Monday, October 16, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Students prefer centralised counting, leaders disagree
By Nishikant Dwivedi

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — Should there be a centralised counting of the votes to the four students’ council seats of Panjab University on the pattern of Parliamentary and Assembly elections?

Most of the student leaders of the Panjab University disagree to it, while the neutral students, who form a major chunk of the votes, prefer a centralised system of counting.

The two-time president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council and president of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, did not see anything special in centralised counting. He said, “What is wrong with the present system?” “The system has worked smoothly in the last three elections. It is purely an administrative policy”.

On the other hand, Munish Anand, a former president of the council, advocating the idea said, if centralised counting was started, the students could vote freely. “After all, the meaning of secret ballot is that nobody should come to know from where the vote has come,” he added. Asked why he did not do anything in this direction during his tenure, he said, “We had send such a proposal, through the Dean, Students Welfare, to the Vice-Chancellor”.

The present system of counting votes, which is blockwise, said one student, was not fool proof. According to him, in this system, one could come to know what the voting trend was in a particular block. Another student activist says, “By this, at least we come to know where we are weak and where we need to concentrate more.”

Another student, Anand Rohilla of Law Department, suggested that all the votes should be mixed on the pattern of Parliamentary and Assembly elections and then counted. Shipra Parmar of English Department said, “The present system is not wrong, but the centralised counting will be better”.

Senior students of the university, did not see that any party could manipulate counting of votes in the present system. But they pointed out that today a particular party claimed to have hold on the Law Department while the other claimed majority in the science blocks. A research scholar said, “By centralised counting of votes, the parties will concentrate equally on all departments’’.

Mr V.K. Bansal, Dean, Students Welfare, said, “There is no provision of centralised counting in the rules”. Mr R.K. Kakkar, one of the members of the election tribunal, said, “I find nothing wrong with the present system of counting votes department-wise. Now it is not feasible to make changes at the eleventh hour”.

Harmit Tiwana, contesting for the post of general-secretary, said, “Centralised counting means bringing all the ballot boxes to one place. It will not solve any purpose, but will waste time”. The best thing, according to him, was speedy declaration of results, under the present system.

Countering the argument, Munish Anand asked, “If elections can be delayed by one month, then the sky will not fall if the results are delayed by a few hours”.

Chand Singh Madaan, chairman of the Haryana Students Association, said the present system resulted in speedy declaration of results. He agreed that centralised would be good for neutral students.


Cricket buffs had prepared for a mini-Divali but...
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — No cliches or journalistic one-liners, can describe the sombre, unhappy and dejected mood of cricket lovers in the city after India lost to New Zealand in the final of the ICC cup in Kenya in a cliff- hanger of a contest today.

Some watchers said it was bad luck for India and others blamed the bowlers, batsmen and fielders, while keen followers of the game appreciated the effort made by Kiwi all-rounder Chris Cairns, who scored a century to snatch the game from India. When the match ended, a sense of regret on the faces of members of the public said it all. Animated discussions carried out late into the night.

Since noon, when the game had started, cricket lovers had collected in groups to watch a match that was expected to bring about a probable Indian victory, which would have lifted the spirits of the nation after a debacle in the Olympics and also in cricket in the past one year. But it happened otherwise and the crackers that had been brought out to make it into a mini-Divali night to celebrate the victory, had to be put back.

For the lovers of the game, Sunday helped matters. All family engagements were put off. The television set became the centre point. Some wives were more interested in soap operas than watch blue and green flanneled men wield the willow and chase a white ball all over the park.

Social clubs were full of people. Even the golf club members, who otherwise were indulgent to the point of passion about with their golfing clubs and greens, skipped their rounds or played them early to rush back home or into the Golf Club lounge to watch Indians smash the Kiwis. At several places, groups of people indulging in pre-Divali card sessions broke off to watch the match.

By evening, the roads were deserted as men kept on postponing the ritualistic purchase of sweets for their wives on the occassion of Karva Chauth, which falls tomorrow. In Sector 22, it was a sight to see as the women huddled around the mehndiwallahs, while the men preferred to watch television. Some shopkeepers had provided small TV sets to keep the men busy with cricket.

It was after several months that one could see people gather around television sets. Certain pubs and restaurants where big screens are installed, were full with crowds, which were delerious with joy as Ganguly hit a flurry of sixes. The knowledgeable ones preferred to watch the game in the confines of their homes or with friends.

