|Saturday, March 4, 2000,
Daylight murder, robbery in Dera
DERA BASSI, March 3 A Chandigarh resident was shot dead from close range after being robbed of Rs 4,39,581 in broad daylight by two unidentified turbaned youths at a local market here today.
The victim, Inderjit Singla, was shot by the miscreants while he was purchasing sweets from a shop situated in the market adjacent to the State Bank of Patiala branch here at about 12.35 pm.
Employed as Senior Laboratory Assistant in Government Senior Secondary School, Dyalpura near Zirakpur, the 30-year-old had gone to withdraw the school staffs salary from the bank, along with Mr Inder Singh, school Principal, and Mr Ashok Kumar, a teacher.
Narrating the scene, Mr Ashok Kumar said that after withdrawing the amount they came to a shop for purchasing sweets because they had organised a party at the school. While they were at the counter of the shop, and Inderjit was holding the cash-bag, an unidentified person threatened to shoot him in case he did not hand over the bag containing money to him.
Seeing a countrymade pistol in his hand Inderjit kept the bag on the ground. The man picked it and shot him from a close range on the right side of his chest, which resulted in his death on the spot. As Inderjit collapsed on the ground, the man took the bag and fled from the spot along with his accomplice, who was waiting outside the shop, in a light blue coloured LML Vespa Scooter, said Mr Ashok Kumar.
According to Mr Inder Singh, Principal of the school, the accused were chasing them since they were returning from the bank after withdrawing the amount but we did not suspect their intention.
As we heard the bullet sound, we pulled the shutter and opened only after the position was normal. The assailant fired one shot only and fled along with his accomplice, said Mr Raghubir Singh, a confectioner.
The news spread in the area within no time and Mr S.S. Sidhu, SDM, and Mr HS Bhullar, DSP, rushed to the spot. The police has sounded an alert along all entry and exit points of the town.
The DSP said that the eyewitnesses noticed two numbers, PB-31-5971 and 6791 of the scooter used by the miscreants. But after confirming the numbers, it was found the number (PB-31-5971) has been allotted to a tractor in Mansa while the second number is of a Bajaj Chetak scooter. The miscreants were using the scooter with a fictitious number, confirmed Mr Bhullar.
After registering a case under Sections 302, 392, 34 of the Indian Penal Code and 25,54,59 of the Arms Act, the police was yet to send the body to Rajpura for a post-mortem examination.
As the gun shot was heard, panic and tension gripped the area with shopkeepers pulling down their shutters, as a result of which many customers were locked inside. The operation ended within five minutes.
Security at ISBT beefed up
CHANDIGARH, March 3 Following the bomb blast in a bus near Sirhind, the Chandigarh Police today tightened its security set-up in and around the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), Sector 17. More men have been deployed to carry out search and checking of baggage on board all buses that enter or leave the ISBT.
The police is using its powers under Section 207 of the Motor Vehicle Act, and has impounded two private buses from Sector 34 that were operating without permit and proper registration papers.
The SSP, Operations, Mr Asad Farooqui, said the checking of private buses was carried out in the city to know how many buses were plying from the city. It was found that these two buses operating from Sector 34, did not have proper documents, what to speak of security checks, he added.
During one day, about 7,000 buses enter or leave the ISBT and a large number of these do not come inside the terminus to avoid the rush. From now, all bus drivers have been asked to come inside the terminus to enable the policemen on duty to carry out the search. No bus will be allowed to be parked outside.
Earlier, only one shift of police officials, comprising two non-gazetted officers, two head constables and four constables was functioning at the ISBT.
Now two additional teams had been added to make the baggage check a round-the-clock business, the SSP added. These men would ensure that all baggage on board the buses was identified, he said.
To further streamline
the system, a meeting between police and state transport
authority officials has been fixed for tomorrow to work
out a solution to enable security checks on board private
buses that operate from various parts of the city.
