Wednesday, February 21, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


MC dissolves panels
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The Municipal corporation, Chandigarh at a special meeting of the House held today, unanimously passed a resolution, dissolving the subcommittee constituted earlier by the Mayor and withdrawing the power of the Mayor to constitute these committees.

The House also formed a five-member subcommittee to nominate members to these committees. Despite difference of opinion on the issue of constitution of the committees, the House finally passed that the said committees would have two BJP councillors, the Mayor, a Congress nominee, a SAD councillor and a nominated councillor. The said resolution was moved by a BJP councillor, Mr R.L. Arora, at the previous meeting.

The special meeting of the House had been called by the Mayor to transact the business of the meeting held on January 29, which had been adjourned following the Mayor announcing the dissolution of the committee. The Administration had, in a show cause notice sent to the MC, asked it to explain as to why the proceedings held on the floor of the House on January 29, after four members stood up and asked for voting should not be quashed. By not allowing the said procedure, a grave irregularity had been committed by the Mayor, the notice said. The House had been asked to furnish a reply within seven days.

Right at the outset, the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, said as desired by the House, he decided to hand over the powers of the Mayor to constitute these committee back to the House. BJP councillors vehemently opposed the same on the ground than the House was authorised to take back his powers, either through a unanimous resolution or by voting. Despite repeated demand for voting on the issue, the Mayor got the same passed unanimously without voting.

Heated arguments followed when a BJP councillor, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, and a Congress councillor, Ms Kamlesh, challenged the legality of the committee constituted during the last four years. Mr Jain pointed out that no rules had been framed under the Act by the government. Till such time the rules were framed, the MC was legally not empowered to constitute any committee. Ms Kamlesh also alleged that the provisions of sub-section (6) of Section 42 of the Act had been misinterpreted with right to constitution of these committees. Hence, further action regarding constitution of these committees be taken only after the necessary rules were framed and notified.

The BJP-SAD councillors opposed the same by asking the Mayor to take up only the agenda item as per the administration’s directive. On what grounds were these letters incorporated in the agenda, questioned Ms Shahi. A nominated councillor, Maj-Gen Gurdial Singh, said the House was not to be treated as a fighting arena of political parties. The support of the nominated councillors to the BJP resolution finally saw it through.

However, differences camp up on the issue of the constitution of the subcommittee. While the BJP-SAD councillors proposed the name of two BJP councillors, Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Mr R.L. Arora, the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, Ms Harjinder Kaur from SAD and Maj- Gen Rajinder Nath (nominated councillor) on the committee, the same were opposed by the Congress. Ms Satinder Dhawan put forth that there should be one councillor each from BJP, SAD and Congress, besides the Mayor and a nominated councillor. Ms Saudamini Bambah, a nominated councillor, also suggested more representation for nominated councillors as they were nine in number.

Earlier, the Congress councillors demanded voting on the issue. The Mayor adjourned the meeting for the break to further check the legality on the issues raised by Mr Jain and Ms Kamlesh. However, when the House met again, nominated councillors, particularly Maj-Gen Gurdial Singh, said there was no point in checking the legality of every little issue for this would only lead to more waste of time and might cause delay in the constitution of the committees. Hence, the resolution pertaining to the formation of the subcommittees be passed unanimously. However, Ms Satinder Dhawan and Ms Kamlesh, reserved their dissent on the issue of the constitution of the subcommittee. The Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, also favoured the constitution of the committees by the House as per the Act.

Meanwhile, the Congress councillors were planning to meet the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, and challenge the formation of the five-member subcommittee and the further formation of the committees without the provision of the same under the Act. They would ask the Administration to set aside the regulation and look into the matter afresh.


Panel to look into PU teachers’ demands
By Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Issues related to the misuse of amalgamated funds of students, payment of lesser salaries to teachers and lack of infrastructure for new courses in colleges affiliated to Punjab University have figured in campus conversation and official meetings for a long time now.

The issues pertaining to nearly 106 colleges affiliated to the university affecting lakhs of students as well as teachers.

