Saturday, July 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Forwarding agents block tracks at the local railway station to protest against the lack of facilities at the station Forwarding agents block rail traffic
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH,  July 28 — Protesting against the lack of basic facilities at the goods unloading platform at the local railway station, forwarding agents, who deal in movement of goods, blocked rail traffic resulting in delay of more than an hour for over 3,000 passengers, including daily commuters, here this evening.

The protesters under the banner of the Chandigarh Railway Truck and Trailers Operators Association and led by Mr Harmohan Dhawan, a former Union Minister, said a loaded truck overturned injuring five labourers. The truck had overturned where the approach road to the industrial siding is submerged under two to three feet of water while the adjoining area is like a swamp making it impossible for any vehicle to cross over.

The blockade, which started around 2 p m, was lifted four hours later when Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) Ashwani Kapoor rushed in from Ambala and pacified the agitators by promising that no goods train will be placed at the second siding located near the railway traffic lights till October 31. The other siding is near Darua village and is preferred to the second one.

He also promised that the Railways would also get some basic work done for repairing this siding out of its existing budget provisions. A major proposal to provide all facilities at the platform was pending with the Railways Board and the authorities at Ambala had been asking them to speed it up for better facilities at the siding, he told the agitators.

The forwarding agents alleged that railway officials were forcing them to take delivery of goods at the siding located towards the railway station traffic light to harass them. The siding has no shed or approach road while the areas around it turns into a swamp with a slightest of shower. No drinking water or toilet facilities are available for the labour or the agents.

At the moment several thousand bags of cement, costing lakhs of rupees, are lying in the open as a rake carrying them was forced to unload at this siding. This is routine as rakes carrying cement or coal are often placed in this siding where the trucks just cannot enter the platform to carry away the goods. More than 40 rakes come to Chandigarh every month and this means a revenue of something like Rs 15 crore a month.

In a written complaint to the DRM handed over to the station superintendent, the association said two employees of the Railways were asking for bribes on a regular basis to berth the goods trains at the siding with better facilities. The statement alleged that Rs 2,000 per wagon was being asked as bribe to place the wagons in the siding which was better equipped.

The association demanded the shifting of these two employees from their present posting so that they could not harass the agents in future. The ADRM promised action on the complaint.

Actually the stand off between the authorities and the agitators reached decisive point as daily passengers forced their way into the office of the station superintendent's office demanding to know why the trains were not running.

The Kalka-Amritsar express was delayed by and hour. Same was the case with the Himalayan Queen and the daily shuttle between Kalka and Ambala. Passengers of the Himalayan Queen complained that they would miss the connecting trains from Panipat and Delhi. The agitators had also blocked the entry and exit to the railway station by parking trucks but the police swung into action to call in the tow-away cranes. They made the truckers move their vehicles.


Latest filters for city tubewells
By Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 28 — Maintaining tubewells will no longer be a losing proposition for the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) following a decision by the civic body to install state-of-the-art filters in its tubewells.

According to sources, the filters, which had already been installed in about half-a-dozen tubewells sunk by the corporation, will not only increase the discharge of water by about 30 per cent but also reduce the pumping cost by about one-thirds.

Explaining the design of the filter, also called "well screen" sources highlighted that it began with a unique V-shaped wire that was wrapped around a series of rods and welded at each intersection of the wire and the rods. The smallest part of the V-shaped wire points towards the inside of the well. This controls the speed of the water as it enters the well while keeping the sand out. The gap between the wires — slot opening — allows a tremendous amount of water to enter the well.

The stainless steel new filter, which had been recommended by the Central Board of Irrigation and Power and adopted by the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, has many advantages over the conventional slotted pipes, the sources said, adding that the straight pipes were more prone to getting clogged by sand on account of line contact. On the other hand, the V-shaped slots, which widen inwardly give only point contact, were non-clogging with the result that they give the tubewell a longer life.

