Friday, February 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Plying of trucks during day banned
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — Plying of trucks on all major city roads during day time was banned today while timing restrictions have been imposed on 5 other roads. Significantly, the ban shall also apply during the school opening and closing hours that is between 7 a.m and 8 a.m and also between 1 and 3 p.m, sources said.

As per the order issued today, restrictions shall not apply to vehicles used for emergency services like police, para military forces, Army, Fire Brigade, hospitals, public health, municipal corporation, estate office, Chandigarh Administration, PWD and electricity department.

The SP traffic, shall have the authority to accord permission to ply any other truck during the restricted hours to meet any emergent or special need and such permission shall be in the form of an order to be issued under his signature and seal containing registration number of the truck, date and period of permission.

Roads closed for trucks between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dakshin Marg ( dividing sectors 30/32, 20/33, 21/34, 22/35, 23/36, 24/ 37 
and 25 / 38)

Udyog Path ( dividing sectors 28/29, 27/30, 19/20, 18/21, 17/ 22, 16/ 23, 15/ 24 and 14/ 25.

Sukhna Path ( dividing sectors 7/26, 19/27, 20/30, 32/33 and 45/46)

Udyan Path ( dividing sectors 2/3, 10/11, 15/ 16, / 23/24, 36/37 and 41/42)

Vidya Path ( dividing sectors 2/12, 11/12, 14/15, 24/25, 37/38 and 40/41.


Roads closed for trucks during 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Madhya Marg ( from PGI to Panchkula)

Lok Path ( diving sectors 3/ 4, 9/10, 16/ 17, 22/ 23, 35/ 36)

Himalayan Marg ( dividing sectors 4/5, 8/9, 17/18, 21/22, 34/35, 43/44, 51/52)

Uttar Marg ( from crossing of sectors 12, 1 and 2 till Sukhna lake)

Vigyan Path ( dividing sectors 2/11, 3/10, 4/9, 5/8, 6/7 )



MTV stars rock love birds all night
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — You could not have missed the sound of music which played throughout the night today. Rocking the crowd at a Panchkula hotel tonight were none other that the very-happening VJs of Music Television (MTV) — Cyrus Broacha who can never be discounted, thanks to his solid wits, and the quite mini, Mini Mathur who co-hosts MTV Loveline with Cyrus at times (generally when Malaika Arora is caught up at other shots).

The occasion was the first of its kind — titled MTV Loveline bash where the two VJs invited love queries from the gathered couples who had earlier been provided with invites for the evening during a road show held in Chandigarh yesterday. But before anything on the grand show is listed, it is important to make a mention that the show began one hour later than the scheduled 8 pm time. Reports have it that Cyrus was busy taking a bath around 8.30 pm. So it was already 9 pm by the time the very-wanted VJs actually hit the stage which was all bedecked in red — the traditional Valentine colour.

As Cyrus himself admitted, “This one is scheduled a little late. It was meant to be a Valentine bash. We are here to help lovers with their problems and suggest solutions, something of the sort which we do on the MTV Loveline show.”

Though the show started late, it picked up quite amazingly, thanks to the heavy-duty Indi-pop performers who were there to keep the music going. Coupled with some great live performances from none other than the sufiana Hans Raj Hans, the rocking Anamika, and the vibrant threesome of Joshilay. They set the pace for dance and music too well. Beginning with their latest hit — Muniya o muniya, they went on to sing a medley covering up all the recent major Indi-pop hits from Mika, Hans Raj, Daler Mehndi and Shankar Madhavan.

Before Joshilay took over the red stage tonight, Cyrus and Mini had already spilled a part of that very special MTV magic. They began with inviting troubles and went on to give away free gifts to those who answered the very-insane questions which they posed. Some of them were : “Who is the biggest Bakra on MTV?, Who hosts MTV Most Wanted. This sequence almost sounded like a real brainstorming session on MTV.

The real substance of the evening lay in the music which was being played by the DJ for the evening, Samir. The crowd kept the dancing shoes on for well over three hours, courtesy a great blend of Indian and western music which flowed from the DJ’s closet. Adding punch to the already enthused surroundings were the famous stage performers of the Indian pop scene, Anamika and Gursewak Mann. For Anamika, it was yet another home coming. The singer enthused the crowd with her great hits — sona disdan and a revised version of the all-time hit kajra mohabbat wala.

