Wednesday, May 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Panel recommends more changes in bylaws
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
In yet another amendment of archaic building bylaws, the Bylaws Amendment Committee, constituted by the Chandigarh Administration, has recommended several need-based amendments in building bylaws pertaining to various categories of buildings in Chandigarh.

The committee headed by Mr Sarbjeet Singh Sandhu, Chief Architect and Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, has sent its seventh set of recommendations to the Finance Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, based on some major suggestions and demands received from the public relating to the residential and commercial buildings in the city.

The committee has suggested permission be given for basement construction for storage purpose in all booths excluding the public corridors subject to technical and structural feasibility at site. The use of basements in buildings to be brought at par with the provisions of the National Building Code. The ground coverage in timber sites may be increased from the present 50 per cent to 60 percent.

Cantilever projections up to 6 feet deep will be allowed on front and rear sides of the residential buildings in all houses governed by zoning plans in Phase-II Sectors. Keeping in mind the growing demand for power a provision for solar water heating system should be made compulsory in hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, lodges, guest houses and hostels of schools, colleges and training centers, says the committee. In case of two kanal (1000 sq yard) houses in Phase-II Sectors zoning to be amended for provision of separate independent single storey servants’ block.

Included in the list of violations which are to be compounded, the committee has allowed that excess covered area within zoning and outside zoning to be compounded to a fixed extent in zoning controlled houses. Compounding rates under Rule 5 for major changes during the course of construction in residential buildings to be reduced.

In a significant move the up to 5 per cent variation in the minimum permissible area will be allowed in case of a habitable room/W.C., toilet, kitchen within the zoned area and may be compounded. However, minimum width of the area as prescribed in the building bylaws should not be altered. Height of gate and gate pillars may be compounded up to a height of 5 feet 11 and half inches .

Limited number of winders in staircase may be compounded subject to payment of heavy compounding fees. Addition or omission of pillars in the rolling shutters in entrance doors, show windows in SCOs and SCFs may be compounded. And lastly the owner of SCOs where basement is not constructed may be allowed flexibility in internal planning of levels or floors of buildings with certain conditions.



Truant students seek PU grace
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Many students who are short of more than 60 lectures to meet the minimum requirement to be eligible for the annual examination of Panjab University, their cases will be discussed for a final decision in the forthcoming Senate meeting.

Even with condoning of over 40 lectures by the Board of Control and the Vice-Chancellor, over 40 students on the campus are still not being able to fulfill the minimum requirement.

Shortage of 93, 95, 85, 118 and 83 lectures are figures of a few among the long list of students seeking Senate’s assistance. In absence of the Syndicate, the matter has been floored in the Senate. Even after the condoning of lectures there are certain cases which show a shortage of 66, 63, 60 and 64 lectures.

Students are required to attend a minimum of 66 per cent lectures to meet the university requirements. Majority of the cases put forward this time includes students who have attended at least 40 per cent of the total lectures.

In the Department of Sociology the list of students includes those “who have attended less than 40 per cent lectures”.

The list says that the students have been “ allowed to appear in examination by mistake at their own risk and responsibility. The mistake occurred due to an oversight on the part of the office as the case was received by the office on April 24 and the examination was scheduled for the next day. In about five cases, no grace has been recommended. Different reasons have been assigned by the students. One is having “participated in cultural activities and functions”. ‘Mental depression’, ‘family reasons’, ‘due to office work’, and ‘participation in activities of the Panjab University Campus Students Council’ are some of the other reasons quoted as reasons for the shortage. Interestingly, class trips and freshers party also figure on the list of ‘reasons’.

There are more than 10 cases where the Board of Control has condoned more than 30 lectures to the student and 10 have been done by the Vice-Chancellor. In Department of Anthropology, besides 10 lectures by the VC, 37 have been given by the department.

At least 23 student of the Law Department figure on the list seeking condoning of the lectures. Others include four from the Department of Mathematics, two from the Department of Anthropology, three from the Department of Zoology, one from the Department of Physical Education, four from the Department of Psychology, nine from the Department of Economics; and one from Political Science.


Conversion of CHB flats by month-end
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The much awaited process to allow conversion of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats from leasehold to freehold for residents, who hold general power of attorneys (GPAs), will commence by the end of this month, well placed sources said.

At present officials of the CHB are working on the final rules to first allow execution of allotment deed in name of the GPA holder on the basis of list of documents to be supplied by the applicant. This is nearly finalised, however, a few querries remain and they are being addressed. The Chairman of the CHB, Mr G.K. Marwah, confirmed this saying everything will be in place within the next few days. He refused to give out further details adding that things were being finalised .

