Friday, May 11, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Bahl suspends Dhawan men from CTCC
Congress city unit faces split
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) today moved one step closer to formal split with the CTCC chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, suspending four close supporters of a former Union minister, Mr Harmohan Dhawan.

According to a written statement issued by the CTCC spokesman, Mr Sunil Parti, here, Mr Devinder Singh Babla, Dr O.P. Verma, Mr Balwinder Cheema and Mr Sandeep Singh have been suspended from the primary membership of the party for anti-party activities. In a separate letters to them, Mr Bahl has sought explanations, if any, from them within 15 days, the statement said.

When contacted, Mr Dhawan and Mr Babla refused to comment saying that since they received the letters in the evening, they would come out with their comments tomorrow after studying them.

It may be recalled the simmering differences between the Dhawan faction on the one hand and the Bansal-Bahl faction and the Venod Sharma on the other had been deepening in the recent past. The differences reached a flashpoint when Mr Dhawan formed the "non-political" Chandigarh Vikas Manch last month within the Congress.

Senior leaders of the CTCC, owing allegiance to the Bansal-Bahl faction and the Sharma faction had taken serious view of the "anti-party" activities of the manch, particularly the gherao of Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, and Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, Mayor and Senior Deputy Mayor, respectively, on May 6 for their alleged failure to conduct the proceedings of the House of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC). They had urged the party President to deal sternly with these leaders for their "anti-party" activities.

Sources informed that the party high command might be approached to take an appropriate action against Mr Dhawan. Since Mr Dhawan is an AICC member, only the party high command was competent to take action against him.



MCC’s sops on water meters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
To make things easier for the consumers and to avoid unnecessary harassment, the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today decided to extend some more facilities for getting defective water meters replaced by May 31.

According to sources, the time for depositing cash for getting the meters tested will be extended from 10 am to 3 pm instead of 10 am to 1 pm. Besides this, the work of replacing the faulty meters will also be undertaken on Saturdays, Sundays, and other restricted holidays so that people do not have to waste their working days waiting for the plumber. This will also help speed up the work of changing these meters by the deadline. The SDOs concerned have also been directed to make themselves available in the offices at all hours for an early redressal of the consumers problems, if any.

Sources further add that the MCC will also give special treatment to senior citizens, handicapped and invalid persons, by deputing special teams to help them replace their faulty meters. The said teams will not only procure the meters for them but also fit the same after getting it tested at the laboratory.

The authorities have also decided to provide repair facilities to the consumers if the meter purchased by them gets out of order after a few months. The spares will also be replaced though service charges will be charged. In some cases, where the water meter is out of order for longer time, service meters will be fitted so that the consumer is not issued bills on the basis of average consumption. And if the fault in the meter is beyond repair, the consumer will be asked to purchase another water meter. It is pertinent to mention that no rent will be charged from those replacing their water meters.

The MCC, in a notification issued on June 5, 2000, has shifted the onus of replacing and maintaining defective water meters on the consumers. This has been done to ensure that consumers become more responsible towards the upkeep of their water meters and will not allow tampering of any kind. The proper readings in turn will ensure accurate billing. Even in Punjab and Haryana , the meters are being provided by the consumers themselves.

Meanwhile, the meters are being tested in five testing laboratories, two in Sector 32, one each in Sectors 18, 37 and Mani Majra. According to information available, nearly 800 meters are being tested in these laboratories as against 100 odd meters which were being tested earlier only in Sector 32. Since, people can now make the payments here also, they do not have to stand in queues in Sector 32 to deposit the cash. Nearly, 30,000 defective water meters are yet to be changed.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the MCC’s Commissioner and Chief Engineer, along with Secretary to Local Government (work handled by the FS), to be personally present in the court tomorrow for a discussion on a public interest litigation for quashing a notification asking consumers to purchase their own water meters.


