Sunday, August 13, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


CAT notice worries ‘VIP’ lecturers
By Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — Panic has gripped over 125 “VIP lecturers” who are on deputation from Haryana and Punjab in the local government colleges following the issuance of a notice of motion for their repatriation by the Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

In its interim order, the Bench observed that the “status quo as of today in regard to orders regarding deputation period of the respondents shall be maintained till the next date — August 14”. This will mean that the Chandigarh Administration will now not be able to extend their deputation period.

In fact, there has not been any extension in the deputation period of the lecturers, a majority of them being wives and kin of top functionaries of Punjab and Haryana Governments, after February, 1991. The deputationists have held a series of meetings over the past few days to chalk out the further course of action.

In their writ before CAT, the part-time lecturers had sought directions to the Administration to repatriate the lecturers from Punjab and Haryana, who had come on deputation to the city initially for a period of one year. But they continued to stay here for several years in violation of the recruitment rules —Chandigarh Education Services (Group B Gazetted) Government Arts and Science College Rules,1990.

The petition demanded that the posts be filled through the UPSC, which had not been done since 1978 so that the exploitation of the part-time lecturers, who were paid a meagre amount of up to a maximum of Rs 3,500 per month, could end.

It was contended that the Administration took full workload from the part-time lecturers and they were required to take 84 periods in a month to get Rs 3,500 though regular lecturers, whose salaries were over five times that amount, were required to take only 72 periods.

The 1991 rules provide for 100 per cent posts to be filled through direct recruitment through the UPSC and there was no provision for taking persons on deputation. Yet the administration, in its own wisdom and with a view to oblige the top functionaries, had not taken any steps to advertise the posts held by deputationists “illegallly” without extension in the deputation period since 1991. Since the notification of the rules in 1991, not a single post had been filled through the UPSC.

Not only that, in spite of clear-cut directions issued by the court on May 20,1995, wherein the administration was directed to fill the posts through the UPSC, nothing had been done even after five years.

Similarly, in the case of Meenakshi Walia and Others decided on March 16,1998, CAT had observed:”A perusal of the rules notified on January 1,1998, show that there is no provision for taking persons on deputation to fill these posts on deputation. Now that the Recruitment Rules have been notified, the respondents will take immediate steps to fill the vacant posts under these rules. This should preferably be done within a period of six months. Till these posts are filled on regular basis, the present applicants will not be replaced by another ad hoc or contractual employees. They will be replaced only by regular appointees when available.

Apart from that, the Administration did not comply with the orders relating to the release of “vacation’ salary to part-time lecturers since September 1996. It was only when the Supreme Court dismissed the SLP of the administration that “vacation” salary was paid after this issue was highlighted by the Chandigarh Tribune.

It was again directed in the order dated March 24,2000, that the recruitment to the vacant posts in terms of the Recruitment Rules be made at an early date. However, with a view to frustrate the claims of the part-time lecturers the Administration tried to dispense with the services of Ms Walia, who had hauled up the Administration in a contempt of court in the payment of “vacation” salary.

And throwing norms to winds, the Administration had posted a deputationist — Ms Shashi Kiran — in place of Ms Walia. Then Ms Walia. approached CAT, which ordered that the applicant would not be relieved by the deputationist. But the Administration did not comply with the order resulting in the filing of a contempt petition against the administration and which has been fixed for September 4.

Meanwhile, the petition mentioned that a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice GS Singhvi and Mr Justice Iqbal Singh observed on February 5,1999, in a case relating to a lecturer on deputation from Haryana that there was no express order extending the period of deputation of the petitioner:

“...It appears that the respondent gave the impugned direction because the petitioner has manipulated/managed to stay out of the parent service for over eight years, a situation which is certainly not in the interest of the state. Learned counsel could not show any provision of law under which the petitioner could remain on deputation for over eight years and that too without the sanction of the competent authority,” the order added.


Where is the promised flyover?
Tribune News Service

BHANKARPUR (Dera Bassi), Aug 12 — It is 12.20 pm on Saturday. It is time for the Chandigarh-Delhi Shatabadi Express to pass the level crossing on the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway at Bhankarpur. The level crossing is closed to vehicular traffic by the gateman for just eight minutes to allow the train to pass.

