Saturday, March 11, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Petrol costlier by Rs 1.75 a litre in city from today
No hike in diesel price
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The Chandigarh Administration has decided to exempt diesel from any further hike in sales tax but raised it to 12 per cent on petrol making it costlier by Rs 1.75 a litre. The revised rates will become effective from tomorrow. Petrol and diesel will be still cheaper than neighbouring states of both Punjab and Haryana.

The new rate of petrol in Chandigarh from tomorrow will be Rs 25.61 per litre against Rs 23.86 per litre today. The rate of diesel will remain unchanged at Rs 13.86 per litre.

The Administration has decided that the rate of sales tax on diesel will remain unchanged at 5.5 per cent while in Punjab and Haryana, the sales tax on both petrol and diesel is 20 per cent.

In Chandigarh, the consumers have to pay 4 per cent central sales tax and a few other levies, which bring the taxation level to almost 18 per cent. There is no CST either in Punjab or Haryana.

While both Punjab and Haryana have introduced the uniform floor rate of sales tax on petrol and diesel, the Chandigarh Administration decided to put petrol in its uppermost slab of taxation i.e. 12 per cent.

Under the Punjab Sales Tax Act, which is extended to the Union Territory of Chandigarh, no sales tax beyond the uppermost ceiling of 12 per cent can be imposed on any item. While Punjab Government has issued an ordinance to bring the taxation to the level of the uniform floor rate as suggested by the Union Government, the Union Territory of Chandigarh could not do so as Ordinance, in its case, has to be issued by the President.

The other option for Chandigarh has been to wait for amendment to the Punjab Sales Tax by the state assembly and then extend it to the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The ordinance has to pave way for the amendments in the Act within six months failing which it will lapse.

In either case, the consumers in Chandigarh can look forward to some relief compared to their counterparts in Punjab and Haryana.

The Union Territory of Chandigarh also wants that the Haryana Government should revise its CST on petroleum products sold and supplied to dealers in Chandigarh from the present 4 per cent to 0.5 per cent or 0.25 per cent so that rate of taxation remains reasonably close in the region.

Punjab has already withdrawn 1 per cent MST on petrol and diesel. As such, the extra levies other than 20 per cent sales tax in Punjab are 10 per cent surcharge on sales tax and one central levy.Back


AOC-in-C inspects aircraft system simulator
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy visited MiG 23/27 TETTRA School at the Air Force High Grounds near here today.

He inspected the aircraft system maintenance simulator, various training complexes and establishments at the school, besides being given a presentation on the local activities by the commanding officer, Wing Commander P. K. Singh. He also addressed officers and airmen of the school.

The school is responsible for imparting technical training about the airframe, engine, avionics, weapons and systems to pilots, engineers and technicians posted to MiG 23 and MiG 27 squadrons. This is the AOC-in-C's first visit here since assuming charge of the Western Air Command in November, 1999.

Later, talking to mediapersons, Air Marshal Krishnaswamy said that the IAF was focusing more on training. He said that the stress is on how to improve standards towards higher efficiency in terms of skills, time taken in training and using the available resources.

He said that the Kargil operations had generated a spirit and enthusiasm amongst the personnel to train more, besides strengthening the Army-Air Force relations.

Describing his visit as routine and one to sort out problems which crop up during normal functioning as well as to interact with the men, he said that it had ''no real bearing'' on the IAF's post-Kargil operational activities.

On the Pakistani Air Force activities opposite the Western Air Command zone following reports of build-ups across the border, the AOC-in-C said that they are ''training quite a bit'', but the activities are being closely monitored by this side. He added that the training indicates ''nothing remarkably different'' about the Pakistani tactics or operational aspects.

Referring to the spares problem, particularly with the MiG series following the break up of the Soviet Union, he said that the IAF did have some problems, adding that he was ''now confident that the situation is now back on its legs''. He said that there may be some change in the business methods, which does not really have much affect.

On the indigenisation front, Air Marshal Krishnaswamy said that there has been a surge in this direction and a lot of work had been done in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation and Confederation of Indian Industry.

He said that earlier production of aero-spares was looked upon purely as a business venture by the manufacturers, but the Kargil conflict had added an emotional impetus. He said that the government had recognised the need to develop commercial vendors, adding that there was now a development in the relations of the Defence Ministry, IAF and the vendors and the complexities involved were better understood.Back

Himalayan Eagles celebrations on
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The Himalayan Eagles Squadron of the IAF is celebrating its 37th anniversary at the Chandigarh Air Force Station. A rum punch and a barakhana as well a free movie show for officers and airmen of the squadron were organised to commemorate the occasion. A social evening for serving and retired officers as well as civilian dignitaries at the Officers Mess is also being organised.

