Tuesday, February 15, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Municipal Corporation told to tax property
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — The Chandigarh Administration is contemplating to hold future auction of plots, both residential and commercial, on a freehold basis. Besides, the Administration has also allowed the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to privatise the upkeep and maintenance of road dividers, road medians and footpaths.

The Administration has also asked the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to introduce property tax, initially on the commercial property and then residential property. There would be no discretionary quota in allotment of Chandigarh Housing Board dwelling units. Instead, there would be a Board to handle cases of people belonging to special bands, including gallantry award winners, widows of martyrs and victims of terrorism. Even in such cases, the allotments would be made by draw of lots.

The Administration has decided to go for pollution-free battery or gas operated buses to meet the growing transport demands of the people of Chandigarh by rejecting cost heavy monorail system. To keep Chandigarh, pollution free and provide people electricity at reasonable rates, the Administration was also not keen to go ahead with the proposed Naptha-based captive power generation unit at Kishengarh.

In an informal chat with Chandigarh Tribune here this afternoon, the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), said that once a formal decision is taken, the auction of freehold property would not only attract more buyers but also give the Administration higher return from the land deals.

General Jacob said that he has written to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to privatise upkeep and maintenance of road dividers, road medians and footpaths. The companies sponsoring them would be allowed to put up small signboards along the areas maintained by them.

This, he said, was being done to beautify the city. The private companies would be allowed to grow flower plants, grass, besides maintaining the road medians, dividers and footpaths in good and usable condition.

A special cleanliness drive is also being launched in the city. It would start from Sector 17. The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has been asked to introduce new concept of garbage being dumped in special garbage bins. He said that he wants a ban on the use of polythene as the entire city was littered with polythene bags which were not only unhygienic but also a major nuisance.

General Jacob said that a decision has been taken not to issue photo identity cards to any roadside workers.

Talking about financial and budgetary constraints, he said that there has been no increase on annual

allocation for the Union Territory of Chandigarh which has remained unchanged at Rs 143 crore against a projected demand of Rs 180 crores.“I have taken up the case with the Union Government to demand increase by at least another 25 to 30 crores to meet the growing demands of this city,” he said.

General Jacob said that since the price of petrol was around US $ 25 to 28 a barrel, it would be highly uneconomical to go for Naptha-based captive power generation. The cost would work out to more than Rs 6 a unit.

General Jacob said that the work on acquisition of 180 acres of land in some peripheral villages of the Union territory has started. Once the land is acquired, the work on the Botanical Garden, which will serve as a research centre for herbal medicines, forestry and other relevant areas would be open to general public.

The Botanical Garden would also serve an ideal way of preventing mushrooming of unauthorised colonies and houses in the periphery besides keeping the city pollution free.

Referring to land for cooperative house building societies, he said that a lot of money was required. He is keen to develop low economic activity in the periphery of the city so as to prevent misuse of land which was yet to be acquired.

General Jacob said that land was needed for the proposed football academy. A final blueprint is being prepared. But it also needs money. The proposed football academy would need at least four to five acres of land, a hostel for boys and a school nearby with facilities for education upto plus two classes.

General Jacob said that education and health care were other areas which were getting immediate attention of the Administration. There were some problems as teachers were not volunteering to start night classes for slum children who work during the day.

General Jacob said that the problem of slums was a major one. Though the Administration has decided to honour its earlier commitment of providing built up accommodation to those who were residents of various colonies until 1996 and were duly registered as voters, the number was much more. Sixteen thousand multi-storeyed units have been planned which would be allotted on a non-transferable rent basis to the beneficiaries by providing common toilet or community toilet and bathing facilities.

In future, there would be no allotment of land or sites for rehabilitation, he said.

General Jacob also disclosed that the Administration has decided to go for computerisation of sales tax and land records. There was large pendency of sales tax cases because of shortage of staff. Various measures, including demand for additional staff, were being considered to reduce the pendency.

After the Administration received representations from several organisations, sales tax rates have been revised so as to prevent the flight of business and trade from the Union Territory.

The work on introduction of single-window Smart card would also start soon.Back


DM reimposes ban orders
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — The District Magistrate, Mr M. Ramsekhar, today reimposed ban orders promulgating Section 144 of the Cr P.C. Orders have been issued for three different categories.

