Sunday, July 16, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


AAC set for big leap
By Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — The Army Aviation Corps (AAC) is set for a quantum leap in its technological and operational capabilities with the induction of the indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). Sources revealed that the ALH was scheduled to be inducted in September.

Specified aviation units on the ORBAT of Northern Command will be among the first to induct the ALH, followed by select units deployed in the Western Sector. Personnel have already been deputed for the work of training and familiarisation with the aircraft at the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the designers and manufacturers of the chopper.

While the ALH will have versions suited to the specific requirements of each of the three services, the Army will be the first to induct this chopper.

The chopper has completed high-altitude flight trials and has also been subjected to tests in various climatic and atmospheric conditions. The ALH has also been observed at the Chandigarh Air Force Station, en route to the Northern Sector for trials.

The Army version will be equipped for both reconnaissance and observation as well as combat missions under varied flying parameters and operational commitments. Besides having a fixed, non-retractable skid-type undercarriage, the Army version will also have “crash-worthy” and bullet-proof fuel tanks. Its payload is said to be 1,500 kg or up to 14 troops.

The AAC was raised in 1986 after the IAF transferred about 300 Chetak and Cheetah light helicopters to the Army. It has 20 helicopter units, out of which six are anti-tank units equipped with armed Chetaks the rest being reconnaissance and observation units equipped with Chetaks as well as Cheetahs. Also on deputation from the IAF is an Mi-25 helicopter gunship squadron which, though manned by the Air Force, is under the Army’s operational command.

The Cheetah and Chetak choppers, both of French origin and later manufactured by HAL, are of an elderly generation. Though dating back to the seventies, these have served the forces well in inhospitable terrain and extreme altitude, often pushed beyond the fringes of operational performance. These will be transferred from units being re-equipped with the ALH to other units to make up for deficiencies and are expected to continue in service for some time.

However, given the ALH’s weight and service ceiling, the possibility of it replacing the Cheetahs or Chetaks for air maintenance of outposts in the Siachen area is ruled out. The old flying machines will continue with this arduous assignment.

Sources said that since the ALH would have to perform a wide array of tasks in different terrains and climactic conditions, it will have to be suitably equipped with electronic and weapon systems. As per information, the armed version with four weapon pylons can be equipped with a combination of anti-tank missiles, rocket pods or air-to-air missiles. It is expected to incorporate features such as laser designators, helmet-mounted displays and guns synchronised with the movement of the gunner’s helmet-mounted sights.

The helmet-mounted displays project vital flight information such as airspeed, altitude, navigation data and weapon configuration and status on the helmet’s visor, doing away with the need for peering into the cockpit and consequently wasting time and losing visual contact with the target. Similarly, guns synchronised with helmet movements do away with the need for aiming manually and split-second reaction is possible.


Panchkula traders observe bandh
Oppose introduction of transit challan forms
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, July 15 — All shops of the city remained closed following a bandh call given by the Beopar Mandal to protest against the decision of the government to enforce transit challan forms for traders. Later in the day as many as 250 members of the mandal held a rally in Sector 7.

Their other demands include the withdrawal of 10 per cent tax imposed on halwais which has proved to be a setback for their businesses.

Addressing the rally, the president of the association, Mr Kuldeep Chitkara, said the imposition of ST 38 forms was a great harassment to traders, especially for those dealing in the essentials. He said the traders only needed to pass on the information about items needed but with the forms coming into force, they would be required to send the forms stating requirement prior to the delivery of goods.

Mr Chitkara added that a meeting with the president of the Haryana Beopar Mandal, Mr B.D. Garg, was slated for the next week where the decision on the further course of action would be taken. "The meeting will be held in the city and we will give an indefinite bandh call if the need arises,'' he said. Mr Chitkara informed that a state-level meeting of the association was scheduled to be held in Jind where a general plan would be chalked out.

Though the rehri market will not be affected by the decision, rehriwallas extended full support and observed the bandh.

Meanwhile, the decision of the government has been opposed by the Panchkula Vyapar Sangh also. The president of the sangh, Mr Sham Lal Gupta, said that the decision would cause unnecessary harassment to the traders. Also, the sending of the form was bound to delay delivery of goods which would lead to a gap between the demand and supply, putting undue pressure on the customers, he added. Back


For her it was hard way to motherhood
Abandoned child given to foster parents
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, July 15 — Tears of joy rolled down her cheeks the moment Paramjit Kaur realised she had become the foster-mother of a three-day-old chubby female child found abandoned at the gate of Phase 6 Civil Hospital here last Thursday.

