Wednesday, October 18, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Work on city-Ludhiana rail link begins
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Work on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link began here today with Northern Railway performing ‘‘ bhoomi poojan’’ at a site in Industrial Area Phase I.

The Chief Administrative Officer , Construction, Northern Railway, Mr S.R. Ujlayan , hit the dry ground with a spade as part of the ritual to start the work before bulldozers took over the work. With this, the first phase of the project entailing laying of 47.5 kilometres of rail line between Chandigarh and Morinda at a cost of Rs 161 crore began.

Several loose ends remain to be tied before the project can get off full steam. Railway officials informed that tenders to carry out earth work in Chandigarh were awarded in September 2000. The tenders for four road under bridges and two major bridges in Chandigarh had been invited and would open in November 2000. There would be no level crossings in Chandigarh. One tender for earthwork in Punjab had been opened while two other tenders were to follow shortly. Work would start in Punjab after the state government made the land available to the Railways. Almost 650 acres of land in Punjab is to be transferred to Railways .

In Chandigarh, 114 acres have been transferred on leasehold basis while the Railways has sought permanent ownership of the land. In Punjab, the railways has submitted land plans for 21 villages to the state government . Land in one village in S.A.S. Nagar, subdivision has been allotted to the Railways while Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act has been involved in five other villages in the subdivision.


4 held for trying to steal exotic birds from zoo
From Bipin Bhardwaj

CHHAT BIR (Patiala), Oct 17 — Four persons, including a serving Army jawan, were nabbed while trying to steal some exotic birds from the Chhat Bir Zoo late last night. One person, however, escaped.

Belonging to well-to-do Kharar, Morinda and Fatehpur-based families, the accused had consumed drinks together at Morinda and then planned a strategy to steal the birds. They then started off on two scooters and reached the zoo at about 6 pm. Upon reaching the zoo, they enquired from the gateman if any of the birds were for sale. They were turned away by the gateman.

However, they returned and struck at the zoo at about 10.30 pm again. Armed with a wire cutter, a sword, a dagger besides some other tools the young ‘‘bird thieves’’— Rajinder Singh, Dalbir Singh, Paramvir Singh, Harvinder Singh and Harpreet Singh — entered the zoo premises by cutting the barbed wires atop the boundary wall near the old rest house in Rampur village.

When they were moving inside the enclosure, they were spotted by some vigilant zoo employees who were on a night patrol. They were nabbed while trying to cut open the cages of pigeons and other birds.

As the patrolling party approached them, Harpreet Singh, fled from the scene. He could not be chased in the dense wild growth, sources in the zoo revealed.

The sources added that on being accosted the accused threatened the guards and the employees with dire consequences as they claimed to possess a country-made pistol with them.

They were later overpowered and taken to the room of the zoo Director, Dr Vinod Sharma, who later informed the police. The accused were handed over to the police late last night.

According to Mr HS Bhullar, DSP, Rajinder Singh (19) — son of a Forest Officer — and Paramvir Singh (21), the residents of Kharar, Dalbir Singh (21) and absconding Harpreet Singh are from Fatehpur and Harvinder Singh belongs to Morinda.

The accused confessed that they had come with an intention to steal pigeons from the zoo. A case under Sections 457, 380 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered in Dera Bassi police station against them.

Zoo Director Dr Vinod Sharma said it was clear that a gang was operating in the area. This could be made out from the fact that their accomplice managed to take away both scooters whose tyres had been deflated by the guards. It may be recalled that 85 birds of exotic species — white and grey cockteal, java sparrows, white doves, alexander parakeet, blossom headed parakeets and love birds - were stolen from Chhat Bir zoo in February last year. A pair of Smooth Indian Otter were also stolen from the zoo in 1995. They were never found and no clue was found by the cops, he stressed. In two similar incidents, birds were also stolen from Yadvindra Garden, near Kalka. 


Row over BE (IT) course
By Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The proposed BE in Information Technology course sanctioned to Panjab University slated to and start in this academic session seems to be in the middle of a controversy. The proposed course has been delayed by almost half a semester, and still the process of admissions to the 30 seats is yet to begin.

The decision regarding the course has been pending because the mode of admissions to the course remains undecided by the authorities and now whether it should be started this year at all is being questioned.

