Tuesday, May 22, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Contingency plan in the offing to check thefts 
Residents themselves to blame, say cops
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

What the police suggests on "While you are away."

* Leaving a friend or relative behind to ensure the house is not unoccupied.

* Informing the nearest police post.

* Putting cash and jewellery in the locker to reduce losses on account of thefts.

* Informing neighbours while one is away.

* Checking piling up of newspapers outside the house—a sure giveaway sign of occupants’ absence.

Panchkula, May 21
May 21: Miscreants removed a grill and glasspane to break into a house in Sector 15 last night while the family was away to Mussoorie. They left the house ransacked though they managed to lay their hands on a little cash and a silver box.

May 16: A house was burgled in Sector 9 while the owners were away to Delhi to attend a marriage. They gained entry into the house by breaking open the lock on the main door and managed to take away cash and jewellery to the tune of Rs 20,000.

May 4: In yet another incident, burglars picked on a house in Sector 15 while the occupants were away to Delhi. They took away jewellery and ransacked cupboards and bedrooms before leaving the house.

May 2: Burglars struck at the house of a Sector 15 resident and decamped with items worth Rs 50,000 in addition to jewellery and cash. The family was away to Rohtak when the incident took place.

For once, the ball is in the court of the residents who have no qualms about leaving unguarded houses while they are out on vacation, making it a cakewalk for burglars on the lookout for “empty” houses.

Despite repeated attempts of the police to convince residents to inform the neighbours before leaving the city or better still, leaving the information at the nearest police post to ensure the house is “watched” by personnel during their absence, residents refuse to pay heed. Consequently, the rising cases of theft.

When contacted, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Manoj Yadava, said that a contingency plan was being worked out to keep a tab on the rising incidents of thefts.

Among the most important in the blueprint of the action plan is the identification of the antecedents of vendors in the sectors, some of whom are suspected to be behind the thefts. Frequenting sectors as vegetable, artificial flowers or fruit vendors to carry out a recee of the unoccupied houses, the burglars target these at night and escape without a trace.

“In the crime meeting, I have asked SHOs to prepare a list of vendors frequenting each sector and ensuring the police personnel know each of them by face to keep miscreants at bay. Any new face is most likely to be a suspect and instructions have been issued to take him at the police station,’’ Mr Yadava said.

The arduous exercise of listing would entail identification of these “familiar faces’’, taking down a detailed background of the vendors and maintaining a record after verifying the same.

Meanwhile, based on thefts in the previous months, the police has come up with theft-prone sectors of the city from where the exercise would take off. These include Sectors 2, 4, 9, 12 and 15, the instances of reported thefts being high in these particular areas.

Also, on the pattern of thefts in the past, it has been observed that thieves prefer to travel light, taking cash and jewellery in most cases since electronic goods are more likely to create trouble if they happen to be spotted by a police party.

The police is hopeful of a positive outcome and cooperation from residents on the front of leaving unattended houses has also been sought. 


Committee holds Dr Goel guilty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
Dr B.B. Goel, a lecturer of Panjab University Business School, has been found guilty of increasing the marks of a commerce student from zero to 42 in reevaluation. The students had written only “Radhaswami” all over the answer sheet.

A committee headed by Mr Justice D.V. Sehgal supported the findings of a previous committee headed by a former chief secretary of Punjab, Mr P.H. Vaishnav. The Justice Sehgal Committee submitted its report to the PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, here today.

The Senate will decide on an appropriate punishment for Dr Goel at its meeting on May 27. However, there, it will also discuss the issue of the promotion of Dr Goel, whose name figures in the list of the Career Advancement Scheme promotions with many other teachers.

Sources said the Justice Sehgal Committee had found that Dr Goel had not performed the duties of an examiner responsibly. The committee has also detected many other irregularities in the reevaluation process.

The committee will hold more meetings to formulate recommendations for putting an end to such incidents. It would suggest reforms in the re-evaluation system.

