Thursday, April 13, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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All air tickets to Bangalore booked
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — Bangalore is the most favoured destination for air travel between April 28 and 30. The rush incidentally is not of holiday revellers but of parents and students who plan to head southwards for admission to professional institutes in Karnataka. The entrance tests for admission to various professional courses there are scheduled to be held between May 1 and 3.

Most of the airlines, including the Indian Airlines, have their Delhi-Bangalore flights closed between April 28 and May 5 because of heavy rush of booking. Even the wait list booking has been stopped.

According to an estimate more than 10,000 students from all over North travel to Bangalore to take the entrance tests for admission to medical and dental colleges besides engineering colleges.

“We have done all our reservations for our clients,” says Mr Kanwaljit Cheema of Grand Travel Planners, an agent of the Indian Airlines, maintaining that “no fresh requests for booking on the Delhi-Bangalore sector for travel on the last three days of this month are being processed any more”.

Mr Surinder Kapoor of Travel Gallery corroborates Mr Cheema’s observations saying that air travel is the cheapest and most effective mode of travel especially when one is going to appear in the entrance test. Since most of the wards interested in taking admission in Karnataka colleges come from affluent families as they are required to pay “hefty donations”, cost of air travel is no deterrent for them.

Mr Rajinder Kumar, Station Manager, Indian Airlines, confirmed that Delhi-Bangalore flight has been heavily booked for the end of this month and in the first week of May, there is equally heavy booking for Bangalore-Delhi flight.

Otherwise,out of Chandigarh, once-a-week Chandigarh-Leh flight is completely booked until the end of June. “No seats are available on this flight,” he adds. Otherwise, there is no specific rush to any destination for the coming summer vacations.

“The rush will start only in the first week of May when various companies come out with special packages. As far as airlines are concerned, except for some destinations in the South and Leh in the North, bookings are in routine for other points,” adds Mr Rajinder Kumar.Back


 

Karmapa's tight security fails to daunt darshan-hopefuls
By Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — Although the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, is out of bounds for security reasons, his devotees continue to throng the PGI corridors hoping for a glimpse him. Most return disappointed as the security personnel tightened their grip today and allowed no one to seek his blessings.

No sooner did they learn of the Karmapa's presence in the PGI than local Tibetans started pouring into the Institute; although they were repeatedly shooed away, the queue of devotees only lengthened as the day progressed.

Dolma and Tenzing, Panjab University post graduate students were seen begging unrelenting security personnel to allow them inside for a darshan; similarly, Kalsang and Tashi, B. Com II students of a local college, paced the corridor with fingers crossed, hoping for a chance to see the 15-year-old spiritual leader. Tsewang, a BA I student came early in the morning and waited all day.

Even journalists and press photographers were not allowed to go in despite repeated requests.

A delegation of local Tibetans residing in the city are reported to have called on the Acting Medical Superintendent asking him to arrange a discourse by Karmapa at PGI's Bhargava Auditorium, but Dr Behera declined their request and advised them to get in touch with the Karmapa once he is discharged.

But one or two were lucky. Dorma, recuperating in the PGI after surgery was wheeled in by a friend, who helped her have a glimpse of the Karmapa, even as other friends waited outside. Braving her pain, she had even tried unsuccessfully to see the lama yesterday. "I am thrilled!" she exclaimed as she came out.

Cops on duty and some of their friends also went in and came back with red tabiz around their necks. They too were jubilant and promised to get a few more for some who were not allowed in.

Those who managed to see him revealed that he sits on a special Tibetan cloth even when he comes to the waiting room to meet someone and his bed is spread with another colourful Tibetan fabric, it is learnt.

The 17th Karmapa, who was admitted to the PGI for a general check-up is reported to be ` fine' by the team of doctors attending upon him. They say that he is likely to be discharged in a day or two. "Doctors are likely to give the nod for his release tomorrow as he is well," said one of his aides.

"The Karmapa is fine as per reports of various tests conducted on him including blood tests, urine, ECG and chest tests,'' said Dr D. Behera, Acting Medical Superintendent. Behera visited him several times during the day. "We have kept him under observation to rule out the possibility of complications ,” he added.

PGI Director Dr S.K. Sharma confirmed that the VIP patient is fine. Explaining why the Karmapa had been referred to the PGI by his Tibetan doctors, the director said that the ancient Tibetan system of medicine lacks the kind of state-of-the-art equipment for investigations which the PGI can provide.