Once this process starts, the GPA holders will be allowed to get their sale deeds regularised and then get the same flat converted into freehold. This meets a long pending demand of more than 42,000 flat owners under the LIG, MIG, HIG or the independent housing schemes launched by the CHB since 1979.

To deal with the expected influx of people, a legal cell has been set up to handle conveyance deeds between the allottees and the CHB. The legal cell located in the Sector 9 office of the CHB, also has set formula for paperwork and also the charges.

In case of the GPA holders, the regularisation papers shall include: a copy of the GPA with an agreement to sell and a will, if any; an affidavit from the buyer; an indemnity bond from the buyer; an affidavit from the buyer that he or she will remove any building violation existing in the dwelling unit and lastly the original copy of the allotment letter ( to be produced for verification) and proof of physical possession by the applicant.

In case of the successive GPA holders, establishment of continuous link between original allottee and the present GPA holder is required. The seller and buyer will be ineligible for further allotments under any other CHB scheme.


Acquittal rate high in drug-related offences
Ruchika M. Khanna and Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The non-compliance of the stipulations as laid down in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act by the local police has allegedly resulted in a high acquittal rate of the accused.

According to information available from the police, the acquittal rate in the cases is more than 30 per cent. Though the police takes solace by claiming that the city has the lowest acquittal rate in such cases in the region, the figures speak otherwise.

It is learnt that a total of 13 cases under the NDPS Act were registered in the year 1996, 16 in 1997 and 21 in 1998. A total of 19 cases were registered in 1999, which shot up to 37 cases in the year 2000. A total of 13.82 kg of opium, 191.256 kg of smack, 32.96 kg of charas and 262.3 kg of poppy husk have been recovered from around 150 persons during the years 1996 to 2000.

A large number of these arrested persons are facing trial in the district courts here and are currently lodged in Burail Jail as undertrials. It is learnt that in a majority of the cases that have been decided, the accused have been exonerated of the charges — allegedly because of some technical flaw committed by the police during its investigation.

Legal experts say that the police often violates the mandatory legal technicalities as mentioned in the NDPS Act. Sections 41, 42, 50, 55, 57 are not followed by the police officials concerned. They opine that the basic procedure for the arresting of the accused in these cases is often not followed. These sections deal with issuing of notice to the accused, procedure for arrest, incomplete paper work before sending the drug for chemical analysis, chemical testing of the drug seized, search of the accused by a gazetted officer or a magistrate etc.

When contacted, the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, admitted that the acquittal rate of the accused in such cases was quite high. “The law says that the accused, if proved guilty, should be sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment or a fine upto Rs 1 lakh. Also, bail is rarely granted to the accused in these cases. The law being very stringent, it stipulates a set of guidelines for the investigating officer, which have to be strictly adhered to for the case to stand in the court,” he says.

The SSP confessed that in certain cases the circumstances were such that the technicalities of the law could not be followed. “However, our investigating officers have been given instructions time and again to ensure that the legal nuances are followed,” he said. Also, the police are generally not aware of the new directions passed by the apex court or any of the High Courts relating to this Act — which further adds to the problem.

A study of the past few cases of acquittal of accused under the NDPS Act shows that the most oft cited reason for acquittal is on the grounds of the accused not given the choice for getting the search done by a gazetted officer or a magistrate. It is alleged that most of the time, the search is conducted by a gazetted police officer of the rank of a DSP.

Also, lack of an independent witness leads to acquittal in a number of cases. Generally, the police fails to get a witness in order to help the prosecution — which is mandatory for any criminal case to stand in the court.

Interestingly, a substantial number of accused are also exonerated by the courts when the samples reach the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) — not just when they fail the chemical tests, but also when there is a difference in the seal on the sealed sample sent to the CFSL and the form sent to the laboratory along with the sample.

It may be noted that the NDPS Act stipulates that the seal on the sample of the drugs seized from the possession of the accused and on the form of the particulars of the sample to be filled by the IO should be the same. This form, filled at the time of the arrest, has to be sent to the CFSL along with the sample within 10 days of the seizure. But this is not often done — which forms another basis for acquittal. 



Trials begin for telemedicine system
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 22
Trials for the ambitious telemedicine system, an ambitious project of the Union Ministry of Information Technology, have begun at the local Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India (CEDTI). The system would enable doctors stationed across the country to share opinions about patients among themselves through video conferencing.

