Sunday, March 25, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


New PU schedule proposes 194 teaching days
10-day cut in summer vacation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
College and university teachers in Punjab and Chandigarh affiliated to Panjab University are in for” harder times” from the next academic session.

The new schedule for the academic year 2001-2002 will ensure a minimum of 194 teaching days as against 180 at present. This should bring about the much needed improvement in the academic environment in colleges and the university, which at present leaves much to be desired.

University and college teachers are generally seen to be “underworked”, vacationing for nearly half the year on account of summer vacation, winter vacation, autumn break, festivals and preparatory holidays, not to mention a five-day week in the university here. College teachers, however, have a six-day week

Repeated attempts by the Punjab Government and the university authorities to increase the working hours of the teachers and to ensure their presence in the university campus and colleges for longer hours have failed so far. It remains to be seen whether the university Senate, which is meeting here tomorrow, will be able to ratify the decision or not.

Academic circles at the university say that the total number of actual teaching days barely manage to cross 100 in normal circumstances. Several classes fared even lower despite a University Grants Commission regulation of a minimum of 180 teaching days.

The new schedule has 259 working days. This includes the time for regular admissions, annual examinations and extra-curricular activities. The list of holidays and house examination consists of 65 days .

Colleges and teaching departments of PU open on July 2. This is preceded by the Summer Vacation from May 13 onwards.

Normal admission in the forthcoming session will commence from July 2 and will continue till July 14. Principals can allow late admission till July 21 with a late fee of Rs 125. The Vice-Chancellor can allow a late admission till August 31 with a late fee of Rs 625. Winter recess from December 23 onwards is preceded by the house examination from December 12 onwards.

However, the teachers will have to sacrifice 10 days from their summer vacation to make up for the session’s plan and this has made many skeptical about the intended plan.

A senior teacher said “ for the past several years there has never been a timely declaration of the results. Without results there is no question of new admissions. Delayed admissions mean delayed sessions. Timely declaration of results, thus, will be the greatest agent in speeding up the academic process”.

A senior fellow said “under the new proposal, principals should settle down on their desks early and chalk out a programme of action in advance”. He said increase in academic days would be beneficial for the students.

A student said “colleges have six working days whereas the university has only five working days. If the colleges could barely manage 100 teaching days ,it would be near impossible to have the university teaching departments achieve the target teaching days”.


Fragrant love blooms again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Jogging damsels are back in the Rose Garden, once again. After nine days of agitation, their air-cushioned sneakers are automatically turning around, towards the happy hunting grounds. Today they know the disapproving eyes of raw farmers, alien to the city’s culture, will not be staring at them anymore.

All these days Soleha and her chums had reluctantly turned away from the garden, in disappointment. Had started visiting Sukhana Lake. The crowd was better there. At least the burly sons of the soil were not bathing in the open. Solena had even managed to pick up a few trophies of love.

But it was out of the way. Otherwise also, for three years now — ever since they had taken their plus two examinations — Soleha’s gang had been visiting the garden. Had triumphantly enjoyed the feeling of “being loved” as appreciating eyes had followed them to every nook and corner along the blooming beds of red and gold.

They had watched with satisfaction the electrifying effect created on the stubble-faced guys every time their fair artistic fingers had smoothened the fluorescent peddle pushers.

“Their sighs of appreciation had drowned the whisper of the cool morning breeze blowing soft across the trees,” says Sector 15 resident Zubeida. “All those hi’s and wow’s were encouraging. Good for the ego.”

That was all before the garden was seized by the naive farmers. The result of the invasion soon became apparent. The Don Juans and Cassanovas disappeared, along with the jogging Cleopatras.

“Hungry eyes of the cops posted for protection, along with the questioning stares of farmers, dazzled by on-the-ground fashion shows, did scare away the youngsters,” asserts retired sales manager with a pharmaceutical firm Nand Kishore.

Along with them, Mark Tullys of Chandigarh also vanished from under the rejuvenating shade of dense green trees. The screaming and shouting had made it impossible for them to discuss the Tehelka episode and other political developments.