A high-powered committee has been constituted by the Vice-Chancellor to look into the related aspects. Mr R.S. Verma, a former Chief Secretary of Haryana, Mr G.P. Chopra, president of the DAV Colleges Managing Committee, Lala Lajpat Rai, a Member of Parliament from Ludhiana, Ms Usha Gupta, Principal of MCM DAV College, Dr Deepak Manmohan, Dean Colleges, Prof Charanjit Chawla and Prof M.G. Gandhi are among members of the committee.

The committee also includes Principals, P.S. Sangha, Harmeet Kaur, Tarsem Bahia and Dr A.C. Vaid. The Assistant Registrar is the convenor of the committee to be chaired by the DUI.

The main issues identified for reasoning include payment of less salaries to UGC NET qualified teachers, misuse of amalgamated funds, lack of required infrastructure for new courses, not inviting representatives of teachers for governing bodies of colleges and non-implementation of requirements regarding ‘inspection’ committee reports.

The committee will meet on February 28. The issue had rocked the Senate meeting for over two hours during discussions in December.

During that session several speakers had raised these issues.

Mr Satish Kumar had said despite possessing requisite qualifications and having gone through the process of duly constituted selection committees, teachers were not being paid full salary. Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath said the Supreme Court had stressed time and again that if a teacher was appointed through proper procedure and he possessed requisite qualifications equal pay had to be given to him.

Prof Charanjit Chawla said several colleges had started vocational courses. Despite reminders from the university, teachers were being paid less.

Dr Deepak Manmohan said “every leader has his own way of talking. It has been pointed out by them that the matters related to finance lay with the government and not the managements. Only 3-4 managements had funds to pay salaries, what about the rest?”

The issue of amalgamated funds has rocked the Senate over the past few years. The money collected for student welfare from students is often found to be used for other activities, including college expenditure on paying salaries in certain cases. 


PGI docs relieved as AIIMS sets date for panel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — With the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, finally setting up the date for a selection committee for promotion of 50 per cent additional professors to posts of professors on February 24 and 25, their counterparts in the PGI have heaved a sigh of relief.

The matter of promotions as well as release of promised increments to the additional professors of AIIMS and PGI had been hanging fire for two years.

As per sources, the additional professors in AIIMS have been given the two increments in their pay scales.

When contacted here today, Professor S.K.Sharma, Director of the PGI, hoped that the selection committee for upgradation of additional professors who had completed seven years to professors would be held with the interviews for selections of certain faculty posts planned in March this year.

The governing body of the PGI had approved the promotional scheme for 50 per cent additional professors of the PGI who had seven years of experience as Professor, as per the decision of Union Government’s Cabinet Council of Political Affairs on January 12, 2000.

The Cabinet had also approved an additional package, which included two advanced increments to additional professors to give them a higher start. This decision of the government was also placed on record in an affidavit dated January 15, 2000, before the Delhi High Court .

Minutes of the governing body meeting held later in the year had stated that promotion scheme for 50 per cent of the PGI’s additional professors with seven years experience will be applicable with effective from July 1, 2000. The matter kept getting delayed due to administrative reasons.

This sign will stop the exodus of additional professors to the private sectors. Many senior doctors, especially those in plastic surgery and radiology departments, had been complaining of stagnation. At least 15 additional professors stand to gain by this decision. These promotion avenues are in additional to regular jobs of professors at the institute. 


HF communication most effective: Gautam Kaul
All-India police wireless meet
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Communication based on high frequency (HF) mode may stage a major comeback in police forces as it has proved to be the most effective and reliable means of communication.

Expressing this while briefing media persons on the eve of the new millennium’s all-India police wireless meet here today, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Director General, Mr Gautam Kaul, said that the meet is being revived by the ITBP after a gap of four years. The meet is being held at the Basic Training Centre, Bhanu, near here from February 21 to 23.