His private secretary, S.G. Drongpa said that the Chandigarh police refused him security when the Karmapa asked to be taken around to see the city. The young man is accompanied by his elder sister and 12 aides including his personal doctor. Back


 

Failure to pay exam cost may rob PU of top students
By Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 —Despite affiliation to the reputed Combined Admission Test( CAT) for MBA courses, Panjab University is unlikely to get "the cream" of aspirants due to inordinate delay in finalising the merit list.

This year, on the vice chancellor's intervention, the university managed to upgrade the department so that it was eligible for linkage with the CAT.The entrance exam was conducted in December 1999. Despite availability of the result much earlier this year, Panjab University lagged behind because it failed to pay Rs 2.90 lakh to the CAT for release of results.

The payment was made about a fortnight ago and the result for admissions was available only last evening. Dr P.P. Arya, a fellow of the senate, said that department earned well over Rs 20 lakh, if the payment earned on account of prospectus' forms alone was calculated. The money seemed to be under a corpus fund and the university failed to link it with the payment for procuring the results.

Dr Arya said that the university's finance authorities could best answer why the payment had been delayed, but the question should be answered necessarily.

The University Business School faculty feel that the student quality could be the biggest sufferer this session." We might have to accept not-so-good stuff", a senior teacher said. A large number of students may have already joined other institutes. The university is also likely to face loss on account of admissions of NRI's.

One area of concern is that a large number of deserving students may have enrolled in other institutes already. MBA fees often cross Rs 50,000. This will prevent a number of students from coming back and joining the university.

Another senior professor felt that the university had a rare opportunity to add weightage to its name at the national level by linkage with the CAT examination. The teaching work was found satisfactory. "Procedural delays have caused unnecessary embarrassment," he said.

A benefit of the CAT examination is that it gives students options to join different institutes. "Of course, it will be a trying time for sons of clerks and other junior level workers who would have to pay examination fees for entrance tests at several different places," a student said.

The delayed result meant additional time was needed for decoding and arranging the merit list. Assigning weightage and preparing an admission schedule for reserved classes such as "terrorist victims" took extra time.

Reliable sources said that the University Business School had displayed a list of 713 candidates who were shortlisted for the group discussion for admissions.

The list includes 47 seats in addition to 25 seats in the NRI quota. The list includes 378 candidates in the general pool.

The university collected Rs 800 each from around 3,100 candidates. Back


 

Partial privatisation of water in Mohali
By Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 12 — The Punjab Government has decided to partially privatise the water supply and sewerage in the SAS Nagar Municipal Council. The council along with the civic bodies of Ludhiana and Zirakpur have been selected.

Being done on an experimental basis, the privatisation of the service sector would be extended to other towns and cities of the state. Official sources said the project had found favour with the government after it had successfully privatised sanitation, partially, in 40 cities and towns of Punjab.

The Local Government Department has asked the officials of the civic bodies to send the details of the basic amenities being provided by them in their municipal areas. In case of SAS Nagar, the services being provided by the council in Industrial Area (from Phase 6 to Phase 9) could be passed over to private hands. The area where the State Public Health Department was providing and maintaining the essential services — on behalf of the respective municipal body — were not being touched at the moment.

In case of Zirakpur civic body the government had decided to give the water and sewerage system to private persons on build-operate-and-transfer (BOT) basis at a cost over Rs 11.50 crore. The sources said the government was adopting a cautious approach in going ahead with the project anticipating protests from the municipal employees. This was the reason the government had decided to partially privatise the basic amenities on the pattern of the sanitation sector.

The Principal Secretary, Local Government Department, Mr N.K. Arora, when contacted by the TNS, said the move was on an experimental basis and was aimed at improving the efficiency. There would be guards and checks so that there was no compromise on the quality of the services.

He said the concept of night sweeping had also been introduced in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala as part of the drive to improve the sanitation in towns.Back


 

Battling waves to give message
By Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — ''The people of India send their good wishes to the people of SAARC and ASEAN countries through the spirit of adventure carried by the Yatch Trishna''. Having battled the elements across the high seas to deliver this goodwill message to five countries, the pioneers of ocean cruising are now back to their routine duties.

Talking to TNS here today, the manager of the Corps of Engineers' 12-member sailing expedition, Brig T. P. S. Chowdhury said the cruise, christened Trishna Millennium Sailing Expedition, covered about 5840 nautical miles over a period of 17 weeks. The expedition was flagged off from Mumbai by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice-Admiral Madhvendra Singh on November 29, 1999, and was received by the Governor of Maharashtra, Dr P. C. Alexander, on March 26.