Additional relief for villagers
CHANDIGARH, March 3 The Punjab Government has decided to give an additional 25 per cent compensation to the villagers who would agree to give their land for the proposed Anandgarh city. This was stated by Dr Upinder Jit Kaur, Housing and Urban Development Minister, in meeting with the Anandgarh Banao Bhavikh Bachao Sangharsh Committee.
A press release issued here today said that a delegation comprising prominent persons, panches and sarpanches from 11 villages extended their support for the proposed city.
Mr Dharampal Singh, president of the committee, said that the committee lauded the rehabilitation package meant for the development of the villages falling in the proposed limits.
While taking to the
delegates, the minister also said that the abadi inside
the phirini would remain intact and the villages would be
developed on the modern lines. Compensation for the
acquired land would be granted as per the prevailing
market rates, she said.
Police team leaves for Jammu on
Chandigarh, March 3 A team of officers from the local police will leave for Jammu on Monday on a familiarisation study to have a first-hand account about the activities of Pakistans Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in the troubled state.
The team comprising Mr S.C. Abrol, DSP, Crime, and Inspector J.S. Cheema, incharge of the Crime Branch, will study the set-up of various agencies operating in the valley and suggest measures which would act as a deterrent for ISI activities in the city in particular.
This has been done in view of the nationwide spurt in such activities. Although no such activity has been reported from the city, senior officers are leaving nothing to chance. Sources said the department should not be caught on the wrong foot if any untoward incident happens. In fact the department should have the feedback to prevent such incidents.
It is pertinent to
notice that a bomb blast took place in a Delhi-bound bus,
which left from Jammu today near Sirhind, in which nine
persons were killed while 12 were seriously injured. This
incident is reportedly the handiwork of Kashmiri
militants and is an attempt to step up terrorist
activities in this part of the region.
PANCHKULA, March 3 The ambitious project of establishing a permanent home for the 25-odd orphans residing at Haripur village with the Bal Sadan Association ran into troubled waters late this evening on the eve of the laying of the foundation stone of the building for the inmates.
Members of the association allege that two of its office-bearers are playing spoilsport in the whole affair, which began with great fanfare and with generous contributions.
The panchayat of the village was also made party to the bickering within the association. It was decided that all members except three be shown the door at its meeting held here today. It also decided that Mr AK Ummat, Patron, and Mr KN Gulati, President, run the association together, which would be headed by the wife of the founder, Mr Satish Almadi.
Mr AK Ummat, who along with the Finance Secretary of the association, Ms Rajni Chugh, is at daggers drawn with the other members over as trivial an issue as the names to be put up on the foundation stone.
He said he did not want to be associated with the organisation any more since a few members were adamant on projecting a couple of people. I was only working in the interest of the children and did whatever was best for them. Now, when the time to give credit to the real spirit behind the show has come, they are insisting that the names of two donors who donated Rs 3 lakh to the sadan between themselves, must adorn the foundation stone. This is just not acceptable to me, he added.
He alleged that he was being pressurised to do so despite having categorically said no. When it was made clear in no uncertain terms that this scheme could not come through, the panchayat decided that the money of the two members should be returned, Mr Ummat said.
Ms Rajni Chugh, denied to comment on the present situation on the plea that she was out of town and had no clue about the latest developments. She admitted that the brochures prepared by the team carrying the names of the office-bearers had been printed.
The President, Mr KN Gulati, contended, The post of patron is an honorary post. However, we acknowledge the work put in by Mr Ummat in bringing up the sadan but resent the dictatorial attitude he has tried to impose on us. We also welcome any contributions by donors but strongly disapprove of any interference in the matters of the organisation, as has been done by Mr Ummat by involving the panchayat and shopkeepers of the village.
He said Mr Ummat, after approving the names of the donors on the foundation stone, went back on his word and took a rigid stand, which was not in the interest of the association and resulted in the returning of Rs 3 lakh to the donors.
The General Secretary, Ms Kalpana Ghai, said, Mr Ummat manoeuvred it to be a one-man show and a family affair. We are not here to work for a family show but are working in the interest of the children. For this, we are willing to resign en masse if the need arises. She added that the invitations for the laying of the foundation stone had been printed and mementoes had been prepared to honour all members involved in the Herculean effort.