Dr Goel has sought promotion to the rank of a reader. In 1998, he had reevaluated the answer sheet of a student, Maninder Gupta, who had earlier failed in a commerce examination, and raised his marks from 0 to 42. After this was exposed, a committee led by Mr P.H. Vaishnav was constituted to look into the issue and it found Dr Goel guilty. Sources said action had not been taken on this report because of pressure from the teachers’ lobby. Meanwhile, the student obtained a B.Com degree.

The Justice Sehgal committee submitted its report today after several meetings to discuss issue. The committee had examined the answersheet and interviewed some students before submitting its findings. Mr Ashok Raj Bhandari, Joint Controller of Examination, was the convener of the meeting. Those who attended it included Mr Budhiraja, Mr Tarsem Bahia, Mr P.S. Sangha, Mr V.K. Bansal and Dr Satya Pal Gautam.


Parvinder is still terrified
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 21
The story never ends. In just over 72 hours after being thrashed by the school principal, 10-year-old Parvinder Singh is now recovering in the Sector 16 General Hospital. He, according to doctors, is being treated for “bruises on the back, not on the soul”.

Describing as “incorrect” the reports in a section of the Press (not Chandigarh Tribune) regarding the boy being treated for psychological disorder, the Head of the Psychiatry Department, Dr Sudha Jain, says Parvinder is being looked after for the injuries on his back, legs and arms.

Parvinder, she says, would be discharged soon. “All depends upon the pace of his recovery,” adds another doctor. Parvinder Singh, it may be recalled, had sustained injuries after being locked up by the principal in her office and then beaten up for about 15 minutes. The reason: he had reportedly “breached the discipline of the class”.

She had hit him so hard on the head that he had fallen unconscious for about three minutes.

Today, Parvinder looks “normal” except that his stony eyes are indifferently gazing at the blank ward walls. The drip, pumping glucose into his blue veins, has been removed, but he is hardly aware of it. He recognises the visitors but fails to respond — not even with a smile.

Sitting next to him, his mother is offering prayers. Passing her frail fingers through his dusty black hair, she mutters, “Such schools should be closed down for ever. Such principals should be punished strictly”.

Parvinder, she insists, is terrified. “He gets up at night. He has not eaten anything for the past three days. The doctor says it will take some time for the child to get well. We just hope he recovers shortly “.

The Director, Public Instruction (Schools), Mr D.S. Saroya, expressed his helplessness regarding the incident. He says, “We cannot derecognise this school for the simple reason that this school was never recognised by us. In fact, for all practical purposes, it is not a school at all for us.”


JE arrested for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 21
A Junior Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was allegedly caught red-handed by the Punjab Vigilance Department here today while accepting a bribe of Rs 4000 from a consumer at his residence in Phase X.

According to information available, Mr Sampooran Singh had been demanding money from the consumer, Ms Sunita Ahuja, a secretary of the district BJP unit, after the latter had applied for change of a defective meter at her residence in Phase XI.

When the consumer contacted the JE, he told her that the system of complaints was computerised and that the meter would be changed automatically. The JE got a new meter issued on April 4 and kept it with him. Later when he visited the house of the consumer, he replaced the defective meter with meter with tampered seals.

The JE allegedly threatened the consumer that a fine of Rs 25,000 would be imposed on her and a case of theft of power would be registered against her. He demanded a bribe of Rs 5000, but the deal was finalised for Rs 4000.

Later a complaint was lodged, following which a raid was conducted by the Vigilance Department on the directives of the Superintendent of Police ( Vigilance) Ludhiana Range, Mr RPS Bajwa. The raiding party consisted of DSP( Vigilance), Mr Malwinder Singh Sidhu, and two government witnesses. Mr Sidhu said the JE had been kept in the city Ropar police station and would be produced tomorrow before the Judicial Magistrate, Kharar. 


