Wednesday, January 31, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


MC to take over water supply, sewerage
Hopeful of saving Rs 1 crore
By Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Jan 30 — With a view to cutting the expenditure on the maintenance of the public health works in the town, the SAS Nagar Municipal Council is planning to take over the water supply and sewerage from the Public Health Department, Punjab. The civic body is hopeful of saving a "wasteful expenditure" of around Rs 1 crore annually.

A proposal in this regard was expected to be tabled in the next meeting of the civic body before it was forwarded to the Local Government Department, Punjab, for approval. The officials of the engineering wing have already prepared an estimate of the expenditure the civic body would save either by taking over the public health works or privatising it.

Sources in the council said with each passing year the expenditure was rising as compared to the income. As per the current practice, after the council passes a development project at its meeting, the work was done by other state government department on behalf of the civic body, thus leading to a wasteful expenditure, believe the officials of the Local Government Department.

The civic body is shelling out around Rs 3.50 crore annually to the Public Health Department for maintenance of water supply, storm water and sewerage. This includes 14 per cent departmental charges being levied by the civic body. The extra expenditure from March 1993 till November 2000 was around Rs 3.36 crore.

The officials said there had been instances when public funds have been wasted in carrying out development works and then rectifying the same. The President of the council, Mr Kulwant Singh, said the engineering wing had been asked to work out the modalities under the proposal. He said it would be tabled in the next or the subsequent meeting. It was yet to be ascertained what would be the status of the employees of the Public Health Department once the works were taken over by the civic body.

Mr S.S. Ghuman , Executive Engineer of the Public Health Department, said around 200 employees of the department were engaged in maintenance of the essential services in the town. He said he had no information about the move of the civic body but added, "The decision would have to be taken at a government level. In the eventuality of the works going in to the hands of the civic body the public health employees would have to be absorbed". 

Expenditure (in lakhs) being incurred in maintenance of water supply, storm water and sewerage from year March 1993 to March 2000.
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Help for quake-hit Gujarat continues
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — Residents of Chandigarh and its surrounding areas are continuing their efforts to help those who have been affected by the earthquake in Gujarat. Cheques for Rs 33.24 lakh were presented to the UT Administrator Lieut-Gen J.F.R Jacob (retd), here today, as contributions towards the earthquake relief fund.

Those who want to make anonymous donations to help those hit by the earthquake can deposit the money in the saving bank account 126721 in the Sector 17 branch of the United Bank of India here. The branch is located near the office of the Deputy Commissioner. The SDM (Central), Mr Prithi Chand, said this account had been opened in the name of the Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund (Gujarat).

Crossed cheques or drafts in the name of the Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund (Gujarat) can be sent to Karuna Sadan in Sector 11 here. All these donations shall be exempted from the income tax.

Major donors include the Principals of the Independent Schools Association (Rs 10 lakh), the UT Inspector General of Police (Rs 7.10 lakh — one-day salary of the local police staff), Shopkeepers of Sector 17-C and 17-E, Chandigarh (Rs 5.50 lakh), shopkeepers of the Sector 26 grain market (Rs 2.51 lakh), the Shivalik Enclave Market Association (Rs 80,000), the Bartan and Crockery Dealers Association (Rs 51,000), the Industrial Association of Chandigarh (Rs 1.60 lakh), Mr B.K. Mehan (Rs 22,000), Air Marshal Randhir Singh (retd) (Rs 25,000), shopkeepers of the Sector 17 ISBT (Rs 55,000).

Donations continued to pour in at the Sector 11 Karuna Sadan today. Efforts are being made by the Administration to ensure that relief material is sent to Gujarat as soon as possible. Officials of the Municipal Corporation have offered to contribute their one-day salary towards the relief fund.

The Panjab University Teacher’s Association (PUTA), in collaboration with the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) and the Lions Club Chandigarh Supreme, organised a blood donation camp for those affected by the earthquake. A team of doctors of the Sector 32 GMCH supervised the camp.

Meanwhile, Mr Sukhdev Singh, a resident of 610, Sector 36, who wants to send a truckload of kinnows to Gujarat, has sought help for transporting these. No trucker is ready to go to Gujarat and his effort to get the consignment airlifted today failed.