HF communication, Mr Kaul said, was the most useful for long distance communication and in disaster management operations. It was proved in Gujarat recently, where HF mode was the only operational communication link between various agencies in the initial stage. High frequency police communication, therefore, has to remain relevant, he said.

In recent years, HF communication was relegated to the background as more modern and sophisticated means of communication made entry in the police world. Wireless meets were earlier part of the police duty meet but were dropped.

Mr Kaul said that a record number of 12 state police and central police forces have conformed their participation. Two states, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, have pulled out of the competition due to deployment in rescue operations and panchayat elections in the estates, respectively.

Earlier, HF communication using the Morse Code was the sole means of communication in the police. With the advancement in the field of communication, the historic skill is loosing its importance, so a meet of this kind helps in reviving and maintaining the spirit of old skill, the Director-General said.

Besides testing communication skills, a seminar-cum-demonstration on surveillance and wireless equipment is also being organised, which will give police delegates a chance to discuss problems faced in the field of telecommunication.

Later, Mr Kaul visited the Basic Training Centre and inaugurated a new small arms firing range at the centre. The ITBP has always endorsed the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir as announced by the government, Mr Gautam Kaul said. He added that the force has been performing its task in J&K successfully and that owing to past experiences, militants are wary of launching attacks on ITBP establishments in the valley.

He said that in the light of Army officers stating that the Army is not suited for counter insurgency operations, the ITBP would be happy to take over the role from the Army in case it deinducts troops from the valley. He added that the ITBP is suitably equipped and trained for CI Ops.

Mr Kaul also said that the ITBP had set up a hospital for dealing with the psychological fallouts of CI Ops and prolonged deployment in adverse conditions. Remarking that the hospital is “house full”, he stated that the Home Minister had recommended that all paramilitary forces establish their own such hospitals.

Earlier, the first book ever to be written on ITBP law — Study and Practice of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Law — was released by Mr Gautam Kaul.

Written by Assistant Commandant S S Mishra and with a foreword by Justice A K Srivastava of the Delhi High Court, the book is a detailed commentary on ITBP law and is aimed to guide ITBP personnel as well as lawyers on various provisions of the ITBP Act which came into existence in 1994.

The author, a postgraduate in political science and Bachelor of Law from Utkal University, joined the ITBP as Assistant Commandant in 1986. He has worked in the force’s Judge Advocate General’s Branch at ITBP Headquarters, besides serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina with UN missions as Human rights Officer and Area Commander.

The book, in its 20 chapters, gives step by step guidelines to deal with legal and judicial problems. Provisions of the ITBP Act and Rules, instructions and orders have been reproduced in the book for the convenience of readers. References have been quoted along side the text as well as provisions of allied laws have been included for ready reference. Specimen forms as well as format for recording various proceedings have been attached at the end of the concerned chapter to assist readers in dealing with legal and disciplinary cases correctly.

Published by Delhi Law House and priced at Rs 600, the 584-page book lists out the procedures to be adopted while instituting court of inquiries, recording evidence, performing duties of prosecutors, defending officers, judge attorney and members of the Force Court as well as for such other purposes to deal with disciplinary cases.

The 9th Battalion of the Indo-Border Police (ITBP) gave a farewell to Mr Gautam Kaul, A.G. Director-General, ITBP, on his arrival at the Ramgarh camp, here this evening. Mr M.S. Bhurti, Commandant of battalion, and Dr M.V.K. Rao welcomed the chief guest and highlighted the achievements of the ITBP during his tenure. Mr Kaul announced that the jawans would get a 50 per cent concession while travelling in the Indian Airlines.


DC likely to get 1-yr extension
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The deputation period of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, is all set to be extended by one year. The Haryana cadre IAS official’s two-year period of deputation with the Administration ends in March. The Administration has asked the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to extend the period of the DC seeking continuity in working. A final approval is awaited from the Cabinet Committee on Appointments.

In January, the then Adviser, Ms Vineeta Rai, asked the Finance Secretary, Mr Rakesh Singh, to ask the DC if he would like to stay back with the Administration. The DC replied in the affirmative. The Administration is also seeking permission from Haryana.