When India scored 264, it seemed that it would be a mini-Divali night with lots of crackers, but it came to a naught. When city lad Yuvraj Singh, was out cheaply, the mood hit a new low. His tight bowling, however, brought cheerful smiles on everyone’s face, including his coach, Sukwinder Bawa. The coach, while expressing satisfaction at the performance of his ward, later said it was at least creditable that such a young team went this far in a hard-fought tournament. 


Warden misusing powers: SOPU
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — The chief of the SOPU, Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, has alleged that Mr J.K. Chauhan, Warden, Boys Hostel Number 4, Panjab University, is using his official machinery to campaign in favour of his son, who is contesting the elections. A press note issued by the SOPU stated that Mr Chauhan was pressurising students to vote for his son and appealing to his colleagues to support his son.

Mr Chauhan has, however, denied these allegations as baseless and untrue. "You will not find a single resident of the hostel with whom I have talked about voting for my son. Moreover, there are no teachers who are involved in these elections so the allegation about my having appealed to teachers is also wrong. What is more important is the fact that Randhawa is himself staying in the hostel illegally. He is firstly occupying a dormitory which is meant for two students and secondly he has till now not submitted his form for readmission, so his stay in the hostel is illegal. Also he is using the dormitory next to him to accommodate unauthorised persons."


‘Ex-servicemen should contest poll’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — Ex-servicemen need to come together and be unified so that their voice can be heard and their concerns be addressed. Stating this here while addressing an ex-servicemen’s rally organised by the Punjab Regiment to honour its war heroes, former GOC-in-C, Southern Command, Lieut-Gen Ranjit Singh Dayal (retd), said ex-servicemen should start by participating in social and political activities at the grassroot level.

Lieut-Gen Dayal said there were a large number of ex-servicemen in the country and they should join hands to contest elections as it would be more effective in highlighting their concerns and getting their problems redressed. He said although there was a channel for redressal of grievances, it was not being utilised.

Brig K.S. Chandpuri (retd), who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra in the 1971 war for his actions at Longewala, came down heavily on the government for its inability to look after the welfare of ex-servicemen. He said the government had failed to make any policy on settlement and rehabilitation of ex-servicemen. Retiring at a young age with low pensions, they found it difficult to get jobs, he added.

Brigadier Chandpuri said all welfare announcements made by political leaders remained confined on paper and little implementation was done on the ground. He said the government needed to do a rethinking on its welfare measures and as far as allotment of land was concerned, there should be a uniform status for all categories of battle casualties.

The Director of Sainik Welfare, Punjab, Brig K.S. Kahlon (retd), while highlighting various welfare schemes of the state government and the measures undertaken so far, said at times, cases did not get registered with the authorities, making it difficult to pursue these. Stressing upon the need to spread greater awareness about rehabilitation and resettlement schemes, he added that instances had come to light where the next of kin of the deceased soldier had been misguided.

Speaking on the occasion, the Colonel of the Punjab Regiment, Maj-Gen S.K. Awasthy, said problems being faced by ex-servicemen in their native places would be taken up by the regiment with the respective civilian agencies and the local government. He said at various functions organised this year, financial assistance, totalling about Rs 4 crore, has been disbursed among 421 battle casualties or their next of kin. He pointed out that since 1947, the Punjab Regiment had suffered 850 casualties and the remaining affected families would also be provided assistance in due course.

During the function, financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh each was given to 29 disabled soldiers, while next of kin of 126 soldiers who were killed in action were given Rs 50,000 each. The cheques were handed over by Lieut-Gen Dyal, Maj-Gen Awasthy, Brigadier Chandpuri, Brigadier Sukhdev Singh and Brigadier Makotia.

Organised by 14 Punjab, an estimated 800 ex-servicemen and widows from Punjab and neighboring parts of Haryana attended the rally. A large number of serving as well as retired regimental officers and their wives were also present.


Do educational institutes need elections?
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — "Electioneering generally generates more heat than light whereas it should be the other way around, to the enlightenment of all. Let us make this enriching experience for all by respecting others point of view too," reads the introductory paragraph of the list of the code of conduct laid down for the Panjab University students' poll. But as the day of elections draws closer these codes slowly lose their hold and are rarely followed. Should educational institutions have elections or not? Can this politicisation of the system be avoided? Here is what a cross section of students, bureaucrats, student leaders and academicians think.