Delayed by several months due to failure on part of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd ( BSNL) to provide ISDN lines for the trials, the CEDTI had to secure the lines from a private telecom service provider, HFCL. Mr RS Khandpur, Director of the CEDTI, told TNS that despite several reminders to the BSNL, the ISDN lines provided by them could not be made operational. “ We have sought refund of the amount deposited with the BSNL”, said Mr Khandpur.

Before passing on the facility to the PGI, experts at the centre are busy checking the practical problems likely to be faced while transfer of data through the lines. As the transfer of the digital signals will be through conventional lines instead of the digital lines, the process of data transfer could be slow, feel the experts developing the system. The two lines provided by HFCL with a band width of 128 KBPS will be used to transmit and receive the data.

The experts said India would be the second country in the South East Asia to adopt the telemedicine system. Cost of a telemedicine workstation would come to around Rs 10 lakh. The facility would enable doctors to maintain electronic patient record, refer patients to any expert in the connected hospital for specialised treatment or seek medical opinion. Medical training at undergraduate and post graduate levels and research would get a boost as the data stored could be assessed from anywhere.

The telemedicine system was based on pentium PII 600 MHz machine with 256 MB RAM. After carrying the trials between the CEDTI and the PGI, the system would be replicated at AIIMS, New Delhi and SGPGI, Lucknow. There were plans to use the technology at the district level hospitals, which in turn would be connected with referral hospitals.


Two traffic cops suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Superintendent of Police, Traffic, Mr Balbir Singh, today placed a head constable and a constable of the traffic police under suspension. They were accused of checking a truck without authority by stopping it without a visible offence near the railway light point this afternoon.

According to information available, the SP had gone on a surprise check around the city to inspect the deployment of the traffic cops. When he reached the traffic light point, he found that Head Constable Buta Ram and Constable Gurwinder Singh had apprehended a truck (HP-07-3175) and the former was sitting in the truck with the driver, Dharam Chand.

It is learnt that the truck was a goods carrier from Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. The erring policemen were pulled up by the SP and sent to the Police Lines with immediate effect. 


Liquor shop shares boundary wall with PEC
Nishikant Dwivedi

Nayagaon (Kharar), May 22
Just 400 metres away from the residences of the Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers, four liquor shops (three in Punjab and one in Chandigarh) and two ahatas are functioning in utter violation of the law.

A temple and a gurdwara are also located at a stone's throw from the liquor shops.

As per the law, a liquor shop cannot be set up within a few hundred metres of any educational institution or a religious place. But in Nayagaon, a liquor shop shares the boundary wall with the Punjab Engineering College complex, while another falling in Punjab is near police station.

All the three liquor shops are on the entry point to Punjab. In addition, there is another liquor shop in the village and two more sub-vends in the adjoining villages. The road on which these liquor shops are located connects a dozen villages inhabited by about 30,000 people.

When contacted, Prof R.P. Gupta, Principal of the PEC, said: ‘‘The vends are in other state (Punjab)’’. Questioned about the liquor shop across the road which falls in Chandigarh, he said: ‘‘I have recently joined and I am not aware of the exact location of the vend.’’

Mr G.S. Randhawa, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab, said: ‘‘The vends are removed only after the residents lodge a protest.’’ When asked about the common boundary wall of a liquor shop and the PEC, he said: ‘‘I will look into the matter and, if necessary, the vend could be shifted.’’

On the other hand, villagers claim that several representations have been made to the authorities concerned for shifting or removing the liquor shops. In the past, the villagers have also held demonstrations demanding shifting of the liquor shops, but to no avail.

Mr Kanwar Inder Singh, President of the Market Welfare Association, Nayagaon, demanded that all these vends should be immediately removed from their present locations.

These liquor shops have proved to be a great nuisance for the residents of the area. Mr Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, a resident and General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, said: ‘‘All the residents of the area have to go past these liquor shops for visiting Chandigarh’’. According to him, womenfolk cannot use the road in the evening because it is crowded with tipplers.

The road from the barrier, near the PEC to Khuda Ali Sher village, belongs to the union territory. The residents say that when they go to the police to complain against the drunkards, the police refuses to act, saying that it is the duty of the Chandigarh police. The Chandigarh police never bothers to visit the area.


Street play on environment
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
“If exploited mercilessly, nature hits back” was the message that came across the street play Jag Musafir Jag staged by the Survival Art Group on the occasion of Awareness Day in Sector 17 here today.

