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Rickshaws without licences should be impounded, destroyed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — To curb the menace of growing number of rickshaws in the city, the local police has recommended that the rickshaws which have not been registered should be impounded and destroyed as is being done in Delhi.

The city has an estimated 20, 000 rickshaws, which ply in the city in the absence of an enforcement wing, even though the rickshaw byelaws were framed years ago. The laxity can be gauged from the fact that only 1432 persons applied for licences from an estimated 20,000 rickshaw-pullers and owners in the city. It may be recalled that a deadline to get the needful done expired on October 15.

In Delhi the rickshaws which ply in contravention of norms are impounded and broken up by the police so that they do not end up on the roads again. The number of rickshaws is fixed, keeping in view the need of the Capital, police sources said.

As per the local byelaws, the rickshaw-pullers who do not comply with the byelaws — every rickshaw would carry number plates and registration number — would be challaned and their rickshaws impounded. The fines for various violations vary from Rs 200 to Rs 500.

The laws were framed to regulate the number of rickshaws plying in the city, besides acting as a means for the police to verify the antecedents of the migrants. This would also help reduce the number of accidents as every rickshaw puller would have to undergo a test before a license was issued.

The laws also define areas where the plying of rickshaws would be restricted. For example, rickshaws would be banned on the major roads and the roads which divide a sector into four parts.

The laws were also an attempt to break the cartel of rickshaw owners in the city, who, between them, own more than 90 per cent of the rickshaws in the city. The cartel at present rents out rickshaws to migrants on nominal sums, thereby providing ready employment to a large number of persons. However, little care has been taken to ensure that the person renting the rickshaw for the day is aware of traffic rules.

The response to a drive to educate the rickshaw-pullers in November was so lukewarm that only a few persons turned up to get the basic training at the traffic police centre in Sector 23.

Owing to this fact the rickshaw-pullers do not have any identification or number plates. It is at present impossible to register a compliant against them with the authorities if they indulge in any criminal activity. The licences would also carry the personal details of the person which will make the job of the police and passenger easier in case there is any complaint.

This assumes importance as the police is looking for certain rickshaw-pullers who were reportedly involved in the murder of a Delhi-based businessman a couple of months ago.

Sources said at present there were no plans to implement the bylaws as certain modalities and amendments have to be made. The challan books have not been prepared as yet and issued to the police. As per rules, an officer of the rank of ASI can challan and impound a rickshaw. As per norms, it is mandatory to display a rate list for the benefit of passengers.

The growing number of rickshaws in the city poses another problem of encroachment in the corridors of various markets. Numerous complaints of such encroachers creating insanitary conditions by the market and sector-level committees to the administration have, however, been in vain.Back


FMUs to get 'real time' tele-medicine care
By Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — Revolutionising its medical care system by providing ''real time'' specialist advice to Field Medical Units (FMUs), the Army is interlinking them with major hospitals.

''The project is under way and the first phase is expected to be complete in about a year's time,'' Director-General Medical Services (Army), Lt-Gen S.c. verma, said here. Under the first stage of the 3-phase project, the field hospital at Tangahar, 92 Base Hospital, 153 General Hospital and 150 General Hospital, all situated in the Northern Sector, are being interlinked with the Western Command Hospital, chandi Mandir. This, in turn, is being interlinked with the Army Research and Referral Hospital (RRH), New Delhi.

The objective of tele-medicine is to establish a revolutionary communication and data transfer system for combat casualty care in order to provide the best possible care to injured troopers in forward areas. ''Larger hospitals always have speciality and super-speciality expertise available round the clock, while specialists cannot normally be expected to be posted in remote field units. Tele-medicine, hence, would enable doctors at FMUs to confer and seek expert advice through data links instantaneously whenever required,'' General Verma said.

'Real time' specialist medical treatment in forward areas has assumed significance with increased deployment on the LoC stretch along the Drass-Kargil axis and the sector remaining militarily active. Besides, casualties also flow in regularly from the adjacent battle-field of Siachen. Artillery shelling and inclement weather are major causes of casualties in that area, while evacuation is a difficult and long-drawn process.