This decision will affect not only those who have been waiting for the course to start but reduce the chances of upgradation of courses of those students who have been admitted to chemical and civil engineering courses and have been looking forward to the more coveted course seats being vacated by those who opt for BE in Information Technology.

The BE in Information Technology course was sanctioned by the by the All India Council of Technical Education to Panjab University in the third week of September this year. The Punjab Engineering College authorities met the Vice-Chancellor regarding the mode of admissions to these 30 seats. The college had three options: To fill the seats on the basis of the CET examination conducted on May 19 2000, to conduct a separate test for these seats or to admit students on the basis of their 10+2 board results. Since no decision regarding the mode of admissions was taken, the matter was left to the administration to decide. A meeting of the college and university authorities with the UT Home Secretary, Mr. Raminder Singh Gujral, was held today but no decision seems to have been taken.

Students and their parents have complained that neither the routine seats of those who have left these courses have been upgraded by Punjab Engineering College neither has the third session of counselling begun for admission to BE in IT.

Punjab Engineering College is keen to get the course started from this session. Reliable sources from the college say if the course does not start this year, students from the city will lag behind by one year in the Information Technology market. But the college has qualms about using the CET merit to fill the seats as it can potentially get them into legal hassles. The university authorities state that the matter is under consideration and they will go by whatever the Administration decides for them. “We are considering the administrative feasibility of starting the course in the current year and our aim should be to make all the opportunities given to the students available to them as soon as possible,”says Mr Gujral. 


Rickshaw-puller held for murder
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 17 —The CIA staff has arrested Jatinder, a rickshaw-puller, in Mani Majra, achieving a major breakthrough in solving a murder case in Sector 4, where a 35-year-old servant was found dead at the residence of Mr Durga Das on February 9.

Arrested from Hanumangarh in Rajasthan following a tip-off, the accused revealed that he, in connivance with the driver working at the house, had planned the theft and murdered the servant, Gulab Singh, who had threatened to inform the police.

He said he and Raju, the driver who had recently picked up his new job, hailed from the same village in Bihar, and met regularly during the evening after work hours.

After returning from work, Raju informed him that the owner was out of town and the servant was alone at home. They decided to get the servant drunk on the pretext of a party and commit the theft.

According to the plan, the two arrived at the residence of Mr DD Sharma on February 10 and got the servant drunk, who after some time, in semi-conscious state, lay down to rest. However, when the duo started ransacking the house, he got up and told them he would inform the police.

Later, the two strangled him, first with a wire which broke, and then with a sari, till he died. The accused added that following the murder, the two searched the house for cash, clothes and valuables, leaving the house at 4:30 am.

On being produced in court, Jatinder was sent to police remand till October 28, while Raju is still absconding.

Earlier, the owner of the house, Mr Sharma, who was away on the night of the incident, had stated that he suspected the involvement of his driver, Raju, hired 10 days before the incident.

Subsequently, the police raided his residence at Mani Majra, but had come to a dead end after they found that he, accompanied by his family, had shifted out. A case under Section 460 of the IPC had been registered.


Choices galore for city residents this Divali
By Kiran Deep

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Divali is going to be different in the city this year with a hundred types of sweets, gifts and crackers on sale. Shop owners in the city have started preparation with innovative ideas to fulfil the customers’ needs.

Mr Virender Arora, of Nathu’s Sweets, Sector 26, said the shop had not just routine items, but two special items — Sangam burfi and Angeer burfi. He further added that they were not changing the rates of the sweets on Divali.

Mr Inder Bajaj of Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17, said they were not preparing sweets for Divali in advance because they believed in freshness. He further added that they had special items like sohan halwa, sohan papri and dhodha burfi.

Mr Mohit Gawri of Peshawari Supermarket, Sector 19, said he had planned lucky draw system for Divali. The customer who would buy items worth more than Rs 500 would be eligible for the lucky draw. He claimed that his shop had the best dry fruits from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Swaranjit Singh (Kala), of Panjab University Sweets Shop, Sector 14, said the shop had fixed low rates of sweets and had not decided to give any discount on Divali. He added that he would give special discount to Panjab University students.

Mr Vicky Joshi of Shiv Misthan Bhandar, Bikaner, Sector 18, said his shop had special Rajasthani sweets like Bikaner pini, mung dal, kaju mixed khoya burfi and many Bengali items on Divali.