Similarly, in the slotted pipe due to lesser area water approached each slot frequently with higher velocity. However, in the new filter due to continuous slot and more open area water approved each slot with normal velocity. This way incrustation was slow giving a longer life to the tubewell.

Though the installation of the filter will add up to the cost of the tubewells by 10 per cent (about Rs 1.5 lakh) yet its long-term benefits were many. Apart from saving the electricity it will give a new lease of life to the tubewells, whose discharge becomes uneconomical after a few years, the sources added.


‘No satisfaction in govt set-ups’
By Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 28 — Dr Jagmohan S. Varma, Head of the Department of Cardiology, PGI, who resigned his post on Monday, maintains that the financial crunch in the government sector and the slow pace at which advanced technology reaches institutes there has led to the exodus of certain doctors to private hospitals.

Dr Varma, who is now planning to move to the private sector, says: “Working in government set-ups these days gives you neither monetary satisfaction nor job satisfaction. The pay and perks are not commensurate with the technical output of a doctor and his contribution to research and teaching.’’ He laments that the powers given to doctors have also decreased over a period of time and it is the bureaucracy that rules the roost.

The growth in the health sector is now technology related. “We are expected to deliver goods at the world-class level within the given constraints of funds and equipment. A lot of time is wasted in processing things and procuring the most advanced equipment in various specialties. In fact, the limited flow of funds, the slow process of utilisation and red tape do have a bearing on the efficiency of a doctor”, adds Dr Varma.

In private set-ups, a lot of emphasis is placed on doctors with technical skills, but in the PGI these skills are often marred by involving the heads of departments in various departmental purchases. The cumbersome rules are inhibiting and one feels left out as the latest equipment reaches some of the private corporate hospitals much before the PGI, says Dr Varma..

Talking about the Advanced Cardiac Centre, he laments that it has been coming up for the past 10 years. It has not been completed in the Seventh or the Eight Plan nor is it likely to be completed in the Ninth Plan. The purchasing power of Rs 47 crore sanctioned for this project has also gone down in view of cost escalation over the years. When asked if the prestigious project, which was entrusted to him, will suffer once he leaves, Dr Varma says: “No one is indispensable and the work will go on. The conceptual plans are ready and my successor will not have any problem executing there.’’

He also expressed some dissatisfaction with the authorities for not promoting him Professor last year, even as two posts were lying vacant. He had taken over as the Head of the Department three years ago following Dr R.P. Sapru’s retirement. “I did feel very upset for it affected my entire future planning. I do feel suffocated and don’t even wish to work for another three years to get the promotion and make my service pensionable.’’ In fact, for the past eight or nine years, the department has not had a Professor, and even the former head, Dr Sapru, had retired as Additional Professor.

Dr Varma now looks forward to working as a private consultant, where the potential for growth is much more. The returns due to one’s hard work and competence are better and one gets an opportunity to work on the latest equipment. Every doctor has a dream of adding to his skills by utilising the latest technology. The lure of money is also great, for you not only earn more but you are also able to invest the money in buying the latest in the field for one’s practice. However, “I will miss teaching postgraduates, which is indeed a very satisfying experience. Every postgraduate you teach or train is an extension of your two arms and will further contribute to the development of the specialty.’’ However, “I am sure that in the years to follow, private institutions will also undertake research and training.”

Sources disclose that the PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, has asked Dr Varma to reconsider his decision. But he seems quite firm as he has weighed the pros and cons before resigning. “This is the right time to move, for I am still in a position to work 15-16 hours a day for better gains’’, says Dr Varma.


Showcasing exquisite marine heritage
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — It was an evening full of joy, bliss, enthusiasm and generosity. Through the fashion divas of the stature of Bipasha Basu, Helen Brodie, Jesse, Sheetal Malhar, Mridula and others, the budding designers of the National Institute of Fashion Designing today conveyed a lot of sense at the Chandigarh Press Club.

The Rock 'n' Roll evening, as it was called, was more than just a fashion show because it concentrated on a theme which was very well spread about. Aquamarine was the theme of the apparels and in each style, majesty of the ocean was on display.

