Monday, November 6,
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180 teaching days in Panjab University still a dream
By Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Despite repeated orders by the University Grants Commission over the years, 180 teaching days in an academic year of Panjab University remains a dream.

When more than 100 colleges of the university have found it difficult to have 180 teaching days with six working days a week, it will be difficult to accomplish it on the university campus with five working days a week.

It will also be difficult to pack 40 working hours in a week on the campus. University is not merely about classroom teaching. Research and projects are integral parts of higher education. “The work needs a reassessment,” a senior teacher said.

Dr P.P. Arya, a former President of the Panjab University Teachers Association, said: “Asking teachers to be present in classes was fine, but research and guidance work also needs to be reviewed. That five working days increase the pressure on teachers, is accepted.”

Prof Arya said a memorandum against the proposed work schedule had been submitted to the President as well as the UGC Chairman in October.

“It has been said that university teachers have the burden of additional research work and guidance. We have asked for a review of this anti-research work schedule,” Prof Arya added.

Prof B.S. Brar of the Political Science Department, said teachers had earlier sought off days only on national holidays from the VC. There was also a proposal to introduce six-day week on the campus.

Prof Brar said a university committee had also been set up to look into the matter. “A three-part lecture loses continuity even in a single break. We try hard, but find it difficult to cover the syllabus,” he said.

Another university teacher, Dr Pam Rajput, said: “Ensuring 180 working days was impossible under the existing conditions. The university should not be treated like schools. Institutions should have freedom to draft their own plan of action. The ideal of sitting for eight hours everyday in the department is meaningless as the nature of our work is different. There are certain strayed elements in the academia, but the decision to increase work hours is a little too hard.”

Dr Anirudh Joshi, a former Dean Student Welfare, said the university should introduce six-day week if 180 working days were to be ensured.

The university should decrease including public holidays in the schedule and attempt to increase workdays.

The university colleges have their own problems in this regard. The results have been delayed often in the past few years, delaying admissions. Days of admission, examinations and cultural festivals should not be included in the 180 working days if the UGC order has to be followed.


ASI assaulted by DSP
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Nov 5 — An Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at the Central Police Station in Phase 8 here had to face the wrath of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Punjab Police when the former reached the house of the latter on receiving a distress call at the police station late last night.

According to information available, the ASI, Surinder Kumar, along with a constable, Sukhdev Singh, after attending the duty at a cultural programme in Phase 8 in the evening were sent to a house in Sector 70 after an anonymous caller rang at the police station to inform that some unscrupulous elements were creating nuisance at the house. The ASI along with his subordinate reached the spot to ascertain the facts.

But in the ensuing moments the DSP, Manmohan Singh, along with his gunmen came out of the house and overpowered the ASI and allegedly assaulted the two cops. The ‘‘alleged intruders’’ were taken to the police station for daring to enter his house.

Sources in the police said the ASI complained to his seniors in this regard but the outcome was not known. The DSP posted in the intelligence wing is also reported to have complained to senior police officials. Neither the DSP nor the ASI was available for comments. Sources said senior police officials were in the know of the incident.


Jatha leaves for Pakistan
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Nov 5 — Amidst chants of Bole So Nehal , a group of 125 Sikh pilgrims today left for Pakistan from the Amb Sahib Gurdwara in Phase 8 here for a 11-day tour to pay obeisance at Sikh shrines there. The pilgrims are part of a over 3000-member jatha from the country which would reach Amritsar by road before boarding the Samjhauta Express or other trains to reach Pakistan.

Apart from SAS Nagar, around 500 devotees from Ferozepore under the aegis of the Bhai Mardana Trust would also form part of the jatha from Punjab. After the ardas, the pilgrims had langar before being given a warm send-off by a former Member of Parliament, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, and a member of the SGPC, Mr Hardeep Singh here. Two buses of the Punjab Roadways were hired to take the devotees to Amritsar for their further journey.

The jatha of pilgrims from here was being headed by Mr Baldev Singh, Mr Gurcharan Singh Gill, Mr Jaswinder Singh and Mr PS Oberoi. Mr Chandumajra said apart from the devotees from within the country, a number of Sikhs from abroad were also reaching Pakistan. The pilgrims would be in Pakistan on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. He said that two months ago, an eight-member delegation comprising leaders of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) had met the Pakistan authorities demanding that the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee ( PSGPC)— earlier called Pakistan Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (PGPC) — be headed by a Sikh. A demand of handing over the construction and maintenance of Sikh shrines in Pakistan was also made.

