Tuesday, March 6, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Admn fixes conversion rates
From leasehold to freehold
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — In a major decision, the Chandigarh Administration has allowed General Power of Attorney (GPA) holders to get residential property changed to their own names by first paying a fixed conversion charge and also 12.5 per cent of the present market value as stamp duty.

The present market value will be fixed by the Estate Office while the stamp duty will be payable for executing the conveyance deed in favour of the GPA holder, said Mr Rakesh Singh, UT Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary Urban Planning while giving out details of the scheme to mediapersons here this afternoon. The scheme has finally been cleared by the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs, he said.

This will apply to all residential properties in the city, Mr Rakesh Singh said while adding that a necessary notification will be issued within a week in consultation with the Legal Remembrancer.

City residents can approach the authority which allotted them land. This can either be the Estate Officer in case of plots or the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in case of flats or land allotted on chunk basis to co-operative societies has to be done by the CHB on an individual member basis. The GPA holder will have to prove link with the owner. In case the GPA holder has died the legal position of his children or the position of any further GPA’s will have to be studied as per provisions of law, said the Finance Secretary.

The scheme for allowing conversion from leasehold to freehold had come in 1996, however, the GPA holders were not being considered. A committee under the chairpersonship of Ms Meenakshi Dutta Ghosh, was formed. The committee recommended the deletion of provisions related to GPA holders.

Seeing the position that close to 20,000 residential properties had been sold on GPA basis the administration again constituted a committee with the Finance Secretary as its chairman, and the Deputy Commissioner, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CHB and the Legal Remembrancer were the other members.

The decision will change the way property is sold and purchased in the city. All sale deeds will now be regularised. This meets a long-pending demand of more than 20,000 flat owners under the LIG, MIG, HIG or the Independent housing schemes launched by the CHB since 1979. And also all leasehold plots allotted since 1973.

The Tribune was the first to come out with the information on February 7.

For GPA regularisation papers shall include: A copy of the GPA with an agreement to sell and a will, if any; an affidavit from the buyer; an indemnity bond from the buyer; an affidavit from the buyer that he or she will remove any building violation existing in the dwelling unit and lastly the original copy of the allotment letter (to be produced for verification) and proof of physical possession by the applicant.

In case of successive GPA holders establishment of continuous link between original allottee and present GPA holder is required. The seller and buyer will be ineligible for further allotments under any other CHB scheme, or society flats.

Delink clause: residents

The CHB Residents’ Federation, an apex body of 25 welfare associations, has again urged the Chandigarh Administration to delink the clause seeking the removal of violations in the flats from that of ownership rights to the general power of attorney (GPA) holders.

In separate representations to the UT Administrator and Adviser, the Chairman, Mr Nirmal Datt, and president, Mr Jatinder Bhatia, also demanded the regularisation of the bulk of additions and alterations through concession in the covered area and without any stress on the uniformity of design.

Following will be the conversion rates from leasehold to freehold


Size of plot:                                        Approximate conversion 

up to 50 sq meters                                      nil

Above 50 and up to 150 sq mts                     Rs 12,000

Above 150 and up to 250 sq mts                   Rs 30,000

Above 250 and up to 350 sq mts                   Rs 50,000

Above 350 and up to 500 sq mts                   Rs 1,06,000

Above 500 and up to 1000 sq mts                 Rs 3,00,000



Category                                                                 Approximate charges

EWS/cheap houses / industrial houses                          nil

LIG                                                                        Rs 4,300

MIG                                                                       Rs 6,100

HIG                                                                        Rs 9,000

HIG upper                                                               Rs 10,700


* For co-operative housing societies: conversion charges will be determined as per area of the site allotted to individual member of a co-operative house building society and the formula to calculate the charges will be the same as applied in case of plots.

* GPA holders will be allowed to get property transferred by paying the fixed conversion charges but will have to pay 12.5 per cent of the present market value as stamp duty.

* Residents can start approaching the estate office or the CHB from the first week of April.



75 Confed employees arrested
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — As many as 75 employees of Confed were arrested by the police after they disrupted the normal flow of traffic and raised slogans against the management. They were booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the Cr P.C. and were later reportedly released on bail.