While the first phase will be based on the existing medical infrastructure and equipment, the second phase of the project will involve upgradation of the existing network with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. This will take another year.

The third and final phase, which is expected to take about five years, will involve expanding the network to cover virtually all FMUs, zonal hospitals and command hospitals. The RRH will serve as the hub-centre for the tele-medicine network and will have data links with national and international tele-medical centres.

Referred to as a ''distance healing operation'', tele-medicine requires integration of telecommunications, computers and medical information to a high degree. ''The system by itself is not a speciality, but a means to make specialist medical advice and quality health care available anywhere and at anytime,'' a source remarked.

The major aspects of tele-medicine include total patient-doctor accountability in real time, keeping the evacuation of patients to a minimum and providing highest quality care to troops located anywhere within the military health care system.

This can be achieved by the use of modern telecommunication equipment, satellite uplinks and high definition television monitors combined with information technology and executed through computers, preferably with Internet connection.

AMC officers say that statistical analysis of casualty figures reveals that a large number of fatalities that have occurred in forward areas could have been avoided had the requisite diagnostic advice been available to medical posts located in remote areas. ''The concept of tele-medicine,'' points out an officer, ''therefore, has a very high significance for the Army as well as para-military personnel based in forward areas.''

Using commercial off-the-shelf equipment along with some customised hardware and software, tele-medicine will enable Army medical personnel based in remote areas to confer with a specialist in larger military hospitals regarding critical or unusual cases in ''real time''.Back


Notices served on cinema houses
By Sonoo Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — In a major drive to spruce up the facilities, conveniences and also safety equipments available in the cinema houses of the city, the Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Ram Sekhar, has served notices on all the cinemas under the Punjab Cinematography Act, 1952, as applicable in Chandigarh. The city has eight cinema houses here.

According to sources, the notices, which were served recently, on the basis of reports of all the three Sub-Divisional District Magistrates, Chandigarh Administration, have not only mentioned the various mandatory items listed in the Act but have also pointed out the irregularities existing in each of the individual cinemas.

The sources also indicated that the cinema hall owners have been given time till January 15, 2000, to ensure that all the proposals made by the team of SDMs are complied with.

The notices list not only the issues of health and hygiene, in terms of existing wash-rooms and toilets, but also the issues of safety of the cinema-goers. Every theatre has been asked to put up “proper” exit and entry points and also have adequate points of “safe” exit points for emergency use. Also, another mandatory item which has been listed is fire extinguis

hers to be put up at the “right” places.

In order to ensure safe movement of the viewers inside the hall, foot lamps have been asked to be either put up or those not working to be replaced. Proper ventilation in the hall and cleanliness of the halls, and if possible in between the consecutive shows should be maintained. Since a lot of heat is generated inside the projectors’ rooms, the team of SDMs also took note of the same and has asked the owners to provide proper ventilation in these rooms as well. The multitude of electrical installations installed in these theatres are also to be checked regularly in order to avoid any hazards to the viewers.

Meanwhile, the Administration is also trying to draw the attention of the cinema-owners on the parking facilities available. As per sources, though for the time being, the owners have not been asked to look into the matters of parking, yet in due course of time this would also be taken up by the Administration to further facilitate traffic.

When some of the owners of the cinema houses were contacted by the TNS, most of them said that such notices were a “regular matter”, which the Administration often issued to the cinemas here. But they also added that most of the things being mentioned in the notices have already been complied with. What these owners now are concentrating on are the “small little details” which the various notices have mentioned for each of the cinemas— leaking cisterns in wash-rooms; malfunctioning of the foot-lights; lighting up the entry/exit signs and fixing up “certain” electrical installations.Back


Jacob reviews security at airport
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — The Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today visited the Chandigarh Civil Airport to review the security arrangements.

The Home Secretary, Mr N.K. Jain, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr S.K. Singh, explained to the Administrator that security had been tightened in and around the airport after the recent hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane.