As the minutes roll by, traffic chaos is all pervasive on both sides of the level crossing. Honking of horns and smoke billowing vehicles add to the pollution as haphazard parking of vehicles leads to heated arguments between some vehicle drivers and the two Punjab Police personnel manning traffic at the crossing. A haphazardly parked car with a red light atop it (as seen in the picture) of a Punjab Government official on the wrong side of the road dissuades the cops from performing their duty.

This is usual scene at the crossing, say the cops. On an average, the closing time of the level crossing varies from a minimum five minutes to a maximum of 20 minutes at different time intervals. At least 26 passenger and goods trains daily pass through it. The maximum closing time is in case of goods trains, say railway officials.

Adding to the chaos is the inordinate delay to start construction of a railway overbridge at the level crossing. “Widening of the Chandigarh-Ambala highway will be fruitless unless the overbridge is constructed”, remarks a railway official at the site. Officials of the Punjab Public Works Department say once operational, it will relieve traffic congestion on this section of the road. To be built under the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) scheme, the overbridge is reportedly being delayed as the PWD has failed to pay a certain amount to the Forest Department for the removal of eucalyptus trees along the road owned by the latter. The trees have to be removed when the overbridge comes up, but before that PWD has to seek permission from the Forest Department.

The construction company entrusted with the project has completed soil testing and has deputed the required technical and non-technical staff to start the project. It has set up its camp office adjacent to the project site.

As the Tribune team is about to leave the scene after the level crossing is opened, carelessness of the road users in following the traffic rules comes to the fore. As the haphazardly parked vehicles on both sides try to resume their journey, chaos once again is all pervasive. The cops at the site lament that in case of a road mishap, there is no arrangement to evacuate victims. To remove the vehicles damaged in an accident, a private tow vehicle has to be arranged.Back


Coming close to Japanese sights
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — When the Japanese government decided to open a branch office of the Japanese Foundation in India in 1994, one major area of concern was underlined — that the two countries would increasingly share their socio-economic concerns. And the fact that New Delhi was the only place in the entire South Asia chosen by the Japan Foundation people to further their objectives, was an indicator enough that India was being viewed by Japan as a power to reckon with.

About six years down the lane, a lot of goodwill has already been achieved. And if what the Director of the Japan Foundation, Mr Tadashi Ogawa, is anything to go by, “Japan and India which have long shared Buddhism, will now write history in the field of cultural collaboration.”

Mr Tadashi Ogawa, the man who executes programmes of the Japan Foundation in India, was today in town in connection with yet another attempt aimed at familiarising Indians with the Japansese culture. He will be the guest of honour at the exhibition of photographs by a Japanese artist George Hashiguchi which is to be inaugurated here tomorrow. The Tribune talked to him about the various cultural programmes being adopted by the Foundation in India.

Highlighting the prime objective of the Foundation which is “promoting Indian culture and academics in Japan and vice versa”, Mr Ogawa informed that the Foundation was spending about 30 per cent of its budget on various culture promotion activities in India. He informed that as an extension of the same, a Japanese film festival will be held in New Delhi in October. “The festival will later be taken to all the metros,” he said.

Yet another breakthrough in the field of person-to-person exchange will be achieved when the 23 member theatre group from Kerala, Saketam, will stage shows in various cities of Japan.

The Foundation, the Director further informed, although did not plan schemes by itself, it had a role in supporting various institutions which offer support to promote any activity pertaining to cultural exchange. “In this connection it is important to mention that we are supporting Japanese studies in universities like Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University which now have an exclusive department on Japanese studies. We get professors from Japan and they are engaged to teach the interested students.”

The Foundation is also open to any plans of opening up private centres to teach the Japanese language, he said. Apart from that many Japanese teachers are already being despatched to teach the language at the various schools being run by the embassy.

