|Sunday, September 17, 2000,
Skydiving, mobike stunts at Army
PANCHKULA, Sept 16 Demonstration of the deployment of the Bofors 155 mm Howitzer gun, horse riding skills, skydiving and motor cycle stunts was the highlight of the Army Show organised here today to mark the 53rd Western Command Raising Day.
The two-day show was inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala. The show began after the chief guest and the GOC-in-C of the Western Command, Lieut-Gen Vijay Oberoi had addressed the gathering. The address was followed first by the unfurling of the Tricolour and the National Anthem.
Equestrian show was next. The horsemen entertained the audience with the display of jumps, tent pegging and triple-tent pegging. They lifted handkerchiefs from the ground while riding on the back of galloping horses and participated in a relay race. The equestrian team, led by Lieut-Col Solanki included riders of the Command Riding Institute, the Presidents Bodyguard and 61 Cavalry. Dogs of the Remount and Veterinary Corps also participated in obedience tests, show jumping, tracking, and suspect-holding events.
A daredevil motor cycle show by a team of the Corps of Signals was captivating. The Daredevils performed breathtaking stunts like scissor crossing at high speed, jumping through fire hoops and glass walls, besides forming human pyramids on moving motor cycles.
A flypast at low altitude by three Chetak helicopters led by Lieut-Col Rohit Kapoor of the 660 R and O Squadron was thrilling. The helicopters carried the National Flag, the Army ensign and the Western Command flag. The helicopters returned, but this time in an inverted-V vic formation, showering flower petals on the spectators. After this, six skydivers of 1 Para landed in the arena after jumping from a helicopter that was flying 8,000-foot above the surface.
Weapons, communication equipment, explosive and personal items captured from Pakistani intruders during Operation Vijay in the Kargil Sector were also on display.
A 625 square-foot sand model of the Kargil Sector prepared by 119 Assault Engineer Regiment depicted various strategic points and the units involved in the operation.
The weapon systems on display include T-72 battle tank, the BMP-2 infantry combat vehicle, SA-6 medium-range surface-to-air missile system, the Bofors FH-77 Howitzer gun, 130 mm m-46 field gun, 105 mm field gun, the BM-21 multibarrel rocket launcher and the radar-controlled ZSU-23 tracked anti-aircraft guns.
Surveillance equipment on display included the SPAGU-Kvadrat air defence system, which can track hostile aircraft that are 65 km away, and the Flycatcher radar. The Corps of Signals displayed an array of long-range mobile communication equipment and automatic electronic switch exchanges and control facilities mounted on trucks.
The Corps of Engineers displayed its tracked and wheeled bridging and mine-clearing equipment. These included bridge-layer tanks capable of bridging 18 m gaps for the movement of tanks. The mine-clearing tank can clear a 5.4 m wide, 1,000 m long path within 130 minutes in night. The wheeled AM-50 vehicle which can close a 52 m gap within 60 minutes was also on display.
Special clothing and equipment that can be used by soldiers in nuclear, chemical and biological warfare attracted many visitors. Infantry equipment, including sniper rifles, assault rifles, machine guns, grenade and rocket launchers, mortars and anti-tank missiles, are for everyone to see.
A fair organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association was also inaugurated on the occasion. A large number of stalls of refreshments, games and household items have been set up. The Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre of SAS Nagar has also set up a stall for selling various items made by inmates of the centre.
A medical camp for ex-servicemen has also been organised by 10 Corps. Two medical officers, X-ray facilities, laboratory, dispensary, dental clinic, ENT and eye doctors, medicines, surgery and gynaecology facilities are also available.
Admn fined 27 lakh for
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 The Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed the UT Administration and the Estate office to pay Rs 27,05,500 as compensation to members of a family for allegedly misguiding them.
The complainants Mr Gulshan Lal Bhatia, Mr Sanjeev Bhatia and Mr Chandan Bhatia had alleged that they had applied for buying a 2 kanal plot in Sector 18. They had deposited 10 per cent of the bid amount and the balance, amounting to Rs 19,25,000, with the UT Administration. However it turned out to be a 1 kanal plot.