Mr Chandumajra said a sizeable area under the Sikh shrines in Pakistan was under encroachment. “We have demanded that the area should be cleared and a university of Nankana Sahib should be established there. Adequate representation of the SGPC and the Delhi Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (DGPC) in the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee ( PSGPC) had also been sought.

Others present on the occasion were Mr Joginder Singh, Mr Karan Singh, president and general secretary of the SAS Nagar Gurdwara Talmel Committee, and Mr Gurmeet Singh, president of the Amb Sahib Gurdwara.


Gloom in Naya Gaon 
By Kanchan Vasdev and Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Gloom descended on two families in Adarsh Nagar of Naya Gaon as the news of an accident in which five members were killed and one seriously injured reached the village. The accident took place on the way to Ferozepore at Mangli Nichi near Ludhiana when a Tata Sumo carrying seven persons collided with a bus coming from the opposite side.

Raj Kumar, and his wife Kamla Rani, residents of house number 1351, Adarsh Nagar, and their neighbour Devinder Kaur and her two children Loveminder Singh and Prabhjot Kaur, her nephew Surjit Singh and their driver Nirmal Singh, her brother-in-law, were travelling in a Tata Sumo vehicle (CH-03-3288) to attend the bhog ceremony of Devinder Kaur’s grandmother at Ferozepore.

While Raj Kumar (55) and his wife, Kamla Rani, (45), Loveminder Singh (14), Surjit Singh (26), Nirmal Singh (40) died on the spot, Devinder Kaur (35) sustained serious injuries and was admitted to a local hospital. Her daughter Prabhjot Kaur remained conscious and helped the police in locating the whereabouts of the families.

According to neighbours, the victims started their journey in the morning at 6 a.m. today to reach Ferozepore. It was decided earlier that Devinder Kaur’s husband, Mr Balbir Singh, a driver of Mr Sujjan Singh, Panchayat Minister of State would be accompanying the families but he was not sanctioned leave and was forced to stay back. Surjit Singh, his nephew, who had come from Uttar Pradesh two days ago accompanied them and got killed in the accident.

Loveminder Singh, a student of local GMSSS, Sector 16, despite being stopped by his tutor insisted to accompany his mother only to be consumed by death. Both of the families belonged to Ferozepore and had shifted to Naya Gaon a few years ago. It was due to their old contacts that Raj Kumar and his wife were accompanying them to attend the bhog ceremony.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the houses of the victims where relatives and neighbours were pouring into the house to console the rest of the family members who were not accompanying the victims. Raj Kumar’s daughter, a student of computers at Ambala was injected tranquilisers because she was unable to bear the shock of the death of her parents.

Raj Kumar, who is survived by two daughters, two sons, was the only son of his mother, Kaushalaya Devi, who was finding it difficult to come to terms with reality. Holding her tears she said. ‘‘I would have never let him go if I had known that he was going forever. Who will look after his children and myself at this age? We are ruined and are left on the mercy of God.’’

Raj Kumar’s sons are students of Panjab University and a school, respectively. His eldest daughter had just left the city for Canada day before yesterday after getting married. ‘‘She just called up in the morning to inform about her safe landing at Canada. The family members left soon after the overseas call,’’ said Mr Raj Kumar’s only sister who was crying inconsolably.

In the house of Devinder Kaur, relatives were waiting for the dead bodies in the absence of any immediate family member that were yet to arrive and had gone for a postmortem examination. The news of the accident reached the house of Raj Kumar at 10 a.m.

“The news only said that all of them were injured and were safe. Then Balbir Singh left the city to reach the hospital at Ludhiana. Then suddenly the phone rang at his sister’s residence at SAS Nagar informing about the accident,” said Raj Kumar’s sister.


Doctor’s house burgled in Sector 44
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — A doctor’s flat on the ground floor in Sector 44 here was burgled last night. The burglars walked away with Rs 10000 to 12000, gold jewellery weighing between 60 to 70 gm and a two-line cordless phone.

Dr Jatinder Kaur, a gynaecologist at General Hospital, Sector 16, was on night duty and her 12 year-old son was with his grandparents at SAS Nagar, when the burglars struck at the house.

On her return to the house on Sunday morning, the doctor found the front door of the house open. “At first I thought that my son along with my mother’s family had returned but when I entered inside I saw no one”. It did not take her long to understand what had happened.

The robbers had broken the inter-lock of the front door and entered the house. Later, they broke the lock of a Godrej almirah. “The keys of the almirah’s safe were in the almirah only and they used the keys to open the safe and cleared it off the cash and the jewellery.