Today, the absence of barricades on the road separating the Rose Garden from the Sector 17 was an indication to the crowd that normalcy had returned.

In groups, they came. To savour delicacies after spreading white sheets on the grass in the afternoon, away from the testimony of “stygian nights”. This was not all. As Solena utters, “Fragrant love once again bloomed in the Rose Garden after being nipped in the bud by the farmers”.


Liquor contractor booked 
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, March 24
Large-scale evasion of sales tax in inter-state smuggling of liquor by liquor contractors was unearthed last night by a joint team of the Ropar police and excise officials when it seized 520 cartons of different brands of IMFL near Industrial Area Focal point, Phase 9, here late last night. Involvement of a leading liquor contractor of the region, Mr Pawan Kumar Singla, has been found by the police.

The officials of the special team said the liquor was being sold in Jammu and Kashmir and other neighbouring states by the henchmen of the contractor. Though police officials rule out chances of the liquor being spurious, samples of the seized brands have been sent for testing to Patiala as the chances of adulteration were not denied by the officials.

Giving details of the seizure the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, said the Station House Officer (SHO), Mr Sukhwinder Singh, and the Excise Inspector, Mr Hardev Singh, seized a truck ( PB-12 8955) which was coming from the Manauli village side. A case under the Excise Act and Sections 420 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the suspects. The seized liquor was worth around Rs 6 lakh.

Sarwan Kumar and Ashok Kumar alias Baba, occupants of the truck, revealed that the contractor was moving ahead and was instructing them on a mobile phone. The liquor was being brought from a godown. More information about the modus operandi of the smugglers was expected, said a police official.

They said that few months back also, the local police has booked the same liquor contractor in a case of smuggling of 400 cartons of liquor. Investigations by the police revealed that two similar cases of smuggling of liquor in Lakhanpur police station of Jammu and Kashmir had been registered against the contractor last year. He had then escaped In connection with the cases, a team of the Jammu and Kashmir police today reached the town to arrest him.


Challans presented against eight
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 24
After about four years of investigations the local police has finally presented challans against eight persons, reportedly involved in embezzlement of Rs 2.25 crore, in the court of a special judge here yesterday. It is learnt that seven of them were lottery agents and one was a sales officer at Lucknow. They were arrested between the years 1997 and 2000.

According to the police sources, the embezzelments were committed between the years 1993 and 1995. The police sources said Rajbir Singh, sales officer, used to sell lottery tickets to the seven agents on the cash credit and forged records to embezzle the amount in connivance of the seven accused. The police sources claim that an embezzelment to the tune of Rs 2,25,70,032 has been committed by the eight persons.

The case was registered against them on the complaint of Mr Kishore Lal, Superintendent in the office of the Director Haryana State Lotteries, Sector 17, on October 7, 1996. The case was being investigated by the Special Crime Cell of the local police and later investigations were done by Mr B. B. Bector, Deputy Superintendent of Police. The challans were prepared early this month.

Those arrested (date of arrest in parenthesis): Rajbir Singh (24-12-96); Jarawati Tiwari (19-9-2000); Subash Tiwari (30-5-2000); Harminder Singh; Basu Dev Mishra (27- 12-1997); Pankah Aggarwal (18-9-2000); Daleep Arora (17-10-98); and Harminder Singh (12-3-1997).

They have been charged under Sections 406, 409, 420, and 120 of the IPC and Section 13 (1) and 13 (2) of the Prvention of Corruption Act.


In girls’ hostels phones are a luxury
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
While the world moves into the cyber age, the hostels of some of the girls’ colleges in the city become isolated after six in the evening. In the absence of any facility to contact the outside world, these girls end up being cheated by the PCO or STD booth owners who have a monopoly in some of these hostels, where they are allowed to function till 9.30 pm.

