Sunday, February 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Ten trucks to carry relief material today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — The UT Red Cross will send 10 truckloads of relief material, including medicines, blankets, dry foods, contributed by the city residents, to Bhuj tomorrow.

Meanwhile, contributions to the Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund continue to pour in. Mr B.K. Mehan of the Sri Aurobindo Society presented a cheque of Rs 50,000/- to Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd). Col I.S. Bawa (retd) made an individual contribution of Rs 5000. The Hyundai Motors has made a contribution of Rs 53,000, whereas employees of Chandigarh Administration presented a draft of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Two hundred tents, which were ordered by the UT Administration yesterday, are expected to be airlifted to Bhuj by Monday. General Jacob, who is also the President of Punjab State Red Cross, today flagged off two truckloads of relief material to Gujarat. The trucks, containing relief material including stoves, roasted grams, tents, blankets, woollen clothes, were flagged off by the Governor from Punjab Raj Bhawan.

Students of Punjab Engineering College today donated Rs 1.5 lakh for the Earthquake Relief Fund and Truck Market contributed Rs 51,000. The 200 tents airlifted from Chandigarh for Bhuj yesterday were erected at Bachau under the direct supervision of DIG Police Mr Ajay Kashyap. General Jacob has asked Mr Kashyap to stay put till the remaining tents and shelter were erected at the quake-hit areas.

The Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a mini “jagran” in Sector 20-A and collected Rs 50,000 for the quake victims. And the Chandigarh chapter of the parishad has decided to contribute Rs 2 lakh for the fund.

The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, flagged off four trucks containing mineral water, rice, wheat flour and other edible items from the Congress Bhavan in Sector 35 and a Rs 5 lakh draft for the victims.

A meeting of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association was held under the presidentship of Mr PH Vaishnav at the Senior Citizens Home, Sector 43-A. It was decided to donate Rs 1 lakh to the victims through the Red Cross.

In an appeal, the Chandigarh-Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects urged the architect community to send cheques and drafts favouring “Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund” at 394, Sector 30-A, Chandigarh.

The Punjab State Warehousing Corporation has contributed Rs 1 crore for the victims of the earthquake in Gujarat. A cheque for the equivalent amount was presented by the MD of the corporation here yesterday. In addition, all employees of the corporation have also donated their one-day salary for the relief works.

Ms Sashi Bala, Honorary Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Haryana state branch, presented a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to the Governor, Haryana, for the earthquake victims today.

The employees of the State Bank of Patiala have decided to contribute their one-day salary for the victims, besides a sum of Rs 1 lakh has also been donated from the Union fund for the purpose.

The Shivalik Enclave Residents handed over a draft of Rs 100700 to the Governor of Punjab, besides 100 cartons of biscuits for the victims of earthquake. A delegation of the Chandigarh Automobiles Association, Sector 28-C and D, handed over Rs 1,85,466 to the Governor of Punjab to be forwarded to the victims of the earthquake in Gujarat.

The Parwanoo Industries Association and the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Industries Association dispatched 2000 blankets for the victims in rural areas of Gujarat, today. The employees of the association will also be contributing their one-day salary. The Gujjar Samaj Kalyan Parishad will also be donating Rs 31,000 for the victims of the earthquake. The Parent Teachers Association of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, also decided to contribute Rs 15,000 from the PTA fund to the Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund, Gujarat.

The Market Welfare Association, Sector 7, Panchkula, today sent a truck load of blankets, clothes and other materials for the earthquake victims. Earlier also the association had sent two trucks of relief materials to Gujarat.

SAS NAGAR: Two truckloads of relief material for victims of Gujarat earthquake were dispatched from Gudwara Sacha Dhan here on Saturday. Mr Hardeep Singh, a member of the SGPC, said the relief material had been collected through different gurdwaras in the town. Earlier two truckloads had been sent to the quake victims.

Meanwhile, the Lions Club of Mohali donated Rs 51,000 for the earthquake victims. Mr Kuljit Singh Bedi, president of the club, said a cheque of the amount was handed over the District Governor, Dr N.K. Grover.Back

Traders’ body donates Rs 5 lakh
From Our Correspondent

DERA BASSI, Feb 3 — To extend their help to the victims of the Gujarat earthquake, the Dera Bassi Industrial Association has donated a cheque of Rs 5 lakh.