The first bans the assembly of five or more persons north of the Madhya Marg with a view taking out processions, making speeches or raising slogans. Carrying lathis will also be banned in the area. The order shall not apply to police or military persons, or any other government servant on official duty. For processions or meetings, prior permission in writing will have to be taken from the District Magistrate/ Subdivisional Magistrate, Chandigarh. The permission will also have to be taken for the customary and ritualistic processions in connection with weddings and funerals.

This order shall come into force with effect from the period zero hour on 11.02.2000 and shall be effective for a period of 60 days upto and including 10.04.2000.

The second order pertains to the employing servants without verification. As an emergency measure that the residents of Chandigarh, including landlords, tenants, and those running commercial establishments shall not employ any domestic servants, helpers, part-time maidservants, unless his/her particulars are furnished to the Station House Officer (SHO) concerned in writing. Any breach of this order would invite action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

This order shall come into force with effect from zero hour on 15.02.2000 and shall be effective for a period of 60 days.

The third order is to prevent the entry of unwanted elements under the guise of seeking employment. The District Magistrate in his order says that whosoever visiting Chandigarh to seek employment in petty, non-formal trades or services to provide contract labour, should provide their particulars to the local police to enable identification or verification of criminal elements. Any breach of this order invites action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

This order shall come into force with effect from zero hours on 15.02.2000 and shall be effective for a period of 60 days.Back


Police prevents Cupid from functioning
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — Crushing passionate-red inflated hearts with rough ruthless hands is how Chandigarh Police today celebrated Saint Valentine’s Day. For so many stags out on the city streets — the geri route — in decked-up cars, it was “love nipped in the bud”. As if the absence of pretty damsels was not enough, the “well-timed opportunity” was marred by baton-swinging men-in-khaki.

The situation remained under control, largely. Had to. For the over-enthusiastic police practically clipped Cupid’s wings. The bubbles of expected love, neatly affixed inside the polished cars with tapes, were burst mercilessly by armed-and-ready cops after intercepting the jaunty jalopies crawling one after the other on the meandering road cutting across Sector 10 and 11.

At the barricades strategically placed all over the route, they undraped the side and the rear windows by removing balloon-hearts before smashing them with a heavy foot on the metalled road. They even roughed up sharpshooters in a car for screaming “Yaay” at “passing-by love”.

“We are just following the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders by removing things obstructing the view,” justified Superintendent of Police Baldev Singh, managing the crowd in Sector 11. “This is not all. If we do not discourage them here by brusting the balloons, they will later go and create lawlessness by offering them to vulnerable girls. Anyway, only guys going up and down the geri route again and again are being stopped”.

Even without the cops, the affair was bad enough for young hearts beating restlessly for love pangs. The crowd was there. The spirit, however, was missing. The reason was not very hard to analyse. The dames did not come out of their residences. Last year’s tales of rowdy crowd going berserk was bad enough.

The Government College for Girls, Sector 11 too declared a holiday. Getting away from mother’s vigilant eyes became problematic. Solitary heart hunters who dared to come out in cars and on scooters in glittering zurex tops over wrap-arounds did not stop, zoomed away when guys approached. Others were accompanied by stern daddies.

Then there were no official celebrations at the Panjab University campus. Even parking of cars was not permitted there and at Sukhna Lake. Rest all was taken care of by the crowd-irritated cops.

“Disappointing” — is how dressed-to-receive Johnny Sharma, a student from Manipur described his feelings. Closely shaved with fresh Tom Cruise cut, he complained, “I had heard so much about the celebrations here — this is not what I was expecting. It’s better in Manipur. Atleast you can hand over roses to girls without fear of a cop coming and catching hold of you by your neck”.

The effect was there for all to see. Guys in fluorescent purple, even yellow jackets, reposed on the scooters and bikes parked all along the markets waiting with cheerful gladioli for love to enter their barren lives. Outside the card and gift shops with fair messages boldly displayed across the windows, they did offer cards, but only when cops were not looking.

Our young beaus in cars, meanwhile, went round and round with stereos blaring Kudi kad ke kalja. All roads eventually led to Panjab University. Inside the campus, they were joined by doctors in four wheelers “out there to have some fun”.

Gimme all your love, flying kisses if possible, abuses only if must — the message was clear as “wild worshippers of the third century saint” went down on their knees to offer roses to students amidst vulgar encouragement from “friends”.

