Monday, January 22, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Massive pulse polio drive in city, surrounding areas
From Tribune Reporters

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — As many as 1,03,686 children below the age of five years, including newborns, were administered polio drops at 414 fixed centres, including 50 mobile booths, spread across the city as part of the second phase of the nationwide polio immunisation drive here today.

The figure includes 6,046 children who were given OPV drops by volunteers of mobile teams. Besides this, 3,882 children above five years of age were administered polio drops in the fixed centres and 359 by the mobile booths. Camps were also organised at the two inter-state bus terminals and the railway station.

Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Joint Secretary, Finance, Dr K.K. Garg, Medical Superintendent, General Hospital, Sector 16, and Dr Satbir Singh, District RCH Officer, visited various centres to supervise the polio immunisation campaign. Teachers and students also participated in the campaign. The teams also went to the high-risk areas and urged people to get their children vaccinated. According to Dr M.P. Minocha, Director, Family Welfare, every care was taken to ensure that the maximum number of children below five years were given the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). He appealed to those whose children had missed the dose today, to contact General Hospital, Sector 16, PGI or GMCH tomorrow.

Considering that a case of wild polio virus had been reported in the UT, two extra days had been added to this round. The UT was divided into three zones, each of which was headed by senior officials from the PGI, GMCH and GH-16. A total of 1800 persons participated in this campaign.

An 11-member team of Rotarians from Wisconsin, USA, besides Rotary Clubs of Chandigarh Midtown, Chandigarh Central, Chandigarh Shivalik and Chandigarh Plaza, administered polio drops to 14,218 children at 42 booths. The Lions Clubs of Chandigarh Nightingale, Chandigarh Plaza, Central, Rose and Mani Majra participated in the drive.

State Bank of India, industrial finance branch, Sector 22, held a camp in Colony number 4 where slum children were administered polio drops. State Bank of India, Sector 30 branch, in collaboration with the ESIC dispensary, organised five pulse polio camps in Sector 29, in which over 2,500 children were given polio drops. ICICI Bank also participated in the campaign.

The NSS unit of SD College, Sector 32, organised a camp in colony number 5. The Citizens Awareness Group, in collaboration with the Family Welfare Bureau, immunised 6,852 children in 23 centres. The Rotract Club Chandigarh Central, in collaboration with NSS volunteers from the Punjab Engineering College and members of the Rotary Club Chandigarh, managed 25 booths in and around Chandigarh and Mauli Jagran.


As many as 32,492 children were vaccinated in the subdivision. Over 2000 more children were vaccinated as compared to the previous phase of the drive. In the township and its surrounding areas, 28,676 children were given polio drops. A total of 93 teams were on duty in the township. Five mobile teams were also formed.

Students of Government High School and members of Rotary Clubs helped the Health Department in the drive. Drops were also given to a baby born today at the Civil Hospital here.


As many as 3,203 children below the age of five years were given polio drops here. Eight fixed centres and one mobile team were organised by the Health Department for the purpose.


A total of 3,816 children were vaccinated in Lalru and its surrounding areas. Besides a mobile team to vaccinate the children in slum areas and kids of the labourers working in industries and brick kilns, 14 teams and 14 booths were formed.


Polio drops were administered to over 54,000 children at a total of 305 booths, 63 urban and 242 rural, in addition to 14 mobile teams in the district. The children who failed to come to the booths would be covered at the two-day door-to-door exercise to administer drops beginning tomorrow.

Over 16,000 children were covered in the urban belt of Panchkula and Kalka, while 5,933 children visited the camps in rural Pinjore, 7,292 in Old Panchkula and 3,885 in Raipur Rani. In Hangola and Kot, 3,242 and 4,504 children, respectively, were given polio drops. At Barwala, 4,094 children reported at the camps, whereas Morni reported administration of drops to 2,140 children.

