Monday, October 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Two injured outside Nada Sahib Gurdwara; vendors offered relief
By Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 1 — Maninder Singh and Manjit Kaur of Nada village, were injured in a clash between the roadside vendors and the management of the Nada Sahib Gurdwara over the issue of increasing encroachment along the road leading to the premises.

Though tension between the two had been simmering for a couple of days, the vendors and their families in adjoining houses were taken by surprise when they were attacked with kirpans and lathis this morning besides being stoned for over an hour.

Malkiat Singh, a villager, alleged that around 10 am, people from within the gurdwara premises charged at them with naked kirpans and lathis, injuring everyone who came in their way without discrimination. He added that the attackers pelted stones and bricks before summoning a trolley to raze their shacks to the ground.

A vendor, Surinder Singh, added that not only did the miscreants wanted to demolish their shops but opened up their cash boxes and took away their earnings with them. All that remained after the incident were mangled pieces of iron with no cash.

A weeping Bhupinder Kaur said brickbats were rained at her house from the terrace of the gurudwara only to be followed by a visit by “unidentified” men. “They entered the kitchen where I was cooking and alone at home since all others had gone to the shop. While some came inside and manhandled me, the others tried to break open the lock on the adjoining door with stones. Meanwhile, a few villagers arrived and drove them out”, she narrated.

There was terror and scare writ large on the faces of the villagers who said that last evening the management dumped sand and wood used in their kitchen right in front of their shops. When trouble began brewing, the police was summoned and the two groups agreed to work out a compromise.

“They had fixed October 3 for the table talks and we were not expecting this attack though we had seen groups of people on the gurdwara premises, talking in hushed tones. Now, we know what this was all about. Also, bus loads of these people had come in yesterday and they were walking about with naked kirpans in the village and around”, the villagers added.

After the attack, while the miscreants were trying to flee from the scene, the villagers managed to nab one person whose identity card showed he had come from Jalandhar. He was handed over to the police.

Meanwhile, the two villagers admitted to the General Hospital in Sector 6 were stated to be stable. The doctor on duty informed that they had received deep cuts on their faces and had bruises all over the body owing to pelting of stones.

The manager of Nada Sahib, Bhupinder Singh, admitted the presence of “outside forces” at the premises. “These are members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) task force and are here to protect the gurdwara premises and the members. we face threat from the villagers”, he said.

However, he emphatically refuted allegations that the members of the task force had attacked the villagers. They beat up a couple of our men on the gurdwara premises. This angered the devotees present in large numbers who attacked them in return. We have nothing to do with the attack,’’ he informed.

He alleged that while shops on one side had been there for long, the villagers had begun to encroach upon land on the other side as well which had raised their hackles. "We want these removed immediately,’’ he contended.

Later in table talks between the two parties held in the presence of the police, it was decided that all formalities related to encroachments would be taken up on on October 3 and a status quo would be maintained till them. Also, the management offered to pay compensation to vendors if they were willing to shift out or rent out shops by constructing a building along the road.

The Superintendent of Police, Ms Kala Ramachandran, along with the ASP, Mr A.S. Dhillon, and DSP (HQ), Mr Jag Parvesh Dahiya, ordered the management to send all members of the SGPC task force back to ease the tension while posting police parties at the spot.

A case under Sections 323, 148, 149, 487 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of the villagers against 18 members of the SGPC involved in the attack. However, no arrests have been made so far.

Angry devotees had heated exchanges with the members of the management for carrying out the operation. Commenting on the gutkas, kadas, scarves and pictures of the Gurus being trampled under feet of stray cattle and visitors alike, strewn all over the place, one devotee screamed, “Eh Sikhi di be-adabi nahin? Jeh kam kar hi leya hai tan hun sangat nu keh ke guruan deeian tasveeran te gutke te chuk layo”.

However, the members were unresponsive and disinterested in the comments, concentrating on seeking the removal of these villagers from outside right through the day. Back


Girl killed by father, step-mother
By Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

NAYAGOAN, Oct 1 — In a gruesome incident a nine-year-old girl, Jyoti, was bludgeoned to death by her father and step-mother and buried in the house in Janata Colony here yesterday. A pit was dug up in a room of the house to bury the body of the victim. Till late this evening the body had not been retrieved in absence of the Duty Magistrate of Kharar under whose jurisdiction the area falls.