The play, that traced the history of exploitation of natural resources by human beings, flashes back to old days when environment used to be pollution-free and the people used to live in harmony as Baba (played by Tejban Gandhi), the learned man of the village, tells a story to villagers.

The story portrays many aspects of the so-called human civilisation when religion made an entry in the form of village priest ( played by Rajiv Mehta) and divided people. The character of Thakur (played by Rajender Gill) symbolised entry of politics into human society which later paved the path for the dominating business class which was symbolised by the character called Thekedar (played by Nawrang Grewal). It was the merciless exploitation of nature by this business class that ultimately led to all the environmental hazards the earth is in today.

The play, that ends with the tragic death of a child, made a strong appeal to the audience to save the earth and to live in harmony with the nature.

The play was directed by Rajender Gill and written by Madhav Kaushik.


Faith and courage of unsung hero
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh May 22
This is the story of an unsung hero. A person whose single act of courage and selflessness is not just exemplary but makes one feel reassured that our life, tearing apart into innumerable islands of faiths, is worth living for. Mr Harbhajan Singh Saluja has lived a life which when came face to face with death of another human being, a friend, did not shirk from the responsibility of being a human being and simply did what he was supposed to do, go ahead and save his life. But the story does not end here.

Mr Harbhajan Singh’s act of courage acquires a new dimension, a different sheen, when one realizes that he not just conquered the fear of death in his attempt to rescue the life of a Hindu neighbour but also the burden of death which his own father carries in him ever since he was attacked and left to die mercilessly during the 1984 carnage of Sikhs in the country.

The year was 1985, it was the thick of the terrorist affected Punjab. Mr K. L. Manchanda, the local President of BJP, was shot at, late in the evening at his residence in Sector 19, by terrorists who having taken three shots at point blank range fled. Hearing the gun shots, Mr Harbhajan Singh, then a petrol pump owner at Sirsa, visiting his family in Sector 19 in the neighborhood of Mr Manchanda’s residence, rushed out, just to see that he was too late. The terrorists had fled the scene and the wife of Mr Manchanda was screaming for help.

Not a single person from the other houses came out. Mr Harbhajan Singh shouted for assistance from another sikh who was outside. They both lifted Mr Manchanda who was bleeding profusely and put him in the car.

While driving, Mr Harbhajan Singh kept reassuring Mr Manchanda that he will be fine but ‘‘all he kept saying was Ram....Ram.’’ Their first stop at Sector 16 hospital turned futile with the doctors on emergency duty referring them to the PGI. ‘‘It wasted precious minutes. But we hurried on to PGI where he was immediately taken in.’’ The doctors asked Mr Harbhajan Singh to get some medicines which would be needed for the emergency operation. This was yet another test. No one who had accompanied Mr Manchanda had a single penny on them. The chemist shop would not give the medicines without payment and the PGI did not have these medicines which could be used in an emergency. Trying to save precious time which could have meant a life for Mr Manchanda, Mr Harbhajan Singh, pawned his wrist watch for the medicines and rushed back to the emergency of the hospital.

By this time, a mob frenzied with anger and the fire of revenge burning in them, had started collecting outside the hospital. The news of Mr Manchanda having been shot had spread. ‘‘Panic gripped me. I had my beard open and my head covered. I was their easiest and nearest target. But then the word spread that a sikh gentlemen had brought Mr Manchanda to the hospital and tried to save his life and with the grace of God something worse which could have taken many more lives was averted.’’

Mr Manchanda could not be saved. He succumbed to his injuries that night at the hospital. But for Mr Harbhajan Singh it was a big loss. ‘‘His was a precious life and I wish I could have done something more...’’.With this thought Mr Harbhajan Singh came back home to sit next to his father who has been on bed since the fateful November day in 1984 when he was attacked by a mob and left to die in the train which was taking him and his wife to Ranchi. He was saved but the harrowing experience still lingers in him and he has never been the same.

Now sixteen years later, the city seems to have risen to this act of exemplary courage shown by Mr Saluja, one of its residents, and recommendations after recommendations by some of the most respected men in the city have been sent to the Government of India to consider Mr Harbhajan Singh Saluja’s name for the ‘‘Kabeer Puruskar’’. The award had been constituted by the Government of India to be awarded to persons belonging to a particular religion/sect who has shown exemplary courage trying to save the life of a person from another religion/sect. Mr Harbhajan Singh Saluja rose to the occasion will the Government do the same? 