Camps showed an increase of 100 to 200 children being administered the drops as compared to the previous campaign. The response in urban pockets was less than that in the rural areas. This was attributed to the house-to-house exercise undertaken in the district. An official spokesperson said the door-to-door administration of polio drops would go on till all children in the age group of under five years were given the drops.


As many as 1,31,977 children up to five years of age were immunised under the Pulse Polio campaign in Ropar district. A total of 890 centres, including 49 mobile ones, were set up in the district. The Ranbaxy Community Healthcare Society administered polio drops to 1,124 children.


One lakh children were administered polio drops in 576 pulse polio centres in Ambala district. Around 3,000 persons of the Health Department and voluntary organisations participated in the campaign. The Haryana unit of the IMA said its district units had offered active support in the campaign. The NGOs like Rotary Club and Lions Club also participated in the programme.

Children in Ambala and a few districts close to Chandigarh would be immunised in two more rounds of the Pulse Polio campaign following reports of a wild polio virus case in the UT. The Director-General, Health Services, Haryana, Mr P.L. Jindal, directed civil surgeons in Ambala and Panchkula to hold two more rounds of mopping-up immunisation in their districts. As many as 15 to 20 lakh children would be covered.


The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation held camps at the main bus stand to administer polio drops to 2,200 children. Another camp held at the Civil Hospital at Nabha. Polio drops were also administered at the Community Health Centre in Model Town.


Industry as a boon to farmland
Tribune News Service

DERA BASSI, Jan 21 — Nearly 60 acres of barren land in one of the most backward regions of Punjab has been turned into a farm producing wheat, paddy, vegetables and other agricultural products, thanks to industrial effluents discharged from an industrial plant nearby.

The plant is located in Behra village, about 15 km from here, where water is not easily available. Therefore, most of the farms in the area are fallow. The topography of the area is undulating and underground water is available only after a depth of 500 feet. The plant uses about half a million gallons of water everyday, drawn from a deep bore tubewell sunk in the factory, which is chemically treated before being discharged.

The plant set up by Hi-Tech group of industries processes buffalo meat for export. The meat is washed and the water is treated chemically at a treatment plant before being being allowed go out of the plant premises, according to Dr A.S. Bindra, managing director of PML Industries Limited.

The water is being used to irrigate a 60 acre farm owned by the company. It is also being supplied to certain other farmers in the area, says Dr Bindra. More and more farmers have been approaching them with a demand for water, but they are not able to meet the demand, he claims.

Dr Bindra asserts that the plant meets all the statutory requirements and industrial laws as regards its operations. Therefore, there is no occasion for any apprehension or complaint from any quarter, he adds.


Carrying of arms banned
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — With a view to ensure public peace and maintenance of law and order, the District Magistrate, Mr M. Ramsekhar, has imposed a ban on carrying of arms in the city.

According to an order under Section 144 of the Cr.P.C., issued here today, any breach of the order will be punished under the provisions of the IPC. The order will remain effective till March 31.

The order has been issued in view of the members of the public moving around with small weapons openly tucked in their waist-belts for show-off and intimidation and carrying of the weapons openly by licence-holders had created panic in the public. There is every apprehension of the breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity besides danger to human life and safety by the display of weapons, the order said.

The order, however, will not be applicable to the police, military, paramilitary personnel and other government servants if called upon to carry arms in connection with their official duties. Others, who are specifically permitted by a written order for carrying weapons after assessment of threat perception to the life and property will also be exempt from the ban, the order added.


Problems galore in women’s hostel
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — Unrestricted entry. You are also free to throw your garbage in the compound and chances of being caught are slim. Well, this is not the condition of any open area, it is the working women’s hostel at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23.

The hostel is managed by the local branch of Indian Council of Child Welfare, a non-government organisation. As many as 39 girls both working and trainees at Bal Bhavan are staying at the hostel. The Principal of Bal Bhavan is also the warden of the hostel.