It is learnt that the 75 employees of the Confed were arrested, when they started raising slogans in front of the main office. The employees from different districts assembled here about 9.50 a.m. and gheraoed the main office. The employees have been agitating for the last 60 days against retrenchment of 311 employees. Leaders of the union today said they could continue their agitation until their demands were fulfilled by the management.

Meanwhile, in a related order Mr K.K. Goyal, Civil Judge (Junior Division), Chandigarh, today restrained employees of the Haryana State Federation of Consumers Cooperative Wholesale Stores (Confed) from “picketing , demonstrating, sitting on dharnas and shouting filthy slogans with in a radius of 50 m of the offices of the plaintiff.”

Mr Goyal handed down a two- page order after considering a civil suit filed by the managing director of Confed, Mr H.S. Rana.

The Confed had retrenched 311 employees sometime ago. Mr Rana claimed that the terminated employees were paid the retrenchment compensation as admissible under the rules. However, these employees had been creating problems for him to discharge his duty. Due to this, he was forced to move a civil suit against the employees in the court.

The Judge in his order held “ I have considered the submissions of learned counsel for the plaintiff and have gone through the authorities cited by him. In view of the contents of the plaintiff and of the stay applications, which are duly supported by an affidavit, and in view of the contents of the letter dated February 16 of defendant No 1 (president of the Haryana Confed Employees Welfare Union, Mr Gurupdesh Singh Virk), it is desirable that prior service of the notice of application under Sections 398, 1 and 2 of the CPC upon the defendants be dispensed with lest the purpose of the suit be not defeated by delay. The defendants are restrained from picketing...”

The judge issued notice of the suit and of the stay application to the defendants for March 7. He ordered that Dasti summons be served on the defendants.

The managing director of the Confed served these orders on various senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration to comply with these orders and restrained the employees from indulging in demonstrations outside the office.

Mr Rana told mediapersons that some of the employees of Confed were obstructed by the agitating employees to enter their office.


Canadian MPs to visit city
Prabhjot singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 The visit of a nine-member all-party Canadian Parliamentary delegation led by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Mrs Elinor Caplan, to the city on March 7 has assumed tremendous importance amidst speculation that the City Trade Office of the Canadian High Commission may be upgraded to a visa office.

It is after a gap of some years that an official Canadian delegation led by a Federal Minister is visiting the city. The last time such a visit took place was when the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi opened its Trade Office here.

Mrs Caplan represents Thornhill Riding in the House of Commons, an area which has a sizeable population of Indo-Canadians and immigrants. Accompanying her on the Indian tour are three Indo- Canadian MPs — Mr Gurbax Singh Malhi (of the ruling Liberal Party), Mr Gurmant Grewal and Mr Deepak Ubhrai (of the main Opposition party, the Canadian Alliance). In the last general elections Mr Malhi was re-elected for the third consecutive term while both Mr Grewal and Mr Ubhrai were re-elected for the second successive term. Mr Grewal represents Surrey Central in British Columbia and Mr Ubhrai Calgary East in the House of Commons.

The other members of the delegation are Mr Reg Alcock (Liberal from Winnipeg South); Ms Colleen Beaumier (Liberal from Brampton, West- Missisauga); Mr Stephen Owen (Liberal from Vancouver Quadra); Ms Judy Sgro (Liberal from York West); and Ms Judy Wasylycia-Leis (NDP from Winnipeg North Centre).

An official release said that the “visit to India will reinforce the importance that Canada places on its people-to-people links with India. Indian immigrants to Canada have created a strong Indo-Canadian community that has contributed significantly to Canada’s progress.

“We also recognise the ongoing contribution of Indian temporary workers as skilled hi-tech professionals in the Canadian economy. This trip is intended to see that these links are strengthened,” the release said.

New Delhi, which is Canada’s largest immigration processing centre abroad, was the first stop of the visiting delegation. It has on its plan visits to Bangalore and Mumbai also.

In fact, after the Pokhran blasts, Canada had imposed sanctions on India besides stopping all official visits to India. It was during these sanctions that a Canadian Parliamentary delegation comprising MPs from the then main Opposition party, the Reforms, undertook a visit to India. It was led by Mr Preston Manning. Mr Gurmant Grewal was a member of that delegation also. Late last year, the Premier of British Columbia, Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, came to India on a private visit.

