of the highest literacy and highest per capita income, we have planned major initiatives in this region.

Ruchika M. Khanna



Agitating newsmen seek action against erring cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Demanding action against the erring police officials who allegedly assaulted a photo journalist of Hindustan Times in Kharar on November 30, the journalist fraternity of the city today held a protest at the Plaza in Sector 17 here.

Journalists from various print and electronic media institutions assembled at the Plaza and demanded cancellation of a ‘false case’ registered against Samuel, a photo journalist of the Hindustan Times. Samuel was allegedly assaulted by the Punjab Police personnel in Kharar and later implicated in a false case.

The agitating journalists warned the state government that they would be forced to intensify their struggle if the false case registered against him was not cancelled.

Condemning the attitude of the authorities concerned, the journalists alleged that despite the fact the Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr S.S. Virk, had assured action in this regard, no action had been taken in this connection as yet. Annoyed over the behaviour of the senior Punjab Police officials and the state government, the journalists expressed their resentment by holding a rally. They shouted slogans against the indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned, who were allegedly shielding the guilty cops.

Mr Balwant Takshak, the convener of the committee constituted for the task, and the president of the Chandigarh Press Club, Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu, president of the Tribune Employees Union, Resident Editor of Hindustan Times, Mr Kanwar Sandhu, Resident Editor of Indian Express, Mr Vipin Pubby, and the former president of Chandigarh Press Club, Mr Sarabjit Pandher, addressed the gathering and condemned the excesses being committed by the Punjab Police. 



RSS doors open to Muslims: Sudarshan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mr K.S. Sudarshan, today asserted that the Sangh’s doors were always open for Muslims. “However, they must be willing to call themselves Hindu which has little to do with the religion. Rather, it is a way of life and relates to our country,” he said.

The RSS chief said Muslims joining the Sangh should not have any problem in expressing their belief in Lord Rama and Krishna and also being addressed as a Hindu.

Addressing a colloquium on philosophy and objectives of the RSS, organised by the Forum on Integrated National Security here, Sudarshan objected to the use of the term minority for Muslims.

"As 99.9 per cent Muslims living in India have their roots in this country, why should they like to refer themselves as minority? India is the only country where 73 different sects of Muslims are peacefully co-existing. They should send out a message to the world how the community is living in peace in India," he said.

Today’s event, a brainchild of former Punjab DGP P.C. Dogra provided a rare opportunity to the intelligentsia to ask hard-hitting questions to the RSS chief.

Replying to a question, Sudarshan said a time had come when there was a need to propagate the Hindutva ideology more vigorously.

To another question, he denied that the BJP, which continues to draw its strength from the RSS, had overshadowed the latter, Mr Sudarshan replied in the negative.

“The BJP is a political organisation. That is why it is more in the news. Ours is a social organisation which does its work silently. But we are doing our work in the best possible manner,” he said.

He also talked about the exemplary role played by the RSS for the cause of nation-building.

He, however, lamented the fact that till today the RSS continued to be wrongly blamed for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

“For us, the nation comes first. Anybody living in India should be proud of the fact that India is a great country. The concept of Hindu Rashtra that we propagate is not something new. After all, a country can’t be a conglomerate of loose units,” he said.

He again expressed concern over the fast pace of growth of Muslims in the country. “Hindu families need to have at least three children, even more. Otherwise, by 2060, Hindus will be in minority in this country,” he reiterated.

Earlier, Mr Dogra gave a brief outline of the activities of the forum.

He stated that the main purpose of the colloquium was to present the RSS in the true light.



Aid needed for renal transplant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
A 18-year-old resident of Ram Darbar, Phase-II, Chandigarh, has been suffering from renal failure for the past over two years. Diagnosed with renal failure, Jaswinder Singh has been struggling for life due to lack of money for his renal transplant, for the past over three months.