Mr Yash Pal Kapoor, a cracker shop owner in Sector 19, said this year he planned to buy less and low intensity crackers with a view to protect the environment and children from any mishap.

Mr Rattan Lal of Sector 15 said he had special gift items and new crackers this year. Boomer sky buster with 130 crackers, was a good source of enjoyment for almost 30 minutes, he added.


Temp running above normal in October
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Right from the beginning of this month, daytime temperatures in the city and its surrounding areas are running above normal, making residents feel uncomfortable and warm.

Today was no different. The mercury recorded 33.2 degrees celsius, 2 degrees above the normal average for this time of the year.

In the past fortnight, fans have made a comeback as temperature continues to be between 32 and 33 degree celsius, which is 2 degrees above the normal average for this time of the year. People having air- conditioned cars are using the air conditioners once again.

The director of the local meteorological department, Mr S.C. Bhan, assigns no specific reason for the warm temperature adding that these are annual variations and there is nothing to be alarmed. He says there is no possibility of rain in the next 48 hours.

The temperatures are above normal, he admits while pointing to the records. The maximum will drop as winter approaches, he added.

The difference between the morning and daytime temperatures are almost double as the minimum is hovering between 14 and 16 degrees celsius since the start of this month. The maximum is the double of minimum. This gap will be covered up in the next 15 days or so. During the transition month of October, such gap is normal.

Records of the meteorological office indicate that the only normal daytime temperature has been recorded on October 2. The mercury did not go above the 31 degrees celsius mark that day.

In the first 17 days of this month, mercury has dropped below the 33 degrees celsius mark only on five days. The warmest has been October 11, with temperatures at 33.6 degrees celsius.



Theft in PU hostel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Hostels were never safe so far as money was concerned. But, in a complaint to the police, a Panjab University hosteler today alleged that four books were stolen from his room.

Jasdev Singh, residing in room No. IX of hostel No. IV, alleged that the books were taken away after breaking open the lock of his room. Taking up his complaint, the Chandigarh police has registered a case of theft in building under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code. The police, when contacted, stated that further investigations into the allegations were on and the culprits were likely to be arrested soon.


Students want say in academic council
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Top office-bearers of the Panjab University Campus Students Council should be made ex-officio members of the senate. This tops the election manifesto of the organisation of Panjab University released formally here today. Another major issue is the inclusion of the top four office-bearers in the academic council.

Bhupinder Beniwal, the presidential candidate, said students had regular representation in the academic council till 1977. In addition, the president and general secretary should also be put on the panel of Board of Studies for different branches.

Mr Beniwal said the organisation had received positive signals regarding the setting up of a regular placement cell on the campus.

Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, a former president, said the academic agenda mainly included timely declaration of results.

In fact, the date of the declaration of results should be announced along with the date of the conduct of the examination.There was a need for construction of a new boys hostel on the campus. Guest rooms in the boys’ and the girls’ hostels needed a renovation.

Mr Beniwal said a large number of students suffered on account of the late declaration of results. The university should refund the money to students who received results with improved marks after re-evaluation.

Some of the major points on the council ‘s agenda include : the declaration of re-evaluation results within 60 days; 80 per cent reservation for promotion of B Pharmacy students to M Pharmacy; the provision of postgraduate degree as M Sc in Geography instead of MA; affiliation of BE-Agro (AITCE); besides better facilities in hostels.

Improvements needed in the sports field for facilities and awards also figures prominently on the agenda.


Mohali heart centre to start next year
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, Oct 17 — A multi-facility heartcare institute at Mohali would be operational by the middle of next year, a senior official of Fortis Healthcare Limited said here today.

“The Rs 155-crore heartcare hospital would be operational by the middle of the next year” said the Chairman of Fortis Healthcare, Mr Harpal Singh.

The 200-bed heartcare hospital being set up by Fortis, a Ranbaxy promoted group company, has entered into an alliance with leading heartcare institute of the world — Partners Healthcare Systems, The Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Mr Harpal Singh said the setting up of Mohali centre will be the first step in creating an integrated healthcare delivery system.

“Mohali facility will form the heart of the multi-speciality healthcare systems which links the proposed medical centres to the Mohali facility in a hub-and-spoke model,” he said. He added that the medical centres would be set up at Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Ambala, Patiala, Amritsar and Shimla.