The Canadian delegation is expected to arrive by the morning Shatabdi Express from New Delhi and will call on the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in the forenoon and the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, in the afternoon before returning to Delhi by the Himalayan Queen. In between, it will visit the northern region headquarters of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and also the Canadian Trade Office in Sector 17.

There has been a continuous and strong demand to upgrade the Trade Office to a full-fledged visa or counsellor’s office. While the Canadian Government has written to the Government of India for permission to upgrade this office, it was initially politely turned down on the plea that the existing policy does not permit diplomatic corps officers to be posted outside the four metropolitan cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

The demand has been supported by not only Indo-Canadian MPs but also by the Punjab Government and the strong Indo-Canadian community. The British Government has also made a similar request to start a visa office either here or in Jalandhar. The visa offices, once allowed, will provide a big relief to the people of this region which has been a very important source area for family-class immigrants and visitors to both Canada and England.


Badal, Jacob greet Muslims on Id
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), and the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today extended heartiest felicitations to all people on the eve of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid).

In a message, the Governor said let this day promote compassion, love and brotherhood amongst all of us ushering in an era of peace and prosperity in the country. He called upon the Punjabis to celebrate the festival collectively to strengthen secular character of the country.

MC office fire not due to short circuit, says report
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — In a report, Subdivisional Magistrate (Central) has held that the fire in the Municipal Corporation building on December 5 was caused either due to negligence of an official or was an act of sabotage by an outsider, according to sources.

The SDM, Mr Prithi Chand, in his report submitted to the UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, has also ruled out the possibility of short circuit causing the fire on the ground floor of the MC building.

The fire had consumed one-fourth of the old records, mostly files pertaining to registration of vehicles prior to 1988. Thousands of files had also been soiled during the process of controlling the fire.

The DC had, subsequently, ordered a probe into the incident and Mr Prithi Chand was appointed the inquiry officer to ascertain the cause of the fire.

Sources today revealed that the SDM had in his report cited three possible causes of the fire. The first, they asserted, was foul play by an outsider. He had possibly thrown a matchstick from outside into the record room. The possibility gains credence as rehri-pheri walas of Sector 22 had been agitating in the premises of the MC building till 3.30 pm that day.

The fire could also have been caused by a candle or matchstick used by a clerk to find some record. It could also have been caused by a `bidi’ thrown callously in the room by an employee.

Despite claims by the senior officials regarding timely action by the fire department to extinguish the fire, the report also mentioned delay in calling additional fire tenders from other fire stations to the spot and the gap of about 25 minutes in the first and second calls received by the fire headquarters. As per the records, the first call was made at 4.15 p.m, while the second was made at 4.39 p.m.

It has been observed that even though the fire incident occurred during office hours at 4.10 pm and the Chief Fire Officer, Mr G.S. Bajwa, was present in the MC office, the emergency call made by the staff at fire headquarters, Sector 17, for two additional fire tenders at 4.16 pm was received by the fire station in Sector 32 at 4.20 p.m. as per their records and these four minutes are vital in such major fires.

It further mentions that if all the six tenders, two each from Sector 17 and 32 and one each from Ram Darbar, Industrial Area-I and Mani Majra were summoned at one time, the damage would have been much less for it would not have flared up the way it did. It was the duty of the Chief Fire Officer, who was present in the building before the outbreak of the fire, to assess the extent of the fire and call the fire tenders required to extinguish the same immediately.

The report also points out that more gas masks and manpower was needed since thick dense smoke had engulfed the building in no time and one gas mask in each fire tender was not sufficient for the purpose.

Holding the State Transport Authority also negligent in the inquiry report, the SDM has stated that why were fire extinguishers and other fire fighting equipment such as sand bags not kept in the ground floor room even though such important records were stored there. Had this been there the employees would have made some initial efforts to put it out at the source itself. The record keeper did make an attempt to extinguish the same as soon as he saw, but in the absence of any sand bags, he had no option but to run out for help. Moreover, the haphazard manner in which the record was lying also led to the flaring of the flames in no time.

The officials of STA have also been held responsible for not taking note of the broken main entrance to the room, from where anyone can enter and indulge in mischief. The Chandigarh police had also registered a case of mischief by fire into the destruction of records stored in the ground floor of the MC building, on a complaint filed by the clerk of the Registration and Transport Authority.

