Saturday, March 24, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


HUDA to develop old Panchkula
Bipin Bhardwaj

Panchkula, March 23
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has finalised a plan to develop Old Panchkula as a commercial sector. A new Sector 1-A will be developed on this 68 acres of land, acquired by HUDA in 1988.

Sources in HUDA confirmed that the new Sector would have auto market consisting of 765 shops and it would perhaps be the biggest auto market of the area.

The market will have 25 shops-cum-offices, 187 double-storied shops, 53 auto-repair shops, 53 spare-part shops, 78 booking agencies, 344 booths, 16 body-building shops, two service stations, two weight bridges and five hotel bases, besides a union office.

Apart from acquiring 60 acre land of the erstwhile Kharak Mangoli village, now called old Panchkula, seven acre land of the Railway Department was also transferred to the HUDA area for creating Sector 1 extension, sources said.

The area proposed for the creation of Sector 1-A has been badly encroached upon. Hundreds of unauthorised Jhuggis have come up at the land since its acquisition.

Following notices by HUDA, some of the shopkeepers and residents of the Railway Colony, which falls in this area, have even moved the Supreme Court.

The authorities had earlier issued notices to 211 shopkeepers to wind up their business. The authorities had offered them space in the motor market comprising 117 shops in Sector 20 near grain market.

Mr Om Prakash, president of the Old Panchkula Market Association, complained although the state government had approved a rehabilitation scheme for the shopkeepers of Old Panchkula in 1996, but that seemed to be lost in the files.

Shopkeepers complained that the authorities should rehabilitate them before demolishing their structures and houses. They alleged that all the governments gave a cold shoulder to their demand of rehabilitation and now they had no option, but to launch an agitation.

Sources in HUDA said that a major demolition was on the anvil to remove these structures. It is learnt that HUDA had twice earlier planned to launch a drive to demolish the auto shops on the busy Ambala-Shimla highway, but could not do so for want of adequate police force.


Deposit power, water bills through banks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Residents of the city will now be able to deposit their power and water bills automatically through their respective bank accounts and without standing in irritating queues outside cash counters. The service will be available at a small charge of about Rs 4 per transaction and has the approval of the Reserve Bank of India.

The Chandigarh Administration today announced that all consumers will send performas along with bills. On the performes the consumers can can send their approval for payment of bills through electronic transfer in banks. On the performa the consumer will have to testify that he or she is ready to have his or her bills cleared through the electronic clearance system in banks. A copy of which will be sent to the consumer and the bank authorities. If the consumer wants to contest the bill he will have to give suitable instructions to the bank. A total of 16 banks which have electronic clearing facility have been identified for this purpose.

The Finance Secretary cum Secretary Engineering, Mr Rakesh Singh said today Rs 4 for each transaction, relate to bank charges of the RBI, destination of bank, sponsor bank as well as the regional computer centre which generates the bills.

One of the best aspects of the scheme will be that tenants, power of attorney holders would also be in a position to get bills cleared through their bankers against their accounts for which they will have to submit the relevant details in a proforma, Mr Singh said. He further clarified that consumers would be in position to take advantage of this scheme irrespective of the bill being in the name of the owner of the residential or commercial property.


Court summons Bibi
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 23
The former President of SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has been summoned to appear before the court on May 1, by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr Naval Kumar, in a case of alleged criminal conspiracy and defamation.

Ms Kulbir Kaur Dhami, the complainant, who is the president and Director of Guru Asra Trust has alleged that Bibi Jagir Kaur and Jaspal Singh Dhillon had indulged in a criminal conspiracy against her and defamed her.

The complainant alleged that the accused, Jaspal Singh Dhillon and Bibi Jagir Kaur, had widely circulated copies of material (a book published by Jasbir Singh Dhillon and a letter in which he had levelled false allegations against the complainant) in India and abroad with criminal intent to defame her.

It was alleged that the accused Jaspal Singh Dhillon published and released a booklet in Punjabi titled “Zimmewar Kaun” on November 12, 1999, which levelled as many as 18 false allegations against the complainant.