"I am not against elections as such but the way they are conducted at the university level is something which could do with a lot of changes. Consider the JNU for example, there the whole election process is completely students affair, not a single official of the university is involved. The students form their own election commission of senior research scholars, who then independent of any political alliance and the elections are conducted in a fair manner with as little politicisation as possible. But here constables are put on duty days before the elections and the whole university is busy playing politics. This is not a very positive for the academic environment of the university", says Dr Sagar Preet Huda, ASP, City, and a former student of Panjab University.

"Look I have been into the political scene of the university and I am now out of by choice. The parties we have in the university, which are representing the students, have no aims and are not following any basic issues. In fact they don't have any issues to fight for at times. All these parties end up trying to pressurise the authorities to get grace marks, shortage of lectures condoned and another chance for those who have failed again and again in the university exams. Those who are simply coming to the university, following rules and studying, do not need any political representation at all," says Sunita Dagar, a former student of the university, and a member of the AISF.

"I think elections is a very important aspect of student life and if these are conducted in a fair and proper manner, there is nothing like it. But what we have observed over the years that there is down gradation of the electoral process and a lot of interference of the university authorities in the process. In fact, the interference of political parties is less and that of the university is more. This is not a healthy trend and should be objected to," says Chand Madaan, a student leader of the university.

But aren't the leaders themselves looking for such help from the authorities and political parties? "No this is not true. We would in fact be only too glad if the university gives the whole process in the hands of senior students who are responsible and who can form a panel of elections and conduct these. Moreover, there should be centralised counting of votes so as to minimise any sort of mismanagement of counting." says Manish Anand, another student leader of the university.

"We are the largest democracy in the world and and if the university can produce remarkable administrators, scientists, social workers then why not good politicians? The nations is lacking good politicians and if we blame the politicians we have to also provide alternatives. It is the university and the local levels where good politicians can be prepared for work at the national level," says Dayal Pratap Randhawa, a former president of the university.

But how do the students feel? Do they need leaders? "Elections in the university are a part of the democratic process of electing a representative for the students in the university. But these are worthwhile only if they are conducted in the true spirit of democracy. In a country like India one always has to fight for his or her rights and the university is no different. It is very important that the students have a representative body of their own who can voice our demands at the level of the authorities," feels Anita Sheoran, a 1st semester law student of the university.

"I think that we are now grown up enough to elect our own representatives and the university campus polls gives us an opportunity to do so. If the teachers can have their elections why can't we." questions Poonam Jakhar of the Sociology Department.

Puja, a student of Diploma in Agriculture, feels, "The students when they come to the university face such a wide variety of problems and we need the help of these parties which are there to help and guide us. Then they are our voice with the authorities."

"These parties are the only way we can make sure that the demands of the students reach the authorities and so elections to the students council is a must in the university. They are just not political parties playing politics but are also involved in the cultural activities of the university." feels Gurmeet Brar, a diploma student in Adult Education at the university."

And what do university teachers feel about the elections? Prof D.L.Datta of the Department of History says, "Elections are an important part of the university system of giving the students their representation to put up their problems. But these should be totally a students affairs and no political leaders or university teachers or authorities interfere in these elections." 


Wife sets man on fire
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Oct 15 — The Kharar police registered a case under Section 307, IPC, against Hareet Kaur today on the charge of burning her husband, who has been admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a serious condition. The case has been registered on the statement of Mr Nazar Singh. The statement was recorded by Mr Baljinder Singh, JMIC (D), in the morning at the PGI. Mr Nazar Singh, who is working as driver in Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, stated that he was sleeping when someone sprinkled kerosene on him and when he was about to get up his wife allegedly set him on fire. He alleged that his wife often threatened to kill him. 



Fiftythree years after independence, Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana, has finally figured on the list of Indian Railways for a long distance train. The Railways has notified that a Kalka-Mumbai train will run from October 22. This is the first long distance train connection Chandigarh has been allocated by the Railways. The other long distance train — between Kalka and Howrah — has been operating the since British times.

