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IPS probationers to meet in Hyderabad
CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — When the best IPS probationers since 1948 assemble at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad on September 15, Mr Sarabjit Singh, an Additional Director-General of Police, Punjab, will stand tall among them. The reason: among member of this select group, he is now holding the seniormost position in any state police.


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A feather in city doctor's cap
CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — An ophthalmologist from the city along with two other Indian doctors have, for the first time, performed eye operations in Uganda under the intercontinental project of the Rotary International.
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Lyallpuri is MCPI General Secretary
CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — Mr J. S. Lyallpuri was elected general secretary of the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) at the third all-India party congress, which concluded here last night.

Plea to improve Internet service
CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — A member of the Chandigarh Telephone Advisory Committee, Dr Harjit Singh Babbar, demanded today that the Internet service should be improved, and the Chandigarh Telephone Directory should be distributed immediately in the left-over sectors.

111 handicapped examined
PANCHKULA, Sept 13 — A camp for rehabilitation of physically handicapped persons was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Saket Hospital in Sector 1 here today.


IPS probationers to meet in Hyderabad
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — When the best IPS probationers since 1948 assemble at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad on September 15, Mr Sarabjit Singh, an Additional Director-General of Police, Punjab, will stand tall among them. The reason: among member of this select group, he is now holding the seniormost position in any state police.

The best IPS probationers are among the special invitees for the golden jubilee celebrations of the SVP National Police Academy on September 15 and 16 where the Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, will be the guest of honour.

Two other officers from Punjab Police — Mr Gaurav Yadav (1992 batch) and Mr Sharad Satya Chauhan (1993 batch) — are among the other invitees to the celebrations. In fact, there have been seven officers so far who have served the Punjab Police and had topped the IPS probationers' list in their respective batches.

They are Mr Surinder Nath (1950 batch), Mr P.S. Bhinder (1958 batch), Mr S.S. Brar (1959 batch), Mr Sarabjit Singh (1965 batch), Mr Ajit Singh (1973 batch), Mr Gaurav Yadav and Mr Sharad Satya Chauhan.

Mr Surinder Nath, who later became the Governor of Punjab, died in an air crash in Himachal some years ago. Mr Ajit Singh was killed in militant violence on May 8, 1991.

Mr P.S. Bhinder was allotted the Haryana cadre after reorganisation of Punjab in 1966. He remained Inspector-General of Police, Punjab, for a couple of years after serving in Delhi as the Police Commissioner. Mr S.S. Brar, too, was allotted the Haryana cadre after reorganisation. He served as the Director-General of Police, Haryana. Both Mr Bhinder and Mr Brar retired subsequently on superannuation.

Among other invitees to the golden jubilee celebrations are all officers of the first group of IPS officers belonging to the 1948 batch. None of the surviving officers of this batch is from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh or Chandigarh. Other group of special invitees includes all ex-commandants or directors of the academy.

For Mr Sarabjit Singh this is a rare honour. When he was selected, he was just 21, the minimum age for joining civil services. He has worked in almost all areas of police service, including districts, range, intelligence, security, computerisation, training and operations. He is specially trained in guerrilla warfare. In 1988, he was awarded the President's Police Medal for meritorious service.

Mr Gaurav Yadav, who initially worked as Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, is now Senior Superintendent of Police, Gurdaspur. Mr Sharad Satya Chauhan is SP, City, at Jalandhar.

The celebrations at Hyderabad include a ceremonial parade and laying of the foundation stone of the Golden Jubilee Hostel. On the second day, there will be a seminar on "Role of IPS in providing effective police leadership". Besides, there will be display of riding and band and PT display. There will be a special ceremony to pay homage to martyrs belonging to the IPS.

The programme will conclude with a grand fireworks display at the PT ground of the academy..Top


More rain forecast
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — Rain for a major part of the day disrupted normal life in the city and its surrounding areas.

The drizzle, which started in the morning, continued till late in the afternoon. Low-lying areas and roundabouts were flooded, disrupting the movement of vehicular traffic.

The city recorded 14 mm of rainfall. The maximum temperature recorded was 25.4C as against 27 C yesterday. The minimum temperature, however, remained the same at 23C.