The said allegations included embezzlement of Trust funds, gross maladministration and several others. The most serious allegation levelled was that of withdrawing Rs 90,000 from the bank account of the Trust by forging the signature of Jaspal Singh Dhillon on a cheque. The complainant said Mr Dhillon wrote a letter in which these allegations had been levelled on the complainant to Bibi Jagir Kaur, who allegedly distributed the same publically to the press persons and also to people abroad.


Housing societies get grace time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
In an important decision, the Chandigarh Administration today issued orders to allow more time for construction of flats by cooperative group housing societies in Sectors 48 and 49.

A formal order to extend the last date by one year till December 31, 2001 was issued by the Finance Secretary, Mr Rakesh Singh, with a rider that in future, no such applications for granting extensions in time for construction purposes without payment of extension fee would be entertained. By giving some more time the Administration has solved several co-related problems.

Construction of flats have been delayed due to various decisions of the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). The last date to complete the buildings was fixed December 31, 2000. A delegation of the Chandigarh State Federation of Co-operative House Building Societies (HOUSEFED) had met the Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, a few days ago to inform her of the problems.

A few weeks ago the Housefed Chairman, Mr Surjit Chaudhary, had asked the Chandigarh Administration to extend the date by one to year almost all societies where construction is at the last stage. The Housefed has also pointed out that the delay in completion was due to delay caused by the Administration and not by the societies. The Administration set a limit of three years for the societies to complete the buildings whereas the Administration itself did not develop the area. Without infrastructure like roads, electricity and water, no construction could have started, Housefed had contended.


PU answersheet marking system ‘faulty’
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
A student appearing in the annual examination of Panjab University cannot be sure whether his answersheet will be checked by a teacher familiar with the script in which he has written it. Answersheets in Punjabi, Hindi and English are packed together without segregating them on the basis of the script to be handed over to examiners well-acquainted with the specific medium.

A senior faculty member said even the form to be filled for appointment as a sub-examiner or a head examiner does not have a column in which the applicant could indicate the medium in which he wished to evaluate the answersheets.

More than a decade ago invigilators inside the examination hall collected answersheets in two bundles: one with answersheets in English and Hindi and the other in Punjabi. This was convenient for teachers and beneficial for students.

The practice now is that all answersheets are collected together. The bundle that an examiner receives at the place fixed for spot evaluation often contains answersheets in all scripts or in one that the teacher may be uncomfortable with.

A glaring case in recent years was that of an evaluator from Saharanpur who was found by a head examiner to be handling answersheets in Punjabi without being familiar with the language. Ultimately, the teacher confessed that he did not know Punjabi. As many as 70 answersheets had to be re-evaluated.

Dr K. K. Sharma, a former treasurer of the Panjab University Teachers Association, said several examination-related issues often troubled him. He said people did not seem to be aware of the existing situation. Efforts were needed to change the procedure because hundreds of students had to pay a penalty for no fault of theirs.

Dr Sharma said he would support the old system of evaluation. The choice of the examination medium should be made by the student first and the answersheets separated on the same pattern before handing these over to the examiners. The effort does not involve much cost and time.

Prof Charanjit Chawla, a senior Fellow, said that the issue was discussed at a 1998 Syndicate meeting. The House agreed that problems existed and changes were sought. However, nothing had happened.

Students mention the medium in which they wish to answer papers while filling the relevant forms before the examinations. The personnel concerned can in fact mark the answersheets for different evaluators on the basis of the records.

The Syndicate had also recommended that there should be two question paper setters for each paper. This has not been followed for the annual examinations in this session. The teacher concerned is expected to submit three papers.

A large number of teachers often try to avoid examination duty particularly evaluation work. The UGC has recommended that an evaluator should ideally handle about 25 answersheets at a time. The number often exceeds 50 a day.


Mayor’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Activists of the Lok Jan Shakti Party today burnt the effigy of the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, in protest against his alleged role in beating up of Mr Hari Dass Garg, in front of Yog Divya Mandir.

The activists led by the president, Mr Hem Raj, shouted slogans against the Mayor and demanded the registration of a case against the culprits. Later, Mr Hem Raj claimed that the police had assured the party that a case would be registered.

Prominent among those present were Mr Amarjit Singh Gujral, Mr Sarbjit Singh Nikku, Mr Pyare Lal, Mr Tarlochan Singh and Mr Sunil Gupta.