A VCR, computer, music system and some more valuable goods were, however, left untouched by the robbers. “The VCR was lying in the same almirah but probably it did not come to their notice”, said the doctor.

“No body knew that I was on night duty as I had exchanged my duty with one of my colleagues”, she said, adding that the only clue that I was not at home could have come from the absence of my car from the courtyard. According to her, it is very rare that my house remains unoccupied. “Only once or twice I am on night duty and even during those days some one from my parents family comes here to accompany my son”.

She said many a time she has asked the night watchman to take special care of the house when the car was not parked in front of the house. The police is investigating the matter.


Polio drops administered to 45,000 kids
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Nov 5 — Polio drops were administered to over 45,000 children at a total of 305 booths, 59 urban, 232 rural and 14 mobile, set up in the entire district during the first round of administration of polio drops here today. The children who failed to come to the booths will be covered at the door-to-door exercise to administer drops. The drive begins tomorrow and will continue on November 7 as well.

Nearly 20,000 children were covered in the urban belt of Panchkula and Kalka while 5,600 children visited the camps in rural Pinjore, 6,969 in Old Panchkula and 3,426 children in Raipur Rani. In Hangola and Kot, 3,058 and 4,350 children, respectively were given drops at the camps.

Initially, the take-off of the pulse polio campaign drew a poor response till about 11 am only to gain momentum later. The Health Department continued with the exercise of making announcements all day through in an attempt to get the message through to the people. This was in continuation of the three-day process of making announcements, distributing pamphlets and putting up posters and banners.

Also, the response in urban pockets was less than that in the rural areas though extra effort was made to cover high-risk pockets of areas where brick-kilns, poultry farms and colonies are located. Ten out of the 14 mobile camps were on duty in these areas, the District Health Officer, Dr Vijay Garg, said.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Monga, inaugurated the pulse polio campaign by administering polio drops to a child at the government dispensary in Sector 12-A. The state incharge of the campaign, Dr Hari Om Gupta, and the Civil Surgeon also administered drops to the children. All officials of the Health Department of the district were present on the occasion.

PATIALA: The Dedicated Brothers Group organised a pulse polio camp at the Guru Teg Bahadur colony here on Sunday.

Dr Rakesh Vermi, president of the group, along with a team of doctors led by Dr Harpreet Singh not only administered polio drops to children but also emphasised the need to administer polio drops even if a child is sick. Pulse polio booths were also set up at Shiv Mandir near Government Mohindera College and Tobha Baba Dhiana near Government Pheel Khana school.

The community health centre of village Badshahpur, near here, organised a rally against polio in which nearly 1200 children participated. A camp was also held under Dr I.D. Goyal, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) and Dr Mukhtiar Singh, Medical Officer, Health centre, Badshahpur, in which children were given pulse polio drops.

The Rotaract Club (Central) in collaboration with the local health authorities organised five pulse polio camps at Gurdwara Kahan Singh Dispensary, Bishan Nagar, Ram Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Gurbax Colony and Jujhar Nagar today.

Dr Harbans Singh, in charge of the Bishan Nagar dispensary, educated people about the ill-efects of polio and advised them to get their children administered with anti-polio vaccines.

KHARAR: As many as 3671 children were given polio drops here today in connection with the pulse polio programme.

According to Dr H.S. Obroi, the target fixed for today was 3097 children. He said that nine static and one mobile team administered the drops to the children. Dr S.S. Dhanoa, SMO, Civil Hospital, Kharar, and the Rotary Club supervised all arrangements.

SAS NAGAR: As part of the intensified pulse polio eradication programme, at least 10,000 children up to five years were immunised at 38 different posts in the town here today. While 34 posts were fixed, the remaining were mobile, said the doctors at the General Hospital in Phase 6 here.

Besides, the Ranbaxy Community Healthcare Society (RCHS) at its camps immunised least 439 children against polio. Dr Upma Sharma, Medical Officer of the RCHS, said on the second and third day of the immunisation programme, the teams would conduct a door-to-door survey to know if any child was left out.


Decision on NRIs’ property flayed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — The Traders Association, Sector 17, has condemned the decision of the government in allowing non-resident Indians (NRIs) to get their commercial property vacated.

The association, in a signed statement, yesterday said, “ When our country was not capable of providing an environment comparable to the western world, these NRIs left India and went abroad for their own comfort and luxury. It was the local residents who braved the hardships and brought the country at a par with Europe or America. Now the NRIs are being given special privileges to get their rented property vacated.”