Angry sun bakes city, Patiala
Tribune News Service

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Chandigarh, May 10
Residents of the city perspired and remained inside their homes as the mercury shot up to 43°C here today. This was the highest temperature of the season so far and 6 degrees above the normal for this time of the year. The local meteorological office says that it is a heat wave.

In Patiala, the temperature rose to 44.9°C, while the mercury touched 43.1°C in Ambala. The Director of the local meteorological office, Mr S.C. Bhan, said the conditions were likely to continue in the next few days as there was no possibility of moisture building up to bring showers.

In Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar, there were few vehicles on roads as residents preferred to remain inside their homes. Several shopkeepers closed their shops due to poor sales as loo kept customers away.

Coolers and air-conditioners were on full blast. Government offices had few visitors and there was no ice-candy seller in streets. Watermelon sellers picked up.

Engineers of the Electricity Department said the demand of power had shot up in the afternoon. At about 4 pm, it was 158 MW — almost 9 MW more than the demand at this time yesterday. The consumption of water, too. The city had about 64 million gallons of water available today, engineers of the Municipal Corporation said.



Amritsar hottest in region

Chandigarh, May 10
People in most of the northwest region today groaned under oppressive heatwave conditions as the mercury soared by six to seven degrees above normal. Amritsar turned out to be the hottest place with a high of 45.4° C followed by Delhi and Hisar at 45° C each.

In Patiala in Punjab the temperature today shot to 44.9° C, about 7 degrees above normal. Hot surface winds blowing across forced the people to stay indoors most part of the day.

Local Meteorological Bureau Director S C Bhan attributed sharp rise in temperatures to the total disappearance of western disturbances from Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining Pakistan. “Such a situation may give further rise in the temperatures and mainly dry weather conditions over the next 48 hours’’.

The hill states of J and K and Himachal Pradesh, too, could not escape the fury of the rising temperatures. Srinagar today had a high of 29° C, about six degrees above normal, against yesterday’s 27.3° C.

Shimla, saw the maximum settle at around 27° C, seven degrees above normal.

People in and around Chandigarh saw the maximum rising to 43° C, second time in the first half of May in the past one decade. According to statistics available, the city had the same temperature on May 1, 1999. However, the hottest day in the past one decade was on May 30, 1994 when mercury shot to 44.6° C.

The maximum in and around Ambala rose to 43.2° C. UNI


Filmmaker-cum-expert on social themes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
This film-maker carries strong streaks of a reformist. He might refrain from admitting the same, but his works are outrightly vocal about what he stands for. For Ketan Mehta, the internationally-renowned film director, “the right of artistes to express themselves is the most sacrosanct right of all.” His statement finds a reflection in most of the cinematic wonders which he has produced and directed over the 15-year-long association with the film industry.

After exploring the most vulnerable of themes in ‘Bhavani Bhavai’ and ‘Mirch Masala’, Ketan Mehta is now venturing into scientific fiction films. He spoke to The Tribune about his plan of training experts in multimedia animation for high-end applications. His company, Maya Entertainment, is already providing special effects to cinema and television in India. But now he is about to launch a branch of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics in Chandigarh. He is accompanied to the city by actress wife Deepa Sahi.

Relating to Ketan’s idea was not difficult as it comes very naturally to him. His past record shows how he has used the medium of cinema to voice the elements dominant in the society. “ Very recently Ketan has won international recognition for the science fiction television series which ran on Doordarshan for a year. Called ‘Captain Vyom’, the series even managed to evoke the interest from Intel, which is now funding a part of Ketan’s digital dream project.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the project, Deepa Sahi said, “For one of our shots we had to run around the world hunting for expertise. It was then that we thought of developing the expertise locally. We have naturally believed in super-real things. So why can’t we invent them?” Ketan nodded, adding that the USA was now outsourcing many projects to India. “This shows their faith in our talent. We must promote talent through our branches all over the country. The first branch of the North is being launched in Chandigarh.” That perhaps has something to do with Deepa’s Punjab connection.