Poor response to parking lot auction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Re-auctioning of the parking sites by the Municipal Corporation today evoked a poor response as only three out of eight could find bidders. There were no takers for the sites adjacent to Neelam, Batra, K.C., Picaddily and Nirman cinema halls.

The MC netted a total of Rs 6.60 lakh in the re-auction of the sites adjoining Kiran and Jagat cinema halls and the District Court Complex in Sector 17. As against a reserve price of Rs 2.20 lakh, the auction committee under the chairmanship of the Superintending Engineer (Building and Roads), Mr I.S.Sokhey, got a highest bid of Rs 4 lakh for the parking site next to the District Court Complex.

The sites adjacent to Kiran and Jagat cinemas got the highest bids of Rs 1.55 lakh and Rs 1.05 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 95,000 and Rs 80,000 respectively. As per the guidelines of the civic body, the licensee will charge Rs 5 per car whereas the parking fee for scooter and cycle has been pegged at Rs 2. Also present on the occasion were Ms Satinder Dhawan, observer, Mr S.K. Chadha, Executive Engineer (roads) and Mr H.S. Sood, Chief Accounts Officer.


Kaushiki conquers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The three-day Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan at the Tagore Theatre was thrown open to the public of City Beautiful in a melodious style today, with a dazzling recital by the 20-year-old daughter of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Rising well up to the expectations of her father and guru Pandit Ajoy, Kaushiki Chakraborty made today’s opening recital memorable by exhibiting an amazing control over her voice.

She sang with power, poise and purity — reflecting the great grooming which she has had since the age of one when her talent was first discovered by her mother Chandna Chakraborty, her first guru. Kaushiki began with singing a Khayaal in raag Kedar. Worded piya kichavi man bhai, the bandish in ek taal was brought home by the honey-dipped voice of the young girl, who struck an instant rapport with the gathering.

Supported by her father on the harmonium and by Subhasis Bhattacharya on the tabla, she went on to present a delightful Tillana in raag Kalyani, created by Balmurli Krishan, the greatest practising musician of the South. Such was the range of her voice that she won over every heart with her almost-perfect style and form. The third presentation of the evening came in the form of a Thumri in raag Khamaj — Dekhe bina nahi chain. The way in which Kaushiki rendered the compositions went a long way to prove how well she was following the footsteps of her distinguished father.

The stage was then taken over by the great pandit himself and he completely arrested the audience by amazingly blending various styles of Indian vocal music. In his accompaniment on the harmonium sat his daughter Kaushiki. Beginning his power-packed and hugely-balanced recital with two compositions by his guru Jnan Parkash Ghosh in raag Hindoli, the pandit reflected his prowess by presenting a bahaar, then a dadra in raag Bhairavi and finally by singing many delightful bandishes in the same raga.

The first composition, worded, Kaun dhang se tum gavat ho guni, sur nar muni aant nahi payo tiharo..., was an invocation. Then he sang a tarana, reflecting the grandeur of siring through the lyrical drut composition — Aayo ri basant nav rang layo. In between, Pandit Ajoy touched upon the feelings which find a voice in various raagas. He sang to reflect a lion’s roar, and the to reflect a deer’s charm. The bahaar which he presented along with was extremely well-received.

Resting at raag Bhairavi, the singer went on to present a Dadra by Ustad Barkat Ali Khan. Balam harjai hai... ratiya kidhar gavai hai was beautifully rendered, so was a couplet which came as its latter part — Khata muaf jo ki vafa hamne, hai sach bahut bura kiya hamne.....

With each presentation, the audience felt more enraptured, more captivated. The zenith of mirth came when Pandit began with the presentation of various bandishes in raag Bhairavi. He began with the bandish of Ustad Aminuddin Dagar — Aaj Radha brij ko chali, sang line Barsan ki sajni, dhundhne niksi nand lal ko, chahun dis chitvat dekh na pavat...daras dayo mohe kanha...