Hans Raj took on the crowd in his usual humble yet powerful style. Dressed in jet black, he looked a little less sufiana this evening. Laughed the singer when we asked him this question backstage, “You have caught me right. Hans symbolises white, but I am all black today.” Hans sang his famous numbers from the second last album Chorni and Akhiyaan ladi o ladi bich bazaar.


Traffic curbs
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — With the Festival of Gardens scheduled to begin from tomorrow, certain regulations on traffic are being imposed for the three days of the festival.

The police has also made elaborate security arrangements and as many as six nakas will be laid at different points near the Rose Garden. A large police force will also be deputed for the proper maintenance of law, it is learnt.

An official press release of the Chandigarh traffic police said that the road stretches on Madhya Marg from Museum chowk to the DAV College turn; on Jan Marg from Museum Chowk to Sector 16-17 turn; and the rear side of Rose Garden towards Sector 16-17 to the small round about near Government Model School, Sector 16, would remain closed on all three days of the festival till February 25.

It was also learnt that the visitors have been directed to park their vehicles near Hotel Shivalik, Sector 17, near General Hospital, Sector 16, near BD Hospital etc. No local bus will be allowed to enter Sector 16 and the general public visiting the Leisure Valley to attend the cultural functions in the evenings would have to park their cars inside the Art College, near the Tank opposite the Art College.


Anti-encroachment drive
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — In a joint special drive, undertaken by the Municipal Corporation and the Estate Office, 20 shopkeepers were challaned in Sectors 22 and 35 for encroaching upon public verandahs and municipal land.

The drive, led by UT Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh, impouded four truckloads of material, including five refrigerators, washing machines, chairs, tables and counters lying outside these shops. There were no major encroachments in Sector 34, including the furniture market.

According to sources, in the shop- cum-offices in Sector 35 from Hotel KC Residency to Hotel Kapil, the refrigerators, washing machines and other electronic goods lying on the verandah were taken away. In the line of showrooms in Sector 22, the chicken corners faced the ire of the officials when they picked up the gas cylinders, ‘bhattis’ and counters from the public verandah. Encroachments on public land by dhaba owners and rehri walahs were also removed. A few chairs, tables, counters and cylinders were confiscated. Earlier during the day, 80 challans were issued to shopkeepers in Sector 19 for routine encroachments. The staff of 40 labourers, 20 police personnel of the MC and the Estate Office, besides six trucks, were used in the drive.


Teacher suspended on abuse charge
By Monica Sharma

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — The UT Education Department has suspended a drawing teacher, Satya Pal Singh, of Government Model High School, Sector 28, for alleged “Physical abuse’’ of girl students.

Orders to this effect were issued a few days back by Director Public Instructions, UT, Mr D.S. Saroya .

According to sources, some girls of class VI and VII had alleged that the teacher “occasionally called the girl students and physically abused them by touching various body parts.’’

An inquiry to this effect was conducted by Deputy DEO and Assistant Director (VE), where by the written statements of the victims were recorded in the office of the Principal in the presence of the investigating officers.

In all statements of 11 students and two teachers were recorded. This incident has sent shock waves in the teaching community in the city as girls of class VI and VII in the age group of 11-13 were physically abused by the teacher.

The sources added, the girls were initially reluctant to complain but were asked to do so in the interest of other students.

One of the petrified girl students said in her statement, “He (teacher) is a nightmare for me. Whenever I used to see him in the school I was scared, as he would rarely miss a chance to touch me’’

According to official sources, Satya Pal Singh has been barred from entering the school premises till further orders. He is not allowed to leave the head quarters without the permission of competent authority. The teacher had been suspended in 1984 also on similar charges. 


Sarkari land, fodder for Sahib’s cattle
Senior forest officers flout HUDA norms
by Bipin Bhardwaj

PANCHKULA, Feb 22 — Throwing all norms to the winds, senior forest officers, including Additional Principal Chief Wild Life Warden, Managing Director of Haryana Forest Development Corporation and Deputy Chief Wild Life Warden are rearing cattle on land of the department.

These officers have been keeping milch cattle in the township in violation of the bylaws of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for the past 10 years.