The Administrator was briefed about the step-by-step security checks which a passenger was supposed to undergo. The Administrator wanted the sarkanda grass in an around the periphery of airport should be cleared immediately and fencing on the periphery should be strengthened.

General Jacob desired that the airport security should be 100 per cent sensitised. The Administrator also interacted with Commandoes of Punjab and Chandigarh police. He desired that the rifles of the commandoes should be replaced with the close-quarter battle weapons and the commandoes should always remain prepared for any eventuality. Back

Chaos at roundabout
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — Chaos prevailed at the Sector 26 transport roundabout as the police allegedly rounded up trucks which bore registration numbers of other states. As many as 10 trucks were rounded up by the police.

According to sources, the truckers were being rounded up on the orders of higher-ups who had allegedly passed instructions to the cops to round 10 - 12 trucks for sending relief supplies to those affected by the cyclone in Orissa. The relief material is presently awaiting transportation at the Red Cross Bhavan, Sector 16.

The truckers said that they were either just passing through the city, or had come to offload their supplies and were going back when they were stopped by the traffic police and ordered to go to the police lines. The trucks could be seen parked all along the area of the lights.

Policemen on duty at the spot said they were carrying out a routine check and were only doing their duty, since the truckers did not have the relevant documents with them, a charge denied by the latter.

Senior officers are reported to have instructed the police to allow the trucks to leave later in the evening following queries by mediapersons. Back


Traders modify 'black day' plan
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — The Joint Action Committee of the Traders Association Sector 17 has decided to call off its decision to observe a black day on the last evening of the millennium.

The association has decided to observe a period of two hours — from 6 pm to 8pm — as "black day" by turning off the lights in their shops and selling their wares under candlelight. This was planned as a protest against the building bye-laws.

A delegation of the traders had gone to meet senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration, who assured them that a solution is being worked out.Back


Tickling the conscience
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — "Blindflod yourself and imagine the plight of your fellow countrymen at the mercy of the hijackers. Does your conscience allow you to celebrate New Year eve ?" asks Jaspal Bhatti.

" I appeal to all clubs, hotels and other organisations to pray for two minutes on the 31st night for the safety and well-being of the passengers aboard the hijacked Indian Airlines plane.

"We have become so insensitive and selfish that we have already forgotten Kargil and the devastation in Orissa. At least let us be concerned with this present crisis of our fellow countrymen," says Jaspal in a press note issued today.

He adds, in his typical satirical fashion, that only Indian Airlines should have the right to celebrate this hijacking which is the 11th since 1971. Indian Airlines should get its name entered in The Guinness Book of Records for being an airline with the most hijackings.

Along with safety demonstrations aboard the aircraft, Indian Airlines should also provide the passengers with hijacking eventuality do's and don'ts, he said at a demonstration of blindfolding people in Sector 17 here today.Back

Plea to refrain from celebrations
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — The Freedom India Welfare Organisation has called for no New Year celebrations this year to mourn the death of Rupin Katyal and to support the nearly 160 passengers aboard IC-814.

In such a time of national emergency, New Year celebrations have no meaning. We call for support from the citizens of Chandigarh not to celebrate, but to pray for the safety of all passengers on board IC-814, said a press note of the organisation issued here today.Back


No rift on sharing of seats: Chautala
Tribune News Service

PINJORE, Dec 30—The Haryana Chief minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said that there were no differences between the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of sharing of seats for the forthcoming assembly elections. Also, only “winning candidates” would be projected irrespective of the parties they were associated with.

Addressing mediapersons after holding a ‘Janta Darbar’, Mr Chautala said that the two parties, the INLD and the BJP, would have separate manifestoes inspite of the alliance. He also added that the decision of the candidates would be taken by the party workers. “Every decision taken by the Congress is Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s decision. In my party, all decisions are taken in consultation with the workers,” he said.

Replying to a question about the “Sarkar aapke Dwar’”, Mr Chautala said that it was a means to abridge the gap between the Administration and the public and redress their grievances at their doorstep. About the ‘darbars’ being an election campaign at the expense of the state, Mr Chautala replied: “Main koi sadhu, sant to hoon nahin,” while adding that he was a politician and making most of the opportunity that had come his way.