CTU adds more routes in city
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The Chandigarh Administration today started local bus service on more routes to provide better connectivity to people living in surrounding townships. An eatery (dhaba) will also be started shortly at ISBT, Sector 43, while the shops are being auctioned afresh on February 26.

New routes

Route Number 4 Maloya to Zirakpur via ISBT Sector 43 (30-minute service).
Route No 161

Chandimandir Cantonment to ISBT Sector 43. (1-hour service).

Route Number 24

S.A.S. Nagar Phase XI to Nadda Sahib via ISBT, Sector 43 (90-minute service) .

Route Number 11

ISBT Sector 43 to PGI ( 30-minute service).

Route Number 49 ISBT, Sector 43 to Kalka.
Route Number 30-C ISBT Sector 43 to Ramgarh (90-minute service).

Route Number 30-D

Maloya to Kishangarh via ISBT, Sector 43 (75-minute service). 

The new ISBT is at present handling about 20 per cent of all traffic originating, terminating or passing through Chandigarh. This has helped to reduce congestion at the ISBT in Sector 17 and also on the city roads.

The Transport Department is also getting a restaurant constructed from the Engineering Department which will be handed over to CITCO which will run it on the lines of the CITCO outlet at ISBT. The boarding platforms are also being redesigned to park the buses vertically instead of the present horizontal way.

Several of the new buses connecting the adjoining townships are meant to facilitate passengers from places like Kalka , Zirakpur and Dera Bassi in boarding buses to Himachal Pradesh originating from the ISBT, Sector 43. More routes will be made operational from the new ISBT and the frequency of services on some routes will be increased depending upon the requirement. An exercise in this regard is going on. 


MC proposes budget of Rs 21.21 cr
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Feb 20 — The local Municipal Council has proposed a budget of Rs 21.21 crore for the year 2001-2002.

The president of the council, Mr Kulwant Singh, said here today that the proposed income for the next financial year was Rs 20.05 crore which was 20 per cent more than the income that the civic body expected to earn during the current year. By March 31 this year the council expects to earn a revenue of Rs 17 crore.

He said the council meeting to clear the proposed budget has been scheduled for February 22.

He said to improve the sanitation aspect in the town the council has demanded 100 safai sewaks from the government as the present staff was inadequate.


Celina gives away NIFD awards 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — For the 600 budding designers passing out of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) this year, the day could not have dawned better. It was an evening to be cherished by students who were awarded diplomas in designing by none other than the newly-crowned Miss India Celina Jaitely who was today in town, thanks to the NIFD tradition of calling Miss Indias to grace annual convocation functions. As for the day, it was also straight out of dreams for the other 6000 students passing out of various NIFD centres all over the country.

The formal ceremony saw a lot of cheering, and quite naturally so. As the beauty queen awarded diplomas, the hall of Community Centre, Sector 18, resonated with cheers throughout the two hours. Dressed in a reddish-brown gown, the beauty queen remained the centre of attraction. The occasion was also taken to honour the beauty queen and to do the honours, UT SSP Mr Parag Jain was present. Also present were NIFD Directors Ms Ritu Kochhar and Mr Ashok Kaushik.

Addressing the students Ms Kochhar talked about the fast inroads that NIFD was making into the fashion industry. “In a short span of time NIFD has become a household name, providing creative budding designers and contributing cream to the fashion industry. We are now also opening up centres in Bangladesh, Nepal as also in the UAE. Our target this year is to conquer the international market by breaking the myth of fashion flowing down from West to East.” Following this, an annual report on the achievements made by the Institute during the past year, was read out by Ms Priyanka Singh, Centre Head, Chandigarh NIFD. GM Corporate, NIFD, Ms Aditi Srivastava, also spoke.

Another highlight of the evening was the best NIFD Centre 2000-2001and the best NIFD Centre, 1999-2000 award which was bagged by the Jaipur and Ludhiana centres, respectively. The awards were presented by Celina to Ms Kamla Poddar and Mr Arvind Gupta, who are the respective Centre heads.