She grabbed her husband’s arm in the Subdivisional Magistrate’s (SDM) court in utter happiness, not believing her luck of being selected out of three contenders for the child. “The moment I read about the child in a newspaper I made up my mind and convinced by family members to adopt the child, and God listened to my prayers”, she screamed.

It was indeed a hard way to motherhood as she along with three other couples were thoroughly quizzed by the Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM), Mr Jaipal Singh, under the rules of the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956, in order to satisfy that the adoption would be for the welfare of the child.

A safai karamchari, Anu, who had first noticed the child and informed the hospital authorities kept on stressing upon the SDM that she should be given the custody of the child as she did not have a girl child. “I have breastfed the child and I have been looking after her at the hospital”, she said weeping. However, the SDM after scrutinising the details of the three contenders finally gave his verdict in favour of Paramjeet Kaur and her husband Raj Kumar of Phase 1 here.

When the adoption procedure was in progress in the SDM’s court The Tribune team visited the Civil Hospital to get a glimpse of the lucky child for whom it was virtually a rebirth. Fast asleep on a hospital bed in room no. 31, she was enjoying the “security cover” of two Punjab Police cops deputed by the local police till the case of child’s adoption was decided. The constable complained that the child was not being looked after properly by the hospital staff — a fact denied by a lady doctor on duty. The doctor said a staff nurse was regularly monitoring the child’s health.

Enquiries at the hospital revealed that the child, apparently born in the wee hours of July 13, was left at the hospital gate rolled in a gunny sack. The hospital staff said the umbilical cord of the baby had not been cut and blood-soaked cotton swabs were also lying around. They said the news of the abandoned child attracted a number of contenders.

Later on the child was handed over to the foster parents on the orders of the SDM.Back



Robbery case solved; two held
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, July 15 — Two accused, Yasin Khan and Sukhbir Singh, involved in an incident of highway robbery on July 13 were arrested today by the CIA staff following which they were remanded in police custody till July 17.

Mr Randhir Singh in his complaint to the police had stated that he was returning with his younger brother Gurnam Singh after closing down his hotel in Lalru mandi in Punjab. On his way back, at around midnight, the scooter got entangled in a wire at a bridge near Barwala. On falling down, they noticed two men coming out from either side of the bridge.

While one of them had a lathi in his hand, the other wielded a khukri. He said Yasin hit him with a lathi which resulted in profuse bleeding. Later, the culprits robbed him of Rs 600 he was carrying and fled on his scooter. He was admitted to a hospital at Raipur Rani and a case under Section 392 and 394 of the IPC was registered.

Sources added that later the two accused tried the same with three other passersby, Mr Yugraj of Tappar, Mr Aswinin Kumar and Mr Pradeep Kumar of Mauli, but were unsuccessful in their attempts. This information was given to the police and the two culprits were nabbed and the CIA staff conducted raids at the houses of the accused to recover the scooter and khukri. The money was recovered from them later.

In another case, the CIA staff recovered a car stolen seven months back from Sector 22 in Chandigarh. The accused, Manohar lal, a resident of Rajgarh in Himachal Pradesh, was arrested in this connection.

A press note issued by the police stated that a white Maruti car, without a number plate, was flagged down near Malha village on the Panchkula-Kalka road during a routine check-up drive. The driver failed to produce the papers of the car on being asked for the same.

A search of the car was carried out and the police found DBC 2206 engraved on one of the windows. Also, a number plate bearing the number Ch-01-R-2357 was found in the car.

Later, the driver of the car admitted that he along with three of his accomplices — Subhash, Suresh and Rajinder, all residents of Jhajjar, had stolen the car from Sector 22 using a master key.Back



Stone of PU exam block laid
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — The Chief Justice of India, Dr Adarsh Sein Anand, laid the foundation stone of an examination block in Panjab University here today.

The donor for the block, Prof Ranjit Kumar Chandra, who is an alumnus of the university, has remained a Nobel prize nominee in medicine. Interestingly, the Chief Justice has formerly been a teacher at the university campus.

