Wednesday, November 1, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


UT for share in power project
Centre rules out gas pipeline proposal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — After not getting a positive response from either Himachal Pradesh or Punjab, the Chandigarh Administration has written to the Union Power Ministry, seeking a share of power for the city in one of the central power projects run under the ministry.

The Administration has asked the Power Ministry to ensure some share for Chandigarh in any of the projects planned in the coming years by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) or the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). Already the two corporations have two mega projects in hand in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. The NTPC is a major partner in the Kol Dam project while the NHPC 's Nathpa-Jhakri project is nearing completion.

The Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary Engineering, Mr Rakesh Singh, confirmed that the Administration was asking for a share of power in the central projects. This had been done after there was no positive response from Himachal. Even Punjab was asked if some kind of assured power allocation could be made from the just started Ranjit Sagar Dam project in Gurdaspur. Punjab had said that this was not possible in the near future.

Meanwhile, sources in the power generation sector explained that Ranjit Sagar Dam had been planned to generate about 600 mw of power. This capacity will be achieved only when the Shahpur Kandi dam comes up downstream and it may take anything between five to 10 years.

In the central projects, the Administration was keen on investing a lump sum as a portion of the cost of the project and get a share of power supply in lieu and while paying whatever rate was approved for power purchase by the Ministry of Power, said a source.

It was economically prudent to invest in a central project in Himachal Pradesh and “wheel the power” to Chandigarh through high tension lines. This would mean the expertise of the NTPC's or the NHPC's engineers would be used by paying up one time in lieu of power, say officials.

All this power will be required as part of the long-term planning of Chandigarh and the need will arise four years later but planning for the same has to be done now. At the moment Chandigarh officials have not expressed explicitly their interest in a particular project. This has been left for the ministry to decide.

Initially the Chandigarh Administration had proposed to set up a 100 to 150 mw power generation plant in Kishengarh, north of the Sukhna lake. Firstly, the idea was to use naphtha as the base to produce power. But it was ruled out as the cost per unit was coming to be Rs 6.

Later, a gas pipeline was proposed and the Power Ministry was keen on the project but the cost of the gas pipeline hindered the project. And the death of Union Minister R. Kumaramangalam has pushed the entire project on the backburner, admit officials.

The decision of the Administration has come about after the Ministry of Petroleum indicated to the Power Ministry that the gas pipeline cannot be laid for Chandigarh as it will cost several crores. In turn the Chandigarh Administration was asked to pay for the pipeline. This would have jacked up the price of project and the cost of each unit of power produced would have virtually gone through the roof, added the sources. 


Yog Raj surrenders; gets judicial remand
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31—Former Test cricketer and Punjabi film actor Yog Raj today surrendered before the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr Pushpinder Singh, in a case of storing adulterated petrol in a farmhouse. The accused was sent in judicial remand by the Judge till November 1. The Judge had also sent a notice to the SHO concerned for November 1.

Yog Raj Singh was apprehending arrest in a cheating case registered by the city police on June 30, under Section 420, 285,286 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 23 of the Petroleum Act 1934 at the Mani Majra police station .

It was alleged that samples taken from the petrol station owned by the accused were found to be adulterated and the accused had also removed petrol from the station to the farmhouse.

It was alleged that the police had recovered adulterated petrol from the farmhouse at Kisan Gang village and the petrol recovered from the farmhouse belonged to the accused .

It may recalled that the application for the anticipatory bail filed by the Yog Raj was dismissed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 28.

Gurmeet Kaur, other accused in a same case, had already been granted a bail by the UT District and Session Judge on September 22 on furnishing bond of Rs 10,000 and surety of same amount.

She had filled an affidavit before the court stating that the farmhouse from which the alleged adulterated petrol had been recovered belonged to her.


Decks cleared for first ever World Punjabi Conference
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — With decks having been cleared for holding the first ever World Punjabi Conference in India, the month of December will witness a convergence of Punjabis from all over the world in the city. Right from May 31 this year when the Punjab Arts Council took the decision to give body to its long-cherished dream of organising this a conference in the city, till today — a lot of groundwork has already been done. And the heartening news is that about 1,000 delegates from 20 countries have already confirmed that they will attend the three-day conference from December 22 to 24. Out of the 1,000 participants, about 250 are expected to arrive from abroad about 500 will be from Punjab alone, and the rest about 250 are expected to come from other regions.