Yet another area of thrust is cultural awareness which is fast being achieved, as informed by Mr Ogawa. It may be recalled that in 1998 Japan had hosted an Indian film festival and around that very time, the veteran Indian dancer Sonal Mansingh had been invited by the Japanese government under its short term visit programme.

The Chief Programme Officer of the Foundation Mr Rajaram Panda, who is accompanying the Director, informed that various Indian artistes have gone to Japan under the said programme. “The objective is that when they come back with a background of Japan’s history, they disseminate the same through the organisations they work in.”

Apart from that the Japan Foundation is also planning to invite Indian high school teachers to Japan so as to give them an opportunity to witness how the Japanese society functions. Another major programme being conducted by the Foundation is the exchange of person-to-person programme. “Under this programme we help scholars, artists, cultural administrators and area study specialists to visit our country to gather further insight,” informed Mr Ogawa, adding that under this programme the persons can individually apply. “All the other programmes are institution-based,” he said.

About extending roots in cities other than the metropolitans, the Director said that the plans are being worked out. “This exhibition is one such endeavour,” he said.


A Japanese lensman’s tribute to labour
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — An exhibition of photographs by renowned Japanese lensman George Hashiguchi which will open here at Art Folio tomorrow evening, is marked by a meaningful depiction of socio-economic concerns of the Japanese, a race wedded to the dictum of dignity of labour.

Apart from the fact that this is the first time when any form of Japanese art is being brought to the city, courtesy the Japan Foundation, there is a lot more about the works on display which intrigues the mind of the viewer. The very first intriguing aspect of the work is the title of the exhibition itself — Work: 1991 to 1995.

The title stems from the theme of the work, which in itself is rare and commendable in the sense that it captures various occupations the Japanese have been into over the years. In every frame that reflects a man at work, be it a strip dancer in Tokyo or a demolition worker in Osaka, the artist’s urge to glorify labour finds a voice.

George has travelled far and wide, covering the entire Japanese expanse for giving shape to his desire to assemble a series of clippings of time and space in which he lives. There are 36 black and white frames on display and each one details a profession in totality. So if the photographer has captured a lineman at work, he has also informed the viewers about what job he does, what salary he draws, what is the life of his job and what is his dream.

Going by the minute details incorporated in a single frame, no wonder the Japanese Foundation chose to exhibit George’s works about the social fabric of Japan and the life an average Japanese. The exhibition, which opens here tomorrow, will be on till August 31. Further, a slide show of the works by the artist will be held at New Delhi on October 2 and 3 when the artist visits India.

The works exude power when seen in the light of the fact that the artist cared to break away from what is mundane and throw himself into the surroundings where people take pride in little works they do. Captured in the frames are men and women engaged in all sorts of works which were not quite in coherence with the jobs that ruled the roost in Japan during the times of the so called “bubble economy”. That was the time when the government was promising easy, big money jobs, without actually giving a specific idea about what such a work was all about.

But when the artist decided that he wanted to portray people who lend support to the daily national life without ever getting a credit for the same, he travelled across, and shot everyone including a strip dancer, a subtitle calligrapher, a charcoal burner, a bus guide, and even a mail carrier. The frames also subtly reflect the pride on the faces of these workers who have learnt to confront life with modesty. 


I-Day traffic restrictions
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — In view of the Independence Day function at the Sector 17 Parade Ground and At Home in Punjab Raj Bhavan, the Chandigarh traffic police will impose certain traffic restrictions on August 15.

The road stretches from the roundabout of Sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 upto the small rotary near Gurdial Singh Petrol Pump, in Sector 22-A on Udyog Path, the crossing of Sectors 16 and 17 upto the roundabout of Sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 on Jan Marg and the traffic-lights point near Lyon’s Restaurant in Sector 17 upto Parade Ground will remain closed to vehicles from 7 a.m. onwards till the ceremony is over.

No one will be allowed to park vehicles in front of the shops in the Sector 22-A market from 7 am onwards till the function is over.

The VIPs and senior officers with authorised car parking labels on their vehicles will be allowed entry from the roundabout of Sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 on Udyog Path. They will be allowed to park their vehicles in the parking lot of Sector 22-A.