The block will come up adjacent to the Post Office. It will bear the inscription of Aruna Ranjit Chandra, wife of the donor. Aruna is an alumni of the varsity, who did her Masters in political science in 1965.

Professor Chandra’s area of specialisation is immunology. He visits India at least four times a year to update research work, he says. Dr Chandra is a university research professor and director of Immunology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He is the director of  the world’s first and only World Health Organisation Centre for Research and Training in Nutritional Immunology.

Dr Chandra did his intermediate in science from Khalsa College, Amritsar, Panjab University, and created a record in aggregate marks. With post doctoral work with institutes in London, Dr Chandra served as a Senior Registrar at the local PGI and an Associate Professor at the AIIMS. He then became a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.

Dr R.K. Chandra is a member of the International Association of Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (awarded Nobel Prize for peace in 1986) and Doctors Without Borders (awarded Nobel Prize in peace in 1999).

Dr Chandra is an officer of the Order of Canada, the highest award bestowed on Canadian citizens.Back


Lawyers will be asked to share chambers
By Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — The Chandigarh Administration is in the process of formulating a policy for allotment of space within chambers to 312 advocates in the District Courts Complex in Sector 17 here. The problem is that only 156 advocates can be accommodated in the present premises.

An additional floor cannot be added as the existing structure is not strong enough to take the load. The number of advocates is increasing daily and as many as 312 advocates, who have been found to be practicing according to the survey conducted by the Administration, are sitting in the corridors leading to congestion. Moreover, the promised new district courts complex in Sector 43 is no where in sight thus forcing the Administration to act and solve the matter.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in 1998, had issued orders to the Chandigarh Administration to solve the matter of space for the advocates. Now officials are working out a scheme to allot the vacant space within the chambers. Since each chamber is made to be shared by three advocates, the idea being mooted now is to seek consent of those sitting within the chambers before allotting the vacant space to another person. This consent will be sought as no one should raise objections like that arch rivals have been asked to share the same chamber, highly placed sources have indicated.

This consent clause is also a part of resolution of the District Bar Association submitted to the Chandigarh Administration as a part of the issue. The association has also suggested that none of the advocates sitting in the corridors should be disturbed or permission should be granted to have temporary sheds on the roof top.

The issue of allotting space within chambers has been a controversial one since long. Even the present vacant slots in the courts complex are a bundle of complexities.

Way back in 1986 each chamber was allotted to three advocates. One of the advocates was the prime allottee while the other two were co-allottee. The licence then said that the allotment was according to the use and need of the advocates and upon the death of the allottee the licence shall stand terminated. According to the latest survey of the administration several of the chambers have only one or two occupants as against three.

The survey further reveals that in several cases unauthorised persons are occupying these chambers. In some cases sons of the original allottee have taken over. Several such ticklish issues are bothering the administration in this regard. 


Should driving licence age be lowered to 16 ?

VIKRAM SAINI, (student of electronic engineering): July 15 — It’s no big secret that people get away with making licences for children, who are less than 18, by showing them as adults. This is possible due to corruption being involved everywhere. Also the driving test that asks for a person to drive his vehicle on a track in the shape of the digit ‘8’. How is a person termed fit for driving on Indian roads — which are worse than battle fields — simply on passing such a test?

The high number of under 18 teens driving vehicles is because of the necessities they face. The tuition culture in our city prompts parents to go in for a vehicle lest their child falls behind in the race for a seat in a professional course.

The present law states that a child over 16 but under 18 years of age can drive a vehicle of no more than 50cc. Today most 50cc vehicles produce more power than a 60cc moped! So is there any logic in continuing with this law in today’s age of technology?

JASPREET KAUR (student of mass communication): Oxford University awards degree to a 14 year old; 11-year old makes his own web-site; 10-year old flies a helicopter as smoothly as any accomplished pilot; and some time ago a three-year old Indian girl was shown driving a car on the highway in a television channel! These and such other similar kind of news items form the highlights of the newspapers these days.

When we can feel proud of these wiz-kids, why don’t we accept that age is no bar. The lower limit for getting a driving licence is 18 years after taking a driving test. Despite this it is an open secret that licences are granted to underage and inexperienced persons through unfair means. What do the students of Class XI and Class XII do without a vehicle? How can even the healthiest child attends school, 3 tuitions (at least) and computer classes riding a bicycle? And mopeds are not reliable says personal experience.

