Monday, May 14, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Man strangulates wife to death
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 13
A 25-year-old unidentified woman was reportedly beaten and strangulated to death by her husband in Rajiv Colony near Shiv Temple in Sector 17 in the wee hours on Saturday.

The neighbours of the deceased said the couple had a fight over some issue while they were sitting on the terrace of their jhuggi at about 11.30 at night. They came down and went inside their rented jhuggi where they again had a fight. This went on till 2.30 a.m. and then there was silence.

The murder came to light when the neighbours found the main door of the jhuggi bolted from outside at about 7.30 am. They found the woman lying dead on the bed and her husband absconding, along with his 4-year-old daughter, Chandni.

The matter was brought to the notice of Mr Krishan Pal Jain, president of the colony, and the police was informed. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Jain said the couple had migrated from Ludhiana about six months back.

The police found injuries of some blunt weapon below the right eye of the deceased and a piece of a saree, which was probably used to strangulate her. Blood had oozed from the eyes of the victim.

After registering a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, the Panchkula police started investigating the matter. The in charge of the Sector 16 police station said police teams had been sent to search Gaya Prasad, who had brought the family from Ludhiana. After interrogating him, raids would be conducted on the suspected hideouts of the accused. 


Youth alleges police torture
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13

The bully image of the Punjab Police continues to haunt the force. Close on the heels of alleged illegal detention and beating up of a 20-year-old youth at the Phase 1 police station in SAS Nagar a few days back, another 22-year-old youth of Chandigarh was allegedly picked up from his residence by the SAS Nagar police and tortured at the same police station for four days.The victim, Sunil Kumar, who was kept in a ‘‘secret cell’’ at the Phase 1 police station since May 9 was today got released by a warrant officer who raided the police station on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The warrant officer, Mr N.C. Kinra was appointed after the brother of the victim filed a writ petition in the court of Mr Justice S.S. Nijjer.

Mr Kinra told Chandigarh Tribune that neither there was any first information report (FIR) nor the name of victim had been entered in the ‘roznamcha’ of the police station. On the directions of the court, the victim was taken for medical examination to the Phase 6 Civil Hospital. The brother of the victim, Mr Jaswinder Singh, who has filed the petition, claimed that the SAS Nagar police picked his brother up in connection with a theft case which was got registered by a Sector 7 based finance company with the Chandigarh Police. He alleged that the complainants in theft case were known to Inspector R.S. Sohal, SHO of the Phase 1 police station of SAS Nagar.

A 22-year-old youth , Sunil Kumar, being taken by his brother to the Phase 6 Civil Hospital in SAS Nagar on Sunday.
A 22-year-old youth , Sunil Kumar, being taken by his brother to the Phase 6 Civil Hospital in SAS Nagar on Sunday.
— Photo Pankaj Sharma

When a team of Chandigarh Tribune reached the hospital, an ASI of the Sector 26 police station, Mr Karan Singh, was waiting outside the hospital to take the victim in custody. He said the SAS Nagar police had informed that they had a person in their custody who was allegedly involved in a case of theft committed in Chandigarh. The Chandigarh cops wanted the brother of the victim to sign an undertaking stating that after the boy was released from the hospital, he would be produced at the Sector 26 police station. After some arguments with members of the family, the team of the Chandigarh Police left the hospital.

When our team met the victim in the hospital, he was could not speak properly. He alleged that he was picked up by the SHO and an ASI Bhagwant Singh from his house in Sector 22 without any case against him. ‘‘I was occasionally asked to do odd jobs at the police stations and was mostly kept in a room at the back of the police station. I was asked to confess my involvement in the theft case and men of the financier were also present during my interrogation.’’

‘‘About two days ago when a senior police official of the Ropar police came to the police station in connection with the investigations in a case of murder, I was told to sit down with my head down,’’ he added.

The brother of the victim said that his brother was a psychiatric patient and suffered fits and pain in the head. The victim in the hospital also complained of a similar pain — a fact not corroborated by doctors at the Phase 6 Civil Hospital. In the evening the victim was referred to the PGI with recommendation of a CT scan and opinion of dental surgeon.



Hostel warden’s car damaged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Unknown assailants smashed the windowpanes of the Tata Sierra of Dr (Ms) Manju Jaidka, warden of Luxmi Bai Hostel, Panjab University, here last night.

The warden alleged the role of a hostel resident who had developed differences with her in the incident. The girl was supported by student representatives, who alleged highhandedness of the warden.