The cheque was handed over to Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner of Patiala on Friday. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab, Mr Sher Singh Sidhu, SDM, Mr Jagjit Singh Dalli and other prominent persons were also present on the occasion.

Mr S.L. Sathia, president of the association, said that members of the association had also decided to help the victims in cash and kind if needed in future.Back


‘Mobilise assistance for quake-hit’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — The Punjab Health and family Welfare Department today asked all civil surgeons and health officials in the state to mobilise assistance for the earthquake victims.

A press note issued by the department said these officials had been requested to motivate manifacturers, stockists and retailers to donate medicines and dressing materials for the victims. The Principal Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department coordinated these efforts.

The press note also claimed that there was overwhelming response to the efforts that the civil surgeons were making. They were able to collect large amounts of dressing material including ointments, antibiotics, antifungicides, anti-pyretic and analgesic material for the orthopaedic surgery.

It is claimed that two truck loads of these materials valued at Rs 25 lakh had been despatched here today.Back


Heal first, earn later, Bedi tells newly
graduated nurses
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Dr Kiran Bedi, Joint Commissioner (Training), exhorted the newly graduated and serving nurses to do the healer’s job, but with a smile. She was delivering the convocation address of the College of Nursing, PGI, at the Bhargava Auditorium here today. Dr Bedi gave away degrees to as many as 13 postgraduates and 113 graduates of the college.

Dr Bedi said that a convocation ceremony was a historical for any student. “I still remember and cherish memories of my convocation functions.”

She urged the newly graduated nurses to do their jobs honestly. “You have chosen a job which is more difficult than mine. It is a healer’s job. But do it till you are in love with it because your job is to reduce pain of others and not burden their lives with your own misery,” she added.

“I want to leave you with a question —to earn or to heal .’’ Manage your lives well to achieve both, she said while adding that nurses trained in a government institution were a product of national investment. “Nation has paid the cost of your training, so make your mission statement everyday should be — behind me is a national investment. Wake up every day with a prayer that today would be better than yesterday,” Dr Bedi said. The simple speech, rendered in Hindi had the audience applauding almost after every sentence.

The solemn function began with a Saraswati Vandana by the students of the nursing college followed by introduction of the chief guest by the Director of the institute, Prof S.K. Sharma.

The nursing college started functioning in the PGI, as a department and since its 36 years of inception has trained 1854 graduates and 135 postgraduates so far.

The only government college in the entire North India, the institution offers B.Sc Nursing ( four years), B.Sc Nursing (Post -Basic) and M.Sc Nursing courses.

Presenting the report of the college for the years 1997-98 and 1998-99, Dr (Mrs) Indarjit Walia,Principal, College of Nursing, said that the college had been upgraded in the VIIIth Five Year Plan as National Institute of Nursing Education for which the construction work was in the final phase. The college is expected to shift in the new building by this year end.

In today’s function Dr Kiran Bedi, presented certificates and medals to the students of the college. Those awarded prizes in recognition of their academic excellence includes Ms Paramjot Kaur, Ms Mercy V.A. and Ms Nirmala Devi (M.Sc Nursing. 1998) ; Ms Kuldish Kaur and Ms Susheela Devi (M.Sc Nursing, 1999) ; Ms Jessica Thomas and Ms Gurpreet Kaur (B.Sc, Post Basic Nursing, 1998 ; Ms Harpreet Kaur, Ms Rajni Parmar and Ms Paramjeet Kaur (B.Sc Nursing, 1998); Ms Parveen Chawla, Ms Geetanjali, Ms Manmohan Kaur and Ms Rakesh Kumari ( B.Sc Nursing, 1999).

Mrs Basanti Rai Award has been won by Ms Urmila Devi Bhardwaj(1998 ) and Mrs Kuldish Kaur and Ms Manjula Thakur for the year 1999. As many as 118 out of 124 students secured above 60 percent in these two years.