The case came to light after a family living in the neighbourhood of the victim's house informed the police. The concrete floor in the front room of the house had been dug up and after placing the body, the pit was covered with sand and other construction material to prevent the stench of the body from spreading. The absence of the girl raised suspicion of the people living in the locality who informed the police.

The girl was often beaten by her father Raj Kumar ( 35) and step-mother Rita ( 30). The woman was the wife of the elder brother of Raj Kumar, Yaspal, but had been living with the former without any marriage for the past three years.

Fearing arrest by the police the father of the girl decided to bury the body but a mason to relay the concrete floor over the pit could not be found by him.

A police official said the father of the victim, who drove a horse cart, was living with Rita after his first wife allegedly committed suicide at Phagwara. The first husband of Rita was not living with her and she started living with Raj Kumar at Adarsh Nagar before they shifted to Janata colony.

Mr H.S. Bajwa of Nayagoan said the Kharar administration authorities were informed about the incident but nobody turned up to retrieve the body till late this evening. He lamented that the district administration officials were busy at the PCA Stadium at Mohali.

The DSP, Mr S.S. Gill, visited the spot and directed the Nayagoan police officials to register a case under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC against the couple. The exact cause of death of the victim would be ascertained after retrieving the body tomorrow on the orders of the Duty Magistrate.Back


Reservation system should not be scrapped, says Jain
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1—“Before going in for amendments in the Constitution we should first ascertain the reasons for the non-implementation of all the provisions that could bring about the desired results,” said Babu Parmanand, the Governor of Haryana. He was speaking on a seminar at ‘Review of constitutional provisions regarding SC and ST and their proper implementation for social economic justice ‘ organised by the North India SC and ST Welfare Association at DAV College here today.

He said, even 50 years after the Constitution came into force there was not much welfare for the Dalits. Whatever the progress was, it was just because of momentum that is a natural phenomenon. He further said that change was the rule of the world and there should be a provision for the amendments.

Mr M.L. Ranga, Health Minister of the state said,” the existing Constitution has all the benefits for the minorities. For instance the fundamental rights foster social revolution by guranteeing equality, prohibiting discrimination on the ground of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, abolishing untouchability and banning trafficking in human beings and forced labour.

Part III of the Constitution also protects lingual, cultural and educational interests of minorities and confers on them a right to establish and administer educational institutions.”

He also said, despite the constitutional mandate and commitment to social revolution supplemented by appropriate ordinary legislations, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and other weaker sections of the society were struggling hard for social justice.

Mr Satyapal Jain, former MP of the city, said the present government had no intention of taking back the provisions that were in the interest of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

He said ,”Only provisions in the Constitution are not the solution to the problems of the dalits. Can we say that after so many years of independence untouchability is over by now? If you say yes then go down to Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and you will get a first hand experience.”

He said the intercaste marriages between the lower and upper class people should be encouraged and the reservation system should not be scrapped.

The other speakers on the occasion were Mr Rajinder Sachar, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Mr P.S, Krishnan, former Secretary, Ministry of Welfare and Empowerment, Mr R.L. Batta, advocate, Mr Sukhdev Singh, former Agricultural Commissioner, Mr K.C. Shenmar and Mr Sangeeta Rao.


PU invites college principals’ views
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — Principals of Panjab University colleges are scheduled to meet at least twice later this year in case the proposal regarding the varsity nod.

Falling attendance in colleges, increasing vacancies of teachers and discrimination in payment of salaries are issues which are being raised in different quarters for a quick solution. “It is for the governments to evaluate the value of education for masses and see it in light of future years which remained ignored for years’, a senior member said.

“Marginal amounts out of the total budgets of the state and the Centre is marked for education,” a senior official said while talking to The Tribune.

There has been talk from various quarters of those 105 colleges and teachers serving there had a less than necessary representation in the senate.

The office of the Dean, College Development, Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, has issued a letter to principals of affiliated colleges and general secretary of the PCCTU to sent suggestions for issues that could be included the agenda.