The complainants had asked for a 24 per cent interest on the amount deposited with the Administration, besides Rs 5 lakh as compensation for financial and mental harassment due to negligence on part of the Administration.
The counsel for the complainants said the authorities had published wrong information about the area of the plot in newspaper advertisements on November 5, 9 and 16 in 1997. In response to these advertisements, the complainants had applied for the buying the plot (181, Sector 18-A) that was auctioned on November 19, 1997. The complainants were declared the highest bidders by the Administration. They deposited the required amount with the Administration and waited for the allotment letter. However, they were shocked when they received an allotment letter for a 1 kanal plot.
They complained to the official concerned many times, but did not get any response. The UT Administrator held an inquiry and found the allegation to be correct. He ordered that the premium of the plot deposited with the Estate Officer should be refunded to the party within a week.
After hearing all
arguments, the commission ordered that the Administration
had been negligent and the Administrator himself had
acknowledged it. It ordered the respondent to pay the
complainants an 18 per cent interest on the cost (Rs
7,75,500) from November 19, 1997, to December 16, 1997,
and Rs 19,25,000 from December 17, 1997, to August 17,
1999, within two months. The respondent has also been
ordered to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation for mental
harassment to the complainants.
Vacant buildings leave room for
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 Large portions of government buildings constructed at a cost of crores of rupees and occupying prime land in the city are presently lying vacant. The Chandigarh Administration is yet to decide on how to utilise these buildings.
This may be due to lack of foresight or faulty projections made over the years about requirements, but all this time tax payers money has been misused on these buildings first for construction and then on maintenance. In some cases, especially in case of hostels , a change in policy to have 85 per cent Chandigarh domicile students in certain courses, has resulted in vacant rooms. Seemingly, the education policy will not change in the immediate future. Thus, the chances of room requirement going up are negligible.
A couple of years since the problems surfaced, the Chandigarh Administration has woken up. This after the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R.Jacob, asked the Engineering wing to prepare a list of vacant portions of buildings and of the vacant buildings in Chandigarh.
If the vacant buildings are assessed, the construction costs run into crores of rupees, not to mention the location of these buildings, where land sells at anything between Rs 5,000 and Rs 7,000 per square yard in the open market, sources said, while listing how several hostels, schools and even a portion of the officers apartments in Sector 24 are vacant. The thinking among the officialdom is to have optimum utilisation of vacant buildings. In some cases, the buildings have never being occupied. This is true in case of electricity substations, which have been held up due to want of supply of equipment.
So far, a concrete plan for utilising vacant space is in place only in the case of 10,000 square feet of space in the Punjab Engineering College. This is being diverted for use in the Information Technology sector. In case of other buildings, officials are working overtime to find a way out to utilise the buildings, which are scattered all over the city. Sources indicate that even schools, especially those located in the rural areas and colonies, have a problem of vacant rooms.
Explaining the reason for vacant units in the officers apartments in Sector 24, a source said with the construction of transit accommodation in Sector 19, the pressure for allotment of two-room flats in the apartment block has been reduced. The flats in Sector 19 are bigger and have a better design.
Some of the vacant
buildings are sports hostel, Sector 42, officers
apartments, Sector 24, primary school, Sector 23, central
polytechnic, Sector 26, and Central Craft Institute,
Sector 10. Two substations are also not being used.
Stress on high quality
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 The two-day CME programme on Health Care in New Millennium began today with few superspeciality hospitals in the northern region putting on show the latest medical facilities available with them. It is being organised by the Chandigarh state branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) at the P.N. Chhuttani Memorial IMA complex.
Speaking at the inaugural function, the PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, stressed the need of developing high quality care in hospitals by making use of the latest information technology. He highlighted the prevalent disequilibrium between health resources and diseases and pathology in the developing and the developed countries. He also released the IMA souvenir on the occasion.
