Thursday, March 22, 2001,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Compensation rates fixed for Anandgarh oustees
Nishikant Dwivedi

Kansal (Kharar), March 21
Compensation rates for land falling under the proposed township of Anandgarh have been fixed by the District Level Price Fixation Committee. The maximum price has been fixed for Kansal village. Compensation in all other 28 villages will be same , however, special rates have been fixed for land along the Chandigarh — Kurali road , link roads village link roads and land adjoining phirni’s.

Besides this a solatium for forced acquisition at the rate of 30 per cent of the compensation price and an interest at the rate of 12 per cent from the date of issuance of notices under section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, will be payable

The committee fixed prices for 23 villages. The land prices for six villages — Togan, Dhanauran, Chaharmajra, Basepur, Tira and Sangalan — were announced last year at the same rates.

According to information, for the chahi (fertile), gair mumkin (non-cultivated) and barani (rain-fed land) type of land in the Kansal village, the committee has recommended a price of Rs 10.50 lakh per acre. For the land falling on the either side of the Chandigarh - Kurali road (one acre on either side) in the Mullanpur - Garibdas village rate has been fixed at Rs 8.50 lakh per acre. While Rs 8 lakh per acre has been recommended. For the above types of land in the Ferozpur Bangar village.

The compensation rate for the land along the link roads and the phirnies (lal dora) in rest of the 20 villages has been fixed at Rs 7.50 lakh. For the remaining chahi, gair mumkin and barani land in the 22 villages, including Mullanpur Garibdas and Ferozpur Bangar, the Committee has recommended Rs 7 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 6 lakh, respectively.

On the other hand, for the land on which there are tube wells compensation will be paid at the price of fertile land. The price of gair mumkin river and flowing river (chahi) in the villages has been fixed at Rs 3.50 lakh. Rs 2.50 lakh and Rs 1 lakh per acre will be paid for river barani and river bed type of land, respectively, in the village.

According to sources in the Punjab Government the reason behind high prices for Kansal was its proximity to Chandigarh. The brick kiln mines in all the villages, irrespective of their land type were recommended a price of Rs 4 lakh per acre. 


Salaries take the lion’s share of PU budget
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Nearly 85 per cent of the total expenditure of Panjab University would be on the salaries alone, indicates the varsity budget for the following session.

The budget comes up for discussion in the Senate meeting on March 25.

The estimated budget for 2001-2002 is of Rs 7728.02 lakh. It also features additional demands worth Rs 152.86 lakh, sources said here today.

Prominent reasons for budget enhancement on salaries include increased salary bills due to pay revision, annual increments and increase in number of retirees besides others. The increased budget also includes additional demands from various departments.

It also proposes Rs 10 crore for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme. Government has also been repeatedly asking the varsity to generate its own resources which is a significant development especially during times of cash crunch. Despite a Panjab and UT Administration guarantee of 60: 40 funding of the finances, it has been no easy job of PU to manage grants.

Sources said the university had marked Rs 382.15 lakh in the name of additional grants, but the government opposition to the move led to nearly 60 per cent cut in the total.

The revised budget estimate for 2000-2001 is 6987.54 lakh. The actual income of the university has been more by Rs 5 crore than what was estimated. It gathered Rs 2345 lakh against the planned Rs 1828 lakh.

Main contributors for the university budget include entrance examination for the B.Ed course, it increase in the fee structure, registration and re-evaluation fee and increase in fee from the contestants in the graduate constituency of the university Senate, besides others.

The university budget also shows its move the contributing back to the expenditure done out of the fund bag higher education on infrastructural development earlier, only the interest generated on the amount in this fund was supposed to be spend.

The budget shows that Rs 824 lakh were deducted from the income of 1998-1999 for paying back to the Higher Education Fund. But no contribution was paid back to the fund. The main reason ascribed is that the fund release from both the funding agencies was less than requirement.

The budget this year figures Rs 914 lakh to be deducted as contributions from the income and Rs 1152 lakh for the forthcoming session.Back


Discussion on new courses
PU Academic Council meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The proposal for new courses in Panjab University and minor alterations to the existing ones comes up for discussion at the Academic Council meeting here tomorrow.