The garments which the models sported did not just mean to exhibit their exotic beauty, but also meant to say one thing straight — that the fast-depleting marine heritage needed to be restored and protected with care, lest we should all be failed by nature. Top-slot singers Gursewak Mann and Devang Patel joined the cause and performed for the vibrant crowd.

Another thing which stood out tonight was a noble gesture which the young NIFD designers made in the form of gifting special dresses to the physically challenged children of Prayaas. The soul actually bent in reverence when the compere announced bravery awards for five Prayaas children and four NIFD students escorted them to the stage before honouring them.

Generosity was followed by a sequence of vibrant performances, which made the crowds go more and more hysterical. The modelling Showcasing exquisite marine heritage rounds were interspersed with the exhibits by the Zenith dance group, Delhi, and also with performances by Devang and Gursewak, who left the crowd wanting for more and more. While Devang, in his usual maverick style, threw the crowd into splits with his latest numbers Chaloo girl and Bambo no 5, Gursewak catered to the sensitive ones with his Billo ik gal te ton main puchni zaroor.

Coming to the designing talent which swept the show — all the rounds were well-etched out and perfectly named. Each garment seemed to be smelling of the deep oceans and reflecting the amazing marine heritage we boast of. The first round saw glamour fade out before demureness as the top models came sashaying down the ramp in traditional lehngas dipped in oceanic hues of blues and greens and the beachy oranges.

Indian mystique, as the round was called, set the pace for Tan Time, which saw the gorgeous women flaunt their bronzed bodies, as they sported the most exciting beachwear accessorised by armlets, beads and what not.

Paving way to the Magical Capture, which very well suited the name, with models looking inspired by the lure of fishing nets which were creatively stitched into garments by NIFD designers. Fluid Forest concentrated on reflecting the ocean depths with the models exhibiting nylons and jute and cottons supported by accessories in the form of bamboo, crushed paper and tennis balls.

Meanwhile, the adrenalin kept flowing fast and faster still, with Devang and Gursewak jointly keeping the enthusiasm intact.

The most well-received of all the rounds was Glitter Rock, which showcased some excellent talent. The designers brought before the gathering some of the most brilliantly ornamented collection in tissue and metallic tissue. It was glitter and glamour all over the stage; the surroundings were almost set on fire; and the photographers were seen rushing for their shoots.


Dimple, Maneka spread green message
By Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — Art and commerce today joined hands for an eco-friendly cause. The Mani Majra branch of a popular garments shop, Meena Bazaar, invited National Award-winning actress Dimple Kapadia and the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ms Maneka Gandhi, to launch its shift from plastic bags to paper bags.

The two glamorous women arrived at the store together in Maneka's official car, signed an attractive paper bag with a slogan, "Use this paper bag 8 times and you save a branch", marking its launch, smiled as the flash bulbs popped, and left.

However, the message left by the two is not so short-lived. Though it is common knowledge that plastic bags cannot be recycled and can cause immense damage to the environment and ecology, few people contribute their mite in this regard. If each one of us stands up for the cause, we can save the Earth.

The "green appeal" by Meena Bazaar is splashed across the new bags that come in three sizes and colours. "Reuse, reduce, recycle", they proclaim. The bags are as sturdy as the plastic ones, unlike in the past, and the slogans ask you to resolve to plant a tree. Then, there are some interesting tips on the side for children: "Ask your parents to water the plants only in the evening or early morning. Water goes into the air instead of the ground during day time or on windy days." Also, sample this: "Draw or write on both sides of paper. You can reduce the amount of paper you use to half."

The handles, too, are made of a natural material, jute.

Continuing with its mission, fashion-conscious Meena Bazaar intends to involve children more actively in this social cause. According to Mr Rajneesh Jain, proprietor of the shop, from September, when they get paper bags in bulk, they would place kids at strategic locations in Sector 17, appealing all to replace plastic bags with the reusable ones and even handing over the new bags to them.