The cattle — three cows, one buffalo and two calves — are being reared by servants of the officers. There sheds have been constructed on the plots behind quarters of Class IV employees in Sector 11.

This has raised the heckles of the residents of the locality who not only term the violation as an eyesore but are also furious at violation of norms by senior officers. Insanitary conditions have resulted from the dumping of dung in open in the locality.

Mr Sultan Singh and Mr R.S. Hooda, when contacted, admitted that they were rearing cattle on vacant plots in Sector 11. Mr R.S. Lamba, however, could not be contacted for comments as he was out of station.

Mr Sultan Singh said he had employed labourers to look after the cows and to keep the area clean. He, however, criticised HUDA for not controlling the increasing number of stray animals in the township.

He said “hundreds of stray animals have become a traffic hazard and a nuisance. “Rearing two cows by me has not increased the nuisance in the township”, he added.

Mr R.S. Hooda, however, said there was nothing wrong in keeping cattle. Interestingly, he said rearing of cows by Mr R.S. lamba in residential area had led to resentment among residents.

Mr D.P. Singh, Estate Officer HUDA, expressed ignorance about violation of bylaws by some senior forest officers. He said rearing of animals “is in violation of the bylaws in Panchkula. If there are some encroachment in the township then those will be removed. But as such the authorities have not received any complaint in this regard”.

Residents of the sector, meanwhile, alleged that two cows were owned by Mr Sultan Singh, Managing Director of the Haryana Forest Development Corporation, while one buffalo and a cow were owned by Mr R.S. Hooda, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Mr R.S. Lamba, Deputy Chief Wild Life Warden.

The spots have become health hazards for them for the past many years. But as the animals were owned by their top officers they hardly dare to protest against it, a resident said.

Sources in the Forest Department alleged that the officers have even used departmental wiremesh to fence the area around cattle-sheds. Moreover, they were feeding the cattle with the fodder meant for the animals in Chandimandir deer park.

Earlier, fodder meant for Yadvendra Garden Zoo animals, was allegedly being used by the officers leading to poor health of the animals in zoo.

Residents of the area complain that they have to face various problems due to the dung and other waste scattered on the inner roads of the sector. Worst affected are the residents whose outer walls have been ‘used’ to make sheds for cows. The sites have become breeding areas for flies and mosquitoes and the residents.



Mohali council Budget cleared
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Feb 22 — Heated discussion marked the clearance of a Rs 21.21 crore Municipal Council Budget for 2001-2002 here today.

An income of Rs 17.20 crore was proposed from octroi, the principal source of funds for the civic body. However, with recession in the industrial sector, it was felt that the income from octroi would be adversely affected. Last year the proposal under this head was Rs 16.40 crore and the council hopes that it will earn a revenue of Rs 14.33 crore by the end of the current financial year.

Opposition councillors said there was a great deal of pilferage of octroi, which must be checked to increase collection. Mr Manjit Singh Sethi and Mr Amrik Singh Mohali said if revenue could be increased by plugging such pilferage and also from sources such as tehbazari, the cattle pound and slaughter house fee, there would be no need to scale up the water and sewerage charges. This hike in the charges, they said, would only put an additional burden on the consumers.

Mr Kulwant Singh, president, said efforts were being made to increase the council’s income in every way. In a month’s time fines totalling Rs 70,000 had been imposed for the illegal plying of rehris. In the matter of octroi, too, strict measures were being taken to plug octroi leakage.

The council proposed Rs 80 lakh as octroi on power and the same amount under the head of excise duty.

However, the civic body reduced the expenditure under the head of development works, including the payment of electricity bills. While last year the proposed expenditure was Rs 16.80 crore, during 2001-2002 the amount was reduced to Rs 14.35 crore. Under this head the major expenses included tubewell power bills (Rs 2 crore), streetlight power bills (Rs 1.50 crore), road maintenance (Rs 3 crore) and the purchase of land for the council office and construction of the building (Rs 1 crore). The expenditure on the sanctioned council staff was fixed at Rs 5.21 crore and on employees likely to be recruited later Rs 80.85 lakh.

The amounts proposed for other heads included tehbazari (Rs 12 lakh), income from consumers’ water bills (Rs 54 lakh) and miscellaneous income (show tax, entertainment tax, licence, fee, cattle pound, slaughterhouse fee, etc) (Rs 59 lakh). Contingency expenses were fixed at Rs 1.35 crore. The budget proposed a total income of Rs 20.05 crore against an expenditure of Rs 21.21 crore.