Pig rearing inside PGI irks residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The pig and buffalo farms flourishing inside the PGI campus are creating a nuisance for the residents and patients alike, even as the PGI authorities continue to be the mute spectators to this illegal activity. The animals can be seen be seen roaming freely around inside residential area and at times also in the hospital areas in the vicinity of the Advanced Paediatric Centre.

The residents have reported the matter not only to the PGI authorities but also to the UT Administration. While the PGI administration has raided the residential premises on a couple of occasions, the UT Administration too confiscated the animals However, after the animals were taken away, the owners manage to get them back after paying a nominal fine. The area where they are kept is jungle, is the commonly cited plea.

Interestingly the pigs and buffaloes are being reared by the class IV employees of the institute, who are also the residents of the type 14 quarters in the same residential area. The employees defend their thriving business by claiming this to be just another way to make the two ends meet.

While they say that the animals actually do not reside inside the colony, but in the small sheds in the jungle area, the harassed residents claim otherwise. They cite several examples where sheds have been erected right beside the allotted quarters.

And for more than 2,000 residents of the area, it has become a common sight to see hordes of these animals roaming around freely. The animals graze and eat from the garbage piles accumulated in the area. These animals are the cause of many road accidents as well. “Animals often trample our carefully maintained lawns,” they say, while adding that it is a heart rending to hear the cries of pigs whenever they are slaughtered.

Residents say that they have written to the PGI administration about their problem. Occasionally raids have been conducted and the activity stops for a few days but only to be resumed. The owners say that they have been rearing the animals for more than 35 years and claim that it is just another way to earn a living.

As per allotment of residential rules, if the allotted accommodation is put to improper use causing unhygienic conditions and inconvenience to other residents then the person’s allotment can be cancelled. But for the PGI authorities, it is not so easy to do this due to interference by the employees’ unions.



More volunteers join shramdan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Shramdan — a voluntary annual effort to de-silt the Sukhna — entered its 18th day today as 95 volunteers of 2 Chandigarh Battalion, NCC, with their head Lieut Col. Surinder Kumar, Subedar R.S. Varma, Subedar Balbir Singh joined in the Shramdan at Sukhna Lake today.

Lt. Col. Surinder Kumar said that he and his volunteers would participate in the shramdan till Thursday. Mr Sarabjit Singh Sandhu, Chief Architect, UT, Chandigarh, Mr A.K. Sabharwal, Senior Architect, Mr Rakesh Gupta, Architect and Mr Arvind Mehtani, Divisional Town Planner and other volunteers also took part in shramdan.

A programme officer, Mr Amardeep Singh of Government Model Senior Secondary School 22, Chandigarh along with his wife Kiranjit Kaur and 30 NSS volunteers were also participating in the shramdan.

Dr B.M. Mahajan, MD, Milkfed, Punjab, said that he along with Mr Amardeep Singh, Mr S.S. Walia and 50 volunteers of his department would take part in shramdan on May 24 and 25, 2001 and would also serve milk to all shramdanis for these two days.



Minister seeks residents’ support for development
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 22
Promising to solve the grievances of the residents of the town, the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, today sought support of the residents in improving and maintaining the basic infrastructure of the town.

The minister was speaking at a public function at the Community Centre, Sector 59, after inaugurating two community centres, two foot bridges in Leisure Valley and laying foundation stone of four projects in the town here today. She said the resolve of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to provide best facilities to the people had been proved after the Chief Minister appointed it as the nodal agency for developing urban infrastructure in the state.

Stating that certain vested interests were crying foul about the utilisation of waste land by PUDA in the state, she described it as a publicity campaign to defame the government. Stopping short of seeking support for the Chief Minister, she said the government needed support of the people for the commendable work being done for their welfare. On a demand of residents of Phase V to solve the problem of flooding in the area, she said the officials had been asked to solve the problem.

Mr A.K. Dubey, Principal Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development, said aim of PUDA was to provide quality life. Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, Chief Administrator of PUDA, said the city park to come up in Sector 68 would embody the spirit of valour of Sahibzada Ajit Singh. He also sought cooperation of the resident welfare associations in achieving the targets.

Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the local civic body, urged the minister to allot three acres of land for keeping stray cattle and land for construction of office of the civic body.

Earlier the minister inaugurated two community centres, one in Sector 59 (Phase 5), and the other in Sector 65 (Phase XI) and two foot bridges in Leisure Valley of Sector 62. The foundation stone of community centres in Sector 61, 70 and 71 and city park in Sector 68 was also laid by the minister.



Awareness camp for village women
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh May 22
The All-India Women’s Conference, Chandigarh chapter, under the auspices of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board held a camp under the awareness generation programme for rural and poor women at Sarangpur village.

