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Aug 19, 1998
HC contempt notice to
No. 4 one of UT's dirty spots
20 teachers court arrest
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Members of the Nav Niyukt Adhayapak Union staged a rally in Sector 17 here today.
STDs could 'increase risk
warrants against three in Bhajan case
case: plea adjourned
Day" in Gohana village
get Commonwealth youth awards
HC contempt notice to lawyer
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 (PTI) A senior designated advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who allegedly took Rs 51,000 from a litigant in the name of a presiding judge for getting the judgement in favour of his client, is now facing "criminal contempt proceedings.
Issuing a show cause notice, returnable by September 30 to the accused advocate,RS Mittal, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice V K Bali and Mr Justice B. Rai said "a prima facie case for contempt is made out against Mittal.
When contacted, Mittal said: "This is a totally false story made out just to malign me and my name by some vested interests. "If I were of this character, then government and semi-government agencies would not have engaged me in special cases where a man of absolute and undoubtful integrity and honesty is required, he said.
The litigant, Rameshwar (35) of Ganga village in Sirsa district said under oath that he had paid Rs 51,000 in two instalments to his lawyer purportedly for onward transmission to the judge for getting "the decision altered.
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Melodious songs of yesteryears, live orchestra and synchronisation of light and sound effect combined to create an ambience of "sawan" at Tagore Theatre here on Monday evening.
The occasion was a musical evening "Sawan aya re", conceived and directed by Ms Reeta Sharma of the Majlis Journalists' and Artists' Association. Not only had she carefully chosen the cream of "old hits" of Hindi numbers depicting "sawan", but had also created the ambience of the rainy season on stage. Swings (jhoolas), lush green shrubs and plants, projector-aided fleeting clouds, rain, jharnas (springs) et al made it appear as if the instrumentalists and the singers were in the midst of a beautiful garden.
Outside, if the rain-soaked monsoon clouds paused to give people a breather, inside the titillating and sonorous voice of Brijesh Ahuja stole the thunder. He sang old hit film songs to the delight of the audience, which tapped its toes and clapped in unison. Some of the numbers, namely, "nache man mora magan" and "zindgi bhar nahi bhulegi woh barsat ki raat" captivated the music-lovers.
The renderings by selected artists, who have carved a niche for themselves by their stage performance or because of a breakthrough in the electronic media, radio and television, namely, Ranjana, Kamal, Nirmal Sharma, were equally captivating. The break given by the association to several artists like Poonam Chaudhary and Seema only proves that there is no dearth of local artists in various performing arts. Poonam and Seema did chorus singing proud on stage.
The mood of the evening was set by Ranjana's song "Suno sajna papihe ne"... followed by Nirmal Sharma's two songs, "Barsat mein hum se mile tum"... and "Chhai barkha bahar, pare angna phuar". The last song of the evening, which also left a lasting impression on those who attended the evening and left humming the "sawan" numbers, was "Aya sawan jhoom ke" ... in which all the singers participated.
Some of the singers like Brijesh, were introduced to the Chandigarh audience some 20 years back by Majlis and is today busy making his presence felt in Mumbai Bollywood, besides working in T.V. serials and for the radio.
The magic fingers on "tabla" were those of Santosh Kataria. He was at his best as usual and so was Veval Sharma on flute. Raman Kant, who conducted the orchestra, gave a velvet touch to the performance. Subash on percussions was at his playful best and equally excellent was Sushant Sharma on the key board, Jaswinder on guitar and Suresh on "dholak".
Colony No. 4 one of UT's dirty
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Sheer indifference on the part of the local municipal corporation authorities and the rain gods have converted Colony No. 4 into one of the most unhygienic spots of the City Beautiful.
The insanitary conditions prevailing in every part of the colony have aggravated to such an extent that it has become a breeding ground for diseases such as cholera and other water-borne diseases. But no effective step has been taken by the municipal authorities to prevent this, resulting in resentment among the residents of the colony with a population of nearly 20,000.
Besides the apathy of the civic authorities, what has contributed in aggravating the situation is lack of civic sense among the residents, who are unmindful of the deteriorating sanitary conditions and continue to throw garbage.
At the very entrance to the colony from press side, one could visualise the situation of the whole colony as one could see heaps of garbage all around. And worst of all, vendors continue to play with the health of the residents by selling eatables, vegetables, by squatting on the road, which is virtually filled with slush and flies all around. It seemed that the area has not been cleaned for months together.
Mrs Shanti Devi, a resident, complained that the sweepers were hardly seen in the colony for days together, but no effort had been made to regulate them. Another resident said if anyone dared to question sweepers, he had to eat the humble pie, as they refused straightway saying they could do anything, including lodging a complaint against them.