Earlier, before the start of the Budget meeting, Mr Sethi and Mr Amrik Singh Mohali demanded that certain issues of public interest should be discussed before the actual items on the agenda of a meeting were considered. To this Mr Kulwant Singh replied that a proper procedure would have to be adopted: first a discussion on the agenda items, then a general discussion followed by a discussion wardwise, if councillors were interested.


Demystify technology, says Yashpal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — “True knowledge and wisdom are not exploding. Indeed they are in danger of being submerged in the present -day noise of information,” says Professor Yashpal, Scientist Emeritus and former Chairman of the University Grants Commission, urging social scientists to be in the middle of the information revolution without being swept off their feet.

Professor Yashpal, who was here to inaugurate a three-day workshop-cum-symposium on “Information technology for social sciences”, said in spite of all information technology, “we are not becoming more humane, more caring or more peaceful. This argument should not be used against IT but against the pathology that keeps us following the old, trivial agendas even when we could be doing something truly marvellous.

“I have a feeling that social scientists have given up their role. They are much too impressed with those who are gadget rich. It is like assuming that someone with 10 motorcars is not only well-off but also a good engineer and a better driver!

The challenge is to make full use of new technologies, to develop them oneself and to think of ways in which their powerful possibilities can be crafted for our own kind of development and well-being. This is where social scientists have a major responsibility,” he said.

“My advice would be to plunge in, to demystify technology and use its capabilities appropriately, even intensively. Social sciences need it as any other area — sometimes even more,” he suggested.

Earlier, Mr Rashpal Malhotra, Director, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, (CRRID) said our agenda on the use of information technology was neither framed nor dictated by us.

He, however, stressed the need for indigenising it to meet the social and other needs of our society.

Dr K.G. Tyagi, Director, National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC), while introducing the subject of the workshop-cum-symposium, said 90 per cent of the data of scientific research was based in the USA, the UK or the Netherlands.

Though India was fourth or fifth in the world in the production of books in English, it was nowhere as far as putting information on the Internet was concerned.

The workshop-cum-symposium is being jointly organised by the CRRID and the NASSDOC and is sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research and WORTO, the Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research.

According to Dr S.K Mangal, Senior Adviser, CRRID, 24 social scientists from all over the region are attending it.


More relief for quake victims
From Tribune Reporters

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — The Punjab Government and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today flagged off seven truckloads of material consisting of tin sheets and wooden pillars to erect shelters in Bachau region of Gujarat.

This material would be utilised to erect 100 structures of 10 ft by 24 ft. The Gujarat Government would utilise these structures to set up multipurpose halls.

A team of the Chandigarh Housing Board comprising engineers, masons and carpenters was also going with trucks to erect these structures. It would leave the building of the walls of these shelters to the local administration.

The students of Divine Public School, Sector 8, Ambala City contributed Rs 1650 towards the Gujarat earthquake relief fund. All the 43 students of the school contributed something or the other for this fund.


City police to overhaul beat system
Steps to ensure senior citizens’ safety
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — In wake of two recent murders of city residents in their houses, the police has decided to overhaul its beat system by making it more aggressive and sensitising senior citizens regarding personal security.

All beat in charges have been asked to supply a list of all senior citizens in their beats to the Senior Superintendent of Police within a week. This decision was reportedly taken by the SSP, Mr Parag Jain, during a meeting of the Station House Officers, non-gazetted police officers, beat in charges and beat Constables today in order to “issue a new set of directives” for better policing in each beat and to keep all unscrupulous elements at bay.

He asked the beat in charges to meet the senior citizens in their areas and make them aware of the need to take certain safety measures like erecting of iron grills, cat’s eye on the main door and door latches.

The beat in charges have also been asked to contact the neighbours of the senior citizens and request them to stay alert. The beat incharges will also be requesting the senior citizens to get the police verification of their servants and tenants done on a priority basis.

Mr Parag Jain said the verification of tenants and servants needed to be pitched up and the records of all such already verified people be updated in a time-bound manner. He instructed the SHO’s of all police stations to hold meetings with the residents welfare associations and the market associations and guide them about keeping common watchmen, erecting of iron gates to keep a check on the entry and exit points in the colonies.