The cruise, with Major Sandeep Kapur as the yatch's Captain, touched the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. It included a lady officer, Lt Poonam Joshi. Being the Year of the Jawan, it was also decided to include two jawans in the expedition. Funds for the cruise — Rs 20 lakh — were raised through the Ministry of Defence and sponsors.

Besides giving a talk on the expedition at Bombay Sappers Centre, Mumbai, and the College of Military Engineering, Pune, the team members briefed the Defence Minister on their experiences and also gave a presentation to the Army Chief and top functionaries at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi, before dispersing for their respective destinations yesterday.

Giving details about the experiences of the crew, Brigadier Chowdhury said that they had to face unusually bad weather, with the yatch having a drought of just six feet, riding waves as high as 30 feet high battling wind speeds up to 110 km per hour.

''During the entire trip, we were hit by sudden squalls, formed due to local disturbances. The weather was quite bad during the sail from the Maldives to Sri Lanka. It worsened further as we proceeded to the Campbell Bay and the 840 nautical mile leg took 16 days against the scheduled 10 days,'' he said.

The team was very eager to catch the first rays of the millennium sunrise at Katchall in the Andamans. Though they saw the sunset on December 31, it was only on January 5 that they got the next glimpse of the sun.

The next leg was through the Strait of Malacca, said to be one of the most dangerous routes for a small boat because not only is it very narrow with the shipping traffic being very heavy, but also because of sea pirates being active. There were several instances when Trishna was actually sailing between two larger ships and could easily have been overrun.

''We missed a merchant ship by as little as 30 m. We shouted like anything on Emergency Channel — 16, an international VHF distress channel, to get the ship's attention,'' Brigadier Chowdhury said, adding that although legally, a big ship has to get out of the way of a sail boat, the situation was something like a truck trying to avoid hitting a scooter.

They also had an encounter with pirates, who approached them in a small speed boat, and tried to board the yatch posing as customs officials. The return journey was equally notorious, with squalls lasting up to 12 hours being encountered continuously throughout the cruise across the Bay of Bengal. ''At one instance, a squall built up in a matter of 10 seconds and almost threw everyone overboard,'' he recalled.

One of the most important logistic factor was limited fresh water. With an inbuilt capacity of just 200 litres along with a few jerry cans, the daily water quota was just 3 litres per head. Shaving is prohibited not only due to the water factor but also because of chances that a person may cut himself if the boat pitches suddenly. Bathing is only by sea or rain water.

Although there were rations to last up to 30 days, including emergency supplies, cooking on the high seas was also a problem due to continuous rolling and pitching. ''We used the Gymballed gas stove, which swivels to remain horizontal as the boat moves,'' he said. During bad weather, it is only biscuits, tinned stuff and liquids.Back


 

Pretty faces fight sun with liquid screens
By Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — Baby-face she protects. The sunscreen-glistering fair fingers gently move across the glowing visage in semi-circles as Arman decks up to advance against the angry Apollo.

Wiping excessive lotion with moist tissue paper 20 minutes later, she stations dark round glasses on her stubborn nose before challenging Hyperion's crushing onslaught en route to college.

"Granny's desi remedy of rubbing fresh milk, nicely blended with besan, kacchi haldi, lemon juice and bajra powder, for getting rid of the tan is a passť. Umbrellas — they are so damn clumsy to carry," says Sector 9 beautician Rose Rin.

"Today, damsels give themselves the kiss of protection by relying upon arm-enshrouding cotton gloves and sun-neutralising formulations. Prevention, they're sure, is better than cure."

"Eee-sential too", claims young sociologist Shimona Sharma. Explaining the trend, she asserts: "Gone are the days when girls in salwar kameez with chunnis safeguarding their rosy countenance went direct to home from college in CTU buses.

Not today. In sleeveless tank-tops and denim shorts, even alluring minis, they zoom up 'n down the geri route on two-wheelers, ignoring the vicious sun".

Small wonder, for her and so many fairness-crazy earth angles, cheerful anti-tan lotion bottles are displayed in departmental store windows all over.

"Sold in the market are 100 percent oil free double protection sunscreen lotions. Fairness creams with sun prohibitors. Sun control moisturisers having vitamin E and Mexoryl SX," reveals Sector 17 cosmetic-cum-chunk jewelry shop owner Mohammed Suhail.