Computer graphics may be of latest concern to Ketan, but he is better remembered for strong social themes he has voiced through his films. His early works are all about social themes. A graduate from the Film and Television Institute, Ketan made his first feature film in 1980. Made in Gujarat, ‘Bhavani Bhavai’, won many national awards for its dramatic exploration of the life of untouchables. Ketan recently went back to the state to find that the situation had not changed much. The second film, ‘Holi’ (1984), focused on college students dissatisfied with their educational system.

Mirch Masala in 1985 turned out to be the best Indian film abroad. Ketan attributes its success to its strong content.

Deepa Sahi was to be the protagonist of many of Ketan’s projects in the future. The first was ‘Maya Memsaab’, based on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. The film had Deepa playing Maya, who is dejected with her marriage and seeks fulfillment in other affairs. Reacting to the film, Ketan said: “Though the movie was a little controversial, it did alter the mind set a little.”

The most controversial project was the political satire ‘O darling yeh hai India’, released in 1995. Said Ketan: “I received tremendous hatemail for this film. There were demands to ban it but I managed to tide through successfully.” After this came ‘Aar ya paar’, a truly commercial venture, which was a little unlike what Ketan always stood for.

As for Deepa, she has come a long way from Tamas. These days, she is writing the script of a movie she plans to direct. She will also act in a film being written by MJ Akbar. It will be directed by Ketan.


Administration ‘on leave’ 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
All top officials of the Chandigarh Administration are either on tour or on leave, making it a paid holiday for the middle-level and junior staff. The work can wait till Monday.

Sources said the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, and the Finance Secretary, Mr Rakesh Singh, left for Jaipur in the afternoon to attend a meeting. The Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, is already on leave, while the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, is in Delhi for a meeting.

Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Joint Finance Secretary, remains the senior most official here. Mr G.K. Marwah, Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), and the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Mr M.P. Singh, are the other senior officials.

The PCS and the HCS officers also took it easy as there was “less pressure”.


Sanitation privatised in SAS Nagar
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 10
Privatisation of sanitation work was introduced here today by the President of the Municipal Council.

The council chief, Mr Kulwant Singh, and the Executive Officer, Mr Harbhagwan Garg, swept the road in front of the council office with brooms to mark the occasion. Several councillors were present there.

The 10 private parties who have got this sanitation job have 240 workers and 10 supervisors.

The council will look after the cleanliness of the Industrial Area, while the private contractors will cover the residential and market areas. The contractors have been allotted different areas for cleaning roads, kerb channels, streets, parks and open spaces, besides regular lifting of garbage. The contract is till March 31 next year.

The shortage of safai sevaks in the town had been increasing over the years. Sanitation work, therefore, suffered and privatisation was proposed as a solution to the problem.

Privatisation of sanitation was introduced in certain parts of the town for eight months past year on an experimental basis and the results were found to be satisfactory.

The council President said contractors who did well would get awards. He told them to ensure that there was no complaint from residents regarding sanitation. The municipal councillor concerned should be told which safai sevaks were working in the ward. Besides, safai sevaks should not disturb residents by demanding petty things from them.



Need to effectively tap industry
Opening of Defence to private sector
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
The opening up of Defence production to the private sector for supply of indigenously manufactured weapons and equipment is welcome news for the armed forces and the industry as it would significantly reduce costs as well as bolster national research, development effort and industrial turnover. It has, at the same time, focused attention on the sluggish performance of government-owned production centres.

The largest benefit of the government decision to the armed forces would be reduction in procurement costs and assured delivery within the stipulated timeframe. Besides exports, the services were heretofore mainly dependent on the Ordnance Factory Board’s 39 Ordnance Factories (OFs) and eight Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). At present just about 30 per cent of Defence needs are met indigenously.

“A study has revealed that the rates of these factories are unacceptably high as compared to the rates quoted by private parties”, a source in the Ordnance Branch, Western Command, said. “Analysis of rates of some products revealed that the OFB rates are higher by 33.4 to 162 per cent,” he added.