Lectures and demonstrations were given to the participants, many of whom were transported from Khuda Lahora, on various subjects like lok adalat, free state legal services, family law pertaining to women, etc.

Discussions were held on environment and laws pertaining to cruelty to animals.

Ms Bhupinder Kaur, sarpanch of Sarangpur village, requested the AIWC to urge the Administration to have the vast fields of bhang destroyed which were surrounding the village. These fields, she said, were providing free intoxication to young men of the village.


Harbhajan Mann to sing for sportspersons
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, May 22
‘Sportspersons in the true sense are a form of God and should be given respect, honour and due reward”: These words came from the famous Punjabi singer and actor Harbhajan Mann who was here in the city today for the cause of the Punjab Sportspersons Welfare Association (PSWA) at the Press Club in Sector 27.

Mann will sing free of cost in aid of sportspersons along-with his younger brother and singer Gursewak Mann and friend Bhagwant Mann at a cultural function to be held at Patiala on May 26.

Mann said since he was a resident of Patiala he always used to go to the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, for exercise and workouts and described it as a heaven for the sportspersons. When asked how the idea of helping the PSWA came into his mind, Harbahajan Mann said: “I really felt bad when sportspersons after toiling hard on the grounds, got very little reward and honour whereas I after the success of just one cassette, became a superstar overnight”. Mann said he interacted with international sportspersons during training camps at Patiala and seeing the pathetic state of affairs of Indian sportsperson, was always seeking an opportunity to help their cause.

Earlier Mr Bupinder Singh of the PSWA told newspersons their association, which was formed in 1998, will work mainly on three aims, to honour and accord recognition to outstanding sportspersons, to help budding youngsters to interact with sports associations, and to spread the message of Olympic spirit. Jai Pal Singh, President of the association and an Arjuna awardee in boxing, disclosed that 22 current and former sportspersons would be honoured on May 26. They will be given Rs 25,000/- each.

The current players to be honoured are: Paramjit Singh (athletics), who won a silver and bronze medal in the 1998 Asian Games, Neelam J. Singh, discus thrower and winner of bronze medal at 1998 Asian Games, Gurcharan Singh, boxer, who just missed a bronze medal at Sydney Olympics, Palwinder S. Cheema, wrestler, Rustam-e Hind, who won a silver medal in junior Asian wrestling meet in 1999, Parminder Singh Happy, who represented India in the Asian basketball meet, Baljeet Dhillon, captain of the Indian hockey team which won the Dhaka Gold Cup, Ramandeep Singh Arjuna awardee in hockey, Dalbir Singh, Arjuna awardee in athletics and Olympian Bahadur Singh, shot putter. Former outstanding players to be honoured are: Gurbachan S. Randhawa (athletics), Pargat Singh (hockey), Kartar Singh (wrestling), Prem Chand (body-building), Parminder Singh (Football), Tara Singh (weightlifting), Sajjan Singh (basketball), Sukhpal Singh (volleyball), Kaur Singh (boxing) and Balwinder Singh (Kabaddi).

When asked why Sunita Rani’s name was missing, the association officials said they were honouring those who did not get the desired attention from various quarters. Moreover, Sunita Rani did not perform well during the past two years, said the officials. They also contended that while deserving athletes like Neelam J. Singh, Jyoti Sikdar were ignored, Sunita was recommended for Padma Shri.

Jai Pal Singh also said that the sport disciplines which did not get much media attention like volleyball, kho-kho, kabaddi, basketball, athletics, hockey, will be given top priority. He said that is the reason why no cricket player was included in the list as they already getting enough attention.

Bhupinder Singh said other plans of PSWA were to have a corpus fund, tournaments for youngsters, help in recruitment of sportspersons and to help stop the unfair selection of players in teams for nationals and other meets. It would be made an annual feature and next time more sportspersons will be honoured. Regarding the non involvement of noted singer Gurdas Mann, a black belt in judo, Bhupinder Singh said it was a beginning and many sports-loving celebrities would be asked to help for this cause later.

Those present at the press conference included Neelam J. Singh, Baljit Brar and Sarjit S. Chhina.

Chairman of the PSWA, Arvind Khanna, who is also the Secretary-General of the Punjab Olympic Association was, however, not present.


Book on police standing orders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr Sarabjit Singh, today released a book “Compendium of Standing Orders of Punjab Police” here today. This book has been issued by the office of the Director-General of Police and compiled by the DIG, Litigation, Mr Rajinder Singh.