The council is also likely to discuss the syllabus for the course in Defence Studies.

The timing of the meeting in Marchm, which is well before the forthcoming academic session, is a commendable effort in the wake of the existing situation when the meetings usually staggered to middle of the year.

One interesting item is a proposal of reintroduction of a postgraduate degree course in defence and strategic studies from the forthcoming session and the second year in the subsequent session.

The course existed till 1998 when the university decided to discontinue the course amidst protests from various quarters. One question was that the course existed at the graduation level and its removal from the postgraduate level was not befitting.

Out of 21 items listed for the meeting, one pertains to introduction of courses in Bachelor in Library and Information Science and MA (Sociology) in the Correspondence Department from the forthcoming session.

New courses on the list of discussions at the meeting include MSc (Statistics) in Mathematics Department, BSc (Bio Technology) and BSc (Computer Science).

Also on the agenda is a letter of the ADPI (Punjab) dated August 30, 2000, asking PU for introduction of NCC as an additional or an optional subject.

The university also proposes to introduce Bachelor of Computer Applications (honours) and Master in Information Science from the forthcoming session.

A graduate seeking admission in MA (Psychology) should have opted for the subject at the graduation level. Earlier, students of philosophy who were also eligible would no longer qualify for admission.

One item refers to a proposal by Principal Tarsem Bahia that Punjabi be made compulsory at the graduate level in arts and first years of BCom, BCA and BBA.

For admission in the BEd courses, a candidate needs to have secured at least 50 per cent at the graduation level.

A postgraduate needed only 45 per cent but the candidate should have opted for at least two teaching subjects of the school while appearing at the graduation level.


Admn nets over Rs 59 cr from liquor vend auction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Despite the gloom in liquor trade in Punjab and Haryana, the auction of 70 liquor vends in the union territory today netted Rs 59.22 crore for the Chandigarh Administration, Rs 53.5 lakh more than last year.

Chart indicating the rise in revenue through auction of liquor vends

Year  Revenue Rs (in crore)



















Note: in 1997-98, prohibition was in force in Haryana

This marginal hike is being seen as a ‘‘good job’’ among excise officials as the auctions in Punjab and Haryana have fetched amounts less than the bids offered last year. In neighbouring Panchkula and SAS Nagar, the auctions are yet to be held, besides Rajpura and parts of Ropar. The entire trade is affected as rates in contiguous areas should be more or less the same to prevent smuggling of liquor.

Just like last year, the vends were auctioned in five groups carved out of geographical location of the vends. In two groups, the auction went below last year’s bid but the revenue was made up with the other three groups bringing about a hike over last year.

One of the groups which were auctioned at lesser rates than last year were the group of vends in Sectors 22, 35,20,34 and 21. This year, the bid was Rs 5.21 crore, down from Rs 5.39 crore last year. The other group to suffer loss was of the group of vends in Sectors 32, 46, 31, 47, Kajheri, Badheri and Palsora. The group was auctioned at Rs 8.25 crore, as against Rs 8.76 crore last year.

The successful bidders deposited 5 per cent of the bid money as security amount at the fall of the hammer. Another 5 per cent will be deposited before March 31. Another 2.5 per cent of the bid money will be deposited till April 7. The rest of the money is recovered over the entire financial year as vend owners keep on making sales and depositing the money.

The auction was conducted by Mr Prithi Chand, SDM Central cum Collector Excise, at the Tagore Theatre. The bidding process was completed in about 90 minutes.

The observer from the Chandigarh Administration was Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Joint Secretary Finance.Back


Woman steps in!

A woman bidding for control of liquor trade! An odd and an amazing sight, yet true. A local resident, Ms Mohinder Kaur, created history in liquor trade in this region as she and her company stepped into a typically male bastion by successfully bidding to control a portion of the Rs 100-crore liquor trade in the city.