The Government College for Girls, Sector 42, has an STD booth on its premises. After 5 pm, when the hostel gates are closed and no resident is allowed to go out, the booth owner shifts the telephone line to the hostel which is available till 9 pm. The residents are allowed to receive calls but they have to pay Rs 5 for each call received. “We have to send for the girl. It is a fee for that.” says an STD booth employee. But there is a public announcement system in the hostel. All that needed is to call out to the resident on the P.A. system. “It was my birthday the other day and I had to spend more than Rs 100 to receive the calls. Why can’t we have a telephone in the hostel?” she asks.

The situation is worse in the Sector 11, Government College for Girls. The hostel gates are locked at 5.30pm. There is STD facility in the college but no one is allowed to call after the gates are closed. “This creates a situation where there is no incoming or outgoing communication in GCG-11 after 5.30pm,” complains a resident. The warden has an intercom link with the Principal who is contacted in case of an emergency. “Why can’t we also have an STD manned by women in the hostel complex after 6 pm? At least we can then call our parents,” asks another resident.

The situation is slightly better in some other colleges. Khalsa College for Girls, Sector 26, has a telephone in the hostel which the residents can use. This hostel which also accommodates girls of SGGS college also has the STD facility which can be used as long as the hostel gates remain open.

MCM DAV College hostel has the STD facility which operates from 7am to 9pm. It is manned by women. Although no one can receive calls, in an emergency, the warden receives messages for the residents and passes these to the girls concerned. All the three wardens have access to telephones.

Similarly, at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, the residents are allowed to stay out till 5 pm after which they can go up to the gate where an STD booth remains open till 9.30 pm. There is no telephone in the hostel for the students, but the two wardens have a telephone link with the Principal.

“Every hostel should have a telephone which the students can use. If we can pay the STD man Rs 5 for receiving a call, we are also ready to pay the college Rs 2 for making a call.” says a resident of GCG-42. “The boys have no problem, they can go out and make calls at any time of the day and night. We are being penalised because we are girls. In fact, we should have better facilities because we get locked in the hostel after 6 pm. And we are also not allowed to use mobile phones.” says a resident of GCG-11.

Most of the Principals maintain that STD and telephone facilities are not provided beyond certain hours for security reasons and to avoid a nuisance. Yet after 10 pm, the world outside closes on these residents and in an emergency they depend on how soon the warden is able to get across to the Principal.


A thriller in perfect setting
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

VERTICAL LIMIT (Kiran, Piccadily — Hindi dubbing) is not just a breathtaking journey laced with constant dangers of mountaineering but is a visual glory of the world of snow mountains, which give a perfect setting to an adventure story of scaling the K2 mountain in the Himalayas.

When a team of K2 climbers led by a ruthlessly determined young woman (Robin Tunney) sets out to reach the K2 top in inhuman weather conditions, a series of escapades of near-death of the lead stars and death of the fellow mountaineers keep one at the end of the seats. The leader Robin Tunney’s brother Chris O’Donnel follows the team when adverse weather conditions result in disruption of regular communication between the trekkers and the base camp.

Special effects and a picture of invincible human strength in adverse condition promises to live up well with expectation of all and thrill-lovers in particular.

Great care has been taken to show virgin lands of snow which render authenticity to action. At 28, 250 ft, K2 is the world’s second tallest mountain. No more than 100 climbers have managed to scale the peak and many have died on its steep slopes.

In most of the scenes New Zealand’s Mountain Cook is a stand-in for K2. To get some original footage, Roger Vernon and three other photographers travelled to the base camp in Pakistan. They set on a 14-day trek to get a “never before captured film footage” of the area.

The original team getting trapped under snow, a rescue team landing on a cliff amidst rough weather and hurricanes are only a few among the most thrilling scenes.

Martin Campbell has directed Vertical Limit. The story written by Robert King and Terry Hayes has been produced by Marcia Nasatir, Lloyd Phillips, Martin Campbell and Robert King. The lead cast includes Scott Glen, Bill Paxton, Izabella Scorupco and Chris O’ Donnell.

VERTICAL LIMIT is not merely a human drama, but a collection of rare scenes of life at dreamt heights.