Students have also come forward to raise funds for the cause. The Chandigarh Press Club has asked its members to donate generously towards the cause.


The local administration sent a truckload of relief supply today for those hit by the earthquake in Gujarat. An official said the administration’s appeal to residents of the town had attracted a huge response and clothes, medicines, utensils and the other items were pouring in. Till the next truck is sent, the relief material will be kept in a temple in front of the SDM’s office in Phase I here.

Meanwhile, the local unit of the Rashtriya Raksha Dal has approached the Western Command Headquarters and offered to donate blood for those hit by the earthquake. Lieut-Col S.S. Sohi, General Secretary of the party, said blood donors were available at a short notice.


Industrialist gives 1 lakh for quake-hit
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — A local industrialist, Mr Ajay Gupta, Managing Partner of Essen Deinki, today made a personal donation of Rs 1 lakh to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. This is the highest contribution made by any local person through The Tribune. Mr Gupta, 33, was spurred by an appeal published in The Tribune asking for donations to be provided for victims of the earthquake in Gujarat.

He walked into The Tribune office this evening to hand over the cheque personally. The reason, he said, he preferred to donate through the newspaper’s arrangement of sending money for victims was that the cheques or drafts were to directly go to the Gujarat CM’s funds. ‘‘I think this is the most proper way to send money as I am sure my money will reach its logical destination,’’ Mr Gupta added.

Yet another octogenerarian exserviceman today walked into The Tribune office to contribute his one month’s pension to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

Col Gurpartap Singh Sekhon (retd), 84, a resident of Sector 33-C and a veteran of the second world war , presented a cheque of Rs 11,000 to The Tribune for onward transmission to the Gujarat Chief Minister for his Earthquake Relief Fund.

Coming from a family of soldiers, Colonel Sekhon said his father, Col Raghbir Singh, fought the first world war. It was he who raised the 3rd Sikh Light Infantry in 1942. It was earlier known as Mazhabi-Ramdasia Regiment.Back


Gestures of sympathy
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — The Department of Gandhian Studies, Panjab University, today cancelled all the programmes scheduled for today on account of the Martyrdom Day because of the large scale destruction in the Gujarat quake. In a meeting at Gandhi Bhavan this morning, teachers, research scholars and students observed two minutes silence and paid their homage to the Father of the Nation and the victims of the Gujarat tragedy.

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The Panjab University Non Teaching Employees Federation held a meeting here today and the members unanimously resolved to contribute their one-day salary towards the Gujarat CM’s Relief Fund. The members also observed a two minute silence in memory of those who have lost their life in the calamity.

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The Panjab University Campus Students Council started with the drive of collection of donations for the earthquake victims of Gujarat here yesterday. Volunteers visited each department for collections and the activity is likely to continue for some days. The PUCSC has also decided to organise an Akhand Path in the memory of those killed in the earthquake.

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In view of the earthquake in Gujarat, the Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to postpone its foundation day function on February 1, according to a press note issued here today by the board.

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A meeting of all heads of government schools, to mourn the deaths caused by the earthquake in Gujarat, was held in Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, here today. The school heads have decided to donate one-day salary for contribution to the relief fund of the earthquake victims.

The entire teaching faculty is also expected to follow the same. Voluntary donations in cash and kind will be sought from the students as well as teachers till January 31. The draft of first installment will be handed over to the administration for being forwarded to the Gujarat Government. Special prayers was held for the departed souls and speedy recovery to the injured in the schools, according to an official source.

The meeting was conducted by the Director Public Instructions (Schools), UT, Mr D.S. Saroya. The District Education Officer, Mr Brahmjit Kalia, was also present in the meeting.


To provide blood to those injured in the earthquake in Gujarat, a blood donation camp was organised by the district Red Cross society here today.

The blood donation camp was inaugurated by district Bal Vikas Parishad president, Ms Sunita Gautam. About 100 units of blood was donated by college students.

The District Red Cross Society Secretary, Ms Alka Ghai, said a large number of people are keen to donate blood but as the facilities for storing blood is limited, people must wait till the next camp, a release said.

Another blood donation camp will be organised for those injured in the earthquake by Punjabi Naujawan Sabha on Feb 1.


Generous donations have been made by a number of social and governmental organisations to the relief fund set up for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake.