Her company will be controlling one group comprising about a dozen liquor vends in the union territory. Ms Mohinder Kaur was actually forced to enter the field as her husband, Taranjit Singh, a liquor trader, died last year. Surprised excise officials confirmed that never before had a company headed by a woman bid in liquor auctions.


House tax assessment survey soon
50 per cent concession for residential areas
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 21
Survey work for assessment of house tax within the limits of the Municipal Council of Panchkula will begin in the last week of March. To be completed in three months, it will be done at a rate of 10 per cent of the annual value of buildings and limits of the municipality.

Sources said the tax would vary between Rs 2,000 and Rs 9,000, depending on the size of the plot and value of the property. For a 25-year-old 10-marla house with constructed area of 1125 sq ft, Rs 794.53 will have to be paid.

Formula for calculation of house tax

Total value of property = (total constructed areax300)(100-age of property) + (size of plotxcollector rate) (TVA) 100

Special concession of 50 per cent on TVA = (TVA) x (50/100)

Depreciation cost=TVA1 x (5/100)

Maintenance cost=DCx (10/100)

Annual value after the concessions= DC - MC

House Tax= AVCx (10/100)

The Administrator, HUDA, also holding additional charge of Administrator, Municipal Council, said the employees of the computer agency entrusted with the task of getting information would go from door to door, handing over assessment forms to the residents.

“We have specified the formula for determining the cost of property which the residents can themselves verify, thereby ensuring transparency in the process. Following this assessment, the owner will be notified the tax to be levied on his property,” he added.

After this, the residents will be given a month’s time to file objections, if any, and a hearing will be held, and once the proceedings are completed, the authorities will begin issuing notices for house tax by July.

According to details provided by the office, the tax will be evaluated on the cost of construction added to the cost of the land. A valuation fee of Rs 300 per sq ft has been evaluated for buildings with concrete ceilings and Rs 150 per sq ft for those with wooden ceilings.

For residential area, a special concession of 50 per cent will be given on this amount, which will not be in case of commercial property. Out of this, the depreciation and maintenance cost will be deducted. The council will levy a tax of 10 per cent on this amount.

The notification for house tax exempts mosques, temples, churches, dharamshalas, gurdwaras, charitable hospitals and dispensaries, orphanages, alm houses, drinking water fountains, municipal buildings and land, Muslim graveyards, Hindu cremation grounds, Christian cemeteries, imambaras, government nazul lands under the management of the committee and government agricultural lands which are cultivated and assessed to land revenue.

While all newly constructed buildings for a period of three years will be calculated from the date of completion, those residential buildings and land where annual value does not exceed Rs 1200 will be exempted.

Besides, all buildings and lands owned by religious, educational or charitable institutions, duly registered, non-transferable and providing services without any charge to the community, as also residential buildings and land owned by widows and 100 per cent handicapped persons, provided they have no house elsewhere in the state, will be exempted if the annual value does not exceed Rs 2400.

The notification also exempts all buildings and land owned by ex-servicemen or families of the deceased soldiers and ex-servicemen with no house elsewhere in the state and residing in it themselves.

The formation of the council had stirred a hornet’s nest, with residents opposing the move tooth and nail for fear of imposition of taxes. Also, the arbitrary approach in evaluation of cost of property was a cause of concern. However, to the relief of residents, the process of calculation has been specified in the forms, enabling the residents to calculate taxes on their own.Back



PSNA honours 3 performers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
There sure were certain things about the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi’s annual function which made it stand out both in content and in presentation. Apart from the heartening visitation which the Tagore Theatre saw, the day was also made worthwhile on account of some very sensible “not-so-routine” speeches by the award winning stars of the evening — renowned Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann, film star-turned-politician Raj Babbar and kathak dancer Shobha Koser. Further zing to the whole affair was lent by the informal speech of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was the chief guest for the evening.

This year the Akademi has given away awards in three categories — film, song and classical dance. While Raj Babbar was awarded for giving much-needed lift to Punjabi cinema, Gurdas Mann was honoured for his sensible strategy of blending the rich Punjabi folk music with the contemporary tunes. Ms Koser was honoured for her contribution to the classical dance in Punjab. The awards, given away by the Punjab Chief Minister, constituted a citation, a shawl and some cash, along with the pencil sketch of the respective winners prepared by Rahi Mahinder Singh.