House burgled in SAS Nagar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The house of Mr Tarlochan Singh, a resident of Sector 71 in SAS Nagar, was burgled late in the evening. The assessment of the theft was being made at the time of filing of this report.

According to information available, Mr Tarlochan Singh, a manager in a private company, reached his house in the evening and found the front door open and the house ransacked. There was no one in the house when the burglary took place. Mr Singh’s wife is in the USA.

Mr Singh said the police was informed immediately about the crime but it took almost 40 minutes to reach his residence. He said there was lot of jewellery and other valuables in the house about which he too was not sure but would try to know from his wife.


PUDA, B&R working at cross purposes?
Nishikant Dwivedi

Nayagaon (Kharar), May 21
Shopkeepers in the Nayagaon are apprehensive, after notices under the Periphery Control Act, 1952 were issued to some of them by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), for making ‘‘unauthorised’’ constructions in the area. The shopkeepers had been raising the level of their shops after the Punjab Public Works Department ( B and R) raised the level of the main road passing in front of their shops.

Left with no option, some of the shopkeepers started raising the plinth level of the shops to avoid flooding during the coming monsoons. As there was no storm water drainage in the area, some of the shopkeepers raised new structures after demolishing the old ones.

Enquiries reveal that the level of the road had been raised by about two feet, making over 100 shops on the either side of the road vulnerable to flooding. Officials of B and R, however, maintain that a drain system would be built along the road and the shopkeepers should not panic.

It is learnt that a parallel drain system had been planned along the road, but the department aborted the plan midway. The B and R officials claimed that since there was no place to empty the drains, the work had been temporarily stopped. A senior official of the department said that the drains would ‘‘soon come up’’. He said, ‘‘In this village there is no pond where we can drain off the water.’’ But he maintained that they would stretch the drain system to an open field. It may be mentioned here that the carpeting of the road is yet to be done.

On the other hand the shopkeepers allege that the road was made after a long time and now no one knows whether the drain would ever come up. The monsoon is just a few weeks away and the shopkeepers are apprehensive of rain water entering the shops and damaging their property.

Shopkeepers argue that the B and R department should have thought about the drain disposal system before starting the work on the road. They allege that the road was constructed without any planning. They also say that there was no co-ordination between the PUDA and the B and R. A shop-owner who received a PUDA notice said, ‘‘They should have constructed the drain side-by-side.’’

On the haphazard constructions in the village, the villagers blame the PUDA. ‘‘Where were they when these constructions were going on?’’ Today, there is a curious situation in the area. The B and R department is finding difficulty to lay the drain in absence of any place to dispose off the water.

When contacted, General Manager (Regulatory) Mr Hardev Singh, said that the PUDA would issue notices to all those who were found raising unauthorised constructions in the area.


Dubious immigration consultants
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
“There is an urgent need to regulate and control, may be by a suitable legislation, the immigration consultancy business in India in general and in the north in particular,” says Ms Raj Pannu, a Toronto-based Barrister and Solicitor, cautioning the prospective candidates against being fleeced by “unqualified and unauthorised consultants mushrooming everywhere”.

“In one year, the Canadian Immigration officials issued 50,000 warrants against illegal immigrants,” she said maintaining that “soliciting clients through agents was not only unethical but also illegal”.

“I am startled by the advertisements inserted by the so-called immigration consultants. Some of them may not have even ever visited Canada. And others have either no qualification or background to work as consultants,” she added.

Ms Pannu, who worked in the Canadian Immigration Department in various capacities, including as Visa officer and a presenter from 1983 to 1998, decided to start her own practice as a Barrister and Solicitor as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the legal body of Barristers and Solicitors of Ontario province.

Ms Pannu, who comes from a family of defence personnel — her grandfather was a Subedar Major, her father was a Major and her only brother, Maj-Gen K.S. Pannu, a decorated soldier, was an ace paratrooper — migrated to Canada in 1983 after doing her Masters in English Literature. Her only sister works in the Canadian Government and handles cases pertaining to deportation of illegal immigrants.

