Wednesday, October 11, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Madalpur villagers block traffic, stone bulldozer
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 10 — Tension prevailed at Madalpur village in Sector 15 here today where agitated villagers stoned the bulldozer that had been called in to remove the debris following the demolition of structures by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on October 8. They also blocked traffic at the Majri chowk in Sector 1.

The demolition drive by HUDA on October 8 came after a Civil Judge vacated the interim stay and dismissed the appeal in a case filed by Prem Singh and other villagers against HUDA. They had demanded alternative sites under the policy of HUDA in lieu of compensation after village land had been acquired.

The drama unfolded this morning when officials of HUDA arrived to clean up the village with a JCB in toe. As the JCB began loading manure onto a waiting truck, a handful of villagers protested and dared the officials to touch their belongings. After heated exchange with the officials, the truck of manure was emptied at the same place while efforts to convince the villagers to come round continued.

“We are picking up our belongings on our own. It will take some time to clean up the mess but the officials are not ready to listen to us, forcing us to pick up fight with them. All our belongings are gone in the demolition and we must be allowed to take our time for moving out,’’ Ram Singh, a villager, said.

The officials tried to explain to the irate villagers that they were there to help them shift out which did not cut any ice with them. Later, they began loading their belongings and began to move out.

However, around noon, the situation aggravated again when a handful of villagers tried to block traffic at the Majri chowk. Police personnel were rushed to the site and the villagers were finally convinced to have a word with the. Administration instead of blocking the traffic.

At a meeting of representatives of the villagers with the Superintendent of Police, Ms Kala Ramachandran, and City Magistrate, Mr HC Sharma, and later with the Administrator, HUDA, Mr Srikant Wadgal, the residents were asked to take their compensation and clean up the village of their belongings since HUDA had taken over the possession of the land.

Meanwhile, at the village, a handful of agitated villagers stoned the bulldozer, smashing its window panes, though the driver, Baljinder Singh, managed to get away without being hurt. Immediately, all officials rushed to the village and controlled the situation. Following this, the entire evacuation work proceeded peacefully and the SP, ASP, DSP and Administrator of HUDA monitored the clean-up operation. 



Panel suggests plot sizes for bulk dealers
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — A committee formed by the Chandigarh Administration for the allotment of sites to bulk dealers has suggested sizes of plots for various trades and also laid down various regulations for eligibility of allotment.

The committee has said that 200 square yard and 400 square yard plots with full basement be planned for the bulk material traders, while 100 square yards plots be planned for kabaris ( junk dealers). A report of tehsildar’s survey carried out on September 20 says that there were 289 bulk material dealers and 63 kabaris who are operating from land in Chandigarh.

In addition to these traders, supporting services such as night shelter, dharamshala, hotel, transport offices, rehra parking sites and booths for general shopping are also planned. Some area be reserved for future use, suggests the committee.

To determine eligibility several clauses have been added. These include that the applicant should not own any commercial or industrial site in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula in his own or dependent family members name or a part of a partnership.

Besides, the applicant must have a sales tax number allotted to him prior to the cut-off date (20.09.99) that has been fixed according to the tehsildar’s survey, which shows that he is operating in that particular bulk trade from the encroached premises which are to be cleared under the scheme. The idea of the Administration is to clear the encroachment by allotting sites at fixed place

An applicant who has been offered an alternative site at any time earlier and has not accepted the same shall not be eligible under this scheme, sources said. All sites left over after allotment to eligible encroachers may be put to open auction.

A draft scheme in this regard may be prepared by Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) for incorporating standard provisions and above recommendations of the committee. On orders of the Administration, kabaris (junk dealers) which are 62 in number as per the survey report are also to be included for rehabilitation in the proposed bulk material market in West of Sector 56.

After deliberations it was decided that about 80 plots of 100 sq yds. for kabaris be also carved our apart from, the other trades to be adjusted in this bulk material market. AEO will be preparing a scheme in view of the recommendations made by the committee in its various meetings.

The purpose of setting up the bulk material market is primarily to clear encroachments by bulk material traders in Phase III sectors.

In the layout plan, a provision for plots for all these traders and a sufficient surplus for auction and further use be made. To arrive at appropriate sizes of plots, the plan of bulk material market planned by PUDA in Sector 65-A, SAS Nagar was studied. 


Burglary in Sector 11 house
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 10 — A theft of items worth about Rs 1 lakh, including cash amounting to Rs 20,000, was reported from the house of a businessman in Sector 11 here today. The occupants of the house were out of town when the incident took place.

The owner of the house, Mr Rajender Sharma, a timber merchant, said that he, accompanied by his family, had left for his native village in Himachal Pradesh on October 5. His nephew, staying with him, also left the house on the night of October 7.

On returning home on October 9 around midnight, his nephew discovered that all lights of the house were on. “Doubting there could be trouble since all of us were out, he awoke the neighbours and called up my brother. All of them together went into the house but found nobody there,’’ he said.

Once inside, they saw that the whole house had been ransacked and everything in the cupboards lay strewn on the floor and bed. “I returned only today and found cash, 1.5 kg silver, cameras and pens in my locker missing. The other losses will become known only when I am allowed to touch my things,’’ he added.