The lower part of the colony has been virtually cut off from the rest of area following accumulation of rain water and slush in the streets, and lack of proper drainage.
While alleging that step-motherly treatment is being meted out to the colony residents by the municipal authorities, the councillor of the area, Mr Rajinder Kumar, said the problem could end only after privatisation of the sanitation of the area. "In such a situation, the sweepers will feel accountable to the people," he added.
20 teachers court arrest
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Members of the Nav Niyukt Adhayapak Union staged a rally in Sector 17 here today.
The protesters, who had been rendered jobless after a decision by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had been pleading with the state government to re-employ them after creating posts for them.
Teachers claimed that during this period many teachers were facing hardships and many had become overage for government employment.
The agitators who had assembled near the office of the DPI(S) raised slogans against the government and alleged that nothing was being done to mitigate their sufferings.
Their representations to the government had failed to evoke any response. On three previous occasions they had to face the tear gas and cane charge by the police.
The agitators later marched to the residence of the Punjab Chief Minister but were stopped by the police near the housing board roundabout. After holding up traffic for some time as many as 20 teachers courted arrest.
Meanwhile, members of the Panchayat and Samities Secretaries' Karamchari Union staged a dharna in front of the Directorate of Panchayati Raj in Sector 17.
Hundreds of members from various parts of the city assembled in front of the directorate and raised slogans against the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards their demands.
Mr Nirmal Singh, president
of the union said the introduction of a pension scheme
had been hanging fire for a long time even though the
same facility was available to employees of corporations,
boards and municipal committees of the state.
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Members of the Punjab Federation of University Teachers' Association today assured the students that they would take extra classes to compensate for the academic loss due to the ongoing indefinite strike.
The federation includes teachers from Panjab, Guru Nanak Dev, Punjabi and Punjab Agriculture universities.
Dr N.S. Mann, convener of PFUTA and Dr Satya Pal Gautam , convenor of the pay revision committee of PFUTA said that the federation would like to make it clear that the interests of the students was of paramount importance to the teachers.
"To shorten the period of strike we urge that the students and public should actively support the teachers' struggle and impress upon government to implement the UGC scales, the convener said. Teachers also distributed pamphlets, justifying the agitation.
In a press note of the Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges it has been decided that principals would adopt a "friendly and constructive approach" towards the teachers' struggle. Mr Tarsem Bahia, general secretary said the government should invite teacher representatives to sort out the problems at the earliest.
Dharna:Union of India on The Punjab unit of the National Students' Tuesday staged a dharna in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor in PU, demanding direct elections to colleges and universities of Punjab.
Students raised slogans against the Punjab Government, saying when elections to municipal corporations, panchayats and assemblies could be held then why not in colleges.
Mr Simarjit Singh Sami, president of the state unit, demanded withdrawal in hike in the bus fares. Among others who spoke on the occasion were Harmohinder Singh Lucky, president of the Chandigarh unit of the union, Jodhbir Singh Virk, vice-president and Sartaj Gill among others.
Admissions: Students who have applied under the reserved category in sports department and failed to turn up for the trials have been given a second chance. They have been asked to report for the trials on August 19 on the university grounds.
An official press note said that no student will have claim for admission for a seat that had already been filled even if a candidate with a lower sports merit list had been admitted.
Special lecture series: Panjab University has decided to recommence the special lecture series with a special lecture-cum-demonstration on August 20 by Mr Arvind Gupta on "Education through toys".
Mr Gupta is an engineer from IIT who has spent the last 20 years, designing educational toys for explaining principles of science to students.
Powermen put off strike
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Members of the UT Powermen Union postponed their planned two-hour tool/pen-down strike following withdrawal of a similar call by their counterparts in Punjab.
Mr Bhag Mal Rana, general secretary of the union, said that employees would carry on their work normally tomorrow following the decision by the union.
The death of Mr Sohan Singh, a lineman, was mourned at a meeting of the union held at Mani Majra today.
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 A sum of Rs 20,000 in cash, gold ornaments totalling around nine tolas, a cellular phone and a bottle of expensive whisky were allegedly looted from the house of a Sector 16 resident at gunpoint late last night.
A youth armed with a pistol entered Mr Surinder Bhakoo's house. Mr Bhakoo was away on a party in Sector 36. The yet unidentified gunman rang the bell around 11.30 p.m. as four of his accomplices waited outside in a car. The domestic help opened the wooden door and peeped out of the wire mesh door thinking Mr Bhakoo had come back, according to a complaint lodged with the Sector 17 police.