Highlights of the conference will be the presence of Punjabis from different corners of the world who have made it big in their respective vocations. So the conference will provide an opportunity to have a rendezvous with the premiere of British Columbia, Mr Ujwal Dosanjh on the one hand and with the world-famous dentist based at California, Dr A.S. Marwaha, on the other. Also almost confirmed is the visit of grape king Mr Charanjit Batth, member of the Canadian Parliament Mr P.S Gill and Mr Dev Hayer who has recently been appointed the Mayor of an important county in British Columbia.

The acceptance of all these well-placed Punjabis was not an easy task, but it was accomplished by chairman, Punjab Arts Council, Mr Harcharan Singh and president, reception committee, Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, who have recently returned from Canada after holding parleys with prominent Punjabis there and convincing them to fill the delegate form worth $100 each.

Further, the launch of World Punjabi Foundation (whose chief patron is former PM I.K. Gujral), with an initial endowment of Rs 1 crore, is also proposed to be launched during the forthcoming conference. On the occasion, the inauguration of the Randhawa auditorium is also expected to take place. But more than anything else, the conference is meant to look back on the history of Punjab vis-a-vis Punjabis, and the struggle which this race has made to reach where it is today. Cultural programmes will also be held on all three days, with Panjab University offering the much-needed venue support to organisers.

As informed by Mr Harcharan Singh, “We will have experts speaking on various technical aspects, and we will take this occasion to introspect and analyse the past events, the trials, tribulations of the Punjabis, as also the future projections Punjab, Punjabis and Punjabiyat. The three-days of the conference will see about six seminars being organised on various subjects like information technology, medicine, agriculture, industry and fine arts.

Another encouraging feature is the massive support the conference has garnered from the literary community of Pakistan which has decided to participate in the sammelan in a big way. A delegation comprising 50 prominent artists, writers and poets will be arriving in the city under the leadership of Fakhar Zaman. The conference will also see about 21 reputed Punjabis being honoured.

The conference will be inaugurated by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal.


Nagi sets terms for joining
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Even as Prof O.N. Nagi, Head, Department of Orthopaedics, has been appointed the Director- Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, speculations are making rounds whether he would actually take over the new charge. Professor Nagi has been appointed in place of Prof V.K. Kak, who retired upon attaining superannuation at the age of 62, here today.

According to highly placed sources in the PGI, Professor Nagi is not keen to take charge as Director Principal if he is not given the charge of Secretary, Medical Education and Research of the UT Administration.

The two earlier director principals of GMCH , Prof J.S. Chopra and Prof V.K. Kak, had held the dual charges during their tenure. In fact, both had also clearly indicated that they would not take the charge of Director Principal if the post of Secretary, Medical Education and Research was held by a “non technical and a junior administrative officer”.

Professor Kak, however, was relieved from the post of the Secretary, Medical Education and Research, following an order by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on October 15, just 15 days prior to his retirement.

The order, by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs releaving him of his charge, had clearly stated that Professor Kak stands relieved of his duties as Secretary as posts of Secretary, Medical Education, and that of the Director Principal should not be with one person. As a temporary measure, the charge was handed over to the UT Administrator, Ms Vineeta Rai.

As professor Nagi could not be contacted for comment as he is out of the city, attending a seminar in Jaipur. He is expected to be back on November 3.

As a matter of formality, papers seeking his release from the PGI, have already been forwarded to the Union Minister of Health, Dr C.P. Thakur. The release is expected to be through in a day or so.

Kak hands over charge to Goel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Prof V.K. Kak, Director Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital today formally handed over his charge to Prof N.K. Goel, Head, Pharmacology Department. Prof Kak had been heading the GMCH since 1996.

Prof N.K. Goel, the senior-most professor of the institute who is also holding additional charge of academics will hold the charge till Prof O.N. Nagi, presently Head, Orthopaedics Department at the PGI takes over.

In a farewell function held on the college premises in the evening, Prof Goel, on behalf of the faculty, read out the farewell address and thanked Prof Kak for his contribution in bringing up the GMCH.