Members of the public can park their vehicles in the parking lot of the Sector 22-B market, adjacent to the Blood Diseases Hospital in Sector 23, on the rear side of the Neelam Cinema, in the parking area of the Football Stadium and in the Circus Ground. All buses coming from Haryana, Punjab, HP and other places to the ISBT, Sector 17, shall be diverted towards the ISBT chowk from the Bajwara chowk and Piccadily chowk via Himalaya Marg.

And for the “At Home” function, the road stretch from the roundabout of Sectors 5, 6, 7, 8 up to the “T” Point near the Golf Club and from the “T” Point near the Punjab Raj Bhavan onwards, towards the residence of the Adviser will remain closed to the general public from 2 p.m. onwards till the function is over.

Invitees to the function with pink car parking labels shall park their vehicles in the parking area of the rear side of the Adviser’s residence. Alighting facility will be provided in front of the entry gate of the Punjab Raj Bhavan.

Self-driven cars of the senior citizens with pink car parking labels shall be allowed parking in the parking area towards the mini zoo. Similarly, invitees with green parking labels should use the road from the Sectors 7, 8 turn onwards for parking their vehicles in the parking area adjacent to the Adviser’s residence.

Members of the Golf Club have been urged to use the road from the SGGS College side for coming to the club from 2 p.m. onwards.


Police on full alert
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — In view of the threats posed by the Hizbul Mujahideen, militant outfit, the city police has taken adequate security measures for Independence Day celebrations and sought people’s cooperation in this regard.

The police has appealed to the public to extend its cooperation in identifying suspected persons found moving around or persons who have recently purchased houses or taken houses on rent in the city.

Mr Parag Jain, Senior Superintendent of Police, said parents should educate their children against touching any attractive-looking toys, transistors, radios, televisions sets, brief cases found abandoned on roadsides or in public places.

The travelling public has been advised to check their seats and areas around and identify articles while travelling in buses or trains, he added.

People have been cautioned against rumour-mongers. All such persons should be reported to the police control room (at telephone number 100) or mobile police control vans or to the nearest police station, said Mr Jain.



Groaning under the weight of school bags
By Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — The IT-world has solved the problems of many by storing a wide range of information in microchips but it could not provide any respite to the school children from heavy-weight school bags. They continue to carry these bags on their fragile shoulders and the situation is not likely to improve in the times to come.

During the last decade, educationists created much hullabaloo but they could not do much for these ‘little’ ones. The scenario today is that a student carries a bag heavier than himself. Stressed-out students with an over-stuffed bag piled on their shoulders is a common scene near the school premises before and after school timings.

Kamini Kapila, a student, says that for her it was a difficult exercise everyday during the mornings and afternoons when she had to literally drag herself to her destination with a heavy bag on her shoulders until her father bought her a bicycle seeing her plight. Now she carries the bag on her bicycle. “Still it is difficult for me to control my bicycle with a heavy bag loaded on its carrier.” she says.

Many schools in the city have solved the problems of younger students by at least avoiding the school bags upto kindergarten. Some schools have, of late, introduced this phenomenon up to third standard. The students there are not supposed to carry the books with them as these are kept by the school itself. Usually the children are given their note books during the week ends to show them to their parents.

Although this experiment was a success with many independent schools it could not work in many government-run schools. Mr HM Bir Singh, Principal of Government High School, Sector 43, says that he started with this experiment in the school and kept the note books of students of nursery classes in the school. “The parents did not like this idea at all. They said that how could they take a note of the performance of their wards if the proof of their work — the note books were kept in the school. So we had to drop this idea and the children continue to carry the bag on their shoulders.”

Ms Meenaxi Mohindra, Principal of Bhawan Vidayalaya, is, however, successful in helping her school kids to carry lighter school bags. “We took the plunge to reduce the weight of a school bag to a minimum. We eliminated environmental studies from our curricula as the subject was overlapping with that of science. Similarly, we dropped many subjects that were not required at all. We reduced the burden significantally for the students of primary level. But we could not do much for higher classes as the curricula of these classes are offered by CBSE. “ says she.