The demand for a south-bound train from Chandigarh has been pending for a decade even as residents of the two most prosperous states in the country have to travel to Delhi to board a train to the south or the north-east. Even small demands to extend some of the trains terminating at Delhi to Chandigarh have fallen on deaf years. The alibi of the railways is that Chandigarh does not have terminal station facilities. In the past five years readers may have read in newspapers that Chandigarh will get terminal facilities, however, the work is yet to be completed.

All these years the Railways has turned a blind eye to these demands. Even the starting of the Kalka-Mumbai train is not direct train it is to be connected onto the existing Paschim Express at Ambala.

Despite the demand the Railways is yet to introduce a fast train to Delhi in the morning as people are finding the Shatabadi to be increasingly costly. Ironically the Railways is making money through Shatabadi on the Chandigarh-Delhi route.

Petrol shock

With petrol prices rocketing to more than Rs 30 a litre, it is really depressing to see the petrol filler notching up only a bit above three litres for a hundred bucks. A sulking colleague mused the other day: “It is easy to buy a car, but where is the money to run it?”.

True. Finance companies are yet to start the business of financing petrol though the day may not be far. The irony of it all is that new car models are being.


The problems of southern sectors is one subject that may have bored some people. But here is more. With the exception of one road, travel on any of the roads leading to S.A.S. Nagar from Chandigarh and the street lights do not work. The exception is the road that goes ahead from Sectors 41 and 42.

All other road connections like the one from Sectors 45 and 46, Sectors 43 and 44 besides the old connection from Sector 41 and 40, have non functional street lights. The worst are the road that takes you to the PCA cricket stadium in phase IX S.A.S. Nagar, it can be dangerous and even fatal for some. This road divides Sectors 45 and 46 and leads to Phase IX and X in S.A.S. Nagar. The other one is the road that divides Sectors 41 and 40 and goes to Phase I in S.A.S. Nagar.

Both roads are prone to cattle and this becomes even more dangerous with no street lights. Try going at night and the only lights will be ones of oncoming vehicles or the your own vehicles head lights. And if a buffalo meanders onto the road — and this is very common — the road user has to use all experience to save his or her life.

The biggest accident prone site is the place where the road from Sector 45 and 46 meets the Outer Dakshin Marg. The Chandigarh Administration is seemingly not worried as residents make do without the much required traffic lights. Plans to have traffic lights at this point have been made more than two years ago but it is lying in the cold storage.

Rishi’s book for Putin

Chandigarh-based Dr W.R. Rishi’s book “India & Russia — Linguistic and Cultural Affinity” was presented to the Russian President, Mr Vladimir Putin, by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the request of Dr Rishi.

The Private Secretary to the Prime Minister said in a letter to Mr Rishi that the Prime Minister finds the book to be “a most fascinating piece of scholarship” and that he sends his best wishes for a long and happy life.

Dr Rishi is the author of the first Russian-Hindi dictionary published in 1957 by the Sahitya Akademy. He has written many other books on Russian language and literature. Dr Rishi retired from the Indian Foreign Office.

In his book Dr Rishi has talked about the affinity between Sanskrit and the Russian languages, the religion of the Eastern Slavs and the Aryans who both worshipped physical gods. The similarity between their festivals and their timing has been explained on solid grounds by Dr Rishi.

The book talks about an Indian colony that existed in the Astrekhan region inhabited by traders and merchants from India in the beginning of the 19th century. This is borne out by more than 600 manuscripts in about 30 languages of India and South Asia now in the possession of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan.

He concludes by saying that the basic affinity between the language and culture of these two countries exists even today.

Bonanza of festivals

Last to last week the cynosure of all eyes was the festival of Dasehra, which ended up with the burning of King Ravana, Meghnatha and Kumbhkarna. This coincided with the Durga Asthmi, which too was celebrated with equal measures of fanfare and religious fervour. On this auspicious occasion, our Bengali brethren organised an impressive ‘Durga-idol’ immersion ceremony, which marks the colourful finale to the festival. This is followed by the Balmiki Jayanti which is celebrated all over the country and the Sobha yatras are organised to mark the birth anniversary of this great epic-writer. Close on the heels comes the prominent festivals ‘Karva Chauth’ which falls today (Monday). All married women, clad in colourful costumes and laden with exotic jewellery, irrespective of caste, colour and creed, observe fast on this day to pray for the well-being and longevity of their spouses. The last but not the least, the festival of lights, Divali, is round the corner, to be followed by the Vishwakarma Day. ‘Bhaiya Dooj’ falls a day after Divali, when sisters from across the country call on their doting brothers to wish them a happy, long life.