Besides the faculty and other staff, others present on occasion included Prof S.K. Sharma, Director, PGIMER, Dr Joginder Singh, Director Health Services and Prof B.D.Gupta, a former Head Department of Radiodiagnosis, GMCH.Back


Petition of housing society admitted
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice K.S.Garewal today admitted at least seven writ petitions, including the City Beautiful Cooperative House Building Society challenging an order of the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) enhancing the price of land allotted to them or to be allotted in future after enhancing the price of land from Rs 750 per square yard to Rs 2,500 per square yard.

The petitioner society said that 10 per cent of the total cost of the land was required to be deposited with the CHB and it calculated the price of the land at a rate of Rs 750 per square yard. For the same, the high court had earlier disposed of a writ petition on December 18,1996, that the price of the land be charged at a rate of Rs 750 per square yard.

However, while accepting the amount the Chandigarh Administration put the condition that Societies will be liable to pay the balance amount at the time of actual allotment of land if any enhancement due to the court order would be liable to pay the additional cost.

The CHB, the petitioner further contended that on February 12,2000, through a notification demanded Rs 2,500 per square yard as price of the land and payment of the same amount was specified to be paid by May 31,2000, and all petitioner societies challenged the same order through different writ petitions.

Hearing all writ petitions after clubbing them together, the Bench admitted those all today and directed the High Court Registry to put up for hearing before a single member Bench on January 2001.


Our stand vindicated, say Kapil's supporters
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — It is time to rejoice in cricketing circles. One of the city's most famous sons, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, has been given a clean chit by the CBI in the infamous “match fixing” scandal which rocked the cricketing world about four months ago.

“Kapil's tears have been justified,” say his well wishers while demanding an apology for making their hero cry and feel humiliated. And the customary Bhangra to express their glee has been held back till the CBI report is officially tabled before Parliament in November.

On the other hand, Kapil's eldest brother, Ramesh Nikhanj, rues: “I still cannot think how to rejoice or how to accept congratulations from people as the entire episode was wrong in itself and it had been just blown out of proportion by media.”

Going by media reports, the name of former Indian Captain Kapil Dev is not among those who have been named by the CBI in its report which was submitted to Union Sports Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa yesterday. His childhood friends, family, former cricketers and his well wishers have been waiting with bated breath regarding the outcome of the enquiry being conducted by the CBI.

And today, when all major newspapers splashed the news, the smiles returned on the faces of his family members, friends alike and they held their heads high in praise of Kapil saying the living legend has been placed back on the same high pedestal he enjoyed before the scandal broke out. Phrases like “I told you he is innocent” were used by them. “Kapil could have never been involved in match-fixing,” was another commonly used phrase.

Getting emotional Kapil's coach, D.P. Azad, said the ones who had accused him of match-fixing owe a public apology to Kapil and also to the nation for trying to tarnish the name of one of the country's biggest sportspersons. “I believe Kapil can die but will not sell his country,” added Azad.

Former Haryana captain Ravinder Chaddha said, “Since the CBI has cleared his name now, the Union Sports Ministry should intervene and help to restore the dignity and honour once enjoyed by Kapil Dev. The BCCI officials should also see that how their statements have damaged a great career.” He added that Kapil should file a defamation suit against those who had accused him.

Right from the beginning it could never be believed that Kapil could have done something like match-fixing, said cricket coach Sukhwinder Bawa, whose trainee Yuvraj Singh has just played for the country. A clean chit from the CBI did not mean Kapil was not clean earlier in the eyes of his well wishers, Bawa added.

Former Punjab Ranji Trophy player Monish Aggarwal said the CBI clean chit has restored faith in Kapil Dev and this was a good development for Indian cricket. He said media should have acted in a responsible way. Even media owed an apology, he said.

Secretary of the Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) Surinder Singh Baiji said right from day one I did not believe a single word said against Kapil. This was not an emotional outburst but a judgements based on having known Kapil for more than three decades, he added.


Portable explosive detector on anvil
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — A portable explosive detector being developed by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here will be ready for trials within a few months. Besides conventional explosives like dynamite and TNT, the equipment will also be capable detecting plastic explosives like RDX and PETN.

The project was initiated about two years ago and reverse engineering had to be resorted to by using some foreign models.

The detector is based on gas chromatography, which works on the principle of separation of components of mixtures of volatile compounds when they flow through a column through which a stream of inert gas passes continuously.