CHHUPPA RUSTAM: (Jagat): A rather long delay in release has curbed the initial crowd interest quite naturally in a typical Bollywood thriller. The Sanjay Kapoor-Manisha Koirala starrer is a story of trying times.

Anand Bakshi lyrics have been set to tune by Anand-Milind. A rather average show, the film also stars Dalip Tahil, Tinu Anand, Raj Babbar and Laxmikant Berde. The Seven Arts film is directed by Aziz Sajaaval.


HUDA allottees seek clarification
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 24
Turning the tables on the Haryana Urban Development Authority for registration of FIRs against allottees for a fraud of Rs 5.95 lakh, the allottees, Rekha Bhatia and others, have alleged that involvement of HUDA employees and denied having submitted any receipt of the amount in question.

“Our plot, SCF 141 in Sector 17, was resumed by HUDA after the Chief Administrator turned down our appeal for delay in making payment. We don’t know who did it and with what motive.

We are no longer owners of the plot and have nothing to do with the receipt found in the files,” Mr Jawahar Bhatia, a relation of the allottee, said.

In an application to the Administrator, HUDA, the allottees have sought a clarification on the proceedings to be initiated against them and presented proof of resumption of the said plot.

It said that the plot was taken in resale in 1988 but resumption proceedings were initiated against them and they received a resumption notice from the Estate Office, HUDA, on August 10, 1992.

“Before the notice, we had already spoken to the Estate Officer who had assured us to suspend proceedings if we deposited a part of the total amount which we did on August 9,” Mr Bhatia said.

When the case came up for hearing during appeals with the Administrator, HUDA, it was rejected and a subsequent appeal was filed before the Chief Administrator. In 1996, this, too, was rejected and the plot stood resumed.

“The receipt carries the date of July 1992, when actually proceedings for resumption were initiated only in August. Also, we were busy with the appeals and there was no question of depositing Rs 5.95 lakh. There has to be some conspiracy in the matter from within HUDA,” the allottees alleged.

They informed that since their appeal had been turned down, they did not feel the need of informing HUDA of change in residence. Not finding them at the address declared in their records, HUDA assumed the party had absconded.

Meanwhile, the Administrator, HUDA, Mr Shrikant Walgad, has called the allottees on March 26 to hear their side of the story. 


Commission agents fleece farmers

IT is ironic that the commission agents, who form an important link between the farmers and the buyers of their produce are the ones causing hardships to the farmers and giving them nightmares. Caught in the vicious debt trap several helpless farmers have committed suicides. The agrarian economy of Punjab ensures that maximum number of farmers dependent on commission agents this way revealed when this reporter talked to a number of farmers protesting here at Matka Chowk.

“The government has no scheme to help us tide over difficult times or to get funds for children’s marriage, education and other household problems. Thus, we have no alternative but to take loans from agents and because of these we end up selling our crops according to the rate decided by them” said the president of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), Mr Rachpal Singh.

Gurdev Singh Dardi, state executive committee member of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, said, “No proper financial aid scheme was there for the farmers, if adequate steps were not taken soon then many more farmers may commit suicide”. “We are totally dependent on the commission agents and government should take note of our problems.”

Mr Kulwinder Singh Barich, resident of Nawanshahr and a member of the Kirti Kisan Union, complained that nexus between the government agency and commission agents led to the exploitation of farmers. The agencies were not buying the crops as per the rate fixed by the government and the farmers were helpless and had no other option than to sell their produce to the agents.

Mr Harmesh Singh, from Hoshiarpur, member of the state committee of the Kirti Kisan Union, said, “Inspector of the agencies always claim some fault in the crop, and many times refuse to buy it. Although after the invention of the commission agents the agency always agrees to buy the crops but at a much lower rate”.

Sukhdev Singh, from Amritsar, member of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, said many times government agency never turned down and we have to sell wheat and paddy to the private agencies at a much lower price. The government must do some planning to save the future of the farmers as we have to face this problem every year.