Raised at Chandigarh on March 1 1963, where it has been based ever since, the squadron has been tasked with maintaining the vital airbridge across to the Himalayas to provide logistical support to troops positioned in Jammu and Kashmir. This task not only demands high levels of skills and courage of the aircrew, but is also a test of the endurance of the machines.

Owing to the altitude and terrain and the load they have to carry, the aircraft often operate on the outer fringes of their performance parameters, putting an added responsibility on the squadron's maintenance personnel to keep the flying machines in excellent condition.

The squadron was initially equipped with the venerable AN-12 turboprops, which rendered yeoman's service till they were finally phased out in 1993. It was re-equipped with the much heavier and faster jet-engined IL-76 strategic freighter and the AN-32 medium transporter, making it the only transport squadron in the IAF to operate two types of aircraft.

The Himalayan Eagles demonstrated their mettle in the recent Kargil conflict, when it maintained a high servicibility rate and flew sorties round the clock to airlift troops and equipment to the battle front. The squadron also undertook casualty evacuation, which entails a very high level of co-ordination between the aircrew and medical personnel to ensure the safe evacuation of wounded personnel.

The valour and dedication of the Himalayan Eagles during the 1965 and Indo-Pak wars has gone down in the annals of history as unique feats. In 1971, the AN-12 was used for the first time for carpet bombing in the western sector with devastating effect, with bombs at times being hurled out manually.

In the eastern sector, the squadron played a lead role in the spectacular airdrop of a battalion-strong group of para-commandos in Tangail during the liberation of Bangladesh.Back


Summons issued to Raj Babbar
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — On an application moved by the author of martyr Udham Singh’s biography, the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.S. Bedi today directed the issuance of summons to cine star Raj Babbar and other respondents for May 3.

Pronouncing the directions in the open court: “Summons of respondents could not be issued as the postal covers were not properly stamped. The deficiency in the postal revenue be made good within a week and then summons to respondents be issued...”

Claiming the movie to be “entirely” based on his “well-researched book”, Professor Sikander Singh had earlier stated that the defendants had neither obtained copy rights from him, nor had his written consent.

Seeking directions to the defendants against screening the movie, besides Rs 5 lakh as damages, the plaintiff had stated that, to his astonishment, his name was neither mentioned in the “introduction part of the film”, nor was any reference made to his book in the brochure handed over to him. His name, he had argued, was not even mentioned on the posters displayed throughout Punjab.

Giving details, he had stated that “the material collected by him had been extensively used”. The “details, description, dialogues and the presentation of facts” were as per “the description given in his book”, he had insisted.

The impact, his counsel had contended, was “created on the minds of the viewers as a result of the extensive research work carried out by the plaintiff, besides the material collected by him over a period of 14 years”.

Raj Babbar, the counsel had added, had initially stated that the film was based on biography written by Professor Singh, but had later “started telling people that three research scholars had been put on the job”.

Regarding the book, the counsel had stated that it was released by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at Amritsar on April 27, 1998 and was appreciated by literary persons, research scholars and historians. Columnist Khushwant Singh, he had added, had also written about the book.

It may be recalled that the Sessions Judge on the last date of hearing had observed: “The respondents are restrained from reproducing or translating the script of the picture Shaheed Udham Singh into any other language than Punjabi (Gurumukhi) and their releasing the picture in any other language except Punjabi except in due course of law”.Back


Telecom Department bungles
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The Telecom Department has disconnected the phone of a local resident in a typically high handed manner that smacks of red-tapism and an uncaring attitude towards the subscribers.

The phone number (745702) of Mrs Prem Lata Verma, has been disconnected for allegedly not paying charges of a particular value added service — the calling line identification, or CLI. The real story is that the phone 745702 functions from a Japanese FETEX — 150 type exchange that does not have the CLI facility at all, what to provide it on Mrs Verma phone!

Sources in the department confirmed that the level 74 phones does not have the CLI facility that is available only on German made E-10-B type of exchanges.

And in the past one year the lady has written to the department twice informing about the error. The first letter was sent on May 19, 1999 ( diary number 9725) and a reminder was sent on November 9, 1999 ( diary number 7936). Before March 26, 1999, the phone was functioning on a level 54 exchange that has a CLI facility that could be one possibility that has led to the error at the department level.