The barbed wire on the boundary wall of the Bhavan is broken at many places. The residents of the hostel allege that many a times boys jumps the fence. The inmates allege that boys knock at the main gate and window panes at night.

However, there is one watchman, said a member of the Council, who keep vigil at night. But the girls say there is no one here during the day.

When contacted, Ms Vibha Rastogi, the warden said, ‘‘During the day hours I and other faculty members are in the compound and we keep check on the activities of the girls and outsiders’’. She added, ‘‘I often keep visiting the hostel during the day’’.

The problem, according to the residents of the hostel, is when the warden goes on leave. The girls say they face lot of problems, especially if they had to take a night out or to go for making a phone call during the late hours or if someone falls ill. During her absence, the mess contractor claims, ‘‘I and others in the mess are here to take care of the girls’’.

When contacted, Ms Usha Suri, honorary secretary of the council assured, “We are making arrangements of a second warden in case Ms Vibha Rastogi is on leave ’’Neighbours of the Bal Bhavan points out that the hostel is virtually free for any body to enter. Even in during the night, the entry gate of the Bhavan is open, at least till 11 p.m. Ms Rastogi said, ‘‘Actually one or two girls who are working in shifts come in the late hours and thus the gate has to be kept open’’.

Another problem which the residents are facing is the absence of a telephone in the hostel compound. The girls have to go to the nearby market to make phone calls. An official in the council said that it was not feasible to install an STD - PCO in the hostel premises. But the girls say at least a local phone could be provided so that their parents could make calls during the late hours.

And last but not the least, people from nearby houses do not hesitate to throw their garbage in the campus. Heap of garbage could be seen lying along the boundary wall in front of the hostel entrance gate. And the situation becomes worse when wind blows: the garbage, especially the polybags, get scattered all over the place .


Why do writers glorify politicians?
by Nirmal Sandhu
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH: Although he has written half a dozen novels and an equal number of books of short stories in Punjabi, Darshan Singh Dheer’s name does not ring bells, the reason being he migrated to England in 1963. The only Dheer known here is Santokh Singh, but they are not related.

Though Dheer has been in India since November, staying mostly in his village Kang Arayan near Phillaur in Jalandhar district, he was in Chandigarh on Friday to attend a Punjabi conference on 20th century literature at Panjab University.

So little known is he even among Punjabi teachers that one compere came to ask for his bio-data to introduce him at the conference since some experts were to read out papers on his works. But Dheer is not the one of those who carry such ready-made information in their pockets. Even his books’ covers don’t carry his picture or biodata.

Born in a Sriganganagar village called 4 FF (villages in that area are named after canal outlets), Darshan Singh Dheer did his schooling in Bikaner, JBT at Jandiala (in Jalandhar district) and BA privately, “but not via Bathinda,” he is quick to clarify.

Though born in a well-off family, Dheer chose to go abroad. After initial years of struggle, life became comfortable. Like many Punjabi NRIs, he does not bulge with fat or stink of pounds. Nor is he stiff-necked. Just a simple lively man.

His first short story “Be-ticket Musafir” appeared in Jalandhar Punjabi daily Nawan Zamana in 1959 and his first book “Luni Mehak” in 1972. How he became a writer is interesting. His story “England” describes it. A 17-year-old girl’s marriage with a 60-year-old shocked young Dheer.

Such injustices around and Leftist learnings pushed him to pick up the pen. His novels are spread long, both in time and volume, dialogues are frequent and language gives the flavour of Bikaner and Doaba. His stories are based on day-to-day experiences, devoid of dramatic endings.

Thanks to writers like Dheer, Swaran Chandan, Amarjit Chandan, Harjit Atwal, the late Raghbir Dhand, Tarsem Neelgiri, Surjit Virdi and Veena Varma that Punjabi literature is still throbbing on British soil.

Dheer vigorously opposes the local critics’ habit of dubbing them parvaasi lekhak”. “If parvasi sahit is acceptable, then there should be Moga sahit, Bathinda and Ambala sahit also,” he remarks.