Punjab Kisan Sabha, general secretary, Mr Lakhbir Harman, said “the condition of the farmers is same as in the pre- independence era, rather it has become worse. The cost of production has increased manifold, however, there is no proper channel for the farmers to get the right price of their hardwork. It is very difficult for us to survive on farming.”

“Only after three or four years do we get our payments. There is no proper system to sell sugarcane. Maximum number of sugarmills are on the verge of closure. We have no choice other than taking loan from the private agencies or from the commission agents”, added Kartar Singh, an activist of the Kirti Kisan Union. KirandeepBack


‘MSP hike, a cruel joke’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Mr Jagdeep Singh Cheema, president of the Young Farmers Association, Punjab, today termed the minimum support price(MSP) announced by the Central Government as a “cruel joke” on farmers.

In a written statement, Mr Cheema said in spite of all efforts, diversification had not took place and the farmers had to depend largely on wheat and rice rotation. Hence, the increase of Rs 30 from Rs 580 to Rs 610 per quintal was a face-saver rather than a help to the farmers.


Is City Beautiful really ‘beautiful’?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Is Chandigarh really ‘beautiful’?

Mr M. Ramshekhar, Deputy Commissioner, raised this question pointing to eyesores which were regularly growing on the face of the planned city. He was addressing a workshop on ‘Problems of migrant labour’ at the ICSSR Complex of Panjab University here yesterday.

The plans for home and sanitation for the poorest amongst the poor have gone haywire due to encroachment in the city.

He said a large number of workers who worked in adjoining towns like Panchkula, SAS Nagar or even Baddi travelled back ‘home’ in the city each evening. They were hopeful of getting a permanent settlement here.

Mr Ramshekhar also referred to residents of these areas as a big vote bank during elections. This definitely affected the political-will for a strict action. He also dwelt on a big problem where the people who were allotted the residence sold off their home within months. There were jhuggi mafias who took care of the issue of occupying more space for selling.

The DC showed photographs of parts of the city full of filth.

Dr Gopal Iyer, convener of the workshop, while agreeing to the problem of the city said studies revealed disturbing features of the migrant settlement in the city.

Prof Veer Singh, chairing the afternoon session, said there was the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, asking for Rs 500 as minimum wages. The Indian Constitution does not find reference to the migrant labour wages.

Earlier during the day, the police and the legal angles to the issue were discussed.

Among others who spoke on the occasion were Mr S.V. Singh, ADGP (Crime), who spoke on “Migrant labour and crime”, Dr K.P. Singh, an IPS officer, who spoke on “Migrant labour and crime in Haryana”, and Dr Bharat Bhushan Parsoon, Member Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh.


351 vehicles challaned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 24
Saturday turned out to be a nightmare for the two-wheeler drivers who do not believe in wearing helmet while driving. The traffic police challaned 241 such offenders here today.

The Chandigarh Traffic police today challaned as many as 351 vehicles for different offences in the different parts of the city. Among those who challaned were three minors also. The police also continued its drive against the three-wheelers plying without fare meters. According to the police sources seven such autos were challaned.

About 91 vehicles were also challaned for other offences under the Motor Vehicle Act.


City Club opens 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The City Club, located near the shopping centre of Sector 8, was thrown open to the members of the club and the residents of the area by the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today.

The club was formally inaugurated by the area councillor, Ms Satinder Dhawan. Ms Dhawan disclosed that she has spent nearly Rs 3 lakh on the renovation and furnishing of the club. She will also be the president of the club as per the rules recently framed by the MC. The MC has also agreed to provide the facilities like swimming pool, tennis courts etc in the club premises shortly. The MC Commissioner, Mr M.P Singh and the Chief Engineer, Mr Puranjit Singh, were also present at the function organised by the club members and the Residents Welfare Association of the sector.


IA revises schedule
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The Indian Airlines has decided to revise its schedule of flights operating through the city from March 28. According to Mr B.P. Nautiyal, Station Manager of the airline here, the Chandigarh-Leh flight will now operate on Wednesdays.