Education Minister of Punjab Mohan Lal is also understood to have contacted the university looking for a platform to discuss the matter with the principals.

Dr P.S. Sangha, president of the Principals Association, Dr K.B.S. Sodhi and Prof Charanjit Chawla, president and general secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Dr Tarsem Bahia and Prof Jai Pal Singh, president of the Government College Lecturers Association have been asked to give their response to various suggestions.

The letter issued by the Dean College Development says that “it is proposed to hold a conference of the principals of collelges affiliated to Panjab University in November. You are requested to send in your valuable suggestions on items with supporting explanatory notes for inclusion in the meeting agenda.”

The principals are excepted to send the communication to the university by October 23.

The Dean the final agenda would be drawn only after receipt of communication from the principals. The tentative issues, however, include financial problems, current academic concerns and possible solutions in a wider perspective.

A senior delegate pointed out one of the likely issue related to entrance examinations which had a direct impact on classroom teaching.

Another likely issue on the agenda delay in declaration of results. Back


Foul play alleged in land acquisition
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 1 — A number of inhabitants of Kumbhra village here who have their share in the land of erstwhile Nizampur Kumbra village located in Chandigarh on the Chandigarh-SAS Nagar border have alleged that over Rs 1.24 crore awarded as compensation for a portion of their land acquired eight years ago by the Chandigarh Administration had been embezzled by some persons of the village in connivance with a former caretaker of the land.

The land referred to as Mauza be Charag in revenue records had been allocated by the land owners to Dera Kehar for the benefit of travellers, saints and other needy persons. To look after the dera land Uttam Dass was appointed as caretaker by the proprietors of the land. After his death two more caretakers remained in charge of the dera land.

In a complaint to the Inspector-General of Police, Chandigarh,14 persons of the village who have share in the land under question have alleged that the compensation of the land awarded in 1991 kept lying with the Land Acquisition Collector in absence of any mode of payment to the proprietors of the land.

Mr Hukum Singh,a former panch of the Kumbhra village who is also a share holder, alleged that sarpanch Baldev Singh in connivance with his wife and some other persons withdrew the money without informing the other share holders of the land.

Mr Harbans Singh, a former sarpanch of the village, alleged that a trust called the Baba Mal Dass Charitable Trust was formed by the above said persons to withdraw the compensation from the office of the Land Acquisition Office. He alleged that some of the members of the trust were not even owners of the land in question. The complainants stated that despite a court direction that the entire amount of the compensation should be deposited a fixed deposit, around Rs 20 lakh had been withdrawn.


Zoo entry free for one week
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — It was a wildlife week present for children. And it came from none other a person than the Financial Commissioner, Forests and Wildlife, Mrs Gurbinder Kaur Chahal. In a spontaneous gesture she said all schoolchildren up to the matric class coming in groups of 20 will be allowed entry to the zoo at a concessional ticket of Rs 5 per child. This is a big departure from the ticket enforced by the Punjab Government where children above 12 years of age are to shell out Rs 10 per ticket.

She said the necessary orders in this regard would be issued soon. She asked the zoo chief, Dr Vinod Sharma , to move into the matter so that the necessary changes could be made to the earlier orders.

As part of the wildlife week, children dressed as animals welcomed Mrs Chahal. She announced a free entry into the zoo for one week to celebrate the wildlife week. Young children with placards in their hand took up positions to educate the people. They comprised the young zoo police force. And to top it this was an all a voluntary force.

At the main entry an exhibition of photographs is being held for a week. The photographs are by Mr Kwatra, a wildlife photographer for two decades. His photographs are worth going miles to see. But a set of four pictures that stand out are of a pair of tigers. It is to be seen to be believed.

The young children dressed as animals came again at the photo exhibition site to welcome the visitors. By then word had spread that entry to the zoo would be free for a week. They started streaming in . The children accompanied by their parents and grandparents were interested in the exhibition of photographs.

Films on wildlife were an added attraction. The dresses of animals, provided by “Chhotu Motu” were donated to the zoo for future exhibitions.

To gather more funds for the upkeep of the zoos, corporate members were welcomed to the Wildlife Welfare Society of Punjab, Chandigarh. Mrs Chahal said the upkeep of the zoo would be the top priority.