Sources further add that further action will be taken on the basis of the report and the departments concerned will be asked to take corrective measures for their lapses.


PU undergraduate exams from April 4
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — The Panjab University undergraduate examinations for the session 2000-2001 will commence from April 4 this year. Releasing the datesheets of various examinations here today, the university has this time also mentioned the tentative date of declaration of result on the top of the datesheets.

The B.A./B.Sc I year examinations commence on April 4, 2001, and end on May 7. The tentative date of declaration of result for this examination is June 28. BA\BSc II year examinations start on the same date but end on May 9, which include the Honours subjects examinations. The tentative date of declaration of the result of this examination is June 28. The third year BA/BSc examinations commence also on April 4 and end on May 9. The tentative date of declaration of this examinations pass course is June 20 while the honours course results will be declared on June 30.

B.Com I, II and III year pass and honours course examinations are commencing on April 4 and end by April 30. The tentative date of declaration of results of B.Com examinations is May 31.

B.C.A. I, II and III year examinations commence on April 4 and end by April 30. B.B.A. I, II and III year commence on April 4 and end by April 19.The tentative date of declaration of results of these examinations have not been given.

A total of 187 centres all over Punjab and Chandigarh have been listed by the university as centres for examinations. The B.A. general, I, II and III year English compulsory examination for compartment cases will be on April 3.


Lecturers resent teachers’ exam duty in colleges
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, March 5 — Resentment is brewing up among college lecturers against a move by the Punjab School Education Board to put the senior secondary school-level teachers on examination duty in centres located in colleges during the annual examination of the board beginning from March 12. Around 300 centres have been set up in colleges for the matriculation and senior secondary level examination.

As per the decision of the board, at least 75 per cent of staff of examination duty would be from the schools. The issue was raised at a meeting of the executive committee of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union held in Chandigarh. Mr Charanjeet Chawala, general secretary of the union, said it was decided to take up the issue of the chairman of the board. He said the board would be requested to put the school teachers under the supervision of the college lecturers. Dr Kehar Singh, the chairman of the board, was not available for comment.

Sources in the board said another move by the board authorities to appoint JBT teachers, appointed to check copying, could create problems in the conduct of the examination. While the names of the Superintendent and deputy superintendent had been sought by the board from the district education authorities concerned, the DEOs had been asked to put the duties of the supervisory staff (JBT teachers) from this year. Earlier the panel of teachers were sought by the board and then the teachers of high school were given the examination duties.

In another development, the board has decided to extend the services of the teachers — on duty in matric and senior secondary examinations — to the middle class examination beginning from March 27.

Even as the matric and senior secondary school level examination of the board are beginning from March 12, complaints of roll numbers not reaching the candidates are pouring in at the board headquarters here.

Sources in the board said daily a numbers of candidates and their parents were enquiring about the delay in the delivery of the roll numbers as no feedback was available at the district sales book depots. No board official was available to comment on what the authorities were doing on the issue.


Cops gear up for Holi
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — The Chandigarh police has made elaborate arrangements to avoid any untoward incident on Holi. A total of 700 police personnel will be deployed at strategic points to avoid any incidents of hooliganism.

Talking to mediapersons here today, the IGP, Mr Bhim Sein Bassi, warned the revelers against violating the law. He said the police would be posted at the geri route and Panjab University campus. Vigilance would also be stepped up near all girls hostels. He added that the violators would be strictly dealt with and would be booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

He also said all traffic violators, including guys zipping down the lanes in open Gypsies and with the silencers removed, would be challaned. He urged the people to stick to the speed limits and wear helmets. “Revelers should remember that their frolicking should not become harassment of others,” he said.


PU geologist to probe crack
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, March 5 — Terming the two-inch wide crack on the surface of the earth, discovered last night at Nada choe, which sent the district administration in a tizzy as “a natural phenomenon”, geologists from Panjab University said they would need a little more study of the area to determine the exact cause of the crack, here today.

Running for a stretch of nearly 1200 metres, the crack begins in the open field, running through the adjoining fields and ending in a mountain, the two points being located on the opposite side of the Nada Choe.

While the crack is uniformly broad throughout, a major split in the mountain in the protected forest area has taken place, the spot being 10-feet deep and 15-feet wide.