Prof S.M. Bose, Head, Department of Surgery, PGI conducted the ceremony. The vote of thanks was given by Mr D.R. Yadav, Registrar, PGI.

“Coming to Chandigarh is always a pleasant experience,’’ said Dr Kiran Bedi in a brief interaction with the media persons.‘‘ It is more like a home coming which is why it is difficult to refuse any invitation from the city. I love Chandigarh and have very fond memories attached with it,’’ she added.

About her recent foray into acting in a telefilm called Real Salute where she plays the role of an old woman, she said that the film was about national integration.‘‘ I play an old woman who picks up the Tricolour from the dustbin and stitches it with the threads of her saree. It is the common man’s salute to the nation.’’

About the latest additions in the course content in police training, Dr Bedi said spiritual and ethical features, including meditation and art of living has been introduced. “The entire concept is based on making the members of police force into good human beings and also involving them in society building exercise,’’ she added.


Police reaches out to drug addicts
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — The Chandigarh police organised an interactive session with residents of Kumhar Colony and Janta Colony today as part of its drive to eradicate alcoholism and drug abuse among those who live here.

Senior police officials led by the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, and the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, addressed a huge gathering in Sector 25 here and urged residents of these colonies not to succumb to alcohol or drug abuse.

Liquor smuggling and drug trafficking are common in these colonies, though there is no organised gang operating here.

Liquor smugglers here buy cartons of country liquor from any of the vends in the city and supply pouches of Hero whisky to alcoholics of the area. A carton of this liquor containing 50 pouches was available at Rs 300 to a smuggler, who sold each pouch at Rs 10 to others.

It is also alleged that drug addicts of the area are addicted not only to opium and poppy husk, but also to various medicines. Some foreigners living in the city and its satellite towns supply these drugs to them. A drug addict of Janta Colony, Jitendar, said suppliers left packets of these drugs at a particular place and waited for their customer to swap these with money.

For those addicted to various medicines like Fortwin, Avil and Phensidryl, the satellite towns of Chandigarh are a boon as these medicines can be obtained from there without doctor’s prescription. It is learnt that drug users are getting these drugs from Naya Gaon, Mullanpur, SAS Nagar and Panchkula.

At today’s interaction, the SSP, Mr Jain, said exercise was aimed at sensitising the residents against the ill effects of these menaces and developing a rapport with them. He praised the residents for cooperating with the police in reducing trafficking of liquor and drugs here in the past fortnight.

During the session, a number of residents spoke about the widespread alcohol and drug abuse here and complained that country liquor was being supplied freely. They said more than 50 per cent of the residents of these colonies had fallen prey to these addictions or gambling.

Mr T.P. Rajvanshi, additional convenor of the Valmik Samaj, said bootleggers were not afraid of anyone, even though the police had intensified its crusade against them.

Meanwhile, the colony residents produced 13 drug addicts before the police who were ready to undergo deaddiction treatment. Mr Parag Jain said three of these patients would be admitted to the Sarjeevan Nasha Mukti Hospital and the rest would be treated elsewhere.


Multi-utility park to come up in Sector 68
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Feb 3 — There is a good news for residents of the town. An 18-acre multi-utility city park for the town has been approved by PUDA. To be located in Sector 68 near the proposed Mahindra Knowledge Park, the park will have an open air theatre and an amphitheater.

A unique feature of the park will be a feature embodying the spirit of valour of the Sahibzada Ajit Singh after whom the town has been rechristened. The existing land features at the site like uneven terrain will be retained to give it an impact of a small valley acting as a natural water body. Impetus was being given to provide barrier-free features for the physically handicapped, especially those on wheel chair. The entry to the park will be built in from a three dimensional P-shaped structure.

The concept plan of the park was recently discussed at a meeting and certain modifications were suggested. The Town and Planning Department and the Architecture Department have planned special corners equipped with video games and net surfing facilities for children and toddlers.

On the pattern of the popular Town Park and the Nijhar Vatika garden in Panchkula, the PUDA authorities have also earmarked place for kiosks selling eatables. Mr S.L. Kaushal, a senior architect with the department, said axial planning would be the hallmark behind the park.