She said exotic animals would be the next in line for the zoo enclosures. She said all steps were being taken to see that the animals were in fine fettle.

To a query about the vigilance raid at the zoo, Mrs Chahal said they were yet to be supplied with a report about the seizures , if any, from the zoo.



IT came as a surprise to all those present at a press conference in Chandigarh when the Union Communications Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, expressed his ignorance that Internet users also had to pay local call charges to access the net.

It only shows how much of knowledge, or the lack of it, is required about a certain subject before someone is pitchforked by political compulsions into the Minister’ seat to handle the subject. When scribes asked Mr Paswan that call charges for internet connectivity be rationalised, he asked the telecom officials about the charges. He was then informed that internet service providers (ISP) are to be paid and the users then dial up the ISP through normal telephone lines. The charges for this are at the rate of a local call every three minutes.

When it was brought up to the notice of the minister that per hour charges payable to the DoT worked out to be more than what one pays to the ISP, he said that it will be reviewed. The scribes further told Mr Paswan that for one hour of connectivity 20 local calls are billed. That means around Rs 25. On the other hand, charges of ISPs work out to be between Rs 7 and Rs 9. So DoT earns more than even the ISPs .

From sir, with love!
It was nostalgia time for the former students of Panjab University department of journalism when they received an invitation from their former teacher, Prof H.S. Dilgir, to attend a get-together organised by him on Sunday. It was typical of an exceptional teacher known for generating a family atmosphere during his teaching days from 1965 to 1985.

The students, now in their 40s, 50s and even 60s, came from all over the country and made their pilgrimage to Nadiali village, which Professor Dilgir has adopted. The 77-year-old professor, now past 77, was as exuberant and informal as ever, reciting his trademark couplets.

Grateful students, now occupying senior positions in media-related fields, recounted their experiences of the good deeds done by the old teacher steeped in the long-forgotten guru-shishya tradition.

While sharing a frugal lunch in the tree-lined Vidula Dilgir Memorial library that he runs, it was gratifying to know that he had devoted his retired life to teaching poor students of the village, arranging marriages of destitute girls and arranging general upliftment of the neglected village. He is also reviving the cultural organisation Kala Darpan, about which the then Governor of Punjab, the late Dharma Vira, had said: “Without Kala Darpan, the City Beautiful would be a city without soul”. As one student wrote on the scroll presented to Professor Dilgir on the occasion, “May your tribe increase”.

Stray cattle
The problem of stray cattle in the city, especially in the southern sectors, has increased so much that it has become impossible to drive at night. And to top it all street lights are usually not working in the south side of the city.

Some residents wonder if the Stray Cattle Act to nab such animals has been put in the cold storage. The enforcement staff may require hundreds of vehicles just to take away the bovines. Particularly dangerous are the buffaloes that are not even visible at night. The situation is very bad in Sectors 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 and 49. The same problem is faced by residents of Sectors 36,37,38,39,40,41 and 42.

At times the number of bovines is more than the number of people on the road. People out on post-dinner walks have had to abandon their plans instead of trying to walk through cow dung and cattle.

Probably it will take a visit by the Administrator, Lieut Gen Jacob (retd), to set things right. The North — South divide will show up if the visit takes place after 9 p.m, says a resident who works in the evening hours and often returns home after 9.

E-mail directory
In its effort to implement the recently announced information technology policy, the Haryana Government has brought out a comprehensive e-mail directory and user’s manual. The directory, brought out by the joint efforts of the Haryana State unit of the NIC and Secretariat Information Technology is claimed to be the first of its kind.

The directory, hardbound in green, contains addresses of all senior functionaries of legislature, executive and judiciary. Besides, the directory also has the e-mail addresses of various boards, corporations, deputy commissioners, legislators, district information officers and NIC Haryana state unit.

The directory manual guides the users about electronic mail and access to e-mail facilities on server. It also has tips about creation of and accessing e-mail talent programme. Incidentally, the NIC has set up a dedicated server in its office located in Haryana’s new secretariat building in Sector 17.

No sparrows
Sparrows, which are inseparable from our homes, are slowly and steadily disappearing from Chandigarh and surrounding towns. These warning notes were sounded by the Environment Society of India (ESI) after carrying out surveys in various areas.