The Sector 17 piazza, too, was the venue of celebrations. Clad in tied at waist tops over denims, earth angles knocked down the corridors with high-heel ankle boots stopping only for getting henna applied on fair hands. In discotheques too, it was time for some close dancing with his hands around her hips and her arms around his neck.Back


All a matter of heart
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — There was no bar — singles or doubles, old or young — as long as their heart was young. They danced away amid heart-shaped balloons that flitted on the floor at Piccadilly Hotel here this evening.

The Valentine’s Day dance theme at this joint was “love, peace and humanity”. There were colourful balloons, streamers and a dazzling display of neon lights. The Regal Room was converted into a dance floor. The guests started trickling in at 8 p.m.

The elders could be seen shaking their legs and trying to match with the young to the rhythm set by the foot-tapping music.

As the night progressed the music reached a crescendo. The celebrations continued till late in the night.Back


Colonel Gill cremated
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — Lt-Col Partap Singh Gill, a former Lt-Governor of Goa, who died at the Command Hospital at Chandi Mandir, near here, last night, was cremated here this afternoon.

The pyre was lit by Dr Manohar Singh Gill, Chief Election Commissioner. Colonel Gill is survived by his wife, two sons — Dr Manohar Singh Gill and Major-Gen Himmat Singh Gill and daughter, Mrs Billa Brar and her husband, Mr S.S. Brar, a retired DGP of Haryana, besides several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was 85.

The cremation was largely attended. Earlier, the Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator of Chandigarh, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), visited the farmhouse of Colonel Gill at Kishengarh and laid a wreath on his body. He also expressed his condolences with members of the bereaved family.

Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Governor of Haryana, Mr Mahabir Prasad; the Army Commander, Western Command, Lt-Gen V. Oberoi; the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana, various army units; the Chief Secretaries of Punjab (Mr R.S. Mann) and Haryana (Mr R.S. Varma) and the Adviser to the Administrator of Chandigarh (Mrs Vineeta Rai).

Also present were several retired and serving bureaucrats, including Mr Paramjit Singh, Mr C.K. Sawhney, Mr P.H. Vaishnav, Mr B.S. Ojha, Mr D.S. Mangat, Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, Mr N.K. Jain, Mr M. Ramsekhar, Dr B.C. Gupta, Mr Mukul Joshi, Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, and others. Also present was Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP, and members of the Jati Umrah Trust which Colonel Gill headed. They included Dr Y.N. Mehra.Back


A soldier and social worker
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — Lieut-Col Partap Singh Gill, a former Lieutenant-Governor of Goa, who died at Command Hospital at Chandi Mandir, near here last night, was a soldier, leader, saint, social worker and above all a nice human being, who remained active until his last day.

Colonel Gill, who headed the Jati Umrah Parivar Trust, made every endeavour to reunite those who got separated from their near and dear ones during Partition in 1947 and had organised several such meetings and reunifications. A couple of weeks before his death, he had a Sikh girl, now married and settled in Pakistan, reunited with her family more than 50 years after their separation.

“He was a voice of conscious and courage,” said Dr Manohar Singh Gill, Chief Election Commissioner of India, the eldest son of Colonel Gill.

Dr Gill said his father, youngest of three brothers from a small village in Tarn Taran, was a self-made man, who joined the Indian Army and fought in World War II. He was from Hudsons’ Horse.

His leadership qualities got him in trouble as after Independence, the then Deputy Army Chief, General Rajendra Singh, visited the unit of Lieut-Col Gill at Sangrur, where he was encountered by a young officer, Capt Keith Bonny.

Colonel Gill came forward and said since he was Commanding the regiment, it was he who was responsible for all actions of his men and faced the General. Subsequently, he refused to apologise for defending his subordinate and paid a penalty by getting demoted to Major. Subsequently, after a long battle, he got back his rank.

Colonel Gill also saw action in the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict and was a contemporary of General Tikka Khan. In the Indian Army, he was popular as “Nihang” as he had the courage to call a spade a spade.

In 1977, Mr Jai Parkash Narayan, recommended his name for appointment as Lieutenant-Governor of Goa, with a suggestion that after in post in Bihar falls vacant, he should be shifted there as Governor. He remained Lieutenant-Governor of Goa from 1977 to 1980 and then settled in Kishengarh village at his farm house. He introduced the concept of “khula darbars” in Goa, where people still remember him.

In 1980, he had a stroke but recovered. Some years ago, he also underwent bypass surgery. All this did not deter him from doing his bit as a conscious and courageous person.

Dr Gill said his only regret was that his father would not be present at the medal that has been awarded to him by Government of India in recognition of his work, referring to the Padma Vibhushan awarded to him at the Last Republic Day. “What I am today is all because of him,” he said, before breaking down.

