Wednesday, June 21, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


UT hikes MBBS fee by 70 pc
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — The Department of Medical Education and Research of the Chandigarh Administration has decided to raise tuition fee and other funds by about 70 per cent for students of MBBS from the new academic session.

The revised fee tariff will be almost at a par with the tuition fee and some other funds to be charged by the Punjab Government from students of MBBS in the state.

According to the revised rates of tuition fee and other funds, a first-year MBBS student will now be required to pay Rs 13,500, against Rs 8,500 earlier. The tuition fee has been revised from Rs 5,000 per annum to Rs 8,500 per annum. Likewise, admission fee, amalgamated fund, medical fund, security and dilapidated fund have also been revised upwards.

Under the revised rates, second-year students will be required to pay Rs 14,470, including Rs 10,000 as tuition fee and third year students will dole out Rs 15,000, including Rs 10,500 as tuition fee. For fourth year students, the charges will be Rs 16,500, including Rs 12,000 as tuition fee and for final year students, it will be the same as for fourth-year students.

Sources in the Administration explain that the tuition fee has been revised to bring it at a par with Punjab. In April, the Punjab Government also ordered revision of tuition fee for medical students.

The annual charges from first-year postgraduate students of medical, dental and ayurvedic colleges will be Rs 21,000, including Rs 17,000 as tuition fee. For second-year postgraduate students, the fee will be Rs 24,500, including Rs 22,000 as tuition fee and for third-year and final-year of postgraduate students, the annual charges will be Rs 27,500, including Rs 25,000 as tuition fee.

In Punjab, the revised fee for first-year MBBS students has been fixed at Rs 13,000, including Rs

85,00 as tuition fee. Though the tuition fee for second-year MBBS students will be Rs 10,000, the total charges payable will remain the same at Rs 13,000. The third year MBBS or BDS students will be required to pay Rs 13,500, including Rs 10,500 as tuition fee.

In case of fourth-year and fifth-year students of MBBS and other medical courses, the charges will be Rs 15,000 each, including Rs 12,000 as tuition fee.

The Punjab Government has also revised hostel fee for MBBS, BDS and BAMS students, which has now been revised upwards and fixed at Rs 13,500. This includes Rs 4800 as room rent and Rs 4,200 as electricity and water charges.


Sunday shopping decision on June 28
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — Plans are afoot to open one of the main city markets on Sunday to enable residents to shop during the weekend. For this, a meeting between the Labour Department and the shopkeepers of Sector 17 has been fixed for June 28.

Modalities like opening hours and compensatory closed days will be discussed at the meeting. At present, all shops in the city close on Sunday and open on all other six days.

A long-standing demand of city residents has been that one of the two main shopping centres of Sectors 17 and 22 should remain open to facilitate shopping on weekends. This will be a great help for working couples who find practically no time during the week. The move is expected to reduce the pressure on parking space in the evening when a majority of residents prefer to make purchases from the main markets.

The first preference will be given to open the Sector 17 market on Sundays as it has more parking space than Sector 22 and more number of shops. The second preference will be for Sector 22, says sources. In lieu of Sunday, the market will be closed on a day preferred by the traders. Already, all markets in NAC Mani Majra, that is within the Union Territory, open on Sundays and close on Mondays.

This is also going to be the likely pattern for the market chosen to open on Sunday. The need to open on Sunday has arisen as several major items like branded clothing, top quality women's wear, top suiting, drapery and linen are available only in the main markets. The city also gets a large number of weekend tourists on their way to the hills or those coming back from the hills. This class would love to shop.

In adjoining Panchkula also, Monday is observed as a closed day in markets. While in Delhi, certain areas are closed on an alternate basis.


Cordon or death-trap?
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — Mr Krishan Arora and his daughter Priya had a narrow escape when they ran into a nylon rope used to cordon off the parking lot of Jagat Cinema in Sector 17 here on Sunday.

According to information available, Mr Arora along with his daughter was coming out of the hall around 9 p.m. after watching the movie when his motor cycle ran into the rope. "Since the area neither had streetlights nor an attendant, we had a narrow escape and were injured in the necks," Mr Arora cried.

With difficulty, Mr Arora drove to a Sector 22 chemist shop where they were given first aid. Subsequently, they rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where the doctor on duty reportedly told them that theirs was the fourth similar case to be reported to the hospital.

Mr Arora demanded that either there should be an attendant to guide the visitors or streetlights should be repaired so that such incidents were not repeated.


Red Cross accountant booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — The police has registered cases of cheating and embezzlement against an accountant of the local chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society for fraud and embezzlement of society funds totalling Rs 2 lakh.