As different components in the mixtures interact differently with the inert gases, they emerge out of the column after different retention times. With the advance knowledge of retention times of components, the components of the mixture can be separated and identified.

To detect the vapours of an explosive, the system needs to be highly sensitive and electronic detectors are used as they have a fast response time.

The normal response time of the detector is expected to be about three seconds and it will use both, vapours as well as particle detection. The equipment is based on the viper portable plastic explosive selection system, a fifth generation equipment manufactured in the UK.

Besides having low cost and a low false alarm rate, the equipment would have the capability to detect pure plastic explosive in real time. The equipment is about the size of a hand-held searchlight and is already being used by the police.

Civil aviation agencies, the police, the armed forces, the private security agencies, the Postal Department and forensic science laboratories would be the end users of the explosive detection system.Back


Neighbour watch scheme launched
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Neighbour watch — a welfare scheme by the Chandigarh police for enhanced security — trudged towards its launch today with the police authorities deciding to hold the meeting of Station House Officers with the Municipal Councillors and Resident Welfare Associations every month.

The decision was taken with the view to pooling in the resources of the people and the police for preventing incidents of crime and for effective communication between the residents and the cops. The decision was taken during a meeting of the councillors with Chandigarh Inspector General of Police B.S. Bassi today at the Sector 9 Police Headquarters.

The police also agreed to take action against the migrant labours involved in petty crime, including thefts. They also accepted the demand of holding periodical meetings with the non-government-organisations to check crime against women.

The cops will also be writing to the municipal authorities for painting ‘‘bus boxes’’ to indicate the space for buses to halt. The authorities also conceded to the demand for setting up a police picket at Mauli Jagran to maintain law and order in the area.

‘‘The picket,’’ said Mr Bassi, ‘‘would be manned round the clock by a Sub Inspector or an Assistant Sub Inspector. The need for having a picket was being felt to control incidents of minor scuffles every now and then’’.

The councillors also assured the police authorities of complete support in spreading the message of servant and tenant verification by contacting the residents.

Regarding their demand of having more women cops at the police station, the IGP reportedly assured them that the problem would be solved with the passing out of about 60 women trainees.

Today’s meeting was attended by Mayor Ms Shanta Hit Abhilashi, councillors Ms Harjinder Kaur, Ms Ranjana Shahi, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, besides about 13 others. ‘‘More such meetings would be held once in every two months,’’ the IGP said while talking to the media. 


All-out efforts for market committee elections
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Even as hectic activity to woo voters for the market committee began in earnest, the nomination papers of all the contesting candidates for the poll were found to be in order here today.

The poll — considered prestigious by the farmers, arthiyas and palledars — will be held on November 6 and the contestants are leaving no stone unturned for ensuring their victory. Every demand of the voter — be it money, booze or other material demands — are being happily met by the contestants, and according to sources, the well off candidates will be poorer by nearly Rs 7-10 lakh, notwithstanding the end result.

Candidates with their supporters are going from door to door and in the sarpanches and panches constituency, old favours are being recalled and if nothing works, the lure of mammon is resorted to. Each candidates needs at least 25-30 votes to romp home safely. The going rate per vote ranges from Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000, the sources estimate.

Similarly, no efforts are being spared by the commission agents and the palledars besides those contesting from the cooperative constituency.

Of the major candidates, four — Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Mr Kulwant Singh and Mr Manmohan Singh — belong to the Congress, albeit different factions of the local unit. Besides them, three candidates — Mr Gurdeep Singh, Mr Harish Kumar and Mr Ramvir Bhatti - are aligned with the BJP, again supported by various factions. The Akali Dal has fielded Mr Kesar Singh while Bhajan Singh is contesting as an independent candidate.

The papers will be scrutinised tomorrow while the last date for withdrawal is October 31. As many as 1400 members from the sarpanch, panch, commission agents and palledars constituency will elect nine members.

Five members will be elected from among the sarpanches and panches, two from the arthiyas and one each from the Mani Majra Marketing Cooperative Society and from the palledars constituency.

The market committee looks after the development related aspects of the villagers, preventing the loss of evasion of market committee fees besides other related farmer welfare activities.


Community centre supervisor suspended
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Taking serious note of the alleged irregularities in the maintenance of records on the part of the Rose Club Community Centre supervisor, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today ordered his suspension with immediate effect. The official notice to this effect has been pasted outside the house of supervisor Yogesh Chopra whose family today refused to accept formal orders.