Mr J.P. Makol, president of the executive committee of the Officers’ (Accounts) Association expressed his grief over the Gujarat earthquake which has brought major disaster and created an atmosphere of terror and chaos in the mind of its bearers. The committee members have decided to donate their one-day salary in the name of Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Mr Sukhdev Singh, president of the Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, has also decided in a meeting to donate their one-day salary to the affected people of Gujarat.

Mr Surjit Kumar Mehta, vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, has appealed in a meeting held here to the traders of the state to come forward and provide relief with money and material to those affected in the Gujarat quake with open hands.

In an emergency meeting of the Punjab Agarwal Intellectuals Forum, president, Prof S.K.Gupta, expressed their grief over the loss of life and property in the devastating Gujarat earthquake, which is the worst of the type in the past 200 years. The forum, expressing their solidarity with the people of Gujarat, has asked its members to send their team to Ahmedabad under the guidance of Dr M.R. Garg and share the grief with the bereaved families. The forum has decided to donate Rs 21,000.

Mr Surinder Singh Khattra, president of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Drivers Union, said the union will donate one-day salary to help the needy in Gujarat. He added that the management will ensure with whatever maximum help they can provide to the sufferers.

Mr Jagdish Singh Dhillon, president of the ITI Employees Union, has decided to give one day’s salary with the consent of the employees to the victims of the massive disaster in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The union has asked the Red Cross Society to demand any help they need when ever required for the people of Gujarat.Back


110 structures face demolition
By Bipin Bhardwaj

PANCHKULA, Jan 30 — Over 110 structures which have come up in violation of the Scheduled Road Act (SRA) on the Pinjore-Nalagarh national highway 21A will be demolished by the Building and Roads wing of the Haryana Public Works Department (HPWD).

According to sources, the department has already issued notices to 112 owners of these structures, asking them to remove the unauthorised structures before the latter takes a drastic step. They have also been asked to produce documents of proof regarding the date of the construction of the houses.

Sources disclosed that the SRA was enforced on a 17.2-km stretch of the road within Haryana. As per the SRA, construction within a distance of 30 metre along both sides of the road was in violation of the Act.

The road was declared as state highway in 1990 and later was upgraded to a national highway by the Ministry of Surface and Transport (MOST) on January 6, 1999. Besides, MOST has also sanctioned over Rs 1.16 crore for widening and constructing small bridges, apart from recarpeting of the road.

The sources said that the structures came up within a limit of 30 metres along both sides of the highway in Haryana after the cut-off date, December 31, 1990, would be demolished. A majority of the structures include residential houses and shops.

However, the Director of Violation of Scheduled Road Act, Mr B.S. Singla, said that the residents had given time to produce their documents confirming date of construction of the structures. The house owners, who would produce the necessary documents confirming the period of construction before the cut-off date would not be demolished.

Following the notices, resentment has prevailed among residents who have been given notices by the HPWD. The revenue officials of the area did not tell them about the Act and they were misled by the administration.

Resident of Anchal Vihar Colony in Lohgarh village, 1.5 km from here, complain that they have given representations for taking the colony and nearby villages within the limits of the Pinjore Municipal Council. He said that the HPWD authorities had exempted the structures along the Panchkula-Kalka highway from demotion while widening the road some years ago.


More buses from Sec 43 ISBT
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — Buses bound for Jalandhar, Batala, Amritsar, Jammu, Katra, Manali, Kullu, Nangal, Talwara via Ropar will originate from and terminate at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 43 from 5 am to 8 pm from February 15. Enquiries can be made at telephone number 383453. Buses on this route will continue to originate from and terminate at the Sector 17 ISBT during night hours. Buses to Ludhiana, Patiala, Shimla, Delhi, Hardwar and Dehradun will continue to originate from and terminate at the ISBT in Sector 17.

A decision to this effect was taken during the visit of the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, (retd) to the two bus stands. It was felt that the ISBT in Sector 43 was not being put to optimum utilisation due to lack of public facilities. The Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, said facilities in the Sector 43 ISBT were being upgraded to include an idle parking bay, a waiting room and a fast food kiosk. General Jacob rejected the single-storey design of the restaurant-cum-waiting hall building and said the building should be triple-storeyed, with a restaurant on the ground floor, a waiting room on the first floor and a driver rest room on the second floor.