Besides the reversal of roles by Mr Ummat, from worker to master, I have disapproved of his handling of the children at the sadan. He has physically hit so many of them and justified his action by stating that it was in the interest of the children. The unfolding of the drama left an indelible impression on young minds but nobody is bothered. He grossly disregarded the constitution and was initially against the inclusion of the name of the founder, Mr Satish Almadi, in the brochure, she added.
I feel sorry for Mr Ummat, who put in so much labour to bring up the sadan and nurture it, but failed miserably to carry his team along, she rued.
As of now, the
foundation-laying ceremony at the land allotted to the
association in Sector 12-A is off and has left the
association poorer by Rs 3 lakh, besides expenses
involved in printing of cards, brochures and mementoes.
The real effect of the difference of opinion is only
beginning to sink in, while the smile from the faces of
children has been replaced by melancholy. The future
looks grim and bleak and there is little hope of
achieving the life they visualised when the project took
Bonsai with 70 kinnows
CHANDIGARH, March 3 Ever heard of about 70 kinnows on a bonsai plant? If not, come to the Sector 18 house of Mr S. S. Sularia.
The three-year-old plant, which is in full bloom, has nearly 70 kinnows. And this is not the first time that the tiny plant has yielded fruits in such a large number, as last year it had over 100 fruits, informed Ms Geeta Sularia,wife of Mr Sularia, who spends a considerable time in taking care of a large number of flowers and plants at their house and factory in the Industrial Area of Panchkula.
Ms Sularia, for whom home gardening has been a passion since 1984, informed that the kinnow plant was of the normal variety except that its roots were cut so that it did not grow much. The plant was grown on a flat pot to give it some support and had the normal fruit except the size, she added.
Besides a variety of
flowers, the Sularias had bonsai plants of lemon and
pomegranate, which yield seasonal fruits. As they are
members of the Chandigarh Kitchen Garden Society, they
hope to soon acquire the plants of litchi, guava and
Randhawa not given his due: M.S.
CHANDIGARH, March 3 Punjab is a major player in the Indian art scene, with Punjabis dominating the music and the film world and even arts to some extent today. And I salute the likes of Daler Mehndis who have made their music so popular that not only everybody in the country are dancing to their tunes but even the world outside. These were some of the sentiments expressed by Dr M.S. Gill, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), today at the Dr M.S. Randhawa Memorial Lecture being held at the Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16. Also present on the occasion today was the creator-director of the Rock Garden, Mr Nek Chand.
The CEC, who is also responsible for having penned the constitution of the Punjab Arts Council, before speaking on this occasion in fact first pointed at one of the paintings on the wall that had a hole in it and added that the building needed to be re-furnished.
Speaking in Punjabi, Dr M. S. Gill also said that the Akademi needed not only to provide a forum to the contemporary artists and art form but also emphasise the traditional ones presented to us by our heritage. And in the same breath, he also made it clear that he was not averse to change. On the issue of the change in the spoken languages today and particularly Punjabi language, the CEC said that languages are like oceans that have to flow on.
Reminiscencing his days with Dr Randhawa a man of compassion and concern Dr Gill, known for never mincing his words, said with regret that Dr Randhawa had not been given his due either in his lifetime or later. Dr Gill said: One failing of this nation more often than not is that the lesser have gone higher up in their lives, and Dr Randhawa is a case in point, and went on to say that he could never understand how his guru could not go beyond the rank of Additional Secretary, or why even at the time of his death not many were present to paid homage to the man who was a true inheritor of Le Corbusiers legacy.
Interspersed with various anecdotes, Dr Gills interesting lecture then went on to discuss the various problems being faced by the City Beautiful today. Later, addressing Mr Nek Chand in his speech, he added, The Rock Garden is a very comprehensive creation, and I request you not to extend it so much that it finally reaches the Shivaliks.