Dr V.K. Kak, Director-Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, who inaugurated the workshop emphasised that all levels of organisations should try to meet the customer expectations while keeping the cost factor in mind. This includes the health insurance companies, practising physicians and other service providers. Dr Joginder Singh, Director Health Services, UT, called upon the IMA to play an active role in improving the health care infrastructure available in the slum areas of the city and the neighbouring areas. He also talked about the bilateral co-operation , co-ordination and collaboration between the IMA branch and the union territory government for providing better facilities to the city residents.
Mr G. Giani, Senior Director, Indian Institute of Quality Management, Government of India, stressed on the importance of ISO 9000 certification for making health care facilities more customer-oriented. Equipment management and collaboration of parts are important segments of quality control and ISO 9000 certification facilitates the implementation of this in medical profession. Earlier, Dr G.S. Kochhar, President of the Association, highlighted the goals and achievements of the IMA and emphasised on the need to standardise medical facilities and care.
The major attraction of the exposition were the free investigation and consultancy for the general public.
In the evening public talks were organised to about common diseases and the different national health programmes. The local Health Department has put up stalls to provide information about various diseases including AIDS. For instance, the State TB Control Society makes the diagnostic drug treatment facilities available free of cost to TB patients under the WHO-funded revised National TB programme.
Only a few hospitals of the region, including one each from Delhi, Jalandhar and Ludhiana, have put up stalls, besides local ones to inform public about the facilities being offered by them. Experts of Sibia Medical Centre, Ludhiana, were acquainting the visitors with the RGCI cardio-vascular mapping machine, the latest to check the blood vessels in the heart. Blockages in the heart can be diagnosed within an hour without, said a stall attendant. Information was also available on the artery clerance therapy (ACT), a non-operative treatment, to prevent heart diseases. In fact, the number of commercial stalls were more than the medical ones. Some of the local companies had also displayed their machines.
Councillor dies in mishap
SAS NAGAR, Sept 16 An elected municipal councillor from ward 17, Isher Singh Langh, died in a road mishap while returning from Sunam near Chunni on the Fatehgarh-SAS Nagar near here last night.
The car in which he was travelling was hit by a truck. Of the total five occupants travelling in the ill-fated car, the driver, whose identity, could not be ascertained also died in the accident.
The councillor was elected from reserved ward 17 in the second phase of elections of the SAS Nagar Municipal council, held on August 29. A large number of persons including some senior politicians and eminent persons of the town, attended the cremation of the councill. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Meanwhile, with the
demise of the councillor, the process of electing the
President of the council has been postponed. An official
said by-election from ward 17 would be held, but the date
had yet to be decided.
Huge imbalance in
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 Perhaps nobody may believe that 2,300 students are being taught by only six teachers. However, this is what is happening in the Sector 42 Government College for Girls.
There are more than 2,300 students of Punjabi (elective and compulsory), but the number of sanctioned posts of teacher are only eight, out of which, two are vacant. Also, there are more than 1,400 students of history in the college. Four posts of history teacher have been sanctioned for the college, but there is only one permanent teacher, besides a part-time lecturer.
The staff strength in the colleges of Chandigarh is assessed as per the norms prescribed by Panjab University. According to the norms, a separate section is created for 80 students in theory classes and 20 students in practical classes. A teacher is required to give 24 lectures per week of 45 minutes each. A head of the department is supposed to give 18 lectures per week, like a lecturer of honours classes.
This means that there is one teacher for every 130 students. The result of this imbalance is that the teachers have stopped taking classes. We should give six lectures per week and all we give is only four lectures per week, says Nitika, a political science student of the college. In a single class, there are so many students that neither the teacher nor they are able to concentrate on studies, says Jasveer, a student of Punjabi.
There are about 760 students of sociology in the college and the number of lecturers is only two. The students who study public administration are more than 875. Only one person teaches them.
This acute shortage of staff in the college is mainly due to the long-pending UPSC interviews for many of these posts. However, the question is are some interim arrangements being made? We are waiting for the orders of the DPI (Colleges) to employ guest faculty in the college. Some persons are teaching our students free of cost at present, says the Principal of the college, Ms Mohini Sharma.