Dheer also deplores the growing trend among Punjabi writer to glorify politicians. “At the recent World Punjabi Conference in Chandigarh ministers held the centre-state. By praising corrupt politicians, writers indirectly participate in corruption and share the responsibility,” he said.

Here are a few short question-answers that throw more light on the writer and the man.

His most favourite book: War and Peace. In Punjabi it is Nanak Singh’s novel “Gharib Di Duniya”.

The most under-rated writer: Lal Singh. The most erotic but not cheap book he has ever read: Ajit Cour’s Phaltu Aurat.

The best critic: Joginder Singh Rahi “ though he has not written anything on my works”. The worst critic: he was about to name, but chose to be cautious, saying maare nu maara ki kehna”.

The poem he admires most: He first names Mohan Singh’s “Taj Mahal,” but then prefers Amrita Pritam’s famous “Aj akhan Waris Shah nu”.

His favourite women writers in Punjabi: Ajit Cour, Amrita Pritam, Dalip Kaur Tiwana, Manjit Tiwana and Pal Kaur.

What he does not like about Punjabis: lack of manners. He narrates an experience. “A few days ago, I was coming to Chandigarh from Patiala along with my wife. Two women pushed their way to board the bus. I let them get in before us. They got seats, while we kept standing throughout the journey. There was not a word of thanks from them,” he said.Back


25-year-old found dead
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Jan 21 — A 25-year-old employee of Anand Lamps, Ravi Shankar, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house in Phase XI here today. The body of the victim was found by his roommates in a boxbed after it started emitting foul smell.

The victim was working in the time office of Anand Lamps and was sharing the room his colleagues, Ajay and Sudisth. The body was huddled between quilts and the face was covered with a woolen cap. Though the exact cause of death could not be ascertained as the autopsy of the body was yet to be conducted, there were signs of swelling on the neck of the victim, said sources in the police.

Not ruling out the possibility of suicide, a police official said different causes of the death were being explored. What had aroused the suspicion of the police was that the victim had spectacles on his face. The lid of the boxbed was slightly open. The police reportedly questioned the roommates of the victim.

The police suspected that the victim died on the night of January 19. When the two colleagues came in the morning after their night duty, they found the room locked from outside and the television on. They went away and returned, but again found the room locked. According to residents of the area, the deceased was a quiet person.

Police sources said the wife of the victim was away to her relatives’ place in West Bengal. The family members of the victim reached the town late in the evening after being informed by the police. The victim was a postgraduate. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital in Phase 6 here.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Gurpreet Singh Chauhan, said it was suspected that the victim had consumed some poisonous substance, but added that the cause of death could be ascertained after the autopsy of the victim.Back


28 PU teachers shown the door
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — After more than year, more than 28 teachers selected by various Panjab University committees have been shown the door following the non-confirmation of their appointment by the university Senate. The decision was confirmed by sources today.

These teachers concerned had not joined service. The university Syndicate had deferred the appointments and the Board of Finance had also shown reluctance. The decision has cleared the way for fresh applications. The university is working on the lines of a recommendation of Prof Madan Gopal Gandhi that posts declared vacant be advertised again within three months.

Many controversial appointments were made during the tenure of Prof M.M. Puri, the previous Vice-Chancellor. Papers showed the presence of an expert on the selection committee who never came for interview. There were protests over the number of persons selected faculty members exceeding the number of posts advertised. A number of lecturers approached court during this period.



CHANDIGARH has always been ignored by the Railways. And when a connection for Paschim Express between Amritsar and Mumbai was created through a link express between Kalka and Ambala, it seemed the Railways were keen on giving some more facilities for the city.