“I feel sorry for the people who are being fleeced by these unauthorised and unqualified immigration consultants. The amount of forged and fake documents we are getting in Canada from the prospective candidates is amazing. It is bringing a bad name to the Indian community as a whole. After qualified people get in, they end up plying taxis or taking other menial jobs. Imagine a Ph.D. student plying a taxi.

“These consultants promise prospective candidates the moon. But when they actually land there, they have to work illegally. Against a minimum wage of 7.72 Canadian dollars an hour, these candidates are paid anything between 2.25 and 3 Canadian dollars an hour. And most of them land without proper documentation. It is why a large number of warrants are issued against illegal immigrants. Several deportations, too, are ordered.

“Most of the candidates are not even aware that there is a clause for appeal against rejection of their application for visa or immigration. The success rate of such appeals is fairly high as qualified lawyers raise pertinent and relevant law points which normally do not occur to Visa or immigration officers,” she said.

Ms Pannu said the Canadian Immigration law which was in for a major change may come down heavily upon those indulging in manpower smuggling. Provisions in the new law include heavy financial fine besides imprisonment for life.

She said certain agents who could handle immigration cases only in Quebec province were not entitled to appear before the Canadian Immigration Centres elsewhere as immigration to Quebec province and rest of Canada were two different things.

“Ninety per cent of immigrants from India to Canada settle in Ontario province alone,” she said. “I feel the Indian Government must enact legislation to regulate and control mushrooming of immigrant consultants. They have no legal background, no insurance to protect their clients and no legal sanctity. There are paralegals and others in Canada too doing the same job. The Law Society of Upper Canada receives numerous complaints against such consultants. We are trying to get it legalised. There would be protests but this has to be streamlined,” she said maintaining that she would on her return to Canada submit a detailed report to the Director of Immigration for the province of Ontario besides bringing it to the notice of Member of Parliament from Missisauga where the Canadian Immigration has its one major centre for people travelling by air to Canada.



Few chambers for District Courts lawyers
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, May 21
Despite a big increase in the number of lawyers practising in the District Courts, the number of chambers has not increased correspondingly. Coupled with the problems of insufficient space, hundreds of lawyers are functioning from the court premises in the absence of even basic minimum facilities required for the discharge of their professional duties.

At present, about 1700 lawyers are practising in the courts but there are 108 chambers which can accommodate only 324 advocates. In the absence of new chambers, most of the advocates are functioning with just a bench and a couple of chairs in the corridors or in the open. Some have congested wooden chambers on the court premises.

As per the original conditions of allotment of 108 chambers which took place in 1986, there had to be one allottee and two co-allottees which was to be decided upon in consultation with the administration. Since then the number of chambers remained same but the number of advocates increased manifold. 

Legal experts are of the view that the problem being encountered by chamber-less lawyers in the District Courts could be solved if directions of the Karnataka High Court are implemented by the Chandigarh Administration.

The Karnataka High Court had directed the state government to build a new court building on a petition filed by the Advocates Association, Bangalore to reconstruct existing building of the association complex as the old court complex building had not enough space to accommodate advocates practising there.

Legal experts suggest that providing new court complex building to the Advocates Association is one of the obligatory functions of the Administration, as advocate is an officer of the court and the duties discharged by him are in the nature of “public duty”. The answer to their problems lies only in the new court complex to come up in Sector 43.

They added that though the Chandigarh Administration is not bound by the orders of the Karnataka High Court, a perusal of the same makes it clear that the responsibility of accommodating the lawyers lies with the state.

Taking serious note on the chambers problem, even the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Punjab state to provide suitable place for the advocates who were practising at Nakodar and Phillaur. Coming down heavily on the state of Punjab for its failure to provide suitable court complex at Nakodar and Phillaur, Mr Justice V.K. Jhanji of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed it to make alternative arrangements for providing proper accommodation for the courts till setting up of the complexes.