The team of geologists informed that though it was a very “routine” phenomenon for them, it was definately not related in any way to the killer quake of January 26. The team would be visiting the area again tomorrow.

“We have only made preliminary investigations and will be able to give a deduction only after a thorough study of the shape the crack took as it progressed and its extent. Its relation to the Himalayan structures would also be analysed in the coming days,” Prof Ravinder Kumar, said.

It was also added that the mountains were a result of regular eruptions in the area and the fact that the belt was “active” was well-known, with seismic activity continuously going on within the layers of the earth.

Interestingly, it was only last night that the crack was discovered and all officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, Mr SK Monga, along with Administrator, HUDA, Mr Shrikant Walgad, and the Superintendent of Police, Dr CS Rao, went around the area.

Later in the day, Mr Monga contacted the Department of Geology, Panjab University, and sought help in analysing the cause of the crack and expert opinion in the matter.


New Chd-Panchkula bridge opened
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, March 5 — The opening of the new Chandigarh-Panchkula bridge, last night to the public has come as a relief to commuters, harassed by choking traffic at peak hours. It has also eased the traffic situation on the busy road, frequented not only by city residents and those in Panchkula but also by people on their way to Himachal Pradesh.

While construction work on the road had been in progress for many months now, the last week put the public to a lot of inconvenience with the road going to Panchkula being completely blocked to hasten the completion of work.

While traffic was diverted to the alternative route of the Industrial Area in Chandigarh, traffic bottlenecks were common and commuters remained stranded for nearly an hour before they could manage crossing the bridge.

The opening of the road has provided the traffic bursting at its seams with a breather which is not likely to last long. With only the road on the bridge being metaled so far, the remaining will be taken up once the entire work has been completed.

Work is still in progress on the earlier road used by the public for going to Panchkula, the UT Engineering Department is working on removing the divider between the two existing roads. Now, traffic going from Chandigarh would ply on the new road, while that coming from Panchkula would use the road on the existing bridge.

An official informed that testing of the newly built bridge was in progress and a formal inauguration would be made soon. Built at an approximate cost of Rs 3 crore, the road was long overdue in view of the meteoric rise in the number of vehicles. 


Sec 15 market to have proper parking place
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — There is some good news for the residents of Sector 15, who have been demanding a proper parking place in front of the rehri market since long. The Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, during his visit to the sector market today as part of the ‘Mayor- aap ke dwar’ programme directed the officials to reduce the width of the existing berm to make space available for parking and recarpet the same.

The Mayor said the width of the berm should be reduced from 40 ft to 10 ft so that the space can be made available for parking. This will greatly benefit residents of the city. The Mayor also visited two parks in the area and directed the officials to provide road gullies for draining the excess water. Besides this, 10-15 streetlight poles will be provided in the area, particularly near the dhaba market. Residents had pointed out their problems being faced by them due to non-functional streetlights.

The Mayor later visited Sector 22 market and found that rehri and phari wallahs, who had been removed by the enforcement staff, were not present there. However, he has met a delegation of the rehri-phari walah’s representatives and has asked the Deputy Commissioner to look into the matter of providing them with an alternate site. The administration had earlier allotted them a site in Sector 40 but following protests by shopkeepers of the area, they were forced to move out and have been without any work since then. The Mayor has suggested that the administration should try and allot them of land in Sector 38 so that they can earn a living.

Meanwhile, the Mayor has in a note sent to the Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh said three stand by electric water motors be provided for Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran complex so as to overcome the water shortage problem in the areas. Mr Goyal said people in these areas go without proper water supply for days when the only motor catering to 7-8 tubewells in the area goes out of order and the supply is not restored till the motor is repaired.


Goa at Red Bishop
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, March 5 — Talk of Goa and the first thing that strikes the mind is exotic beaches, coupled with peaceful strains of music. All that Goa is about could be witnessed live at Red Bishop which came alive with the renowned music band, Static Glow, which poured out the best in Goan, Spanish and Portugese music.

The moment the band took the stage today, the dance floor stood all ignited, as couples danced their way into midnight. Look for a shy girl and there was none, look for a man asking for the first dance and there was none.