We seem to have lost sight of the guiding theme behind these festivals which have been reduced to mere rituals that we perfunctorily perform every year. Festivals are indeed a spending time, nothing but senseless squandering of oodles of money without any qualms. It is boom time for the shopkeepers, who fleece gullible customers at will. Tempting offers, schemes and other dragnets are laid out to trap the unsuspecting customers who are easily tempted to these wily offers. Similarly, sweets and crackers’ shops vie with each other to multiply their sales. The others, too, join the race and organise Divali Melas and offer attractive offers at cheap rates to trap casual clientele. To cap it all, it is boom time for revellers of sorts.

Film show delayed

Cine-goers, who had queued up for a morning show (11.30 am) of “Fiza” at Piccadily theatre last week,were made to wait well past noon before being allowed inside for the show.

The reason? A preview of Punjabi film “Khalsa Mero Naam Khaas” was being held inside the theatre and the organisers continued with the programme unmindful of the fact that the screening of “Fiza” had to begin at 11.30 am.

Agitated crowds began pounding at the entrance doors after being made to wait for over half-an-hour, only to be told that a VIP show was on inside. This only further infuriated the crowds and one person quipped: “Viewer is important person (VIP) too!”. The people demanded that if the film had to begin late, a notice in this regard should have been inserted in the newspapers.

General Oberoi

Answering a question while interacting with the media before his departure to New Delhi, former GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, had this to say “When I was the Director-General of Military Operations, Gen Pervez Musharaff was holding the same appointment in Pakistan. In the same timespan, while I have moved up a notch to become an Army Commander, Musharaff has become the head of his country. But believe me, I am much happier than he may be.”

The giant Mi-26 may well be the world’s heaviest helicopter and may appear to be cumbersome. But during the recent display at the Chandigarh Air Force Station, it surprised one and all with its agility and manoeuvrability. The effortless manner in which it was able to make tight turns, banks and other low level in-flight manoeuvre could easily have competed with helicopter gunships.

Office delivery

Various government offices in the city serve to be mini markets for the salesmen who throng the places to sell their products. These can be anything starting from incense sticks to clocks, socks and like.

The employees of the offices do not need to visit a market to buy goods like handkerchiefs, neckties, screwdriver sets, pen sets and combs etc. All these things come to their office and that too with a scheme. Buy a pair and you will get the other free or you can get four pairs of socks for Rs 100.

There is a scope for bargaining also if you can convince the other employees to buy the goods. Isn’t it “o-shopping” (office shopping)?

Drying clothes

The picture by Manoj Mahajan shows clothes drying on the railing near the fountain in Sector 17. “Such actions must stop”, says a regular visitor to the market in a letter to Sentinel.


Eight given awards for humanitarian services
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15—As many as eight persons have been awarded by the Rotary Club of Chandigarh Mid-Town for their outstanding contributions towards services to the humanity.

Mr A. S. Mann, a local businessman, has been awarded for his yeoman services to the community. He saved lives of seven members of a family who met with an accident on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway by bringing them to Chandigarh and getting them admitted to the PGI and GMCH-32 for treatment. He is all set to buy an ambulance to provide round-the-clock-services to the residents of city and neighbouring areas.

Sumit Singh Sheoran, a student of local Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School and son of a Haryana Roadways driver plunged into a fire at Sonepat on the night of last Divali to save the life of a child. During the incident he he was seriously hurt and was bed-ridden for nearly two months.

Ten-year-old Sumedha Sachdeva put her life at a risk and saved the life of a four-year-old girl who fell from the second floor of her house. Sumedha , who was standing below, immediately stretched her arms in order to catch the girl. The girl fell on Sumedha's head and then hit the ground. Sumedha was slightly injured but was successful in saving the life of the girl.

Mr K. Silvaraj, a resident of Sector 26, averted a gas cylinder explosion by his swift and courageous action. He saved the lives of a dhaba owner and his family besides damage to the property.

Ms Santosh Singla, a staff nurse of the PGI, was awarded for her active contribution for helping patients, especially children. She is associated with a number of social welfare organisations.

Fifteen-year-old Shamsher escaped from his kidnappers by giving them a slip and ran to safety.