A weather office spokesman forecast more rain in the city and its surrounding areas in the next 24 hours.Top


Train timings changed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — Nothern Railway has revised the timings of the 4711 Kalka-Chandigarh-Sri Ganganagar Inter-City Express from September 15, a railway spokesman said here today.

The train will leave Kalka at 1.20 p.m. Chandigarh at 2.15 p.m. and arrive at Ambala at 3 p.m.

Passengers travelling in the Kalka-Sri Ganganagar section will have to wait at Ambala cantonment for about two hours as the coaches will be attached to Hardwar-Sri Ganganagar Inter-City Express, which will leave Ambala at 4.55 p.m., the spokesman added.Top


Develop ‘positive thinking’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — "The panacea to stress, which is an indicator of problems lying ahead, lies in loving it".

This was stated by Dr Girish Patel, a renowned psychiatrist from Mumbai, during a lecture at the Sector 33 Rajyoga Bhavan here today.

Mr Patel, who is also the Secretary-General of the medical wing of the Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation, said the stress was like a messenger that indicated that everything was not in order, hence one had to find a solution to it. "One has to take stress in one's stride as even stress could work in a positive manner by bringing in a metamorphosis in us for need to change our life pattern", he said while laying stress on developing positive thinking.

Dr Patel further said that the problems had to be accepted as a challenge and "we must not complain against the behaviour of others". Another important thing was to learn time management by classifying our priorities into urgent, lesser urgent and superfluous ones.

Earlier a slide show and a question-answer session was organised in which intellectuals, senior citizens and professionals took part.Top


Eye camp with a difference
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — The eye operation camp at Chando, 13 km from here, yesterday was different from the traditional ones in many ways.

It was primarily for those suffering from cataract who had no one to look after them. Some of these patients were entirely at the mercy of God or some kind soul in their respective villages.

Thus it was a kind of a new ray of hope for them when the news spread that project Ophthalmic Care, S.A.S. Nagar, will hold a camp at the Chando dispensary and Dr J.P. Singh and his team will examine the patients and perform operations. The field task was handled by a young medical officer, Dr Arun Jain.

For the past six months Dr Jain, his colleagues in other villages, and health staff combed the surrounding 25-odd villages spotting those cataract patients who could not fend for themselves. In all 600 needy patients were screened. Volunteers spent the day bringing them to Chando. After examining patients during the day, operations began in the late afternoon. The camp ended at 3 on Sunday morning.

A community langar was prepared by villagers.

Sarpanches, panches and other villagers in their humble manner donated in cash and kind for medicines, food and spectacles for the patients.

Alongside, the Senior Medical Officer, Ghaurnan, Dr B.S. Grewal, held an ENT camp to coincide with the eye operation camp. Over 150 patients were examined.Top


Lyallpuri is MCPI General Secretary
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — Mr J. S. Lyallpuri was elected general secretary of the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) at the third all-India party congress, which concluded here last night.

As many as 13 resolutions were passed by the congress which included resolutions against the new economic policy, rising prices, suicides by farmers and dangers of nuclear war and criminalisation of politics.

Delegates condemned the role of US imperialism, which was playing a hawkish role and infringing upon the sovereignty of other countries in the name of campaign against terrorism.

The delegates described the attitude of the CPI and the CPM to support the Congress as "opportunistic, revisionist and class collaborationist" and betrayal of the cause of the working class and democratic forces.

A seven-member politburo comprising Mr Lyallpuri, Mr Sudhir Bhattacharya, Mr Vijay Shankar Jha, Mr A.V.S.N. Rao, Mr Uma Shankar Singh, Mr Krishnappa, and Mr M. Omkar was elected at the congress.Top


A feather in city doctor's cap
Tribune News service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — An ophthalmologist from the city along with two other Indian doctors have, for the first time, performed eye operations in Uganda under the intercontinental project of the Rotary International.

Three Indian doctors — Dr S.P.S. Grewal, a former Associate Professor of the PGI, Dr Uma Pradhan from Sholapur and Dr Shreerang Despande from Aurangabad — have got the distinction of introducing eye surgery to the people of Uganda.