Many school authorities felt that the issue has been raised many times but nothing substantial has been done so far. Mr DS Bedi, Principal of Shivalik School, says, “I know the gravity of the problem as I can understand that the young children can suffer from cervical and other back problems but you cannot do without the school bags. With new concepts of education coming up every day we want our children to know about AIDS, get educated about the environment and on the other side we are talking about the smaller school bags.”

“What we have been doing in the recent past is that we have been identifying the problems and leave these up to some one else to solve it. There are no guidelines provided to us for this. Moreover, it’s a parents’ choice that they want their children to know maximum and become an expert overnight. What should be done for that? They want us to provide the nursery students with a nursery rhyme book. Can anybody ask them that those children who don’t know the alphabets , how can they read the poems themselves,” adds Mr Bedi.



An invitation to Australia
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — “Australia may soon throw open its doors for farmers in Punjab to develop huge pieces of cultivable land in its western part,” says Mr Robert K. Chelliah, a senior social worker, an immigration specialist and post-arrival support services expert.

Mr Chelliah, a third generation Indian-Malaysian now settled in Western Australia, says that his government is keen on encouraging immigration to develop regions, especially large tracts of fertile and cultivable land for various crops, including bananas and mangoes.

“This new concept of inviting farmers, especially from Punjab, was mooted by me some time ago to the Government of Western Australia. It may take 18 months to two years for this concept to become a reality. But it is going to happen.

“We have large, open and good areas which can meet food requirements of South Asia and other parts of the world. Western Australia has been encouraged to take farmers as immigrants. Agricultural land is shrinking elsewhere. For example, in some of the provinces of China, pace of industrialisation is diminishing farm land by almost 20 per cent a year.

“Western Australia has an eye to the future food market of South Asia and other parts of the world. We understand Punjabis have an instinct to immigrate and enjoy a reputation of the good and hard working class. The proposal may bring Punjab and Western Australia Governments closer on various subjects,” adds Mr Chelliah.

Mr Chelliah, who immigrated to Australia in 1974, immediately after the White Australia policy was revoked, says that he had been closely associated with various social reforms, including the demand for multi-culturalism and equity in jobs.

“The first thing we noticed when we reached Australia 26 years ago was racism. We got the Asian community in Perth organised. We had a tough job on our hands. The country needed an attitudinal change to allow minorities to be part of the system.

Our one point programme was that everyone should be treated as an equal citizen of Australia. Now Australia is perhaps the only Commonwealth nation where rights and well being of minorities are protected by legislations.

“The Australian Government has fixed the intake of immigrants for the current year at 83,000. This is globally divided. Almost 15 per cent of this number may come from India. What Australia is looking forward to is skilled people in information technology, technicians, engineers and other categories of professionals besides farmers. Between July and September last year, India sent 890 persons to Australia as permanent residents. Almost double the number came from China during the same period.

“Punjab is one state which sends immigrants to other countries. People of this border state are not only hard working but have a tremendous capacity to adjust. The farm land in Australia is very cheap. On an average, an acre of land costs around $ (Australian) 6,000 while a farm house of bananas or mangoes would cost $10,000 an acre.

“In Western Australia, a hectare of banana farm gives a return of $ 33,000 in the second year and $ 37,328 in the third year and 47,040 in the fourth year after nil return in the first year. It would suit cooperative farming. With five to 10 families buying 500 hectares and then dividing into smaller units of five hectares each. And taking to banana and mango and other cash crop cultivation.

“Even now developed farm lands are available. For an Indian farmer to go and settle in Australia, it takes about three to four months to get a visa valid for four years. On being successful, the applicant can become a permanent resident of Australia,” he says.

He cautions Indians against unauthorised immigration consultants. In Australia there is a strong law. Every immigration consultant has to be licensed by the Migration Agents Registration Authority and the Migration Institute of Australia which safeguard the interests of applicants by regulating duties and even fee of consultants.

“Australia is the only country where all immigration agents are required to be registered under the Migration Act, 1958. The same Act stipulates a stringent code of conduct,” he adds.