The posts are
sanctioned on the basis of the number of students of a
subject. Some of the posts in science departments where
teachers were found to be surplus will be converted into
the posts in departments where more teachers are
required, says Mr K.A.P. Sinha, DPI (Colleges) of
Direct train to Mumbai within
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 A direct train between Chandigarh and Mumbai is to start within the coming 15 days. Though the Union Ministry of Railways is yet to issue a written order, railway authorities at Ambala (Chandigarh is under the Ambala Railway Division) have been told to make all preparations for operating the train by September 30. The first run will be on October 2, sources have indicated.
Ticket bookings will start only when a written communique comes from the Railways, officials said. Meanwhile hectic preparations are on at the Chandigarh railway station to complete the washing line to handle the six coach link express that will be deployed to connect Chandigarh with Ambala. These six coaches will join the Amritsar-Mumbai Central, Paschim Express at Ambala for onward journey to Mumbai.
The train will run between Chandigarh and Mumbai instead of Kalka and Mumbai, as planned originally. This has been done to bring down the operating costs. The special six-coach train will start from Chandigarh with a dedicated locomotive and attach it with the Paschim Express at Ambala. The existing configuration of the Paschim Express running between Amritsar and Mumbai Central is of 18 bogies. These six coaches will take the total upto 24 bogies, including the brake van.
The six wagons that will start from Chandigarh will be attached with the train at Ambala and carry on till Mumbai Central. Earlier, this was a problem as there was no platform at Mumbai Central where a 24-coach train could be placed. Now a facility has been created there, facilitating the run. On the return journey the bogies will be delinked at Ambala for onward journey till Chandigarh.
The carrying on of the entire 24- wagon train to Mumbai Central was the problem due to which the train connection could not be provided earlier. The plan was to delink the special coaches originating from Chandigarh at Dadar, located a few kilometres before Mumbai Central.
The Link Express between Chandigarh and Ambala will have a AC III-tier coach, second-class sleeper coaches and a general compartment. For booking purposes from Chandigarh, the train number of Paschim Express will be used. On the ticket, alphabets A and B will be suffixed after the train number to have a separate identity for the link express on up and down runs.
Railway sources said the linking would take about 10 minutes. The Paschim Express has a 10-minute stop at Ambala where it reaches around 1:15 pm on its downward journey towards Mumbai. On its upward journey towards Amritsar the de-linking of the six bogies will be carried out at Ambala, when the train reaches there around 2:40 pm. The entire process of attaching another locomotive at Ambala will not take more than 15 minutes before the six wagons continue till Chandigarh.
The train will be
terminated at Chandigarh as the arrival and departure of
the special six coach link express do not coincide with
the arrival and departure of narrow- gauge trains between
Kalka and Shimla. The link Express will depart from
Chandigarh by noon. On the return journey, the link will
arrive around 4: 30 pm. Trains to Shimla depart from
Kalka in the morning.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 Satwant Singh of Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, won the turban-tying contest organised by Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30-B, in the juniors category here today.
Kanwaljeet Singh and another student by the same name were first and second runners-up. Gurpal Singh, Manjinder Singh and Iqbal Singh won the contest in the matriculation-level classes category. Amardeep Singh, Simranpal Singh and Inderpreet Singh won in the category of senior secondary classes.
An inter-school poetry
contest and debate were also held. The winners in the
first category included Y. Dogra, Neetu and Lakhnesh.
Kamaldeep Kaur, Aarti and Gurbir Kaur won in the second
category. Winners in the seniors category were
Harpreet Kaur, Shivanshu and Amardeeep Sharma.
Priyanka, Marc and party time
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 Its hep to be late, said one of the hundreds of persons waiting for the Bacardi Blast to take off in Hotel Mountview here today.