The General was informed by Mr Gujral that a a multi-storey parking was being planned for the Sector 17 ISBT. General Jacob saw the new waiting room and said the Chief Engineer should explore the possibility of a mezzanine floor to expand it. He said both bus stands should have sufficient number of dustbins. He felt that with increased facilities in the Sector 43 bus stand, the difficulties being faced by passengers would be alleviated to some extent.


15 booked for defacing pillars
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — Intensifying the drive against defacers, the Chandigarh police has booked as many as 15 advertisers and traders for hanging banners and pasting posters in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

The thrust of the “special drive”, according to sources in the Police Department, was against advertisers defacing the pillars in Sector 17, besides traders hanging banners between electric poles in Sector 10, 20, 15, 16 and 19.

A senior officer, when contacted, clarified that the police had decided not to act against shopkeepers hanging banners in front of their establishments. Action would, however, be taken against traders hanging banners between electric poles and other places.

Giving details of the drive, he said the cases were registered against the owners of Unisoft computers in Sector 20, CMC computer in Sector 7, BRC Institute in Sector 19 along with the manager of Nirman Cinema.

The officer added that over 37 cases had been registered by the city police in year 2001 under the West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act as extended to Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh Police, it may be recalled, had announced that they had no objection if the banners, hanging in front of the shops, were not hiding vital public information.

The Inspector General of Chandigarh Police, Mr. B.S. Bassi, had claimed that action was being taken only against advertisers sticking circulars, notices and handbills on the signboards, road signs, sector guide maps, besides bus stops and other places where public information had been scribbled.

Claiming to be serious about enforcing the Act, he had added that the police was empowered to book the defacers. The decision to act against the defacers is significant as the police had received a “large number of complaints” against the concealment of information under the posters and bills.

In their complaints, the residents had alleged that besides the “destruction of the city’s beauty”, the posters had made it impossible for the commuters to read the sector numbers painted on the sign boards and the bus shelters.

The violators, according to sources in the Police Department, were liable to be fined Rs 500 to Rs 1000 or sentenced to simple imprisonment for three months in default of payment.


Student commits suicide
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — An 18-year-old Ram Darbar resident, Ranbhir Singh, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison this afternoon, while 25-year-old Pooja, a resident of the same colony, was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital with serious burn injuries. Her saree had reportedly caught fire while she was cooking.

Ranbhir Singh, according to sources in the Police Department, was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in serious condition at about 2.45 p.m. He was declared dead an hour later.

Refuting the allegation regarding consumption of poison by Ranbhir Singh, his family reportedly told the police that the student had consumed medicine the previous day due to stomachache.

They added that the medicine was again taken by Ranbhir Singh this morning as his condition had failed to improve. This, they added, was before he was taken to hospital.

The sources, however, termed it as a case of suicide. A senior police officer, when contacted, said the motive would become clear only after receiving the post-mortem report. The body, the sources added, would be sent to the Sector 16 General Hospital for the post-mortem examination tomorrow.

Pooja, said the sources, was also rushed to the Sector 32 hospital with 95 per cent burns at about 1.10 p.m. At the time of the incident, Pooja's husband, a labourer, had gone out to earn his daily bread, while the mother-in-law was sitting out in the sun. Her parents, residing in Mauli Jagran, were immediately informed.


Region boys in Mr Grasim semis
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — As the contest for the much-vied title of Grasim Mr India 2001 draws nearer, those from the region have some news to feel rejoiced about. The core selection committee which met here to decide upon the names of those who will participate in the elaborate ceremony to be held on February 24 in Kolkata, has shortlisted two boys from Jalandhar and one from Hisar among the semi finalists.

Questions about donning the prestigious title apart, the committee has selected Gaurav Lamba, Chakravarty Dada and Tinu Singh from the Chandigarh phase of the Northern region. It may be recalled that the screening session to the Grasim Mr India contest was held in the city last month.

Twentyone-year-old Gaurav Lamba, who belongs to Hansi, in Hisar district, sounded confident of the preliminary victory. Gaurav, who stands tall at six feet, is a talented singer, and loves travelling. “I love to trek, drive around and travel. Travel is synonymous with life — never ending, as it is.” Gaurav adores Amitabh and Michael Jordan, and if given a chance, he would love to get into the tinsel town.