Dr Gill was later also presented with a citation, a painting and a set of books by the Punjab Arts Council.
Dr Harcharan Singh, Chairman of the council, later asked for cooperation from Dr Gill for building the Randhawa chowk at Kharar.
The visit by Dr Gill at
the council today was not only engaging because of his
interesting lecture but also because after a long time
this cultural centre was beautifully festooned with Mr
Nek Chands creations.
Colourful Shivratri procession
CHANDIGARH, March 3 A colourful procession was taken out on the eve of Shivratri here today.
The procession, which
started from Mani Majra, culminated at Sector 11 after
passing through various sectors. A number of religious
institutions participated in the procession, which was
welcomed by market associations. The participants were
given refreshments at several places on the procession
Residents satisfied with
PANCHKULA, March 3The long-pending demand of the residents of Sector 10, pressing for the cleanliness of their sector, has finally met with success as mopping up operations are in full swing.
Earlier, the residents had met the Administrator and Estate Officer, Haryana Urban Development Authority, with regard to unhygienic conditions in the residential area owing to a choked sewer behind a hotel. The residents contended that they had been assured action by the Estate Officer but nothing had actually happened.
This has been a chronic problem and primarily caused by the hotel waste which chokes the sewer and the water and waste begins to stagnate in the vast open space. Though we cannot deny the fact that the officials have invariably sent employees of the department concerned to deal with the problem whenever it has arisen, they have been successful in finding a temporary solution and have let the hotel owner scot-free, Mr BR Madan says.
The residents complain that with the area becoming a dumping ground for kitchen waste from residential areas and the stray cattle menace at its worst owing to easy availability of food, all year round there was stench and filth around. With approaching summer and threat of deterioration in the already bad conditions of the sector, residents decided to join hands and press for complete cleanliness.
The office, in turn, responded positively to the demand and immediately swung into action. The Estate Office said that the hotel owner were the first ones to be warned against spreading litter and waste and throwing out water in the back lane, failing which their water supply would be cut off. The residents contend that with the primary source of nuisance checked in the vicinity, half the battle was already won. Also, an effort to dry up the slush has been undertaken on a war-footing, though the problem of stray cattle remains.
The residents, for the time, are satisfied with the action initiated by HUDA and the prompt hearing given to them by the officers, but are adopting a wait-and-watch approach to ascertain whether the standard of cleanliness can further be improved. They add that installation of additional dustbins near the residential areas is also bound to improve conditions in the sector.
GOC-in-C for optimum Budget
Chandigarh, March 3 The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt-Gen Vijay Oberoi, has called for optimum utilisation of budget allocation in the command zone. No funds should be surrendered but at the same time quality should not be compromised.
He was inaugurating the meeting of the budget management committee comprising senior officers from the Army and the Controller of Defence Accounts at the Command Headquarters today.
While observing that substantial budget allocation is made for providing accommodation and other amenities for troops, he asked all agencies concerned to ensure speedy completion of works meant for their welfare in a time bound manner. He also stressed the need for greater interaction between officers of the CDA and the Army. Such meetings helped in effective monitoring of funds utilisation, he added.
General Oberoi wanted that the committees at lower formations and at the unit level comprising representatives from both sides should meet on a monthly basis.
This would not only ensure optimising the utilisation of funds but also enable meetings at command level to focus attention on more vital aspects of budget management and streamlining procedures.
Municipal commissioners told to
pay over Rs 8.5 lakh
KALKA, March 3 The Local Bodies Department, Haryana, has put in deep trouble all 13 sitting Municipal commissioners by issuing a notice of recovery of taxes amounting to Rs 8,66,814 from them. It comes to Rs 66,678 for each commissioner. The commissioners have been issued notice to deposit the said amount.
As the election to the Municipal Committee has been announced and filing of nomination papers began yesterday, contesting of election by these commissioners has become doubtful. As per the rules, a sitting MC can contest only after getting no dues certificate issued in his favour from the Municipal Committee. Therefore, to be eligible for election they have to deposit the above amount.