But the real scheme of things has started showing up now. The link express has three sleeper class coaches. While bookings in one bogie are possible between Kalka and Delhi or beyond, the other two bogies are reserved for the journey beyond Delhi. This means that if one bogie is filled up the other passengers cannot have confirmed seats in the other two as the bogies are not listed between Kalka and Delhi. The quota is of course held by officials of the Railways board.

Same is true for the only III tier AC coach. While 30 seats can be booked for Kalka to Mumbai, other seats cannot be booked from here. The link express also has two unreserved bogies. Sources in the railways say the rush on the train is so much that the city can very well do with a full fledged train till Mumbai.

Another piece of advice for people travelling on the link express to join the Paschim Express is to buy tickets that will carry the surcharge for superfast .

Instances have come to notice wherein Railway clerks hand over general compartment tickets to passengers that are not valid for superfast trains. Once on board the checkers invariably slap a fine. Protests are no good as after boarding the train it is deemed to be the passenger’s fault.

Single bosses

Just as the country is run by a bachelor Prime Minister, several top officials in the Chandigarh Administration are either bachelors, single or their spouses are away in “long distance marriages” due to their own professional compulsions. Does it leave the officials with more time for the Administration? Anybody’s guess.

The city’s Administrator and Governor of Punjab, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), is a bachelor. His newly appointed Ms Neeru Nanda, is unmarried. The next seniormost officer, the Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, is single. Among the police the top two have “long distance marriages”. The Inspector General of Police, Mr Bhim Sain Bassi’s wife lives in Delhi and shuttles between the Delhi and Chandigarh homes of the top cop.

Next in the police setup is the DIG, Mr Ajay Kashyap. His wife is also in Delhi due to her own professional commitments. Interestingly in the Administration all officials in the middle level like the PCS and HCS officials are married and so are the other IAS officials like the Finance Secretary, Mr Rakesh Singh, the DC, Mr M. Ramsekhar, the MC commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, and the Joint Secretary Finance, Mr K.A.P. Sinha.

IT institutes

The efforts to make Mohali and Chandigarh a hub of IT industries is not only attracting IT companies in large numbers, but have also made these places an attractive destination for IT training institutes. These institutes are promising to provide the best and the right kind of training to the students. The latest in the queue is Australia-based Austech group which plans to set up an IT university here. The chairman of the group recently discussed his plans with the UT Administrator. Austech, which seeking location for the establishment of the IT university plans to provide IT education as per the requirements of today’s IT industry, which is already facing problems regarding availability of manpower from the region. Among the other new IT training institutes are also popular names like Technocampus, CICST etc.

It’s different

One place in Chandigarh which seems to have escaped the drab grey hands of Le Corbusier is the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration, Sector 26. The modern style building is a tastefully done mixture of bright colours and natural light. And it strikes you the moment you are in the building that something out here is different from the other buildings in Chandigarh. Red, blue, green, the colours many interior decorators desist to touch, have been used effectively on the walls.

The conference room is an appealing white and red walled unit with large windows and the reception’s waiting area is a nook with leaf green coloured walls. Even the flooring is a mixture of different kinds of stones. There is marble matched with terrazzo and kota.

Blood relations

The Principal of Government College, Sector 46, Mr D. P. Singh, should be a proud man. On January 12, at a blood donation camp in the college he donated blood for the 55th time. Yes, and all this with the desire to do something for the society in return and “to set an example for the students of the college to come forward and involve themselves in this noble sacrifice.” Every time there is a blood donation camp in the college he is the first one to offer his self for the first unit of blood that is collected from the college.


Implementing traffic rules by way of persuasion appears to be the methodology of the new Superintendent of Police of SAS Nagar, Mr Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, who took over his new assignment on December 13 last. Each morning and evening, especially during the rush hours, men in white appear at the major roads and intersections in the town. The road users who defy traffic rules can be seen being persuaded by the cops. The defiant ones are being challaned. Sprucing up the traffic police with latest gadgets is also on the cards.

Desi or special?