Uzbek team meets Jacob, Chautala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Dr Ibrahim Mavlanov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, today called on the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

The Ambassador explained to the Governor that Uzbekistan was keen to improve trade ties with Punjab and would like to have technology transfer in hi-tech areas. He would also explore the possibilities of Punjab firms setting up joint ventures in Uzbekistan.

The Governor said Punjab could help Uzbekistan in the field of agriculture and experts of Punjab Agricultural University could transfer knowhow to Uzbekistan.

The Ambassador also met the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and stressed the need for developing cultural and economic relations between Haryana and Uzbekistan.

The Uzbek Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs Tamara Dauletmuradova, Minister of Culture, Republic of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, and Mr Saeed Burkhanov, Second Secretary at the Uzbek Embassy.

The Chief Minister told Dr Mavlanov that Haryana was keen to set up joint ventures with Uzbekistan in the field of information technology.


Martyrdom Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
As part of the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, activists of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) today took oath to protect the unity and integrity of the country.

Activists assembled at the Sector 17 Plaza where they also took oath to eliminate communalism, drug abuse and corruption. Various speakers urged the people to preserve the freedom of the country which had been attained after countless sacrifices.

Prominent among those present were Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, CTYC chief, Mr Ram Pal Sharma and Mr Sunil Parti.

Patiala (FOC): Among institutions which observed the Martydom Day was the Punjabi University’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh Hostel (Number 6). A march was taken out on the campus by the hostellers.


India Travel Mart from April 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
A three-day India Travel Mart is being organised in the city from April 13 to 15 to promote Northern Region as a destination for the domestic and international tourists. Being organised by Global Management, New Delhi and Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT), Chandigarh, the mart will provide travel agencies, tour operators, resort owners, hoteliers, adventure outfits, airlines, IT organisations, banks and other financial institutions in the region an opportunity to promote and market their destinations, heritage and pilgrim package tours, products and services. This was disclosed by Mr Ajay Gupta, chairman of Global Management, while addressing a press conference at Sector 28 Himachal Bhawan recently.

Mr Gupta said the mart would also provide a platform to the government and private organisations in travel and tourism, hospitality industry, airlines, transport operators to develop marketing linkages, have business interaction and bring out suggestions and solutions for the development of the Industry in the region. The representatives of travel and tourism organisations in China, Thailand, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai are likely to participate in the mart. An IT park will also be set up at the venue, which will provide the visitors on line facility to design your own travel package and will make available information about various kinds of insurance, baggage etc.

Dr Gulshan Sharma, director of ITFT, who also addressed the mediapersons disclosed that a national seminar on integrated tourism development in northern India would be organised on April 4 as part of the promotional strategy to project northern region as one compact tourist destination. The focus of the seminar will be to encourage north Indian states to pool their resources to develop inter-state tourism, heritage and religious packages and circuits, participate jointly in travel and tourism fairs and exhibitions and organise cultural and cuisine festivals at tourist generating centres like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and tap new market.

The seminar would also consider measures to develop a constructive and a mutually beneficial partnership between the public and private sectors for sustained growth of tourism. It is also likely to recommend preparation of a blue print for developing a tourism policy in northern India. The state governments would be urged to accord higher priority to tourism in their plans and policies and provide adequate funds for tourism projects. They would also seek incentives and other benefits to the private sector for investment in tourism sector.

The seminar would also consider ways and means to promote the visit of non-residents Indians to India, especially to the north Indian states, like involving private sector to market NRI and PIO packages, making of video films and TV commercials, printing of suitable literature, organising road shows, cultural programmes overseas, besides investment packages for investor-oriented NRIs.

Dr Sharma said J and K Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, had consented to address the seminar. Union Minister of Tourism, Secretary and Director-General, Tourism, state tourism departments and corporations, hotels and restaurants associations, adventure tour operators, transport operators and others would participate in the seminar.

Two more seminars, one on role of IT in the sevices sector with emphasis on tourism will be organised on the afternoon of April 14, and another on emerging trends in civil aviation will be organised on April 15. Another key area of discussion would be the human resource development in tourism and its allied activities to meet the requirements of the industry.

Meanwhile, India tourism quiz contest and tourism slogan writing competition will also be organised as part of the explore millenium year during the mart for generating awareness among the younger generation.