Nine MCs have moved the high court, seeking stay on the orders.
Municipal Committee president Mohini Nanda, and Municipal Commissioners Sangat Singh, Mrs Ujjala Bakshi, Mr Som Nath and others told this correspondent that due to non-payment of house tax by the residents of Housing Board Colony for the period 1988 to 1994, a meeting was convened to sort out the issue. The meeting, attended by the SDM (Civil), Kalka, representatives of the Welfare Association of the Housing Board Colony, and a team of commissioners, decided to waive the taxes for the period 1988 to 1994 and proposed to realise the taxes on revised rates from the year 1994-95 onwards. The proposal was sent to the Deputy Commissioner for approval.
The entire amount of arrears due to non-recovery of house tax has been imposed on the sitting Municipal commissioners for not realising the same from the tax payers. This is totally wrong, allege the commissioners.
Dump malba at right place
CHANDIGARH, March 3 There is bad news for the persons dumping malba at unauthorised places as the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) is likely to impose penalty on them from April 1.
With the civic body earmarking 16 malba dumping areas in the city, the stage is set for challaning the defaulters. Under the rules, a person dumping malba at any place other than the specified one can be fined Rs 500. Besides this, he would have to pay Rs 500 per trip for the transportation of the malba.
Sources said this was a part of the comprehensive plan prepared by civic body to remove encroachments and give city a beautiful look.
DCLC wants law panels
PANCHKULA, March 3 The District Congress Legal Cell (DCLC) has urged the Union Government to implement the recommendations of the Law Commissions 120th report. The President of the DCLC, Mr Vijay Bansal, said that the report recommends the appointment of additional judges to expedite the process of justice which has so far not been executed.
Mr Vijay Bansal informed today in a press note that under the present judicial system, there are an estimated 10.5 Judges on a population of 10 lakh people, contrary to the reports recommendation of 50 Judges. Highlighting the report, he said that there are in total 584 posts sanctioned for the appointment of Judges. However, presently about 125 posts are lying vacant in various courts.
The forum has demanded that the number of courts in the country should be proportionate with the rising population so as to provide speedy justice. DCLC lamented the deplorable state of court buildings and urged the Union Ministry to allocate additional funds for its perpetual maintenance and upkeep.
The President of the
cell appealed to the Union Law Minister, Mr Ram
Jethmalani, not to temper with the CPC and the Advocates
Act, as it would retard the judicial process and cause a
delay in the procurement of justice.
House allotment schemes soon
SAS NAGAR, March 3 The PUDA authorities have decided to announce schemes for the allotment of 434 LIG houses at SAS Nagar and 666 EWS dwelling units in Ludhiana soon.
The Estates Officer, PUDA, Mr G.S. Ghuman, said here today that the LIG houses would be built in Sector 57. As many as 217 of these would be for applicants in the general category and the rest for boards and corporations which would give these to their employees on a rental basis. Another group of 80 LIG houses would be constructed in Sector 63 for Class IV Punjab government employees.
He said PUDA had introduced a sense of automaticity in allotment and was endeavouring to emerge as a consumer-friendly corporate entity. Dwelling units were now marketed only after these were ready for possession. He said the scheme under which the draw of lots for the allotment of 452 MIG houses in Sector 66 was held here today was closed on February 12. After processing 1,177 applications, the draw was held within 20 days and the refund of the earnest money to the unsuccessful applicants would begin immediately.
He said the draw of lots
under various schemes of allotment of 31 HIG, 192 MIG and
750 LIG houses held during the past couple of months was
done in the shortest possible time and in a transparent
manner. The list of successful applicants was not only
published in the press but also made available on the
Poor sanitation irks
SAS NAGAR, March 3 Shopkeepers in Phase V here have complained to the Administrator of the Municipal Council that sanitation in the area is poor and the public toilets are in a state of neglect.