But things went out of hand when the phone was disconnected yesterday morning. The Vermas picked up the phone in the morning with a taped voice informing that ‘‘services to this number have been temporarily withdrawn’’.

In one year, despite written and several verbal requests, the bills continue to reach Mrs Verma with the CLI charges added to them. So every two months she or her husband, Mr Umesh Verma, have to rush to the clerks in the department to get the correction done to get the CLI charges deleted.

Each time when the bill arrives it takes two to three visits to department solve the matter. The clerk writes on the bill to reduce the CLI charges at the rate of Rs 50 per month. The same is entered in the record books of the department with proper diary and receipt numbers. How this was never conveyed to the billing section is the mystery.Back


Ex-JCO, 2 others tortured
By Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Rorkee Pukhta (Kharar), March 10 — The already maligned image of the Punjab Police suffered another blot when two ex-servicemen and a Nepali national were allegedly tortured by the SAS Nagar police in connection with a case of theft at a SAS Nagar-based tractor manufacturing unit.

The victims were let off after being illegally detained at the Phase 1 police station for two days. The victims, Mr Malkiat Singh, a retired Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Mr Bhagat Singh, a retired sepoy and a Nepali national, Ram Bhadhur Rana were employed as security guards at R and D complex of Swaraj Tractors on behalf of a private agency providing security guards. On February 24 the three persons were brought to the Phase 1 police station in connection with the theft of some spare parts worth over Rs 3 lakh from the yard of the unit where they were deputed.

The three suspects were let off after members of the their family and some politicians interfered. Mr H.S.Sandhu, President of the Rashtriya Raksha Dal, brought the case to the notice of the Governor of Punjab, who is reported to have referred the matter to the Director General of Police (DGP).

To know facts of the case the TNS visited the village of Malkiat Singh. He had taken the job as a security officer with the private security agency, Detective Security Systems. He maintained that when he returned to his night duty on February 24 he, along with two other persons, were taken to the police station by an SI, Balbir Singh.

Then began the trauma of the victims. Mr Malkiat Singh showed the injury marks around his pelvic area. Narrating the gory details, he alleged : “My clothes were removed forcibly in the room of the Station House Officer (SHO) at around 9.15 p.m. The SI and three other constables who were in an inebriated state abused him. The constables, on the directions of the SI pulled my legs at right angles. The hair of my head and the beard were also pulled. They asked me confess the theft or name somebody else. As I was innocent I refused to budge”.

A similar treatment was given to the sepoy Bhagat Singh, a resident of Durali village. “ Electric shocks affecting the movement of the right arm and the right leg of the sepoy were also given. He is still recovering from the torture”, alleged the JCO. The third suspect was, however, not tortured much. They were let off after two days.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar, was not available for comments. Efforts to contact the SI, Balbir Singh, at the Phase 1 police station to know his side of the story and the investigations made by him in the case failed.

The wife of the JCO, Surjit Kaur, told TNS that they were not informed by the police. With tears in her eyes she questioned the functioning of the police and sought justice. She said her husband before retiring from the Army in 1991 — after 28 years of service — was given a letter of appreciation by the President and the Chief of Army Staff for his dedicated service. He participated in the 1965 and 1971 wars. “Now look what shameful treatment had been meted to him by the police”, she said. Back


RPF chief open to suggestions
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Mr M.L. Meena, in an unprecedented gesture, asked for grievances, if any, from both employers and employees.

In an interaction programme with members of the staff of The Tribune group of newspapers here this afternoon, Mr Meena said he was more keen to know about the shortcomings and deficiencies in services, if any, provided by his office than listening to appreciation.

The endeavour of his office, he said, had been speedy redressal of grievances. He said the Regional Provident Commissioner’s office had been making efforts to keep both employers and employees informed of any development and amendment in the provident fund Act or pension scheme as applicable to employees.

Accompanied by Mr S. Pathak, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (Pensions), and Mr J.R. Sharma, Regional Commissioner (Enforcement and Recovery), Mr Meena answered questions on various issues, including the pension scheme.

Mr S. Pathak maintained that the employees pension scheme was, perhaps, the world’s biggest social security scheme as it covered more than 2.45 crore employees throughout the country.

To a query, they maintained that only one employer, TELCO, had been exempted from the employees pension scheme. Only those employers who came out with a scheme better than the EPS could be granted exemption by the government. They further clarified that social security was the biggest attraction of the EPS.