Sources said the warden alleged that the panes of her vehicle had been broken with a warning that this was just a trailer for a final showdown. The girl student said she was ignorant of the violent occurrence.

Prof K.N. Pathak, the Vice Chancellor, constituted a committee to look into the matter. The committee comprised Prof V.K. Bansal, Dean Student Welfare, Dr J.K. Chauhan, warden of Hostel IV, Dr Naval Kishore, warden of Hostel VI , Prof M.R. Aggrawal and another hostel warden.

Rupila of the Economics Department had been a resident of the hostel for the past five years. It was alleged that the girl was keen to retain the hostel seat during vacations and pursue another master’s degree.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhuppi, president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, and Mr Chand Singh Madaan, a former chairman of the Haryana Students Association, met the senior university authorities and said the girl was being harassed unnecessarily.

Students also sought that the warden be removed from the hostel till the inquiry was pending and the security staff and warden should ensure safety to the girl student.

Reliable sources said the girl student in question had remained close to the warden earlier during the session till ‘certain’ differences emerged. The hostel also did not have the annual farewell function, which was rare. Official sources said a function was scheduled, but there was no response from the student quarters.

Professor Bansal said the demand of students for representation in the committee was unlikely to be accepted. Students would get a chance to voice their concern in the committee. The warden would continue in office till a final decision was taken.



VIP ‘influx’ keeps police on toes
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
While the onset of summer keeps the understaffed city police on its toes for fear of organised gangs making a headway for the city, the convergence of VVIPs and VIPs in the city is another major cause of concern for the security wing.

Chandigarh being the gateway to the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, frequent visits of ministers and other dignitaries, including foreigners, are common. They arrive here for an onward summer sojourn to the above mentioned states. The International Exhibitions and Business Summit in Shimla next month will add to the woes of the security wing, which will have to make arrangements with its existing understaffed personnel.

According to the information available from police sources, the present personnel deployed with the security wing are not enough to deal with the expected flow of the Union Cabinet and Union State Ministers, VVIPs, VIPs, foreign delegates, Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, Ministers and MLAs. There are 410 persons from the 4000-strong police force, 10 per cent of the total city police, who are engaged in providing security, not just to the 200-odd protected persons in the city, but also for the other dignitaries arriving here.

Sources maintain that with the rush of these VIPs, it is generally the patrolling staff from the various police stations that has to be withdrawn and deputed for VIP security, which in turn is likely to affect the normal policing After the all-night exercise by the local police in wake of the robberies in Zirakpur, they have confessed to shortage of staff. With more and more personnel being deployed for VIP duty, it is the general public that will have to suffer.

The police, on its part, maintains that the nefarious designs of various foreign-inspired groups from Punjab and the PAN- Islamic groups are too well known and great vigil is necessary. Last year, 17500 men were deployed and over 1,26,000 man hours were spent in making security arrangements for VIPs. This was in addition to the regular protected persons residing in Chandigarh.



Helmetless riding claims another life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Nothing seems to convince the fairer sex of the city into wearing helmets while driving — not even losing their lives in road accidents. Another helmetless pillion-rider lost her life today. Forty-year-old Mala Devi, a domestic help, was killed when the scooter she was riding with her son was hit by a canter from the side. She was the eighth helmetless woman to be killed in an accident this year.

The accident took place near the South End chowk at about 10.30 a.m. today. The deceased was a domestic help in a house in Sector 38 and was living in Sector 33. Her son, 20-year-old Amit Kumar, was driving her back home when the accident took place. When the duo reached the Sector 43 and 34 chowk on their LML scooter (CH-03-8810), they were hit by a canter (CH-03E-5016) and the scooter fell on one side.

While Amit Kumar escaped with minor injuries, his mother was declared brought dead when they reached the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The police arrested the driver of the canter, Shiv Kumar, and booked him under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC.

A total of 42 persons have been killed in road accidents this year and 176 have been injured. In 2000, 120 persons were killed in accidents, while 453 persons were injured. Police sources maintained that a major reason was that people refused to wear helmets for their safety.



CSIO to make fly-by-light controls for copters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A hi-tech fly-by-light (FBL) system for the Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) is being developed by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), here. The FBL is used for sending signals from the cockpit to various instruments and sub-systems which control the flight parameters of an aircraft. The ALH, developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, is presently undergoing user trials with the IAF and the Navy. All three services will have their own versions.