Mr Jain also emphasised on the need for proper screening of all salesmen visiting a particular locality.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that there are as many as 144 beats in various parts of the city. Each beat is manned by a Head Constable and two or three constables. A non -gazetted officer of the rank of a Sub Inspector or an Assistant Sub Inspector from the police stations concerned is incharge of two police beats.

However, it is alleged that the beat system had suffered ever since two companies of Punjab Police commandoes had been called back to the parent state. It is alleged that the beat constables were now being deployed to maintain law and order during dharnas, rallies and even at the barriers for routine checking, in the absence of the commandoes. Sources also added that in a large number of cases, the beat boxes were also found to be locked by the residents.

In today’s meeting, the SSP also directed the force to strictly adhere to their regular timings for being in their respective beat boxes and said senior officers would be conducting surprise checks at the beat boxes. 


Reward for police
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd) today appreciated the commendable job done by the Special Investigation Team in solving the murder case of Pritha Singh of Sector 10, who was murdered on February 19, within three days.

The team had arrested the main accused Ramzan yesterday. The team is being rewarded with commendation certificates and cash reward by the UT IGP.


CITCO wins 12 prizes
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — CITCO won a maximum of 12 first prizes in the “flowers and plants grown in pots” competitions held as part of the three-day Festival of Gardens beginning tomorrow.

The corporation won the first prizes in the arrangement of following flowers and plants, results of which were declared today: aster, antirrhinum, verbena, branchycome, carnation, dahlia, marigold, namesia, nasturtium, salvia, kale and arrangement with any other flower. While HUDA won three first prizes, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and the PGI won two prizes each.

HUDA won the prizes in the arrangement of the collection of foliage plants, the collection of cacti and the collection of succulent. The CHB won the prizes in geranium and petunia single hybrid and the PGI in the cineraria and petunia single hybrid.

The Deputy Director of the Horticulture, Kendriya Sadan, CPWD, Sector 9, won first prize in the arrangement of pansy and the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation in the arrangement of stock.

In the amateur category, Mr Rama Shankar Yadav, bagged a maximum of seven first prizes in the flower arrangement which included the arrangements of salvia, geranium, kale, marigold, nemesia, nasturtium and pansy.

Ms Rupan Deol Bajaj won the first prizes in the bonsai large-scale format upright style,bonsai medium format upright style,bonsai miniature and bonsai grown as group planting style. Mr Hari Charan Yadav won two prizes in branchycome and petunia single hybrid.Ms Rajni Thareja won the first prizes in collection of cacti and collection succulent.

Mr Dharmender Singh (Antirrhinum), Mr Aditya Deswal (verbena), Dr A Bahera (cineraria), Mr Paras Nath Mourya (carnation), Mr Ram Sharan (collection of different foliage plants), Mr C Shear (petunia double hybrid), Ms Deep Shikha (phlox), and Ms Ravneet (any other flower) won one first prize each.

A number of parents could not submit forms for the Rose Prince and Rose Princess competitions to be held on February 24 on account of the “ambiguous” language of one of the conditions printed in the forms. The form mentioned that the birth certificate and the immunisation card were to be shown on demand and it was nowhere mentioned that they should be attached to the form, alleged a parent. Chaos prevailed at the Sector 18 form collection centre. A number of parents, who did not bring the documents with them had to return disappointed as they could not submit the form. Those, who went back to fetch the documents could not keep the 5 p.m. deadline.


First prize for roundabout 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — CITCO, the organisation which is playing a major part in the holding of the Festival of Gardens, could not have got a better gift in the run-up to the festival. The roundabout, maintained by the corporation near the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, has bagged the first prize in category of roundabouts.

The roundabout, whose landscaping was started about a year ago followed by extensive planting of flowers and beautification, was selected in the face of stiff competition from the roundabouts maintained by the corporate sector and institutions in the city.

“We are on the top of the world,” commented Mr SP Singh, CITCO MD, when contacted, while giving credit to the fleet of “malis” of the corporation. for the splendid job.

Meanwhile, Strawberry Fields School, Sector 24, has done it again by winning the first prize in the best school campus maintained by any school. The school, which won the first prize a couple of years back, had been among the top two schools in the past several years.