Snake found in tap water
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — Capt B.S. Bedi (retd), a resident of house number 1396 in Sector 44-B, today complained that a small snake flowed in from a tap installed in his house.

He said his family members were shocked to witness the snake in the water. He said the same water was used not only for drinking but also for cooking.


Women’s empowerment vital issue
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — Women’s empowerment has to go hand in hand with men’s enlightenment. Women are not a minority but about 50 per cent of the human race, still they are suppressed, oppressed and are victims of physical and mental violence, the world over. These were some of the views expressed at a talk show organised by the Chandigarh Press Club on ‘Violence against women’, here today,

The discussion, attended by a large number of women activists, and journalists, was followed by a lively interactive session between the audience and the four panelists — Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Ms Oshima Raikhey, President of the Punjab Istri Sabha, Ms Firoza Mehrotra, a senior bureaucrat of the Haryana cadre, and Ms Sheeli Didi, a leading lawyer and a woman activist.

Ms Oshima Raikhey cited several examples of violence against women. “Even after 52 years of independence, women in our country do not enjoy an equal status. Several laws have been passed for their uplift, but there has been no commitment to seriously implement them,” she added.

She lamented that women were regarded as commodities and instances of violence against them were increasing. “Whether it is sexual harassment at home or at work, or female infanticide, or polygamy, or rape, or molestation, or physical or mental harassment, women are being used,misused and discarded at will,” she said.

Ms Raikhey urged the women to get together and fight for their rights.” Together we have to acquire our rightful place in society,” she asserted.

Ms Firoza Mehrotra, now on deputation with the Planning Commission, has been dedicated to women’s cause for quite some time. With some eye-opening statistics about female infanticide, she presented a scientific view of the topic.

Speaking about the unequal male to female ratio in the country, she said that according to the 1991 census,it stood at 1000:927. “My question is that what has happened to those 32 million missing women,” she asked.

Mrs Mehrotra said that women were prevented even from taking birth by the misuse of modern scientific devices like sonography. “In many parts of the country, girl infants are killed right after birth.”

Quoting statistics, she said that the frequency of criminal acts against women was rising alarmingly. There was an act of cruelty every 32 minutes, molestation every 26 minutes, kidnapping every 53 minutes, eve teasing every 51 minutes and dowry death every one hour and 42 minutes. “Imagine how many criminal acts against women would have already taken place while we have been discussing this topic,”she added.

Ms Sheela Didi, said that it was amazing that all over the world two-third of the work was done by women.” However, they hold just one-tenth of the total resources. For us, it is a question of both equality and equity, equality of giving equal status to both men and women and equity of giving what is due to women.”

Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta, the chief guest, said that the crux of the entire problem was that there was devaluation of the values of society. “ The fact is that matrimony has become a matter of money. But man owes a lot to woman including life itself and all that makes it worth living,” he said.

Mr Justice Gupta, referred to the problems faced by women because of delays in the administration of justice, and said that even though it was the 21st century, we still were following laws which were made in the 18th century.

Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu, President of the Press Club said that violence against women was a very important and relevant issue. He expressed his thanks to the women journalists for attempting to spread awareness on this vital issue.

Mr Sarabjit Singh Pandher, Secretary-General of the club, said that in future too, the club would try to address such issues. Ms Rita Sharma, chairperson of the Women’s Committee, stressed the role of the press and said that more exposure should be given to violence against women. “Only about 10 per cent of the crime gets reported in the press and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she added. 


Concrete-based parking at ISBT soon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — A project to have concrete-based parking, drive-in and circulating area for buses at the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT), Sector 17, has been cleared with the work scheduled to start after the monsoons. This is being carried out to have a longer life of the parking stations and the circulating area.

The work will be carried out in the phase of the ISBT from where buses come in, the platforms for departure of Punjab-bound buses and the local bus station area. Besides, a covered link corridor is being built to connect the local bus station area with the main bus station to have all-weather link for commuters.

For this a sum of Rs 1.93 crore has been sanctioned. The work includes improving and re-doing the toilets in the old block.

The major work of concrete pavement of the circulating area of buses is planned for the future with the next 20 years in mind. The use of road and the load has been kept in mind before planning the project, say engineers.