"You even have water-resistant and waterproof products, screening UVA, and UVB rays. The cost is between Rs 80 and Rs 400, depending upon the brand".

Imported creams are the sun blocks university student Rahat trusts. "Creams give better coverage. Thicker than lotion, you tend to use them liberally. Never do I step out even for a minute without dabbing sunscreen conditioner".

Well, lotion or cream be warned. Make certain the composition on your favourite pack is specified. Figures reveal that one in three persons now suffer from hypersensitive reactions as against one in six earlier. And it's not just red, raw rashes you normally associate with allergy, but tingling or irritation too.

If irritation occurs, choose hypoallergic ranges. Keep chemical-based products to the minimum. The natural your sunscreen, the better as chemical ingredients cause sensitivity.

Also look for the Sun Protection Factor (SPF), advise doctors. "In our part of the world, go in for formulations with SPF 18 and above," suggests Dr Vanita Gupta, dermatologist with the Sector 16 General Hospital.

"Non-application can lead to pigmentation, irritation, even allergies, for people with sensitive-to-sun skin. Early ageing can be an additional risk.".

So now, say no to summer sun's hot embrace. Have seasons in the sun with the block on. Happy sunny geris folks.....Back


 
COMMUNITY

Gurdwara coming up on Vaastu Shastra pattern
By Surbhi Bhalla

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — A gurdwara in Sector 44 here is being built according to Vaastu Shastra.

The gurdwara, has an entrance facing the south-east, sitting arrangements are towards the north-west, while Guru Granth Sahib will be facing east. All these are as per principles for temple-building, says Pramod Garg, who heads a group of architects who follow the ancient text.

Another example is the Jain Mandir in Sector 28. It has been built of stone and lime mortar and does not have a single piece of iron or steel. It combines Indian art and jyotish, and Shilp Ratnakar, a treatise on temple and house-building nearly half a century old.

Vaastu and astrology, go hand in hand. The five elements of Vaastu — water, fire, air, space and earth — are also represented in 12 houses of the horoscope. As a result, there is a close link between the main features of one’s horoscope and the advice that is likely to come from Vaastu experts.

Vaastu has gained international acceptance. Increasing number of persons are going in for homes which are in consonance with Vaastu. These include Mr O.P. Rugata, Mrs Madhu, Mr Gill and Mr Devinder Singh.

Recommended positions —

Entrance : north and north-east. kitchen : south east
Place of worship : north east, rooms : west
Keeping money : north, sleeping quarters : south
Shape of building : square, guest room : north-west, water body : north-east, windows : north, east, north-east, garage\ porch : north-east, storage : south-west
Staircase : south and south-west. toilets : west.

Recommended colours —
East : red
North : rose
South : orange
West : white
South-east : violet
South-west : yellow
North-east : white
North west : blue

Soils used for construction : white, red, yellow or bit of black.Back


 

Chinese delegation calls on Jacob
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — The Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), released a special painted photoprint of a lithograph of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Government Museum and Art Gallery here today.

It has been printed from the artefacts of the gallery. According to Mr V.N. Singh, Director of the museum, the prints would be available to the general public at Rs 20 a piece.

Meanwhile, an academic delegation from the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, led by Mr Lu Zhingwel, called on General Jacob. Mr Lu Zhongwel said the purpose of the visit to India was to look for avenues for increasing economic and trade relations between two great countries.

General Jacob said there was a great scope to improve economic and trade relations as the economies of China and India had taken off in a big way, making them potential new economic powers. He welcomed China to set up hi-tech industries, especially in the software sector in Chandigarh for which the Administration would extend all possible help. He also talked about the possibility of setting food processing units in Punjab, for which there was a great potential.Back



 

Ambulance for animals
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — The Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), here today launched a 24-hour ambulance service — Jeev Rakshak Sewa — a venture of the People for Animals.

The ambulance van has been donated by Groz Beckert Asia Limited. Later, Maati — Art from the earth, an exhibition of studio pottery by renowned potters of the region like Bani De Roy, Ela Mukherjee, Leena Batra, Lekha Bhagat, Manisha Bhattacharya, Monica Thukral Kohli, Rachna Prashar, Ruby Singh, Usha Chadda and Zoya Reikhy Sharma, was inaugurated.

The Administrator went round the exhibition and appreciated the fine pieces of pottery. He also appreciated the role of the People for Animals and stressed the need for preserving wildlife.