In the grain market, which was one of their favourite, these birds are rarely seen. The excessive use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers in agriculture have scared these shy and sensitive birds away.

In other sectors, there is a significant decline in their populations due to habitat loss.

These birds eat grain, insects, fruit buds and flower nectar. Now more and more people are using pesticides and chemicals in their kitchen gardens ,which keep the sparrows at bay.

Number of water bodies in the city have been or are being filled. Old timers keep earthen pots with food and water for the birds but this practice is on the decline.

In the labour colonies, the naughty boys from migrant population kill these birds with ‘‘gulel’’.

Punjabi singers
Want all details about Punjabi singers? Log onto Launched by the city-based Gulmohar Arts, the website, which was inaugurated by singer Dolly Gularia, intends to fulfil the long-pending demand of establishing direct contact between the singers and the general public.

‘‘In a short time, the Punjabi folk music has commanded a respectable position at the international level. No function is considered complete without Punjabi music and dance. Various books, magazines and directories have tried to introduce Punjabi singers. They had succeeded up to a limit’’, says Mr Ravinder Pal Kalra, the designer of the website, adding that the website would go a long way in helping people to access the details about Punjabi singers at the press of the button (or is it mouse?)

Tension was writ large on the face of an advocate as his shifted weight from one leg to another outside a courtroom in the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) the other day.

The bail application he was contesting at the HC and the order of the Judge at the District Court in a corruption case were to occur simultaneously. He was still wondering at the outcome of the case when the pager beeped: ‘‘Congrats all accused have been burried.’’ He was confused till he realised that the accused had been acquitted.
— Sentinel



Calculation of electricity load

This refers to Mr A.S. Bindra’s letter to the editor “Strange way of calculating electricity load” (The Tribune, Sept 28). I wish to add a few points regarding calculation of the electricity load of a consumer for the consideration of the PSEB authorities.

(i) Does the PSEB have the right to calculate electricity load in a house which is not fully complete and where the woodwork and painting is still going on?

(ii) In Mohali, a house-owner has to buy his own meter and deposit it with the PSEB which certifies its accuracy and installs it after sealing it. The consumer pays his electricity bill on the basis of the consumption recorded by this meter. What then is the logic behind demanding payment according to the number of switches fitted in a house?

(iii) The electricity contractors sometimes fix more switches than are required to make more money. The PSEB should first inform a house-owner about the penal clause before slapping a fine of a few thousand rupees.

(iv) Theft of electricity which happens in few cases only is not possible without the active connivance of the PSEB staff. Staff members who indulge in such corruption not only cause financial loss to the board, but also bring it a bad name. I call on the PSEB to remove such unscrupulous elements from the board and stop harassing innocent consumers.
Joginder Singh Deep
SAS Nagar

Expensive trip
I wish to draw the attention of the authorities of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and other agencies towards the plight of hundreds of ex-servicemen who travel to the Command Hospital for treatment. They have to make repeated visits and each visit costs them Rs 18 from the Chandigarh bus stand. It will not be out of place to mention that ex-servicemen have to travel to the Command Hospital for treatment and other civilians have no reason to visit this hospital. An identity card should be considered enough to get them free travel or at least a 50 per cent concession.
G.B. Sharma
Fatehgarh Sahib

PU Senate poll
This refers to the report “Senate poll: supporters allege malpractices” (The Tribune, Sept 18). The alleged malpractices in the Panjab University Senate elections relate to the election of 15 members from the registered graduates constituency. According to the PU Calendar, 15 members are to be elected by registered graduates from amongst themselves. Two of them are to represent the district of Ferozepur, Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana in Punjab, two will represent Haryana and one the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The remaining 10 are to be elected from any area.