More wrongdoing is likely to come to the fore since the accused is absent from duty and is said to have taken away cash books, ledgers, salary registers, receipt books and other documents for the period 1996-99. He is reportedly absent from duty and has taken away these documents to hide the lapses.

According to sources, Mr M. Ramsekhar, DC, came to know about the reported lapses of Mr K. L. Lakhotia and wrote to the Sector 11 SHO to register a case. Following preliminary investigations, two cases were registered.

The whereabouts of the accused could not be ascertained despite inquiries from his family members at his residence in Sector 21-A.

As per the information available, the accused while functioning as accountant submitted a proposal on December 12, 1997, seeking sanction for payment of honorarium of Rs 2,500 to five drivers which was approved by the then Secretary. After that, he prepared a cheque (N0 0073497) dated January 1, 1998, payable to him at the Central Bank of India, Sector 15, for Rs 1,500.

A perusal of the bank statement later revealed that the said cheque from the bank was for Rs 1,02,500 instead of Rs 2,500. The cheque was encashed on January 17.

In this case, the accused presented a wrong cheque and got the money withdrawn, thereby misappropriating a sum of Rs 1,00,000.

In the second case, the same modus operandi was followed by the accused.

Lakhotia submitted a proposal on October 28, 1997, to the Secretary, seeking sanction for incurring an expenditure of Rs 5,000 for distributing sweets and fruits on the eve of Divali. After the proposal was approved by the Secretary, he prepared a cheque (No 0073459 dated November 21, 1997) for the said amount in his name and deposited it in his account.

But when the bank statement was received it showed that a sum of Rs 1,05,000 had been credited to the account of Lakhotia. In this way, he misappropriated Rs 1 lakh for his personal gain which amounted to embezzlement of the society's funds.

Cases under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471, IPC, have been registered and further investigations are on.


Tension in Sector 22-D market
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — Tension prevailed in the Sector 22-D market this morning following threats by certain phariwalas to a garment merchant.

According to information available, the trouble started when the garment shop owner and president of the Shopkeepers Association (Kiran block), Sector 22-D, Mr Iqbal Singh, objected to the putting up of a phari by Latti close to his shop. this enraged the phariwalas who later threatened him.

The complaint to the police by Mr Iqbal Singh alleged that several phariwalas threatened to burn down his shop.

Meanwhile, several shopkeepers alleged that the phariwalas had encroached upon government land and their number was increasing with the each passing. Even the parking lot had not been spared, alleged Mr Gurdeep Narula, another shopkeeper.



Rallies, dharnas banned
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — The District Magistrate, Ms Varsha Joshi, today issued prohibitory orders, banning the taking out of processions, organising of rallies, making speeches, sitting in dharnas and carrying of lathis in areas located north of Madhya Marg. The order has been passed for a period of sixty days, starting midnight tonight.

The orders will not effect police or military personnel or other government servants on official duty. The processions or meetings for which prior permission in writing of the District Magistrate or the SDM is obtained are exempted. The order will also not apply to customary and ritualistic processions in connection with weddings and funerals. The orders shall remain in force till August 19.

In another order, the District Magistrate has imposed orders under Section 144 of the Cr PC, directing all those seeking employment in petty and non-formal trade or services or to provide contract labour should provide their particulars along with their passport-sized photographs to the local police to enable identification or verifications of criminal elements. Any breach of this order will invite action under Section 188 of the IPC. The order came into force on June 21. It will remain in force till August 19.

The District Magistrate today also ordered that all owners or managers of commercial establishments shall have to inform the police station concerned before employing any servants, helpers, maids or part-time helpers. All details will have to be furnished in writing. Any breach in the order will invite action under Section 188 of the Indian Panel Code (IPC). The order came into force today. It will remain in force till August 19.


War martyr's parents honoured
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — The parents of an IAF fighter pilot, Flt-Lt Jayant Rishi, who had been killed in action during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, were honoured at the Chandigarh Air Force Station today.

At a specially organised ceremony, the martyr's father, Mr Sushil Chandra Rishi, and mother, Mrs Damyanti Rishi, were presented with a scroll of honour and a special momento, besides a cheque for Rs 1 lakh by the Air Officer Commanding, No.12 Wing, Air Cmde S. K. Banerjee.

The IAF, in fact, held a special ceremony in New Delhi today to honour the next of kin of 1971 martyrs. Since Mr Rishi was unable to go to Delhi, he was presented the scroll and memento on behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff here. The President of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local), Mrs Rina Banerjee, and senior officers of the station were also present.