Ms Payal Sodhi of the People for Animals gave a resume of the activities of the organisation.Back


 

Navratra fair concludes
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, April 12 —The eight-day navratra fair at the Mata Mansa Devi shrine concluded, here today, with a bhog and ‘kanya poojan’ at the yagyashala. Eleven girls, were given brightly-coloured chunnis, parshad and cash as part of the pooja.

The last day of the navratras also saw a meandering queue of devotees, stretching right up to the market place, waiting for their turn for darshan. A large number of them, from all over the region, had pitched their tents outside the road leading to the temple. By afternoon, the line began to shorten and the number of devotees began to decline.

Close to 10 lakh devotees visited the mela which began on April 5. Offerings in cash have crossed Rs 20 lakh. A lot has also come by way of gold and silver. While the worth of 31 gold and 483 silver items is yet to be ascertained, the other offerings include 218 kg of desi ghee, 53 ceiling fans, 25 ladies' suits and sarees, 12 wall clocks, one water cooler and 293 utensils.

A minor fire was reported in the bushes behind the Patiala mandir in the morning. A lighted bidi thrown in the dry bushes was stated as the reason for the fire, in which no loss was reported. Though quick to spread, it was brought under control by the fire brigades posted at the venue. The police stepped in to make way for the fire brigades through the crowd of devotees on the road leading to the temple.

With regard to a news item in some newspapers regarding stealing of Rs 4 lakh which had come as offerings, the Chief Executive of the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Mr Abhilasksh Likhi, clarified that the two officials of Canara Bank, who had come for cash collection on April 11, received Rs 4,60,194. They gave two receipts for the same to the accountant and took possession of the entire cash.

In a press note issued here today, he added that after proper counting, the duo left for the bank. As such, none of the officials of the Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board were responsible for the loss, if any, it said.

Meanwhile, the DSP, Mr Om Prakash, in charge of police arrangements at the shrine, said the matter had not been reported at any of the police posts and that, the loss of Rs 4 lakh had not occurred in the temple or elsewhere. Back



 

Mela time is messy for Swastik Vihar
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, April 12 —A choked sewer behind the shops in the Sector 10 market is posing a problem for the business community in the area. They contend that the unhygenic conditions in the shopping complex is taking its toll on the business and work is suffering.

The problem has persisted for months on end and repeated complaints at the office of the Haryana Urban Development Authority have turned out to be fruitless.``Once in a while some men from the department concerned do come and set things right. However, no permanent solution has been worked out by the department,'' a shopkeeper informs.

He adds that the problem crops up just after a couple of days of repairs carried out and for a couple of weeks nobody turns up.``Filth and stench are all pervasive and we are slowly losing out on our customers who prefer cleaner surrounding to shop for their goods and household items,'' he says.

Stinking water stagnating behind the shops and the area covered with slush and filth make the place an eyesore. Another shopkeeper says,``The stagnating water is a source of so many diseases and mosquitoes find this convenient breeding ground. With the advent of the summers, it is going to be an uphill task to keep ourselves safe from disease and the area clean.''

Most shopkeepers in the vicinity are running shops housing tents and carpets. They say that in the face of filth around the shops, they have very little space to sun the items and stack them outside since wind can it can knock over and soil them. Back




 

Temples, gurdwaras illuminated
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 12 — It is celebration time in the city.

While all the temples were decked up and illuminated for Ram Navami celebrations today, gurdwaras in the city, too, wore a festive look on account of Baisakhi. All gurdwaras, too, have been illuminated to mark the completion of the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of the Khalsa which began last year.

Yesterday, a colourful nagar kirtan procession was also taken out from the Sector 9-B gurdwara which moved through various parts of the city.

The Ram Navami celebrations were held at almost all the temples in the city where “kirtan” and bhandaras were organised.

Among the major Ram Navami celebrations held today, a four-day Moorti Sathapana Samaroh (idol installation) began at the Sector 30-B Shiv Shakti Mandir. Several eminent religious personalities, including Mahamandleshwar Mahant Ram Parkash Dass, Swami Jagpuran Dass, Dr Manisha Didi, Sri Chaitanya Swami and Pt Jata Shankar, will participate in the celebrations. According to Mr Gian Chand Gupta, President of the Shiv Mandir Committee, a “kalash yatra” will be organised on April 15 which will pass through sectors 20 and 30. There will be a vishal bhandara on April 16 after the installation of holy idols.

At the Sector 20-C Gugga Marri Temple, a new ayurvedic dispensary was inaugurated to mark the Ram Navami celebrations. As many as 104 patients were examined on the first day of this new free dispensary which will remain open to general public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday.