They further clarified that even after introduction of the pension scheme, there was no reduction in the share of the government in the provident fund.

Earlier, the three Regional Provident Fund Commissioners were received by Mr S.D. Bhambri, General Manager and Mr O.P. Arora, Additional General Manager, The Tribune. Back


Seminar on land use
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The Chandigarh Regional Chapter of the Institute of Town Planners India organised a seminar on the "Land use planning, an effective tool for integrated development" at its centre today. The seminar was sponsored by HUDA, HSIDC, CORER and the State Land Use Board of Haryana.

Prof G.S. Gosal, eminent geographer and demographer, inaugurated the seminar which was attended by spatial planners, soil scientists and others from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh. Mr Jagjit Singh Ghuman, former President of the chapter, delivered the keynote address while Mr K. Surjit Singh, Chairman of the chapter, welcomed the participants and introduced the subject.

A technical session on land use and planning saw the participants stressing the need for an integrated approach for land use planning by making most optimum use of the scarce land resource.Back


Roads to Maloya in shambles
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The Himachal Maloya Niwasi Sudhar Sabha has urged the Commissioner of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to look into the long-standing problems of the residents of Maloya in general and the sabha in particular.

In a detailed memorandum submitted to Mr M.P. Singh, Commissioner, the sabha claimed that all roads leading to Maloya have been in shambles. The residents have to wade through stagnant water and slush to reach the village and the colony.

Further, there is acute shortage of drinking water in Maloya. Some pockets of houses in the colony get full water supply while others have their taps dry throughout the day. Though boosters and pumps have been installed, there has been virtually no improvement in supply to affected areas.

The sabha also pointed out the sewerage in Maloya was virtually choked. After the construction of nearly 4,000 units in 1988, very little had been done to augment the existing sewerage and garbage disposal system in the colony.

The sabha demanded that immediate action should be taken to mitigate the sufferings of the residents of Maloya colony.Back


Tibetans observe uprising day
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The 41st Tibetan National Uprising Day was observed by members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Tibetan Freedom Movement in the city here today. On this day in 1959, Tibetans had risen up against the Chinese occupation.

The protesters, carrying placards and waving the Tibetan flag, passed through various sectors of the city and raised slogans against the occupation of their country by China.

They alleged that in these years, mass destruction of monasteries had taken place and hundreds of monks, lamas, and citizens had been killed. In 1959 alone, more than 87,000 Tibetans were killed and more than 1.2 million persons died as a direct result of the Chinese occupation, they said.Back


‘The Constitution has served the nation well’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — While coming strongly in favour of the formulation of the “basic structure” by the Supreme Court, Dr Granville Austin, a renowned constitutional authority, has expressed the view that the Indian Constitution has served the nation well for the past over 50 years.

Delivering a talk on “Indian Constitution — its different facets” at CRRID in Sector 19 here, Dr Austin said of the over 79 amendments to the Constitution, only about half of the amendments had an impact on the “basis structure” or fundamental features of the Constitution.

Dwelling on the journey of the Indian Constitution since 1950, he noted that the 9th Schedule was a radical provision and it created a hierarchy of laws with the result several of the non-land laws were included into it.

Reacting to a question of a noted demographer, Prof Ashish Bose, about the proposal to freeze the delimitation of the Lok Sabha seats till 2026, Dr Austin was of the view that the formation of the small states could help dilute the electoral advantage of the bigger states in the Hindi belt. Another way out could be the creation of a legislative body like the US Senate in which every state had a fixed quota of seats.

He said that the formulation of the basic structure doctrine was inevitable in those circumstances. In fact, in the USA though that doctrine had not been defined yet the the Supreme Court Judges that this doctrine in mind while pronoucing

Mr Hari Jaisingh, Editor of The Tribune, said the demand for constitution review was not a new one as it first cropped up in the backdrop of the emergency. On account of the politicisation of the Constitution, gaps remained in the expectation of the people and the performance of the Constitution.

Earlier, Mr PH Vaishnav, a former Chief Secretary of Punjab, while introducing the distinguished speaker, who had written two much-acclaimed books on the Indian Constitution, said that his long experience as a Senator had helped him in observing the functioning of the different governments of the world.Back


Spring fest begins today
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, March 10 — A colourful welcome to spring is on the cards with the Haryana Urban Development Authority pitching in to make the 14th Annual Spring Festival a kaleidoscope of flowers, fragrances, fun and frolic. The festival gets underway at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow in the Sector 5 Town Park here.