Thanks to the great substance of Panjim Party at the Resort today, it was difficult to find a subdued visitor on the dance floor. The party was all about foot-tapping folk numbers from the land of beaches. The most striking part of the show was the way it helped people shed inhibitions and strike the dance floor. The crowd, jived well into the night.

While the musical groups belted out one number after another, whether it was western pop or classical Goan, it was all appreciated by the public.

The added attraction at the beach was the dancers which presented traditional dances, with compere Evina D’Costa, narrating the story in English. There was much appreciation from the crowd for the violin played by Seby Valadares, whether it was a fast number or one steeped in sadness.

The week-long celebration of Goa, from March 2 to 8, was planned after the runaway success of “Rampur ki dawat”, also planned by the Haryana Tourism Department.


Annie Thomas to hold modelling workshop
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — The city will shortly play host to former Miss India Annie Thomas who will be here for about eight days on a professional tour. Annie has been engaged by a city-based audio-visual production house to impart training in modelling.

Among others who will conduct the 15-day modelling workshop beginning on March 10, will be Doordarshan anchor Mukul Verma and Vivek Gupta of the HMV radio. It is the first workshop of its kind to be organised in this part of the region. Moreover this is the first time that a former Miss India will be conducting a workshop in the city.

The focus of the workshop will not just be on covering the cliched modelling aspects like the catwalk, but on a multifarious development of personality. As Mr Amartya Banerjee of the production house informed, “The idea is to prepare people for jobs in the field of television and print advertisements. We have tie-ups with various music video production houses. So we can also help aspirants to get a chance to work in music videos.”

The workshop will be held at Aroma hotel between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from March 10. Annie will cover aspects like beauty and personality grooming, while Mukul Verma will deal with camera fear. Vivek Gupta, on the other hand will concentrate on voice modulation. “The strength of this workshop will be limited to 20. We will consider many things before we select the finalists,” said Mr Banerjee.

Special attractions of the workshop will be the complimentary portfolios by Shamim Akhtar of NISCHAM, Delhi, special focus on print and electronic modelling which offers a wider scope for placements, placement assistance in print,TV ads as also in music videos, and exposure in television anchoring.

The organisers have also designed specific modules. There will be sessions on imparting communication skills and confidence building measures, tackling camera fear, speech therapy, voice modulation, articulation, and public speaking. Apart from this, there will be tips on how to prepare for contests, training in catwalk, make up, hair styling and dressing.

Enquiries can be made at 701953, 705932, 709280.


Workshop on photo-journalism
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — Mr Peter May of the International Institute of Journalism, Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany, will organise a four-day workshop on photo-journalism at the Chandigarh Press Club from March 7.

The detail of the programme is as follows: March 7 (10 a.m. to 12 noon): Visual communication; March 8 (10 a.m.to 12 noon): Genres of Press photography; March 9 (10 a.m. to 12 noon): Editing of pictures; and March 10 (10 a.m. to 12 noon): Shaping the page of an illustrated magazine.


Functions to mark Women’s Day
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — The Chandigarh police is planning a series of functions to mark the celebrations for the International Women’s Day on March 8 and is also planning to make its personnel aware of the rights and plight of the women.

This was announced by the UT Inspector General of Police, Mr. B.S. Bassi, while addressing a press conference here today. He announced the schedule for the series of programmes being planned in various parts of the city on March 8 and afterwards.

He informed that an essay competition on “Gender Equality- Issues and Solutions” was being planned for the students of various colleges in the city as was a declamation contest on “Women in Consumerism Society” to be held at the GCG, Sector 11 Auditorium on March 8. The winners in both the contests would be given cash prizes of Rs 1,500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 along with gold, silver and bronze medals and commendation certificates, he said.

The police, along with the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy, was also planning to stage street plays on women issues at the Plaza in Sector 17. These plays would be staged in two shifts in the morning and evening on the day. For the less fortunate people, the police, in association with the Jan Shiksha Sansthan, will also host a seminar-cum-workshop at the Janata Colony on Literacy in Women and the rights of the girl child.

“A two-day workshop cum seminar on women related issues will also be organized in the last week of the month,” he said.

Other than this, the SHO of all the police stations in the city have been asked to brief all personnel posted in their police stations regarding the laws meant for the protection of women like the mental and physical harassment of women; dowry deaths; abetment to suicide; outraging the modesty of women; rape; prohibiting the summoning of women to police stations for recording of evidence.