Ft-Lt Rishi had carried out several successful bombing sorties in his Su-7 on the night of December 3 and another two the next morning from the Adampur airbase to the Chhamb Jaurian sector. The air strikes were to rescue over 2,000 Indian soldiers who were besieged by two Pakistani divisions.

While taking off for his third sortie on December 4, the right front tyre of his aircraft burst. He managed to veer the damaged aircraft, loaded with bombs, away from the airfield and another aircraft, thereby saving the runway, other aircraft and equipment from being damaged. However, by that time, the aircraft caught fire and its ordnance blew up, killing Flt-Lt Rishi.

Born on July 5, 1954, in Harganan, near Ludhiana, and commissioned into the IAF in 1965, he had also taken part in the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict.


Running from pillar to post for the elusive phone ring
By Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — About two weeks back, June 4 to be exact, Mr Rajiv Awasthy’s telephone connection (722416) at his residence in Sector 22-C went out of order. He registered a complaint the very next day. His telephone continues to be out of order. He says he is not the only one. In Sector 22-C itself, there are 165 phones which are lying out of order for the past 16 days.

Mr Awasthy, in the meanwhile, has tried everything to get the problem rectified, including personally meet the Principal General Manager Mr Prithipal Singh. “I was not allowed to meet him. Instead, his P.A. assured me, more than 10 days back, that the fault would be rectified. The problem is, no one gives a correct picture or let you meet those who can.”

He is not the only one. There are others like him who have been running from pillar to post to get their telephone connections rectified. The United News of India, a news agency’ is facing major problem due to breakdown of its ticker lines connected with the telephone lines. “We have talked to the Divisional Engineer and the Area Manager. We are repeatedly being given the answer that some private company is putting its own underground cables. As a result DOT cable having about 50 lines has been broken somewhere along Sector 17 exchange to Sector 22.”

A shop owner in Sector 22-C says as per the instructions in the advertisement by the Ministry of Communications in newspapers, he has called up two numbers in Delhi but his problem continues.

The advertisement also says if the phone complaint has not been attended to within 24 hours, one can register a complaint with telephone number 3372406 or fax 3372345 in Delhi.

Mr Vijay Kumar of Vijay Dry Cleaners in Sector 7 has also tried calling up these numbers. “Two telephone connections, 773211 and 773336, on my shop were out of order for 15 days. I tried calling up the two numbers in Delhi, but never managed to get through.” He says quite a few numbers, especially those belonging to 77, 78 and 54 series, have been out of order due to a major fault somewhere.

Mr Bikramjeet Singh, a shop owner in the Sector 7-C market says till last Wednesday, more than 50 per cent of the telephone connections in the market have not been working. “Our business was suffering very badly,” says Mr Bikramjeet Singh. “So a few of us got together to meet the GM Telecom. His staff directed us to the Sector 17 exchange. This is the crux of the entire problem. You are made to run around in circles till you admit defeat”, he adds.

Interview with the Principal General
Manager Telecom, Mr Prithipal Singh

In Sector 22-C, are 165 telephones out of order for more than two weeks now ?

Essar Communications Limited is laying down underground cables. The company has the licence for starting a private telephone service in Chandigarh for the past five years. They seem to have the permission from the Municipal Corporation. This is the reason that a few telephone connections have been having some problems.

But can you blame someone else for something which is clearly your responsibility ?

They should have consulted us before starting the digging work . If someone else damages our cable somewhere, how are we to blame? We are holding talks with them so that in future we do not face a similar problem. In fact, this is what we tell all the departments, including water and electricity. We all have to work together in tandem.

A monitoring agency, somewhere could have helped.

It is not so easy to monitor each and every point. However, during monsoons we will be extra vigilant. We will set up a dedicated service control room. People can ring up the service in case of any problem.

How fast do you hope to rectify the problem?

Our people are on the job. The underground cables have been damaged in many places. We hope to rectify the problem soon. A detailed meeting with the ESL people is on the cards.

Prepaid STD card holders are also facing problems for past one week now.

There are thousands of prepaid card users in the city. Our sale has increased ten-fold during the past one year. Earlier, our revenue per month used to be Rs 1 lakh, now it it is more than Rs. 12 lakh. A couple of people might be having some problem.

You agree that there could be some problems ?

The problem can be anywhere. There could be a failure in the link, besides more people using it at a particular time.

It seems that you are disconnecting connections earlier, in case the telephone bills are not paid in time .

Why do people not pay their bills in time? We have given 21 days for the payment of bills. Moreover, it takes another 20 days before the disconnection list is finally made. There is no reason why you cannot pay your bills on time.