Referring to the recent decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the holding of panchayat polls by February, 2000, Mr Chautala said that the court had reconsidered its earlier decision of holding these in June, and that the bearing of the decision on the party would be known only when a copy of the order comes in their hand.

Mr Chautala contended, “Elections are not held on the basis of directions from the court but on the basis of what is contained in the Constitution, and ours provides for a five-year term for the panchayats.”

Replying to a question on pending cases of liquor smuggling, the Chief Minister said that the government had set up a commission under a former Judge of the High Court, Justice GS Chahal, to look into the circumstances leading to the introduction and prohibition of the withdrawal. The commission would look into the alleged large-scale smuggling of liquor during prohibition and corruption cases associated with its smuggling.

About the possibility of appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister in the state after election to appease the alliance partner, the BJP, he said that there was no provision for this in the Constitution. “This cannot be claimed as a matter of right, though we have had instances of such appointments in the past in our state. I, as Chief Minister, can decide on the issue,” he added.

He also informed that the proposal to construct a Kalka bye-pass was under consideration. This was being considered to ease the traffic congestion on the road. He directed the police personnel to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in Kalka.

Earlier, a two-hour ‘Janta Darbar’ was held at the venue. While 321 individual complaints were put before the Chief Minister, 111 complaints from panchayats of various villages were presented.

While redressing grievances of the residents, Mr Chautala announced the abolition of the municipal committee of Pinjore, but informed the people that they would be required to pay developmental charges. He sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for the improvement of streets and drainage system at Pinjore, sanctioned construction of additional rooms for schools at Karanpur, upgradation of a couple of primary schools to middle schools, making new roads and improvement in the supply of drinking water to villages.

Mr Chautala ordered the completion of the Kalka-Tipra road without delay, construction of a shed at the cremation ground and replacement of defective pipelines of water while directing the Health Department to post an ANM at the sub-centre at Surajpur.

The Chief Minister benevolently accepted the demands of all and sundry with a casual wave of the hand and asked the complainants to move on and make way for the rest. However, the officials entrusted with the task were not given any timeframe to ensure the completion of the work and put up the action-taken report.

Nearly two hours into the darbar, the Chief Minister decided to call it a day, and the applications of the remaining complainants were collected and handed over to the district officials collectively. Some of the residents returned disappointed from the venue and alleged that nobody had bothered to hear them out. Groups of party workers sat in the midst of the crowd and raised slogans in praise of the Chief Minister from time to time. Back


A.S. Mohali takes over as civic body chief
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Dec 30 — Mr Amrik Singh Mohali took over as President of the Municipal Council here today in place of Mr Harinder Pal Singh Billa, who has been removed from the post by the Department of Local Government, Punjab.

This is the second time that Mr Mohali, who was the Senior Vice-President, has taken charge of the post in a short period of about a month.

A notification in connection with the removal of Mr Billa was issued by Mr N.K. Arora, Principal Secretary to the Government of Punjab, Department of Local Government, yesterday.

In the notification it was stated that a show-cause notice under Sections 22 and 16 (1) (e) of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911, was issued to Mr Billa, asking him to explain why he should not be removed from the presidentship as he had failed to perform his duties by not making timely payment to M/s Rattan and Rattan Associates, which had led to a decision in favour of the firm by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

In his reply Mr Billa pleaded that there had been no intentional delay in making the payment.

The notification said the firm executed certain development works of the council but payment to it was withheld. Aggrieved by this, the firm filed a writ petition in the High Court. The President and the Executive Officers of the Municipal Council were proceeded against ex-parte in this case since they failed to appear before the court initially, in spite of being duly served in May, 1998. In July, 1998, counsel had appeared on their behalf and sought an adjournment, but still no written statement was filed. While passing the final order in favour of M/s Rattan and Rattan Associates, the High Court had also ordered the council to pay interest at the rate of 18 per cent from June 30, 1997, till the date of actual payment.