Passing the suspension orders here today, the MC Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, directed that for next six months, the period of suspension, Chopra would continue to draw half of his salary. He would be chargesheeted following enquiry into the allegations and inspection of the records.

It may be recalled that the Assistant Commissioner-I, Mr Ashok Vashisht, along with few other corporation officials, had made a surprise visit to the centre on October 19. The supervisor, when asked, was unable to reproduce details of accounts, including collection and subsequent deposit of money in the MC’s account. It was found that he had not even maintained proper cash and receipt books.

The next day when he was asked to bring the records, he failed to do so. In fact, he was absenting himself from the duty since then. Sources in the centre revealed that he was hiding the records on account of his indulgence in embezzlement of funds. The facts, however, will come to light only after complete records are handed over to the MC. A three member committee which has been constituted under Section officer, Mr Roshan Lal will shortly submit its report.

Meanwhile, to further check such incidents the Assistant Commissioner has appointed a committee under the Chief Accounts Officer, Mr H.S Sood. This committee has been entrusted with the task of conducting sporadic checks of the records of community centres, jhanj ghars and clubs. In a letter written to the Chief Engineer today, they have sought a list of all such centres under the purview of the corporation, names of their in charges and location. The records of these centres have also been summoned for inspection.


Rehabilitate street kids: Governor
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, Oct 31 — As many as 117 disabled, including poor and needy persons, were helped during a one-day camp jointly organised by the District Red Cross Society, the Child Welfare Council and some other social organisations here today.

Babu Parmanand, Governor, Haryana, who was the chief guest at a district-level function at the local grain market organised in Sector 20, distributed 54 tri-cycles, 27 wheelchairs, two crutches and four hearing aids among the disabled, physically handicapped and the needy.

Meanwhile, Mrs Sudesh Kumari, wife of the Governor, also gave away 30 sewing machines to the widows and helpless persons during the function. The Governor exhorted activists of various voluntary organisations and the Indian Red Cross Society to work with zeal and firm determination to ameliorate the lot-of-the down-trodden, disabled, widows and destitute children.

He said to rehabilitate and help street children in the country was their prime duty. “If we succeed in providing homes to the homeless, limbs to the handicapped and education to illiterate, employment to the unemployed then most of our problems will be solved,” he added.

He also stressed on educating women of the rural and slum areas to make them self-dependent and appealed the industralists to provide them employments.

Earlier, apart from visiting a blood donation camp organised by the volunteers of the NSS wing of Government College, Panchkula, he visited “Ashiana”, a children home and Bal Niketan, a vocational and educational training centres.

Mr Parmanand was accompanied by Mr Hari Singh Ahlawat, Mr S.K. Monga, Deputy Commissioner, Ms Kala Ramchandran, SP and Ms Shashi Bala, honorary secretary of the Haryana Red Cross Society.Back



Tighten security, jewellers told
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — “Tighten security” was the advise given by the Chandigarh Police to the jewellers during their meeting with the SSP, Mr Parag Jain, here today.

The suggestion was given following two cases of theft in the recent past. The culprits had reportedly decamped with jewellery after duping shopkeepers.

Today, the SSP reportedly told the jewellers that licences for keeping arms could be provided to the security guards if desired. He also asked the shopkeepers to keep the jewellery in chest and to be careful of the “customers”, according to sources in the Police Department.

It may be recalled that two youngsters had arrived in a car and after seeing gold chains in “natural light” had escaped with the jewellery worth Rs 25,000, leaving a Sector 37 shopkeeper zapped.

In another complaint before the police, a Sector 34 jeweller had alleged that three gold sets of about 18 tolas were taken away after a middle-aged person came to the shop posing as a customer.

He had reportedly asked his “son” to show the sets to his wife sitting outside the shop in a car. He had himself escaped on the pretext of showing her the jeweller’s visiting card.


25 get alternative booths
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 31 — The process of allotment of alternative booths to the occupants of illegal shops in Phase 8 here began with the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, giving possession to at least 25 applicants here today. The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, and other officials of PUDA were also present.