Peons are not to reason why, they are there to do as they have been asked to. So when a senior officer in the Chandigarh Administration asked the peon to get tea for “journalist sahib” reposing on the easy chair in the cosy office, he naturally expected his wishes to be complied with. But vital seconds rolled by as the peon stared at the officer with confused eyes.

Irritated, he asked: “Why don’t you just buzz of and get the tea.” Much to his embarrassment, the peon replied: “I will, sir. But first tell me which one. Desi tea, or special one for special guest”. Of course, the officer had to order special tea.

Flower trouble

The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lt Gen JFR Jacob, took quite an offence on the day the exhibition on Sikh heritage was inaugurated. It so happened that the moment he entered the complex of Government Museum and Art Gallery for inaugurating the exhibition on Sikh Art, he was showered with flowers, but quite carelessly. For there were occasions when he was seemingly hurt by them, as they came with quite a force from a distance. It took the Governor to actually raise his hands in objection and say “enough is enough” to deter the enthusiasts.

Mirroring Sikh art

Thanks to National Museum, New Delhi, and the Government Museum, the city today has a massive exhibition of the richness of Sikh heritage at its doorstep. The fact that the show was being looked forward to was clear from the very-strong visitation on January 17, the day of the inauguration. Many good things happened on the occasion, and the best of all was the speech on Sikh Art by eminent city based art critic and art historian Dr B.N. Goswamy who actually recreated the magnificence of Sikh culture in words.

His indepth talk made it easy for those present on the occasion to map the otherwise huge show which covers areas— right from the 18th century paintings on encounters of Guru Nanak to the weapons the Sikhs took to following a call to arms by Guru Gobind Singh ji. There was not even one visitor to the exhibition who was not found smitten by Dr Goswamy’s 15-minute roundup on Sikh culture.

Yukta’s fans

Yukta Mookhey fans got a little upset when on January 19 they came to know that the beauty queen had come to the city but left in haste. All those who formed a queue outside the Sector 16 Leisure Valley to catch a glimpse of the model-turned actress had to go home disappointed, courtesy the UT Administration. News has it that the crew of Yukta’s debut film Pyaasa was in town to shoot in the Leisure Valley but was refused permission to do so.

— Sentinel


From rags to riches - the Baath story

HIS is a proverbial story of making it from rags to riches. But despite a great bank balance which of course has labour and diligence in its roots, this most eminent progressive farmer from Punjab is still humble enough to admit that her feels pensive while facing the media.

But the experience of meeting Mr Charanjit Singh Baath, an eminent horticulturist from the USA, was quite different. It bared a lot of mettle which this man from Ludhiana sported. Mr Baath, who has recently been in the Punjab Kala Bhavan, on the invitation from the Punjab Arts Council, talked about how from a small farmer of Ludhiana, he rose to become the grape king of the world. His annual turnover from the business of grape export and production apart, what matters most about Mr Baath is the high level of perseverance which appeared to be his hallmark. How else could he have established an altogether different regime despite witnessing a lot of poverty.

“It was indeed a big decision which I made. When I decided to leave the country and explore possibilities in the foreign land, I did not know where destiny would take me. All I knew was that I belonged to the fields and I could work in them for all my life. I remember the days when in the USA I used to pick up grapes in the fields. Now things are different of course, but I am still the same old farmer”, he said.

That was the humility in Mr Baath talking the lead over his surmounting personality as the eminent horticulturist of California who now even has a say in certain matters of the government there. He spoke about the various crests and troughs he faced during his onward journey towards success.

It may be recalled that he was recently conferred with the honour of Punjabi of the Millennium Award at the World Punjab Conference held in the city in December. “I faced tremendous difficulties and odds to get where I am today. When I used to live in India, all stress was on education. But the facilities for kith and kin of the farmers were not as many. That was why I decided to leave.”