People say you are extremely inaccessible.

There are 1,68,000 connections with us. It is impossible to meet each one of them. But anyone can meet me between 11 a.m. and 12 noon everyday.



State-level rally by PWD workers
From Our Correspondent

LALRU June 20 — Employees of the Public Works Department Joint Action Committee, Punjab, organised a massive rally to press their pending demands here today.

On the call of the committee, besides three wings of the Punjab Public Health Department, employees of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board also joined the rally to extend their support.

To show their resentment, this state-level rally was specially organised in the constituency of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab.

The employees criticised the government for not confirming the daily wagers who had been working for the past 16 years. They also criticised Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, for not fulfilling his promise made in 1999 at Bathinda. The Chief Minister had assured of their confirmation on the pattern of the Haryana Government.

The other demands of the agitating employees included confirmation of daily-waged workers after 240 days of their job, wages at par with the regular technical workers, provisions of the third and the fourth pay commissions and promotion of the employees on the basis of departmental tests conducted by the authorities.

While addressing the rally, different union leaders alleged that the Finance and Planning Minister had restrained their case from necessary action. Those who addressed the rally included Mr Suresh Sharma, President of the Field and Workshop Workers Union, Punjab, Mr Ved Prakash, General Secretary of the Technical and Mechanical Employees Union, Punjab, Mr Darshan Singh Dhillon and Mr Baljit Singh.


Residents force HUDA change bhavan site
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA June 20 — The site of construction of Olympic Bhavan has been changed from the earmarked place in Sector 15 to a new location in Sector 3 following resentment among residents of the sector over the allotment of the site for the purpose.

However, the official spokesperson said that the site had been changed to be able to provide improved sports facilities at the venue. He said that the construction of a sports complex was already in progress in Sector 3 and the construction of the bhavan nearby would provide the sportspersons ample opportunities to practise.

He added that the bhavan would be constructed in one acre and would cost nearly Rs 2 crore. Also, the entire construction work would be completed within a year and would include a swimming pool, a sports hostel, an advanced coaching centre and a research and development centre. The foundation stone of the bhavan would be laid by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on June 23.

Earlier, the residents of Sector 15, in a letter to the Chief Minister, had expressed resentment over the construction of the bhavan in the plot meant for a primary school.

The letter signed by over 60 persons said that the open space facing Girls Senior secondary school, Sector 15, was meant for a primary school but was converted into a park and a signboard was put up. The site was full of debris which the residents got cleared at their own expenses.

Until recently, at meetings with officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the residents were assured that the area in question would be levelled and enclosed with a barbed wire which did not happen. Instead, a new signboard saying ''Site for Olympic Bhavan'' replaced the previous board.

The residents were agitated over the fact that the construction of a multi-storeyed building would shatter their privacy and that HUDA had no precedence of such construction in the residential area of the city. While three sides of the bhavan had residences, it had a school on the fourth side. Further, they had appealed to the Chief Minister to look into the matter and order HUDA to develop the plot as a public park as per previous orders.


Mountaineers return from expedition
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — A ‘’Sand to Snow’’ mountaineering expedition, organised by the Ranbakura Artillery Brigade as part of its Raising Day celebrations, was flagged in at Headquarters Western Command, Chandimandir today.

The 14-member team, flagged off on May 27 by Maj-Gen K. B. Kapoor, had scaled the Shitidhar and Ladakhi peaks along the Manali-Rohtang axis in Himachal Pradesh.The peaks are situated at an altitude of about 18,000 feet above sea level and can be scaled only during summer.

interacting with team members, the GoC-in-C, Western Command, Lt-Gen Vijay Oberoi felicitated the team members on their success and commended their spirit of adventure and comradeship.

The Brigade Commander, Brig Deepak Malhotra, said the aim of the expedition was to face actual difficulties on the ground and overcome them. He said the team members, except for the team leader, were novices in mountaineering, who had never seen snow. The purpose behind selecting novices was to embolden them and develop greater confidence in them. The team consisted five officers, 3 JCOs and 10 other ranks.

The team leader, Lt-Col B. S. Rai said the team had established the road-head camp at Solang nallah, next to Manali and thereafter set up their base camp at Beas Kund, source of River Beas, at an altitude of 11,000 feet and 12 km ahead of Solang nallah.

After setting camp - I five km ahead of base camp at an altitude of 12,500 feet, they established their next camp three km ahead at a height of almost 14,000 feet. This stretch, Lt-Col Rai said, was the main obstacle as the gradient was up to 70 degrees. From here, the team successfully scaled the peaks in two groups.