He says that these bags are costlier, but it's a small price to pay if it saves our planet.

The Chandigarh Administration had decided to ban the use of plastic bags about a year ago. However, it did little to implement the decision and the sale of these bags continued. If each shopkeeper or trader took upon himself the onus of banning plastic, then perhaps, the authorities could spend their energy on other important matters.


Taps go dry in four villages
By Nishikant Dwivedi

CHANDIGARH July 28 — In at least four villages of Majri block water taps have gone dry and the villagers are without drinking water for the past 20 days.

Majri, Fathepur, Sailba and Khera villages, which get drinking water supply from the tubewell situated at Dhkora village, are thirsting for water. The villagers have to depend on hand-pumps and tubewells located at far off places for water.

Sarpanch of Sailba village Raj Dulari complains, "For the past many days we have been forced to drink the water from the hand-pumps or tubewells". The residents say that water from hand-pumps is not worth drinking. "Even when we make tea and put milk, the milk immediately turns sour", complained Mr Balwinder Singh of the same village. The villagers want that a proper survey of the underground water in the area should be conducted by the Health Department.

According to the villagers the present problem has been caused due to damage to the pumping motor.

"Actually during the heavy rains earlier this month the causeway over the river was washed away damaging the pipes and even the telecom lines", says Mr Major Singh who has a tractor work shop on the Majari- Khedrabad road.

The irate villagers allege that whenever they contact the department concerned regarding their problem the answer is "we do not have the materials to do the repair."

The Executive Engineer, Mr Sita Ram Aggarwal, could not be contacted and the SDO concerned was in the field. Officiating office Superintendent Sukhdev Singh said, "We are concerned about problems of the villagers and soon theses problems would be solved".

The villagers demand a permanent solution to the problem. "Only few months back the motor was repaired and the God knows how long this new patch-up work is going to last", told a resident of Majri village. 


Liquidator takes charge of Punwire
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR July 28 — On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court a provisional liquidator took charge of the assets of Punjab Wireless Systems Limited (Punwire) here today. The liquidator escorted by security personnel sealed the assets of the company at its units in Industrial Area, Phase 6 and 7.

When the process of sealing the assets of the company was in progress a large number of employees of the Punwire raised slogans against the Punjab Government and the management of the company. Tempers ran high as certain employees expressed their unhappiness against today’s development.

Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee of Punjab and UT Employees today announced to intensify its agitation for securing a better future for the employees of Punwire.

Addressing a press conference Mr Sajjan Singh and Mr Sahid Ahmed blamed the Chairman of Punwire, Mr R.I. Singh and Managing Director of PSIDC, Mr S.S. Brar for the turmoil of the company. Mr Ahmed said the company which had been catering a number of companies, defence forces and the paramilitary forces had been doomed due to indifferent attitude of the state government.



Workshop on human rights concludes
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — The three-day workshop on “Human rights and international humanitarian laws” for the police and prison officers concluded at the Sector 26 Institute of Correctional Administration here. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Association for Advancement of Police and Security Sciences, Hyderabad, and International Committee of Red Cross. As many as 22prison officers and 18 police officers attended the workshop.

The relevance of human rights and international humanitarian laws were discussed. Two video films were also shown to the participants. Human Rights of prisoners and those under detention were discussed with special emphasis on their effective implementation by Dr B.V. Trivedi, Assistant Director, Bureau of Police Research and development.

The session on “Policing in a democracy” was handled by Mr Sarabjit Singh, Director-General of Police, Punjab, who spoke about ethical behaviour being the guideline to police behaviour and emphasised that officers should abide by the established laws.

Dr Upneet Lalli handled the session on “Human rights of women under detention”.

In the end there was an open session where the participants reacted on whether observance of human rights is possible or not. Most of the participants agreed that human rights initiatives should be made an integral part of our working.

Mr A.P. Bhatnagar, Additional Director-General of Police, Punjab State Human Rights

Commission, in his valedictory address emphasised that training was very important and empathetic approach was essential.