Today, he owns a big empire and produces different varieties of grape. There are many related fields in which he is a master. In fact he has grown to become the largest grape producer of that region. With due course, he also became a member of the progressive farmers union abroad. And as one progressive farmer, he lays a lot of stress on patience and perseverance.

“I learnt by experience. When I left Ludhiana I had no educational qualifications backing me. But I went on with a single minded devotion and with God's grace, everything came around. The fact is that the circle of life must come around. Where I saw a lot of penury at home in India, I have seen a lot of money abroad.”

But Mr Baath is putting the hard-earned money to a very pious use. He is a noted philanthropist in California and provides money for a lot of social welfare activities. 


Lalchand library: Justice Sehgal writes to Centre
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — Justice Dharam Vir Sehgal wants the Centre to depute a team of experts to visit the Lalchand Research Library, house in the premises of DAV College, Sector 10, to evaluate its worth and assess the financial aid needed for preservation of rare manuscripts and books kept in it.

Justice Sehgal also said the Panjab University enquiry committee, which has been contributed to look into university’s financial irregularities, will start work from February 1, as by then the terms of reference of the panel would be announced. These are being worked out by a two-member committee comprising Mr R.S. Verma and Satyapal Dang. The committee will submit its report on January 31.

Justice D.V. Sehgal was speaking to newspersons at the college here today. Justice D.V. Sehgal is also the vice-president of the DAV managing committee and senator Panjab University.

Justice Sehgal in a letter to Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, Minister for Human Resource and Development, had brought to his notice the ongoing preservation of rare manuscripts and books in the library.

Justice Sehgal was shown rare manuscripts, photographs and books. Most of the text in these manuscripts has been digitized and preserved on compact discs.


Woman killed in accident
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — A woman, resident of Colony No 5, died on the spot after being allegedly hit by a car, near VIP complex, Sector 43, here yesterday. The car driver has been arrested.

According to sources in the Police Department, the deceased, who has been identified as Usha, was going with her husband on a cycle, when it was hit by a Santro car (CH-03-A-3597) at about 12 noon. Mr Ved Parkash, her husband, reportedly sustained minor injuries.

The police has registered a case under the Sections 279 and 304-A of the Indian Penal Code. A senior police official said further investigations were on. He said the car has been impounded and the police was recording the statements of witnesses.

Two held with liquor
The local police arrested two persons with 18 bottles and 50 pouches of whisky, from different parts of the city, here yesterday evening. Narinder Pal of Ambala district was held from a bus stop at Sector 23 and 18 bottles of whisky were seized from his possession. Rakesh Kumar of Mauli Jagron complex was arrested from near Mauli market. Both have been charged under the Excise Act.

Body found
Body of a premature baby boy was found abandoned near poultry farm chowk, here this evening. The body was wrapped in a white cloth.

According to the police sources, Mr Ramesh Kumar of Ram Darbar, Phase I, saw the body dumped behind a wine shop and informed the police. A senior police official said the body has been sent for post-mortem to the General Hospital, Sector 16. The police has registered a case under Section 318 of the Indian Penal Code.Back


Couple consumes poison, wife dies
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Jan 21 — A young couple of Badali village under the Kharar police station tried to commit suicide by consuming poison.

Mr Jasdev Singh, SHO, Kharar, said today the police had registered a case on the complaint of Mr Sadhu Singh, father of the girl.

He said his daughter, Harpreet Kaur, was married to Kamaljit Singh of Badali village on October 12, 2000. He alleged that her father-in-law, Balbir Singh, and mother-in-law harassed her for bringing insufficient dowry. He said being fed up from this the couple consumed the poison. They were taken to the Command Hospital, Chandimandir, where Harpreet Kaur died and Kamaljit Singh is struggling for life. The case was registered under Section 306, IPC, against Balbir Singh and his wife.


No clue in murder case
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — More than 24 hours after the reported murder of an unidentified person here, the police is still groping in the dark. The body was found in a ditch on the road dividing Sectors 45 and 46, near SAS Nagar border, yesterday.