Holi milan samaroh
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — A Holi milan samaroh was organised by the Purvanchal Welfare Association at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, here on Sunday. The programme was presented by members of the association from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. Bhojpuri song and dance were the main attraction of the day.

The association demanded a direct rail link between Chandigarh, Ballia and Chapra. Vice-Chancellor, Punjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, was the chief guest and the Director, CSIO, Dr R.P. Bajpai, was also present. A souvenir was released.


Licence a must for insurance agents
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — Private insurers definitely have a tough task ahead for there aren’t many licence-holding agents.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) more than six months back laid down new rules for obtaining an insurance agent licence. For this purpose an agent will have to undergo training from an approved training centre and clear an examination thereafter.

The IRDA regulation is applicable to only aspirant agents. The agent will have to identify himself and the insurance company which he is representing. The only training centre in the region is here.

Recently, a national-level examination (first time in country after new regulations for general insurance agents) was conducted here, where despite the hype less than 10 candidates appeared for the examination.

“More number of applicants are expected to pour in after the companies start their operations”, says Mr B K Sharma, Chairman, UGCE, Insurance Institute for Education and Training. The companies are advertising for the new agents . After receiving and scrutinising the applications, the selected candidates will be sponsored for training by the company which will, later, absorb the person , he said.

Residents submit memorandum
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — A delegation of the LIG Residents Welfare Association, Sector 41-D, led by Mr R.K. Mann and Mr S.K. Juneja, president and general secretary, respectively, met the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, on Monday to draw his attention to the problems being faced by them.

In a memorandum submitted to the Mayor, the association highlighted the non-provision of streetlights from House no 3148 to Government Model High School, Sector 41-D, and low water pressure. Development of five small parks and development of greenbelt from the petrol station to Shivalik Public School were also demanded.


Woman dupes boutique owner
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, March 5 — She stays in a locality for a week or so. Builds confidence in her “victims” through references and make purchases, even bread and butter, on credit. Pays shopkeepers through cheques but disappears before it bounces. Several residents of the town, including a vegetable vendor, have fallen prey.

The 30-year-old married woman, referred to as Suniana, alias Sushma, by her victims targeted a locality in Phase 7 here. By the time the residents came to know about her, she disappeared after vacating the house in Phase 3B-1. Ms Joginder Kaur, who runs a boutique-cum-furniture shop in Phase 7, was cheated of Rs 12, 000. Reports of the woman duping a servant of a TV set have also been received.

The 65-year old Joginder Kaur, who filed a complaint with the police on February 27, said “ The woman moved in a house opposite her boutique on February 18 and told that she was taking tuitions and was employed at Rs 4,000 per month in a creche of Phase 7. She gave reference of her retired doctor landlord and bought items worth Rs 1,000. Next day she purchased some stitched suits, a pudding set and some other items on credit. On February 26 she purchased bed worth Rs 2,600 and promised to pay the pending amount through a cheque”.

She then asked for five currency notes of Rs 100 denominations and promised to give a note of Rs 500 denomination. A pendant was also purchased from the boutique. The modus operandi of the woman was revealed when the boutique owner went to a bank to encash the cheque only to know that there were no money in the account. Further inquires revealed that she was just earning Rs 400 at the creche. She said she was living with an unidentified man.

The parents of the woman living in Phase 1 here reportedly expressed their helplessness as they had disowned her, claimed Ms Joginder Kaur. The SP, Mr G.S. Chauhan, said the police would inquire into the matter and take suitable action.


Young man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — A young man, Mr Baldev Singh, is alleged to have committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his Phase IX, Mohalli, residence here this morning. It is learnt that Baldev Singh was rushed to the PGI at around 9:30 am, but he died in the hospital after around three hours.

Booked for impersonation
The police has booked two persons for impersonation and criminal conspiracy while they were appearing as candidates in the railway recruitment examinations in place of the original candidates.

It is alleged that Tarlok Singh and Rawat Singh, both residents of Patna in Bihar were impersonating as Sanjeev Kumar and Anand Kumar in the railway recruitment exams being held at the Government Model School, Sector 20-D, yesterday. Both the accused have been booked under sections 419, 467, 468 and 120- B of the IPC, after a complaint was submitted by the assistant secretary of the Railway Recruitment Board, Mr. Vinod Prashar.