Power bill centres to remain open
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA July 28 — The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (Urban) has decided to keep its all cash collection centres open in the district of Panchkula, Ambala, Yamuna Nagar, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Jind and Jhajjar on July 29 and 30 in order to accept the payment of electricity bills.

An official spokesman of the nigam said here today that the electricity consumers who wanted to avail of the benefit of 100 per cent surcharge on their pending electricity bills would have to make payment in lump-sum without surcharge.

The spokesman added that those consumers who were unable to make the payment of their pending bills in lump-sum, had also been allowed to make payment in instalments.

The rural domestic consumers and agricultural tubewell consumers had been given the facility of making payment in four equal bimonthly and four equal quarterly instalments.

In both the above cases, the customers would be allowed the benefit of 75 per cent of the total surcharge. The first instalment must be deposited by July 31.



‘Strengthen cooperative movement’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — The valedictory function of the refresher course for Cooperative Education Instructors of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh was held at the Regional Institute of Cooperative Management in Sector 32 here today.

Mr Rikhi Ram Kaundal, Minister for Cooperation, Himachal Pradesh, was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the participants, he highlighted the need for strengthening the cooperative movement, especially after the advent of multinational companies (MNCs) in the country. The detrimental attitude of the MNCs towards the cooperative business should be faced boldly he stressed.

Himachal Pradesh had taken many steps which included the decision to allow cooperatives to start small hydroelectric projects. This would not only provide employment but also bring revenue to the cooperatives.

The need was to ensure greater participation of women and youth in this movement as this, along with customer satisfaction, were the hallmarks of the movement in the southern states, where the movement was getting stronger every day, he observed.

Mr R.S. Dhillon, chairman of Puncofed, also emphasised the need to strengthen the movement since the popularity of the MNCs would sound the death knell of the cooperative movement. The need was to come together on the grassroots level and contribute towards its growth, he added.

The gathering was also addressed by Mr D.S. Thakur, chairman of the management committee, Dr N. Pasricha, regional director, RICM.


The world in exchange
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — AIESEC, a non-profit youth organisation, introduced the local students and young professionals to its Outgoing Exchange Programme, here today. The programme aims at providing young graduates an insight into temporary internship abroad.

AIESEC is the world’s leading international exchange organisation. Its network spreads across more than 90 countries and has a membership of over 50,000 individuals in 750 academic institutions around the world.

Through its international activity and interaction with local, national and international businesses, AIESEC aims at giving a different perspective to understanding foreign business, cultures and working.

During the presentation of the programme the AIESEC representatives, Miss Natasha Jassal and Miss Shivika Babbar talked about the purpose of the exchange programme. They discussed, in length, the guidelines and benefits of the programme. The presentation also involved an interactive session.

An AIESEC trainee from Costa Rica, Ms Patricia Aguilar, emphasised on the need for such programmes. “They also help create an awareness of international socioeconomic problems at the grass root level,” she said. Miss Aguilar is working under AIESEC’s International Exchange Programme in Vivek High School, in the city.

According to Mr Amit Singh, executive vice-president of AIESEC in Chandigarh, 12 persons from the city were sent abroad under this programme. “After we receive applications from those interested, selections are made based on certain criteria which include an individual’s motivation, adjustment and communication skills.”

The duration of the exchange programme is from eight to 78 weeks. “Such programmes help develop sustainable long term working partnerships with a wide variety of corporate, government and non-governmental organisations,” Mr Amit Singh added.



Inner Wheel Club president installed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — Ms Santosh Gupta was installed the sixth president of the Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh Midtown, district 308, for the year 1999-2000, here today.

After introducing her newly installed team, Ms Santosh Gupta unfolded the plans for the year ahead which include projects for the welfare of women in prison, besides providing assistance in the orthopedic workshop at Rajindra Medical College.