His cremation was largely attended at the Sector 25 Cremation Ground this afternoon. The bhog and antim ardas will be held at the Sector 8 Gurdwara on February 19 at 1 p.m.Back


'Do not tamper with City Museum'
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — "Traditionally, temporary structures tend to become permanent as in the case of temporary buildings built during the second World War in New Delhi. Any alteration affecting the dominant features such as the floating roof of City Museum will destroy the sculpture quality of the building, regardless of the length of the period for which the British Council Library occupies it," said Mr M.N. Sharma, a former Chief Architect of Chandigarh.

Reacting to the version of the Chandigarh Administration on the allotment of the second floor and terrace of City Museum to the British Council for its library, Mr Sharma said today that he had read with deep concern what was reported in the press about the conversion of City Museum to facilitate the accommodation of the library.

"Any alteration which destroys the character of this prestigious building will be most unfortunate. I wrote to convey my views to the UT Administrator as soon as I came to know of the proposal. This controversy is uncalled for as I am sure that the administration would not deliberately act against the city's interests in any way. However, I would like to clarify certain points for a better understanding with a view to resolving the issue."

"I was distressed to see the neglect of the vast unused areas of the Museum of Evolution of Life. Many sections of the main Museum and Art Gallery are also not put to optimum use and are of little interest. I understand that the present Administrator is taking personal interest in reorganisation of the museum.

"City Museum too needs to be augmented and updated and many panels need removal or replacements to make it more informative and attractive for the visitors. All three museums are of a distinct monumental character, conceived in the same time-frame and need to be preserved for posterity," Mr Sharma said.

"I am sure that requisite space can be carved out within the left wing of the Museum of the Evolution of Life for the library. For accommodating the valuable Sikh historic manuscripts and Indian miniature paintings, the main Museum and Art Gallery are ideally suited, where space can be made available. There can be other options as well, but, I hope that the controversy will end here and the issue will be resolved across the table," he said.Back


2 new buildings await occupants
By Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Feb 14 — Two buildings, one of a primary school and the other of a community centre, inaugurated amidst great fanfare at Mansa Devi in the beginning of January by the Chief Minister, wear a desolate look today.

No activity is visible at these buildings constructed beautifully by the Haryana Urban Development Authority. The enthusiasm of having "designer'' buildings which cost a fortune to the department has worn out since the school has failed to house the children studying in adjoining government schools, according to plans. The Community Centre meant primarily for marriages and other similar occasions has also been put to little use.

After the school building was handed over by HUDA to the Education Department, it was decided that some classes of the school at Bhainsa Tibba would be shifted to there till the beginning of the new session. It would have saved the students of the biting winter cold that they would have to brave at Bhainsa Tibba in the face of paucity of space.

However, it seems the plan failed somewhere along the line. At present, a forbidding lock welcomes the visitors to the school. Sources say that the three-month project of temporarily shifting the students might not have taken off owing to discontentment among their parents. They had resisted the move to shift the new building keeping in mind the distance from their homes.

Meanwhile, it was added that the new school would become functional from the new session and teachers would be recruited accordingly.

The charge of the Community Centre remains with HUDA and it is scheduled to be "put to use'' in the marriage season as per the bookings received. Residents feel that the centre can contribute much more if they are allowed to take it over. A recreational room for children in the vicinity, a library and a club for the elders are some of the suggestions the residents make to "put life'' into the building. They contend that the residents' welfare association can also be housed in the same building.

However, there is no likelihood of parting from convention whereby community centres constructed by HUDA are maintained by it. This has been the practice in centres at Panchkula as also the state over. Though there was a move to hand over a community centre in one of the districts, it did not get much support since difference of sharing costs and funds arose.

As of now, even though HUDA maintains the Community Centre, the primary school seems to be nobody's child, with the Education Department waiting for the new session to begin. The District Education Officer (Primary), Mr Sheesh Pal Singh, was, not available for comment.Back


Monkey treats self
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — It was time for ‘monkey-business’ in the residential area of Sector 15 today, where a monkey entered House number 414 and ate all eatables it could lay its hands on.

The house belongs to Mr M.S. Chawla, a retired government official, who lives there with his son and daughter-in-law.

According to the son, Mr B.S. Chawla, a government official, the incident occurred sometime after lunch, when nobody except a female servant was present in the house.