Sources revealed that in November 1998, the administration had proposed a plan to build a new court complex in Sector 43. But the plan to build the new court complex could not work out due to lack of willingness both from the administration and lawyers’ association.

The president of the District Bar Association, Mr H.S. Hundal, said that the role of a lawyer in the administration of justice should not be looked from the narrow angle of an advocate carrying on his profession for his livelihood. It must be looked from the point of view of the beneficiary or the consumer getting the service rendered by advocate. Therefore its the duty of the state to provide proper place for practice to lawyers.

Mr N.K. Nanda, former president, District Bar Association, said that advocates discharge a public duty.

Mr K.S. Lamba, former Executive member of the Bar Association, said that the accommodation available in the court could hardly accommodate the present strength of advocates. It is the constitutional obligation of the Administration to provide proper building for advocates.



Strike by lawyers
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 21
On the call of the Sangrur District Bar Association, lawyers of the District Courts observed a one-day strike here today. In order to make strike effective, the lawyers closed down the entrance gates of the court complex. 



A sector with no problems
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Sector 2 on the northern tip of Chandigarh is a residents’ delight. Known as the VIP sector, this small, compact sector houses eminent persons from different walks of life, including the Punjab Chief Minister, a number of other ministers and the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Also living in the 91 sprawling bungalows that form the final count of houses in this sector, are a former Chief Minister, a large number of senior bureaucrats, serving as well as retired, a former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and a former Advocate General of Punjab. 

No wonder, Sector 2 is different from other sectors in more ways than one. Problems that plague other sectors are unknown here. The bungalows are built on four-kanal plots and above, and the residents do not have a residents’ welfare association because one is just not required. As one of the residents pointed out, they never felt the need for such an association. This sector has one of the lowest density of population in the city and is more than adequately served by civic amenities.
A visit to the sector is an eye-opener. The overflowing garbage bins, unkempt parks, bumpy roads, which are the hallmarks of the southern sectors, are conspicuous by their absence. Water and electricity seldom fail.

The roads have been freshly carpeted. Interestingly, a road leading to the residence of Mr Badal is yet to be recarpeted. The Chief Minister uses this road occasionally when he wants to ‘‘dodge’’ certain unwanted visitors and when security demands its use.

When Mr Badal uses this road, the securitymen are all-pervasive. There is a lot of activity in the tents for the security personnel outside the house as the VIP cavalcade enters the area.

Apart from this, another unique feature of the sector is that the palatial houses are sometimes used by the residents to rear the milch cattle. At least one VIP resident is known have set up a mini zoo in his kothi consisting of a couple of deers, a peacock and a large number of pigeons which fly in and out of the house throughout the day, sometimes landing in the compounds of the neighbouring houses .

However, the backlanes of houses in the sector present a dismal picture. Like the backlanes of all other northern sectors, these are not cleaned for weeks, maybe months, giving the area a shabby look.

According to Mr Mange Ram, a cobbler who has been working in this sector for over 25 years, there has hardly been any change here. The only change has been the induction of an elaborate security paraphernalia since the days of militancy in Punjab.

He recalls that during the chief ministership of the late Giani Zail Singh there was hardly any security arrangement. But things have now changed and the VIPs and ministers are all surrounded by security men.


Army truck crushes officer
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 21
Lieut Sarvesh Pandey of 268 Engineering Regiment, who was driving a motor cycle, was killed and his pillion, Capt M. Ravi Kumar, sustained minor injuries in an accident on the Ambala-Kalka highway near Chandi Mandir, here today.

According to information available, an Army truck of the 119th battalion rammed into the motor cycle from behind when the officers took a turn towards their office. The truck dragged the motor cycle for a long distance.



Road berms cleared of encroachments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today removed nearly 70 illegal encroachments from the front side of houses in Sector 32-C.