He said an electronic patient record, giving history of illness, would be created for every patient, which could thereafter be readily accessed by the patient’s consultant from anywhere in the world.

Mr Malvinder Singh, Director of Fortis, said the alliance would enable transfer of clinical protocols and procedures related to cardiac care and quality assurance for cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, based on the US standards.

“As a continuing relationship, there will be an exchange and updates on cardiac care, hospital processes, technology and post-graduational exchange,” he said.

As patients suffering from coronary artery diseases also suffer from other organ-related diseases, the hospital would have centres for neuro sciences, renal care, pulmonology and diabetology.


75 jhuggis removed
From Our Correspondent

ZIRAKPUR, Oct 17 — Over 75 jhuggies, which had come up on panchayat land on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, were pulled down by the enforcement wing of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, here today. Some of the jhuggis were 20 years old.

According to sources, a team of the enforcement wing started the two-hour long operation on the Zirakpur-Panchkula road in the morning. A number of rehari pharis were also removed from the land.

Some of the dwellers started removing jhuggies themselves and took the belongings to safer places as soon as the operation started. The dwellers were also seen collecting their belongings soon after the drive.

They complained that the Nagar Panchayat authorities removed the jhuggies without prior notice.

The Executive Office of the Nagar Panchayat said all encroachments on the panchayat land would be removed. He added that all rehari and pharis along the highways and from the market would be removed by tomorrow.Back


UT staff strike today
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The UT Subordinate Staff will go on strike tomorrow and observe pen down and tool down strike from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Later, a rally will be held near Parade Ground, Sector 17. This was stated by Mr Sant Singh Saini, general secretary, Chandigarh UT Subordinate Staff Federation, here today.

According Mr Saini, they are going on the strike due to indifferent attitude of the Chandigarh Administration towards their long-pending demands. Their main demands include release of bonus and no privatisation of public sectors.

Various leaders of the federation at a rally today warned the Administration that if their demands were not accepted immediately, the Administration will face more agitations in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Class IV Government Employees Union, have decided to keep it out from the proposed rally. According to Mr Rajinder Singh, additional general secretary of the union, this was decided at a meeting held here yesterday. The union thanked the Administration for releasing the DA before Divali.


Incorrect assessment by 3 BRD 
Unwarranted purchase of copter rings
By Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17— Incorrect assessment of the requirement of thrust rings used in the main rotor hubs of helicopters has resulted in the injudicious procurement worth Rs 88 lakh by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The failure to work out the correct requirement by No.3 Base Repair Depot here, which is responsible for helicopter maintenance, has led to unwarranted procurement of rings, hundreds of which are not likely to be utilised in the future.According to audit reports, while the annual requirement of thrust rings varies between 50 and 100, the stock held is over 950 rings. These include several hundred rings of a type which, by the IAF’s own admission, are not likely to be used as only a few rotor hubs on which they are used have been left in service.According to information available thrust rings used in the main rotor hubs of helicopters are changed depending on their condition during the first overhaul and need mandatory change during subsequent overhauls.“In actual practice, these are changed only once during the life of the rotor hub,” a source said. 

“The demand of these rings were calculated by multiplying the task allocated in terms of overhauls with the number of rings in the hub, irrespective of the need for replacements of the thrust rings,” he added.Sources said thatthe depot continued to place demands in excess of the maximum stock of 475 rings required to be maintained by it to meet the requirement of 60 months.Over a period of six years, Air Headquarters, based on demands raised by 3 BRD, procured 1292 thrust rings from Russia at a cost of Rs 1.7 crore. 

Audit reports brought out that only 325 rings were consumed in the period. Against the mandatory reserve of 475 rings, the quantity held by 3 BRD touched a high of 1,119 rings. Sources reveal that the depot is holding about 490 surplus rings valued at about Rs 65 lakh.Sources say that the initial contract had been for the supply of 475 rings, but the firm “erroneously” supplied 200 additional rings costing about Rs 23 lakh. Though this was brought to the notice of Air Headquarters by the depot, excess rings were accepted and the requisite payment was released.In 1996, 200 additional rings, costing about Rs 36 lakh, were procured by the depot. 

The demand for these rings were forwarded by the depot despite having over 880 rings in its inventory.The depot is also required to maintain a reserve of 50 thrust rings of another specification, However, it procured 376 rings at a cost of Rs 26 lakh resulting in the excess procurement of 326 rings valued at Rs 23 lakh. The complete stock, as per available information, is lying unused.


