Monday, May 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Cyber crime up, police found wanting
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Is the computer-illiterate Chandigarh police adept in taking head-on the challenges of cyber crime?

It is feared that with information technology making its inroads in the city and the increasing number of city residents turning computer savvy by the day, the city police is found wanting in the technical know-how to deal with such crime.

Interestingly, the police proudly proclaims that cyber crime is not prevalent in the city and no case of hacking has been reported here till date. However, at least two cases of cyber crime have allegedly taken place in the city during the past week. Also, the onslaught of pornographic literature from the World Wide Web is no longer alien for the city residents — the downloading of which is punishable under the cyber laws.

A case of suspected hacking of certain web portals and obtaining the residential addresses from the e-mail accounts of city residents had recently come to light. After getting the addresses, letters were sent through post mail and the recipients were lured into participating in an international lottery that had Australian $ 23 lakhs at stake.

Hundreds of city residents had received these letters and a large number of them had to pay a price for getting hooked. As against the Reserve Bank of India guidelines, those who had paid the stake money through their credit cards had to pay by getting their cards seized. The police had, however, taken refuge that since it was the host (web portal) whose site had been hacked, only the police of the country from where the web portal had been launched could take action.

The second case deals with certain websites created locally which are full of defamatory material and contain messages and letters meant to defame well-known people and institutions of the city. Certain defamatory adjectives have reportedly been used for these people and institutions. However, there is no check on such sites by the authorities here.

When contacted, the SP Operations, Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, said the police was investigating the two cases and they would register an FIR in case they received a formal complaint.

Another form of cyber crime by downloading pornographic literature is being done behind closed doors in the city. And it is not just the teenagers in the city, but also adults who are downloading this porn literature available on the World Wide Web. The mushrooming of cyber cafes in the city, which provide the secrecy through cabins constructed for users, has also made the porn literature easily accessible to the people visiting them.

Though the police had recently launched a special drive to check the misuse of cyber cafes by downloading porn literature, it was unable to keep up with the rhythm.

The police says in the absence of a cyber crime cell, there is little they can do to keep tabs on such sites. The city police had proposed to set up a cyber crime cell in October, 2000. However, the proposal is still awaiting a final nod from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Informs Mr Dhaliwal, “All over the country, the police has realised the importance of tackling the onslaught of cyber crime and NASSCOM has predicted that by the end of 2002, there will be 2 billion cyber crimes.”

Two of the senior police officers posted here — DIG Ajay Kashyap and Mr Dhaliwal — have recently been trained in dealing with cyber crime by the Central Bureau of Investigations. It is now proposed that officers of the rank of Sub-Inspectors will be sent for training in tackling cyber crime. Also, crash courses on the Information Technology Act, 2000, for the investigating officers are being planned.


Probe ordered into illegal detention of 2 kids
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, May 27
Taking serious note of a report which appeared in Chandigarh Tribune today the police department has marked an inquiry to identify persons responsible for the illegal detention of two minor children.

Highly placed police sources informed that the department had directed the DSP (East), Mr Surjit Singh, to carry out a detailed investigation in this matter.

On the other hand many human right activists condemned the detention of the two children and said they would provide legal aid to them. They also said they could file a criminal complaint against persons responsible for detention of the children. A report highlighting the detention of two 10-year-old children — Arshi and Dinesh was published in the columns of this newspaper today.

The story had stated that despite being onlookers in a theft the two had been picked up by the police and subjected to inhuman treatment while they were kept in the lock-up in Sector 19, overnight. The police had registered a case under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code against the two children.

Moreover, the investigating officer had admitted in the open court that nothing had been recovered from the two and that the accused had managed to escape.

Ironically, yesterday afternoon as the city was celebrating Gur Purb and number of people had organised ‘chabeels’ for city residents, the two children were restrained from having even a glass of water when they were produced in a local court here today.

About 12.30 p.m both of them were produced in a local court. While talking to this correspondent in district court, Arshi, said, “We had gone to Sector 17 to watch the movie ‘Jodi Number 1’ when we were nabbed by the policemen”.

He added that they were beaten and threatened by the policemen when they reached Sector 18 and later they were arrested. They had not been provided food or even a glass of water since yesterday evening by the police.

The another child, Dinesh, said, “I have no idea why the police had arrested us. No one is here to help us. Even our parents were here. It was terrible night. I did not sleep throughout the night in custody.” Both the children are living in Bapu Dham and their parents were in the profession of making junk jewellery. The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Ms Jitender Walia, had also took a serious note on the illegal detention of the children and they were sent to Juvenile Home till May 28, yesterday. 