I wish to offer a few suggestions to streamline the election process for the registered graduates constituency: (a) Voting booths should not be located in buildings where the owner of the building is a contestant in the elections; (b) The voters should be only from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh; (c) The ballot paper should not be too big in size. In the recently held elections, it was as big as a newspaper; (d) Brief bio-data of the candidates should be distributed among the voters in the form of a booklet along with the date of the poll and other instructions; (e) Out of the 15 members, 10 should be academicians of repute and the remaining five should be from the fields of industry, commerce, medicine and engineering etc.
Om Prakash Wadhwa



Jeetendera promotes noble cause
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — After keeping hoardes of fans waiting for an hour, he walked in looking fresh, invigorated and, as charming as ever. Ask him the secret of his fitness and the 30 plus man smiles, “It is all a part of the game called life. To feel healthy I have to look healthy too.” Keeping up to the decided schedule he then walks up to the dais where former Miss India Gul Panag is already seated.

The dancing sensation of the sixties and the seventies, Jeetendera, was today in town to promote a noble cause. As the word spread that he would shortly arrive at Art Folio housed in a residence in Sector 9, all roads seemed to be leading towards the venue where Jeetendera today inaugurated an exhibition of hand-crafted candles by Manisha Singh, a local girl currently working as a Creative Director with Balaji Telefilms, the home production of Jeetendera which is looked after by his daughter Ekta Kapoor these days. The visit of the actor coincided with the fact that Balaji Telefilms had declared its public issue owing to its immense popularity on account of serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kanyadaan, Koshish Ek Aasha

The exhibition, which has on the display a variety of candles ranging from aromatic to herbal to floating, has indeed been crafted for a generous cause. As Jeetendera himself informed, “Entire proceeds from this exhibition will be diverted to the Pediatric centre of the Post graduate Institute and the objective of garnering funds for the centre is rooted in a goodwill cause. We want to help the mothers who deliver premature babies but are left with no money or facility to look after themselves till the time their child remains on the incubator.” The star himself initiated the grant process today by donating Rs 15,000 to the centre. The amount was given to Dr S.K. Sharma, PGI Director, who was present on the occasion along with Dr Anil Narang, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, PGI.

Interesting part about the actor’s presence was the fact that he did not go about praising his virtues, and instead decided to kept his speech minimum in length. He joked, “Main aapka bahut waqt nahi loonga kyonki mein neta nahi hoon.” To persuade people to come forward for donation, Jeetendera also held auction of two baskets full of candles. Assisted by Gul Panag, the actor succeeded in selling one basket at Rs 10,000 and another basket for Rs 5,100.

Although getting hold of the actor was getting tougher with every passing minute, thanks to large numbers wanting to take his autograph, he did talk a bit about himself and his future roles in films. About the kind of roles he would play, Jeetu ‘uncle’ was quite clear, “No stereotype roles for me. I will certainly not play a man sporting a grey beard and hair. My kind of roles are the ones done by the Hollywood heroes. I will only take up action-oriened films now, although I don’t mind working in a film which my daughter directs.”

He also made a mention of his son Tushar who is now acting in films opposite Rinke Khanna and Isha Deol. About the altered dance scene in films, he was quite encouraging. “Things must alter for the better,” said the star, while signing autographs for the little ones.

Earlier, during his tete-e-tete with a vast gathering, Jeetendera talked about Manisha, the local girl, who is now settled in Mumbai and is associated with his home production. He lauded her efforts to generate funds for a cause that will further the human cause. Manisha has come out with an exquisite range of candles which have been priced very reasonably. While the maximum price is Rs 200, the minimum is Rs 20.

Explaining her hobby, the artist said, “I have been taught by my mother who is otherwise a Customs official. I have already launched the product in Mumbai. The second in the line is this place where I have spent a major part of my life.”


The IBA goes Dutch
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — September 17 saw more than 3000 of the world’s leading business lawyers descend on Amsterdam. The Dutch capital hosted the International Bar Association’s annual conference between September 17 and 22 at the Amsterdam Rai Conference Centre.

Giving details of the conference the Chandigarh delegate. Mr Ranjit Malhotra, England-educated lawyer specialising in areas of international law, said the showcase programme focussed on four main areas: conflict of interest, corruption, human rights and the future of the legal profession. At the opening ceremony, the President of the European Central Bank, provided an insight into his views for the future.

Regardless of specialisations there were sessions of interest to every lawyer. It would be a challenge to think of a topic of working law which was not touched upon during the conference week. This major legal event brought together speakers from all over the world, including the Netherlands, USA, Australia and South Asian countries.