Police sources added that the thieves had got in through the main door by jumping over the main gate and breaking open the bolt and lock with an iron rod. Inside the house also, bedroom door locks and cupboards had been broken open. They had escaped through the same route.

A dog squad was brought to the house but could only lead to the Sector 11 market. A team of fingerprint experts is likely to visit the house tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the police has registered a case in this regard. 


PU student organisations gear up for poll
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — Student organisations today geared themselves up for the forthcoming Panjab University Campus Students Council elections on October 20 with visits to various teaching departments.

The highlights of the day, a day after the announcement of elections, were the press conferences of the major student bodies and the two major factions of their combinations. Both groups said that clear line of work they proposed to undertake would be clarified in manifestoes likely to be released on Thursday.

The first press conference was addressed by the ruling Students Organisation of Panjab University supporters and office-bearers. Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, former President, announced Bhupinder Beniwal and Harmeet Tewana as candidates for the posts of president and secretary of the organisation, respectively.

Beniwal is a student of the Gandhian Studies Department following his completion of the law course. Tewana is a student of the Department of Laws. Beniwal, when asked about his previous inclination towards the Haryana Students Union, said that interests of the SOPU were at the university level while the HSU was at the state level. "I never left the SOPU to work alternately at the state level,'' he said.

Jaswinder Singh Khunkalan, former President of the Punjab Vidyarthi Jathebandi, Vikram Chaudhry, Chairman of the HSU and President of the Himachal Students Association expressed solidarity with the SOPU.

Randhawa said that the party office would be opened tomorrow. Responding to the ABVP allegation that the SOPU last year had invited politicians from a political party only at varsity functions, he said that Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Mr Tota Singh and Mr P.S. Chandumajra, who had visited the campus during the said period, did no belong to the party that was being hinted at.

Chand Singh Madaan, Chairman of the Haryana Students Association, announced the panel of the HSA, the ABVP and the Panjab University Students Union which would be a united front for the elections.

Madaan said that following hectic parleys till late last night differences had been sorted out among all groups to announce a united front.

Surat Negi, heading the ABVP, announced Bhupinder Singh "Bhuppi'' and Vivek Chauhan as the presidential and secretarial candidates, respectively. Lakhjit Singh, President of the PUSU, confirmed the party decision of ''walking together with the ABVP and the HSA''.

No clear mention was made about the proposed new agenda but he said that academic issues were naturally included. The real problems needed to be shortlisted.

Bhuppi and Chauhan said that student welfare and ensuring them their rights were the clear aims they hoped to achieve.

The ABVP said the SOPU did not take the party members into confidence throughout the year following its victory last session.

The winning candidates are likely to resign from their respective parties and standing on a common platform at the campus council level, Chand said.

Both the rival groups assured to save the campus walls from defacement with party posters this time.


2 constables suspended
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — Two constables of the local police were today arrested for creating nuisance in Sector 17.

According to sources, the cops — Krishan Kumar and Ranbir Singh — allegedly in a drunken state, were spotted by one Mr Satinder Cheema, while urinating on his Tata Sierra(PB-39-A-0102) parked in the parking lot outside a photographer’s shop. When Mr Cheema objected to this, he was allegedly abused by the duo.

In the meantime, a large number of people gathered at the spot and the police was informed. The duo, who was in uniform, was taken into custody. Their medical examination was also done.

A case has been registered.Back


Article 105 needs amendment: Saha
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — The Constitution should provide for a code of ethics for the legislators, and for this purpose Article 105 needs amendment, said Prof Tushar kanti Saha at a prelude at the Conference of the Indian Institute of Public Administration members, annual Conference 2000 at Panjab University here today.

This conference was organised by the Regional branch of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh of the Indian Institute of Public Administration in association with Department of Public Administration, Panjab University. This year’s theme lecture was on “Reviewing the working of the Indian Constitution” delivered by Prof Tushar Kanti Saha.

Speaking on Centre-state relations, he opined that the Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution must undergo a comprehensive, review for reallocation, transfer or inclusion of new subjects like ‘disaster’, which finds no mention in the lists.

Professor Saha has been delivering this lecture in various parts of the country and is a reader in administrative and constitutional law at the IIPA. He did his Masters in Economics and LLB from London followed by LLM from Calcutta. He is Barrister-at-Law from London and did his Ph.D recently from Calcutta University.

Also speaking on the occasion, Dr Balram K Gupta said that as a plant needs pruning after sometime, a review of the Constitution was essential. Dr S L Kaushik, Chairman of the Department of Public Administration, and Vice-Chairman of the Regional Branch of IIPA presided over the lecture and was of the opinion that the constitution needed to be rewritten.

The Secretary, Regional Branch IIPA, Mr D V Bhatia, opined that while reviewing the constitution strikes, bandhs, and dharnas should be banned.


Ban sought
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — The Art and Culture Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), today, sought a ban on gambling in all community centres of the city. The members of the committee met here today in this regard.