The government was ignoring the fact that the NRIs invested only for land and building whereas the traders had developed it into a market, increasing the market value of the buildings, the statement said. Another aspect was that unreasonable favours were being given to NRIs at the cost of an average of 20 traders who work out of one building. These traders and their workmen would be sacrificed to save one NRI, who in any case was getting rent dictated at his terms, said traders.


Training on for Nau Sainik meet
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Intensive training is being imparted to naval cadets at a pre-Nau Sainik (PNS) camp being held here in order to prepare them for various competitions at the national level Nau-Sainik camp which begins in Vishakapatnam on November 10.

The directorate level PNS camp includes cadets from Amritsar, Chandigarh, Naya Nangal, Bilaspur and Faridabad NCC groups. This directorate covers the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.

The annual training camp of the No.1 Chandigarh NCC Naval Unit, which includes cadets from various city schools and colleges, is also being conducted alongside.

The camp, being commanded by Cdr Nirmal Singh, has a strength of four regular naval officers, 9 associate NCC officers and 17 permanent instructional staff besides 95 cadets from the senior division, 32 senior wing girls and 213 cadets from the junior division.

Rigorous training is being imparted in various naval activities to select and prepare a contingent of 28 cadets, including girls, for the inter-directorate competitions. The activities include rowing, sailing, ship-modelling, firing, drill, cultural activities as well as national integration and collective living.

Competitions will include selection of the best naval unit and best cadets in various categories. Besides naval cadets, one cadet each from the Army wing and the Air Wing from each of the NCC’s 16 directorates will attend the camp as guest cadets.



Few takers for late-night cyber cafes
By Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Whether Net enthusiasts in the city will be able to surf at cyber cafes during late nights remains doubtful as most of the cyber cafe owners in the city are yet to buy the idea.

Most of the cyber cafes have not yet started remaining open till 2 a.m. owing mainly to shortage of manpower and poor response from customers.

“The number of enquiries about late night facilities have been less than encouraging to cover the costs of operating till late night, we will have to ensure a sufficient number of regular customers who browse during those hours. We will also have to employ additional staff, says Mr Vikram Singh Bhati, owner of a cyber cafe in Sector 20.

Mr Bhati feels there will not be much increase in the number of customers even if cyber cafes remain open till late night. “In Chandigarh, the number of people surfing the Net has already reached its peak and a further increase is unlikely," says he.

The number of customers is not likely to swell for another reason also. More and more people are buying their own PCs and their number is constantly increasing.

“Most of the people here can afford to buy a PC, and those who cannot are going in for comparatively cheaper devices like set-top boxes to access the Net.

As a result, cyber cafes will have less customers in future, says Mr Rajiv Khurana, a local resident.

Mr Vijay, Manager of a cyber cafe in Sector 34, agrees that response from the people is not very encouraging. “We may consider functioning till late night, but not immediately,” says he.

There is, however, a section of people who welcome this decision. “For those who send e-mails to their relatives abroad, it is going to be a boon. The city has a large number of such people and we are receiving many enquiries from them. Students living in hostels are also showing a keen interest”, says Mr Abhay K. Kushwaha, owner of a cyber cafe in Sector 8. However, he also has not yet started operating till 2 a.m.. “We are observing the response and will recruit additional staff only after we are confident about a regular clientele”, he says.

Opening of cyber cafes till late night may also see an increase in number of people indulging in telephony over the Net which is not permissible under the law, say several cyber cafe owners.


German film fest opens today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — The German Film Festival, in which seven films will be screened at the local Government College of Art, Sector 10, and Alliance Francaise, Sector36, will be inaugurated tomorrow by the UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral.

The seven-day festival will start with the screening of Dorris Dorie’s film Am I Beautiful. The film will be screened in the presence of Mr Peter Sewitz, Prgramme Director, German Festival in India.

During the festival five films will be shown at the Government College of Art on November 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 (6 p.m. daily). On November 9 and 10, shows will be held at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36. The festival is being organised by the Chandigarh Film Society.


A writer’s attempt to laud the institution of family
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — This may be the maiden attempt of city-based poetess Nirmal Jaswal at short story writing, but going by the way her first collection of short stories was received by a galaxy of intellectuals here today, it appeared as if she was already a seasoned writer.