Dr Grewal said here today that a total of 350 eye operations, including 278 intraocular lens (ICL), were performed during a nine-day tour last month. The tour took the doctors to four tribal areas of Gulu, Lira, Apach and Jinja in northern Uganda.

He said initially the residents did not agree for the ICL transplants as they had not heard about it. It took time to convince them about the restoration of the eye sight, Dr Grewal said adding that most of the cases had bilateral hypermature cataracts of long duration.Top


Plea to improve Internet service
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — A member of the Chandigarh Telephone Advisory Committee, Dr Harjit Singh Babbar, demanded today that the Internet service should be improved, and the Chandigarh Telephone Directory should be distributed immediately in the left-over sectors.

He said that the Telecommunication department had already released nearly 1,000 new Internet connections for which two new telephone numbers had been given each having 32 servers but neither of them was working. He alleged that only one telephone no 716400 was working and all others were out of order, and the department was not taking any steps to set the defect right.

Dr Babbar ridiculed the department's false claim that the directory would be distributed by August 15 as till now most areas remain uncovered. He urged the department to initiate action against the printer and distributor of the directory for the delay.Top


111 handicapped examined
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, Sept 13 — A camp for rehabilitation of physically handicapped persons was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Saket Hospital in Sector 1 here today.

The camp was organised as part of the Parishad Week being celebrated by the local unit of the BVP.

A spokesman of the Parishad said as many as 111 physically handicapped persons were examined at the camp.Top


MC urged to recast review panel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — While suspending the agitation against paid parking, the Anti-Parking Fee Coordination Committee urged the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh (MCC) to reconstitute the panel set up to review the paid parking system in sectors 17 and 8.

The spokesman of the committee, Mr Jagdish Pal Singh Kalra, today alleged that the persons who were actually responsible for the levy of a parking fee had been included in the review committee while those directly affected by the paid parking system had not been included in it.

He demanded that the review committee should be recast by including two nominated councillors, two employee representatives and two representatives of the public. Besides, the panel should have two representatives of Sector 17 Traders' Association besides four members of the BJP-SAD alliance in the civic body.

He warned the MCC not to impose parking fee in the markets arbitrarily. Otherwise he threntened that the committee would revive its agitation.Top


Campus beat
Door-to-door campaign launched
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 13 — The alliance of the Panjab University Students' Union, the National Students' Union of India and the Haryana Students' Association today launched a door-to-door campaign for the coming campus council elections scheduled for September 18.

Candidates made rounds of all girls hostels apart from a few boys hostels, Harmohinder Lucky, president of the NSUI said.

The alliance also named the candidates for the posts of vice-president and joint secretary.

Rabinder Bajwa, a student of the Department of Education, has been named the candidate for the post of the vice-president. Vivek Mahajan, a student of the Department of Physics, will contest for the post of joint secretary.

Bajwa was the president of the student body in Dev Samaj College of Education in the previous session.

Arun Sood, who is in charge of elections for the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, said candidates carried out room to room canvassing in hostels I, III and IV besides two girls' hostels.Top


Atamjit reads Hindi version of his play

CHANDIGARH: The concept of play-reading, as a theatre activity, has never been very popular in this region. But it certainly is a remarkable experience to listen to the playwright give voice to all his characters, while sitting on a stage in front of the audience.

One such opportunity to listen to a playwright 'become' his own characters was provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana, which presented well-known Punjabi author, Dr Atamjit's play reading of "Panch Naad Ka Pani", at Tagore Theatre on Sunday afternoon. The play was translated into Hindi by Jainendra Singh.

Set in the 14th century, during the reign of Alaudin Khilji, who had almost all of the Indian subcontinent under his control — "Panch Naad Ka Pani" handles not only the historical aspects of living and surviving in turbulent times, but delicately demonstrates a vast gamut of socio-cultural and personal issues as well.

Kamal Tiwari's impressive stage setting of white sheets, spears in the back stage, ornate screens, small earthen pots to drink water from and a part of the audience atop the stage created just the desired ambience. Jainendra Singh and Irshad Kamil, the author of the Hindi verses in the play, became the chorus. Definitely a well thought of strategy to help the audience wade through a two-hour-long play reading.