Though his mother, Ms Paramjit Kaur, has decided to donate a kidney for him yet the family was no more able to carry on his dialysis at private clinics in the city because of financial crises. He was admitted to the PGI where the doctors asked the family to arrange Rs 2 lakh for his renal 

The disease has virtually dragged the family under debt, as Mr Sohan Singh, father of the boy who was a vegetable vendor, was unable of bear the expenses on the treatment. The family is in a desperate need of financial assistance. Donors can contact Mr Sohan Singh, House No 2041, Ram Darbar, Phase-II, Chandigarh. He could also be contacted at 09872865146 or the PRO, PGI at 0172-2756003. 



City-based writer launches website
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
City-based writer Jagvir Goyal has launched his website with the domain name www.jagvirgoyal.com <http://www.jagvirgoyal.com>. His website features his technical and literary books, papers, articles and other achievements. The website was launched by Ess Gee Media, Faridabad, on December 11.

The website introduces all the 10 books written by him besides carrying most of the 60 detailed articles written by him in Science Tribune over the last 18 years. Building Tips offered by Goyal from time to time in simple language and heartily accepted by people are also available. Besides, author’s presence in Marquis Series and his write-ups carried by top construction magazines of India also featured on the website.

Further, readers can also pose their building and housing problems to Jagvir Goyal under the link, ‘Post your Query’ and can get free advice and consultation. Another interesting feature of the website is ‘Tip of the Moment’. On every refreshing of the website, a new tip will appear on the home page.

Recommended brands of various building materials serve as a handy guide to the house builders. Under another section, builders of repute at various stations, as recommended by Jagvir Goyal, will be listed and their website links will be provided for ready reference of net surfers.

Readers can also book a copy of Goyal’s next book on Building Tips through this website.



Slum children receive education outside shrine
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
The Shiv Kalyan Sanstha joined hands with the Jivan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya to further the cause of educating slum children outside the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine, here today.

The members of the sanstha, led by the president, Mr Somnath Rattan, distributed copies and pencils to around 85 children who enrolled for classes at the venue.

The president of the vidyalaya, Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja, appreciated the efforts of the sanstha and said people visiting the shrine should resist the temptation of giving money to children begging around the premises.



Villagers’ protest leads to traffic snarls
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
Traffic on the Pinjore-Kalka highway was held up for two hours following a protest by residents of nine villages of Pinjore block in this district today. The villagers, led by the Ilaqa Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, organised a rally to register their dissent over the acquisition of land by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

The rally started from Rathpur Colony and culminated at the Yadavindra Gardens. It saw participation by the residents of the nine villages, including Basola, Nanakpur, Manakpur, Surajpur and Rathpur.

President of the samiti Swaran Singh said the farmers of the block would not tolerate injustice at the hands of the government. “We are farmers and our bread and butter comes from these fields. We cannot afford to give up our land for any amount being offered by the government. If our land goes, we are as good as destitutes”, he said.

Sarpanch of Basola Prakash Singh said they had met everybody, right from Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to local MLA and Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan to get the acquisition of their land stopped.

“We have got only empty assurances and false promises. The ground reality is that nobody is doing anything for us. This rally is only the beginning. We are willing to take to the roads if our demands are not considered favourably”, he added.

Meanwhile, as the villagers moved on the highway, traffic came to a grinding halt. Drivers of four-wheelers, motor cycles and trucks waited patiently for the agitators to pass for over two hours.

Even after the rally had passed the traffic could hardly move with queues of vehicles stuck on either side of the road right up to Chandi Mandir. 



Rajiv Colony residents allege police high-handedness
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
Residents of Rajiv Colony, today, met the Superintendent of Police, Mr Balbir Singh, to register their protest against the high- handedness of the staff at the Sector 16 police post. They demanded action against the staff for beating up the colony residents who had gone to the post last night to handover two thieves from the adjoining Indira Colony to the police.

The aggrieved resident, Hazoora Singh, said he had gone to his neighbour’s place last night. On returning home after 9:30 pm, he saw two men dumping his belongings in a gunny bag. Immediately, he raised an alarm and he along with the neighbours nabbed the two “thieves”.