Many eminent writers gathered in the local DAV College, Sector 10, to discuss the validity of the points raised by Nirmal in her collection titled Ik chup jihi kudi which was released in Glasgow, (Scotland), in July this year. Attending the session on critical appraisal of works were renowned writers like Prem Parkash, Dr Harnek Singh, Dr Gurbachan Singh, Gulzar SIngh Sandhu and Dr Surinder Sharma.

Before the discussion is touched, it is important to highlight the theme which the writer has tried to project in her stories. She has risen above the set social plane and has dared to make a point. All her stories revolve around the man-woman relationships which exist in normal conditions, as also in abnormal ones. As the society has undergone a change, men and women enter into relationships even outside marriage. Not just that, even women get entangled with each other these days. Hence the significance of talking about lesbianism in prose.

She has very successfully dealt with the maze of emotions, and the vulnerability of partners. Even though she talks of extra-marital relations or lesbianism, she ends at a convincing note. All her stories strengthen the institution of marriage and reassert the idea that the man-woman relationship is the law of nature, and are complementary. Without one, the other does not make much sense.

Critically analysing the stories, Dr Harnek Singh pointed out certain flaws in the story titled Khindya Aadmi. He said the man in question who first agrees to marry a second woman after abandoning his wife, later refuses on the grounds that he could not cut his hair for change of religion. Dr Harnek Singh said the man should have been made to do that for the sake of love. The idea is to project progressive thought, he said.

Dr Surinder Sharma of Panjab University, however, appreciated the collection in its totality and said that instead of finding faults with the projection of ideas, we should laud the writer for her attempt which is novel.

Prem Parkash, who presided over the session, said Nirmal had sucessfully touched upon certain sensitive issues. Gulzar Singh Sandhu stressed the impact of a story on the society. “The story should have a message for the society, and it should help the society to think on a wider plane,” he said. Dr Gurbachan also spoke on the occasion.

Accepting all the points with humility, Nirmal said that in all her subsequent literary attempts she would make it a point to improve upon all the grey areas pointed out by the experts. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, officiating Dean, College Development Council, PU.


Contest winners get prizes
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Nov 5 — The biggest problem faced at present by society is how to keep the environment clean with pollution being caused by the increase in population, industry and vehicular traffic.

This was stated by Mr S.S. Puri, Secretary, Education (Schools), at a function organised at Government Senior Secondary School here today by the local Environment Protection Society to give prizes to students from various schools of the town who took part in the essay and painting competitions held on July 31.

Mr Puri said the government was taking various steps to check the increasing pollution. In Delhi vehicles which were more than 15 years old had asked to go off the road. Buses had started running on gas. If everyone kept the surroundings clean, it would go a long way in creating a healthy environment.

Mrs Paramjit Kaur, Principal of the school, said some students of her institution along with parents and members of the public had formed a society to keep the environment clean. Neem saplings had been planted along the boundary wall of the school and 100 saplings of teak on the school premises.

Mr S.R. Chaudhuri, president of the Environment Protection Society, said that schools were the best place to start an environment awareness campaign. Each school should be able to form an environment group which would spearhead a green movement.

The Environment Awareness Award of Rs 500 was won by Navdeep Kaur of Sant Isher Singh Senior Secondary School.

Six prizes, three each for the senior and junior groups, in the painting competition were won by Simranjeet Kaur (Gem Public School); Avinash Kaur (Gian Jyoti Public School); Shallu Sharma (Government Senior Secondary School); Roop Kiran Kaur (Shivalik Public School); Gurpreet Kaur (Gem Public School); and Maninder Singh (Sant Isher Singh Public School).

In the essay competition the following students got prizes: Vinita and Simrandeep Singh (Paragon Senior Secondary School); Suman and Reetika (Swami Ram Tirath Public High School); Gurpreet Kaur and Sumegha Gautam (Gem Public School); Rupinder Kaur (Government Senior Secondary School); Pratiush Tyagi (Gian Jyoti Public School); Ikshit and Amandeep Kaur (Shivalik Public School); Parvinder Kaur and Amandeep Kaur (Sant Isher Singh Senior Secondary School); and Rama Goel and Ramneek Kaur Bhatia (Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir High School).


Sankirtan procession held
Tribune News Service 

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Thousands of people participated in sankirtan procession held today as part of the ongoing Kartik celebrations at Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sector 20-B. The procession was organised to commemorate the 96th appearance day of the founder Acharya of All-India Sree Chaitanya Gaudia Math, Shirla Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaj.

Under the guidance of the present Acharya of the Math, the procession reached the Math after passing through Sectors 20, 21, 22 and the bus stand. 