After taking off from Leh at 7.50 a.m., it will arrive here at 8.45 and leave for Leh at 9.20 a.m. to reach these at 10.15 a.m.

On Thursdays, the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar-Delhi flight will arrive here at 11.40 a.m. and leave for Amritsar at 12.10 p.m. and reach Delhi at 2.45 p.m.

On Saturdays, the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar-Delhi flight will arrive here at 12.10 p.m., leave for Amritsar at 12.45 p.m. and reach Delhi at 2.50 p.m.


Recruitment drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The Sikh Regimental Centre, Ramgarh, is conducting a recruitment rally at Ramgarh (Jharkhand) from April 16 to April 29. According to the centre Adjutant, Maj V.K. Kapoor, recruitment will be done for the Soldier Tradesmen category. The minimum educational qualification is Class VIII pass. Candidates should be between 16-25 years of age messing at last 168 cm in hieght. Preference will be given to outstanding sportsmen.


Road cleaning machine displayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
A demonstration of the mechanical road cleaner was held today to clean the V-4 roads near the Kiran Cinema in Sector 22. Though the purchase of the same stands approved by the Finance and Contract Committee of the MCC, the same will be finalised after the trial run for the next 15 days.

The machine, manufactured by a Samrala-based company, is claimed to be capable of cleaning a 2.5-km stretch of road in an hour. It sucks in almost everything from glass pieces, nails and even small stones. The cleanliness of the city, particularly the main roads, is likely to improve once the machine is bought by the Health wing of the MC.

The machine will be used to clean the major roads as it is not easy to manoeuvre, besides sprucing up the footpaths and parking areas even at night. Besides picking up the filth, big brushes will spill water and wash the roads.


Resignation of PM sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) today demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, on “moral grounds” in the wake of the government’s role in a defence deal as exposed by the

Addressing a press conference here, the CTCC president, Mr BB Bahl, also demanded the registration of FIRs and criminal cases against those named in the expose. The expose has lowered the image of the country in the international community.

Demanding the prosecution of the former Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, for violating the oath of secrecy, Mr Bahl informed that the Congress would start protest on the issue from tomorrow by organising the corner meetings. A massive protest rally would be organised in Sector 17 where national-level leaders of the party would participate.

Answering a question whether the Congress, whose leaders had allegedly been involved in the shady defence deals in the past, had any locus standi to demand the resignation of the Central Government, Mr Bahl quipped that nothing had come out of the investigations into the Bofors scam even after several years.


Tiffin trend catching up
Nishikant Dwivedi

WHAT does a person miss when he is staying at a home away from home? Of course, mom’s food! Home tiffin caterers in the city are trying their best to fill the void in the life of such people. With their better services, home caterers have customers like professionals, students and even families.

Students and other professional people who are staying in the city alone depend for meals in the various city rehri markets and other such places. There are some ‘singles’ who cook food themselves. But a majority of them belongs to the former catogery. And the ‘home alone’ do not mind if someone promises them ghar ka khana at compatible prices.

Sensing this, some of the city residents started supplying packed tiffins right up to the doorsteps of the individuals. Risham Pal Singh, proprietor of a Sector 18-based caterer who claims to be the first caterer in city, revealed: ‘‘Some 11 years ago my mother hit upon an idea that supplying food to home-alones’ could be a potential business’’. According to him, they started approaching various potential customers and today ‘‘the customers are coming to us.’’

Unlike the market food, which is generally oily and spicy, the food provided by these caterers tastes better. The caterers are providing meals to individuals with their own taste. If a customer wants only boiled food, the caterer gives him only boiled food, and on the other hand if he demands spicy food, the customer will not get a chance to complain.

Door-to-door catering has also become a good source of income for many housewives in the city. A Sector 22 based housewife said, ‘‘I am supplying packed food to about 25 students’’.

Interestingly, even families are ordering their regular meals from the caterers. Ms Vichatar Veena Vats, a bank employee, orders meal from a caterer for the entire family. Ms Vats said, ‘‘My son is mentally and physically handicapped and I am a working lady and I have no other option but to order food from outside’’.