The notification said that though on the face of it the defence tendered by Mr Billa seemed to justify the delay, a minute and chronological examination of the case clearly indicated that wilful effort had been made to put off the payment. When Mr Gian Chand, a municipal councillor, made requests for payments vide letters dated April 8 and April 30, 1997, the council vide letters dated May 8 and May 28, 1997, asked him to produce an attested copy of the power of attorney document. When the attested copy was supplied, then all of a sudden the council thought of seeking a clarification from the Director, Local Government, Punjab, on whether payment relating to a firm could be made to a municipal councillor or not.

The Principal Secretary said in the notification that the Directorate of Local Government vide letter dated June 11, 1998, had given clear directions to the council to make payment to Mr Gian Chand as a special case to mitigate the hardship being faced by the firm. But even then the payment was made only on August 31, 1998, after a lapse of more than two-and-a-half months. Had the payment been made immediately after the instructions of the Directorate, perhaps the payment of the interest amount ordered by the High Court could have been saved.

Criticising the decision, Mr Billa told The Tribune that the government had made the Municipal Council into a battleground of politics. Defending himself, he said that letters to the civic body office were usually addressed to the Executive Officer and cheques were signed after the EO had done so.

The term of the President ends on January 20 next year.Back


Ram Kumar eye body chief
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — Dr Ram Kumar was unanimously elected President of the Chandigarh Ophthalmological Association at its annual general body meeting held yesterday.

Dr (Mrs) Sujata Grover was elected Senior Vice-President, while Dr Jagat Ram of the PGI, was elected Vice-President. Dr Ashok Kumar of the PGI was elected General Secretary.

Dr Jagat Ram said that there are nearly 117 ophthalmologists in the city, of which 71 are life-members of the association. Dr I.S Jain is the chief patron.

Earlier, Dr Amod Gupta, Professor and Head of the Eye Department, PGI, was honoured with the Dr Grover memorial award for the year 1999-2000.

The newly elected president, Dr Kumar, appealed to the association members to adopt three A’s — acquaintance, acceptance and action.

He also emphasised the need to be in constant touch with each other so that the latest in the field was discussed and followed.

Gupta heads dentists' body
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — Dr R. P. Gupta was yesterday elected President of the Chandigarh State Branch of the Indian Dental Association for the year 1999-2000. Dr Ashok Utreja is the President-Elect; Dr Vijay Chopra is Vice President; Dr K Gauba is Honorary Secretary; Dr Vidya Rattan is Honorary Joint Secretary and Dr Tarun Walia is Honorary Treasurer.Back


A record dry spell
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — For the first time in the records of the local Meteorological Department, there has been no winter rain during the months of November and December this year. And there is no possibility of rain for tomorrow, according to the local met office.

The local observatory was set up in 1982 and since then no year has gone by when it did not rain in these two months. The closest to the present ongoing dry spell was 15 years ago in 1984 when the city received only 0.1 millilitre of rain. Even last year, the rain during November and December was not much as only 7.3 mm was recorded.

On the other hand, in 1997 these two months received the maximum rain when a total of 156 mm was recorded. And in 1996, only 0.8 mm rain was recorded.

The ongoing dry spell has also effected the region as rain occurred only on one day during these two months. However, the present dry spell does not mean that the winter will be extended or prolonged. Weather events are totally independent of the previous occurrences, explained Mr S.C. Bhan, Director of the local met office.

And during the ongoing month the day-time temperatures have not gone up beyond 20.6 C.Back


Best thesis award for Mukherjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — Dr Gopal Mukherjee from Nuclear Science Centre. New Delhi, won the best doctorate thesis presentation award in a close contest at the 42nd Department of Atomic Energy symposium at Panjab University here today.

The best thesis presentation award is given every year by the Indian Physics Association for the best thesis presentation. Dr Mukherjee had presented his thesis on high speed spectroscopy of nuclei with mass between 70 and 80 at the symposium.