According to a report released in December 2000 the Army gets “much less value for the money earmarked for it since about 70 per cent of the Army Ordnance Corps budget is spent on procurement from OFs and PSUs”.

As per the available figures, of the approximate Rs 9,000 crore spent annually on indigenous procurement, equipment worth Rs 5,000 crore is procured from OFs and about Rs 900 crore spent on equipment procured from PSUs.

Besides, OFs take unduly long time to meet the demands of the services. According to an ordnance officer, an internal report has revealed that OFs do not meet the supply schedule in one-third of the indents placed on them. This is despite the fact that the stipulated lead time for procuring equipment from OFs is as long as 42 months. The Master-General of the Ordnance’s Branch at the Army Headquarters has suggested that the lead time can be reduced to 24 months.

Citing an official report, an ordnance officer said that supplies from private industry has shown a “good response” in a lesser period of time. There had been disturbing instances of PSUs defaulting in supplies despite collecting heavy advances. He pointed out an instance where stores worth Rs 100 crore had been outstanding against a PSU, despite the fact that the Army had given Rs 412 crore to it in advance.

There have been several instances where indigenisation has failed to take off due to cheaper imports. Citing an example, an officer said despite full indigenisation and an annual capacity for producing 562 sets of transmissions and related assemblies for BMP-2s, the Army had opted for imports as indigenous equipment was costlier by Rs 3.6 lakh per set. 


Village land demarcated amidst tension
Tribune News Service

FAQ facility soon

In the wake of queries from plot allottees in the five new sectors being developed by PUDA, the authority will soon start a frequently asked question (FAQ) facility after consulting the Advocate-General of Punjab on various legal wranglings on the issue.

The FAQ facility, to be made available at PUDA’s headquarters, Zonal offices and local office, will enable the allottee to get answers on various queries on dialing certain telephone numbers. The queries will also be replied on PUDA’s website. Regarding the possibility of extending the deadline for payment of 15 per cent of amount against the allotted plots which expires on May 31, the officials said no decision in this regard had been taken yet. 

SAS Nagar, May 10
Tempers ran high today when officials of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) visited Mauli Baidwan village to undertake demarcation of land being acquired by the authority. However, no clash between the officials and the villagers was reported.

Officials, pegging bamboo pieces in the land, described it as a routine exercise undertaken before carrying out development in the area. The presence of policemen along with officials raised suspicion in the minds of the villagers who were showing copies of stay on dispossession of land granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The officials left after doing their exercise at about 2 p.m.

Initial hue and cry by villagers that the officials were fencing the acquired land did not prove to be true when the TNS visited the spot. A land-owner, Mr Mewa Singh, claimed that as no official had come to the site before the presence of the officials and cops alerted them.

The villagers said their counsel had in a legal notice to PUDA said that the stay of dispossession in acquisition cases meant stay on further proceedings.

Meanwhile, officials of PUDA said under the Land Acquisition Act, possession of the land of Mauli Baidwan village had been taken by the land acquisition collector (LAC) on May 7 and handed over to the Superintending Engineer (SE). The process of taking over the possession of the land had been entered in the register of the patwari concerned.


Making quick buck in the name of charity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Good Samaritans of Sector 30-A here today became unsuspecting victims of a group of five young women, seeking donations for victims of the Orissa cyclone.

It is learnt that a group of women, claiming to be sisters, went about various houses in the Sector 30 this morning. They were carrying a typed letter that said they were in need of financial help as they had lost all their worldly possessions in the cyclone.

The timing of the visit was also around 10.00 a.m. when menfolk were off to work. A lot of residents, mostly women, took pity on the girls and gave donations ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 100. A few residents also gave away clothes and foodgrains. After the group had collected money from at least 10 houses, they left the place. When contacted, a resident who had donated Rs 50, said that the women were in the age group of 25 to 40 and were not speaking chaste Hindi.

It was after a while that the word spread around the locality and a lot of people had come forward and said that they had been duped.