Ms India 2001 spoke in a conversational manner. She said “Remember one day Ritu Beri, JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra and all these top shot names selling in the market were also students. But with their sheer dedication and commitment towards their goals they made themselves stand out from the rest.”

The following are regional toppers for the year:

Chandigarh: Aditi Goel and Sonika Gupta (fashion design), Shelly Rangbulla (textile design) and Manik Sidhu (interior design)

Ludhiana: Rupinder Dhillon (fashion design), Nidhi Aggarwal and Mona Khosla (textile design), Monika Garg and Gurpreet Chawla (interior design)

Outer Delhi: Ajay tandon (interior design)

Bhatinda: Baljeet Kaur and Janinder Kalsi (fashion design)

Khanna: Harneet kang and Rimmu Gupta (fashion design) and Ritu Seth (interior design)

Feropzepur: Vidyotma Sud (fashion design)

Amritsar: Shivani Gupta and Sakshi Bhatia (fashion design), Jyotika and Ginni Jaspal (textile design), Ritika Aggarwal and Rashmi Saraf (interior design)

Jalandhar: Anuradha, Sakshi, Ranjit, Amarpreet, Bharti Chopra and Arvinder Singh

Patiala: Vipan Preet, Rajneet Makkar, Ritika Sawhney, Simran Kaur, Alina Goel.


Nominations for Kabir Puruskar invited
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the Chandigarh Administration to Recommend names who worked for the promotion of communal harmony and national integration for the Kabir puruskar. The nominations duly recommended should reach the UT Home Secretary by March 29, accompanied by a brief note on the acts of physical and moral courage displayed by the person.

The award is given in three grades carrying a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively. The awards are declared every year on October 2. The objective is to commend acts of physical, moral courage and humanity exhibited by members of one community, caste or ethnic group in saving lives and prespective of the members of another community, caste or ethnic group during communal, caste or ethnic violence.


Over 1.8 crore collected for quake victims
From Tribune Reporters

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Contributions are pouring in for the Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund-Gujarat. According to a press note of the Punjab Raj Bhavan, over Rs 1.80 crore had been contributed to the relief fund so far.

Captain Hazur Singh, along with a delegation presented a cheque for Rs 51,000 on behalf of the Aurobindo Society, Patiala, and another cheque for Rs 31,000 on behalf of Aurobindo International High School, Patiala to Lt-Gen (retd.) J.F.R. Jacob, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh.

A delegation of UT Pensioners Welfare Association presented a cheque for Rs 3,200 as a contribution to the fund. Mr Darshan Singh, donated Rs 1 lakh to the relief fund.

The Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation has sent a sum of Rs 2.5 lakh as a contribution to the Chief Minister Relief Fund for Gujarat earthquake victims. This was stated by the Executive Director of the Corporation in a press note.

The Welfare Committee, Sector 27-D, collected Rs 3,700 for earthquake relief for the Prime Minister National Relief fund. It was handed over to Lieut-Gen J.F.R Jacob (retd) by the Deputy Mayor, Mr Mohinder Singh and Mr G.S. Cheema, according to a press note.

AMBALA: The Haryana Indian Medical Association president, Dr D.S. Jaspal, on Tuesday said that till now five IMA teams from Haryana had gone to Gujarat to provide medical assistance to those injured in the earthquake. He said a team of seven doctors from Faridabad, Jind and Narwana left on January 31. The IMA teams which have gone to Gujarat include a doctors’ team from Sirsa, six doctors from Sonepat, three from Fatehabad and six from Gurgaon. He said the IMA Haryana had donated Rs 12 lakh towards relief measures and an IMA team was ready to go to Gujarat, details of which had been forwarded to the Director- General Health Services.

PATIALA: Mr R.K. Rajput, Principal, and the students of the Punjab College of Information Technology (PCIT) handed over a draft of Rs 1 lakh, drawn in favour of the District Red Cross Society, to Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner as relief fund for earthquake victims of Gujarat. 