The issue of allotting the alternative booths to the illegal occupants had been hanging fire for the past few years. As many as 108 booths had been constructed by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) at a cost of lakhs of rupees in Sector 64 market here for the riot-affected Sikh migrants. Mr Balian said the possession had been given after getting an affidavit from allottees. He said the applicants had between divided in to two groups — riot victims and others.

The allottee shopkeepers had been given time till 10 a.m tomorrow to demolish the evacuated illegal structures. He said the occupants of the illegal booths who had gone in court against PUDA had not been touched. For the riot victim the rate of allotment of the booths was Rs 4 lakh and for others it was Rs 6 lakh.

Earlier, the Danga Peerat Parivar Committee of the occupants of the illegal structures had accused PUDA of changing the allotment price of the alternative booths. Members of the society of riot victims alleged that earlier the PUDA authorities had never mentioned riot victims and non riot-victim as two separate category while agreeing on the price of Rs 3,28,970 for a booth.

Sources in PUDA said the issue had been approved in the finance meeting of the authority on November 1997, was again referred in the finance meeting of the authority held in July 2000 — under agenda No. 23.07 — wherein the price difference of two categories was approved. Officials of PUDA said that certain illegal occupants, who were not riot victims, wanted to take benefit of the scheme. Such occupants had taken the illegal booths on rent.

The PUDA had through the public notice inserted in a local English daily (dated September 9, 2000), has stated though the price of the alternative booths varied between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12 lakh, the booths were being offered at the subsidised rates. If the occupants of the illegal booths fail to take pay cost of the alternative sites, the same would be disposed through an open auction. 


Ex-IG Gurdial Singh dead
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — A former IG of Police, Mr Gurdial Singh, the only police officer to be honoured with the Nishan-e-Khalsa during the tercentenary celebrations, died in his sleep this morning. He had been ailing for some time.

Born on June 15, 1908, Mr Gurdial Singh was promoted IG in November, 1951. He was awarded the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service in August, 1954, before joining as Joint Director, Central Intelligence with the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi in 1956. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons. The cremation will take place at 11.30 a.m. on November 1 in Sector 25 here.

Three Inspectors reverted
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — In an unexpected move, three Inspectors of the Chandigarh Police were today reverted as Sub Inspectors with immediate effect. The orders were issued by the Chandigarh Inspector-General of Police, Mr. B.S. Bassi. The three — Ram Gopal, Tirath Singh and Ajmer Singh — were, however, given the ranks of Inspectors under on rank and pay (ORP). According to sources in the Police Department, the three will not claim seniority.

The reversion, say sources, came into effect as three Inspector, transferred back from CITCO, had to be adjusted. The officials, initially posted at the Airport, had been sent to CITCO after security arrangements there were taken over by the CISF. Inspector Ram Gopal, junior most of the three, was posted as Station House Officer with the Sector 11 police station, while Inspector Tirath Singh was posted as SHO with the Sector 36 police station. Inspector Ajmer Singh was posted with the Operation Cell.Back


‘Mothers forgetting true self’
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Mother is the foundation on which the entire world is surviving, the same way a building stands on strong foundation, said Rajyogni Dadi Manohar Indra, Chairperson of the women’s wing of Rajyog Education and Research Foundation in a conference on “Women unity for ethical governanace” held here today at a local hotel, organised by the women’s wing of Brahmakumaris Rajyog Education and Research Foundation.

She further said, today’s mother had great qualities and potential but she was forgetting her own true self. It could only be revived through meditation and yoga. The soul of the entire humanity could be awakened through “Gyan Amrit”. Rich and poor is just a concept of mind and the difference could be abridged only through penance. Ms Nabha and Dr Vidhu Mohan were the other two speakers. Women representing various fields like social, administrative, legal, and clubs, sabhas and bhawans attended the conference. The conference concluded with a unity song sung by Punjabi, Gujarati, Kashmiri and Garhwali women who presented a unity mashal to the chairperson.


Late nights for discos
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — In an attempt to dispel a notion that Chandigarh being a sleepy town, the Chandigarh Administration today allowed opening of restaurants, pubs, clubs and discos till 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, while cyber cafes can now operate till 2 a.m. on all seven days of the week.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday the Administration has allowed opening of restaurants, pubs, clubs and wine shops till midnight, an order issued by the District Magistrate, Mr M.Ramsekhar, said today. The order comes into force from midnight tonight.