The occasion was well begun and well concluded, excepting those bits of apprehension which the gathering had to bear on account of the late arrival of Mr Raj Babbar. He was delayed due to murder of a close friend at Agra last night. The actor still managed to reach Chandigarh.


Craze for petrol stations, gas agencies declines
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Winds of change have begun to blow through yet another sector of the economy in this part of the country. In great demand not very long ago, licences for petrol stations, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) agencies and kerosene outlets are no longer a hot favourite with people as they used to be.

Growing competition, diminishing returns and the impending decontrol of the petroleum sector appear to have combined to curb to a large extent the mad rush for such licences in the region. Prospective owners who were willing to spend lakhs of rupees to acquire licences are no longer as enthusiastic, according to well-informed sources in the public sector oil companies.

Petrol stations, gas agencies and kerosene outlets have always been looked upon as sure money spinners. They require modest funds, limited management skills and are viewed as a safe investment with assured returns. Little wonder, there has always been a great demand from all and sundry for them. It is not uncommon to come across instances where considerations other than merit are alleged to have weighed with the powers that be while making the allotments.

A few years ago, two former Union Ministers, Capt Satish Sharma and Mr Buta Singh, were hauled up by courts for the injudicious allotment of petrol stations, etc.

In a bid to regulate their allotment and bring about transparency in the procedure, the Government of India constituted oil selection boards for different states which invite applications, conduct interviews and make the allotments.The boards are headed by retired judges of the high courts of various states.

There are at present 53 oil selection boards in the country. Punjab has two while Haryana has three. They advertise in newspapers from time to time to invite applications and conduct interviews for making allotments in accordance with a plan drawn up by the public sector oil companies. On an average, 15 licences are given in a month.

According to informed sources in the oil selection boards, there has been a definite fall in the number of applicants for petrol stations, gas agencies and kerosene outlets. The decline has been up to 40 per cent in the case of gas agencies and between 30 and 40 per cent in the case of petrol stations. There are only a few takers for kerosene outlets.

A government move to open gas agencies in village clusters has not succeeded because they are not considered viable.

Despite an elaborate system put in place by the government for the allotment of petrol stations, gas agencies and kerosene outlets through the oil selection boards, loopholes remain. Every time an oil selection board invites applications for the allotment of a petrol station, a gas agency or a kerosene outlet, its officials are swamped with calls from MLAs, MPs, Ministers, Chief Ministers and even Central Ministers, “recommending” the case of one prospective allottee or the other. Little wonder, most of the allotments are later challenged in courts and become the subject matter of prolonged litigation.


Case registered against Mayor’s men
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, March 21
After much deliberation regarding the jurisdiction for registering a case of assault, the Chandigarh Police registered a case against three unidentified persons of Chandigarh Mayor’s group after more than 24 hours here today.

Earlier, a Manimajra resident, Mr Hari Dass Garg had complained to the Panchkula Police that he was beaten up by three unidentified persons allegedly related to the Mayor of Chandigarh, Mr Raj Kumar Goel on Tuesday morning.

Mr Dass had alleged that the car borne assailants had called him out of the Yoga Mandir in Shivalik Enclave, Manimajra, and had beaten him up. In the fight one of his legs was fractured and she was admitted to the PGI in Chandigarh.

Mr Raj Kumar Goel, has however, denied the allegation saying that it is a move to defame him.

The Chandigarh Police registered a case under Sections 323, 325, 34 of the Indian Penal Code against three members of Goel group today.


Land grab bid: four booked
Our Correspondent

Kharar, March 21
The local police has booked four persons in connection with the incident of setting on fire some guhares belonging to Dalits in nearby Kailon village over the attempt to take possession of panchayat land on March 19.

The case has been registered on the complaint of the Sarpanch, Mrs Gurmeet Kaur, and panches and residents of the village.