“We called up the police and told that the two boys were in our custody. When they didn’t show up for nearly half-an-hour, we decided to take them over to police post ourselves. We handed them over to the cops who got infuriated with us and even beat up some of us. How can we expect to get any justice,” he asked.

While the fate of the boys was unknown, the residents said the police even asked them to disperse from the police station failing which they would also be implicated in cases. “We moved out that time because we realised there was no point arguing with cops. We came to the SP seeking justice. He has assured us that action will be taken in the matter,” he said.



Farm technocrats to intensify stir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
On a call given by the Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee, Punjab, agriculture technocrats from across the state held a protest in Sector 25 to press the state government to fulfil their demands.

The committee members wanted the government to restore professional pay parity with veterinarians, remove the Director, Agriculture, Punjab, who is not a technocrat, fill vacant posts of Agricultural Development Officer, Soil Conservator in the State Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Soil Conservation and Animal Husbandry.

A large number of working as well as unemployed agriculture technocrats took part in the protest.

Dr G.S. Gill, chairman of the committee, said the agriculture sector was facing big challenges after its inclusion in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

To cope with the WTO challenges and fulfil food requirements of the rapidly increasing Indian population, are the tasks ahead of the technocrats.



2 cops die in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Lalru, December 21
Two police personnel, posted at the local police station, died in a road accident on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway here last night.

Jarnail Singh and Raj Kumar, both 39-year-old, were seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding on was hit by a truck near Devi Nagar village, near here. They were immediately taken to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, by a police patrol vehicle. However, they were declared brought dead by doctors.

Meanwhile, the truck driver has absconded and a case registered against him.



Stray cattle amaze UK cricketers
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The fag end of the year might be cold for the residents but for Aadil Ali, Worrick Miller, Curtis and fellow sportsmen it’s “hot”. Not only is the food a bit too spicy for their taste buds, the weather, too, is far from pleasant for these budding cricketers of City Cricket Academy of Leicestershire in the UK.

The team, accompanied by coach Anshuman Bhagawati, is in the city on an invitation of MCM Blue Caps Cricket Academy, Sector 36, to play four limited-over matches with the hosts. The visitors have played two matches so far and all members find it altogether a different experience.

“We have bouncy and fast pitches back in England, but here we are playing on slow pitches, which assist spin bowling. It is, however, a new experience and we all are learning a lot about cricket here”, said all-rounder Curtis.

Majority of the guests are on their maiden visit to the country. One thing the Britons find the most amazing here is the presence of stray cattle.

“It is very exciting to see buffaloes, cows and monkeys roaming freely on the roads. In England we have to dish out money to see them in zoos”, said Worrick.

“The entire ensemble, including roads, houses, cars, food and crowd, is very different from our country. The way the people drive the vehicles is also very dissimilar. Though having spicy Indian dishes is a little bit difficult for us, so many of us are relishing it”, said Worrick Miller, wicketkeeper of the team.

About Indian people, they said the people here were talkative. “The Indians are very warm, friendly and good people. Interestingly, all talk a lot”, added Worrick.

However, there was nothing new here for skipper Aadil Ali, who is of Indian origin, as this was his ninth visit to the country. “I want to play for England and hitting century against India is my dream”, said Ali, with a twinkle in his eyes.



They didn’t even spare DIG’s house
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
He took on rent a house, belonging to a Punjab Deputy Inspector-General of Police, at Zirakpur, believing it to be a safe place for storing mobile phones. But little did the young entrepreneur know that the walls, even of a DIG’s house, are surmountable — at least for daredevil outlaws.

Interrogated by the police after being arrested on Sunday night, the two “daredevil” brothers have reportedly told the police that the fear of the DIG was the last thing in their minds as they carried out the theft of mobile phones from the house.

Giving details of the interrogation of accused Ravinder Singh, alias Dolly, and Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, a senior Chandigarh Police officer said the two allegedly went up to the extent of carrying a recce of the house before indulging in the theft of 1,400 mobile phones worth Rs 40 lakh.