48,000 file IT returns
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — Over 48,000 income tax assesses have filed their returns till today.

According to the Commissioner of Income Tax, Mr Ashwani Luthra, 11 counters had started functioning at the local DAV College for the convenience of the general public since yesterday.

While eight counters were exclusively for receipt of the IT returns, two had been set up letting the assessees know their PAN numbers. Another counter catered to the general enquiries.

Mr Luthra informed that the applications for the allotment of fresh PAN number were being entertained at the Sector 17 office only.


Shirdi Sai Samaj gets notice
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — Issuing notice to the Shirdi Sai Samaj in Sector 29 and another respondent for August 11, Mr Justice Amarbir Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered that “further proceedings in the complaint case shall remain stayed” in the meantime.

Claiming the proceedings and the complaint against Mr Vijay Kumar and 14 other petitioners to be "full of malice", their counsel had earlier contended that the magistrate had not examined all the documents placed on record by the complainants before passing the summoning order. The perusal of the documents, he added, would reveal that much improvement has been made in the complaint itself in order to bring the petitioner under non-bailable offence.


Saint Kabir's birth anniversary
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — The 602nd birth anniversary of Saint Kabir was celebrated with enthusiasm by the Sadguru Kabir Maha Sabha on the premises of Sadgurru Kabir Mandir, Dadu Majra Colony, Sector 38(West), here yesterday.

Ms Santosh Ladwal, president of the sabha, informed that a sewing and embroidery centre and an adult education centre had been started last month for children of the downtrodden in which 32 girls were taking training. Besides, eight girls and a boy were taking training in typing and shorthand in the computer centre.

Prominent among those who were present were Mr J.P. Aswal, Additional DGP (Administration), Punjab, Mr Sadanand, a former Adviser to the Punjab Governor, Mr KS. Raju, a former IAS officer, and Mr K.C. Sinmar, a former IGP.


Home gardening tips

* There are certain maladies in horticulture that have defied any solution. Mango malformation is one such problem.

* The damage caused by malformed shoots is multipronged. The diseased shoot does not bear any fruit, is a continuous source of infection for powdery mildew and also harbours insects like hopper.

* The disease is of two kinds, vegetative and floral. There is a confused mass of vegetative or floral buds that hangs on the tree for a long time.

* With passing of time it turns from green to yellow to brown and then black.

* Keep removing such shoots from time to time. Cut with a little healthy part of the stem. After some time you will find a few shoots coming from the cut portion. Maybe, one of these could again be malformed. Remove this, the only way to get rid of it.

* Do not forget to destroy such shoots by burying or burning.

Satish Narula


Woman held with smack
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH June 20 — The police has arrested a resident of Sector 55 on charges of possessing narcotics.

According to police sources, Veena was arrested following a tip-off from her residence. A search of the house yielded 12 gm of smack. She has been booked under Section 21 of the NDPS Act. Further investigations are on.

Three assaulted

In separate incidents, three residents have reportedly been assaulted and injured.

In the first instance, Sector 41 resident Sewa Singh reported that he was assaulted by JPS and his friends Prince and Surinder in his house. While he was admitted to the Sector 16 general hospital, the accused managed to flee.

A case under Sections 452, 323, 342 and 34 of the IPC, has been registered.

In the second case, Arjun Singh and Ganesh, residents of colony number 5, reported that they were assaulted by six persons — Udej Raj, Udey Bhan, Panna Lal, Shashi, Shanker Tiwari, and Phool Chand. Both of them have been admitted to the Sector 32 GMCH.

A case under Sections 147, 149, 323, 324 and 34, IPC,has been registered.

Thief caught red-handed

The police has arrested Sulayman, who was caught red handed while stealing a purse containing Rs 2,645 in cash from a house in Sector 2. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered and the money recovered.


Suicide by doctor

A doctor, J.P.S. Sohal, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his house in Phase IX here last night. The deceased was a surgeon in Teheran before he came to India.

The autopsy of the victim was conducted at the Civil Hospital in Phase 6 here. A police official said the deceased, who was related to a late IPS officer of Punjab, Mr Ajit Singh Sandhu, was under depression.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings in the case under Section 174 of the Cr.P.C.

Two kidnapped

Mr Bhim Bahdahur, a resident of Phase 7 in a complaint lodged with the police said his wife, Rasha Devi, and along with a four-year-old girl has been kidnapped by Manoj Kumar of Sector 55. He said the suspect took away his wife and child in his autorickshaw.

A case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC has been registered.


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