They alleged that on March 19 at 8 pm the Guhares were set on fire by Sukhdev Singh, Buta Singh, Manna Singh and Balraj Singh.

They demanded that the Dalits should be given compensation and the persons who were in possession of the land for the past 50 years should be given possession. The case has been registered under Sections 435 and 506, IPC, and Section 3 of the S C Act.

Meanwhile, Mr Maan Singh Manheda, state secretary of the BSP, has threatened that their agitation would continue till all accused were arrested.

He said an urgent meeting of workers of the party had been called for March 22 at the Civil Rest House, Kharar, to formulate further course of action.


Moderate showers in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Moderate showers lashed the city and its surrounding areas early this morning resulting in pleasant weather. The local met office has said that there is possibility of rain tomorrow also.

The rain is being caused by western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir coupled with upper cyclonic movement over Haryana. Reports have come in from Himachal Pradesh indicating widespread rain, Mr S.C.Bhan, Director of the local met office, said tonight. Rain has also lashed plains in Punjab and Haryana.

Light showers in the city and its peripheral areas provided relief from a prolonged dry spell. Throughout the day sky was cloudy as the maximum day time temperature was recorded at 28°C, 1° below the normal average for this time of the year. The rain was recorded at 3 mm.


Admn refers to records for assessing loss
Kabari Market Colony fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
In view of the exaggerated caims of the jhuggi dwellers regarding the number of jhuggis which were gutted in a major fire which broke out in Kabari Market Colony in Industrial Area, Phase-I, on Sunday night, the UT Administration has finally used the records of the Estate Office to detect the exact number of affected people and the loss incurred.

While the colony dwellers and their leaders maintained that the number of jhuggis gutted was more than 250, a quick survey conducted by the Estate Office staff revealed that only 80 to 90 jhuggis were gutted that night. The police and fire staff had earlier undertaken an exercise to ascertain the loss incurred but had to give it up since the dwellers were telling exaggerated numbers to claim more compensation. Even as 3 to 4 persons were sharing a jhuggi, they were claiming that each of them had a separate jhuggi.

The Chief Fire Officer, Mr G.S. Bajwa, said further investigations had revealed that the fire was possibly caused by a burning mashaal when it fell on one of the jhuggis. The dwellers were dancing with burning mashaals as part of some celebrations. The fire was caused by a spark and the hutments being made of inflammable material, the fire spread in no time. The loss was calculated to be to the tune of Rs 3 lakh as each jhuggi dweller on an average had belongings worth Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500.

The Station Fire Officer, Mr S.K. Gosain, had been asked to verify the alleged complaint of misbehaviour by the employee on duty at the Industrial area fire station with the colony dwellers. Action would be taken on the basis of the report submitted by him.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, district : 4, Chandigarh, criticised the UT Administration as well as the Municipal Corporation for their indifferent attitude towards the jhuggi dwellers of Industrial Area-Phase-I.

In a joint statement, Mr Shashi Shanker Tiwari, district president of BJYM, Mr Harishanker Mishra, president, labour colony cell, BJP, and Mr Rajan Srivastava , mandal secretary of mandal 15, said officials of the Administration and MC were giving false assurances.

They demanded that every jhuggi dweller should be given Rs 50,000 as compensation. They further alleged that the fire station, situated hardly 50m away, failed to save a single jhuggi.

They later met the Deputy Commissioner, who assured them that the Administration would make arrangements of milk and bread for children but nothing had been done so far. The MC had also not taken any steps to level the surface.

Officials maintained that wood and dry rations were being provided to them for their meals. The UT Red Cross had also given them clothes and other daily-need items. 


Speed thrills many, kills 19
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Overspeeding — courtesy the city’s wide roads — and rash driving as a result of the burgeoning vehicular traffic are the two most important contributing factors for the hundreds of accidental deaths that take place in the city each year.

In spite of an active traffic police and the “overdrive” launched by them to preach road safety to the denizens of the city, it has reportedly served little purpose. The deaths of the two 16-year-old Class IX students in Sector 38 yesterday, is another example where rash and negligent driving proved fatal.