The problem is not with the underage drivers but with the irresponsible and rash drivers for how else will you explain the fatal accident of middle-aged drunk man driving a scooter.

The basic idea is to encourage responsible drivers. I feel if a child is responsible, well aware of traffic rules and is above 16 there should be no problem in awarding him a driving licence.

SAHIL MITTAL: In my view, the minimum age for issuance of driving licence should be lowered to 16 years. Because, by the time one reaches the age of 16 years, one is fully grown physically and mentally, the limbs and body have enough strength to handle a motor-bike and so one is able to face the heavy traffic on the roads. Secondly, when every household has motor vehicles for a long period, the children seeing their parents drive get fully conversant with the rules of traffic and driving. One also is totally aware of traffic rules due to regular practice in cycling. And above all, its the long cherished desire of every youngster to zip about on the roads on two wheelers.

So, in my view the age for the issue of driving licence should be lowered to 16 years and for the non-geared under-50cc mobikes it should definitely be between 14 to 16 years.

AKHIL GUPTA: We, would really be obliged if the law could be amended instantly for issuing licences to drivers, 16 years and above. It would be in the larger interest of the people and country, because, due to this snag, the valuable time of youngsters and country is wasted in going to schools, colleges and tuitions on bicycle. We have now entered the new millennium, therefore quick and timely decision is the need of the hour as the youngsters in this computer age are more active and sensible than the commuters of 55 years or above.


Should Chandigarh have an international airport?

Col G.S.Gill: An international airport at Chandigarh is not a viable proposition at present going by the fact that an airport of this category needs sustained passenger and cargo traffic to sustain itself. Besides, such traffic has to maintain a constant flow and not be seasonal. North India does not yet generate traffic of this volume. A case in point is the Rajasansi Airport at Amritsar which has been declared an international airport. The peak time for tourist traffic here is during the Christmas holidays when the NRIs fly home. The traffic picks up during winter but whittles down to a trickle as the summer sets in. The tourist traffic to Himachal Pradesh is mainly to Dharamsala and Kulu-Manali and the route does not lie through Chandigarh. We also cannot ignore the fact that Srinagar is rooting for an international airport of its own.

Considering all these factors, an international airport at Chandigarh does not seem to be a feasible proposition. The idea may become viable in a decade or so, first if Information Technology, for instance, gets a boost in Punjab, Himachal and Chandigarh, generating adequate cargo traffic which has a greater potential in the area than passenger traffic. Secondly, floriculture is another area with potential for expansion. Going by the emerging trends in tourism and trade, it will, however, be worthwhile if the concept finds a place in the future planning of the city.

S. C. Dhull, Manager, State Bank of Patiala: Instead of spending crores on upgrading the city airport to an international one, the government should first improve the facilities for domestic flights. Chandigarh has not come up as a commercial city because there is virtually no serious activity after 8 p.m. The international airport at Amritsar should suffice for the present to meet the needs of the area. Moreover, after the introduction of Shatabdi Express, air traffic has reduced considerably.

Lt-Col Prithpal Singh: Chandigarh has now achieved the distinction of being a nodal junction for the whole of North India, in particular for Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. Tourism is coming up as a big industry and there is considerable expansion of media groups and in the area of Information Technology. The city has the potential to function as an important convention centre for holding international conventions, seminars and conferences. Direct travel will be a big facility for those who may visit the city on these accounts.

Dr Deepak Bagi, lecturer, Punjab Engineering College: The Chandigarh Administration should not toy with the idea of having an international airport in the city at the moment. The city airport is not sufficiently equipped to properly handle even domestic flights. Chandigarh should first have a proper railway station. Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are not adequately linked to the city by rail. The prestigious Shatabdi Express has almost reduced to redundance the sole flight to the national Capital. Before thinking of an international airport, the existing facilities at the city airport should be upgraded to meet the needs of domestic traffic.