Throughout the day, there was Harinam kirtan in the temple. There was bhog ceremony of Ramcharit Manas after which a bhandara was organised.

Meanwhile, the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), felicitated the people on the occasion of Baisakhi. General Jacob said that Sri Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundations of the Khalsa Panth to protect the downtrodden and oppressed. The day gave a new impetus to the freedom movement in the year 1919 as hundreds of people made the supreme sacrifice at Jallianwala Bagh. It is on this day that farmers of the region start harvesting their wheat crop.

He called upon the people to celebrate this festival in the true spirit of Punjabiat.Back



 
CRIME

Owners out, thieves strike
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, April 12 — Ornaments of gold and silver besides watches and other items worth Rs 55,000 were reportedly stolen from a house in Sector 9, here today, while the occupants of the house were out of town since April 8.

On returning home in the evening, the family suspected trouble on finding the front door ajar. Inside, the cupboards were completely and the rooms a mess. A mangalsutra of gold along with earrings and half a kg of silver, besides 15 silver coins were reported missing in addition to watches, Major Vikram Sharma, owner of the house, informed.

The miscreants had apparently broken into the house during the day from the window on the side of the house after removing the iron grill and escaped with the items through the front door. A family friend of the Sharmas, putting up at the house in their absence, had left the house at 5.30 a.m. as usual after having come in at around 10 p.m. last night.

While the servant was away with the family, the dhobi and maali as also the newspaper vendor had been informed that the family would not be in town. However, Major Sharma says that the finger of suspicion points towards the many jhuggi-dwellers in the vicinity on vacant plots.Back


 

5 booked for killing servant
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 12 — The Sohana police has registered a case of murder against five persons of Sekhan Majra village for allegedly murdering their servant and dumping the body in a dirty nullah in January this year.

The case was today registered following the findings of the viscera report of the victim which indicated death due to poisoning. Earlier, the police had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

According to information available, the unidentified servant was employed with Swaran Singh, a former Sarpanch of the village. After the relations between the employer and the employee soured, the servant was allegedly abused and assaulted by his employer.

The case was reopened after Raunak Singh, also a former Sarpanch, in his statement to the police said that on January 7, when he was going to Banur he noticed that Swaran Singh was having an argument with his servant. When he returned in the evening, he saw that Swaran along with Samsher, Gurdeep, Pritam, Dara and Surinder was dumping the body (wrapped in a sack) in a nearby nullah. On the basis of the complaint, the DSP ( Lines), Ropar, investigated the matter.

Assault case: Ms Nirmaljeet Kaur, a resident of Phase 4, in a complaint lodged with the police said that she was assaulted and her gold chain and purse containing Rs 2,000 were snatched by Suman. A case under Sections 382 and 452 of the IPC has been registered by the police.

CHANDIGARH

House burgled: The police registered a case of burglary under Section 380 of the IPC, following a complaint of a city resident. According to police sources, Mr Kesar Singh of Khuda Ali Sher reported that someone broke into his house and stole gold and silver jewellery while he was out of station.

One arrested: The police arrested Bantia of Sector 20 for creating nuisance while under the influence of liquor. A case under Sections 34, 5 and 61 of the Police Act has been registered.Back



 
BUSINESS

Punwire employees form panel
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 12 — Different associations of the Punjab Wireless System Employees Union have joined hands to fight for their cause under the banner of the Punwire Employees Coordination Committee. The convener of the committee said yesterday that a deputation had called on the Secretary, Industries, Punjab, Mr R.I. Singh, regarding the non-payment of salaries to the employees.

Mr Hans Raj Verma, Convener of the coordination committee, said the secretary had assured to release the salary on receipt of state government guarantee for which case had already been moved for a loan of Rs 50 crore. The employees demanded a thorough probe in to the irregularities committed by certain employees of the company.

The office-bearers of the Punwire Employees Coordination Committee are: Co-convener — Mr Chaman Lal; Finance Secretary —Mr S.K.Chauhan and Executive members — Mr Rakesh Kalia, Mr Ashok Kalia, Mr K.P. Singh, Mr Jasbir Singh, Mr S.S.Cheema and Mr R.N. Singh Salaria.Back



 

162nd day of stir
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 12 — The agitation by the Godrej-GE Employees Union entered its 162nd day today. The agitating employees took out a rally from the office of Labour Department that ended in Phase 7.Back



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