SSP holds meeting with Muslim leaders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
In the wake of the communal disturbances in Amritsar and Patiala during the past few days following burning of religious scriptures, a meeting was held by the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, with the local Muslim leaders here today.

As many as 23 leaders of the community from the UT attended the meeting where the Superintendent of Police (City), Mr Baldev Singh, was also present. The leaders were assured of full security and assistance by the Chandigarh Police and they promised to maintain communal harmony in the city.

Meanwhile, the local police has taken steps to maintain peace and communal harmony. Security has been tightened around religious places. Police personnel as well as Police Control Room (PCR) vans have also been stationed at vulnerable places. Policemen in plainclothes have also been deployed to collect intelligence in this regard .

The Senior Superintendent of Police said proper surveillance was being maintained and the police would take stern action against any trouble makers.


Be positive and remain happy, says Swami Mitrananda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
“Be positive in all situations. Do not give up. One is bound to reach the goal.” With this message for the youth, Swami Mitrananda, President of the All-India Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, Chennai, is a man on a noble mission.

In fact for Swamiji, who is here since March 21 to deliver spiritual discourses, his mission transcends age, caste and community barriers. The sole aim of the young monk is to make the disciples realise their real potential by imparting wisdom of Vedanta — the higher knowledge as contained in the later parts of Vedas. His is also an attempt to bring out the hidden dynamism so that the disciples could lead a happier and fuller life.

Talking to The Tribune, Swamiji said 80 centres in India were channelising the energies of the youth in the age group of 14 years to 26 years in the right direction. It was the motto of the mission to harness potential of the youth spiritually as the youth were the storehouse of energy.

Quoting the founder of the mission Swami Chinmayananda that “youth are not useless but used less”, he said the mission endeavoured to transform the ordinary human beings into extra-ordinary ones through a chain of 75 Chinmaya Vidyalayas. The youth rejects our philosophy as it was not interpreted in their language and the mission creates that awareness which make the philosophy acceptable to the younger generation, said Swamiji, while pointing to the tremendous response to the mission’s youth-related activities.

Swamiji, who had been a pioneer in the methodology of teaching through travel, informed that travel (tirth yatra) made a person more mature and fearless. Travelling brings out the adventurous spirits and the allied activities such as meditation and seminars complimented the adventurous spirit.

Commenting on his contemporary management technique workshops for the corporate sector, he said if you could manage the mind you can manage everything. Confidence is the the most important thing in any aspect of management and it was here that managing mind comes in handy.

Swamiji will be delivering discourses at the local MCM DAV College in the mornings and evenings till March 27.


MNS officers prefer olive green
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
With the Director General (DG), Medical Services, of the three armed forces recommending a change in the uniform of Military Nursing Service (MNS) officers from the present olive green shirt and trousers to white skirts, the nurses are up in arms.

While the Additional Director General, MNS, Maj Gen (Mrs) P.K. Sethi has expressed satisfaction over the present dress code, the DGs, who are of the rank of Lieutenant General, have put forth their views that the present dress code of MNS officers is not compatible with the patient’s perceived understanding of a nurse.

The dress of nurses was changed from white skirts to olive green trousers and shirts in January last year on the basis that shirts and trousers are more convenient and merge well with the service background.

Meanwhile, nursing officers and their husbands, have sent a representation to the President stating that they were being discriminated against and that they be allowed to continue with the present uniform.


Hike in wheat MSP hailed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The decision of the Union Government to increase the minimum support price for wheat to Rs 610 has been hailed by Union Fertiliser Minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Dhindsa thanked the Prime Minister for acceding to this genuine demand of the wheat growers of Punjab and Haryana.

Mr Dhindsa said that the NDA Government at the Centre and the SAD Government in Punjab were not only representative of farmers but also were always in the forefront in safeguarding the interests of the farming community of the state.

Mr Badal said the new MSP for wheat was “welcome”. At one stage the Union Government was considering to lower the MSP from last year’s rate of Rs 580 a quintal as per recommendation of the Commission for Agriculture Costs & Prices (CACP).

Mr Badal said all efforts had been made to procure every grain of wheat at the enhanced price.