The sensitive issues of whether it was gender; or casteism; or the tyrannical rule; or the psyche of people during the times of war, who seem to be united in fear, was very tenderly dealt with. Atamjit's almost perfect Hindi diction came as a pleasant surprise. Crisp dialogues engrossed all those who braved the weather and made to Tagore Theatre for the play reading.

— Sonoo Singh



COME winter and it is time for the PGI to hold a conference that will attract experts from all over the globe. This year is no different and a three-day international conference on pulmonary medicine and respiratory critical care is to be held in December.

The conference named "Chest India-98" is being hosted by the organisers of the Pulmonary CME Programmes and the North India Chapter of the International Academy, American College of Chest Physicians.

It is being held to cater to the needs of chest physicians, internists, surgeons and anaesthetists, interested in respiratory diseases and critical care, A large guest faculty from India and abroad is going to participate, informs Prof S.K. Jindal, head of the pulmonary medicine department, PGI.

The conference will focus on current issues like tuberculosis and other infections, bronchial asthma, lung diseases, respiratory imaging, paediatric pulmonary problems, lung surgery advances and critical care, including mechanical ventilation.

Several activities are run under auspices of the Pulmonary CME Programme. A total of 12 annual Pulmonary Update meetings and one national workshop are to be held during this year. A workshop on lung cancer in collaboration with the International Association for Study of Lung Cancer was held in April this year.

Justice Chaudhary

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association gave a warm farewell to Mr Justice Amarjeet Chaudhary, who retired last week, after serving a decade as a Judge. He was so popular with the bar that as many as 1,000 lawyers attended his farewell. However, the litigants feel that with his retirement, they have been put to great loss, because Justice Chaudhary was firmly known as "common man's Judge".

He had put in immense contribution in reducing the workload of pending cases in the High Court, as he was known for speedy disposal of the cases. The bar was otherwise indebted to him, as during his short stint as Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a huge complex was given to the lawyers in the form of Bar Association room.

As a Judge, he participated in various Lok Adalats in Punjab and Haryana and decided tens of thousands of matrimonial and motor accident claims cases. At times, he used to mingle with the litigants, without giving his identity and after knowing their problems used to instruct the Subordinate Judges to expedite the disposal of their cases.

Justice Chaudhary had a brilliant career as a lawyer also. Before he was elevated he had put in more than 20 years at the bar and remained Senior Standing Counsel for the Union of India, other Boards and Corporations.


Getting an award or a certificate of appreciation is not a new thing for fine arts teacher, Mr Sanjeev Arora, who is posted at Government High School, Sector 7. It was another feather in his cap when the Chandigarh Administration recently conferred upon him the state award for meritorious services in the field of art, education and photography.

The artistically inclined teacher has received commendations from various government, cultural and social organisations. Notable among others are certificates for "excellent work" done in organising Chandikrit-1997, and for work done during the celebrations of the country's 50th anniversary of Independence .

He has written slogans on road safety, drawn cartoons, contributed in designing of the Chandigarh Administration's calendar. His artistic contribution has been appreciated by various sports bodies, which include the organisers of the National School Games, the Indira Gandhi International Hockey Gold Cup and the III Asian rowing championship.

He has got a total of 39 awards in 12 years of service with the UT Education Department.

Adieu, General !

Maj-Gen G.S. Gill, a veteran soldier, a bold paratrooper, an enterprising "shikari", an outstanding sportsman and a consumer activist, died at Chandimandir Command Hospital late last month.

Commissioned in the British Army in 1942, he fought World War II against Japanese in Burma. In 1948 during disguised invasion of Kashmir, he was involved as BM of an Infantry Brigade at Uri under Brigadier Henderson Brooke. After one-year training course in the United Kingdom, he commanded 17 Para field Regiment. Later, he raised the School of Land and Air Warfare at Secunderabad.