The FBL system is a further development of the now commonly used fly-by-wire (FBW) system. While signals are transmitted through electrical impulses to various control surfaces from the cockpit in an FBW system, the same is done through light impulses passed via Optical Fibre Cables (OFC) in the FBL system. Prior to the development of these two systems, the controls were operated mechanically. The ALH will be the first Indian aircraft to be equipped with the fly-by-light system. Even the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which made its maiden flight earlier this year, is equipped with a fly-by-wire system. While the technology was earlier restricted to combat aircraft, now even civilian airliners, specially the Airbus series, also incorporate the Fly-by-Wire system.

The use of optical fibre cables instead of copper wires gives the FBL system several advantages over the FBW system. Besides being considerably lighter and cheaper, the FBL systems had the capacity of transmitting a greater number of signals and data simultaneously. Moreover, optical fibre cables are immune to electromagnetic interference or electrical conduction and result in better gyro control of an aircraft.

As far as the working principle of the system is concerned, experts say that, in FBL systems, signals from the cockpit are converted into light impulses and focussed on the control surface concerned.



A musical tribute to Shiv Batalvi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
No words can ever describe the pain which lies shrouded in the verses of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, who was consumed by his own fire 28 years back on May 6. The Birha da Sultan is no more but his presence can be felt in the verses he has left behind for this world. Each word in his songs is a reflection of the immense pain which love begot for Shiv. As the man had himself admitted, “My songs are wounded birds and their painful moans are my poetry”.

Ever since Shiv Kumar left for heavenly abode to borrow some virgin pain, his poetry has been rendered again and again in music as a mark of respect to this art. Today’s function at the Gandhi Samarak Bhavan in Sector 16 was one of gestures in remembrance of Birha da Sultan. Titled “Shiv de Bol”, the function was all about the pain of this immortal poet who lived with a strange hope all his life. Though the function was meant to be held on May 6, it was delayed on some account.

Among those who lent voice to Shiv Kumar’s poetry were reputed local singers — R.D. Kailey, Amarjit, Sarabjit Kaur, Deepak and Govardhan Gabbi. Though doing justice to the intense verses of Batalvi was not an easy job, but the attempt by the artistes was well-appreciated. The very first song of the evening was the immortal “Ai mera geet kise na gana”... sung by R.D. Kailey in his honeyed voice.

As the evening progressed, the feeling of pain pervaded the ambience, with each one in the gathering feeling the pulse of the poet through the songs being presented before them. “Mein apne geet da ik satar haan”... by R.D. Kailey recreated the pain which Shiv Kumar Batalvi experienced on the death of his first love. Then came “Ki puchde o haal fakiraan da”, which again underlined the unfulfilled dreams of Shiv Batalvi. This was rendered by Amarjit and Sarabjit Kaur. Both the singers did well to preserve the inherent pain of the song.

Govardhan Gabbi’s rendering of “Gamaan di raat lammi hai”... was quite below the mark. One only wished the singer had not marred the soul of the song.

Another impressive presentation was that of the song “Vaasta hi mera mere dilaan diya”... by Deepak. Another song titled “Mere koh koh lambe vaal ve”.. by Sarabjit was also well-presented. The best presentations of the evening came from R.D. Kailey and Amarjit. Both the singers were able to showcase the four feelings dominant in Batalvi’s verses — those of pain, languish, hopelessness.. and finally, hope.

The accompanists were impressive in that they maintained a balance by going with the mood of the song. On the synthesizer was Deepak. Swaran Singh Kambhoj and Vicky played on the tabla and the dholak, respectively.

The only discouragement, however, was the absence of the chief guest for the show. Compere Kuldip Kaur informed that Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla could not make it on account of some emergency.



MR R.S. Virk, a city business man, would like to forget as quickly as possible his last visit to Shimla last weekend. Everything was moving smoothly until he was about to drive out of Solan town.

Driving his City Honda, he was followed by an Ambassador car with red light atop which was driven at a neck-breaking speed. The car belonged to the Deputy Commissioner of Solan. As the Ambassador car overtook his City Honda, he continued his drive onwards to Shimla unmindful of the events that were to follow.

On reaching Kandaghat, his car was stopped by a policeman who politely told him that he had to be challaned for rash and negligent driving. On Mr Virk’s persistence the policeman revealed that he had been instructed to challan him. “Here is a wireless message from the Deputy Commissioner that your car is to be challaned for rash and negligent driving as you obstructed the Deputy Commissioner’s car at the exit point of Solan,” he said.

The policeman showed him the wireless message also. Shocked by the wireless message, he had no choice but to hand over his documents to the constable who dutifully challaned him and requested him to get his challan compounded on his way back from Shimla and collect his documents.