P. S. Bhatti, president of the Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association: The Rajasansi airport at Amritsar primarily caters to the needs of passengers from Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts. If an international airport comes up at Chandigarh, people from the Jalandhar region would prefer coming here than going to Amritsar due to better road conditions in the city beautiful and the existence of three star and five star hotels. A majority of NRIs who have migrated from Doaba belong to Phagwara tehsil and Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur districts. Most of them have their residences at Mohali or Chandigarh. To them Chandigarh is a more convenient place to alight than Amritsar.

Due to militancy in Kashmir, the tourist traffic to Himachal Pradesh has increased manifold. Even people from Haryana, especially from Ambala and Karnal districts, would prefer Chandigarh to Delhi mainly because of less traffic and a pollution free atmosphere. Therefore, in addition to Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana also require an international airport at Chandigarh.

The presence of regional offices of major airlines, travel agents, the regional passport office, the Canadian High Commission also presents a case for setting up an international airport at Chandigarh. Punjab will stand to gain a lot from the air traffic, tourism, foreign investment and boost in trade and commerce once this dream comes true.

Wg Cdr Satish Bhatia, a former international badminton player: The task is easier said than done. From the defence point of view, this is a dicey option. Chandigarh is our main base for maintenance of our borders with China and Pakistan. Most of the activities related to defence are monitored from here.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport is just a few hours away from Chandigarh. It is well-planned and well-connected and there is generally no difficulty in catching a flight to any destination in the world from there. I do not subscribe to the view that building an international airport at Chandigarh will relieve congestion at the IGI Airport in Delhi. Compared to other airports the world over, the airport in Delhi has very little traffic. It can handle a much larger volume of traffic in the years to come.

International traffic from the region is just about 25 per cent of the total traffic. This will make it unviable to have an international airport at Chandigarh. More so, there is one at Amritsar to meet the requirements of the region.

The city airport with its present length and width will not be able to handle international flights. To build a new runway, the terminal building and a cargo complex, it will require approximately an additional of 10 km. Moreover, the latest safety equipment like the Rathovon radar and ILS-3 to enable aircraft to land at nil visibility would also be required.

J. S. Sandhu, Senior Communication Officer, AAI/ DGCA (Retd): There are four main international airports, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai and for their assistance, airports like Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Nagpur, Varanasi, Vishakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Lucknow, Hyderabad are also made to cater to international flights in case of diversion although Amritsar and Trivandrum are being upgraded to feed full international requirements.

Chandigarh is a strategic place for airport requirements and due to this civil flights are being handled by the airport ATC. Most of the airlines like Vayudoot, Raj etc tried their luck because most of the passengers are travelling at the cost of the government, companies or some other organisations and airlines. Any airline will be suffering a huge loss in such conditions.

I am of the view that it needs a lot of infrastructure to operate an international airport which is very difficult for a country like India where lakhs of people are suffering from ill health and starvation. Have we ever thought of the people living in Orissa without home, food, medical facilities or in Gujarat or Rajasthan without even a drop of water? I suggest that more flights should be run from Chandigarh to Delhi and better amenities be provided at Chandigarh as well as at Delhi for easy change-over. The only thing needed is that the flight handling personnel be freed from corrupt practices and they should be sincere to their duty.


Disturbing the peace of the dead
By Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, July 15 — Death is a solemn occasion and the last rites of the dead have for civilisations been a matter of ceremonial significance for the living. But the story at the Mohali cremation grounds seems to be making a joke out of the dead.

Apart from the garbage dumping ground which this place has been put to use for many months now, contractors of the Municipal Council are illegally using the area for making kerb channels and cement blocks used in construction. These activities are being indulged in without any formal permission from the authorities. The contractors are even using the water and electricity facilities of the cremation ground. The Executive Officer of the area refused to confirm this while the Administrator, Mohali had no idea that such activities were going on in the Municipal Council notified area.

The maintenance of the cremation ground falls under the Municipal Council’s duties and to say that it is in a poor shape would be an understatement. The prayer hall has not a single fan which functions, in tact most of them had physically broken since the last rainstorm. The area is low lying and as a result rainwater collects under the cremation sheds. The separate shed for burying children is completely inundated during rainfall and this time even the shed’s tin roof broke down. Nothing has been done to get either the fans or the shed repaired.