They, however, wanted that people should be allowed to play cards in these centres. The MCC had received several complaints that many persons gambled in these centres in violation of the rules.

The panel also okayed a proposal to build a community centre in Sector 42 at a cost of Rs 43 lakh. The civic body will not organise Divali celebrations this year because there is hardly any sponsor for the event.

The committee also decided to refer the case of grant of certain facilities to CITCO employees working in the MCC to the Commissioner.

Demolition drive

The Enforcement Wing staff demolished some concrete structures in New Indira Colony of Mani Majra today. Besides this, about 10 pig-pens that had virtually reached upto road berms, were also demolished.

A bulldozer, three trucks and over 40 personnel of the wing were pressed into service to remove the encroachments.

No untoward incident was reported. The drive began at 10 am and continued for over six hours.Back

‘Be careful with crackers’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — “Students need to be careful while handling explosives during the Divali season,” said Dr Amodh Gupta, Head of the Eye Department of the PGI. He was speaking at a function of the NSS Department of Panjab University in the Sector 40 Government High School here today.

Dr C.L. Narang of the PU said, due to unsafe motherhood, several innocent children had to suffer. He also said, due to poverty, unhealthy environment and malnutrition, at least many children went blind before the age of one.

Mr B.S. Gosal, Headmaster of the school, and Dr O.P. Kalra, an eye specialist, also spoke on the occasion.Back


Protest by residents
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — Protesting against shortlisting the names of residents of Janata Colony and Kumhar Colony for rehabilitation by the Chandigarh Administration, residents of the colonies blocked road in Sector 25 here today. They demanded the inclusion of 438 names withdrawn from the list of 2,244 initially drawn up by the Administration on the basis of the voters’ list of the two colonies. 


Watch found
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — A wrist-watch has been found by a Sector 21 woman, Mrs Rashmi Punia. The watch was found on September 5 near the booths located near the Sector 22 and 23 traffic lights. Mrs Punia lives in 3038/1, Sector 21.



Four thefts reported
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — Four thefts were reported in the city during the past 24 hours.

Ms Amitinder Kaur, a resident of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, reported that someone had stolen jewellery, cash worth Rs 10,000 and clothes from her car, which was parked in front of house No 716, Sector 8, here yesterday.

In another case, Mr I.K. Mehta of Sector 19 alleged that his domestic servant had stolen cash worth Rs 2,000 and jewellery from his house. Similarly, Mr Subhash Kumar, a resident of Kishangarh, reported that someone stole his suit case containing education certificates, clothes and cash amounting to Rs 5,000 from his residence.

In the last case, Mr Pritosh Kaushal of Sector 30 reported that someone stole medicines from his shop in Sector 38 between October 6 to 9 when he was out of station.

Cases have been registered in all cases.

Held for gambling:
The police has arrested Suresh Chand, a resident of Dhanas, and Kamaljit Singh of Janata Colony, for gambling near the Dadu Majra chowk and recovered Rs160 from their possession.

Similarly, Muzzahar Khan of Burail village was held for “satta gambling” from near his house.

Separate cases have been registered.

The police has arrested Ishar, a resident of Phase I of the Ram Darbar, for selling wine near his residence.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Case registered:
A case has been registered against Suresh Kumar, an employee of a local TV channel, for unauthorisedly showing movie Rakshak yesterday. A complaint to this effect was made by Mr Deepak Tandon of the Indian Media Protection against Copy Right Theft Limited(IMPACT), Mani Majra.


Circus committee allegation
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 10 — The management of Amar Circus today alleged that it was forced to pay Rs 11,000 as donation and 200 free passes of the circus to the members of the Dasehra Committee, which organised Dasehra celebrations in Phase 8 ground adjacent to the site where tents to hold shows of the circus were being held.

Mr Vicky Raj, proprietor and Mr S.D. Sharma, promoter of the circus, said this at a press conference here today. Mr Sharma said they had taken permission from PUDA on August 25. They said the district administration officials played an important role in convincing the members of the Dasehra Committee to hold the celebrations at a safe distance from the circus. They said they had suffered a loss of two shows when the Dasehra celebrations were being held.


‘Know Internet’ campaign
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 — The Tribune, the Confederation of India Industry (CII), Internet service provider, Glide and National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), joined hands today to popularise and make people aware about Internet by launching a ‘‘Know Internet’’ campaign here.

The Tribune will carry the message to every home in this region, while Glide will provide internet access, NIIT faculty will provide the course content based on a CII initiative.

A CII-NIIT centre for excellence has been set up here for this purpose. The programme offers a two- hour free Internet training session to the masses for the next two months in the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.

The IT centre for excellence operating out of the CII (northern region), headquarters in Sector 31, shall carry out the campaign in Chandigarh and more than 50 NIIT centres all over Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh would also be used to carry out the ‘‘Know Internet’’ campaign. Ms. Madhulika Tripathi, Chairperson, CII, Information Technology sub-committee and Senior Vice-President NIIT, said at the launch of this campaign, “The idea is to take this campaign to 4000-5000 people of the region in its first few days itself”.

More than a thousand people have already registered for the programme.

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