After finishing his work, Mr Virk made a stop at Kandaghat and asked the policeman for his documents. He was advised to contact ASP at Solan to get the challan compounded and make payment there and get his documents released. Mr Virk went to Solan and contacted the ASP.

Though he was told that fine for rash and negligent driving was between Rs 1000 and Rs 1500, he was asked to pay Rs 100 following Mr Virk’s continuous insistence that he did not indulge in any rash or negligent driving and that at no point of time did he obstruct the Deputy Commissioner’s car. But the policemen expressed their helplessness.

Mr Virk paid the fine and drove back to Kandaghat to get his documents.

All attempts by Sentinel to get in touch with the Deputy Commissioner of Solan were futile as no one picked up the phone at his residence.

English play

The Global Cancer Concern India (GCCI), an NGO working nationwide for the cause and care of terminally ill patients, will organise an English comedy, Loot, directed by Nimma Dandona at Tagore Theatre on May 22 at 6.45 pm. The Governor, Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will be the chief guest.

According to Maj-Gen R.S. Pannu (retd), president of the GCCI, the proceeds of the play will be used for the welfare of cancer patients. The organisation has joint venture with the PGI to train doctors and nurses in palliative care. It is also supporting the PGI’s Palliative Care Clinic.

Donor passes can be collected from the GCCI branch at 314, Sector 33-A, Chandigarh.

Thefts galore

The spurt in the incidents of thefts from parked vehicles has created a fear psychosis among the local residents. So much so that if one withdraws money from the bank and leaves it in his vehicle even for 10 minutes, there is always fear of the money being stolen and it is the cops that are made to undergo an exercise in futility.

A couple of days back, a local resident who had withdrawn Rs 13, 000 from the Canara Bank, Sector 17, got scared and assumed that the money was stolen while the scooter was parked at a sweets corner in Sector 32. Without carefully searching for the money in the dicky of the scooter, he made a hue and cry about losing the money.

The police was immediately summoned and a large number of police personnel converged at the sweet shop .While a few cops began making discreet inquiries about anyone seen near the parked scooter from where the money was stolen, others decided to have another look at the dicky where the money was kept.

Interestingly, as soon as the cops opened the dicky, they found the money lying there in a polythene bag. In the meanwhile, this information had also reached the “crime reporters ” of various newspapers , whose pleasure at having a scoop in the morning turned out to be a damp squib in the evening.

A new “geri” route

A new “geri route” has emerged in Sector 32 and has become the favourite of student community. It is not as famous as the original one in the proximity of Home Science College in Sector 10, but is coming up fast.

The route starts from Sector 46’s Government College via the stadium road. It wends through Government Model School, the GGSD College, the SD Public School and St. Anne’s School. As evening classes are also held in the college, students can be seen walking, standing or just talking to girls.

In the recent past, some students were seen playing hide and seek with the police early in the morning. These days the traffic police has tightened the noose. Many have been challaned. Nonetheless it remains the favourite haunt of students!

Environment day

An illustrated book “Saturday: School Environment Day” with 27 action-oriented lessons, written by Dr K.K. Garg, S.K. Sharma and Sawant Sharma, and published by the Children’s Alliance for Protection of the Environment (CAPE) has made a striking impact on the environment and nature conservation front in this region. The education departments of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh have issued directions to all the Principals to observe Saturday as school environment day. Workshops for teachers would be organised shortly at various places.

The awareness cum action programmes will form part of the National Green Army Scheme under which 100 schools in each district with 50 students in each school will be selected.

In order to support the implementation of this scheme, a state level committee, under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretaries of departments of environment and district level committees under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioners of the districts will be formed.

Hi-tech hospital

With the induction of new hi-tech equipment, the Western Command Hospital at Chandimandir has now marched ahead of other command hospitals in the fields of eye, ENT, orthopedics and plastic surgery.

There are five command hospitals in the country. Each such hospital is administered by the respective Army command and is the largest medical establishment in that command, catering to serving personnel as well as ex-servicemen.

Hospital sources claim that the command hospital recently introduced phaco-surgery for eyes as well as a hi-tech laser equipment to take up cases of after-cataract treatment, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and high altitude eye disorders like retinopathies. Micro-surgery for rectifying ear disorders has also been introduced.

The hospital will soon have CT scan facilities also. The process of installing the CT Scan machine has already started and is expected to be complete in the next 3-4 months.