The party began two hours behind schedule, but the visitors had a great time once it took off. After the warm-up couple dances, the spectacularly lighted dance floor was crowded by youngsters. By the time the stars of the night Miss India World Priyanka Chopra, and model Marc Robinson arrived, the place was sizzling with enthusiasm.
Talking to the TNS, Priyanka said, I have found the city fabulous whenever I have been here to visit my relatives in Chandi Mandir. The best part of the city is its people. She said there was nothing wrong in promoting a liquor brand and it was a matter of personal choice. If people want to drink, no one can stop them, just like no one can make you drink against your wish. I was looking forward to this party because I wanted to enjoy my time with the Chandigarh crowd.
Marc Robinson said, I simply love the city. I have visited the lake many times and the city reminds me of Canberra. The culture in the two cities seems almost the same. I have been here before as part of a Channel V show. There is a dearth of good party venues in the city, though it has a party culture. I love to party. Priyanka and I are going to teach Chandigarh how to have a good time with some great latino music. Music is the most friendly medium for interacting with such a large number of persons.
The music by DJs Ryan
Beck and Ivan was different and hep. The theme of this
years Bacardi Blast is the Sound of the Future. The
focus is on evolving new genres of music. Past year, the
theme of the party was Melt Down where the music of the
past five decades was played.
Section 144 imposed
SAS NAGAR, Sept 16 The District Magistrate, Ropar, has imposed Section 144 of the Cr.P.C. for two different categories.
The first bans the assembly of five or more persons with a view to take out processions or make speeches. The customary and ritualistic procession in connection with weddings and funerals have, however, been exempted from the ban orders which will be effective from September 13 to November 11.
Participate in greenery drive
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 The city is witnessing an increasing influx of migrant population, which has been putting pressure on the infrastructural facilities of Chandigarh, especially in Phases-II and III, said the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) while speaking after inaugurating a tree plantation drive on the premises of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Advocates Cooperative House Building Society in Sector 49-A, here today.
He said the Administration would do its best to maintain quality of life of residents of Chandigarh and efforts were on to improve and update infrastructural facilities. The General also gave a call to all residents of Chandigarh to actively participate in the Green Chandigarh Drive to maintain the unique character of the city.
The Chandigarh Administration was taking various steps to preserve the fragile eco-balance of the city. General Jacob also stressed upon the need for conserving water as water resources were limited, while its demand was increasing day by day. He said new societies should explore the possibilities of water harvesting facilities in their building plan.
He hoped that example
set up by this cooperative housing society would be
emulated by other societies. Earlier, Mr Satyapal Jain,
while presiding over the function, spoke about the
difficulties faced by the residents of the area.
Unhygienic conditions plague
MULLANPUR-GARIBDAS, Sept 13 A major epidemic might break out in Mullanpur Garibdas village if immediate steps to control the unhygenic conditions prevailing in the area are not taken up.
Heaps of garbage and slush can be seen in the entire area. This place is not at all worth living. It is not that the situation is new. Most of the people here, seem to have got used to this way and are compelled to live under such unhygienic conditions, says a resident of the village.
In the area in front of the community centre, heaps of animal dung have become home of mosquitoes and flies. The residents complain that the panchayat does not take any interest in cleanliness of the area, despite numerous complains. Stench emanating from such heaps in the village makes it impossible for us to go outside our houses, complains another resident .
Come rains and water gets logged in most of the areas, not only breeding flies and mosquitoes, but also exposing the residents to danger of slipping and getting hurt .Our children often fall ill due to such conditions, complains Ms Usha Garg.
Blaming it on the paucity of funds, the sarpanch of the village, Mr Dewan Singh, refutes the allegations of the residents that the Panchayat is ignorant about the problems being faced by the villagers. It is not that we are not aware of the seriousness of the problems which are being faced in the village, says the sarpanch.
Residents too, are to be blamed for the situation, says a villager. There are two sweepers to keep the village streets clean. They are doing their duty but the village is too large for the two to keep the village clean, said the old villager.
A shopkeeper complains
that the people here have no civic sense.