Dolls’ museum in a state of neglect

Like so many other educational places here , the International Dolls Museum of Bal Bhawan in Sector 23, too, is lying neglected for want of visitors. Despite putting it’s name in the CITCO website and Internet as a major tourist attraction of the city, the place does not get much visitors, said an official source.

“This this for the first time I have seen this museum”, said Gurdayal Singh, a retired government servant who visited the place recently. ‘‘To think I lived in Chandigarh right from my childhood and finally came to know about it only at this stage, it is really sad,” he added.

Ekavali, a student of Carmel Convent, said her mother discovered the place in a railway guidebook. Ekavali, who was excited to see the dolls from various countries, said seeing the actual dolls at the museum was certainly a better experience than looking at the dolls in her father’s computer screen.

It is amazing how something as inert as a doll can speak volumes about it’s country. About 285 dolls in the museum give glimpses of traditions and lifestyles of about 28 countries in a fun- filled way.

Lack of visitors seem to have rubbed off the enthusiasms of the donor agencies from getting involved with the place. The Rotary Club, which has single handedly donated all the dolls that fill the place now, has stopped donating fresh stuff since a couple of years.

Sources said the Indian Council for Child Welfare never released enough funds for the smooth running of the museum. An elaborate train set , which is one of the major attractions of the museum, is lying defunct ever since the late eighties, the source added.

Even the dresses of the dolls are needed to be changed which are really in bad shape. But as neither any voluntary organisation nor the government had come up with the necessary funds, the task could not be achieved over the years, the source added.

Though some changes regarding the decor and dresses of the dolls are needed to make the place lively, the authority denies of having any plan for renovations. When contacted Mrs. Poonam Khana, Incharge of the Museum, said that she is planning to contact the Ambassies for the supply of dolls.

The International Dolls Museum was inaugurated in the year, 1985, by then Advisor to the Chandigarh Administrator, Mr K. Bansal. About 595 dolls from countries, including Russia, Hungary, Spain, France, Austria, Turkey, Denmark , Finland and other South East Asian countries like Japan, Hong Kong, Korea , China are on display.

Illustrations of fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty, Alladin and Cinderella done by local artistes greet one at the entrance of the museum. Portrayal of epics like Ramayana and life history of Jesus Christ are very interesting and educational for the children. However , lack of electric supply to the showcases which were to be illuminated for better effect has robbed off some of the charm of the fairy tales.

This place has the potential of being one of the major tourist attractions of the city, said one of the visitor, Mr. Satish Kumar. ”The place is a mine of information for children and adults alike . The dresses, the ambience and the posters at the backdrop featuring the landmarks of the concerned countries give a fare idea of the life style and culture of the respective countries he added. Parbina Rashid


Bridle electronic media: Bitta
Our Correspondent

Kharar, March 23
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, former President of the Indian Youth Congress and Chairman of the All-India anti-terrorist Front, while addressing a press conference here today, favoured imposing some sort of control over the electronic media for highlighting issues concerning defence and security of the nation.

He said that the cassette prepared by the has shown the tamasa of the nation to the world. Moreover, they have sold this cassette for a huge price and has not done an act of patriotism rather they have betrayed us. He said that those people would have done an act of patriotism if they have given this cassette either to the President or the Prime Minister to inform them what was going on in the country.


Jacob inaugurates CITCO restaurant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today inaugurated the “Baithak”, a restaurant of CITCO, at the Kalagram on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road.

Accompanied by the senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration, including the Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, the Finance Secretary, Mr Rakesh Singh, the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, the CITCO Chairman, Mr G.K. Marwah, the MCC Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh and CITCO MD, Mr S.P. Singh and NZCC Director, Mr R.T. Jindal, the Administrator went round various parts of the restaurant, which has a capacity of 70 persons.

Constructed at a cost of Rs 75 lakh, Amritsari dhaba dishes will be served. Besides Mexican and Italian food will also be served for the first 10 days.

Also special attractions for shopping have been added where pottery items, ceramic crockery, designer candles and other artefacts will be available. Juices, ice creams and chat papri will be available at the food kiosks.Back


Rs 12.4 lakh donated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
On an appeal made by the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, the entire staff of the institute contributed their one-day salary for providing relief to the quake-hit people of Gujarat. A sum of Rs 12,42,744 collected for this purpose has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.