Mr Jarnail Singh, working as a caretaker in Government Civil Dispensary was awarded for his selfless services to poor patients.

Mr Dilbar Singh, a driver with the District Leprosy Society, General Hospital, Sector 16 has been very helpful for poor patients in distress. 


Adopt Balmiki’s teachings’
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 15 —The youth need to adopt the teachings of Rishi Balmiki for development of a prosperous nation and progressive society, while wiping out prevalent evils, Mr Ajay Chautala, Member of Parliament, said in Sector 20, here today. He was speaking at a state-level function organised by the Haryana Balmiki Mahasabha.

Mr Chautala appealed to the people to pledge to educate the youth, since social and financial progress of the country depended upon them, while adding that the evils were thriving on account of prevailing illiteracy.

He informed the gathering that the present government had formulated schemes and programmes for the uplift of the poor and down-trodden for direct benefit to them. He said the government had started a scheme of offering Rs 5,100 to poor families at the wedding of their daughters, doubling of old-age pension and increasing of money to families of Kargil martyrs.

Highlighting the other achievement of the government, Mr Chautala said the “Sarkar apke dwar” programme of the government had been a success, since complaints of the public had been redressed.


Getting decked up for the occasion
From A Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — The excitement among Chandigarh women has already started. After all, it is Karva Chauth, the festival of mehndi, bangles and traditional outfits.

The women of Chandigarh could be seen hanging around in the markets of Sectors 17, 22 and 19. Mehndiwalas are all crowded and banglewalas are also busy preparing for the festival, with ladies shopping around.

There is great excitement among everyone. “I finish all the household work in the morning and go for shopping. By the time my husband reaches home, I also come back,” says Ms Sheetal Bajwa, a housewife.

There are huge queues waiting near mehndiwalas for their turn. The parlours are booked. Ms Veena Dhavan says she has to take appointment in the parlours 2 to 3 days before Karva Chauth for her beauty therapy and to get mehndi applied.

It is the occasion when every woman wants to look beautiful. It is a complete day of relaxation, when no woman works, but works on herself, putting mehndi, grooming herself and shopping for this occasion. Ms Jyoti Chauhan says, “I generally do not like to put mehndi and wear gaudy clothes, but on Karva Chauth, I love to wear heavy sari and put on my ornaments and make-up. I spend 2 to 3 hours to get ready.”


Sarpanch refutes allegation
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 15 — Mr Baldev Singh, sarpanch of Kumbara village, has refuted the allegation of embezzlement of funds levelled against him by Mr Hukum Singh, a former panch of the village. He said the complaint made to the Inspector-General of Police, Chandigarh, was frivolous.

The former panch had alleged that the sarpanch in connivance with his wife and some other persons had withdrawn the money awarded as compensation for a portion of land of Nizampur Kumbhra village, located in Chandigarh. The panch had maintained that a number of inhabitants of Kumbhra village had share in the land for which the compensation had been awarded.



Bishop enthroned
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15—Rt. Rev. Dr Javed Massey, Honorary Bishop, Missionary Diocese of Chandigarh, was enthroned by the Venerable Fazla Masih, Archdeacon, Missionary Diocese of Chandigarh, Anglican Church of India. Many priests were present on the occasion.

A message from the Bible was read out by Rev Rakesh Charles. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP also addressed the congregation. The president of the Chandigarh Congress was also present on the occasion. Rt Rev Dr Javed Massey stressed upon the congregation to preach the message of love and peace.Back


Bhajan sandhya organised
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — Shirdi Sai Sharnam Sangathan organised a bhajan sandhya on the eve of the maha samadhi day of Shirdi Sai Baba at Sector 21 here today.

Hundreds of devotees from different parts of the country including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Shirdi (Maharashtra), participated in the programme which ran for nearly six hours. Besides the local devotees, famous television and radio artistes, Saxena Bandhu enlightened the devotees with bhajans sung in the glory of Sai Baba. An artiste from Madhya Pardesh, Mansukh Lal Verma, and a local artiste Mr Sunil, too, sang bhajans. A langar was also organised on this occasion for the devotees.

Swami Satya Nand Ji Maharaj from Ambala, in his discourse, explained the teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba to the devotees.The vice-president of the organisation, Mr Ravinder Joshi, said the Shirdi Sai Sangathan organises this function twice a year to promote peace, prosperity and harmony in the world.