City website

A new website about Chandigarh which conjures every little detail is available on the net. Named ‘‘’’ the site has a list of various clubs, hotels, discos, fast food centres, 24 hours emergency helplines, doctors, hospitals. One of the best thing it covers the local bus routes. It details the starting point, the sectors covered, the destination point and the timetable of each route.

For the youngsters the site has a list for dating. A chatting platform facilitating interaction is also online. Users can also send e-greetings through a set of enchanting interactive cards. The host of the site, Madhur Kumaria, says attempts were being made to start a 24-hour news flash, a dossier on wanted criminals, online shopping and even a messenger service.

Ayurvedic drugs

Winds of change are blowing through the Punjab Ayurvedic Department. The project report for establishing the first Ayurvedic Drug testing in Punjab has been sent to the Central Government. And for the first time in several years every ayurvedic dispensary in Punjab has been supplied with sufficient medicines. In the past the budget for medicines used to lapse each year.

The department also plans to allocate Rs 50,000 to each of the 514 dispensaries in the state. The allocation is to be made under Prime Minister Gramodaya Yojna. Besides this the department is all set to start the first “Panchkarma unit” in the existing government ayurvedic dispensary phase IX of S.A.S. Nagar. All this has happened in the past seven months since Mr Sanjay Popli, a Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer took charge.

The department has also just organised the good health show of Punjab State in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Press notes

Probably the first time in the 35-year-old history of Chandigarh Administration the office of the Director, Public Relations, has started issuing press notes in Hindi and Punjabi in addition to English.

This started with the proliferation of language newspapers in the city. The practice started last week when the Director, Public Relations, Mr Vivek Atray, asked his PRO, Mr Jaswant Singh, if he could translate and send the matter in Hindi also. The PRO offered to do it in Punjabi too.

Now the techno savvy Mr Atray and his deputy sit and juggle with words in three languages to meet the aspirations of their bosses in sending out the official version as well as meet the demands of reporters. Mr Atray says important press notes are being translated in Hindi and Punjabi.

Tail piece: Software giant Microsoft has come up with a new alphabetical style for Chandigarh it is called “Ch&igarh”. 

— Sentinel



Anandgarh: thanksgiving rally held
Nishikant Dwivedi

Mullanpur-Garibdas (Kharar), May 13
A thanksgiving rally organised by the Anti-Anandgarh Front virtually turned into an election rally with a host of leaders from various opposition parties, including the Congress, launching a tirade against the Punjab Government. Speakers accused the Badal government of failure on all fronts.

The dais was shared by leaders of the Congress, SHSAD, BSP, CPI, CPM, and other parties. Except for the Congress, the leaders of other parties stressed on the need for a third front to defeat the Badal government.

Hundreds of people from the area, including those from 29 villages which were to be acquired for the township of Anandgarh, gathered to listen to the leaders.

However, Anandgarh found only a passing reference in all speeches. It was a second thanksgiving rally organised by the Anandgarh Hatao Sanjhi Sangharsh Committee. The first was held at Jyanti Majri Temple in Jyanti Majri village last month.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohara, SHSAD supremo, asked people to defeat the Badal government. He said, “You have defeated the government in the high court in the Anandgarh case. It is now your turn to defeat him in elections”. He announced his party would form a Panthic front to defeat both the SAD-BJP combine and the Congress in the coming assembly elections.

The “sangat darshan” programmes of Mr Badal came under severe attack by Mr Tohara. He alleged that the government was giving money to youths and sports club in the name of “sangat darshan”.

Mr Ranjit Singh, former jathedar of Akal Takht, said the Badal government had tried to reduce the sanctity of Anandpur Sahib by announcing the Anandgarh project. He also criticised the government for its stand on the Udham Singh Nagar, which now forms part of Uttranchal.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister and a senior Congress leader said when the Badal government had no finances for the last four years, from where were the funds being generated for announcing welfare schemes in the “election” year.

Mr Ravi Inder Singh, former Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha and local MLA, who spearheaded the anti-Anandgarh movement said he was in process of creating a third front. Talking to The Tribune, he said, “In the next 10 days we will announce our election plans”.

He said his priority was to form a party. “Mr Kanshi Ram of the BSP had announced that I will be the Chief Minister if the third front wins a majority”, he said.

The others who addressed the gathering included Mr Man Singh Manhera of the BSP, Mr Raja Singh, a former MLA, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, former minister, and Mr Kuldeep Singh Wadala of Akali Dal (Panthic).



Jacob sanctions aid for Nand Singh’s widow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Moved by the plight of the widow of Jamadar Nand Singh, the most highly decorated soldier in the Commonwealth, the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today sanctioned an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 for the treatment of Ms Joginder Kaur.