The idea is to have a rigid structure like the one already existing in the other phase of the ISBT from where the HP and Delhi-bound buses depart.

Such a concrete paving does not require maintenance and is the latest in technology. The regular bitumen paving does not go well as diesel and petrol act as solvents.

This mean drops of diesel and petrol can cause breaking up of bitumen and with each passing bus, the crater only widens. Concrete does not face this handicap, explained Mr Kuldeep Singh, Superintending Engineer, Planning.

The need to build an all-weather corridor was felt as, at present, commuters have to walk from the local bus stand area to the main bus stand. This becomes a problem during rains and in summer months.

Women and little children are the worst hit. The corridor is to be completed in two months. An assurance was given in this regard to the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F. R. Jacob, by UT Chief Engineer R.K. Jain when the former was on visit to the ISBT yesterday. The link is under construction.


Glory of Independence relived
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Aug 12 — The glory of Independence was relived today in the precincts of Yadav Bhavan, Sector 12, where poets from city and vicinity gathered to pay tributes to those who brought freedom to the country.

Those gathered on the occasion had a taste of fiery lyrics which were seeped in the valour that might have guided the national heroes during the strife torn times of 1947 when Independence came along with dissection of the country. As the poets doled out their feelings, there were clear undertones of both elation and depression in their renderings. Elation on account that we saw a day of liberty, and depression because the liberty came wrapped up in the package of Partition.

Tripta Sharma, a poet from Kharar, captured the essence of the day in her couplet Ne dil se kabhi kam ho jasba vafa ka, kabhi na pade aag madham lagan ki, Mein faila ke daman dua kar rahi hun, Kabhi shaan kum na ho mere watan ki. The couplet won her tremendous applause from receptive audience of the city.

From Chandigarh, Rupa Saba, voiced her thoughts in the couplet :Kab raat ki sitar par ek dhun kabhi rari, Ubharenge nagme aur bhi is saaz ke tale. Another poet, Ved Diwana, translating thoughts of those left across the border during Partition, said:Ek tera gum hai aaj bhi rahta hai saath saath, varna kisi ke kabhi koi itna kareeb tha.'

Reflecting on the thought pattern of soldiers in war time, Suneeta Rani, narrated her couplet: Hum agar mar bhi gaye, mar kar amar ho jayenge, apni dharti ke liye, apne watan ke vaste.

The evening was organised by residents welfare associations of Sectors 12, 12-A, 19, 20, 21, the Senior Citizens Council and the Haryana Urdu Akademi. The Health Minister, Haryana, Dr M.L. Ranga, was the chief guest.


Cop held for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 12 — Head Constable Balwinder Singh has been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from Mr Rajinder Singh Bhasin of Sector 22-B.

According to the police, the cop, who was posted in the PCR, demanded a bribe from the complainant. A raid was conducted by Dr Sagar Preet Hooda, ASP (Central), and the accused was caught red handed last night, near the bus stand chowk.

A case has been registered.

Liquor seized: The police has seized 95 pouches of whisky from the residence of Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran.

The accused fled from the spot. A case has been registered.

Case registered: The police has registered a case against the driver of a truck (CHW 3959) for diverting 140 bags of cement meant for the government construction purposes.

The police said the truck was loaded with the cement bags from plot no 6, industrial area, Phase II, for government work at Patiala.But later on the truck was found parked near 3007, Sector 19-D, and the cement was being unloaded near a building which was under-construction. The cement and the truck have been taken into possession, but the driver managed to escape. A case has been registered.

Theft: Mr Charanjit Singh, a resident of Sector 37, alleged that someone had stolen four chairs and a table from his house on the night of August 10

A case has been registered.Back



Liquor contractor booked
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Aug 12 — The local police has booked a local liquor contractor for allegedly selling liquor to minors. According to information available, the liquor contractor, running a shop in Phase 7, has been booked under the Excise Act on the basis of a statement given by Lakhwinder Singh, a minor who had purchased two bottles of IMFL from the shop.


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
120 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |