Tuesday, September 5, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


MLA hostel rent hiked after 34 yrs
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — A five fold increase in room rent to be further hiked 16-fold by April 1, 2004 , has been ordered by the Chandigarh Administration for the Punjab and Haryana MLA Hostels here.

The Speakers of both the Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabhas have been informed by the Chandigarh Administration that room rent for MLA Hostels has been revised from Rs six per day to Rs 30 per day with effect from September 1 this year.

The order further said that on April 1 every year, the room rent will be increased further to arrive at a level of it Rs 100 per room per day by April 1, 2004.

The Administration had been charging Rs six per day per room eversince the inception of the Union Territory of Chandigarh on November 1, 1966. The charges cover maintenance of hostel buildings as well as supply of electricity and water.

The allotment of rooms in the two hostels are made by the Secretariat of the two Vidhan Sabhas.

Of the two hostels, the Sector 4 MLA hostel which has 56 rooms is entirely with Punjab while the Sector 3 MLAs Hostel, which also has 56 rooms, 40 rooms are with Haryana and the remainder with Punjab.

The Business Advisory Committees of the two Vidhan Sabhas are expected to consider this order of the Chandigarh Administration after their Monsoon sessions, which are either in progress or about to commence.

Last month, the Electricity Wing of the Engineering Department of the Chandigarh Administration had disconnected power supply to the two hostels because of non-payment of dues. While an amount of Rs 5.5 lakh was due from the Sector 3 Hostel, the Sector 4 Hostel was in arrears to the tune of Rs 38 lakh. Power supply was, however, restored shortly afterwards following intervention of the senior functionaries of the two States and the Chandigarh Administration on the plea that arrears would be cleared soon.

There has been a continuous debate over payment of arrears on a number of services provided by the Administration to both the Punjab and Haryana Governments.

Another important issue that has attracted the attention of the Accountant-Generals’ has been payment of salaries to “safai karamcharis” at the Secretariat building. The Administration had originally employed 55 safai karamcharis. This strength has now come down to 40 after retirement of 15 on superannuation.

The AG has objected to the Chandigarh Administration paying for these services provided at the Secretariat building, the seat of Administration of both Punjab and Haryana Governments.

The Administration has now conveyed to the Punjab and Haryana Governments that payments made on account of these services will be charged to the respective heads of the two states.


Nodal officer scheme pays dividends
By Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — The nodal officer scheme of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), started on July 10 this year, has evoked good response with a large number of city residents complying with the notices issued by the civic body.

According to the data gathered by this correspondent, the largest number of notices-454, have been issued to the Sector 44 residents for encroachment on road berms, parks and open spaces in the form of hedges, fences, gates and railings. Of this, 157 persons had already complied with the notices and removed the encroachments and the rest of the violators would be challaned and the encroachments removed at their cost.

The lowest number of notices issued were in the Industrial Area, Phase I. As many as 53 notices were issued here and surprisingly none of the violators had complied with the notices. Similarly, in Sector 27 227 out of 284 residents had complied with the notices.

While in Sector 22, the corporation staff shot off 430 notices, in Sector 32, as many as 117 notices were sent. In Sectors 22 and 32, the number of the persons, who complied with the notices were 42 and 30, respectively. The record of Sector 16 looked far better with 75 of the 98 violators obeying the civic body order and removing the encroachments on their own. However, only 38 of the 195 persons removed the encroachments in Sector 8.

Sources in the corporation informed that the record of the residents removing unauthorised openings on road berms had been very poor. In Sectors 22,27,32 and 44 no persons had complied with the MCC notices. The number of notices issued in these were Sector 22(48),27(4),32(50) and 44(5).

Only one out of eight persons had complied with the notices in Sector 8, three of the 12 persons had done so in Sector 16. Apart from this, four persons out of 20 had complied with the notices in the Industrial Area, Phase I. In fact, 16 challans had already been issued in the Industrial Area.

Moreover, acting tough with persons storing building material without permission, 19 notices had been sent to defaulters out of which 15 had already got permission to store the material. In Sector 16, as many as 6 of the 10 violators had already removed the encroachments. And in Sector 22, the civic body had, out of 25 defaulters, challaned 10 persons.

All 16 defaulters had removed the encroachments in Sector 27, the source said adding only two violators had responded positively to the notices of the MCC out of the 10 defaulters in Sector 32. In Sector 44 only five of the 20 violators had sought permission for the storage of the building material. As many as two of the 14 violators had been challaned in the Phase I of the Industrial Area with the rest of the violators seeking permission.

And for dumping of “malba” at unauthorised places eight persons had been challaned with the MCC challaning seven persons in the Industrial Area and one person in Sector 27. Of the 23 violators, nine had already removed “malba” in Sector 8 and all three in Sector 16. Apart from this, all six persons had removed the “malba” in Sector 22.

Besides this, 10 of the 11 persons had complied with notices in Sector 27. In addition, only three of the 16 persons responded positively to the notices in Sector 32. Similarly, three persons out of 18 persons had obeyed the MCC orders to remove the “malba” in Sector 44. And in the Industrial Area, 82 notices were issued to the residents.

The sources said apart from these seven sectors, the scheme had progressed well in Sectors 20 and 23. The MCC had appointed the nodal officers in nine sectors under the supervision of nine XENs to ensure that there were no encroachments on the public places. They were also authorised to check various permissions for holding functions and for the storage of construction material.

The violators not complying with the notices would be penalised and the encroachment removed at their cost and the removal charges added to their water supply bills, the sources added.

Residents reaction
Pampered residents of the City Beautiful, long used to using the government land for free, at least seem to have woken up to the need of paying for storing the construction material on the prime land. At least 88 persons have sought permission for storing construction material and paid charges to the civic body, the source informed, adding that the trend was likely to bring in resources for the fund-starved corporation.



Fraud case registered against city resident
By Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Sept 4 — The Haryana Housing Board has registered a case of fraud against Chander Mohan, a resident of Chandigarh, for submitting a false affidavit in 1989. The affidavit stating the accused to be a major at the time of transfer of a property in Sector 11 has been taken as the basis.

While a departmental inquiry is on in the case and the heads of certain dealing hands are likely to roll on its completion, a police case has been registered against the accused at the Sector 5 police station under Sections 419, 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC.

Ironically, the case has resurfaced after a complete inquiry was conducted in 1998 whereby the letter of the Chief Administrator written to the Commissioner and Secretary states that ``since the conveyance has already been executed in favour of Chander Mohan on June 21, 1996, so it has been decided not to take any action against him at this belated stage’’.

It is learnt that house number 293 in Sector 11 was allotted to Sham Sunder in June 1983 and possession handed over in July 1983. However, in 1989 the same was transferred in the name of Chander Mohan, shown as a 19-year-old at that time. Later, a conveyance deed was also executed in the case.

The accused, Chander Mohan was just over 10 years of age at the time of the transfer and hence not eligible for the same. The only condition laid down by the Housing Board in cases related to transfer of property is that the transferee shall be a major, having completed 18 years of age. Since the accused fulfilled the conditions laid down by the board according to documents submitted, the transfer was allowed under the policy. Interestingly, since the photo was not required while submitting an affidavit earlier, it is pointed out that another person impersonated Chander Mohan and the transfer was allowed.

Sources in the department pointed out that when the inquiry was initiated against Chander Mohan in 1998, the facts of fabricated documents were overlooked and the case hushed up. Now, another inquiry to “punish’’ employees of the department involved in the racket has begun. Also, they informed that the case was being raked up after almost 10 years of the incident because the two parties, the accused and the transferee, had fallen out over a dispute involving the selling of the property in question.

The Chief Administrator, Ms Manju Gupta, refused to comment on what prompted the inquiry at this stage, why the case had been resigned to the files earlier and what action would be taken against the employees found guilty after the inquiry. She also declined to say anything on the present status of the case.

Meanwhile, the accused has submitted a copy of the earlier report to the police whereby he had been let off stating that in the absence of any financial loss to the board, there was no idea in taking any action against him. However, police sources denied submission of any such report.


Villagers use ‘death track’ as short cut
By Bipin Bhardwaj

DERA BASSI, Sept 4 — Hundreds of students, villagers and commuters of over 12 villages have no option but to take a short cut over 1-km-long railway bridge in absence of any link to Mubarikpur village, 2 km from here.

Though the Railway authorities have installed warning boards on both approaches of the bridge but this has no affect on the residents of the area. The residents cross the bridge throughout the day without any fear of death.

Residents of Sanauli, Dhakauli, Pir Muchhiala, Kishanpura, Gazipur, Nagala, Himmatgarh, Mubarikpur, Meerpur, Pandwala, Kheri, Sundran and some nearby villages are forced to cross this “death track” due to the absence of any bridge. The bridge over the Ghaggar connects Mubarikpur village with Nagla village.

Though the rate of accidents has gone up on this track during the past two years, yet residents prefer to cross the bridge. They allegedly cross the bridge with the tacit support of the GRP personnel on duty.

Students of these villages have to cross the track to go to Senior Secondary School, Mubarikpur, as these villages are without any high or senior secondary school.

Using torches, the commuters even cross the bridge during the night. As the Railway authorities have put ‘‘tin’’ sheets amid the railway lines which is being used by their staff members while repairing the minor defects in the line. Even cyclists and women carrying bundles of fodder opt the track as a short cut to their destinations.

Milkmen prefer this “death track” for selling milk in the Dera Bassi market and surrounding areas.

Earlier, the Dera Bassi Industries Association had constructed a temporary bridge over the Ghaggar which was being used by the residents. But due to poor maintenance, the bridge collapsed and was washed away by the river known for its fury. Since then the residents of the surrounding villages have been using the railway bridge well aware about the consequences.

Baljeet Kaur, a student of Nagla village, who daily trudges across the bridge said, ‘‘We know that it is a “death track” but education is must. So by putting our life in danger we cross the railway bridge. We rush to the safer place over the bridge when ever the guard on duty whistle following any signal regarding the arrival of any train.

The railway track is being used as a thoroughfare by workers of various industrial units in Mubarikpur and Dera Bassi who reside in these village. Moti Ram, a worker, says to go to Mubarikpur and Dera Bassi via Zirakpur is an expensive journey which is beyond the reach of the majority of workers.

The number of commuters increases during monsoons as compare to other seasons as they cannot cross the flooded river.

Though the GRP has deployed an unit of 12 personnel yet the commuters cross the bridge frequently. Mr Mewa Singh, a company commander, said a proper check is being kept on the crossing of commuters, but they are allowed to do so during the rainy season keeping in view the flooded river.


Changing face of teacher-pupil bond
From A Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4— Celebrated with great fanfare in at the school level, Teacher's Day holds little charm for colleges and university teachers and students. The lack of enthusiasm stems from growing indifference between the two and the changing face of the pupil-teacher bond.

Teachers opine that a time has come when students are seldom in awe of their parents.

This correspondent spoke to a number of students and teachers to study the growing divide between the two.

Some students revealed that lack of attention and a communication gap with their teachers were the main reasons for the indifference.

Pooja Gaba, B.Com (part I) Khalsa College, says teachers should do something on Teachers Day as we do on Children's Day. ''I feel teachers should be more frank and friendly instead of promoting communication gap. They should make us comfortable. Since there is gratitude in our hearts for them it is useless to send cards and gifts,'' she opined.

Inder Pal of the Department of Geography, PU, straightway said, ''I do not want to wish my teachers on this day.I do not think their attitude will change for a day or on any other day. Besides everybody is so much job-oriented to be wasting time on these things.''

Manoj Kumar, first year student of LLB, PU, has always offered an excuse on this day since his childhood. ''I have always celebrated this day as a holiday and this year will be no exception. I think to to give importance to someone on one particular day is foolishness.'

Puneet Dhillon, BA (II),GCG, Sector 11, also gave some similar views about her teachers.''I think it is no use to treat your teachers special on one particular day of the year. I feel if you like your teachers you can respect them all the year round.''

Sudir Shahar, who is doing PhD from PU, said, ''We are so materialistic nowadays that there is on time left for such assignments.There is no sincere communication from both sides.

''We want to be friendly to our teachers but they show little concern towards us. May be if my classmates plan some programme or give gift to teachers, I will join them,''says Smarika Rana BA (I), GCG, Sector 11.

But there are some students who plan to give cards and gifts to their teachers.

Shiju Kataria, BA (I), Khalsa College, Sector 26, said ''At the college level students are more friendly with teachers whereas in schools students are afraid of teachers. When in schools we used to give greeting cards but at higher level more celebrations should be there. We should make our teachers feel special on this day. So I will give a greeting card to my favourite teacher .''

Nivedita Takhelchangabam, B.Com (III), said ,''In schools we used to celebrate Teachers Day with great enthusiasm but I wonder why we forget our teachers in colleges. I think we should always do something to make our teacher feel special.''

"I have just one favourite teacher in my college and I am going to give some present to him", remarked Jatinder Mann, BA (I), Khalsa College, Sector 26.

Sarad Saleem, BSc (I), Government College for Men, Sector 11, praised his teachers and said ''They are helpful and I want to show my gratitude in the form of cards and gifts. If today students feel neglected, teachers are also going through the same phase. Students feel independent and mature as they enter college and do not give proper attention to studies".

Prof B.S Mundi of S.D. College blamed the changing system for it.''The way in which a child is brought up that is the root cause of all things. In schools students have to obey their teachers, but as the college life begins they want to be independent.''

Ms Madhu Rima, zoology lecturer, said, ''It is the whole free environment of college in which a student feels very independent.'' Mrs Madhu Kalra from the same department remembers that she had once got a key chain and cards five years back from her students.

Mrs Amar Shoba from the same department exclaimed that ''May be the increasing number of students in the class is one of the reasons for lack of interaction, but throughout my career I have never experienced any bad remarks from students.''

Mrs Shashi Bala of the Chemistry Department of GCG said, ''I have always tried to have friendly relationship with my students. I am happy that my students have always shown the same regards.''

Prof Charanjit Chawla, general secretary, PCCTU, remarked ''We have served our life for the welfare of students but the state and the union governments have never noticed our efforts and demands.That is why we have to celebrate this auspicious Day as "betrayal day".

Lamenting the indifferent attitude of the students towards teaching and teachers, Mr R.R Rawat of SGGS College says, ''The easy availability of books and reading material has contributed to the growing indifference of the student community towards the teachers. The teacher-student relationship has undergone a sea change.''


Celebrating Teachers' Day in true spirit

“WHICH Indian President’s birth anniversary is celebrated on September 5 as Teachers Day?” asks Amitabh Bachchan in the TV serial “Kaun Banega Crorepati”. Neither sure nor confident, the young contestant says Dr S. Radhakrishnan hesitatingly. To her delight, her answer is correct and she wins a handsome amount. Her less than sure answer, however, indicated the declining sense of pride with which we used to celebrate this day of national importance. It was a revealing comment on the decline in the quality of education and the relationship between the teacher and the taught.

Dr Radhakrishnan was devoted to the teaching profession and considered it a proud privilege that his birthday was celebrated as Teachers’ Day. According to him a good teacher is broad-minded, innovative, dedicated to his profession and committed to the goal of spreading knowledge. These were the ideals that inspired him to choose teaching as his profession. It is sad that the teaching community, with the exception of a few good teachers, no longer holds these ideals dear.

The situation has deteriorated to such an extent that some of the teachers hardly ever go the classrooms which only shows their casual attitude towards teaching. A good teacher zealously uses his full potential for the benefit of his students and refrains from just exhibiting his own intellect. He does not belittle his students’ talent and calibre, but instils self-confidence and a sense of worth in them. Some teachers these days perform their duties with the selfish motive of outshining their colleagues by producing better results in examinations, ignoring, in the process, the self-effort made by the students. Similarly, the Principals recognise brilliant students either at the time of annual prize distribution functions or when they have to present annual reports which can be embellished with the academic or other achievements of these students.

The tendency to treat brilliant students merely as ornaments without a genuine word of appreciation or encouragement hurts them throughout their lives and does not prepare them to face the challenges of the outside world with cheer and confidence. This indifferent attitude of the teachers gives rise to indifferent personalities only.

The decline in the moral values of society can be reversed only by teachers who uphold these values. For this, the teachers need to introspect and rededicate themselves to the goal of imparting knowledge selflessly and with a sense of commitment, which, according to Dr Radhakrishnan, are the pre-requisites of a good teacher. They need to instil the spirit of humanism in their students which will lead to the creation of a new spiritual, moral and an intellectually stimulating environment. Only then will we be able to celebrate Teachers’ Day in its true spirit and pay tributes to an inspiring educationist like Dr Radhakrishnan.

— Roopa Dhawan


Panchayat seeks inquiry into demolitions
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Sept 4 — The panchayat of Jhujjhar Nagar has sought an enquiry into the demolitions carried out by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) in the village. The demand was made at a protest rally organised at the village here today. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) also addressed the participants.

Mr Desh Raj, Sarpanch of the village, said PUDA had no right to demolish the structures as they came within the area of the Jhujjhar Nagar gram panchayat. He produced a notification dated October 27, 1997 of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, through which the Jhujjhar Nagar Panchayat had been created out of the nagar panchayat of Belolpur village. He said an official of the Block Development office (BDO) had even marked the numbers of the houses, of which some were demolished by PUDA. The PUDA officials had stated that the constructions had come up after December 1998, in violation of the Periphery Act.

While demanding a thorough probe into the entire episode and suitable compensation for the affected persons, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang said the victims were not even issued notices prior to the demolition. The villagers showed the money received for the village from the MP development fund for carrying development works.

They lamented that most of the structures demolished had been raised before the December 1998 deadline.


Thikri pehras in Kharar villages soon
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Sept 4 — In order to review the law and order situation, a meeting of civil and police officers of Kharar subdivision, including, Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Kharar, and Mr Rupinder Singh, DSP, Kharar, was held here today.

While talking to mediapersons the SDM and the DSP said that it had been decided that thikri pehras would be organised in all villages and the BDPO and the Panchayat Officer concerned had been directed to have liaison with sarpanches. Similarly, stress has been laid that chaukidars would be deployed in each locality of the Kharar and Kurali municipal limits. The Executive Officers and presidents of the Municipal Committees has been told that all non-functional streetlights in the municipal limits should be repaired and special attention should be paid to sensitive areas. They advised PSEB officers to avoid power cuts during the night.

Meanwhile the residents have been directed to give detailed information about their domestic servants and migrant labourers, otherwise action as per law would be taken against them. It was decided in the meeting that all taxi stands and rickshaw stands along with the national highway in Kharar subdivision would be shifted to other place keeping in view the heavy rush of traffic. It was also decided that an ambulance van would be stationed near the Kharar bridge round the clock and this spot has been connected with wireless.


Chhat Bir to breed vultures
By Bipin Bhardwaj

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — The majestic bird, vulture, which is facing a serious threat of extinction and has become almost an exotic species in the country for the past couple of years, will welcome the visitors in an enclosure of Chhat Bir Zoo, about 12 km from here, soon.

The diminishing huge black winged creature, which pays the maximum role in keeping the environment clean by feeding on dead animals and was sighted in some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh recently, will be kept in the zoo for breeding purposes so that the species of this ‘‘human and environment friendly’’ bird can be preserved.

In the northern region of the country Chhat Bir Zoological Park is perhaps the only zoo which will preserve some pairs of vulture for breeding purposes.

Mr Verinder Mohindra, Punjab Chief Wildlife Warden, disclosed that the Divisional forest Officers have been asked to capture some pairs of vulture so that the species can be preserved. The pairs will then be bred so that the diminishing birds of this species can be preserved. They will be provided their natural habitat and food in huge enclosures, claimed Mr Mohindra.

Dr Vinod Sharma, Director of Chhatbir Zoo, added that efforts were being made to capture some pairs of the species. ‘‘As soon as we are able to capture more than two pairs, they will be kept in huge enclosures in the zoo ’’, he added.

After the sudden disappearance of the ‘‘bird’’, which was often seen in big flocks over carcasses on river beds and in other open spaces, ornithologists, wildlife experts and other bird lovers put themselves to investigate the reasons which forced the birds to migrate or resulted in their death.

A study conducted by a team of ornithologists in Rajasthan states that urbanisation and agricultural development were the biggest threat to the birds. The study says the bird requires a huge open space for its ascending and descending flights. This is being restricted by the massive urbanisation.