During the drive, encroachments on the road berms such as boundary walls, concrete structures, iron angles and barbed fencing were removed in accordance with the directions to clear 6 ft on both sides of the road.

The drive was conducted under the supervision of the Subdivisional Engineer, Mr Yashpal Singh, who was accompanied by 30-odd labourers, 25 police personnel, three trucks and a loader. All the additional structures in the form of rooms were razed to the ground. The drive, which started at 9 a.m., ended at 3.30 p.m. without report of any untoward incident.

Official sources maintain that such drives are carried out so that the berms are cleared of encroachments before recarpeting of the roads is undertaken.

Meanwhile, the enforcement staff of the UT Estate Office, during an anti-encroachment drive, today removed three unauthorised jhuggis from Ram Darbar and two illegal khokhas and a dhaba from Palsora.

Besides, they impounded as many as 17 rickshaws for plying without licence and removed 17 banners from various parts of the city..

The MC enforcement wing issued as many as 149 challans, including 53 in Sectors 38, 39, 40 and 43 and Dadu Majra, about 48 in Sectors 17, 18, 19, 22 and 11. Nearly 48 challans were issued to encroachers in Mani Majra.


Hotel-owners urged to upgrade fire-fighting measures
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
Keeping in view the recent incidents of fire in the city and the ongoing dry summer, the Fire Services Department of the Municipal Corporation has circulated a letter to all hotels in the city reiterating the need for observing fire safety norms.

According to information available, the letter has been sent to as many as 16 leading hotels in sectors 17, 22 and 35 today, including the two CITCO hotels, Mountview and Shivalik View. In the letter, the owners have been directed to keep their fire-fighting equipment in working order, so that it can be put to immediate use at the time of any incident, thereby ensuring the safety of the occupants. The fire officials have further advised them to carry out routine checks of the electrical equipment, so as to avoid any short-circuiting. The same should also be updated.

Sources reveal that instructions have also been issued to ensure smooth evacuation of the occupants in case of fire incidents. The officials have also offered that in case of any technical advice, to hotel-owners who can contact the Chief Fire Officer round-the-clock.

Restaurants in the city will be issued this letter tomorrow. Meanwhile, as many as 50 high rise buildings in the city have been inspected during the past two days. Of these, at least 70 per cent have been found lacking in terms of fire safety measures and have been found to be equipped with temporary wiring or illegal structures in the form of ply wood partitions and false ceilings. In fact, most buildings are without basic fire-fighting equipment.

The Chief Fire Officer, Mr G.S. Bajwa said that notices would be issued to them following the completion of inspections. However, the buildings of those, who do not set the equipment in order within that time, can also be sealed by the department.


Anti-terrorism Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
On the occasion of the Anti-terrorism Day, the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, administered an oath of resistance towards terrorism to employees of the Administration today.

“We, the people of India, having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with strength, all forms of terrorism and violence. We pledge to uphold and promote pace, social harmony and understanding among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption that are threatening human lives and values,” the oath read.

The government has decided to observe May 21, martyrdom day of Rajiv Gandhi, as the Anti-terrorism Day every year to generate awareness in the country about the dangers of terrorism and violence.

Meanwhile, functions were also organised by the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) on the occasion.

A number of CTCC workers, led by the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the CTCC chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, participated in the ‘shramdan’ at Sukhna Lake. Floral tributes were paid to Rajiv Gandhi at a function in the Sector 35 Congress Bhavan.

The Chandigarh Territorial Mahila Congress (CTMC) also organised a function at Mani Majra to mark the day. Ms Madhu Bansal, wife of the local MP, and the CTMC chief, Ms Lalit Joshi Bhardwaj, spoke on the occasion.

A rally was also organised in Colony No. 4 in the evening. Those who participated in the rally included Mr Bansal, Mr Bahl, Mr Ram Pal Sharma, Mr Surinder Bhatia, Mr Bimal Bitta and Mr Parampal Singh Matharoo.


Plot price hike opposed
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 21
The Phase VIII B Industrial Plot Owners Welfare Association today opposed the PSIEC’s decision to increase the price of plots in Phases VIII A and B here by nearly 40 per cent.

At a press conference here, Mr Raja K.J. Singh, head of the association, said the plots had been allotted in 1999 at a rate of Rs 721 per sq yd, which worked out to a high price of Rs 34.96 lakh per acre. The land was acquired from farmers by the PSIEC at Rs 1.75 lakh per acre.

The head of the association said the corporation was now demanding an additional Rs 285 per sq yd for the plots without any justification. If the court had asked the PSIEC to give an enhanced price to the farmers, the corporation should pay this amount from its anticipatory enhancement provision.

He said the plot allottees had received demand notices from the PSIEC about 10 days ago. They had been asked to deposit the additional amount within 30 days. He said the allottees could not arrange such a huge amount within such short time.

Moreover, if the cost of the plots was so high, the projects would not be viable for small-scale industrial units. The allottees would be adversely affected as there was already a big slump in the market.

Mr N.S. Bhatti, an executive member of the association, said the PSIEC had laid a trap for prospective entrepreneurs.

The allottees could neither surrender the plots nor carry on with the project plans. If the plots were surrendered, the PSIEC would keep 15 per cent of the cost and whatever had been spent to develop the plots would go waste.

The head of the association said the PSIEC was hiking the cost without bothering to improve the infrastructure in the area. The condition of roads, sewerage system and water supply was bad.


Shanta to launch scheme
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 21
Mr Shanta Kumar, Union Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, will launch the Antodaya Anna Yojna for Haryana in the Sector 16 Aggarwal Bhawan here on Wednesday.

Ms Jyoti Arora, Deputy Commissioner, said Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister of Haryana, would preside over the function, and Mr Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, would also be present there.

Ms Arora said Mr Shanta Kumar would also inaugurate the central block of a HUDA office in Sector 6 here and Mr Ananth Kumar would inaugurate a restaurant in Sector 5. Both ministers would also visit Morni Hills along with the CM.


INLD district working panel
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 21
The district President of the Indian National Lok Dal, Mr Randhir Malik, in consultation with the state General Secretary, Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, announced the formation of the district working committee here yesterday.

Stating that the working committee had representatives from every section of society, Mr Malik said that all workers would promote the progressive policies of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

The office-bearers are Senior Vice-President — Mr D.D. Sharma; Vice-President — Mr Jagjit Soi, Mr R.L. Saini and Mr Jagdish Jaiswal; General secretaries — S.K. Garg, Mr Manoj Aggarwal, Mr Pradeep Kaushal and Mr Satpal Saini; Secretaries — Mr Ravinder Sharma, Mr Manish Nighawan, Mr Preet Pal Nagra and Mr J.P. Singh; Organising Secretaries — Mr Ravinder Kaushal, Mr Suchha Singh, Mr Ved Prakash and Mr Sanjeev Lakhra; Cashier — Mr Jasbir Gaura; and Propaganda Secretary — Mr Surinder Walia.


Bajaj is Shiv Sena unit chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
Mr Varinder Bajaj has been appointed President of the local unit of the Shiv Sena.

This has been conveyed by Mr Satish Pradhan, leader of the Shiv Sena in the Rajya Sabha, in a letter to Mr Bajaj. He replaces Mr Mukesh Kangra, who was suspended by Mr Pradahn on November 28 last year, according a press note issued here today.

Choosing presents

Everyone has to give a gift to someone — may it be a birthday gift, an anniversary gift or a gift for a newborn baby. Gifts are a very important part of our lives. Even if we visit our friends or go to stay in someone’s house, we normally take a gift for that particular person.

Good and thoughtful gifts are something which make each one of us happy when we receive it. Buying a gift for a loved one can be hard work; whether we are spending Rs 1,000 of Rs 5,000, the stress level is much the same. The best way to select a present is to ask what the person wants, especially as nowadays we often live far away from our relatives, which makes it difficult to know what to give.