For Jalandhar-based Chakravarty Dada, life is all about go-getting. He is a businessman by profession and likes to indulge in reading. “When I have a little time for myself, I love to watch television and also be in touch with the world through the internet.” Sports is also high on his cards. “I love football and I adore Steffi Graf.”

Jalandhar features yet another time, with another city lad making it to the 28 semi-finalists. Tinu Singh sounded excited about the very prospect of facing a distinguished jury at Kolkata on February 24. He is already into modelling and business. Besides, he is especially skilful at dancing and juggling. “Gymnastics is my favourite sport,” he said, adding that the entire credit of his success is vested with his family. “Had it not been for their prodding, I would have never realised my talent,” he said.


Man ‘slips’ to death in bathroom
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — The body of a Sector 38 resident kept lying in the bathroom of his house since Sunday night till it was discovered late in the evening today by occupants of the flat one floor up.

The police believes that 32-year-old Subhash might have struck his head against the wall after slipping in the bathroom. Sources in the police said fluid had been oozing out from the back of his head.

His wife and son were in their native village in Himachal Pradesh when the incident took place. According to reports, Subhash used to run a shop in the Sector 22 Shastri Market here, before he had rented it out a few months ago.

The sources ruled out the possibility of a foul play and said valuables in the house had been untouched. They also said half-eaten dinner had still been on the table, besides empty liquor bottles in the cupboard. Another bottle was in the refrigerator. Vomit marks were still present on the bed sheet.

When contacted, the Deputy Superintendent of the Chandigarh police, Mr S.C. Sagar, confirmed that a body had indeed been found and inquest proceedings had been ordered.

He said the police would proceed after recording statements of witnesses. The picture would become clear after the police received the post-mortem report, he added.

Another police official said Subhash’s body had been found by a woman called Bimla Devi. “She got worried when she noticed that the lights and the fan of Subhash’s house had been on since the previous night. When she peeped inside the house, she found that Subhash was lying dead in the bathroom,” the official said.

He said the police had been informed by the President of the Residents’ Welfare Association of the area, who, in turn, had learnt of the incident from Bimla Devi.

“The victim,” the official said, “was in the habit of drinking, as a result of which, he had become weak.” Some shopkeepers had warned him not to drink too much when he had visited the market to buy curd, a little while before his death.


Truckers of city, Mohali head for confrontation
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Jan 30 — Truck operators of Chandigarh and SAS Nagar, who are in the business of supplying building material in the town, are heading for a confrontation with each other and the role of the local police in handling the crisis is being questioned. Repeated representations to the senior police officials in this regard have not led to any action.

The issue was raised by the Chandigarh Building Material Suppliers Association at a press conference here yesterday. Involvement of the local police in patronising the Half Body Truck Operators Association and harassing the Chandigarh truck operators was alleged by the association members. They claimed that the district transport authorities were penalising them for violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, while the local truck operators were being let off with a minimum penalty. They added that the local truck operators were not allowing them to bring building construction material from outside and prevented them from lifting malba from the town.

Citing specific cases, Mr Harish Chander Pahwa, vice-president of the Chandigarh Building Material Suppliers Association, said at least nine cases had happened when their vehicles were damaged and the building material was forcibly unloaded. The first incident took place on October 29, 2000, when the driver of a truck (PB-2A-2401), Mr Major Singh, was beaten up and the vehicle was damaged.

Similar incidents happened on November 6, 8 and 21. On December 2, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Phase VIII made the two parties enter into a compromise after a vehicle of the Chandigarh Truck Operators Association (PB-12A-3922) was damaged by the local truckers. A daily diary report (DDR) was made at the police station.

Similar incidents took place on December 3 and 8 last. When on January 4 the local truck operators stopped the trucks of the Chandigarh truckers at Phase X, the Superintendent of Police had to intervene.

Mr Paramjit Singh, President of the association, said they had also got a stay order from a Kharar court preventing the local truckers from interfering in their work. But still the problem persisted, he added.

An official of the Mohali Half Body Truck Operators Association denied the allegations. He claimed that a verbal agreement between the two association of not operating in the areas of each other had been reached. He denied that any vehicle of the truck operators was stopped.

The Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, Mr Gurmeet Singh Chauhansa, said representatives of both the truckers' union had been asked not to interfere in each other's working. He said nobody would be allowed to take law in their own hands. 


Safai abhiyan on Gandhi’s martyrdom day
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Jan 30 — The martyrdom day of Gandhiji was observed in a novel manner with the launching of safai abhiyan in the entire district with the officials of the district administration spearheading the drive here today.

In accordance with the directions of the Harynana government, the cleanliness drive began from Haripur village with the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Monga, and Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Mr Shrikant Walgad, and other officials sweeping a lane in the village.

With the village panchayat already informed of the programme, the villagers came forward in large numbers to participate in the drive which would continue for a fortnight. Speaking to the villagers, Mr Monga asked them to maintain cleanliness in the surrounding areas.

He appealed to them to take on themselves the responsibility of maintaining hygiene in their village instead of being over-dependent on the government-employed sweepers. Mr Monga asked them to constitute a committee for maintaining cleanliness in their village.

Later, another drive was launched in the marketplace in Sector 7 where the shopkeepers enthusiastically followed Mr Walgad in sweeping the area and pledged to maintain cleanliness.

Cooperation of maintenance of “cleanliness” was also from the shopkeepers in the form of removal of encroachments which had not only covered corridors but also come to occupy parking areas as well. The shopkeepers present on the occasion agreed to remove the encroachments though they sought some time to make adjustments and look for an alternative.

In other parts of the district, officials of the administration began the cleanliness drive. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Shamlal Mishra, went to Kalka, the SDM, Mr U.S. Sohal, to Raipur Rani, the City Magistrate, Mr H.C. Sharma, to Mansa Devi, for similar drives.

Meanwhile, two-minute silence was observed at the premises of the district secretariat to mark the 53rd death anniversary of Gandhiji.


The Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantonment, has decided to conduct a cleanliness drive throughout the year to mark the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Principal of the college, Mr I.D. Shukla, said that at a meeting held today, the college had decided to contribute Rs 1 lakh to the Gujarat relief fund. “While half of the sum will be raised by teachers, the other half will be given by students,” he said.

Mr Shukla said that the college was soon going to organise a seminar on disaster management. “We have also offered to the PGI, Chandigarh, blood for those affected in Gujarat,” he said.

Meanwhile, the cleanliness drive in Ambala city was started by Mr S.S. Kadiyan in Ward 30 of Deha Basti.

Among others, Deputy Commissioner, D.D. Gautam, ADC Mahinder Kumar, SDM M.K. Ahuja, Mrs Veena Chhibber and Mr Jasbir Mallour (MLAs) and INLD district president S.S. Sonda, were present on the occasion.


The Block Congress Committees, the District Congress Committee (Urban), the Women Congress Seva Dal and the District Youth Congress observed the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi here today.

Mr Ved Prakash Gupta, President of the District Congress Committee (Urban), revived the principles of Gandhiji, adding that the present Indian scenario had become political minded.

The other Congressmen, who spoke on the occasion, were Mr Sachdev Gautam, Mr Anuj Trivedi, the Block Congress Committee President, Mr Hardev Bajwa, and the President of the District Women Congress, Ms Krishna Dari.

Deputy Commissioner, Jasbir Singh Bir paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and reminded people of his ideals of truth and honesty.


Rickshawpuller hurt
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 30 — Muni Ram, a rickshaw-puller, was injured after being hit by a scooter on the turn of Sectors 23 and 24, here yesterday. The victim was admitted to the PGI where his condition was reportedly stable. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.

Two thefts
Ramandeep, a resident of Sector 38, reported that six computer machines were stolen from a house in Dadumajra Colony after breaking open the door lock some time between January 27 and 29. A case under Sections 454 and 480 of the IPC has been registered.

The Maruti car (CHK-7807) of Ramandeep, a Sector 43 resident, was reportedly stolen from near the Verka booth, Sector 34, here yesterday.

Gamblers held
The police in two separate raids arrested four persons allegedly for gambling at public places from Sector 20 yesterday. All the four accused belong to Bihar. Two cases under the Gambling Act have been registered.

The police also arrested Piara Singh of Janata Colony, Sector 25, for carrying liquor pouches and claimed to recover 80 pouches from his possession. He was booked under the Excise Act.Back

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