Sources in the Police Department said that the post-mortem on the body would be conducted at the General Hospital tomorrow.

A senior police official said the police was trying its best to nab the killers.


Suicide bid
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — A teenager of Sector 44 reportedly consumed some poisonous substance here today at 9.30 pm. She was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. Till the filing of this report her condition was reportedly stable. According to police sources, She was a class IX student of a private school in Sector 45. 


A show of Orissa’s rare crafts
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — Utkalika has put up works of about 14 artisans from Orissa on display at Panchayat Bhavan in Sector 18 here. The show features works which manifest the rich cultural heritage being preserved by the natives of Orissa. The show will be on till February 1.

The exhibition was thrown open today by the managing director of Utkalika, Mr N.K. Patnaik. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said his firm had about 109 cooperative societies engaged in marketing the crafts of Orissa artisans and about 300 artisans were supplying them with traditional hand-crafted products. The exhibition has been held in Amritsar and will next be taken to Ludhiana.

The items have been well-laid out for public view. There are separate sections for various traditional crafts. Idols have been carved minutely out of sandstone, Kochila stone, Nilgiri stone, to mention a few. These present a glimpse of the works found in Lingaraj, Jagannath, Konark and Rajrani temples.

Silver filigree drew a lot of attention. It comprises pieces of elegant jewellery, apart from items of decoration, like the Krishna’s chariot and the Konark chakra. A variety of products in this category are on display, from the Konark wheel and dancing peacocks to ear-rings, pendants and necklaces.

Patta and palmleaf painting is yet another forte. The paintings are exquisite examples of the patta chitra. These paintings find inspiration from mythological themes of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Krishnaleela. There are greeting cards for sale also. Then there are lacquered boxes and toys, apart from the creations from golden grass. This rich yellow grass (kaincha) is used to create beautiful mats. The product range includes baskets, sets of curio boxes, table-mats, coasters and hats.

Also on view are creations of Applique work of Orissa. The Applique work of Pipli is most famous as it reflects a blend of traditional and modern design. Bright umbrellas have been deftly stitched. The finished products are then laced with motifs of elephants, peacocks or plain flowers. Also seen are wall hangings made of Turupa work, cushions and bedcovers, besides hand-crafted sarees.


Towards holistic management
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — Caring is the primary attribute that a leader possesses whether in business or in any profession. To be a leader, one has to have a holistic development which includes a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual development.

This was stated by Dr Satinder Dhiman, professor accounting and management and chairperson of the Department of Business and Management at Woodbury University, California, while addressing a seminar on recent trends and contemporary issues in business management, organised by the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends here today.

Dr Satinder Dhiman said that each person was born with certain qualities which he should polish with hard work to serve humanity better. Giving examples of great people, who made significant contributions in various fields, he said they had to pay a heavy price for it and their success could be attributed to their endless toil, perseverance and constantly keeping the goal before their eyes. He said that leadership was an art of developing human beings. Describing the difference between managers and leaders, he said while managers counted the seeds in an apple, the leaders counted the apples in a seed. ‘‘Management is what is, while leadership is what will be,’’ he said.

Talking about TQM (total quality management) Dr Dhiman said it encompassed excellence, innovation and anticipation. Success still had a bad habit of pointing its finger at Japan. In the United States, the customer was the king, whereas Japanese considered the customer as God. Here lies the secret of Japan’s amazing success after its destruction in the Second World War.

Dr Gulshan Sharma, Director, ITFT, Chandigarh, said Woodbury University at Burbank, California, was one of the prestigious universities in the United States for business management studies. The ITFT had extended an invitation to the President of the University and Dean Business Management Studies to visit Chandigarh and to develop twin university collaboration. he said Woodbury University programmes could be taught at the ITFT,Chandigarh, so that it could provide the best managers to the Indian corporate sector using Woodbury University curriculum inputs.Back

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