Exhibition on cruelty to animals
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Do you know that milk may not be the best thing for your health after all? And that the very expensive cosmetic that you have on has been produced after having killed thousands of monkeys? And that the broiler you relish comes from a poultry which is routinely cutting off the beaks of the hens crowded in small cages? Around 40 tonnes of waste is dumped at Daddu Majra every day.

Put together on posters, as cutouts and collages by the students of MCM DAV College, this exhibition was inaugurated by the Home Secretary, UT, Mr R.S. Gujral, here today. Titled “Animal pain: an unheeded cry”, the exhibition focuses on the cruelty being done to animals in wake of the ever-increasing consumerism. “We are not saying stop using silk, fur and leather, but at least reduce their use,” says Ruchi Kaushal, a student.

The exhibition has been put up by the students in coordination with the People for Animals. The extensive information is not just on the wall for all the visitors to read, but the students are full of it. Each visitor is escorted by a student from the group in case they have further queries. Themes like vegetarianism, zoos, circus, animal pain, dairy products, slaughter houses, pigs and fish occupy a separate space at the exhibition.

The students also gave representations to the Home Secretary regarding ban on use of polybags in educational institutions, ban on dissection in the college science departments and starting of recycling garbage in Chandigarh. A representation was also given to Mr Parag Jain, SSP City, to take notice of the cruelty being done to animals in the city.

“In countries where beef is eaten, chilies are rubbed into the eyes of cattle so that these can be moved to trucks to the slaughter houses. In our country, pigs are at places roasted alive on iron rods and endangered animals are being killed by feeding them nails and blades so that these die of internal bleeding,” informs Neha Goenka. “Our focus is on environment, people and animals,” states Ruchita Mehra, another student.

Next year, they intend to start a hand-made paper section and a unit to segregate garbage in the college. The exhibition will be open for another two days.


Chandigarh Club poll: triangular contest likely
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — There will be a triangular contest for the post of President of the Chandigarh Club as none of the three candidates filed their withdrawals today.

The three candidates in the fray are Mr Amarjit Singh Sethi, Mr R.S. Sachdeva and Mr Ravinder Chopra. For the post of vice-president, there will be a direct contest between Mr Sunil Gupta and Mr Sunil Khanna. The third nominee, Mr Vinod Gupta, withdrew his papers in favour of Mr Khanna. Out of the total 21 members who had filed their nominations for the eight posts of Executive Members, three have been rejected for not completing the required tenure years as permanent members. These include, Mr Vijay Kumar, Dr Sanjeev Goyal and Mr Jaswinder Singh. Three others who filed their withdrawals are Mr Yash Pal Sharma, Mr Suresh Chaudhary and Mr Ashok Goyal. Now there are only 15 members in fray for the posts of Executive Members.


Jaspal Bhatti advocates cause of Punjabi
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The day saw Jaspal Bhatti’s Nonsense Club launch a tirade against the UT Administration for not giving the Punjabi language its due place. Adopting his weapon of satire, Jaspal Bhatti today spread the message of importance of Punjabi by drawing the example of some illiterate Punjabis who had gathered outside the MC’s Fire Station to deposit the electricity bill.

The idea being mooted was that since the words Fire Station were inscribed in English, they meant nothing to the gathering which did not understand the language. Later, Jaspal Bhatti joined the protest rally organised by the Punjab Vikas Manch and the Punjab Writers and TV Artistes Association at the Sector 17 Plaza today.

Addressing the rally, he said the stepmotherly treatment to the mother tongue should be discontinued. Reading out the charter of demands Bhatti called upon the Administration to revive the importance of Punjabi.

The rally was attended by various Punjabi artistes who urged the administration to formulate policies which would further strengthen the language. President, Punjab Vikas Manch, Mr Swinder Maral and senior vice-president of the manch Vijay Tandon also joined the rally. Mr Tandon said while, Punjabi talent was going places, the language was fast losing its due place.