The gunman flung open wire mesh door and allegedly pointed a pistol at the chest of the domestic help and asked him about the whereabouts of the other family members. The servant said they were away. The gunman then searched the rooms of the house and took away four gold bangles, a pair of gold earrings, cash, cellphone and a bottle of whisky, according to a complaint lodged with the police.
Once the gunman entered the house the servant ran to a neighbour's house to seek help. The neighbours being new to the place refused to help the servant as they did not even recognise him. The servant returned only when the gunman and his accomplices had gone. He then called up Mr Bhakoo, who rushed to the house and approached the police beyond midnight.
Thief held: A resident of Sector 25 labour colony, Zia Lal, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, has been nabbed for allegedly stealing automobile parts after stealing vehicles in the recent past.
A team of the Sector 34 police station laid a trap in the colony and nabbed the culprit, the police said today.
A total of 23 radiators and 38 car batteries have been recovered from his possession. With the arrest of the accused, 38 cases of theft of automobile parts have been worked out, the police claimed.
Scooter stolen: A scooter (CH-01-7717) owned by Mr P.S. Gosian, a resident of Sector 29, was stolen from the Sector 34-A market on Tuesday evening.
Harassment: The police has registered a case of harassment against the in-laws of Ms Jaswinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 11, here.
The complainant alleged that she was being harassed to bring more dowry.
PANCHKULA, Aug 18 The Build India Group (BIG) organised a saplings plantation programme at Jalauli village near Barwala here today. Free uniforms, bags and stationery items were distributed to students by the State PWD (B and R) Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh.
The panchayat members of the Jalauli welcomed the initiative of the BIG to adopt their village for development.
The minister paid homage to Capt Rohit Kaushal who laid down his life while fighting insurgents in Kashmir in November, 1995.
STDs could 'increase risk of
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Two clinics to handle cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in Chandigarh have been taken up for modernisation by the National AIDS Control Organisation, said Dr R.S. Sandhu, Director, Health Services, Chandigarh while inaugurating a three-day workshop on "Training of key trainers on surveillance of STD for northern states", here today.
A total of four STD clinics are functional in Chandigarh . Free medicines and condoms are supplied to patients and all antenatal mothers are being screened in the clinics. Sexually transmitted diseases continue to cause significant morbidity and morality worldwide, the DHS added .
Dr Sandhu said that World Health Organisation had estimated that at least 330 million new cases of curable STD occurred globally every year and these include 120 million cases in the 10 countries of South-East Asia. The incidence of STDs in India might be as high as 40 million new cases per year, he added.
He said that STD was an important public health problem because of its social and economic consequences. It had been firmly established that the presence of STD's could increase the risk of HIV six to 10 times. Therefore, there was urgent need to control it.
The workshop will provide training to key trainees who will in turn teach the medical officers in charge of STD clinics in their respective states.
The in charge of the STD programme in Chandigarh, Dr Vaneeta Gupta, said so far five rounds of surveillance to know the HIV load among STD patients had been completed and sixth round was going on in General Hospital from August 1.
Day" in Gohana village
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 The 84th birthday of well-known freedom fighter and prominent Gandhite, Mr Mool Chand Jain, will be celebrated as "Library Day" in his native village, Sikanderpur Majra (Gohana) on August 20.
Mrs Suman Kant, wife of the Vice-President of India, Mr Krishan Kant, will be the chief guest, while the Haryana Education Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, will preside over the function.
Among others who will pay their tributes to Mr Jain will be Mr Jagbir Singh Malik and Mr Ramesh Kaushik, both Haryana Ministers; the Chairman of the Haryana Marketing Board, Mr Ved Pal; the Chairman of HARCO Bank, Mr Om Prakash Jain; and the Press Adviser to the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Rajeev Jain.
A blood donation camp and a district-level sports competition will be among the highlights of the function. The Government High School in the village will be named after Mr Jain.
Born on August 20, 1915 in
a lower-middle class family, Mr Jain obtained his law
degree from Panjab University, Lahore, in 1935. Soon he
joined the freedom struggle for which he was jailed on
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Telephone subscribers in the city faced a problem of inter-exchange connectivity as more than 23,000 telephones working on levels 70, 71 and 74 in the Fetex 150 exchange in Sector 17 could not be reached from phones installed in other parts of UT.
The problem that started in the late afternoon hours continued till late in the night. Numbers of important functionaries of the Haryana and Punjab governments, judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the main shopping centres of Sectors 22 and 17, the entire UT secretariat, offices of the income tax, Customs and Central Excise, among others are connected onto these Fetex exchanges.