Poll for civic chief’s post on Nov 15
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 31 — Election for the post of the president of the SAS Nagar Municipal Council will be held on November 15. The district administration has appointed the DTO, Ropar, as observer for the smooth conduct of the elections. The byelection to the reserved ward no 17 of the civic body is scheduled for November 12. Back


Land donation: panchayat seeks probe
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 31 — Members of the Bhabhat Gram Panchayat have demanded a high level probe into a resolution of the panchayat to donate 15 acres of shamlat land of the village to Mata Sundri Lok Seva Trust. Mr Jagdev Singh and Narinder Kaur, both panchas, in a written statement said they apprehended that the society was being run from behind the scene by the son of a Punjab Minister.

They alleged that the sarpanch of the village had got the resolution passed without the consent of the members of the gram panchayat to appease a Punjab Minister. The villagers said they were also writing to the Chief Minister in this regard.


Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi
From Tribune Reporters

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — The SC/ST Welfare Federation, Punjab Haryana and UT, remembered late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 16th death anniversary here today at Sector 24. Floral tributes were paid and a two minutes, silence was observed at 2.00 P.M. Mr Amar Nath Sarhadi, president of the federation, presided over the function. He said the Congressmen should unite and work towards the aims of the party.

Mr Phool Chand, president, Valmiki Maha Sabha, Mr Mohinder Singh, vice-president, SC and ST Welfare Federation and Mr Kesar Dumra, president, Dr Ambedkar Council, Chandigarh, also paid the tributes. PATIALA: Mr Ved Prakash, president of the District Congress Committee, played tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary here on Tuesday and said that she was the most influential and bold leader.Back



Tribune employee retires
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Mr Chuni Lal Ahuja, Senior Bromide Paster, with the Tribune group of newspapers, retired today after serving the institution for more than 36 years. He was given a farewell by the press staff. The General Manager Mr R.N. Gupta, and the Additional General Manager, Mr O.P. Arora, lauded the services of Mr Ahuja.


Two Tribune Managers retire
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — The Advertisement Manager, Mr J.K. Kapoor, and the Deputy Accounts Manager, Mr Mohan Lal, of the Tribune group of newspapers retired today. While Mr Kapoor had put in 33 years of service, Mr Mohan Lal had served the institution for 39 years. Both of them were given a warm send-off by the staff. The General Manager, Mr R.N. Gupta, and the Additional General Manager, Mr O.P. Arora, lauded the services of Mr Kapoor and Mr Mohan Lal.Back


Kidnapping case registered
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — In a complaint before the police, a Sector 32 resident, Ms Kamla Devi, alleged that her maid servant was abducted by two persons. A case of kidnapping has been registered under Section 363 and 366 of the IPC.

Eve-teasing case
The local police today arrested a Sector 8 resident on the allegations of eve-teasing. According to sources, the accused has been identified as Manoj Kumar. A case under Section 294 of the IPC had been registered.

Car stolen
The theft of a Maruti car from near the parking of a cinema hall in Sector 17 was reported to the police by a SAS Nagar resident, Mr Aman Deep Singh. A case of the theft under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Purse stolen
A Sector 44 resident, Gurinder Mahajan, today alleged that his purse, containing Rs 150, an identify card and some documents, were stolen from his car parked outside a Sector 22 house. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Case registered
The police has registered a case on the allegations of house break. In his complaint before the police, Mr Dushayant Kumar of Sector 35 that Rs 5,000 cash and other household items were stolen from his residence after breaking the locks.

4 arrested
Four residents of Sector 15 have been arrested by the police on the allegations of drinking at public place. According to sources in the Police Department, the accused have been identified as Nakul, Prem Chand, Abdul and Nand Lal. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.


One booked
The Sohana police has booked Nachattar Singh of Bakarpur village for attacking Nachattar Singh of the same village with sharp-edged weapons. A case under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered.Back


Several booked under property Act
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 31 — Several persons involved in the business of raising unauthorised colonies or selling plots in the peripheral areas of Chandigarh, which fall in Punjab, have been booked by the Ropar Police in separate cases under the Punjab Apartments and Property Regulation Act, 1995. The violators also include property dealers in the Kansal and Nayagaon areas.