Former Dean of the Dutch National Bar Willem van Hassel lobbied the IBA eight years ago to get the 2000 conference in Amsterdam and was delighted that it actually happened. He said: We have never had a conference of this size in the legal field. It offers a unique opportunity for the profession to exchange their thoughts on the course they should take in the future.

For the outgoing IBA President, Mr Klaus Bohlhoff, Amsterdam was the perfect venue. “It’s a city with a “human” atmosphere, where it is always possible to forget for a moment the hustle and bustle of working life - you are never far from trees or canals in Amsterdam.” He also said: “Yet at the same time it is at the very heart of business in Europe.” A recent report ranked Amsterdam as one of the top four European business locations — there are some 1,400 foreign companies based in the greater Amsterdam area and some 700 multinationals have chosen The Netherlands as their European centre.

At the “Conflict of Interest” session it was noticed that as technology and world capital markets drive businesses to operate on a global scale, resultantly, legal mega-firms, investment banks and accountancies confront obstacles posed by professional ethics. In turn, their clients face trade-offs between experience-based expertise and unblemished independence. At the same time, top courts around the world, including the House of Lords in England, are tightening the screws on professional conflicts.

The Human Rights sessions marked the 50th Anniversary of the European Convention of Human Rights. The session began with the presentation of IBA’s Bernard Simons Memorial Award by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of The Netherlands.

The IBA Standing Committee on Globalisation of the Legal Profession comprising Bar Leaders and practitioners from developed and developing jurisdictions examined issues created by the impact of technology and the internet on legal practice from a variety of perspectives.

Special visits were also organised to the International Court of Justice, which is the principal judicial organ of the UN. Its seat is at the Peace Palace in The Hague outside Amsterdam. Mr Malhotra’s committee also attended a reception hosted by the American Ambassador in The Netherlands while visiting The Hague.

Founded in 1947, the IBA now includes among its membership 178 law societies and bar associations, which collectively represent over 2.5 million lawyers. In addition, the IBA has 16,000 individual lawyer members from some 183 countries across the globe. It offers 55 committees and 16 regional and special interest groups.

Business aside, the conference was marked by social events and receptions. The conference came to a close with an invitation to the next annual conference to be held in Mexico between October 28 and November 2, 2001.Back


Parrot sanctuary cries for help
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — The parrot sanctuary situated in Sector 21 here is crying for help. Selected as first urban sanctuary way back in 1988, it is in a neglected state. Trees in the sanctuary are also dying for want of proper care.

Spread over an area of 2.9 hectare it forms a habitat for more than 5,000 birds. Surprisingly it fails to provide water for these birds as the water pond that was constructed for the purpose is lying dry.

Moreover, trees in the area are as old as 70 . The planting of new trees is the need of the hour. It is learnt that after the identification of the area as a sanctuary no trees have been planted here.

Mango trees, which serve as an ideal harbourage and roosting for birds, are just left to over six in number. Infact there were 16 to 20 mango trees when the sanctuary was started as this place was heavily flanked with mango trees. The present sanctuary is located on the old Ropar road which used to pass through Sectors 26, 27, 19, 21 and 36. The birds began to arrive in Sector 21 and it became home to these birds in the early eighties.

This bird centuary attained the attention of experts in the United Nations Environment Programmes (UNEP) too in 1989.

The scene in the morning and is the evening in the sanctuary is bewitching as one can witness incessant chirping of thousands of birds. Green parrots are the dominating species in the area.

There are some other species of fauna which are found here. The important ones are house sparrows, seven sisters, common mynah, pled mynah, Indian robin, ring doves, blue rock pigeon, ring doves, hoopoe, redevented bulbul, koel, wagtail, pied robins and parrots.

As this valuable place is in the midst of thickly populated area, it is used as a part now by the nearby residents. The number of birds has reduced in the past 5 years. According to Lt Col Sarwan Singh, a resident of Sector 21, “I am a frequent visitor to this place. In order to make improvements in this sanctuary I wrote an application to the Conservator of forests a few months ago. But no steps have been taken.” He made a few suggestions like adding few ducks and peacocks to the park, butterfly enclosures and most important the planting of trees.