He said the monkey entered from the verandah at the back of the house ‘which was open’. The monkey, he added, then threatened the servant, who was too terrified to move.

It then opened the refrigerator and drank milk and ate some boiled potatoes, slices of bread and some fruit. It then ate some bananas kept on the table.

“It was later, when the servant was able to raise an alarm that people from the neighbourhood banged the front door of the house, scaring the monkey. The animal then scampered off,” said Mr Chawla.Back


Two youths held under Arms Act
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — The police here today arrested two youths under the Arms Act from the Panjab University campus.

According to police sources, the duo — Jagteshwar Singh from Fazilka and Jaswinder Singh from Ferozepore — was carrying a .45 bore revolver without permission. The licensed weapon, which was in the name of Jagteshwar Singh, was being carried by Jaswinder Singh, the sources added.

A case under various provisions of the Arms Act and the IPC has been registered.

Complaint lodged: A woman of Phase II of Ram Darbar in the Industrial Area in a complaint with the police alleged that Janak Kishore of the same locality tried to outrage her modesty when she was alone at her house at around 11 p.m. on Sunday.

A case has been registered.

Cash stolen: Mr Gurchain Singh, a resident of Sector 42-B, alleged that someone had stolen cash worth Rs 3,500 and jewellery from his house. The police has registered a case.

Arrested: The police has arrested two persons — Naranjan Singh, a resident of Matour village in Ropar district, and Sunil Kumar from Sector 24 — for selling film tickets on the black market at a cinema hall in Sector 34.

Two separate cases under the Punjab Cinema Act have been registered.

Liquor seized: The police has arrested Akhleshwar, a resident of Deep Complex in Hallo Majra, and seized seven bottles of whisky from him.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Hurt: Shopkeeper of Kajheri village, Mr Nadeem, was injured when his scooter was hit by a truck (PJU 8866) near Sector 45 on Sunday night.

The truck driver, Navjeet Singh, a resident of Patiala, has been arrested and a case registered against him.

One held: The police arrested Vijay Singh, who was allegedly picking the pocket of one Mr Labh Singh in Sector 17 here on Monday.

A case has been registered.

Case registered: The police has registered a case regarding the missing of a local advocate, Mr Parveen Sharma. Mr Sharma has been missing since February 8 from the city.

A correction: Apropos of the news item published in “crime file” under the sub-headline “forgery case”, it is clarified that the name of the arrested man is Tejinder Singh and not Harbans Singh, who happens to be the father of the accused.Back


Police fires at car thieves
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — The police had to resort to firing at the occupants of a car (CHK 981) near the SAS Nagar barrier, which was stolen from Sector 17 tonight.

According to unconfirmed reports, as soon as the car was stolen around 8 pm, all nakas were alerted by the police control room. When the car did not stop near the barrier, the police resorted to firing. However, the occupants of the car did not stop the vehicle and gave the police a slip.

However, late in the night, the thieves were arrested at Kurali, about 25 km from here. The identity of the thieves and their number could not be ascertained.Back


Machine that detects fake notes
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — If fake currency has become bane of your bank, petrol station and hotel, do not worry. A Bangalore-based company — Crystal Techno Corporation — has a solution to your problems as it had come with UV Electronic 2000, a multiple detector, that can differentiate between a fake and a genuine currency notes.

The detector, which has a Japanese UV tube and a special illuminated table, helps in the detection of the security features of the genuine currency, besides checking the fake passports, credit cards, travellers cheques and other security documents, company officials highlighted here today.

Mr Atul Sood of the company, who demonstrated the functioning of the machine at The Tribune office here, informed that normally the fake notes were made by three methods. The fake notes made with the use of colour xerox and computer graphics, which were made on the normal paper, could be detected easily as they become fluorescent blue in colour when placed on the machine. And even if the note was in the bundle, it need not be taken out as the edge of the note will glow.

However, the common citizen has difficulty in the recognising the fake currency notes made of “woven paper” through the offset printing technique . The fake currency, which the Pakistan had been pumping into the country in recent times to destabilise the Indian economy, could be easily distinguished from the genuine one just by placing it on its illuminated table.

Mr Sood said the new series real Rs 500 notes would not have all the special RBI features fluorescent number panels, special security thread and special fluorescent scratch marks. These could be easily detected under the UV light. And if any of these was missing it was a fake note, he added.

And in case of old series of Rs 500 note, the number panel of the original note, when placed under the UV light, will not glow.