Site for Apni Mandi

HUDA has disallowed holding of Apni Mandi on Tuesday at the roundabout of Sectors 8, 9, 16 and 17 at Panchkula unmindful of the inconvenience it will cause to the residents of these sectors. Apni Mandi is not held in three of these sectors on any day of the week. Instead of augmenting such facilities for the low-income group, the Panchkula Administration has done the reverse and taken a retrograde step. The administration should have arranged for an alternative site for holding Apni Mandi if it was necessary to remove it from the present site.

On an earlier occasion, the administration had withdrawn the facility of paying water bills in Sector 17, causing great inconvenience to the people who had to go to the solitary collection centre in Sector 10.

I call on the administration to restore the of Apni Mandi and locate the collection centre for water bills at a suitable place in the interest of the public.
O. P. Walia

Menu cards

It is surprising to note that none of the hotels in the City Beautiful provide menu cards that display the calorie value of the food items shown in these cards. The health authorities should make it mandatory

for these hotels to indicate the calorie value of food items on menu cards for the benefit of those customers who may be suffering from obesity, diabetes, hypertension etc. It will be doubly beneficial if the percentage of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the food items is also mentioned in the menu cards.
Vibha Gautam

Price hike

The hike in the prices of petroleum products is a bolt from the blue for the public. It will have a spiralling effect on the prices of other commodities and upset the domestic budgets of the people. It is the poor who will suffer the most. As most of them do not use cooking gas, the hike in kerosene prices is a big blow to them. Their hopes for improving their lot have been shattered. I, as secretary of the Chandigarh unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), urge the Union Government to reconsider its decision to hike the prices of petroleum products.
Ajit Singh Saini



Three booked for using firearms
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 15 — The Sohana police has booked three persons for using firearms to threaten a resident of Rurka village in connection with some land dispute. The three men, Karamjit, Balwinder and Binder Singh, allegedly came to the house of Bhagwan Singh with a. 12 bore gun and fired in the air on October 8.

A case under Sections 336, 506 120-B of the IPC and the Arms Act was registered after Bhagwan Singh lodged a complaint with the police yesterday. The Station House Officer, Sohana, is investigating the matter.

Liquor seized
At least 24 bottles of IMFL were seized from three separate persons at different places in the town in the past 48 hours. Harneek Singh was arrested while bringing five bottles of liquor. In the other two cases, Jaspal Singh and Jagpal Singh were caught while carrying nine and ten bottles, respectively. All the persons have been booked under the Excise Act.

Child killed
A scooter driver was injured and a one-and-a-half year old girl who was pillion-riding the scooter died when it was hit by an unknown vehicle in Industrial Area, Phase 7 here. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered.


One held
The police has arrested Surinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula, on the charges of possessing crackers worth Rs 1.5 lakh without permit. The accused was arrested from the grain market, here. A case under the Explosive Act 1984 has been registered.

Scooter stolen
Mr Varinder Kumar, a resident of Phase IV, SAS Nagar, complained that his scooter (PB-65-A-6607) had been stolen from the Sector 18 market. A case has been registered.

Eve-teasing case
The police has arrested Jaspal Singh, a resident of the Panjab University campus, on the charges of eve-teasing from Inter-state Bus Terminal, Sector 43. A case has been registered.

Three hurt
The driver of a three-wheeler, Mr Lallu Ram, and Mr Y.K. Tiwari and his wife, Pana Devi, were hit by a truck near the Railway lights, yesterday.

The driver of the three-wheeler was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16. The passengers also suffered minor injuries. The driver of the truck, Mustaq, has been arrested and the truck impounded. A case has been registered.

Man arrested
Sashi Bhushan,a resident of Sector 23, was arrested on the charges of playing loudspeaker on high volume without permission. Back


Two cars with same number; man held
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 15 — The police has arrested a resident of Amritsar, Karamvir Singh, on the charges of having two cars with identical number.

According to sources, the accused was arrested from Sector 40, where he had been living as a tenant for the past six months, following a secret information. Two cars bearing the number (PCO 2690) have been recovered from him. He reportedly failed to produce the registration papers of the cars.

The sources said he claimed to be working as engineer with a Paonta Sahib-based company. He has been sent to police remand till October 17.Back

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