700 jhuggis pulled down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
In a major anti-encroachment drive carried out today, the enforcement wing of the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation, with the help of the Chandigarh police, demolished 700 jhuggis and other illegal structures from about 20 acres in sector 31 and Ram Darbar Industrial Area.

According to the UT Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh, possession of the land in Sector 31 was been handed over to the Air Force and that of the Industrial Area to the UT Administration.

A visit to the spot in the evening confirmed that Air Force personnel were in the process of cordoning off the area with about 15 tents around the boundary wall. A permanent wall would soon be constructed to avoid encroachment on the land in future. The fence around the land belonging to the UT Administration had also been repaired and a night vigil by police personnel and chowkidars ensured.

The eight-hour operations carried out by 160 enforcement staff started at around 10 a.m. and were led by the SDM, Mr Gyanesh Bharti, Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh, and the Secretary, Municipal Corporation, Mr Ashwini Kumar, who were assisted by a 250-strong police force. The area was cordoned off early in the morning by the police officials and the residents were given enough time to remove their belongings. Amidst tight security, the 160-strong enforcement staff cleared the area with the help of five JCBs and 22 trucks without any marked resistance from the jhuggi-dwellers. No untoward incident was reported.

Although most of the residents were taken unawares, the enforcement staff hardly witnessed any resistance from the jhuggi-dwellers. Unlike other anti-encroachment drives, there was no political interference in this case.” Most of the people were mentally prepared as they already owned plots or had an alternate arrangement, added officials.

Fire which broke out in one of the huts. The fire was soon extinguished by the accompanying fire tender. Later in the evening, people could be seen loading their personal belongings in hired trucks and moving away.


Chemist shops raided
Our Correspondent

Nayagaon (Kharar), May 27
Huge quantity of Schedule — H drugs, allegedly being sold without prescription by chemist shops in Nayagaon and Mullanpur — Garibdas, have reportedly been seized during raids by the staff of the State Drug Controller. At least 14 chemist shops raided by the officials were found to be possessing the drugs in excess.

The shops were also found selling drugs without warranty cards. According to sources in the drug department, samples have been also collected from some of the chemist shops. The authorities were in the process of initiating strict action against the defaulters, including registration of cases against them. Possibility of cancellation of the licences of the erring chemists was not ruled out by the officials. The raids started on Thursday and were likely to continue.

According to information available, at least 8 shops in Nayagaon and 6 shops in Mullanpur — Garibdas were raided under the supervision of the Drug Controller. Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted drug abuse in the region and the role of certain chemists in supplying the drugs to the addicts.

Confirming the raids, Dr R.S. Saggu, Chief Medical Officer, Ropar, said, “I spoke to the DC Ropar and the Drug Controller, after which the raids were conducted”. He said the chemist shops were found violating the drug Act. However, Dr Rajinder Singh said he was not satisfied with the raids. He said, “More raids will be conducted on the chemist shops in the district soon”.

The CMO said he had asked the Drug Controller to send seven to eight drug inspectors to conduct the raids. There is only one drug inspector in the district. The inspector also looks after Fatehgarh district.


Driving schools flouting rules
Tribune News Service

Driving schools flouting rulesSAS Nagar, May 27
Persons eager to learn driving from a licensed training school are likely to be a confused lot at the end of their course as many learners may not be able to identify the road signs supposed to be explained during the driving course. A one month course, which is the shortest, costs Rs 900.

The problem does not lie with the driving skills taught by the instructors, but with the shortage of premises required to conduct lectures and demonstration of models. Circumventing the rules and regulations regarding the premises, as stipulated under the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, many of the driving schools take the classes in the open resulting in distraction to the learners.

Enquires reveal that under rule 24(2) of the Motor Vehicle Rules, the applicants seeking licence for running driving schools have to provide proper classroom with a black board, a road plan board with necessary model signs and charts and a traffic sign chart. The infrastructure required to impart training to the trainees is created in a makeshift classroom in the open.

A visit to the premises of the driving schools reveals that most of the schools have one-room accommodation with road sign charts hanging on the walls. A driving school in the booth market is being run from a motor mechanic shop. When this correspondent, posing as a customer, visited a driving school in Phase 1, an employee there said there was requirement for a classroom and the lessons would be taught during the driving lessons.

An official of the District Transport Department said regular checks were conducted to see whether the driving schools were licensed or not. He admitted that a provision of the Motor Vehicle Rules to have adequate parking area for the vehicles, to be used for imparting training, was not being met. 


Jewellery, cash stolen from house
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 27
Burglars struck at another house in Sector 16 and decamped with gold jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh and some cash.