Meanwhile, the police, when contacted by Chandigarh Tribune, said it was not aware of any such incident. An official at the Industrial Area Police Station said they had not received any such complaint nor was there any information of any such activity in the area.

The city seems to be a favourite haunt for swindlers hoping to make a quick buck in the name of charity. Be it in the name of the Red Cross, Gujarat relief or even the Orissa cyclone, city residents are quite often duped by people seeking charity. It may be recalled that only a few weeks ago, a youth had went around Sector 37 with a fake card of the Red Cross and sought donations from people. However, alert residents of the area managed to nab him.


Season of joy for children
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Nanhe Ram and Chhutki of “Buniyaad”, a tele-serial that had thousands of Indian households glued to the TV sets in the eighties, will interact with children at the Durga Das Foundation as part of its summer school which commences on May 21.

The workshop capturing shades of the journey of participation and self-realisation aimed as guiding steps to future life features Abhinav Chaturvedi, Lovleen Mishra and Roysten Abel.

Chaturvedi and Mishra, Delhi and Mumbai based artistes respectively, are conducting the “dramatics is fun” workshop, motivating students to question, probe and search for solutions and express through drama. Roysten Abel leads the communication workshop for the age group of 10 to 14 years. The workshop’s idea underlines an effort to communicate well through theatre and drama.

Abhinav Chaturvedi started his acting career at the tender age of five with Om Shivpuri’s group. Prominent among his earlier stage performances were Girish Karnad’s “Hay Vadan” directed by B.V.Karanth.He did 100-odd plays for All India Radio.

It is interesting to know that this master of stage performance also had the gift of the bat and bowl. Prominent players among his cricket mates are Kirti Azad, Maninder Singh, Chetan Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Navjot Singh Sidhu and J Shivaramakrishnan.

Abhinav’s maiden feature film was “Parbat ke Us Paar”. “Bhrastachaar” had Chaturvedi featuring opposite Rekha and Mithun Chakraborty. Jeewan ek Sanghrush and “Yoddha” are also a couple among his other prominent released.

Lovleen Mishra is a name to reckon with while mentioning strong “off-the-commercial-line” releases, including Govind Nihalani’s “Aaghat”, “Takshak 1084 ki Maa”, Vijay Shukla’s “Godmother”, Ketan Mehta’s “Sardar”, Roland Joffe’s “City of joy” and Dev Benegal’s “Split Wide Open”, to name a few.

Lovleen accepts that a larger part of my work comprises working with children as an active member of Barry John’s “theatre in education” repertory. These included acting, writing and improvising plays and play-acting classroom lessons with street,spastic, autistic, hearing-impaired, blind as well as normal children. Lovleen has been an active member of Jana Natya Manch, a street theatre group, This included performances of about 100 shows in mofussil and working class areas. The “Chhutki” of “Hum Log” has also starred in the “Saaya”, “Teacher” and “Yehi Hai Zindage” serials on television.

Roysten Abel, the Indian master-director of Shakespeare’s plays, has made experiments with the original masterpieces in “Romeo and Juliet”, and “Goodbye Desdemona”. Explorations of emotions were followed through tracks of “Kathakali” to highly stylised Bombay film acting.

“The Merchant of Venice”, “Moliere” by Bulgakov and “Romeo and Juliet” are National School of Drama events. The plays have been staged in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Netherlands.

Abel has been a critic’s favourite for innovations in his treatment of Shakespearean plays with a contemporary touch. The workshop will end on June 10.



Poor water supply irks residents
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 10
Water supply in the township for the past over one month has been poor, bringing hardship to residents who are getting up in the morning to store water for the day. The supply situation is such that overhead tanks are barely filled.

People in some areas have arranged alternative sources of water to meet their requirement. Many residents welfare associations have reportedly hired private water tankers to meet the water shortage.

Residents of the town complain that except in parts of “VVIP” Sector 6, almost every sector has been facing acute water shortage for the past over three weeks. Some residents of Sector16 have reportedly even purchased bucketfuls of water.