For the purpose, they carried out meticulous planning and incisive study of the house. After doing their homework well, they allegedly decided upon the tools required for breaking into house.

The sources added that they even “cooked up a story” to take the mobiles away from the city, all the way to Kurukshetra, in two shifts. As it was not feasible to transport the entire “booty” in one go, they requested a labourer working at a nearby under-construction house to take care of half the goods as they claimed that their vehicle had developed a snag.

They told him that the snag was forcing them to push the vehicle all the way to the nearest mechanic. As such, they had to unload the goods.

Without apprehensions of being caught, the duo returned after their first trip to take back the second consignment.

Sources in the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police said they disclosed before the investigating officials that they had burgled about 104 houses in south division of the Chandigarh Police before being caught by the police in 2001. Cases were also registered against them in Panchkula and Mohali.

The police said Dolly being a seasoned criminal was not easy to break. When he was caught by the Chandigarh Police in 2001, he played tricks on the cops and avoided being interrogated properly.

He used to pretend of falling sick and avoid custodial interrogation by getting himself admitted to hospital. The recoveries made by the police at that time were not more than 25 per cent.



House burgled, two motorcycles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Two motorcycles have been stolen from various parts of the city while in a separate incident, a house was burgled.

Mr Aarish Gajhar of Ferozpore reported to the police that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB-05-J-6400) was stolen from the DAV College parking lot in Sector 10 on December 17. In another incident, Mr Rajiv Kumar of Sector 38-A lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Hero Honda motorcycle (CH-03-M-1516) was stolen from Neelam Cinema, Sector 17, on Wednesday.

Two cases of thefts have been registered in various police stations in this regard.

House burgled

Ms Parkash Kaur of Sector 34-B reported to the police that a gold necklace, two pairs of gold earrings, a gold nose pin and other articles were stolen from her residence between December 9 and 20 while she was out of station. A case has been registered in this regard.

Scooterist hurt

A scooterist, Mona, alias Namita, of Sector 14, Panchkula, sustained injuries after being hit by a truck (HR-37-5107) near the Bitta petrol station on Wednesday evening. She was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital. The truck driver sped away. A case has been registered in this regard.



Two minors caught stealing purse
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 21
Two minor boys were nabbed when they tried to run away after stealing a purse from a car here today.

The boys, who belonged to families of migrant labourers, took away the purse from the car parked near Chawla chowk.

According to reports, a woman was travelling in the car when its tyre got punctured. The driver went to look for a man to get the tyre repaired while the woman occupant of the vehicle got out and stood nearby. The two boys picked up the purse lying in the car and ran. However, passersby raised the alarm on which a traffic constable on duty at the chowk gave chase and nabbed the offenders.



Jagson flights take off to Kulu, Dharamsala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Jagson Airlines launched its services from Chandigarh to popular tourist hill stations today. Extending their services, it launched air taxi services from Chandigarh to Kulu and Dharamsala.

Mr D.B. Khurana, senior vice-president of the airlines, stated that the small sector was not covered by any flight.

“Keeping this in mind, Jagson has planned to extend its services in the sector. Also travelling by road takes a lot of time, people are looking for a “shorter alternative.”

The airline will operate in the morning hours. The Chandigarh-Kulu flight will depart from here at 8:20 am and arrive in Kulu at 8:50 pm.

The Delhi-Chandigarh flight will arrive at 7:50 am, while it will depart at 12:10 pm.

Tickets start from Rs 599 for the Chandigarh-Kulu sector, the Delhi-Chandigarh ticket will cost Rs 899, while the Kulu - Dharamsala ticket will be Rs 999. All rates are exclusive of taxes.

The Chandigarh-Shimla flight will start from January and the tickets are expected to cost Rs 399 (exclusive of taxes).

These fares, officials clarify, are only for the first-come-first-serve basis and also the bookings are done in advance.



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