After sprucing up the park in the past couple of days, officials have added colour to the well-maintained landscaped lawns with a flower bedecked logo of the festival and flags in various hues at small distances. Further, the grandeur of the park has been accentuated by the display of potted plants which have come by way of entries in the contest.

While rangoli, mehndi, painting and fancy dress competitions will be organised in the park, the ITBP band and orchestra will also participate in the festivities. Also, another band will play throughout the day at the venue.

Nearly 100 stalls have been put up outside the park and officials of the department say that no eatables will be allowed inside the park. Also, a police control room vehicle will be positioned along with adequate traffic police outside the venue.

Two contests of potted plants and best garden of the city were held simultaneously on the eve of the contest. While there were 45 entries in the first category, the department received 46 in the second. The judgement would continue tomorrow also since the panel could not inspect all the gardens today.

The results of the potted plants contest open to individuals only are as follows: Pansy — Lieut-Col C.S. Bewli (1), Mr Ram Avadh (2); phlex — Mr Rajinder Kumar (1), Mr Bhaiya Ram (2); aster — Mr M.L. Verma, Mr Bhaiya Ram and Mr Ram Avadh (2); verbena — Mr Ram Shankar Yadav (1), Mr Ram Avadh (2); brachycome — Ms Robin (1), Ms Kavita (2); germanium — Mr Ram Avadh (1), Mr Ram Shankar Yadav (2); cineraria — Mr Rajinder Kumar (1), Mr N.S. Sangwan (2); antirrhinum — Ms Robin, Mr S.N. Moriya; salvia — Mr Ram Avadh (1), Ms Kavita and Mr Bhaiya Ram (2).

Carnation — Mr N.S. Sangwan (1), Mr Bhagat Mali (2); dahlia — Mr Ramkishan Goyal (1), Mr Ram Avadh (2); petunia — Ms Robin (1), Mr Daya Shankar (2); rose HT — Ekant (2); others — Mr Vikas Malik (1), Mr Jaswant Lal and Mr Ramshankar Yadav (2).

In the collection of four kinds of a variety, the prize winners are as follows: cacti — Lieut-Col C.S. Bewli (1), Mr K. Mani (2); suculent — Lieut-Col C.S. Bewli (1), Mr S.K. Garg (2); foliage — Mr K. Mani (1), Mr N.S. Sangwan and Mr Shambhu Nath (2); bonsai — Rudal (1) and Mr K. Kalengi (2); bougainvillaea — Mr Shambhu Nath (1), Mr Ghan Shyam (2).

For the contest open to all, the results are as follows: Pansy — Hotel Shivalik View (1), Survey of India (2); plex — Ranbaxy Laboratory (1); aster — Beltron Ltd (1), HSAMB (2); nasturtium — Hotel Mountview (1), Chandigarh Housing Board (2); verbena — Hotel Mountview (1), Ranbaxy Laboratory Ltd (2); brachyome — Kendriya Sadan (1), Ranbaxy Laboratory (2); germanium — Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Eicher Dem Ltd and Hotel Mountview (2); cineraria — Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Continental Device India (2).

Antirrhinum — Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Hotel Mountview (2); marigold (African) — Continental Device India Ltd (1), Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (2); marigold (French) — Ranbaxy Laboratory (1), Chandigarh Housing Board (2); petunia — Kendriya Sadan (1), Hotel Mountview (2); stock — Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Hotel Mountview (2); carnation — Hotel Mountview (1), Chandigarh Housing Board (2); nemesia — Hotel Mountview (1), Hotel Shivalikview (2); salvia — Kendriya Sadan (1), CFSL Office (2); dahlia — Continental Device (1), Hotel Mountview (2); roses floribunda — Chandigarh Housing Board (1); others — Hotel Mountview (1), CFSL Office (2).

Collections: Cacti — Hansraj Public School (1); climbing foliage — Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Kendriya Sadan (2); non-climbing foliage — Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Kendriya Sadan (2).Back


Sociologists discuss gender issues
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — Handicaps of the statistical data generated at the national level were highlighted in a paper of Prof Amitabh Kundu in the session on gender issues on the second day of a national seminar on social transformation at Panjab University here today.

Professor Kundu emphasised upon the need to consider women issues as objectives and objects in the process of national planning. Scholars from various parts of the country presented their papers at the seminar organised by the Department of Sociology.

A few important presentations included those of Dr Harnek Singh, Dr Shalini Sharma, Dr B.K.Aggarwal, Dr Gurdarshan Singh and Dr Kumool Abbi.