Mr Subhash Papneja, General Secretary of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 16, said residents had collectively arranged a water tanker to meet the water shortage. After pooling money, they had been making payments to the tanker-owner. He alleged that after repeated representations to HUDA, nothing had been done to improve the water supply in the sector.

A survey of the township revealed that fearing raids by the Public Health Department of HUDA, various residents have installed water boosting pumps in their kitchens for better supply. A majority of them have constructed under ground tanks for water storage to be used for house hold needs.

Mr J. K Kakar, a resident of Sector 7, complained that only one water tubewell was in working order in sector 6 water works which was unable to fulfill the need of residents.

Meanwhile, the district administration has warned the residents against misuse of water. Deputy Commissioner, Jyoti Arora, said challans would be issued for washing of vehicles and watering of lawns.

She also asked the residents not to use water boosters on the water supply lines directly. The violators would be penalised by imposing heavy penalty apart from disconnecting their water line connection.



Growing slums of Panchkula

PEOPLE must have heard about ‘earthquake victims’, ‘flood victims’ and ‘drought victims’ but Panchkula is having its ‘slum victims’, and they attract sympathy from no quarter. The residents of Sector 21, Panchkula, are the victims of the ‘Madrasi Colony’ — a navvy of HUDA.

The Administrator of HUDA and the Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula said in press interviews recently that Panchkula had an ugly face and that they were planning a drive to check this. More jhuggis have come up after this announcement.

So long as the jhuggi dwellers enjoy the patronage of our politicians, no one can stop the growth of these slums. The theory of rehabilitation created by the ‘vote seekers’ is the major cause of the mushrooming of the slums. Migrants prefer to come here in the hope of getting a house. Moreover, they are enjoying free electricity and water.

It will indeed be a miracle if our politicians and bureaucrats introspect seriously and take steps to check and limit the number of migrants. Action against the officials responsible for the growth of jhuggis is not being taken as per the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Spacious lush green parks, the scenic beauty of the Shivalik Hills, good roads and open spaces around the residential and commercial complexes will soon lose their charm, if the slums continue to grow.

Panchkula T.D. KUMAR

Dental college

I read with interest the report regarding the opening of a dental college in Chandigarh. It is estimated that the project will cost about Rs 20 crore to the Administration.

There are already a number of dental colleges in this area, and most of the dental graduates are unemployed. There are hardly any jobs in government hospitals and almost every sector has two or three private dentists. I wonder what all the fresh graduates will do. Before deciding to open a new college, the Administration should think of rehabilitating the unemployed dentists.


Due place for Punjabi

‘Punjabi gets its due in UT’, said a headline in the Tribune on April 26. The Administration has decided that all signboards on roads, in public offices and public places will be written in Punjabi apart from English and Hindi, besides, correspondence in Punjabi will be entertained in all UT offices.

The Chandigarh Administration should also release publicity material and press notes in Punjabi. Similarly, the municipal corporation should also publish corporation samachar in Punjabi on the lines of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation.


Congress grass

It is sad to note that even in mid-summer there is considerable growth of congress grass and other weeds all along the main roads and roundabouts of Panchkula. If this is the position in the dry season, one can imagine the misery of the people during the rains. Apart from being a big eyesore, these weeds also cause considerable damage to the health of the people, particularly children. It is high time the authorities woke up and took measures to rid the city of this weed.



Differences on CBM chief's election
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Even as the executive of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) meets tomorrow to finalise the date for the general body meeting for holding the election to the post of President, certain founder members have alleged that they are being sidelined and had not been invited to the meeting.