They do not bother to throw their household
garbage at appropriate places, said the
shopkeeper. Others in the market complain that it has
become a tradition in the village to first throw garbage
at a particular place and then, after few years, claim
ownership of the land.
Elaborate arrangements for
PANCHKULA, Sept 16 The local government department has made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of devotees during the forthcoming navratra fair at the Mansa Devi Temple Complex.
While chairing a meeting of the Mata Mansa Devi Pooja Sthal Board, Mr Piyush Pandrvani, Commissioner and Secretary of the local government department, directed the officials of the board to arrange all basic civic amenities for the devotees during the fair.
Mr S.K. Monga, Chief Administrator of the Mata Mansa Devi Pooja Sthal Board and Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula, informed that special buses of the CTU would be started from Sector 17 and Sector 34 for the devotees. Similarly, buses of the Haryana State Transport would be arranged for the devotees from Panchkula, Ambala, Kalka, Narayangarh, Pinjore and the nearby towns. A temporary bus stand with drinking water and other facilities would be erected near Swastik Vihar.
The Deputy Commissioner stated that the Food and Supply Department and Confed would open retail price shops. He said that the department had been directed to mark the price and weight on different packets of Prasad. The Haryana Dairy Development Board has been directed to set up five milk booths during the fair.
Two dispensaries to be manned by 30 doctors and with proper facilities will remain functional round the clock. Moreover, two ambulances and a mobile van have also been engaged.
To meet the water shortage, three water tankers would be provided. In case of power failure, electric generators have been engaged. Four fire tenders will remain on duty round the clock, said Monga.
Besides an information centre, 50 temporary toilets would be set up for the convenience of the public.
To maintain law and
order situation sufficient police force has been deployed
and special police squads have been created to keep a
check on theft and other criminal activities during the
fair, added Mr Sandeep Garg, Administrator of HUDA.
Missing boy traced
SAS NAGAR, Sept 16 A 12-year-old student of local St Soldier School, Phase 7, who was reported missing from house on September 7 was today traced down by the Chandigarh Police in Sector 19 of Chandigarh. Anurag, a student of class VI, ran away from home after being scolded by his mother for stealing money.
The father of the boy,
Mr Anusuia Parsad, an employee with the JCT company, said
his son had stolen around Rs 20 from home. The DSP, Mr
S.S. Gill, while talking to mediapersons denied that the
child was kidnapped. He said the child stayed at Amb
Sahib Gurdwara for some days before accompanying a beggar
to Chandigarh, where he was found by the Chandigarh
Workers Education day observed
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 The local office of the Central Board for Workers Education under the Union Labour Ministry celebrated the Workers Education day at the Central State Library here today. Representatives of various managements, trade unions, teachers and workers attended the programme.
Ms Sarla Wadhwa, Regional Director of the board, informed about various training programmes being conducted by the board. Mr Hardyal Singh, Additional Labour Commissioner, Punjab, who was the chief guest, appreciated the efforts of the board for creating awareness through its training programmes. He emphasised that the managements, trade unions and workers should change their attitude and should cooperate with each other in achieving the objectives of organisation and to face the challenges in the changed industrial scenario.
Mr A. Kaushik, Manager
(IR), Mr S.R. Saini, Manager Quality Control, Doaba Milk
Plant, and Mr Kirat Singh Taak, a former Zonal Director
(North) of the Central Board for Workers Education also
addressed the participants on the occasion. Many worker
teachers and trained workers expressed their views.
One held for issuing fake medical
CHANDIGARH, Sept 16 The Crime Branch has arrested a self-styled doctor, Naveen Kumar alias Raju, a resident of Sector 20-A, from the Central State Library parking, on the charges of issuing forged and bogus medical certificates to the persons wanting to get driving licenses.
According to the police, on an information a trap was laid and he was arrested. A bag containing letter pads, three stamps of different names, a stethoscope, some documents and cash of Rs 140 were recovered from him. A case has been registered.
The accused, who are taxi drivers, assaulted them and even threatened to shoot them. Then they brandished knives and injured them. A case has been registered.
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