Caught red-handed
A man was caught red-handed while attempting to steal a drill machine from the CTU Depot No. 1 last evening. According to an FIR registered under sections 380 and 411 of the IPC,Mr. Pratap Chand has alleged that Jagtar Singh, a resident of Ramna village in Ludhiana district, was caught while stealing the drill machine.

Kinetic stolen
A Kinetic Honda was reportedly stolen from the parking in front of Kala Bhawan yesterday. The police has registered a case under section 379 of the IPC on the complaint of the owner, Surbhi Baghi.

Drinking in public
A man was arrested by the police from Khokha Market, Sector 52 on charges of drinking at a public place. A quarter containing 100 ml. of whisky was recovered from the possession of Chattar Pal and he has been booked under various sections of the Excise Act.

Three injured
Three persons were reportedly injured in different accidents that took place in the city during the past 24 hours. Sunil Kumar was injured when the cycle he was riding was hit by a scooter near the Sector 14- 15 light point. A nine year old child, Babri, a resident of Janta Colony, was injured when he was hit by a scooter in Sector 25 this morning.

In another incident, a four-year-old child, Dinesh, was injured when he fell off the roof of his house in Bapu Dham Colony this morning. In all the cases, the victims have been admitted for the PGI.

Body recovered
The police recovered an unidentified body of a man from the Sukhna Lake this evening. The age of the man appears to be between 25 and 30 years and his height is around 5’-5”. The man was wearing black trousers and a light-coloured shirt. It appears that the body had surfaced on the lake after one week.


Molestation alleged
Ms Karmo Devi, a resident of Nayagoan village, today alleged that she was molested and assaulted by two persons, Somnath and Billu, while she was on way to deliver food to her husband working in fields outside the village.

In a complaint to the Station House Officer (SHO) of Nayagoan, the victim said her clothes were torn by the accused. She was rescued by her husband. A copy of the complaint has been sent to the National Human Rights Commission, and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar.

Action against cops
A constable , Swaran Singh, and a home guard jawan, Gurmeet Singh, have been sent to police lines for harassing a family of Phase 1 here in connection with a case.


Kinetic stolen on pretext of test-drive
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, March 5 — To advertise for the “sale” your vehicle in any newspaper has become an open offer to vehicle thieves in Panchkula. This proved true when an unidentified woman, in her mid twenties, reached a Sector 9 house and took away a Kinetic scooter on the pretext of a test ride on Saturday afternoon.

The woman reportedly reached the house of Ms Susham Verma who had given an advertisement for the sale of their scooter (HR-03A-4104) in a newspaper on Saturday. She reached the house at about 1.15 pm in the absence of the scooter owner.

The woman came by a rickshaw and asked Mrs Verma’s daughter, Shalini Verma, that she had gone through the advertisement and wants to buy the vehicle. She reportedly also wanted to take a test ride of the scooter before purchasing it.

Shalini stated that the “buyer” took the scooter keys and wanted to go on a short ride. “I refused her, saying that the deal of the scooter will be done with her parents only. But she forcibly took the keys, kicked the scooter and never returned,” complained Shalini.

Mrs Verma, who is a school teacher, was shocked as she narrated the episode. She alleged that she had seen a muffled person riding her scooter on the Panchkula- Ramgarh road on the same day while returning home back from duty.

A complaint has also been lodged with Sector 10 police station in this regard.

It is learnt that a gang of vehicles thieves is active in Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and the women members of this gang dupe innocent residents. They keep a close watch on locked houses.


Lawyer detained
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, March 5 — In yet another case of an alleged assault of an advocate by the SAS Nagar police, Mr Rajesh Sharma, a practising advocate in district courts here, was allegedly detained illegally in the Phase 8 police station in SAS Nagar.

Taking up the issue, the District Bar Association of Chandigarh today condemned the incident. The president of the District Bar Association, Mr N.K Nanda, alleged that Mr Rajesh Sharma was detained and harassed by the police personnel when he went there in connection with some complaint. Mr Nanda said the Bar had sent a letter of complaint to the DGP, Punjab, and the Chief Justice of India.

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