Sushma to visit city on April 6
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22, The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, will visit the city on April 6 to inaugurate the Chandigarh Doordarshan which will start functioning from that day. 


14-day remand under NDPS Act
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — The UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, today sentenced Vinod Kumar to 14-days’ judicial remand under Section 18 of the NDPS Act.

The accused was arrested by city police near ISBT, Sector 43, turn on February 21 and 15 kg and 390 gm opium was recovered from his possession. The case against the accused had been registered under Section 18 of the NDPS Act in Sector 36, police station.

Cheating case:
The UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, granted bail to Amrit Singh, in a cheating case. It was alleged that the accused had submitted false documents for the post of JBT advertised by the Haryana Service Selection Commission. He was granted bail on furnishing bail bond of Rs 10,000 and one surety of same amount.

Forged documents:
The UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, granted anticipatory bail to two city residents in a cheating case. It was alleged that the duo, Vikas Pathania and Pankaj Nayar, had submitted forge documents to a local finance company to finance a loan for an Indica car.

Four acquitted:
The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) acquitted four city residents, in a case of assault and criminal intimidation. The case against the four, Joginder Singh, Kamaldeep, Jatinder and Harpal, was registered under Sections 323, 342 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code on March 8, 1996, on the complaint of Mr Kuldeep Mahajan. The four were acquitted for lack of evidence.



Pritha case: cops look for suspects in Bihar
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — The police is now looking for the other two suspects in the sensational murder of the Sector 10 housewife, Ms Pritha Singh. It is learnt that the police is now verifying the whereabouts of the other two suspects — Barinder, alias Beeru and Sallauddin — from their relatives, friends and associates.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain said the police had launched a massive manhunt and that the suspects would be arrested soon. He said the police party that had been sent to Bihar had reached there yesterday evening and had been asked to inquire about them at their native places.

Accounting to sources the police is now working on the theory that the two may have left the city as the news of the arrest of the main suspect, Ramzan spread.

It is learnt that both these accused are around 30 years of age and hail from Bhagalpur district in Bihar and that Sallauddin belongs to Jahangir Bassi village in Gopalpur Police Station area.

Meanwhile, the police has also arrested a drug trafficker, Surinder Singh from near the 66 KV Sub Station, near Khuda Lahora, and recovered 1 kg of opium from him.

The ASP Central, Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal informed that the police had received secret information about the accused being in possession of drugs and a team led by SHO Police Station West, Satbir Singh and Addl. SHO Hari Kumar laid a trap and arrested him.

It is learnt that the 35-year-old accused is a resident of Bhatinda. He had reportedly brought the opium from Shergarh Mandi villages in Dabwali. The accused has been booked under Section 18 of the NDPS Act.

Meanwhile, in two separate incidents a scooter and a car stereo were reported as stolen and cases have been registered under Section 379 of the IPC.

Mr Paramjit Singh has alleged that his scooter (CHI-4067) was stolen while he was out of station. A car stereo and two speakers were stolen from Mr Sarabjit Singh’s car at about 11 pm yesterday from the Sector 8 parking on Madhya Marg.


Market fee collection barriers okayed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 22 — The local market committee, at a meeting here today, allowed the setting up of market fee collection barriers at the grain market and the vegetable market to check evasion of market fees.

At the moment the fee collection is lax with several trucks carrying fruit sneaking into the markets without paying the fee. The barriers will help raise the revenue from the present average of about Rs 1.90 crore to about Rs 2.40 crores sources estimated.

The barriers were allowed by voting among members with the chairman , Mr Kesar Singh Hallomajra casting the deciding vote when the committee was divided equally on the issue. In the house of 10 members five — Mr Kesar Singh Hallomajra, Vice Chairman Mr Kuldeep Singh Kajheri, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, Mr Gurdev Singh and Mr Gyanesh Bharti — cast their votes in favour of the barriers. Mr Bharti the SDM (East) was the Administration’s nominee.

Casting their votes against the barriers were Mr Des Raj Gupta, Mr Om Prakash Chawla, Mr Rambir Bhatti, Mr Rattan Chand and Mr Gurdeep Singh. With the opinion divided the Chairman cast the decisive vote. A protest by the members opposing the barriers was lodged saying that the Administrations nominee could not cast his vote on such matters. This was later clarified.

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