Though the police claims that the number of fatal as well as non-fatal accidents and the people killed on the roads this year is less than the number of people killed during the same time last year, the number of such deaths still remain high.

The figures available from the Chandigarh Police show that as many as 19 persons have been killed on the city’s roads till date this year. In fact this month alone, as many as four persons were killed, including the two boys, Rahil and Charandeep. As many as 15 persons were killed in 14 fatal accidents that took place in the various parts of the city during the first two months of this year. Other than this, around 64 non-fatal accidents took place this year and around 90 persons have been injured.

As compared to this, in 2000 120 persons were killed and 453 injured. Till this date, nearly 80 persons were killed in 16 fatal accidents last year. Ninety persons were also injured in more than 60 non-fatal accidents.

It may be noted that the traffic in the city has been increasing at a massive rate. Around 5.5 lakh vehicles that have been registered locally ply on the roads in addition to around 1 lakh other vehicles that ply on the roads entered from the neighbouring satellite townships of Mohali and Panchkula as well as the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. The police claims that the congestion on roads is also largely responsible for the accidents.

The police has also identified various points where most accidents occur like the TPT Light Point, Railway Light Point, Sukhna Choe Bridge, near Hallo Majra, near Cricket Stadium, Mauli Jagran brick-kiln, Piccadily Chowk, Shahpur Chowk and the Sector 17-18 Light Point.

The SP, Traffic and Security, Mr Balbir Singh, when contacted, said the police had been making efforts on its part to create road awareness.


Dy Mayor meets Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala along with Congress Councillor, Sunita today met the UT Administrator, Lt Gen (retd) J.F.R Jacob, and gave a memorandum highlighting specific problems of their respective wards.

They pointed out in the memorandum that EWS category houses in Bapu Dham and tenement houses in Ram Darbar Phase II and Sectors 29, 30, 34, 37 and 38 were allotted on hire purchase basis to allottees on easy instalment and sought that even those whose allotments were not on hire-purchase basis be allowed to pay in instalments and the registry of all those who have deposited all their instalments be done. The said colonies, it may be recalled, were settled by the administration under the rehabilitation scheme.

They also demanded that further land evaluation must be done in Bapu Dham Colony Phase I, II and III, Dhanas colony, Karsan colony and other colonies . The plots should also be made available under hire purchase scheme and owners be given ownership rights.

Besides this, the facility of getting house registries on power of attorney basis should be extended to colonies also.They also sought more funds for the development of colonies, to improve the condition of roads, arrangements of water, electricity, sanitation and sewerage in these areas.

Mr Kala has further demanded that notices issued by MC under Section 415 of the Act be retrieved because the construction of these houses undertaken 35-40 years back were not objected to by the erstwhile panchayats and Notified Area Commitee.


Two MC officials to relinquish charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Two senior officials of the engineering wing of the Municipal Corporation will be relinquishing charge at the end of this month.

According to information available, the Chief Engineer, MC, Mr Puranjit Singh, will be officiating as the Chief Engineer, UT, following the retirement of the incumbent, Mr RK Jain, on March 31 and is likely to succeed him after the Departmental Promotion Committee meeting in April.

Mr Manmohanjit Singh, Superintending Engineer (Public Health), will also relinquish charge on March 30 as he is being repatriated to his parent state of Punjab. He is due for promotion as Chief Engineer in Punjab following the DPC meeting.

Sources reveal that SE (Construction Circle), Mr VK Bhardwaj, is likely to succeed Mr Puranjit Singh. Mr Swaran Singh Kamal, Executive Engineer, Public Health-2, is likely to be appointed in place of Mr Manmohanjit Singh.


Front constituents fail to work out joint strategy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The People’s Front, floated as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress in New Delhi a week ago, seems to be a non-starter in the city.

With the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh(MCC) slated to be held later this year, the local constituents of the front — the Communist Party of India, Marxist (CPM), the Communist Party of India(CPI), the Janata Dal(S) and the Samajwadi Party(SP) — have till now failed to get their act together.