SI booked in cheating case
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Nov 5 — A Sub-Inspector of the ITBP, Dharam Parkash Thakur, along with wife and three other family members have been booked by the Sohana police for allegedly cheating a former Sarpanch of Gigga Majra village here of Rs 1.50 lakh on the pretext of getting the job of a Sub-Inspector for his nephew in the ITBP.

The wife of the SI, Baru Devi, brother of the SI, Sat Pal, alias Neetu, and his wife, Meenu Devi — both constables in Himachal Pradesh — and daughter of the SI, Meena Devi, have also been booked under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC.

According to information available, in December 1997 the former Sarpanch, Kaka Singh, and his friend, Jarnail Sigh, met the couple — Satpal and Meenu at Sukhna Lake and developed cordial relations with the family. During one of the meetings at the residence of the SI in ITBP Complex in Behlana, Chandigarh, the SI said he had good connection in the paramilitary force and could secure the job of an SI at a cost of Rs 2 lakh. While Rs 1.50 lakh would have to be paid in advance, the remaining amount would have to be paid after the job was done.

The SI along with other persons named in the FIR reached the home of the Sarpanch in Gigga Majra on May 30, 2000, to collect Rs 1.50 lakh. The money was paid to the SI for securing for his nephew, Sashi. Later, the Sarpanch started demanding his money back. A cheque of Rs 1.50 lakh, signed by daughter of the SI, Meena, which was given to the Sarpanch bounced. The SI got transferred to Srinagar. The wife of the SI, Baru Devi has been arrested.


Car stolen
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Mr D.K. Dhawan, a resident of Panchkula, has reported to the police that his white Maruti Zen VXI (HR-07-F-0004) was stolen from house no 1259 in Sector 34 here yesterday.

All documents of the car, besides a driving licence and Rs 3,800 were reportedly inside the car. 


15-yr-old boy missing
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Dheerendra Singh, a Class X student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, is missing since Saturday. The 15-year-old boy is in his white school uniform. He had left for the school on his bicycle.

His father Mr R.R. Singh said, “According to the school authorities and his classmates, my son was not in the school on Saturday. From his friends, I learnt that he had not attended the school on Friday either.”

The boy used to leave for school everyday at 7.45 a.m. After the school, he used to go to Sector 38 for his tuition. “At times, he used to come home for lunch before going for tuition,” said his father. He said, “On Friday, he returned home at 2 p.m. and did not go for his tuition that day.”

The family got suspicious when the boy did not return home on Saturday evening. “We called up his tutor and friends.” Later, the matter was reported to the police.

Mr R.R. Singh, a teacher in Punjab Engineering College, said the boy was not a bright student, but the family had never scolded him for this. He said the boy had only Rs 10 in his pocket. However, he suspects that the boy might have borrowed money from someone on Friday. The police is investigating.


Firing incident in Sector 16
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 — Mr Parma Parkash Singh Dhindsa, a resident of Sector 34, had reported to the police that someone fired a shot on his car, near Red Cross building in Sector 16, yesterday evening. However, no one was injured as the bullet hit the seat of the car.

A case under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered.

A man was allegedly assaulted by three persons and robbed of 120 gm of gold, here last evening. Mr Bappi Adah, a resident of Ganga Dhar village, reported to the police that he was attacked by three persons near the football stadium, Sector 17.

He alleged that the three persons forcibly took away two gold bangles weighing 20 gm each and a solid piece of gold weighing 80 gm.

A case under Section 392 of the IPC has been registered.

Briefcase stolen
Mr Sukhwinder Singh Cheema, a resident of Sector 34, lodged a complaint with the police that his briefcase containing Rs 10, 000, some documents and clothes was stolen from his car, which was parked in Sector 17-E, here yesterday.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Petrol stolen
Mr Baljit Singh alleged that one Puran Chand, resident of Naya Gaon, has stolen petrol (about 25 liters) from two cars. Reportedly he was caught red handed.

A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered.

Scooter stolen
Mr Puran Chand had reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak Scooter (CH-01-2563) was stolen from Sector 37, yesterday.

The police is investigating.

Arrested for satta
The local police has arrested Ashok Kumar, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, for satta from near his residence and recovered Rs 505 from him.

A case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered.

Burn injuries
Suman Devi, a resident of house number 953, Mauli Jagran, sustained burn injuries when the kerosene stove on which she was cooking burst. She has been admitted to the PGI. Her condition is reported to be stable.

The police is investigating the matter and will be able to ascertain the cause of accident only after recording the statements of the victim and her family members.

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