Sweet poison is also reaching into the bodies of animals which consume grass and other green vegetation grown in the fields, densely treated with fertilizers and pesticides. Feeding on these dead animals, a number of vultures have died. The study notes that this is another reason for precarious decline in the population of the bird which earlier flocked around towns and villages throughout the country.

Experts assume that the process adopted to inject milch animals with Oxytocin (a drug) for milk to let down has aslo lowered the population of the bird. The contents of drug injected into the body of the animals is being consumed by the vultures which affects adversely on their reproductive system.

Although the bird has been found to be reproducing in the Desert National Park in western Rajasthan yet, its overall population is dwindling. Since the female vulture lays only one egg in a year the reproduction has not been keeping pace with the dwindling population.



40 Principals meet DSP
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Sept 4 — As many as 40 principals of different schools in the town and its periphery attended a meeting called by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), City, Mr SS Gill, to review measures being taken by the school authorities to prevent cases of kidnapping of school-going children. The meeting was held at the Phase 1 police station here today.

The participants were asked to keep photographs of the guardians of the students who come to drop and pick up the students. Pictures of the rickshaw-pullers, authorickshaw drivers, Matador and bus drivers — being used to carry children — would also have to be kept by the school authorities.

Mr Gill said the school authorities had been asked not to allow the students of lower classes to leave the school premises after the school time without their guardians around. He said the principals had also been asked to maintain record about the rehri and pehri walas sitting outside the schools. The watchman at the gate of the school would keep a tab on the movement of anti-social elements. The principals have also been asked to equip the gatekeeper with a licensed weapon.


Ram Darbar residents set example
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — Residents of the Ram Darbar Colony today set an example for the other encroachers when they helped the enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh to remove encroachments from outside their houses.

According to information available, the staff arrived in the colony early in the morning to remove the encroachments, including the concrete structures, with a view to widening a road in the locality. They demolished a few structures when the residents themselves started demolishing the concrete structures.

It is not for the first time that the residents have demolished the structures themselves. Last year too they had pulled down the structures for widening a road in the sector.


Erratic power supply in Bartana
From Our Correspondent

ZIRAKPUR, Sept 4 — Frequent power cuts for the past one month are being faced by the residents of this township. All thanks to the Punjab State Electricity Board which has forced them to burn kerosene and candles to light their houses.

Residents of the area complain that erratic power supply has affected their lives adversely. Power cuts for long hours means the eatables stored in the refrigerator decay. Moreover, low voltage affects the water supply which is the basic need of life. The residents are forced to go to other natural water sources and draw water from shallow handpumps. Deep potholes on the roads and streets prove death traps for the road users in the absence of streetlights.

Authorities of PSEB at Zirakpur were not available for comments.


Jacob inaugurates dispensary’s building
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — The UT Administrator, Lt-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd) today inaugurated the new building of the civil dispensary at Mauli Jagran. Till now, the dispensary had been functioning from two rooms in a primary school.

The new dispensary is located in a spacious campus and has 10 rooms keeping in view the need of rooms for two medical officers, pharmacy, registration of patients, store, malaria lab and other rooms.

In addition the complex has 10 houses for paramedical staff and a doctor’s residence. The building of the dispensary has been constructed at the cost of Rs 27 lakh. Rs 26 lakh have been spent on the construction of the residential complex.


Jaitley to visit city on Sept 6
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — The Union Law Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, will visit Chandigarh on September 6 to inaugurate the new office premises of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal at the Sector 9 Kendriya Sadan.

This will be Mr Jaitley’s second visit to the city as Union Minister and the first as Union Law Minister.

The Union Law Minister will be accompanied by the Union Law Secretary, Mr R.L. Meena.

Meanwhile, the president of the tribunal, Mr V. Dongzathang, will arrive here tomorrow evening.

The Chandigarh-based tribunal looks after substantial parts of Punjab and Haryana, the entire Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh.


Fire in cloth shop

SAS NAGAR, Sept 4 — Cloth worth lakhs of rupees was burnt in a fire which broke out in a cloth shop in Phase V market on Sunday. According to the information available the cause of fire was a short circuit. The shopkeepers of the market noticed smoke coming out of the shop and informed its owner — TNS


Family alleges police harassment
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — A Burail village family was allegedly taken to the Sector 34 police station and falsely charged for creating nuisance, even though they were the complainants in the case.