A Sector 15-based caterer said that most of the customers are students. He claims, ‘‘I provide good food at very compatible prices’’. The only problem with these tiffins are that the food gets cold while its way to the customers’ doorsteps. Ashish Shanghi, an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said, ‘‘The food generally gets cold but I have a gas stove and I warm it up’’. But he say that the food is generally good.

Mr Charan Das Chadh (90), who retired as a assistant secretary, prefers the home delivery for himself and his wife. These home caterers are indirectly providing a sort of safety also. The loners do not need to keep a servant to cook.

Interestingly, people subscribe to a home caterer after being recommended by acquaintances. But recently the caterers have started advertising in local newspapers and through handbills.


Inder Lal Batra cremated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Inder Lal Batra, who died here yesterday, was cremated at the Sector 25 cremation ground today.

Hundreds of persons gathered at the cremation ground to pay homage to departed leader, who remained the president of the mandal for eight years.

Wreaths were placed on his body by several organisations, including the mandal’s chairman, Mr Joginder Singh Sawhney.

Prominent among those who attended the funeral were the local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, and the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal.


Improving image of police

The increasing incidence of crime and the inaction of the police has brought into focus the need for a review of the security system in city. The police maintains that the uncontrolled inflow of migrants has contributed to the rising crime graph. But it will be wrong to deny that the police has not been able to keep a strict watch on illegal activities in the labour colonies.

A local court was approached in 1999 for a complete ban on the entry of migrants in the city and their removal from public places but the Chandigarh Police did not support the cause for reasons best known to it. Still the police should cooperate in checking the inflow of migrants in the city. The police should also hold regular meetings with sector welfare societies and encourage them to keep vigil in their areas and bring any untoward incident to the notice of the police. This will also improve the image of the Chandigarh Police in public mind. It will also help the police to understand the problems of different areas. Street play groups can also prove useful in making the housewives and children aware of the security measures needed in their houses, and the modus operandi of the criminals.

A newsletter highlighting the good actions of the police ( if any) may be distributed among the residents for building better relations between the police and the public.


Speed breakers

Our speed-breakers defeat the very purpose for which these are built because of indifferent maintenance. After a few days, the white paint on them disappears and they pose a danger as the grey of the speed-breaker merges with the grey of the road. So it is not seen but only felt when the vehicle passes over it.

Every now and then, one witnesses accidents, some minor and some serious ones, on this account. If the speed-breaker is made of some fluorescent material or white cement or is painted regularly, the situation can be corrected. In fact the speed-breakers should be done away with as the concept is out- dated and even harmful. Two speed breakers in Panchkula’s Sector 6 have led to many accidents and need immediate attention of the authorities.


Consumer’s woes

The Government of Punjab has reduced the sales tax on pulses, LPG, kerosene, tractor parts etc. and given full exemption to sweets. Now the common man expects a suitable reduction in the prices of these commodities.

It is unlikely that this reduction in the sales tax will be passed on to the end users. The rates of pulses change daily. Hence it is impossible for the common consumer to work out the sales tax component. Even after the notification, there has been no reduction in the prices of sweets and the sweets-sellers continue to charge the old rates.

When told about the reduction in ST, they justify their prices on the plea of better quality and the high cost of inputs.

However, the prices of the ingredients used in making sweets have come down by 10 to 20 per cent in the past six months. But no such benefit is passed on to the consumer.

Every trade has its lobby at the local, regional, state and national level and these lobbies work in unison and all share the cake. Only the consumer’s case remains unheard.

The Government should ensure that the benefit is not pocketed by the traders and is passed on to the consumers.


Burning leaves

Leaves can easily be turned into one of the best forms of manure. It is a dream manure for anyone with green fingers. It is criminal to waste the fallen leaves by burning them, as is done on our city roads every day. This also becomes a major source of environmental pollution.