Dr Mukherjee said the main outcome of his research was the change in the shape of nuclei at high spins, which was done by measuring life span of states. These states have a life span of 10 to the power -12 seconds. He is currently working with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Other important delegates shortlisted for the award were Dr Suneel Kumar from Physics Department, Panjab University, and Dr Bir Singh Rawat from Department of Physics, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak.

During the symposium, Dr S.K. Dhiman, an assistant professor from Himachal Pradesh University, revealed the importance of the mysterious particle neutrino in the understanding of the early universe, dark matter, astrophysics and the big bang theory, which was the soul of the fate of the universe. He also discussed the relevance of the neutrino in the understanding of fundamental nuclear forces and structure.

Dr Dhiman said nuclear double beta decay processes indicated that neutrinos were massive particles which affected interiors of stars during collapse and had strong impact on the content of dark matter existing in nature, whose exact content was controversial.

Researchers from Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi, won the poster presentation contest at the symposium. The Theoretical Nuclear Physics group from Panjab University were placed second and the third place went to Nuclear Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.

Dr V. Kumar from University of Rajasthan explained the use of low energy high intensity accelerators. The energy production through uranium and plutonium fuel was highly promising, he said.Back


PU adopts resolution on scholarships
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 —Panjab University has adopted a resolution on scholarships for undergraduate classes with slight amendments.The changes introduced later will be a part of a resolution of Dr R.D.Anand discussed at the senate meeting recently.

The original resolution resolved that a student who tops the university examination in the first year (two semesters) will be granted full fee concession, in case he is not already granted”.

“It further resolved that this concession will be granted to second and third or final year students from the session 1999-2000.This concession will be granted irrespective of the family income or category of admission.”.

The explanatory note said that the move was to lay stress on merit. It would encourage the spirit of competition among the students.

The issue came up for discussion at the syndicate earlier. It remarked that the spirit of resolution be adopted. A student who stood first as mentioned in the resolution should be given a gold medal along with an amount equal to fee.

The Vice-Chancellor was authorised to determine the amount of the scholarships. This category of students should not be deprived of any other scholarship because of the award of this scholarship.

The proposed changes came up for discussion on the floor of the senate.The changes are likely to incorporated in the resolution before the final decision.

The resolution was supported by a large section of the house. One of the senior members said that clear identification of scholarships at various stages of undergraduate classes would be a big alluring proposition for participants.Back


Drive against anti-social elements
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Dec 30 — The local police, as per the directions issued by Mr G.S. Bhuller SSP, Ropar, has started a special compaign against anti-social elements in this area. It has arrested many persons under different cases in the month of December.

According to a press note issued here today, the police has arrested Gurinderpal Singh of Chandigarh and recovered two stolen Maruti cars from him.

Hans Raj was arrested following the recovery of nine bottle of liquor from him, Janamat Masih with nine bottles of liquor, Tanuk Lal with 18 bottles and Nitu with nine bottles of liquor and cases under the Excise Act were registered against all of them.

The police today arrested Surjit Singh of Daulatpur village following the recovery of 20 kg of poppy husk from his possession.

Kalwant Singh, Inderpal and Harmesh Kumar, all residents of Morinda, were arrested following the recovery of electricity wires which were allegedly stolen from Gharuan village.Back

Cable operators flayed
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Dec 30 — Residents of the township are resentful of the cable network going off air yesterday.

Most of the annoyance directed towards the operators was because of the hijack drama which is taking up every waking hour of the viewers. A resident of Sector 14 said, "This is a public utility service and the operators have no business to take the customers for a ride. The death of their partner, due to which the network allegedly went off air, was a personal loss to them and should not have interfered with their business.''

A resident of Sector 16 went on to say that the license of the cable operators should be suspended for this action. "The hijackers are holding 150 lives to ransom and the whole country is worried on that account. This should certainly have been priority even in the face of a personal loss,'' he adds.