Sometimes the person doesn’t tell you what to buy. If that is the case, Feng Shui can help you to buy a good gift. There are a few guidelines that one has to keep in mind when buying a gift. These guidelines are according to a person’s date of birth as dictated by the Chinese horoscope characteristics.

People are divided into 12 different categories of animals according to their date of birth. Those 12 animals are — rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Now goats, for example, are people who are gentle and easy-going. They cannot live without beauty. Goats are not very good with finances. So, a gift of money would make a nice present that would be welcome. Another lovely present for your goat friend would be a rare painting or a delicate object. Imitations would be spotted immediately. So, make sure the gift is genuine. Likewise, all different animal people have different likes and dislikes for a particular gift.


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


Theft at petrol station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
In a theft at a petrol station in Sector 22, electronic goods were stolen by unidentified miscreants on the night of May 19.

In a complaint registered with the police, it has been alleged that a Connect STD and telephone instruments and a printer were stolen from Gurdial Singh petrol station. A case under section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

In another case of theft, Rs 10,000 was stolen from the car of Mr Navjit Brar yesterday, while it was parked in front of his Sector 18 residence. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

One dead: The 24-year-old youth, who had attempted suicide by consuming an insecticide, died at the PGI in this morning. The police had earlier registered a case under section 309 of the IPC.

Held: Rajesh Kumar has been arrested on the charge of criminal intimidation and trespassing. He is alleged to have trespassed into the house of Mr Manmohan Singh and threatened him. A case under sections 452 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.

Liquor seized: Thirtynine bottles of liquor were seized from two persons at the Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminus yesterday. Fifteen bottles of whisky were seized from Vijay Kumar Tiwari and 24 from Mukesh Rawat. The police has registered two cases under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

Van stolen: A Maruti van (CH-01R-2896) was stolen from the house of Mr S.S. Negi in Sector 40-C on the night of May 20. The complainant has alleged that the van was parked inside his residence. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Chain snatched: Mr Ashok Kumar, a resident of Sector 37-C, has accused Dileep Kumar of forcibly taking away his gold chain when he had fallen off the horseback yesterday. According to the police, Mr Ashok Kumar hurt himself when he fell off the horse. He called the accused for help, but the latter ran way after snatching the chain. A case under section 382 of the IPC has been registered and the accused arrested.

Defacement: The police has booked Mr Jagdish Prasad Aggarwal for defacing public property by displaying banners announcing a kirtan programme in the grain market.

Injured: A 21-year-old threewheeler driver was injured when his vehicle overturned at the Sectors 14-15 roundabout. According to the police, Rajesh received injuries on his head and was admitted to the PGI.


Arrested: The CIA staff of the Panchkula police has arrested Basir Muhammad, a Bihari resident, for allegedly possessing charas worth Rs 40,000.

According to the police, the accused has been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Mr Manoj Yadav, SP, said that the police had also seized 750 gm of charas from him. The accused was living in Housing board Colony in Sector 19 for some time. Mr Yadav said that the accused had been smuggling the drug from Solan in Himachal Pradesh and selling it on retail basis.


Convention by Mohali Trade Union Council
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 21
The Trade Union Council, Mohali, will hold a convention here on June 2, in which representatives of industrial workers, employees, intelligentsia and welfare associations are expected to take part. The union has planned to mobilise people against the ‘‘anti-people, anti-employee and anti-workers economic policies’’ of the Punjab government as well as the Centre.

The decision was made at a meeting of the union. Addressing the meeting, Mr Bant Singh Brar, general secretary of the Punjab AITUC, reiterated that because of the policies of the Central government over 16 lakh industrial units in the country had been closed.

In a resolution, it was demanded that the hike in the water and sewerage charges be withdrawn. This was proposed by Mr Ramji Dass, general secretary of the union, in a press note.

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