The planners have proposed three rows of trees with thick foliage on the outer fringes of the park apart from the plantation within the park. An arched-gateway will lead the visitor to a 100 foot-tall foundation in a water body. Facilities like toilets, control room, electrician room and other paraphernalia will be housed under the water fall so that it does not act as an eye sore.

Tiers in red sandstone have been proposed near the entrance for seating the visitors to have a panaromic view of the fountains with water fall at one end, open air theatre and amphitheatre on the other two sides. The main pavement from the entrance will be gradually sloped to meet the pavement. Pavement in free form around the water bodies will provide linkages with open air theatre and the amphitheater.

The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr KBS Sidhu, said a meeting in this regard had been held in the past and the final layout plan would be approved after certain modifications. 


Plot owners get year’s extension
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Feb 3 — The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has allowed one-year extension to those plot owners who had failed to build houses and shops within a specified time. The decision will be applicable in case of plots that were allotted upto 1990 where the three-year extension period has ended on December 31, 2000.

An order in this regard has been passed by the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur. An extension fee would be charged from the benefiting plot holders at 2.5 per cent of the prevailing allotment rate (about Rs 3,600 per sq yard). The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, said no further extension would be allowed to these plot holders under any circumstances.

For a one-kanal plot, the extension fee would work out to more than Rs 40,000 in each case. In case of 16-marla, 12-marla and 10-marla plots, the fee would be more than Rs 35,000, Rs 27,000 and Rs 22,000, respectively, in each case. For eight-marla and six-marla plots, the fee would be between Rs 18,000 and Rs 13,000.

Mr Sidhu said allottees who wanted to use this opportunity, would be required to furnish a written, unequivocal and irrevocable legal undertaking that they accepted the undertaking and it could not be challenged in court.

Those failing to use this chance would have to face resumption proceedings. He said the minister had also directed that an ordinance should be introduced to put the entire framework of extension fee on a statutory basis.Back


Protest against PUDA decision
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Feb 3 — Residents of Sector 64 ( Phase X) are up in arms against the construction of a building of the Directorate of Rural Development, Punjab, in a residential area of the sector. Protesting against the allotment of land to the Rural Development Department by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), the residents sat on a dharna here today.

Dr T.S. Sohal, a member of the Resident Welfare Association, said the allotment was against the interests of the residents of the area.

Col Rajinder Singh, a resident of the area, said the multistoried building would snatch the playing ground from the children and a place for the residents to stroll. He said allotting a site in a residential area for an office building was not acceptable to them. The residents said they took the issue with Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, but to no effect. Incidentally, Mr R.S. Balian, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, lives near the site allotted to the rural development department.

Demanding relocation of the office site, the residents have announced to intensify their agitation if they were not heard.Back


Notice to Punwire Mobile
Titan plea for provisional liquidator
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Mr Justice J.S. Khehar issued notice to Punwire Mobile Communication Limited, Mohali, for February 22, 2001 on a petition moved by Titan Industries Limited, New Delhi, seeking appointment of the official liquidator as the provisional liquidator to take immediate charge of all the properties and assets of Punwire Mobile Communication during the pendency of the winding up proceedings pending against the company in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for February 22, 2001.

It was contended by Anil Malhotra and Ranjit Malhotra appearing for Titan Industries, that cheques worth Rs 43 lakh issued by Punwire Mobile Communication to Titan Industries had been dishonoured and the admitted liability accruing interest remained undischarged till date. The watches so purchased from Titan Industries were given away by Punwire in consumer offers to new paging subscribers and the proceeds received were not reimbursed to Titan Industries despite repeated reminders and consistent follow up and there was no hope of any payment.

In response to the winding up petition earlier moved by Titan Industries, despite being duly served and having sought seven adjournments from March, 2000, onwards, Punwire Mobile had neither settled the claim nor furnished a formal written reply in court to contest, deny or rebut the claim made. In respect of the main company i.e. Punjab Wireless Systems Limited, in view of the mounting losses and absolutely no possibility for revival, the High Court had already appointed the official liquidator as the provisional liquidator to take charge of its assets and affairs on July 27, 2000.