According to the victims - Diwan Singh, Ranjit Kaur, his wife and his father Narain Singh - they were taken to the police station by a police party which did not have a woman constable. While the father and wife were let off at 2 a.m., he was surprised to know in the morning that he has been booked under Section 107/ 151 of the Police Act.

Mr Diwan Singh said the trouble started when one of their tenants, Sat Pal, allegedly started abusing his family under the influence of liquor at night. He tried to pacify him but to no avail. He then informed the police and a police party led by ASI Amanjot Singh reached his house, took Sat Pal aside and talked to him for about 10 minutes.

After this, the ASI came to him and started abusing him. They were asked to accompany them to the police station. “My father is old and the cops paid no heed to my pleas that he is sick,” Mr Diwan Singh said.

We were made to sit on the floor like petty criminals and asked to pay a certain sum of money or we would be implicated in a false case. The same threats were also handed out to my brother who came to enquire about us. The ordeal of my wife and father ended at about 2 a.m. when they were finally let off, he alleged.

The police officials denied the charge of harassment.


4 booked under Gambling Act
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — The police has arrested four persons — Nirmal, Vishnu Thapa, Sucha Singh and Ram Singh — on the charges of gambling at a public place. They have been booked under Sections 13/3/67 of the Gambling Act.

Theft reported
Sector 15 resident A.K. Deepa Nand has reported that someone broke into his residence and decamped with a bicycle and Rs 1,500 in cash. A case under Section 380, IPC, has been registered.

Pedestrian hit by scooter
A pedestrian was hurt when he was hit by a scooterist on the Sectors 33/34 dividing road.

According to police sources, Rakesh Kumar was rushed to a hospital for treatment. The scooterist Mohan Lal Verma was also hurt in the incident. He has been arrested and booked under Section 279/337 of the IPC.

Three arrested
Three persons have been arrested from the Industrial area on the charges of drinking at a public place. They have been charged under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act.

Whisky bottles seized
Ropar resident Kuldeep Singh has been arrested from the Maloya bus stop and 16 bottles of whisky have been seized from his possession, He has been booked under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act.


Murder case: police remand for 2
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Sept 4 — Two persons, Ravi and Satpal, were sent to police remand today by UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) till September 6 in a murder case.

It is alleged that the accused, Ravi and Satpal, along with their two friends had killed Narinder Singh, a resident of Rajiv Colony in Panchkula, at Mauli Jagran.


Course on pharma dossier begins
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Sept 4 — A three-week intensive course on “Preparation and assessment of pharmaceutical registration dossier”, sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, started at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research ( NIPER) here today. As many as 17 representatives of pharmacy boards and drug administrations of the Commonwealth and African countries are participating in the training course.

Speaking at the function, Mr E. Barwa, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, said the Indian Government had spent over Rs 2.5 billion in the past 36 years on technical assistance programmes in various fields in the developing countries and in some cases in the developed countries. A number of countries in the African continent has sought expertise the field of agriculture, he said. Details of the Indian Technical and Economic Corporation Programme (ITEC) and the Special Commonwealth Assistance for African Programme ( SCAAP) were also given by Mr Barwa.

Mr Ashwini Kumar, Drugs Controller General of India, who inaugurated the programme, spoke on the regulatory process for licensing of drugs and pharmaceutical. He said several changes in the Indian regulatory system were being made to bring it on a par with the developed countries. He said the main objective of the exercise was to improve the quality of drugs.

Dr C.L. Kaul, director of the NIPER, spoke on the utility of the training programme being conducted at the institute. He said Indian drug industry had been facing stiff competition from bulk suppliers of China and European countries. He said the course would help the Indian drug industry to seek clearance of their pending registration applications in other countries. He said the highlight of the course would be recent developments taking place towards harmonisation of the dossier at the global level. Dr HPS Chawla, Dean of the institute, also spoke on the occasion. Participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Guyana, Cuba, Mozambique, Medagascar, Vietnam, Mauritius and from the Indian regulatory authorities are attending the training programme.

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