During the 1962 Sino-Indian conflict, he was deputed to take command of the forward defences of SELA and Bombdila Heights in NEFA to fight the advancing enemy. In the 1965 action against Pakistan, he was the BGS of the 15 Corps. He was twice mentioned in despatches. After the 1965 war, he took over command of an Infantry Brigade in Poonch Sector. He retired in 1971 as GOC, UP area.

He had an encounter with a wounded tiger in Dehra Dun forests. He later presented some of his big game trophies to IMA, Dehra Dun.

General Gill was an outstanding soccer player — he played for the Punjab province — besides being a good hockey and squash player. After retirement, he took to golf and held various coveted appointments in the Chandigarh Golf Club. He had the distinction of achieving five aces (holes in one) in his golfing career of which his last three aces adorn the trophy board of the Chandigarh Golf Club.

As a senior citizen he was the founder Vice-Chairman of the Chandigarh Consumer Forum. He is survived by his wife and two sons, serving para troopers — Col H.S. Gill and Col M.S. Gill.


The non-observance of laws by the residents in most of the sectors, particularly those living in marla houses, and non-enforcement of the provisions by the estate office have led to a situation which means complete encroachment of government land shouldering the metalled portion of roads in various sectors. The encroachments have been done with impunity. As a result the residents are left with no place to park their vehicles anywhere.

Even in the houses like those near the parks in Sectors 32, 33, 34, 42, and 44, the residents living on the first floors and top floors have no place to park their vehicles while those living on ground floors are able to utilise whatever little open space is available at the gates of the houses. The parks are protected by barricades so that these are available to children for playing and not for residents of parking vehicles. But in Sector 44-B certain houseowners have cemented even the parks across the road from their houses to convert these into"personal" parking lots. Many other parks which are not barricaded are being used for storing construction material.


The Sector 34 House Owners Welfare Association has taken upon itself the responsibility of maintaining and beautifying various parks in the sector. The association while appreciating the imagination and aesthetic sense and generosity of the planners for marking the houses in such a manner that each one opens to a park, has now decided to beautify all such parks.

Pooling their resources and collecting donations, the association has hired bulldozers and tippers to dig and move large quantities of earth to do earth filling in low lying areas and parks. The plan is to level all such spaces, plant grass and flowers so that the residents and their children can move about and play in these clean and healthy environs.

The association has also decided to plant shady and ornamental trees around all such parks. The saplings would be planted by children and would be named after them. A beginning was made on Sunday (September 13) when 50 saplings were planted.

"Doosro Na Koi"

The Indian National Theatre is bringing to the city "Doosro Na Koi", a manifestation of dance by Prerana Shrimali, a noted performer of Jaipur style of kathak.

This choreographic presentation, says the Honorary Secretary of the INA, is an attempt to present Meerabai at her devotional best. The presentation is inspired by seven verses of Meerabai, with music by Madhup Mudgal.

The INA has extended an invitation to all the music lovers to attend the performance on September 19 (Saturday) at the Sector 18 Tagore Theatre at 7 p.m.

Free flow

Even as the city is reeling under a severe shortage of drinking water,the precious commodity is being wasted with impunity in Sector 17 .

One can see water flowing freely as taps of a couple of water posts have been missing for months.The situation is particularly bad near a popular sweet shop in 17-D, as continuous running of water has created slushy conditions around the enclosure.

Will the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, which remains flooded with complaints regarding shortage of water,especially from Southern Sectors,oblige by plugging the wastage?

Born with passbook!

A local newborn has become probably the youngest bank account holder in the world. The son of Mr Harjit Kumar Bains became the proud owner of a passbook a little over an hour after his birth.

Mr Bains , an employee of Bank of Baroda, Sector 34, was informed that a son was born to his wife at 9.46 a.m. on September 8By 11 a.m. he had a account in his name.

The tiny Bains surely has surged ahead in the financial battle of life as compared to others in his age group.


It is a big honour not only for Dr Baldev Singh Karir, who joined the Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, as a photographer and rose to the position of Reader on the basis of hard work and merit, but also for the university to have been invited by the European Association of Archaeologists to present a paper on "Prehistoric Studies of Shivalik Ranges of NW India" in the fourth annual general meeting of the association to be held at Goteborg (Sweden) from September 23 to 27.Top

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