Ms Gupta said the club would disburse about Rs 4.7 lakh as loans to the poor. The project, which is in the memory of her son, is called Milano Fiera Chandigarh Midtown and Bharat K. Gupta Revolving Loan Fund. Under the scheme, interest free assistance up to Rs 10,000 is provided to the deserving but economically weaker self-employed.

Mrs Shanta Abhilashi, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh lauded the work done by the Inner Wheel over the years. She also extended her full support in community oriented welfare projects.

The outgoing President, Ms Rekha Mehan, highlighting the various welfare projects during her year extended full support to the newly installed team.

The Director Health Services, Dr Joginder Singh, assured his help for the medical and health care and the AIDS awareness projects.

The newly installed team includes, Ms Deepa Sahib Singh, vice-president; Ms. Rama Gupta, secretary; Ms Beena Aggarwal, joint secretary; Ms Kanta Handa, treasurer; and Ms Joginder Mukherji, ISO.



Powermen stage dharna 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — Members of the UT Powermen Union staged a dharna in support of their demands here today.

The members raised slogans against the proposed introduction of the Electricity Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament. This was being done to dismantle the public sector power industry, particularly the state power boards with a view to hand them over to multinational companies (MNCs).

The agitators also condemned the decision of the UT Administration to privatise the Electricity Department. Their other demands include release of bonus for 1997- 99, implementation of PSEB circulars, including cashier allowance, filling of vacant posts and stopping victimisation of union leaders.


Illegal mining denied
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — The Nalagarh Stone Crushers’ Owners Association today clarified that stone crushers’ owners did not do any illegal mining in the Nalagarh areas as alleged in a news item published in certain newspapers on July 27.

Mr Sunil Garg, president of the association, said they were given leases after the approval of the joint inspection committee. They did mining from their respective areas and all vehicles were given “pass form” issued by the Mining Officer.

He said mining of stones from the adjoining area was done illegally by tractor owners for sale in Punjab and Haryana.

He said the crushers’ owners had sufficient area on lease for doing mining. Therefore, there was no need for them to indulge in illegal mining.

Quoting the Mining Act, he said no activity was allowed on upstream and downstream or bridges and the sides of river and there restrictions were strictly followed by lessees.


Sinha visits Western Command
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — The Governor of Assam, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd), visited Western Command headquarters here today.

During his visit, he held discussions with Lieut-Gen Vijay Oberoi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, on matters pertaining to the welfare of troops. He also interacted with a cross-section of officers posted within the headquarters and talked on higher defence organisation.

The General was the GOC-in-C, Western Command, from June 1981 to December 1982. The Governor was accompanied by his wife, Ms Premini Sinha, who visited the various welfare projects and also interacted with the command women.



City’s ‘affluence, planning’ fascinates US professor
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH July 28 — Ms Judith Stein, Professor of History at the City College of New York and the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, is fascinated by the affluence and planning of Chandigarh, saying it is different from an average Indian city.

‘I did not find anything unusual in New Delhi. But Chandigarh has come as a pleasant surprise. It is neat, clean and well planed,” she says. “I will visit Shimla, Agra and other towns before returning to the USA on August 7. It has been my first visit to India”.

“Earlier, I was never fascinated by India. Being a Marxist during my earlier years, diversity never appealed to me. But now I am really impressed by real secularism you have in India,” she said.

Professor Stein, who specialises in political economy, had a chance to interact with workers of Punwire, who have been on a chain hunger strike outside Punjab Udyog Bhavan in Chandigarh.

“There have been so many similarities in the manner the workers protest, both here and in the USA. The style adopted by agitating workers here is, however, different from industrial workers in the United States. I interacted with them and talked to them at length,” she said.

She is a staunch supporter of “managed trade” and an opponent of “free trade” and appreciates both European and Japanese models where even after automation, there have been little or no job redundancies.

An average industrial worker in the USA, she says, is not secure though last two years have been financially unusually good. In the USA, there is a large presence of manufacturing sector. But at the same time, they have large working hours.

“Since there has been little increase in minimum wages, the new concept of both husband and wife working has been rapidly on the rise. Rough estimates put the number of women at work at about 80 per cent.