In an official press release, it is stated that a great necessity was being felt to acquaint those officers of the Punjab police handling departmental matters with the existing rules and regulations. While the Punjab police rules have been codified, there is a plethora of standing orders issued by the Inspector-Generals of Police and the DGP from time to time.

It is observed that many decisions of the department have to be examined in light of the standing orders and any oversight of these standing orders renders the decisions vulnerable to questioning and nullification. Thus, an updated compilation of all standing orders have been prepared to make it handy and convenient for reference and meticulous compliance.


Demand for pucca milk booth
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 22
The Phase VI Welfare Society here has demanded construction of a pucca milk booth in the area.

In a letter to the Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, the society said a booth of the Verka milk plant had been running in a tin structure in the phase for more than 15 years. The society had requested the General Manager of the plant to convert the temporary structure into a pucca booth provided with a power connection. The plant authorities were in agreement with the proposal and had written to PUDA in this connection in January. The matter was still pending with PUDA.

The society said the construction of a pucca booth would ensure the availability of more products of the milk plant to residents. Besides, the facility of power supply would ensure more hygienic conditions. It urged PUDA to take immediate action to build a pucca booth at the site.


Financial aid for disabled soldiers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Three ex-soldiers hailing from Punjab, who have been disabled in various military operations, were handed over cheques as financial assistance at a brief ceremony organised at Station Headquarters, Chandi Mandir, today.

The cheques were presented by the Station Commander, Brig Ram Pratap. Ex-Captain Devinder Singh of 66 Field Regiment received Rs 25,000. He is a resident of Ropar.

While ex-Sepoy Harwant Singh of 15 Punjab, belonging to Gurdaspur, received Rs 15,000, ex-Hav Bawa Singh of 14 Sikh Light Infantry received Rs 34,000 for a powered tricycle. He belongs to Bhurr village, near Ropar.

The monetary assistance was provided out of the TATA Defence Welfare Corpus under the arrangements for rehabilitation and welfare of wounded soldiers by the Adjutant General’s Branch at Army Headquarters.


Procession taken out
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
A procession was taken out in the city today to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev. The procession started from a Sector 7 Gurdwara and went through various sectors of the city.

A large number of devotees joined the procession. Little children dressed as Panj Piyaras and dressed in various other traditional dresses and carrying symbolic weapons were accompanying the procession.


Parvinder back at home
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
The 10-year-old schoolboy, Parvinder Singh, who was hospitalised following a severe beating by the principal of his school on Saturday, was discharged from the General Hospital in Sector 16 today.

Doctors attending on him said that the boy had been advised rest for a few days. The Principal, Ms Padmini, has been arrested and bailed out in the case. 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.



Hospital staff hold gate meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Director Health Services, Dr Rameshwar Chander, today met a deputation of the General Hospital and Allied Dispensaries Class III Employees Union to discuss the issues related to repatriation of Mr Sandeep Jindal, a pharmacist in Poly Clinic in Sector 22.

According to the press release of the union, the DHS has assured the deputation that he will look into matter favourably.

Later, the union members held a gate meeting in front of the General Hospital, Sector 16. It was addressed by leaders of various unions. These included Mr Surinder Singh, Mr Surinder Kumar and Mr Ramesh Chand from the General Hospital and Allied Dispensaries Class IV Employees Union, Mr Gopal and Mr Baljeet from the General Hospital and Allied Safai Karamchari Employees and Mr Ramesh Kumar Chandolia, Mr Raghubir Singh Sandhu and Sant Singh Saini from the UT Service Subordinate Federation Union.



Three monkeys die in Chhat Bir
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, May 22
Three monkeys have died in the past over one week in Chhat Bir zoo. However, sources in zoo claimed that the dead animals were seven in number. According to sources, the monkeys were found dead inside their enclosure by the zoo keeper.

But the zoo authorities confirmed the number of dead animals to be three. They said that the monkeys were suffering from tuberculosis for some time. They said the dead moneys were brought to the zoo by the People for Animals, an NGO.

Meanwhile, a vaccination drive has been started by the zoo authorities to avoid such deaths. 


Apply it to your car

Feng Shui can be applied to every car one has, depending upon the year of birth. According to the Chinese calendar, which starts from the Chinese new year in early February, one can decide which colour is best suited to one. Some colours just don’t suit one personally which, if one buys it, will end up in car-scratching, the car not bringing in enough business to the owner and sometimes ending up in accidents.

A green car is good for some drivers and bad for others. For example, persons born in the years 1927, 1936, 1945 and 1963 should buy silver cars and avoid the yellow colour.