Punjabi Lok Gayak Kala Manch members were also present on the occasion. Central Punjabi Lekhak Sanga president and story writer Santok Singh Dhir and Punjabi playwright Gursharan Singh were also present.Back


Rain in city, temp falls
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — A light spell of rain in the city and its surrounding areas today broke the dry spell and showed signs that winter was far from over.

The maximum temperature dropped by 2.2 degrees celsius and was recorded at 23.8 degrees celsius. The minimum temperature was 4 degrees above the normal at 13.6 degrees celsius. The local Meteorological Department said there was possibility of rain on Wednesday.


Telephone adalat on March 24
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The local office of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will hold a telephone adalat on March 24.

Subscribers having any grievances can send in their complaints by February 28 to Mr K.S. Saini, DEP (CS), office of the Principal General Manager Telecom (PGMT), Sector 18, Chandigarh. The envelope must be superscribed ‘‘grievances in telephone adalat’’, a spokesperson of the BSNL said today.


Fire in factory
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Feb 20 — Semi-finished goods and machinery worth more than Rs 25 lakh was reduced to ashes when fire broke out in the factory of Windsor Packaging, Industrial Focal Point, Chanalon village, this afternoon.


Readers write
Phoney claims of BSNL

This refers to the report ‘Get phones on demand — BSNL’ (Chandigarh Tribune, Feb 13). The public is being misled by the BSNL with its wrong claims. I applied for a telephone connection on December 15, 2000. It was a transfer of my old connection at Ahmedabad, which I had surrendered in April, 2000. The papers were forwarded by the Ahmedabad Telecom District on May 23, 2000.

My application was given no heed until I paid several visits to the Commercial Office of BSNL. Finally on January 8, the demand note was issued which I received on January 12. The very next day I made the initial deposit of Rs 2,000. On January 24, the Commercial Office forwarded the advice to SDO-IV (Industrial Area), and it was received there on January 30. After about three weeks, I am yet to get the connection. So much about the claims of giving connections within 10 days.

K.C. Anand

P.U. exams

It is good that Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has ordered that results of all the ensuing examinations should be announced by the end of June.

The university must at this time be preparing the date sheets of undergraduate classes. Sometimes there are no free days between two papers, which puts the examinees to a lot of inconvenience, especially those who come from far off places and villages, sometimes 30 or 40 km away, to study in Chandigarh colleges. Such students have sometimes to appear in the afternoon session (2 to 5 p.m.) and if they have to sit for a paper also the next day, it becomes very hard for them. The Vice-Chancellor should issue firm instructions to the officials concerned that there should be a gap of at least two days between two papers.

Some of these students have also to appear in the Hons. examination. Here again an adequate number of free days should be provided so that they are not put to unnecessary inconvenience.

Anshul Joy

Marathon race

The marathon race on February 11 created complete chaos, disrupted traffic, caused jams, and led to frayed tempers, minor accidents and great discomfort to the people, especially children and the old and sick. They remained stranded on the road for hours. Some, on their way to Chandigarh from Kalka and Panchkula, were able to make a detour via Zirakpur.

Chandigarh has not seen such a huge traffic problem even on visits by VVIPs. Organisers of such events should, in future, keep in mind the distress they can cause to the people.

Janak Khanna,  
Sakshi Khanna


Man alleges police inaction
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — A man, who was allegedly beaten up by a ration depot owner and his men has alleged police inaction in arresting the accused, even as the FIR in the case was registered six months after the incident.

While talking to TNS here today, Mr Pancham Singh Guleria, a government employee has accused the police of sheltering the accused. He alleged that even after the FIR was finally registered on February 16, the police has not arrested the accused.

Mr Guleria said the incident occurred on August 8, last-year when he went to the ration depot of Mr Prem Chand to buy a few articles late in the evening.

He alleged that the depot owner abused his son without any provocation and when he intervened, he too was manhandled by the accused.

“He then called some other men and I was brutally beaten up and threatened. It was then that I approached the police, after almost an hour of the incident, and the police made an entry into the Daily Diary Report. But in spite of my repeated requests, no action was taken against the accused, “he alleged.