It was further averred that the Punjab State Cooperative Bank Limited, Chandigarh, had in arbitration proceedings before the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Punjab, secured on ex-parte award dated August 19, 2000, against Punwire Mobile for recovery of Rs 30,01,98,734.47 plus interest @ 19% per annum till realisation. In furtherance of these proceedings, the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, had ordered attachment of the accounts and assets of Punwire Mobile and to secure the awarded amount, receivers had been appointed to take over Punwire Mobile. This action had however been challenged in the High Court by the official liquidator and the receivers so appointed had been sought to the restrained from interfering in the affairs of Punwire Mobile. This matter was pending for February 22, 2001.

It was contended by counsel for Titan that if any individual creditor, secured or unsecured, was permitted to prosecute/prefer independent proceedings under state/central enactments for securing/protecting/recovering only their individual interests, the very collective purpose of the present and other pending petitions under the Companies Act, 1956, before the High Court would be rendered meaningless. It was apparent that Punwire Mobile was unable to pay its debts which were reported to be more than Rs 80 crore and there was no likelihood of any forthcoming payment or revival of the company.

It was stated that there is prima-facie sufficient ground for appointment of the provisional liquidator and in view of the multifarious nature of the claims of different contesting parties involved, it would be just and equitable that the official liquidator only be appointed as the provisional liquidator forth with during the pendency of the present winding up petition pending in the High Court.


Kasoor — average film
By Sanjeev Singh Bariana

Kasoor‘Kasoor’ (KC) is rather an average film despite names like Mahesh Bhatt and Lisa Ray promoting pre-release attraction.
Questions on “relations” in the modern society are not a new subject but there are still expectations related to the portrayal of behaviour, particularly difference related with the two sexes. Lisa Ray, a civil lawyer moves on to be a criminal lawyer and in her pursuit for defence of Aftab Shivdasani, she falls in love with him. The fame of Ray’s screen image as a model still looms large. The moves and eyes of the glamorous doll fail to give strength to the growth of her character.

Vikram Bhatt in his directorial role needs brushing up neatness. A lawsuit story derails from the path only to recover in the second half for court questions. Nadeem Shravan music is an average additive. Aftab’s wife is murdered at home. The police team with Ashutosh Rana in the lead tries to corner him. The poor lad who had married a very rich girl seems suspect. Lisa comes in to give him a helping hand.

Lisa gives everyone tough time in the court and manages Aftab’s release only to discover later that he was actually the convict. Aproov Agnihotri as Ray’s helper looks handsome but manages an average performance.

The Vishesh International’s presentation is a small story extended too far beyond patience. The villain who plays a cute lad does not seem convincing. In fact, the plot looks unconvincing despite style, colours and ‘attractive insinuations’ at times. Changed value of relations in the modern days has been shown but there is very little evidence of portrayal of any life of conviction beneath the change.


Canadians wed in gurdwara
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — It was a wedding of a different kind. While the 60-plus phoren bridegroom took the traditional four pheras around the Guru Granth Sahib, the bride, also phoren all decked up in a style of her own, insisted on her “veil” being lifted behind her.

Brenda and Michael, both Canadians, tied the knot here today in the sector 46 gurdwara according to the Sikh rites.Students and faculty of a computer institute, Mohali had arranged this “special” wedding.

Michael and Brenda had been friends for 10 years. “We had been waiting to get back to Canada to get married, but then we loved this place and its customs and decided to get married here.” says Brenda.

Lt-Gen K.S. Mann (retd), CEO, WWICS, represented the girl’s side in the gurdwara while Col. B. S. Sandhu, (retd). represented the boy’s side. Mr Sandh said the couple was so impressed and overwhelmed by the Indian traditions and warmth that they took this decision.

Mr Kesar Singh, president of the gurdwara, said “it was a pleasure to have solemnised a wedding like this. The two have adopted the Sikh religion and we have no objection in getting them wedded.”

And how was the couple feeling.”I feel sad that none of my family could be here but we have been given so much love that this day will be special in my life. We will have a family get-together when we go back to Canada but another wedding ceremony, no no.”