A statement issued here said the Punjab Governor has also instructed the Red Cross to co-ordinate with other NGOs for her treatment. Ms Joginder Kaur is suffering from cancer and is unable to get treatment due to lack of money. Her husband, Jamadar Nand Singh had died fighting insurgents in Uri Sector.



Jacob mourns Narayan’s death
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 13
The Punjab Governor, Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob, (retd), today expressed shock over the death of R.K. Narayan.

In a condolence message the Governor said: “In the death of R.K. Narayan, India has lost a great and rare literary genius who knew the pulse of rural India.”

General Jacob said he had read most of the works of Narayan and was a great admirer of his works. 



Conspiracy to oust me: Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A senior Congress leader and former union minister, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, alleged here today that the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, and the local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, had hatched a conspiracy to oust him from the party.

At his first press conference today after the suspension of his four supporters from the party, Mr Dhawan said his supporters and he would not attend any party function till Mr Bahl was the CTCC chief.

Regarding the visit of Mr Bahl, Mr Bansal and the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, to Delhi recently to urge the party high command to expel him from the party, Mr Dhawan said the local leadership had “misplaced priorities”. “The Mayor cancelled the meeting of the Finance and Contracts Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh just to press the high command for my expulsion. My expulsion seems to mean more for the party than development work in the city,” Mr Dhawan said.

Mr Dhawan refuted the allegation that the Chandigarh Vikas Manch was a political body and said top leaders of the local Congress unit had also formed the Chandigarh Citizens Welfare Forum.

“While Mr Bansal was the patron-in-chief of the forum, Mr Venod Sharma and Mr Bahl were its patron and head, respectively. They did not seek the permission of the party high command before floating the forum,” Mr Dhawan said.



Patiala sizzles at 43°C
Our Correspondent

Patiala, May 13
Residents of the city are facing one of the hottest May’s in recent years. With mercury touching a sizzling 43°C today, people were literally sent scurrying for cover.

The city has virtually turned into a furnace of sorts with `getting out of the city to the cool confines of the Shivaliks being the new fad among the young and old alike. Though the temperature recorded today was four degrees above normal, maximum temperature recorded in the city in the past five decades was on May 27,1954, when mercury had soared to 46.7°C .

Sources in the Meteorological Department say that the mercury in the city and adjoining areas may take a dip in the next couple of days following light showers, but the heat spell will be back in a more disastrous form with temperature hovering around 45°C.

A frantic rush of the city’s elite can be witnessed at swimming pools of the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Mohindera College, Thapar College and the Rajindera Gymkhana. For all others, taps have dried up, and water does not seem to quench the thirst. Even the scented wet tissues of ladies, making a bee line to various clubs, don’t seem to be of much help.

However, for a change, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities seem to be in a benevolent mood as, till yet, there have been no drastic power cuts, barring aberrations in the form of a burnt transformer or two.

Fortunately, no sunstroke casualties have been reported so far, though such cases can not be ruled out as mother nature lashes out in all its fury in the coming weeks. Doctors are of the opinion that residents should take care to be wary of heat exhaustion, heat strokes and prickly heat.

A doctor explained that maintaining fluid levels of the body was vital. For school going children, chlorinated water is a must, for drinking safe water is as important as having water this month.

Met department sources say that the heat wave will continue unabated for at least a month, with May keeping its reputation of being the hottest month of the year till the monsoon arrivals.



‘Harassed’ SMO may quit
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
The controversy over the alleged private practice by the SMO of the General Hospital, Dr Kamla Singh, took a new turn today, with the doctor in question considering to resign from her post due to harassment.

Senior officers of the Health Department, said they were not considering any action against her till the inquiry was complete and she was found guilty of the offence. When contacted, the Commissioner, Health, Ms Veena Eagleton, said the Health Minister had marked an inquiry against the SMO after receiving a complaint of private practice, accompanied by an affidavit.

“The minister has said the inquiry be conducted by the Deputy Commissioner. This is not the first time a complaint has come up against her. We will take no action till the inquiry is complete and we have some evidence to substantiate the claims of the complaint,’’ she added.

Speaking to Chandigarh Tribune, Dr Singh said she was considering putting in her papers tomorrow since the inquiry by the SDM had crossed levels of decency and all questions were based on her personal life rather than the allegations of private practice.