In fact the parties reportedly have failed to work out a joint strategy to expose the “failure” of BJP-SAD alliance in the MCC during the last four years and that of the Congress during this year. These constituents at the best play a marginal role in the local politics and do not have any elected councillor in the civic body.

Besides this, they have even failed to put up a united agitation against the BJP-led government in the wake of the government’s alleged dubious role in the defence deal as exposed by recently.

The CPI, the CPM and the JD(S) held a rally here on March 20 to “expose the misdeeds of the culprits caught red-handed by the website”.

The SP woke up from its slumber rather late and organised a rally in Sector 20 yesterday to demand the resignation of the Atal Behari Vajpayee government for its role in the defence deal. Acting smartly, the party organised the agitation coinciding with the visit of cinestar Raj Babbar, who is also in charge of the party affairs for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Mr Babbar is here in connection with the award-giving ceremony by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademy.

It may be recalled that the People’s Front was formed under the leadership of the veteran CPM leader, Mr Jyoti Basu on March 15. Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, SP chief, was named the convener of the front.

Sources said the front, a resurrection of the erstwhile United Front, was likely to have limited success, if the past record of its constituents was any indication.


Action against NDA Govt sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The Rashtriya Raksha Dal today demanded harsh and timely action against those found guilty in the expose by the

a statement issued by the RRD chief, Col Harsharan Singh (retd), decried the incompetence of the Central Government to detect security lapses not only in the case of Kargil intrusion but also in the the current case of corruption in the Ministry of Defence and the PMO.

He said the RRD did not want a change in the government as it would lead to horse-trading. Meanwhile, members of the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Janata Dal , led by their local leaders held a protest rally at the Tribune Chowk here yesterday.

A number of members of these parties gathered near the Central Poultry farm in Industrial Area in the evening and marched to the Tribune Chowk.

The leaders demanded that the NDA Government should quit honorably for its failure to prosecute the corrupt politicians, who were found guilty following the exposure of corruption in the government.

They added that the shameful drama on TV exposed by website, had bared the ugly face of leaders of the BJP-led NDA, and had also shaken the confidence of the people.

The rally was addressed by the secretary of CPI, Mr Devi Dayal Sharma, Mr Inderjit Singh Grewal of CPI(M), the general secretary of Janata Dal (Secular), Mr Rajendra Mohan Kashyap.

The industrial workers of various unions affiliated to CITU took out a rally here yesterday to protest against the anti-people policies of the Central Government.

The rally started from Sector 1 here and ended at the office of the Labour Inspector, Parwanoo. The workers raised slogans against the Central and State Governments.

While addressing the rally, Om Dutt, the district president of CITU, Sloan, said rampant corruption in Central Government had endangered the security of the nation. 


Baithak inauguration on March 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
CITCO is all set to open a new restaurant ‘Baithak’ at Kalagram on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road, Mani Majra. The outlet will be inaugurated by Lieut Gen JFR Jacob (retd), Administrator, UT, on March 23. This information was given by Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator and Chairperson, CITCO, here today.

The restaurant, which is situated amidst beautiful landscape and serene green surroundings, can accommodate nearly 125 persons. According to the Managing Director, CITCO, Mr S.P Singh, to begin with the restaurant will introduce the concept of Amritsari dhaba by offering peethi puri with aloo bhaji and chana, Amritsari fish, dal Amritsari, phirni and badam shorba etc. Besides this, for the initial 10 days, sumptuous Mexican and Italian food will also be served.

He said the other attractions were few shops where earthen potteries (locally made), ceramic crockery, designer candles and other artifacts will be made available besides bakery products, ice cream and chat papri.


Plea to reverse PSEB decision
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, March 21
Mr Amrik Singh, a local municipal councillor, today demanded that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) should reverse the decision to charge commercial rates for power supplied to government schools and other establishments.

He criticised the PSEB for charging such high rates from various government institutions such as schools, hospitals and dispensaries which were generally giving free services to the public. These were not commercial establishments. He said if the board could not give any concession to these establishments, it should at least charge domestic rates from them.Back



Sidhu Press Club President again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The office-bearers of the Governing council of the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, were today declared elected unopposed.