35 pc population ‘doesn’t get proper food’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — There is plenty of food available in the world and in the country, there exists an ambitious public distribution system; there is promise of heavy promise of heavy production in the future, yet 35 per cent of our population do not get two square meals properly. This was disclosed by Mr Onkar Chand, Secretary of Servants of People Society while highlighting the paradoxes of our time at the inaugural workshop on the theme `` Food for All”’ on World Food Day, 2000 yesterday.

He pointed out that how to achieve equitable distribution of food resources was the problem. Poverty, lack of purchasing power, starvation and destitution leads to dehumanisation of society. There was a need for more communicable linkages within the society.

Dr Gurmail Singh, Professor of Economics in Panjab University and Dr Pramod Kumar, Director of Institute of Development and Communication, Chandigarh, provided data to show that the food position in the country had consistently improved since 1947, and was expected to imporve further. But the problem of differential purchasing capacity, and the negative influence of trade and tariff of WTO coupled with double standards of the developed countries vis a vis the developing ones towards the internal subsidy structure, might not augur well for the accessibility of the poor to food and nutrition in the coming decades.

Others who expressed concern on various other issues related with availability of food and nutrition were Dr Satnam Singh, Dr P.P Arya, Mr C.L Ohri and Mr P.S Soni. They also highlighted the rampant corruption in and dysfunctionality of the implementing apparatus of the government. (Later, Mr K.L Khanna, Director Nehru Yuva Kendra) Sangathan ( NYKS) summed up the discussion as a moderator. He pointed out that vis a vis China and South Korea, our country could not achieve much in land reforms, could not produce high rate of saving in the pre-reform times and could not create rational management of natural resources.


Inflated phone bills harass diabetic
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 17 — It has been over six months when Mr P.P. Balakrishnan, a diabetic patient of Phase XI, knocked at the door of the local telecom authorities to get an irregularity in the allotment of a telephone connection rectified with no end result. 

The telephone connection, which the diabetic patient had got installed at his residence to get immediate medical aid for his disease, is proving to be a headache. Holding the telecom Department squarely responsible for his grievance, Mr Balakrishnan said on May 6, his telephone number 263405 was changed to 213405, which he came to know through an advertisement in a newspaper. 

But the new telephone number did not become operational despite several visits to officials concerned. "After a gap of 15 days I was issued a new telephone number 212405", he said adding that though the telephone number was activated at his residence he was unable to lodge a complaint when it went out of order. 

The computerised complaint facility was unable to trace the telephone number and it repeatedly said the number did not exist.To his utter surprise the subscriber received a bill of Rs 9,000 against the telephone number 213405. The telephone bill also contained details of the STD calls made against the connection.

At the same time Mr Balakrishnan received a supplementary telephone bill of Rs 24 against the old telephone number 263405 for the period from May 1, 2000, to May 6, 2000. Then in September he again received a bill of Rs 20,000 against the number 213405 — which was never installed at his residence. On October 11 he again received a bill of zero reading for the number 213405.He said his health was being adversely affected and he was not in a position to pay excessive bills. Several complaints to the Subdivisional Officer, Telephone Exchange of Phase X and to the local Accounts Officer have not produced any result.


March by women’s bodies
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 —A joint front of nearly all women’s organisations in the city staged a march on violence against women and growing poverty among women here today.

The march was preceded by a silent assembly in protest against rights denied to women. The move is supported by women of 157 countries, who have collected 10 million signatures, which will be submitted to the secretary-general of the UNO today.

Dr Pam Rajput, director of the Centre for Women Studies , Panjab University, said nearly 25 women organisations of the city had got together to stage today’s demonstrations . These included Istri sabhas of Punjab and Chandigarh, Sahatya Welfare Society, All-India Women Society, Mahila Nyay Smiti, WYCA and Helping Hand.

Dr Rajput said growing poverty was effecting the women population more. Out of the extreme poverty cases, 70 per cent were directly hitting women. There were maximum effected women in South Asia and more specifically in South Asia.

Ms Satinder Dhawan said violence against women was another crucial issue. The sex ratio was coming down drastically, which more prominent in several parts of North India.