The session on urban industrial issues was chaired by Prof Paramjit Singh Judge. Dr O. P. Monga, Prof Jatinder Mohan and Mrs Raminder Kaur were the main speakers.

The growing incidence of old-age problems, alienation at a professional level and heat ailments among the urban population were the key areas under discussion.

The third session revolved around social tensions and social movements. Prof Raj Mohini Sethi chaired the session. Dr Satish Sharma, Prof K.G.Iyer, Dr Surinder Jodhka and Dr Belu Maheshwari spoke on the topic. Role of social transformation in India as a whole and Punjab and Bihar in particular were the main areas.

The last session was chaired by Prof K. C. Kaistha. Dr R. K. Sapru spoke on the social implication of globalisation and liberalisation in the Indian society. Globalisation and social concerns were the main issues in the session.Back


Police to keep eye on servants
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The beat staff in the city have been told to keep a sharp eye on the movements of servants, especially those employed by elderly couples who live alone.

They have been instructed to prevail upon the people to furnish the antecedents of the hired help in their own interest, besides helping the police carry out their duty more effectively. In the past couple of months there have been at least two robbery bids resulting in the death of one housewife in which servants were involved.

In the first instance, Sector 19 resident Mrs Tarawati (50) foiled a robbery bid when she bravely resisted a bid to rob her, forcing the two culprits to flee. In the second instance yesterday, Mrs Praksah Kaur was killed by her servant. In both the instances, the accused were caught.

Mr S. K. Singh, IGP, said it was unfortunate but in spite of best measures, such things did happen. In many cases the people had not intimated them about the domestic help or had failed to take preventive measures.

He said the police had been able to catch the attackers in both the cases with the cooperation of the people and alertness of their staff. In yesterday's incident, in which a housewife was killed in Sector 15 by her servant, this happened in spite of the fact that the employer had submitted the antecedents to the respective police stations.

The problem was that many such people left their native places at a young age and when their particulars were verified from the respective states, the police there gave them a clean chit. In such instances, there was nothing they could do except keep a tab on their movements here over a period of time.

The beat staff has been told to identify and interact with the elderly couples and meet them periodically to ask about any suspicious movements of the servants, he added. Back


2 held for not informing about their stay
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 10 — The police has arrested Abdul Jager and Wareed Ahmad, residents of Jammu and Kashmir, on charges of not intimating about their stay here with their respective police station.

A case under Section 188, IPC, has been registered at the East police station.

Whisky seized: The police has arrested two persons and seized 95 pouches and seven bottles of whisky from their possession.

According to sources, Rajesh, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, was arrested and 95 pouches of whisky were recovered from his possession. Similarly, Reshma, a resident of Sector 38, was arrested and seven bottles of liquor were recovered from her.

Cases under Section 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act were registered against them

Scooterist injured: Scooterist Rashi Pal, a resident of Sector 26, reported that he was hit and injured by an unknown tractor trailer driver on the Sectors 27-28 dividing road. A case under Section 279 and 337, IPC, has been registered.

Car stolen: Mr Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 11, reported that his car (HR-12-A 5802) has been stolen from the parking lot of a cinema in Sector 17. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the Central police station.


Scooterist killed: A scooterist died on the spot while the pillion rider, Ramesh, suffered serious injuries and was admitted to the PGI after a truck collided with their vehicle on the Panchkula-Kalka highway. Both were residents of Sector 18, Chandigarh.

The police has impounded the truck, besides registering a case against the driver. The driver, however, fled from the scene after the accident.Back


60 entrepreneurs take part in camp
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, March 10 — To make the local entrepreneurs aware about the policy and procedure followed by the Directorate General of Supply and Disposal to make purchases on behalf its various departments, the Ludhiana branch of the Small Industries Services Institute of the Union Industries Ministry organised a one- day vendor development programme in coordination with the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) here today.

As many as 60 entrepreneurs participated in the camp inaugurated by Mr Vidya Sagar, General Manager of SIDBI. Mr J.S. Khullar, Director of the SISI presided over it. Mr S.S. Sandhu, President of the Mohali Industries Association, said the entrepreneurs had problems to get information about supplying items to various central government departments.

Mr Ranjeet Singh Bir, Deputy Director (Ancillary), Ludhiana, Mr A.D. John, Director ( Supplies) and Mr P. Singhal also spoke on the occasion. Later a technical session and open interaction session was held.Back

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