According to sources, of the 11 founder members, who are life members and are special invitees to the executive meetings, at least five have not been invited to the meeting. They are Mr Jagdish Pal Kalra, Mr Rajinder Manocha, Mr Ramesh Kapoor, Mr Baldev Raj Gulati and Mr Jagdish Kapoor. Tomorrow's executive meeting will fix the date for the general body meeting which, in turn, will announce the schedule for the elections.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Jagdish Kapoor and Mr Manocha came down heavily on a letter addressed by the three executive members to all the CBM members. The letter written by Mr Sukhpal Singh, Mr M.L. Goyal and Mr Krishan Gopal Manchanda, besides Mr Ramesh Duggal, said: "The seniormost office-bearer (Senior vice-president, Mr Purshotam Mahajan) has already been bestowed with the status and powers of the President as per the constitution of the CBM. We strongly urge that the status quo be maintained for the remaining tenure of the governing body.

Hands of the Senior Vice-President be strengthened and we must stand by him in the general body meeting and endorse the arrangement unanimously with all sincerity at out command so that the name of the organisation is not slurred, soiled and we become the laughing stock.''

It may be recalled that the election to the CBM chief's post had become inevitable following the death of Mr Inder Lal Batra on March 23. Since the constitution nowhere mentioned what arrangement should be made after the death of the President, the current executive had virtually become defunct as it was nominated by Mr Batra, alleged Mr Manocha.

Meanwhile, Mr Jagdish Arora, who unsuccessfully contested election against Mr Batra in August last year, has demanded "proper and regular" meetings of the CBM for better interaction and sharing of views. 



Missing corners in buildings

According to Feng Shui, one of the important principles of any landsite, buildings and other structures is its shape. Completeness means that the structures and shapes should not have any corner missing. Out-of-shape landsite or buildings are considered inauspicious. Auspicious shapes are all regular. Regular shapes are luckier than irregular ones because irregular shapes have missing corners which in turn create an imbalance. Missing corners are easy to determine in a house by just placing a rectangle over the layout. There are many kinds of missing corners. Some houses have ‘wealth’ corners missing. Some have ‘health, relationship or children’s luck’ missing in their houses. Offices, too, can have similar corners missing. The worst kind of shape is T-shape, which means a serious lack of luck as two sides of the front are missing. It is said that a structure that has all corners because of the presence of good Chi. Feng Shui provides all kinds of luck and people living in such places will live in harmony.


Address your Feng Shui queries to:


Postal address: C/o F.S. TIPS

The Tribune, Sector-29, Chandigarh-160020.


Issuing of NOC raises objections
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 10
The issuing of a No-Objection Certificate by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to a private firm that manufactures electricity poles at Haripur Khuda village near Dera Bassi has given rise to a controversy.

If the “conditional” NOC issued to Sindhu Durg Cement Products on a recommendation of the Minister of State for Urban Housing and Development, Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, was in violation of the Punjab New Capital (Periphery Control) Act of 1952, the Enforcement Wing of the PUDA should have taken some action. The wing is supposed to check unauthorised constructions in the periphery.

The company raised sheds on a land near the site for which the NOC had been issued in June 2000, but officials concerned did not bother to check this construction. The company, after constructing a 300-foot-long platform on the land, again applied for an NOC in January through the minister. A field report on this unauthorised construction was submitted to the authorities in February past year, but still no action was taken.

Mr Balian defended the issuing of the NOC and said it had been issued on the conditions that no construction would be raised on the site and the cement used in making the poles would be stored in open. He said he had recommended this case to promote industry in the area. He said, in many cases where the NOCs were issued, political and bureaucratic pressures often forced the decisions.

Mr Balian crticised the enforcement agency and said there was a need to check unauthorised construction in the Naya Gaon area. “An NOC has been wrongly issued for the construction of a school building along the Landhran road,” he said. Checking the violation of terms was the responsibility of the field staff of PUDA, he also said.



Use of Hindi in offices stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
The work being done in Hindi in different Central Government offices was reviewed at the meeting of the Town Official Language Implementation Committee held at Kisan Bhavan here today.

Mr Ashwani Luthra, Commissioner of Income Tax, who presided over the meeting, wanted officials to take initiative in using Hindi in official work.

For the use of Hindi in Central Government offices several steps had been taken in the city in the last three years. These included the honouring of heads of offices where maximum work was done in Hindi and holding of various competitions and publication of a magazine.