He says that he then wrote to the Union Home Ministry, which in turn referred the case to the UT Inspector General of Police in December 2000 and it was only after his intervention that the SSP ordered the registration of a case.


No headway in Pruthi murder case
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The police still seems to be groping in the dark about the three persons accused of murdering 60-year-old Pruthi Singh, even as a team has been sent to Bihar in order to find Hashim, a former employer of the accused.

According to police sources, the efforts to identify the names and whereabouts of the accused have come to nothing. It is also learnt that the efforts to get the sketch of the accused made with the help of their present contractor, Mr R. P. Singh, have also been futile.

Meanwhile, last night the police dispatched a team led by SI Gurnam Singh and SI Jaswant Singh to the native village of Hashim, Jahangirpur Bassi, falling under the police station Gopalpur in Bhagalpur district. Sources maintain that the police hopes to find some clues regarding the whereabouts of the three from Hashim, if he is nabbed by the police team.

The investigating team has reportedly identified the contractor who had sublet his machines to the accused for smoothening the floor. It is learnt that he is a resident of Colony no. 5 and is presently in Simla.

Two injured

Two persons were injured in two separate accidents this evening.

Mr Mukesh, a resident of Sector 20, was injured when his scooter collided with another scooter in Sector 20 at about 5 p.m. today. In another case, Mr Ram Singh, was hit by a Kinetic Honda on the dividing road of the police station and Sector 21 at around 4 p.m.

In both the cases, the injured have been admitted to the PGI.

One killed in accident

A 25-year-old youth was killed in an accident on the Chandigarh- Ambala road when his bicycle was hit by a tractor trolley this morning.

The deceased has been identified as Amarjit Singh, a resident of Bhawat village, near Zirakpur. He was reportedly a labourer in a factory in Industrial Area here and was on his way to his work place when the accident occurred.

The police has arrested the driver of the tractor ( PB-39A-652), Pawan Kumar, and a case has been registered at police station Sector 31.

Constable robbed

A police constable, Mr Sarwan Kumar, and his brother- in -law were reportedly robbed of their possessions near Bandana Market, Sector 26, by three men on the intervening night of February 18 and 19. All the three accused were later arrested by the police.

They have been booked under section 392 and 34 of the IPC.

House burgled

Some miscreant (s) reportedly broke into the house of Wg Cdr P.K. Agnihotri in Sector 31 yesterday and decamped with Rs 35,000 two cameras and sarees . The police has registered a case under Section 454 and 380 of the IPC at the Sector 31 police station.

Motor cycle stolen

A motorcycle (CH-01P-4709) was stolen from the parking of the Sukhna Lake between 1 pm and 4 p.m. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Manoj Kumar.

Booked for cheating

A resident of village Khuda Alisher has been booked by the police on charges of cheating and fraud by submitting false age proof for getting the old age pension from 1992 to 1993. Accused Dyal Singh has been booked under section 420 of the IPC on the complaint of the Director, Social Welfare Chandigarh.

Scuffle at market

The local police arrested four persons who reportedly scuffled with staff of the Municipal Corporation staff who had gone to the Sector 34 market to remove encroachments, this evening.

According to police sources, the incident happened at around 4.30 pm when the staff reached the market. Objecting to the removal of encroachments some of the shop owners reportedly involved in scuffle with the staff. An employee was injured.

The arrested have been identified as Karam Chand, Mohinder Kumar, Manohar Lal and Roshan Lal. However, they were released later.

Two arrested

LALRU:The Lalru police has arrested two residents of Slainpur village of Uttar Pradesh for smuggling 18 buffalos on Monday night.

According to sources, the duo - Satpal and Bhajan Singh - were arrested by the police when they were carrying a truck loaded with the animals. They were nabbed by the police at a naka on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway while coming from the Ambala side.

Besides this, the police has also booked Shiv Kumar, a local resident, for selling meat in unhygienic conditions.

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