Then there is the big question of the cremation grounds being used as a store for old and useless municipal property like garbage containers, hundreds of which line the walls of the cremation ground. Some of these had not been even emptied of their contents. Not that they would have had to go very far to do it as the same premises also functions as the garbage dumping ground. The reason being given is that the area which functioned as the original garbage dumping ground was taken over by PUDA for the construction of a bridge and since there was no other place with the Municipal Council to dump garbage the cremation ground started being put to this use. Now it is being reasoned out as being a low-lying area and that it would be filled up with the garbage and the whole area levelled using the malba, also being thrown here.

Some of the shopkeepers of Mohali have offered to maintain the prayer hall who realise that it is in a bad shape and requires regular maintenance. These shopkeepers have now decided to put a proposal to this effect before the Administrator. The Executive Officer has also promised to make noteworthy changes in the next few days but it remains to be seen how and when the first step in this direction will be taken.


‘Woman backbone and brain of society’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — “I visualise a society free of hunger, poverty and ill health.” Mr P.K. Verma, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, said that this would be possible only if the women in our society are accorded respect, provided nutritional food and ease during pregnancy.

Speaking at a function organised by Chetna, a non government organisation, in Ghollumajra village near Dera Bassi, Mr Verma stressed the need for better health services so that the infant mortality rate was reduced and deliveries made safe. “It is important that the birth rate, like the death rate, also reduces, so that there is an overall decrease in population growth.”

The programme was organised on completion of one year of reproductive and child health project, which is run by the NGO in the five villages of the Dera Bassi block.

The Secretary General of Chetna, Mrs Surya Pandit, while giving the background of the project said that one of the main objectives was to ensure that all pregnant women get themselves registered in the government dispensaries. “It is important to take all prescribed tablets, vaccinations, pre-natal and post-natal care for the well being of the mother and the child,” she said.

Mr P.H. Vaishnav, former Chief Secretary of Punjab and the guest of honour on the occasion, said that woman was the backbone, heart and brain of a society. “A literate mother knows about the importance of health, hygiene, nutrition, population and benefits of a small family.” He stressed on the importance of the role of NGOs in providing the basic health facilities to women, especially those pregnant.

Dr Rameshwar Chander, Civil Surgeon, Patiala, lauded the role and work done by Chetna in the area of heath and family welfare. “The NGOs not only supplement but also compliment the functions of the government health workers. It is not possible for the government doctors and associated staff to reach each and every household. The NGOs can do this effectively.”

During the past one year, Chetna organised seven awareness camps on mother and child health care besides adolescent training camps.


Saplings planted at Press Club
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — The 20th anniversary celebrations of the Chandigarh Press Club got underway today with a sapling plantation and beautification drive here this morning.

The plantation drive started with Mayor Shanta Abhilashi planting the first sapling. Prominent among those who planted the saplings were Senior Deputy Mayor Des Raj Tandon, Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation Puranjit Singh, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests H. S. Sohal, Councillor Harish Bhanot and Dr S.S. Cheema Medical Officer. Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu and Mr Sarbjit Pandher, President and Secretary General, respectively, of the club also planted saplings.



Jacob for city as model IT centre
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), while speaking at the national level IT conference in Delhi today, strongly recommended that the Ministry of Information Technology should adopt Chandigarh as a model IT applications demonstrations centre.

Various IT applications could be demonstrated in Chandigarh to showcase India’s rapid strides in the IT field. In the conference, General Jacob urged the Prime Minister to issue instructions to the Human Resources Development Ministry to sanction an Institute of Information Technology in Chandigarh, so that this city and the neighbouring states could benefit from it. Already, the Chandigarh Administration proposes to start an Information Technology College from where B.Tech ( information technology) degree will be awarded.

Promoting Chandigarh’s case, he said that e-governance was being implemented in all major public dealing departments of the Chandigarh Administration. The Deputy Commissioner’s Office, the Estate Office, the Excise and Taxation Department, licensing and registration of motor vehicles, issuing of ration cards and registration of births and deaths were being taken up in the first phase of computerisation.

The Chandigarh Administration recognised the need to harness the growing power of information technology for development and progress. In pursuance of this objective, a comprehensive IT policy was released on April 28 this year, the General said. The policy outlined the broad principles and guidelines, which the Chandigarh Administration proposes to follow to promote the use of IT.

The policy further emphasised the need for creation of infrastructure like a wide area network (WAN) for the entire Union Territory by using optical fibre cables to make the city ‘’wired city’’.