“I will not accept transfer to the UT under pressure that the inquiry against me will be slowed down if I am willing to oblige. I do not mind their interrogation on private practice, but I will not tolerate a personal attack and character assassination,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, a state-level meeting of the Haryana Civil Medical Services (HCMS) was held in Karnal, here today, where Dr Singh presented her case. It was decided that the association would approach the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary to apprise them of the unfair procedure of the inquiry adopted by the SDM, Panchkula.


Beopar mandal meeting on June 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The executive committee meeting of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has decided to hold its general body meeting on June 3.

The meeting will decide the date for the election to the post of the mandal chief.

The meeting also decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Mr Charanjiv Singh, a founder member, to suggest amendments to the constitution of the mandal.

The Chandigarh Wholesale Cloth Merchants Association has decided to field its president, Mr Charanjiv Singh, for the post of mandal president.


JD (U) seeks dissolution of MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The general body meeting of the Janata Dal (U), which was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Surinder Bhardwaj, demanded the dissolution of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) as it had failed to discharge its responsibilities in an effective manner.

While demanding permanent UT status for city, the meeting demanded the constitution of metropolitan council or assembly on the pattern of Pondicherry with more powers to the elected representatives. The party also demanded the revival of the post of Chief Commissioner.

The meeting, while demanding extension of “lal dora” and regularisation of the houses outside “lal dora” wanted that 50 per cent of the UT Budget should be spent on villages and colonies.

Revival of sector-level committees and police-public sadbhavana committees, and rehabilitation of “phariwalas” was also demanded at the meeting.


4 injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Morni Hills, May 13
Four persons sustained minor injuries when a truck by which they were travelling plunged in a 300-feet-deep-gorge near here today.

According to information available, the truck was returning to Kurukshetra after delivery wheat husk for the draught-hit residents in Morni Hills when it met with an accident in Damog village on the Morni-Panchkula road.

Mr Balwant Singh Bhimwar, a member of the zila parishad, the truck driver and three others had a narrow escape in the accident.

They jumped out of the truck before its plunging into the gorge.

The exact cause of accident could not be ascertained.

It may be recalled that the district administration has been distributing wheat husk among the residents of the draught-hit areas in the Morni Hill block.

For distribution of fodder, 18 distribution centres have been formed in the block.

The husk is being donated by farmers of Ambala, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar.



Manch members gherao 2 BJP councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Activists of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, led by its president, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, today “gheraoed” two BJP councillors for their role in stalling the proceedings of the House of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh(MCC).

The activists, first went to the residence of Mr K.K. Addiwal, a former Mayor, and urged him not to stall the proceedings of the House. They also alleged that Mr Addiwal had failed to get a dumping site shifted from Dadu Majra during his tenure as Mayor.

Later, they staged a dharna in front of the residence of a former Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Bachan Singh in Sector 45. 



Welfare associations’ plea to CHB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The executive committee meetings of various residents welfare associations today again urged the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to regularise the need-based additions and alterations through additional covered area in the CHB flats.

The meetings also urged the CHB to convert the flats from leasehold to freehold by delinking the violation clause. Charging of the registration fee on the allotment price and not on the current market and ownership to the power of attorney holders without the five years clause were also highlighted during the meetings.

The associations, which held the meetings, were the Welfare Association, Sector 47-D, the MIG Residents Welfare Association, Sector 46-C, the 504 MIG Flats Residents Welfare Association, Sector 61, and the Modern Housing Complex (Duplex) Residents Association, Mani Majra. 


Discussion on social justice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The Janshakti, a social organisation, organised an open discussion on “Social justice, antodaya and Vinobaji” at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan here today.

Presiding over the function, Prof Veer Singh of the Department of Laws, Panjab University, was of the opinion that injustice done to the poor through the misuse of the Indian Constitution even after 53 years of independence was a grave problem which required revolutionary and stringent measures.

Dr Desh Raj Bhangi, a close associate of Vinobaji, said the present-day anarchy was mainly due to deviation from the path shown by Gandhiji, the Frontier Gandhi and Vinobaji.



DPR, colleagues take part in shramdan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 13
The Director, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, UT, Mr Vivek Atray, along with his colleagues participated in shramdan at Sukhna Lake here today. Today was the ninth day of shramdan at Sukhna Lake.

The Programme Officer, Guru Gobind Singh College, Prof Kulwinder Singh, along with 25 NSS volunteers performed shramdan with great enthusiasm. Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Manimajra, and Dadumajra, Dhanas took part in the shramdan.