Besides causing pollution, the leaf-burning exercise also results in damage to metalled roads.Molten tar is deformed at such hot spots, making the road uneven. As it is, it takes ages for good roads to come about.

Bonfires of dry leaves and trash are often made under trees. Left untended on the sidewalks, the residue damages the trees and the surrounding vegetation. There is the added risk of these fires spreading and causing damage.

There should be clear instructions regarding the disposal of dry leaves and trash, and some official ought to be assigned to ensure that these instructions are strictly followed.


Police image

Police officers are generally shown in a poor light in T.V. advertisements. A negative image of the police is also shown in films. As if this was not enough, a T.V. advertisement has shown a woman police officer kissing a criminal. The authorities should take action against such vulgar scenes shown on the T.V.

New Delhi


One booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 24
The local police has registered a complaint against Prem Singh, a resident of Sector 27, for obtaining loan by producing fake documents here. According to the police sources, Mr Arvinder Singh Chopra, General Manager of Strategic Marketing Pvt. Ltd, reported that Prem Singh obtained a car loan worth to Rs 2,80,138 on fake documents and later purchased a Maruti car.

A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of Indian Penal Code has been registered.

Three cars stolen
During the past 24 hours the local police has received three complaints of theft of Maruti cars from different parts of the city. Major V. K. Kotia of Mansa Devi Complex reported that his car (CH-01-Z-1756) was stolen from near Bank Square, Sector 17.

Mr Rajinder Singh Riar, a resident of Shivalik Enclave, Naya Gaon (Kharar), also lodged a complaint that his car (No. CH-01R-6667 was stolen from Sector 35. Mr Amit Kapoor of Sector 8, Panchkula, also reported that his car (PB-65-9988) was stolen from the market of Sector 20.

Two accidents
A pedestrian, Raghu, was reportedly hit by a scooter driven by Ajay Rana near the BJP office, Sector 33, here yesterday. He was injured and was admitted to the PGI. The driver was later arrested under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.

Ms Puja Walia was injured after reportedly being hit by a scooter driven by Ashok Kumar on the roundabout of Sectors 32, 33,45 and 46 here yesterday. The driver was later arrested.


Man stabs
Ravinder Mohan, resident of Sector 8, was stabbed in the hand by an unidentified boy this evening at his residence. According to the police, a boy had approached Ravinder Mohan and claimed to be have come from a certain shop and demanded Rs 340, allegedly owed by to the shop

However, when Ravinder denied that he owed any money the boy took out a knife and stabbed him, The DSP, Mr Om Parkash, later, visited the site. The police is investigating into the matter. 


“Simplify procedure to set up industry”
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, March 24
To promote industry and entrepreneurship, the respective state government should simplify the procedure to set up industry. Instead of the single window system the doors of the Industries Department and other related-government institutions should be open for prospective entrepreneurs, said Mr R.S. Khandpur, Director-General of the Centre for Electronic Design and Technology of India (CEDTI) at the concluding function of a four-week women Entrepreneurship Development Programmee organised here today.

He said entrepreneurship was not gender specific. He said there was ample proof that women entrepreneurs in the field of electronics and Information Technology (IT) had been successful. He said business oriented skills were also required for overall career development.

During the four-week programmee, the participants were taught to use the business opportunities offered by the IT. Financial, managerial and entrepreneurial aspects for career in business were covered by experts from to Punjab Financial Corporation, Bureau of Indian Standards, STPI, Department of Information and Technology and SIDBI. The participants organised a cultural programmee. As many as 32 women participated in the programmee.

The CEDTI has run 23 entrepreneurship development programmees so far and for women it was third programmee. Later Mr Khandpur gave away certificates to the participants. 


Seminar on copyright 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
A seminar on “copyright matters and intellectual property rights” was organised by the Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme, Panjab University, here today. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the seminar emphasised the slogan ‘patent and prosper’. He also highlighted the importance of preparing intellectual material for IPR eduction. Mr V.K.Bali, Technical Director of the National Information Centre, in his key-note address focussed on patent as a source of technical and bibliography information.

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