The shopkeepers in front of the telephone exchange said the toilets were filthy and in a state of disrepair. As a result, customers and shopkeepers were forced to relieve themselves in open spaces behind shops, adding to the insanitary conditions. They said, the sewer connected to the toilets was undersized, which often resulted in blockage.
The said, in a
memorandum to the administrator, that no safai karamchari
had been deputed to clean the roads in the market area.
The litter entered shops whenever it was windy, they
added. They also complained that the streetlighting had
been non-functional for a long time and demanded that it
should be made operational immediately.
30 withdraw nomination
PANCHKULA, March 3 Thirty nomination papers were withdrawn on the last day for withdrawal of papers, for the panchayat elections and papers of three others were rejected, here today.
The office of the SDM had received 64 applications for panchayat elections to 10 wards. Ms Harjeet Kaur was elected unopposed in ward number three.
Each voter would be given four ballot papers one each for election of panch, sarpanch, panchayat samiti and zila parishad.
CTCC to mobilise people for
CHANDIGARH, March 3 The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee at its meeting held today decided to mobilise people to attend a rally to be addressed by the All-India Congress Committee chief, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on March 6.
The CTCC office-bearers,office-bearers of the District Congress Committees and all frontal organisations, who met under the chairmanship of Mr Kulbhushan Gupta, president, CTCC, also condemned the National Democratic Alliance government for allowing its employees to attend RSS meetings and become RSS members.
Exhibition of linen, handicrafts
CHANDIGARH, March 3 A three-day exhibition of a variety of items produced by women entrepreneurs was inaugurated today by Mrs Komal Anand, Financial Commissioner, at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Chandigarh.
It has been organised by Canara Bank's CED for Women Cell.
Mr K. Raghunath, General Manager of the bank, informed that the cell is extending support to upcoming women entrepreneurs through its branches in Punjab, Haryana, HP and Chandigarh.
He informed that more than 10,000 women had benefited to the tune of Rs 42 crore. This exhibition was an attempt to give the entrepreneurs an outlet for marketing their products.
G.L. Bakhshi dead
CHANDIGARH, March 3 Mr Goverdhan Lal Bakhshi, former DPI Colleges (Punjab) and former Chairman CBSE, died here this evening after a brief illness. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.
Jailed for drinking at public
CHANDIGARH, March 3 Three city residents accused of consuming liquor at a public place were sentenced to imprisonment till the rising of the court, besides being fined Rs 100 each, by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash.
Two other residents, accused of gambling at a public place, were also sentenced to imprisonment till the rising of the court, besides being fined Rs 50 each, by the CJM.
The accused, Jatinder Pal, Deepak and Vivek Kumar, were earlier booked by the Chandigarh police under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. According to the prosecution, the accused were consuming liquor "to the annoyance of the general public".
Pronouncing the orders, the CJM observed: "I am satisfied that all the accused have confessed guilt without any fear or coercion and the confessional statement made by all the accused are voluntarily in nature. Hence all the accused are hereby held guilty and convict under Section 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act".
Hirday Ram and Rakesh Kumar, meanwhile, were booked by the Chandigarh police under Sections 13, 3 and 37 of the Gambling Act. The prosecution had stated that the two were gambling in Sector 22 market.
Kidnap bid foiled
CHANDIGARH, March 3 Alert residents and two policemen yesterday foiled a bid to kidnap a 5-year-old girl from near the 3 BRD area.
According to police sources, a person, later identified as Dhani Ram from Madhya Pradesh, forced his entry into the jhuggi of Mr Puran Bahadur near a tubewell in Labour Colony in the area. As Dhani Ram tried to kidnap the girl, the wife of Mr Puran Bahadur raised the alarm.
Residents of the area and two constables on duty reached the spot and overpowered him.
He has been taken into custody. A case under Sections 452, 365 and 511 of the IPC has been registered.
One held with liquor
CHANDIGARH, March 3 The police has arrested a Sector 38 resident and seized 38 pouches of liquor from his possession.
According to police sources, Surinder, was arrested from near the Sector 37/38/24/25 roundabout and the whisky was seized. A case under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered.
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