Fraud case against Golden Forests
Tribune News Service

The Chandigarh police has finally booked the Golden Forests India Limited on charges of fraud, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.

The case has been registered on the complaint of Mr Raghunath Gautam at the Mani Majra police station under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC. He had alleged that he had invested Rs 10,000 with the company at their office here in Chandigarh on August 3, 1996. He was promised four times the sum invested by him by the company after the time period specified in the deed.

However, the said sum was never paid to him and he was thus duped of his money. The police has also added the statements of other 28 complainants from the city. The total money invested by complainants from the city has so far worked out to be over Rs 22 lakh.

It may be noted that yesterday the UT Inspector General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi, had directed the Special Crime Cell to expedite the matter and send him a fact file of the case.

Besides 29 complaints from the residents of the city, around 100 complaints had also been registered by investors from different parts of Punjab and Haryana. 


Theft in gas agency office
Tribune News Service

Goods worth 2 lakh were stolen from a gas agency office in Sector 16 by some unidentified persons as they broke into the showroom on Wednesday night.

The owner had reportedly locked the cabin before closing the office and the robbers struck by breaking open the lock of front door of the cabin.

Mr Sandeep, owner of the agency, complained that he found goods, including two computers, telephone sets and some other items missing and some other items lay scattered inside the cabin when he returned to the office today morning.

A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered with Sector 16 police station.


One held with gun
The SAS Nagar police today claimed to have arrested a UP-based Ram Lawat Pal. A country made .12 bore gun and three live cartridges were found in his possession.

This was announced by the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar.

PUDA employee assaulted
Shiv Kumar, an employee of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), was injured after he was allegedly assaulted by a property dealer in Phase IV of this township. The police has registered a case.


Eight minors abducted: police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
As many as eight cases of abduction of minor girls from different parts of the city have been reported so far this year. Of these, four such cases have been registered during this month alone. Interestingly, the police investigations in most of these cases have shown that the victim had been going around with the accused for some time, before they decided on elopement.

Take the case of a 16 year old school going girl and a resident of the Punjab University Campus. It is alleged that the girl, whose father is an employee in the university and was residing in a boy’s hostel , had made friends with two youth over the past few weeks and they ran away on February 3, 2001. The police, however, registered an FIR under sections 363 and 366 of the IPC yesterday.

Another 14-year old girl is alleged to have been “abducted” by her immediate neighbour from Indra Colony, Mani Majra on March 19. The police has booked her lover on charges of abduction yesterday.

Similarly, another 13-year old girl was allegedly “kidnapped” by her neighbour, Babloo, from her residence in Madrasi Colony, Bapu Dham on March 17. The “accused” as well as the “victim” are alleged to be having a sordid affair . However, the parents of the girl got a case of abduction registered at Mani Majra police station on March 21. Another 13 year old girl who had eloped with her boyfriend was alleged to have been abducted by him on March 14.

Two cases of minor elopements nee abductions have also been registered each in the months of January and February. “Interestingly, it has also been observed that all the minor girls in question come from the lower middle observed Mr Parag Jain, the UT Senior Superintendent of Police.

The figures available for the last year show that 30 minor girls were reported to have been abducted by “ their beaus.” However, only five such cases were registered during the same time period last year. It is worthwhile to mention here that of the 87 cases of abduction and kidnapping registered in the city last year, 72 cases had turned out to be those where the girl had eloped with her acquaintance.

“The cases of teenage elopement are much more than what is reported to the police,” says Mr Jain. 


Firm launches Web site
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Can & Able, a city-based brand promotion and event management company, has taken over “People”, another event management company. The new company will start operations from April 1 in Mumbai, onwards, thus catering to the demand in southern region as well. The company also announced the launch of its Web site which will offer innovative marketing solutions to the companies.

Can & Able has as many as 160 events and retainership agreements with 11 companies to its credit , which it did during its first financial year only.

“The brand promotions and events management industry which is worth Rs 150 crore at present is all set to grow more than three times this year itself. Brand promotion through promotion and event management companies has become an integral part of the community today”, said Mr Munish Arora, Director of the company.

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