If your car is not of the best colour according to your birth chart, the second best thing to do is to add some items of that shade inside your car.

Feng Shui also suggests to keep the centre of the car clean, uncluttered and fresh. This area relates to health and needs to have a smooth, fresh and healthy flow of energy.

Keeping cushions in the car is good for keeping passengers calm. Cushions are associated with protection and comfort, which is why people often hug a cushion when they are feeling vulnerable. Soothing music contributes to safe driving while fast music makes people drive fast which can be dangerous.


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



Minor raped by tenant
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 22
A 13-year-old girl of Indira Colony was allegedly abducted and raped by a youth of Raipur Rani village about 20 km from here on May 19.

According to information available, the victim was reportedly lured by Sampat Singh (17), who was a tenant at the victim house for some time He took the victim to his house in Raipur Rani in the absence of her parents on May 19.

In a complaint to the police, Mr Radhey Paswan, father of the victim, said that they found the girl missing when they returned home today. He said that the neighbours told him that they had noticed the girl accompanying their tenant.

According to the police, the accused was found in the house along with the girl and had raped her repeatedly for over three days. The girl has been medically examined. The accused has arrested and a case under Sections 363 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against him.



Police clueless on Mohali murder
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 22
In connection with the murder of a 60-year-old woman of Phase IV on May 11 last, the local police has so far failed to find any clue from the 38-year-old suspect, Rajwinder, who was arrested last Wednesday. The police had claimed that circumstantial evidence was against the suspect, who was a nephew of the deceased, Daljit Kaur Mangat.

After being arrested, he remained in police custody till May 19, before being sent to official custody. The police has said that the suspect had changed his blood-spattered clothes to evade police suspicion. A medical examination of the suspect revealed that scratches had been found on the neck of the suspect.

Efforts by the police to restructure the events leading to the murder had not yielded any result. A police official investigating the case, said that the suspect, who was employed as driver with Punjab Tractors Limited, was suspectedly hooked to drugs and is learnt to have borrowed money from an employee of PTL to buy some drugs on the day of the incident.

A senior police official said a forensic report on the strands of hair found in the fist of the deceased was expected to come in a few days and might provide important clues to the police.

Mr S.S. Mangat, husband of the deceased, told TNS that he would consider Rajwinder to be suspect till the police recovered any proof pointing to the contrary. He said some gold ornaments, which his wife was wearing, had also not been recovered. “If the police did not find any proof from Rajwinder. I feel he should be released and the police should explore the case thoroughly”.


Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A 32-year-old man committed suicide by consuming poison at his residence in Burail village this morning. According to the police, the deceased, Charanjit Singh, was in a state of depression because of his failing health. He was rushed to the PGI where he died.

Child injured: 
Utsav Sharma (5) was injured when he was hit by a scooter (CH-01T- 9880) last night while crossing the road in front of his house in Sector 15. The child has been admitted to the PGI. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC against the scooter driver, Paviter Singh. The accused has also been arrested.

Theft cases:
A Maruti car (HP-15-3447) was stolen from the parking lot at Kala Gram in Mani Majra at about 10 last night. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of the owner of the car, Mr Tarun Kumar.

In another case, a car stereo and speaker were stolen from the car (CH-01N-1161) while it was parked in front of the Sector 43 residence of Mr Malkiat Singh in between May 19 and 21. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Liquor seized: The police today seized 50 pouches of whisky from a woman near the coal depot in Sector 22. The accused, Shanti Devi, a resident of Sector 22, has been booked under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.


Fire incident:
A fire broke out in a house in Phase XI after an LPG cylinder caught fire here today. According to officials, the cylinder was leaking. A fire engine was rushed to the spot to control the fire. The loss in the fire could not be ascertained.

Burglars broke into the house of Mr Kuljit Singh Bedi, a local Congress leader, and decamped with Rs 20,000 and some valuables.




Defacement cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
In a special drive, the police has registered seven cases of defacement of public property in different parts of the city. Most of the cases have been registered in the Industrial Area. A manager of a national newspaper, too, has been booked on charges of defacement. Cases under different sections of the West Bengal Defacement of Public Property Act have been registered.



Man duped of Rs 3 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A resident of Sector 8 has been accused of duping Harbans Singh of Rs 3 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.

According to an FIR registered at the Sector 3 police station, it is alleged that Surjit Singh had taken Rs 3 lakh from the complainant in May, 1996. However, he neither sent the complainant abroad nor returned his money.


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