The results were announced by the Returning Officer, Mr Surinder Singh, after the withdrawals till 5 pm today.

Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu (Punjabi Tribune) and Mr Sarabjit Pandher (The Hindu) were retained as President and Secretary General of the club, respectively, for the second consecutive term as there were no rival contestants in the fray. Mr Anil Kapila (Dainik Tribune) was elected as Treasurer.

Mr Raveen Thukral (Hindustan Times) was elected as Senior Vice-President and Mr Nand Lal Gupta (The Tribune) was elected to the post of the Secretary. Both the posts have been created for the first time.

Mr Ashok Puri (The Tribune) and Mr Sanjeev Chopra (The Indian Express) have been retained as Vice-Presidents along with Mr Nalin Acharya (Him Prabha) as Joint Secretary for the second term.

Mr S.K Bhardwaj (National News Service) has been elected to the second post of the Joint Secretary for the first time.

While Mr Surinder Singh was the Returning Officer, Mr Avtar Singh and Mr Ramesh Brar were the Assistant Returning Officers.

Commenting on the election results, the club President, Mr Sidhu, said unanimous elections to various posts had depicted the unity among the journalistic community. He also thanked the members for reposing faith in the team for the second consecutive term and for appreciating the work done by them in the previous tenure.Back


Recruitment rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
An Army recruitment rally will be held at the Sector 7 Sports Stadium here from March 27 to 31. According to a press note, the rally will be held for the recruitment of soldier general duties, soldier clerk/storekeeper (technical) and soldier nursing assistant. Prospective candidates from Chandigarh and Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra,Yamunanagar and Panchkula districts will be eligible to participate in the rally.


Sewer connection annoys residents
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, March 21
Residents of Phase XI are agitated over the shopkeepers illegally joining the sewer connection of their shops to the storm water drainage in front of their houses, which they feel may lead to unhygienic conditions. The shopkeepers, on the other hand, allege that the PUDA has not provided sewer connection to to their shops. The issue was raised by the municipal councillor of the area, Mr SS Barnala, who complained to the president of the council. The matter was being taken up with the PUDA officials.Back


Two girls commit suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Two young girls allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at their residences in the past 24 hours. According to reports 21-year-old, Vineeta, allegedly committed suicide at her Sector 20 residence following her failure in Architecture course examination, even after several attempts. Another 13-year-old-girl, Bindu, a resident of Sector 19, also consumed poison at her residence. The reason behind her suicide could not be ascertained.

Courier company Booked
A courier company has been accused of breach of trust and fraud by a city resident, after it failed to deliver the passports of the complainant and his family.

According to an FIR registered under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC, Mr B.K. Sharma alleged that he had sent four passports to the New Zealand High Commission through a local courier company, but after the complainant shifted his residence in January 2000, the passports were sent back to the courier company by the High Commission. But the company did not return the passports.

Foreigner Looted
Mr Wei Yuentan, a resident of Sector 7, has complained that an unidentified person, wearing khakhi uniform, picked him up from the Government Press light point at about 9.45 am in a Gypsy and later robbed him of Rs 500 after taking him near the lake. The police has registered a case under Sections 382 and 342 of the IPC.

Mobile Cash Card Stolen
Two persons allegedly decamped with a cash card from Mr Ajay Ghai’s shop in Sector 44 market yesterday. A case under section 420 of the IPC has been registered.

An unknown person allegedly broke into the factory of Mr Davinder Singh in the Industrial Area and decamped with an iron, a colour TV and Rs 1240 cash on the intervening night of March 19- 20. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Firm director held
The police arrested the director of the Real Value Agro Limited, Nirmal Verma, for allegedly luring the public into investing in plantation and duping them of their money. The accused was sent to one-day police remand.

The police has secured non-bailable warrants against all directors of the company. The managing director-cum-chairman, Maqbool Mashiq Negi, was arrested a few days back.

SAS Nagar

Youth commits suicide
A 17-year-old Nepali youth committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in Matour village here today. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.Back

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