Meanwhile, Mr Mayak Bansal, a cable operator said, "The people are worried about their entertainment irrespective of what happens. However, we were bound to react in the manner we did. It is only like shutting down a business in the face of a tragedy.'' Back

Plots for PUDA allottees
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — The prospective allottees registered with PUDA will now get plots at SAS Nagar following a decision in this regard.

According to information available, of the 204 pending cases, at least 80 cases have been cleared and they would get plots in the township.

Under the registration scheme, which was scrapped a few years back, a number of prospective allottees had got themselves registered with PUDA.Back

Cases of vehicles ‘disposed of’
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Dec 30 — Mr Amarjit Singh Dhindsa, SDM, Kharar, has claimed that all files regarding registration, licences and transfer cases of vehicles had been disposed of in the sub-division.

According to a press note issued here today, Mr Dhindsa said this was done by deputing extra staff for the purpose. He said that in the new year, the registration and transfer of all eligible vehicles and issuance of new licences would be disposed of within a week’s time. He appealed to the people to submit the files about these documents in his office duly completed in all respects.

He added that the staff had been directed to work for the speedy disposal of all documents concerning transport.Back



Kamboj Chairman of housing federation
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — Mr Bal Krishan Kamboj is the new Chairman of the Haryana State Cooperative Housing Federation Limited, Mani Majra.

According to a press note, Mr Kamboj, a resident of Indri village in Karnal district, has been appointed by the Haryana Government.

Rally by milkmen
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — The Dhodhi Sangharsh Committee held a rally today to protest against the establishment of the Dairy Vikas Board.

A press release by Mr Malkiat Singh, General Secretary of Chandigarh Peripheral Milkmen’s Union, said that the board was against the interests of farmers of Punjab. In a memorandum submitted to the Director, Dairy Development Board, they demanded of abolition of “chungi” on transportation of animals and milk.

The milkmen further demanded the withdrawal of the proposed 4 per cent hike in sale tax on cattlefeed.

Fact-finding panel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — A fact-finding committee has been appointed under Dr V.K. Bansal, Convener of the College Affairs Committee, to look into allegations of the students of Homoeopathic Medical College, Sector 26.

The strike by the students, who are seeking the removal of the principal, entered the 12th day today. The parents and students are required to submit the facts in support of their allegations by noon tomorrow. Sources reveal that action will be initiated against the principal after the enquiry committee submits its report.

Petrol dealers donate to Army fund
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — A delegation of the Chandigarh Petroleum Dealers Association today called on the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), and presented him drafts, totalling Rs 87,400, for the Army Central Welfare Fund.

The delegation informed the Governor that 26 petrol stations had pooled in this amount for the welfare of families of Kargil martyrs and the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. The Administrator appreciated the gesture and hoped that this would encourage others to do their bit for the brave soldiers.

NSS camps conclude
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — The ten-day National Service Scheme (NSS) camp of Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharam College, Sector 32, concluded here today.

While addressing the volunteers, Dr C.L. Narang, programme coordinator of NSS, Panjab University, stressed the need to meet the problems of illiteracy, population explosion, and pollution etc.

Dr Jaswant Singh, lecturer in commerce, also addressed the volunteers on the occasion, Dr Narang gave away prizes to the volunteers.

Another ten-day NSS camp of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23-A, also concluded today. The theme of the camp was ‘youth for development’.

During the camp 100 volunteers participated in various activities like making the people aware about AIDS, pulse polio campaign and cleaning school campus. Lectures were also delivered during the camp by prominent personalities on issues like population, pollution, drug abuse among youth and polio eradication.

Mr Shiv Kumar, principal of the school, in his concluding address appealed to the volunteers not to use polythene bags and help to eradicate the use of the same.

Slogan-writing and poster-making competition was also held during the camp.

Tota Bola
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 30 — Mr Umesh Kant, a theatre personality of the city, has planned to launch his next theatre production Tota Bola on January 1, 2000. It has been written by Dr Chander Shekar Kambar and adapted in Hindi by Vasant Dev.According to a press note issued today, Theatre Lab also plans to launch a Hindi play, Gandhi vs Gandhi, under the direction of Umesh Kant, starting from March 1.Back

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