“The wage rate has been stagnant. Last year, the annual wages were less than what they were in 1973,” she said, maintaining that in spite of law, women continue to draw less compared to their male counterparts.

She feels that the gap between a worker and a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has been growing at a fast pace in the USA.

Coming back to Chandigarh, she complains that nowhere could she buy picture postcards to post them back home. “It is very unfortunate. A modern and planned city like Chandigarh, where you plan to attract foreign tourists and make it a convention city, there is no outlet from where one can buy some picture postcards,” she says, advocating that some attention should be paid towards sale of mementos, gift items and picture postcards, besides other novelty items, including tourist guide maps.


ASI escapes from police custody
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR July 28 — An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Punjab Police arrested by the Vigilance Department, Punjab, in connection with a case of corruption escaped from the police custody at the Phase I police station. The ASI had been temporarily put in a cell at the police station after his arrest by a team of the vigilance department led by Inspector Zora Singh Brar.

Constable Narinder Sood posted at the Phase I Police Station has been booked in connection with the escape of the ASI. The ASI, Jarnail Singh, posted at Mirado Police Post, Sadar Thana, Ludhiana, along with Madan Lal, a resident of Karnail Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, had been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and they were arrested by the vigilance team from Phase 8 here late last night.

According to the information available the ASI on the pretext of answering a call of nature escaped from the police custody. A case under Section 223 of the IPC has been registered against the constable. It could, however, not be ascertained whether the sentry on duty, Hardeep Singh, had been booked or not.

Three booked

Three persons have been booked in connection with the suicide case of Roshan Lal of Phase 11 here. The victim had allegedly committed suicide on July 1. According to the information available, Ram Niwas, Chander and Naresh had allegedly forced the victim to commit suicide due to some financial dealing.

A suicide note was found left behind by the victim. A case under sections 306, 506, 342 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. No arrest have been made so far.

Resident defrauded

An Amritsar resident was defrauded of Rs 20, 000 by four car-borne persons one of whom posed as a CBI officer.

According to sources, Mr Sheeba, who deals in gold ornaments, was coming out of the house of his relatives in Sector 45 when a car, PB 11 L 8274, stopped near him. A persons got out and identified himself as a CBI officer and asked him to accompany him to his office. When he asked about his offence he was told that he kept gold illegally.

Finally, the matter was settled for Rs 20, 000. When he contacted the authorities concerned , he came to know that he had been defrauded. The police is investigating.

Road mishap

A city resident was killed when he was hit and injured by a car on the Sector 40 \ 41 dividing road on Friday. The deceased, Kansal, resident Gulzar Singh, was rushed to the PGI where he breathed his last. The car driver, Mohali resident, Avtar Singh, has been arrested and booked.

Case registered

The manager of Sab Infotech, Mr S K Sayyed, lodged a compliant that Panchkula resident Neeraj Gupta had withdrawn a sum of Rs 50, 000 fraudulently. He said the money was withdrawn by way of cheques in the name of a certain Hari Singh.

A case under Section 408, 420, 467, 268, 471, IPC, has been registered.

Liquor seized

The police has arrested two persons - Bhola Ram and Basant Singh on the charges of possessing 14 bottles and 45 pouches of liquor. Cases under Section 61 \ 1 \14 of the Excise act have been registered.



Traders given relief cheques
From Our Correspondent

ZIRAKPUR July 28 — The development works have been adversely affected since the quashing of the erstwhile Nagar Panchayat by the high court, but the Punjab Government will soon find out some concrete solution to the problem.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab, made this statement here at a function organised to distribute relief cheques of Rs 6.45 lakh to 12 shopkeepers, whose shops were gutted on December 10 last year.

The minister also said that the farmers of Banur and Dera Bassi areas whose crops were destroyed in floods, would be given the compensation. The Subdivisional Magistrates and the revenue authorities had been directed to conduct a survey of the flood hit areas and enlist the affected farmers, he added. 


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