Divali fever on for gamblers
By Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Divali is a week away, yet gamblers and even some for whom it is just a hobby have started trying their luck at cards and other games. The talk at such sittings revolves around 'trails', 'sequences', 'colours' and 'pairs', all formations of the popular teen patti or flush. For the uninitiated this may be mumbo-jumbo, but for the card players these make all the difference between winning and losing.

Playing cards on Divali is perhaps as old as the 'festival of lights' itself. Women also participate in these card-games.

Packs of cards were out as the Navratras began. The Zodiac signs were avidly read for ‘‘positive’’ forecasts and 'lucky' seats and 'lucky' companions were sought with zeal. Slump in business has not dampened the spirit among the rich, the not so rich and the middle class; only the stakes vary.

Gamblers in the City Beautiful are not behind their counterparts in othe"g "flush", but ‘‘rummy’’ is allowed on the basis of 'counters' issued by these clubs. No cash is placed on the table and 'counters' are used instead.

At several private parties stakes are known to go up to Rs 1 lakh at one go and all in hard cash. Only reliable persons are invited to at such gatherings and ways are found to escape the prying eyes of the taxman.

Several hotels in the city are also doing brisk business during this festive season. They attract customers from all parts of Punjab and Haryana. Rooms are booked for playing rounds which can last up to 48 hours. The groups are so big that it does not matter if two or there players take a nap for a few hours in between.

Women do not lag behind men and play cards deftly with their manicured hands. For the well-heeled among them, it is either an all-women group or men from their families also join in.

At times, the law catches up with them and spoils the fun. Recently, the police raided a community hall run by the Municipal Corporation and seized Rs 40,000. The corporation has now banned playing of cards in community centers.


Stamp on Lord Mahavira
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The Central Government has decided to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Lord Mahavira, the founder of the Jainism.

This was stated by the Union Minister for Communications, Mr Ram Bilas Paswan, in a letter to Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP from Chandigarh. Mr Jain had last year sent a proposal to the government requesting for the release of the stamp in the memory of Lord Mahavira keeping in view the sentiments of the public in general and the Jain community in particular.

In reply to Mr Jain’s letter, Mr Paswan informed him that such proposals were examined by the Philatelic Advisory Committee on the basis of specific guidelines on the subject and other relevant considerations of the whole issue.

He told Mr Jain that his proposal was placed before the committee at its last meeting held in Delhi. The committee approved the issue of stamp on Lord Mahavira in the year 2001 stamp-issue programme, according to a press note.


4,000 telephones out of order
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Oct 17 — Nearly 4,000 telephones of this town have been out of order since yesterday. Residents of Kharar and surrounding villages did not receive any call from outside nor they could dial any number. Surprisingly when the subscriber picked up the receiver he heard a taped voice: “Sorry for interruption, only emergency services are available at present”.


Yellow pages introduced
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Druckgrafen India Ltd. has introduced the Druckgrafen pocket yellow pages 2000’s first issue in Chandigarh. The company has been into publishing yellow pages for the past seven years and each year the book covers areas of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. Yellow pages of Chandigarh is also available at the website The company is coming up with yellow pages of Punjab soon. Back


Sarkar Aapke Dwar
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 17 — The “Sarkar Aapke Dwar” programme to redress the grievances of the public, chaired by the Chief Minister of Haryana, will be held at the Anaj Mandi at 9 am on October 20. This was stated by the official spokesperson, here today. 


Two scooters stolen
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — In separate complaints before the police, two city residents today claimed that their scooters were stolen from parking lots in the markets during the past 24 hours. A Sector 24 resident, Ms Parmjit Kaur, alleged that her scooter was stolen from the parking lot behind Neelam Cinema in Sector 17 here. In the other complaint, Mr Sunil Kumar of Sector 44, stated that his scooter was picked up from the Sector 34 market. Cases under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code have been registered and further investigations were on, according to sources.

Purse snatched
The theft of a purse from the basket of a scooter was reported to the police by Ms Ravinder Kaur of Phase X in S.A.S. Nagar. In her complaint, she alleged that two scooter-borne miscreants took away the purse containing Rs 2,200, besides certain documents, from Sector 45 here. A case under Section 356, IPC, has been registered and investigations were on, said the sources.

Theft case
A Sector 46 resident on Tuesday reported that Rs 20,000 cash, $ 550 (USA), $ 3,300 (Australian) and some ornaments were stolen from his house. A case under Section 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered and further investigations were on.