11 get Commonwealth youth
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Mr C.M. Safi Sami, High Commissioner for Bangladesh in India, has stressed that more attention should be paid towards the problems of the youth, who form a sizeable proportion of the population.
Mr Sami, who was speaking at a function organised by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, Sector 12, here today said that the youth were the future leaders of a country hence they should be prepared in advance to discharge their responsibilities.
"In addressing to the issues related with the youth, we face a dual challenge. On the one hand, a large segment of young population is without an opportunity to have education and on the other a large number of educated young men and women are unable to find meaningful role in the society," said Mr Safi.
The youth who won the "Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Awards for Excellence in Youth Work", the High Commissioner should be proud of having distinguished themselves by working for the uplift of society in different ways.
The Regional Director of the local CYP Asia Centre, Mrs Seela Albert, highlighted the achievements of the centre.
Earlier Mr Safi and the local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, gave away the awards to as many as to 11 winners hailing from different commonwealth countries.
The winners include Mohd
Mohsin, Ms Kalpana Rahman, both from Bangladesh, Dr
Chander Mohan Jain, Ms E.P.S. Bhagiya Lakshmi, Dr Asit
Chakravarty, Mr Kunj Bihari Natani, all from India; Ms
Aftab-ur-Rehman Rana, and Mr Khalid Mehmood Zia from
Pakistan; Dr Villiam Tan Kian Meng from Singapore, and Ms
Nishathi Arulmoly, Mr A.C.A Zoysa from Sri Lanka.
Production warrants against
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.S. Lamba today issued production warrants of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Balwant Singh and Paramjit Singh, who are among the 13 suspects in the Bhajan Lal murder attempt case.
Mr Lamba issued production warrants because these suspects cannot be brought to the district courts for trail, in view of the notification issued by the Chandigarh Administration, banning taking out of them from the Burail jail premises.
Eight of the 13 suspects in this case moved an application before Mr Lamba, urging him to complete the trial of the case as expeditiously as possible.
The incident dates back to December 15, 1995. On that day, the suspects had fired shots on a police party. While Constable Vijay Bhan was killed on the spot, an ASI sustained injuries.
Jerath case: plea adjourned
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Jasbir Singh, adjourned Mr Kapil Dev, son of Mr K.K. Jerath, to the attachment of his father's propertys application to October 11 for reply and arguments due to the failure of the Chandigarh Administration to file reply to the objections raised by Mr Kapil Dev.
The Public Prosecutor had earlier moved an application, seeking adjournment of the case. In the application, he had stated that the case file was with the investigating officer who had gone to Delhi for contesting the anticipatory bail application moved by Mr K.B. Sharma, Superintending Engineer with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, in the Supreme Court.
Mr Kapil Dev in his application had stated that the property could not be disposed of as it belonged to a Hindu undivided family. Moreover, the court had not adopted the proper procedure for the attachment of property.
The Administration had proposed to attach the Sector 15 house belonging to Mr Jerath's family and two FDRs.
Daulat Ram Sharma cremated
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Veteran Congress leader of Chandigarh, Mr Daulat Ram Sharma, who died yesterday following a heart attack, was cremated here this afternoon. His funeral was largely attended. The body was first taken to the Sector 35 Chandigarh Congress Bhavan where floral tributes were paid.
The death of Mr Sharma has been mourned by local units of various political parties. Mr Harmohan Dhawan, a former Union Civil Aviation Minister, and Mr Devinder Singh Babla, president of the local unit of the Samajwadi Janata Party, described Mr Daulat Ram Sharma as "a man of masses" who was always willing to help anyone in distress. They urged the Administration to raise some memorial for him.
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Kiran from Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, stood first among rural schools in a poster-making contest on population today.
Kamarjahan from Government High School, Hallo Majra, and Rajesh from GSSS, Karsan, stood second and third, respectively, in the same category. Monika from GGSSS, Sector 8, Krishan from GHS, Sector 11 and Shweta from GSSS, Sector 15, came first, second and third, respectively, in the urban schools category of the contest.
In the model schools category, Deepti from GMSSS, Sector 37, stood first while the second position was bagged by Geetika from GMHS, Sector 36. The third place went to Sonika from GMSSS, Sector 16.
The Centre of Education
and Voluntary Action (CEVA) in a press note here on
Tuesday said that it would stage a play "Desh di
Surakhaya ton Saanu Khatra hai" Common man is under
threat because of country's concern for security) every
Friday at the Plaza an Sector 17, in the evenings. The
play is a voice against nuclear armament.
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