Another visitor in the sanctuary said, “We keep observing various days like World Wild Life Day by organising debates and other competitions supporting the issue of the protection but I am afraid to say that we are unable to protect similar treasures already provided to us by nature. We should put in efforts to save the already existing reserves.”


Petro hike draws flak
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — The hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG came in for severe criticism at the meeting of the Samajwadi Party under its president, Mr Shivi Jaiswal, here today. While demanding the rehabilitation of “jhuggi dwellers”, it also demanded that 50 per cent of the Budget should be spent on villages and colonies only. Taking a serious note of the law and order problem in the city, it condemned the BJP-led municipal corporation of Chandigarh for its failure to provide basic amenities in the city.


DYFI men burn PM’s effigy
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — The Members of the Democratic Youth Federation of India burnt an effigy of the Prime Minister in protest against the hike in petrol, LPG and diesel prices in the Sector 29, here today. Earlier, a procession start from Sector 30 and ended in a rally in the Sector 29 market. Addressing the rally, the DYFI president, Mr Madan Singh said the hike was unjustified and that it would have a direct bearing on the farmers, labourers and other section of the society.


State-level dharna on Oct 6
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — The six major political parties, along with certain farmers organisations, will organise a state-level dharna at the Matka Chowk here on October 6 in protest against the attitude of the Punjab and Central Governments towards paddy procurement. According to a press note issued here today, these organisations, including the CPI, the CPM, the Congress, the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Lok Bhalai Party, felt that the peasants were being compelled to sell their paddy at the rate ranging between Rs 350 and Rs 400 per quintal which was about Rs 100 to Rs 150 below the procurement price prescribed by the government. Similarly, the hike in the prices of petroleum products would snatch away Rs 500 crore from the pockets of farmer of Punjab alone.


Youth urged to respect elders
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — The Umeed Khanna Foundation celebrated International Elders Day at Sangrur today. The chairperson of the foundation, Mr Arvind Khanna, said in a statement that there was a good response to the function. Addressing senior citizens, Mr Khanna admitted that of late respect for and care of elders had waned. He urged the youtH to respect elderly people. The foundation’s health care scheme president, Dr Daniel, spoke on common diseases and disorders of elderly people and gave remedial tips. Ms Nalini Yadav emphasised that elders must take moderate exercise. The foundation’s free medical aid scheme is popular in Sangrur, under which nearly 600 villages are covered and over 2,000 patients examined every day, says a press note.Back


Cyclist crushed to death
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — A cyclist, reportedly in his late seventies, was seriously injured when he was run over by a truck(PB-11-C-7783) near the railway station traffic lights on the Chandigarh-Kalka road this evening.

According to the police, he breathed his last when he was being rushed to the PGI. The truck has been impounded by the police. A case has been registered.

Gamblers held
In a drive against gamblers, the police has arrested nine persons, who were gambling at public places.

According to the police, the police arrested three persons, all resident of Dadu Majra Colony, from near the House No 2228 in the same colony. The arrested have been identified as Parmod, Rakesh and Satish. A sum of Rs 550 was recovered from them.

In another incident, three persons namely Ravinder Kumar, Pappu and Sumit Kumar were held from the same colony while gambling near the House No 2263. A sum of Rs 400 was recovered from them.

The police also arrested Surinder, a resident of water works on the Mansa Devi road, Mani Majra, and Rajesh and Raju, both residents of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, for gambling at public place. Cash worth Rs 410 has been recovered from them. Cases under the Gambling Act have been registered against them.

Case registered
A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against certain unidentified persons. A bag containing 4.5 kg of poppy husk was found near the temple at the ISBT yesterday.

Theft case
Mr Joga Singh, a resident of Sector 43, reported that someone has stolen his computer, CDs and watch from the Plot No 9 in the Industrial Area, Phase II, here, on September 29. In another case, Mr Avtar Singh, a resident of Sector 21-A, reported that two miscreants on scooter (CHR 5819) snatched his mobile phone last night.

Two arrested
Chander Mohan, a resident of Sector 29, has been arrested for drinking at public place. Similarly, Kamlesh Kumar of Bapu Dham Colony has been arrested from Sector 30.

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