One arrested
A resident of Sector 55 was arrested by the Chandigarh Police on Tuesday on the charge of eve-teasing. According to the sources, the accused has been identified as Rajinder Singh. A case under Section 294 of the IPC has been registered and further investigations were on.

Case registered
A Sector 27 resident, Mr Niple Anthoni, in a complaint before the police alleged that his car was hit by another car on the road dividing Sector 46 and 47. However, no one was injured in the accident. A case under Section 279 has been registered.

Shopkeeper beaten up
An Attawa shopkeeper has alleged that he was beaten up and threatened by a Sector 38 resident. He also alleged that his shop was also locked forcibly. According to the sources, a case under Section 323, 440, 448 and 506 of the IPC has been registered and further investigations were on.



Ex-sarpanch’s murder mystery solved
From Our Correspondent

LALRU, Oct 17 — The mystery shrouding the death of an ex-sarpanch trudged towards a solution today with the arrest of the prime accused in the case, Baldev Singh. He, along with the wife of the deceased, were earlier booked by the local police under Section 302, IPC for allegedly murdering Rashpal Singh. 

The two accused, according to police sources, were lovers. According to sources, Rashpal Singh was muffled to death at his residence in Aganpur village about 3 km from here on the night of October 12 .The wife, Rajinder Kaur, was arrested by the police the next day, while Baldev Singh had absconded. Baldev Singh, a resident of Rehauli village near Raipur Rani in Panchkula, used to live in Rashpal Singh’s house as a tenant He was working in a Lalru-based factory and had allegedly developed relations with Rajinder Kaur about a year back. The couple were constantly fighting over the issue.


Microsoft, Admn to sign MoU today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The US-based computer software giant Microsoft and the Chandigarh Administration are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Raj Bhavan tomorrow.

This is expected to usher in a new era of use of IT application in Chandigarh. This has come about following a series of high-level meetings between Microsoft officials and Chandigarh Administration officials. Microsoft will concentrate on certain applications in the Information Technology sector while providing its expertise in the much-talked about e-governance project of the Administration.

The first meeting was held between the Administration and Microsoft officials in Delhi in September. Then the microsoft team was headed by Mr Christophe Aulnette, Regional Director, South Asian Region. This was to lay down the initial framework before the MoU was signed. Mr Aulnette would come tomorrow also , Administration officials said.

Microsoft will also set up a centre of excellence at Punjab Engineering College. In this the company will showcase its latest technologies. This will be for the use of city residents to learn. Microsoft has also presented its vision statement for the city and for the country, in which it has disclosed its plans, which include signing of MoUs with several other states.

Microsoft will usher in the concept and philosophy of computerisation in departments of the Administration and the e-governance project. In the opinion of microsoft officials, Chandigarh has the potential to be an ideal IT destination. The US-based software giant is also keen on pursuing the fact that the Government of India declares Chandigarh as a model IT city.Back


Industry told to use services of BIS
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) organised a seminar on “International standards for peace and prosperity” to celebrate World Standards Day here today.

While inaugurating the seminar, the Punjab Minister of Food Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, said the standards attained prime importance for bringing prosperity to a country as a unit of world economy due to rapid technological changes. The globalisation has become a present-day reality and the Indian industry and services have to gear up for the quantum jump in quality and efficiency in order to survive in the competitive world.

He urged the industry to make use of the services of the BIS to introduce standards, quality system and the environment management system within their companies in order to keep pace with the present scenario. He also lauded the significant role of the BIS in launching a new scheme of hallmarking on gold for the purity of jewellery.

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest, Mr V.K. Kapoor, Deputy Director-General of the BIS, said that the standards played a role of the common language and constituted the basis of the aggrements in technical, economic and trade relations.

Highlighting the objectives of the seminar, Mr R.D. Angra, Director of the BIS, said the standards were vital for the prosperity of any country and the world. The standards assumed greater significance in today’s world, when we expect faster, efficient communication and the consumer goods be to cheaper. The bureau has prepared over 17,000 standards of varied items and 12,000 product certification licences are in operation, he added.

Mr C.N. Dhar, Chairman, Institute of Standards Engineers, read out the messages received from the International Organisation of Standarisation, the International Telecommunication Union and the International Electo-technical Commission.Back

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