The action follows the Additional Chief Administrator (ACA), PUDA, Mr Dipinder Singh, writing to the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP to register criminal cases against the violators. Sources in PUDA said over 100 cases of violation of the Act were pending with the police for registration of an FIR. The cases mainly pertained to Nayagaon, Kansal, Balongi, Belolpur, Zirakpur and area falling in the Kharar subdivision.

In Bhelolpur, colonisers were selling plots outside the lal dora in violation of the Punjab Periphery Control Act. According to sources in the Police Department, at least 23 persons have been booked in 10 different cases. Some more cases were likely registered till late this evening. Some cases have been registered on a complaint of the General Manager (Regulatory). The violators include Amra Parvej, Gulshan Kumar, Jagdeep Rai, Saroj Bala, Sweety and Asha, who allegedly sold plots in Karoran.

In another case, Sunita Gill of Gill Estate has been booked for selling 13 plots without obtaining any licence in Kansal village. Four persons namely Bhag Singh, Labh Singh, Dial Singh allegedly sold 17 plots in Karoran village. In another case Harjinder, Balwinder, Joginder Kaur, Shamsher and Prof Sarop Singh converted a piece of land into a colony at Karoran village without obtaining the licence. In two more cases, persons sold 92 plots.

Meanwhile, PUDA has warned strict action against the violators of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act in seven villages falling in the Zirakpur area. The villages are Lohgarh, Zirakpur, Baltana, Dhakauli, Himmatgarh, Bishanpura and Bishangarh forming part of the newly formed Nagar Panchayat of Zirakpur. 


Doctor ends life
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 — Dr Jatinder Pal (44) ended his life by consuming sleeping pills this evening. He was declared dead on arrival at the GMCH. The doctor was posted at Ambala and had been awaiting fresh posting order.

This morning, he was reportedly called up by a doctor where a verbal duel ensued. The doctor had apparently threatened Dr Jatinder Pal that he would not be given a posting of his choice. 


Bank’s 718th branch inaugurated 
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, Oct 31 — All the computerised branches of the State Bank of Patiala at Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar would be interlinked within the next two months, besides connecting the main banks at Ludhiana and Delhi, which would be linked through ‘‘V-SETS’’ in the ensuing year.

The bank authorities have also planned to interconnect its seven zonal offices — two at Chandigarh, one each at Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda, Delhi and Mumbai — to increase the work efficiency of the bank and to provide better services to the customers at their door steps.

Mr A.K. Batra, Managing Director of the bank stated this while talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the 718th branch of the bank in Sector 12, here, today. With the computerisation of this branch the number of computerised branches in the country has gone to 182 and over Rs 1 crore have been spent so far on the project.

“Our target is to computerise 231 branches by 2001 end, which ensures about 72 per cent of the business of the bank being handled through the computerised branches in India,” claimed Mr Batra.

He disclosed that apart from 7-Day Banking and Credit Card (Gold) schemes, the bank will also introduce Internet Banking scheme within a short interval of time for the convenience of its customers.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy General Manager of Haryana, Mr JR Devgan, said over 18,000 Kisan Cards, which is the highest number for any bank in Haryana, have been issued by the bank till date.

In the inaugural function, the bank opened a new account in the name of a one-day-old child and also sanctioned loans to 23 persons for the house construction purposes.

Besides a number of customers, Mr R.K. Nangia, Assistant General Manager of Haryana, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, Branch Manager and other dignitaries were also present.


Industrial Area ills discussed
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 31 — Different issues concerning the Industrial estate of the town came up for redressal at a meeting of a high powered committee chaired by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, at the District Industry Centre (DIC) here today. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Mr Jaipal Singh and representatives of the industry were also present on the occasion.

Mr S.S. Sandhu, President of the Mohali Industries Association (MIA), said due to absence of generator sets at the tubewell pumps in the industrial areas, the water supply failed whenever there was a power cut. Starting of tubewells in Focal Point, Phase 9 was also taken up with the officials of the Public Health. Mr Amardeep Sharma of Industrial Area, Phase 9, said the street lights in the area were not operational. The ADC instructed the officials of the council and the Punjab State Electricity Board to do the needful.

Other issues which came up for discussion were removal of high tension wires in Phase 9, disposal of rain water from Industrial Area, Phase 9, putting up sign boards, sprucing up basic amenities in the industrial estate. 

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