Similarly, in the genuine demand drafts, the logos of the banks , which were not visible to the naked eye, will glow under the UV light. And in credit cards also the logo will show in case of the genuine credit cards. Mr Sood claimed that there had been a tremendous response to the sale of the detector, which cost about Rs 2,700.Back


UT to revise sales tax
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — The Chandigarh Administration has decided to revise the Uniform Sales Tax on a number of items following protests and representations from trade and other organisations over variations compared to neighbouring Punjab and Haryana.

The items on which sales tax has been reduced are gur and jaggery, packing material, computers, taramind, turmeric, chillies, wooden furniture, electrical and electronic items not notified earlier, photographic goods and tyres and tubes.

While in most of the cases, the sales tax has been revised to bring it at a par with neighbouring Punjab, it has been lowered in case of electrical and electronic goods not notified earlier which will now attract a sales tax of 8 per cent compared to 12 per cent earlier.

A notification issued by Department, however, said that sales tax on wooden furniture, electrical and electronic items , photographic goods and tyres and tubes is being revised by amending the earlier notification on these items issued in 1966.Back


Free gift schemes attract
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — There was an overwhelming response to various Valentine's Day events organised in the city today.

Vehicle owners received heart-shaped scratch cards at various outlets of Bharat Petroleum in Chandigarh and Panchkula for instant free gifts. In all, 2,000 gifts were given away at these filling stations.

At the Sector 17 Tejee Studio, where couples were photographed free of cost, the response was unprecedented. An 87-year-old man with his 80-year-old wife, too, climbed the stairs to reach the first floor of the studio to get themselves photographed. More than 450 couples were photographed for free today.Back

Grain market area an eyesore
From Our Correspondent

LALRU, Feb 14 —The area of the local grain market is marred by the huge heaps of refuse right adjacent to the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway for the last more than 20 years.

The spot is virtually turned into a dumping place for the waste and trash of household articles. Stray animals enjoy the sun in this particular place. They can often be seen basking and chewing at this place on a regular basis.

The entire drainage of this area has been blocked due to the rubbish. Stinking water has gathered at many points of nearby intersections. This blockage of sullage water has posed a threat to the life of the residents here.

The horsecarts parked along the highway here, have made the area an eyesore for the residents as well as the commuters. The dung and other refuse of horses have become a cause of concern.

Mr Paramjit Singh, who is running a tea stall in this locality for the last 20 years , said that the problem is as it was since he started the stall. All the shopkeepers and the vegetable sellers are using this place as dumping spot for the waste .

Mr Satish Kumar, a vegetable seller, said to keep the area clean was the job of the local market committee.

Mr Raghubir Juneja, a social worker, said that the problem becomes worse as flies and mosquitoes gather on this stinking cesspool. All the eatables on the rehris, stalls and shops are exposed to this filth. It has become a major health hazard for the so many years. Despite repeated requests, the authorities of the market committee have turned a blind eye to it, he added. Back


Industry centre starts training programme
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Feb 14 — Under a programme of the Union Ministry of Industries, a five-day special training programme for the General Managers at various district industry centres in Punjab started at the District Industry Centre here today.

At least 17 General Managers are participating in the programme which aims at equipping the officials with latest tools and techniques to identify entrepreneurial traits under the self-employment schemes of the PMRY. During the programme, the participants will be provided information inputs from project conceptualisation to its implementation.

Mr Karnail Singh, Director of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), who inaugurated the training programme, said the participants should share their field experiences with the faculty so as to evolve an action plan to effectively implement various self-employment schemes.

Mr Paramjit Singh, Principal Consultant, Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED), said 12 institutions at the national level had been identified by the central government to provide training to General Managers of the DICs.

A six-week women entrepreneurship development programme on behalf of the Small Scale Industries Development Bank of India was also inaugurated on the occasion. Twentyfive prospective women entrepreneurs are participating in the programme.

The women participants will be given training to start agro- based food processing, leather, plastic, garments and other projects in the small-scale sector. The trainees will be able to avail a loan up to Rs 10 lakh under various government schemes.

Mr Sukhbir Singh, General Manager of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), who was the chief guest, stressed the need for development of agro-based and food processing units in Punjab.

The programme is being conducted by the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Chandigarh.Back

Bandh call
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — Members of the Traders Association, Sector 17, have decided to observe a bandh for half day on February 17 against the implementation of the allegedly outdated building byelaws, according a spokesman of the joint action committee of the association.Back

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