Dr Raj Bahadur Singh, Deputy Director, who took part in the meeting as the representative of the Rajbhasha Vibhag, New Delhi, emphasised the need for the use of computers to encourage Hindi.



Advocate not traced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Mr Parveen Kumar Sharma, advocate, who is son of late Prem Dutt Sharma and a resident of 285, Phase 3B-1 SAS Nagar, is missing since February 8, 2000, after he had left for Delhi to attend a marriage.

A case has been registered under Section 364 of the IPC at the central police station here.


Symposium on Devi Lal's life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
A symposium on the life and achievements of late Mr Devi Lal will be organised by the Chandigarh Press Club in collaboration with the Haryana Government on the club premises here tomorrow at 11 a.m.


Four cases of theft in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Four cases of theft, including two of auto lifting, were reported from various parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

Mr B.S. Punni's Maruti car (CH-01E-0689) was stolen from outside his Sector 35 residence on the night of May 8.

Another Maruti car (CH-01H-2070) was stolen from the GPO parking lot in Sector 17 yesterday. The complainant, Mr Mukesh Nischel, has said that he had parked the car there at about 10 a.m. and found out about the theft at 4 p.m.

Two wooden doors were stolen from the Sector 40 house of an IAS officer on the night of May 8.

An electric meter was stolen from Ambedkar Colony, Sector 55 residence of Mr Raj Kumar three-four days ago while he was out of station.

In all these cases, the police has registered FIRs under Section 379 of the IPC.

Killed: A three-wheeler driver was killed in an accident on the Sectors 14 and 15 dividing road. The deceased was a resident of Rajiv Colony.

According to the information available from the police, Dinesh Kumar was killed when his three-wheeler was hit by an Opel Astra late this evening. The car driver, Naresh Kumar, has been arrested and the car impounded by the Sector 11 police.

Man injured: A motorcyclist, Gagan Dhaliwal, was injured when he was hit by a Maruti car (CH-01Y-0109) late last night near the Sector 34 market. The car driver sped away and the victim was later admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.

Woman held for liquor smuggling: Garesy, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, was arrested from near her residence yesterday and 24 pouches of whisky were seized from her possession. A case under Section 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered.

Scooter catches fire: Petrol leakage in a Kinetic Challenger is suspected to have led to the vehicle catching fire near the Poultry Farm chowk in the Industrial Area this morning.

According to the police, Mr R.K. Gupta, a resident of Sector 20, Panchkula, was taking his child to a school when he noticed fumes coming out of the scooter. He immediately jumped off the scooter with the child. The scooter was badly damaged.

Suitcase found: A brown-coloured suitcase was found near the bus stand at the Picaddily chowk here today.

Mr J.S. Arora and Mr Amrit Lal were standing near the chowk, when they noticed a bus and a car passing by and the suitcase fell off from either of the two vehicles.

Clerk booked:
The police has registered a case under Sections 427, 452 and 506 of the IPC against a clerk of the SAS Nagar Municipal Council, Avtar Singh Kalsia, on the basis of a complaint lodged by another employee of the council, Mr Amrit Lal. The complainant alleged that Mr Kalsia along with two other employees uprooted the grill in front of the stairs of his house in the council complex in Phase 5.

Fire: A fire broke out in a factory, Maharaja Electricals, in the Industrial Area, Phase 7, here today. 


2 held for dowry
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 10
Two Ambala residents have been arrested by the Dera Bassi police for harassing a local women for demanding dowry. According to police sources, the accused — Sanjeev Kumar and Kunti Devi — husband and the mother-in-law of the complainant Savita Devi, were produced before a Rajpura court and sent to judicial custody.

Mother of a four-year-old boy, Savita Devi was married to Sanjeev in 1996 and was being allegedly harassed for more dowry since then onwards. Savita had also alleged that her sister-in-law and brother-in-law were also involved in the case.

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