Among others who participated in shramdan were Sub-Inspector, CRPF, Ms Salina, along with 12 volunteers. They worked for lifting silt from the bed of the lake. Till date 310511 c.ft of silt has been removed from Sukhna Lake.


Mirrors in homes

Mirrors are often referred to as the “asprin” of Feng Shui. They are powerful and can energise a room effectively. Ideally, mirrors should be framed. However, if you really want to hang unframed mirrors, then please choose ones that have bevelled edges. While choosing mirrors one should keep in mind that the mirror should be clear, of good quality and new (do not buy antique mirrors). Tinted mirrors will bring in bad energy-if one has a tinted mirror in the relationship areas, then one may be inviting a tainted relationship. Mirrors with sharp edges will send out negative energies. I recommend that everyone throw away cracked or broken mirrors. One should not use mirrored tiles because the reflection is all “cut up’. Such mirrors, in time, will create stress and damage your health. The mirror on the dressing table should not cut the head of the user in anyway. Hanging mirrors also require care, always hang mirrors flat against a wall. Mirrors hat hang forward give a depressed perspective of life. Avoid hanging mirrors in bedrooms, because this tends to slow down the healing process that naturally occurs while you sleep. Harshna

Address your Feng Shui queries to:
Postal address: C/o F.S. TIPS
The Tribune, Sector-29, Chandigarh-160020.



3 booked for bid to outrage modesty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The police has registered two cases of outraging a woman’s modesty during the past 24 hours. Another youth was arrested for eve-teasing from Sector 28 last evening.

The police has booked two persons- Saurav and Harneet Kaur, on charges of assault, criminal intimidation, outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal conspiracy. It was alleged that Saurav attempted to outrage the modesty of a Panchkula resident in the parking of the Sector 8-C market. The complainant had been called there by Harneet Kaur. The police has arrested Saurav in this case.

A resident of Maloya Colony, Ram Pat, has been accused of attempting to outrage the modesty of another resident of the area at the latter’s house. He later ran away from the house. A case under Sections 354 and 509 of the IPC has been registered.

Jagdev Singh was arrested by the police on charges of eve-teasing in Sector 28 yesterday. A case under section 294 of the IPC has been registered.

Held with smack:
Jaswant Singh alias Kala, a resident of Burail village, was arrested near the Burail post office last evening and three grams of smack was recovered from him. A case under section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Motor cycle stolen:
A motorcycle (PY-02-4863) was stolen from the back of an SCO in Sector 9. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of the owner, Mr V. Ravindram.


Theft case:
Mr Prem Singh, a resident of Phase V, here has reported that gold and silver items worth Rs 17,000 were stolen from his house while he was away. A case has been registered.

One injured:
Mr Mohinder Singh, a resident of Phase IV, here was injured when his scooter was hit by a truck near Phase IX, here on Saturday.

Two booked:
The local police has booked two persons namely, Rajesh Kumar and Ashok Kumar for allegedly threatening Naresh Kumar over telephone and demanding money.



Police suspects son for murder of woman
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 13
In connection with the murder of 60-year-old Daljit Kaur Mangat, the local police has reportedly zeroed in on the adopted 38-year-old son of the deceased, Rajwinder Singh. The victim had died after being hit with gridle (tawa) in her head. Sources in the police said interrogation by the police had revealed that the husband of the deceased had disowned the youth but he was staying there.

There were signs of scratches on the neck of the suspect reportedly inflicted by the victim during struggle. The post mortem of the victim had revealed that there were scratch marks on the neck and face of the victim also. The victim had died due to excessive bleeding. Meanwhile, the husband of the victim, who was away to the USA, was expected to reach here tomorrow.



Youth dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, May 13
A 22-year-old youth was killed on the spot, while another injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a Gypsy on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near Bhankharpur village, on Saturday night.

According to information, the Gypsy-borne youth Supinder Singh died on the spot, while his companion Raghubir Singh sustained injuries. The injured was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Sources said the truck (Pb-10H 9955) which was on its way to Chandigarh collided with the Gypsy (CH01J-2866) coming from the opposite direction resulting to the death of Supinder Singh.

The Dera Bassi police has arrested the truck driver and a case has been registered . 


Exhibition of antique furniture
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 13
About 100 pieces of antique furniture and their replicas, which belong to the British colonial period, attracted the onlookers during an exhibition which was inaugurated at Kidar’s Gallery in Sector 7 here yesterday.

The furniture on display includes tables from Goa to Chinese corners to Gujarat’s jhula benches are made available to the public for a price range that starts from Rs 1200 to Rs 36000.

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