Probe ordered into torture allegations
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Even as the police has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of police torture by a phariwala in Sector 22, the former Member of Parliament, Mr Satya Pal Jain, has said that this was a slur on the Police Department.

While talking to mediapersons here today, the SSP, Mr Parag Jain, said he had ordered an inquiry into the allegations made by Mr Ashwani Sharma.

“The ASP (Central), Mr H.S. Dhaliwal, will be looking into the matter and the guilty would be punished,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Satya Pal Jain, in a letter to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Mr Jain has demanded that keeping in view the gravity of the situation, an FIR should be registered against the in charge of the Sector 22 police post and that he should be suspended to avoid any forestalling of inquiry into the matter.


Excise offices to remain open on Saturday
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Mr Inder Raj Soni, Commissioner Central Excise, today announced that all offices under the Central Excise Commissionerate, Chandigarh, with jurisdiction over the manufacturing units situated in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Ropar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib will remain open on each Saturday till March 31.

He said “a trade notice” had also been issued in this regard. This has been done following directions issued by the Central Board of Excise and Customs in New Delhi.

Mr Soni said during this period the assessees could visit the Central Excise offices on Saturday for getting their problems sorted out. This had been done with a view to providing better services to assessees by the department.Back


Octroi men, shopkeepers clash
From Our Correspondent

ZIRAKPUR, Feb 3 — Tension gripped the local market following a clash between shopkeepers and the octroi-collection staff here yesterday.

The trouble began when the persons deployed at an octroi post asked a rehriwala to pay octroi. The vendor was carrying a washing machine to Bhabhat village after purchasing it from a local electronic shop. He said he had bought the machine from a shop and the octroi on it had already been paid.

Persons on duty told him that either he should pay the amount or bear the penalty. They told him that his machine could also be impounded.

The rehriwala then returned to the market with the machine and informed the shopkeeper of the incident. As the octroi men exchanged heated arguments with the shopkeeper, the other local shopkeepers gathered there.

Sources said, in the evening, some unidentified car-borne youths came here and attacked Sunehari Lal, a shopkeeper, which worsened the situation. Following the incident, the shopkeepers gathered before the Lohgarh police post and demanded action against the octroi staff and those who had attacked the shopkeeper.


Dog show today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — The 30th and 31st All-Breeds Championship Dog Show will be organised by the Chandigarh Kennel Club here tomorrow.

Talking to newsmen, Maj Trilochan Singh, the Secretary-General of the Club, said that more than 300 entries had been received from all over the country for the show. There will be 35 different breeds on exhibition during the show.

The major attraction of the show will be 40 imported dogs and about 50 champion dogs.

Two renowned international judges — Ms Janiki Steinbock of Israel and Ms N.P. Cooper from Ooty in South India — would supervise the technical conduct of the show.

Major Trilochan Singh said that some of the new creeds which have never been on view in Chandigarh before are the Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, Poodle Standard, French Bull Dog, Welsh Corgi, St Bernard, Neapolitan Mastiff and Beagle.

He added that like the previous year, there would be a Dog fashion Show also which would be adjudicated by Mrs B.S. Sandhu, wife of Lieut-Col B.S. Sandhu, the CMD of the World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services. She will distribute prizes among the winners of the fashion show.

The prize distribution of the show will be held at 6 p.m. where Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator of Chandigarh, would be the chief guest.Back


Army recruitment rally from Feb 12
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — A recruitment rally will be held by the Punjab Regiment at Chandimandir cantonment from February 12, 2001. According to a statement here, recruitment is being held for Sikh (other than Mazhabi and Ramdasia) and Dogra candidates and for tradesmen.

Wards of serving personnel and ex-servicemen of the Punjab Regiment will be screened on February 12 and 13. Sikh candidates will be screened on February 14 and 15, while Dogra candidates on February 16 and 17. Tradesmen will be considered for enrolment on February 19.Those qualifying in physical and medical tests will be required to appear for a written test to be held at the same venue on February 25. Preference will be given to sons of war widows and regimental personnel as well as potential sportsmen.Back



Lashkara launches talent hunt
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — There is good news for upcoming actors and actresses as the Punjabi channel, Lashkara, has launched a talent hunt.