The Administrator also informed the conference that the Chandigarh Administration proposes to promote software development units in large numbers in the UT for which IT towers complex was coming up.Back


Bid to outrage modesty of minors: 2 held
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — In separate cases, the police arrested two persons who attempted to rape and outrage the modesty of two minors.

According to police sources, Mani Majra resident Hem Raj Sharma reported that Panchkula resident Chhote Lal attempted to rape his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter late last night. He has been arrested by the police and booked under Sections 363, 376, 354, 511 of the IPC.

Similarly, Dhanas Milk Colony resident Dharminder Singh alleged that Avinash Kumar, a resident of Sector 11, attempted to outrage the modesty of his daughter late last night. He has been arrested and booked under Section 354 of the IPC..

Eve-teasing case: Ram Darbar resident Lekh Raj was arrested on the charge of eve-teasing from near a rickshaw stand in the colony. He has been booked under Section 294 of the IPC.

Assaulted: Mani Majra resident Manohar Singh reported that he was assaulted and injured by Dhrav Singh, Jagir Singh, Randhir Singh and Jasbir Singh, all residents of the same locality. They have been arrested and booked under Sections 323, 325/34 of the IPC.

Arrested: The police has arrested Suresh Kumar, alias Bagga, on the charge of selling liquor and recovered two quarters of whisky. He has been booked under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act.

Car stolen: Panchkula resident S.C. Girotha reported that his car CHK 8393 was stolen from the Sector 17 main parking. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered.Back


Safai karamchari rises to the occasion
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 15 — It was an arrest with a difference. Only that instead of handcuffs, it was a leather belt and the person who effected it was not a cop but a Safai karamchari.

Rampal, who works as a safai karamchari in the Sector 16 Rose Garden, was going about his chore when he heard cries for help and saw a man struggling with two women and rushed to help the ladies. On seeing him, the accused ran away towards Sector 16. He went in pursuit and managed to nab after a long chase.

By the time the cops reached the scene, alerted by some people witnessing the chase, Mohammad Hanif, a resident of Badauan, Uttar Pradesh, had been overpowered and bound by a leather belt with Rampal standing guard. The accused works as a lottery vendor in Sector 17.

However, the accused could not manage to snatch the chain of Mrs Ramesh, a staff nurse working in the General hospital in view of the alertness and courage displayed by Rampal. She was coming from Sector 17 at about 10. 15 a.m. with a friend and had taken a path though the garden as a shortcut when the attempt was made.

Narrating the sequence of events to mediapersons at the central police station, he said it was his duty to help the women in trouble and personal safety came last. A resident of Sector 28, the bearded saviour said he was happy that he has been honoured by UT IGP B S Bassi with a cash award of Rs 1, 000 besides a commendation letter by Dr Sagar Preet Hooda, SDPO, Central. He has also been asked to join the Community Oriented Policing Scheme (COPS).

Initial interrogations revealed that he had been involved in an earlier attempt when he had tried to snatch the chain of Sector 16. Mrs Harminder Kaur on April 20 when she was in the garden for her morning walk. That time too the accused had fled after she grappled with him for ten minutes in full public view but nobody had then intervened to save her.

He was later produced in court and was remanded to police custody till July 18.


Theft reported from Panchkula house
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, July 15 — A theft involving Rs 10,000 cash and jewellery worth Rs 40,000 was reported from a house in Sector 10 here today, while occupants of the house were out of town.

The owner of the house, Mr Balbir Singh Bhullar, said that he and his wife had left for Jalandhar yesterday morning at 6 a.m. leaving their 22-year-old daughter behind. Though they were scheduled to come back last evening, they were held up and instead called up their daughter to ask her to sleep at the neighbour’s house since they were not coming back.

Mr Bhullar informed that his daughter locked the house and went over to her neighbour’s at 9 p. m. In the morning, she returned to find the house had been broken into and the cupboards had been ransacked. He added that the lock to the main entry and the shutter near the stairs had been broken by the miscreants to gain entry. Later, they broke open the locker in the cupboard which contained the cash and jewellery.

Their daughter informed the police and a team of fingerprint experts and the dog squad were called in. A case under Section 457, 380 of the IPC has been registered by the police. Back

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