According to a spokesman of the channel, the talent hunt has been launched for several serials and events like Tootan Wala Khu, Apne Begane, Raano, Do Akalgarh, Chandigarh Campus and Raunka, Mauja and Balle Balle Shawa Shawa, which are being shot in Punjab.

The audition will be held in different cities of Punjab after February 7, the last date for accepting application forms at the Chandigarh office of the channel, he added.


Record number of passports issued
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — The Regional Passport Office here issued a record number of over 13,000 passports in the month of January.

Giving this information here today, the Regional Passport Officer(RPO), Mr Jagdish Chand, claimed that this had been achieved even though the office was short of staff. This was the highest figure for any month by the office so far, he said.

He appealed to the applicants to furnish correct information in the application forms and fill in all columns. Incomplete and wrong information unnecessarily delayed the process of issuing passports, he added.


Home Guard hurt, one held
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — A Punjab police driver, Ashok Kumar, was held after he reportedly hit a PCR ambulance driven by a Home Guard volunteer, Dalbir Singh, near Sector 39 yesterday. Dalbir Singh received injuries and had to be admitted to General Hospital here.

A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC was registered against Ashok and the Ambassdor car he was driving was also impounded.

In another road accident, a scooterist, Vinod Kumar of the Kangra district, was injured after his vehicle was hit by a Jeep near the barrier of Sector 45 and 46, here yesterday.

Vinod was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. His condition is stated to be stable. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of IPC has been registered.

Watchman assaulted
A watchman of a Mani Majra market was reportedly assaulted and forcibly taken away in a Maruti car by two unidentified persons, here yesterday. According to the police, sources the incident happened at about 3 am on Friday. Rajesh, the watchman, was later abandoned by the kidnappers in Panchkula. A case under Sections 323, 506 and 34 of IPC has been registered.

Dowry case
Ms Anu Sharma, a resident of Sector 41-D, reported that her husband and in-laws harassed her for bringing inadequate dowry. The complainant had married Sunilinder Sharma on October 29, 2000, and her in-laws had reportedly demanded Rs 5 lakh for sending Sunilinder abroad. After preliminary investigations, the police registered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of IPC.

Fake licence plate
Manjit Singh, a resident of Tilak Nagar in Amritsar, was arrested for driving a Maruti car with fake licence plate, from near Kisan Bhavan Chowk, here yesterday. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of IPC was registered against her.

Three held
The local police arrested three persons for watching pornographic movies, here yesterday. Ravi and Puttan were arrested from Colony No 4, while Sukhpal Singh was arrested from a booth in Sector 23. Cases under Section 292 of the IPC were registered against them.


Case against Country Club
The police has registered a case against the management of the Country Club for allegedly removing a 25-foot long portion of a mild steel railing from a green belt in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here and putting it to their own use. The case has been registered on a complaint by the local municipal council. An official of the council had in a complaint to the police said mild steel railing worth Rs 30,000 had been stolen. A case under sections 379 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the Country Club.

Truck operators assaulted
Even as tension between local truck operators and Chandigarh-based truck operators over supplying construction material in the town continues, the driver of a truck, owned by a Chandigarh transporter, was on Friday allegedly assaulted and kidnapped by members of the Mohali Half Body Truck Operators in Sector 70. On Saturday also, four truck operators of Chandigarh were assaulted by their rivals. The victims met the Deputy Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, Mr A.S. Bajwa, for registration of an FIR but the outcome of the meeting was not known. A few days ago after the Chandigarh-based truckers had highlighted their problems, the Superintendent of Police, Mr G.S. Chauhan, had said that action would be taken against those who took law into their own hands.

Obscene letters
Residents of the town have been receiving obscene letters at their homes for the past few days. These anonymous letters have been mailed at the addresses where girls live. Such cases have been reported from Phase 7, 8, 10 and 11. Concerned parents of girls said that the police authorities have been informed about the matter. In one case, the police has registered an FIR in Phase 7.Back

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