The burglary was committed in the house of Mr Rajan Vasudevan, Director of a Chandigarh-based software company, came to light on Sunday afternoon. Mr Vasudevan was away to Delhi along with his wife Preeti.

Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, the couple has been living here for the past over two years and had gone to Delhi on Thursday.

Mr Vasudevan said he found the bolts of the side-door broken open and the entire house ransacked when he returned today at about 2.30 pm. After entering the house, the burglars broke open the locks of two bed rooms. They used a stone to break the locks.

The burglars ransacked the almirahs, cupboard in the kitchen and took away the jewellery from a steel almirah kept inside the store. They emptied a school bag to carry the jewellery.

The thieves took away even dry fruits from the refrigerator. Ms Preeti Rajan said the burglars, however, did not take any of the electronic goods but stole about Rs 3,000 in cash. She said apart from gold and silver items, two diamond ear-rings and two saphire-studded rings were also taken away by the burglars.

Later, the police was informed and a dog-squad was pressed into service. A case has been registered by the police and further investigation is on.

This is the ninth case of burglary in Panchkula in this month . The police has failed to make much headway in any of these cases so far.


Chandigarh Calling

Baithak, the latest addition to the chain of hotels and restaurants run by the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation, is all set to be the centrepoint of City’s cultural and other activities.

Located on the Chandigarh-Panchkula Road, this new restaurant, patterned on the concept of ‘Delhi Haat’, has already become a hit as the urban gliteretti interacts with the folk artistes and artisans here regularly and directly.

With its unique eatery, Baithak fully complements the newly setup North Zone’s Kalagram in its design, layout and in the use of furniture and furnishing and also the menu which is totally ethnic.

A perfect foil to the folksy ambience and concept of Kalagram, main items such as pethi puri, Amritsari chhole, Amritsari dal, lassi, Amritsari kulcha, imrti and phirni are the hot favourites. Without compromising on the quality of dishes, the prices are positively pocket friendly. Now the restaurant has got its beer bar licence also.

With a rooftop restaurant and a banquet hall with a capacity of 250 set to be commissioned within a fortnight, it is going to be in the most happening place in the city, says its Senior Manager, Mr Anurag Walia.

Touching gesture

It helps to have a Director Public Instructions (colleges) as the Director Social Welfare UT administration also. At the inauguration of Government College, Sector 46 website, the DPI (colleges), Ms Madhavi Kataria, had to give away certificates to those students who had worked to prepare the site. As one of the students who was physically handicapped started his slow journey towards the dais to receive the certificate, Ms Kataria promptly walked up to him and gave him the certificate. A touching gesture indeed by the Director, Social welfare.

Politics & education

With the Panjab University senate meeting around the corner one gets to meet a large number of academicians in politicians’ clothing and vice versa. Most of these academicians sit in groups and are working out strategies with which they can wriggle in discussions on issues dear to them.

During the course of merely watching them planning politics, one has to remind oneself again and again that these men and women are also teachers in an institution of higher education and when in their classrooms they are masters of their subjects many of whom have done research of high quality in their fields.

Entry problem

Apparently there is nothing wrong with the plan of Kalagram, which has come up as a major tourist attraction on the Chandigarh- Kalka highway. The only issue which needs to be reconsidered is the “entry point to the place.” Currently there is no major sign to indicate the entry to the complex.

Also, there is just one entry. Often it so happens that the tourists drive past the complex. They have either missed the singular entry, or are hoping that there will be another somewhere ahead. By the time they realise that there is none, it is too late to turn back to enter the area.

Training capsules

The Headquarters Western Command, Chandimandir, in collaboration with the Controller of Defence Accounts, is holding training capsules for officers on automated and revised documentation procedure for officers’ personal service records.

Besides Chandimandir, training capsules, are also being organised by the Western Command in several major military stations and cantonments in its jurisdiction.

With documentation procedure being revised, it will facilitate standardisation, simplification, and automation, thereby substantially reducing the time taken for adjustment of pay and allowances by the CDA. The existing manual procedure had been slow and error prone.

In distress

For 30-years-old Tulsi Devi, wife of Bhatan Singh, a road side vendor in Abohar (Punjab), life changed course ever since they were told by the doctors that Tulsi was suffering from a serious heart problem and needed a double valve replacement. While PGI authorities have done the needful and given Tulsi the poor free certificate, the family is finding it difficult to arrange Rs 1.30 lakh required for the surgery. The Cardiovascular and Surgery Department, has issued a certificate to the effect saying that the cost of material required for the surgery would be around Rs 1.30 lakh. Sitting in the Rotary Sarai, Tulsi explains that they have somehow managed Rs 70,000 from relatives and selling some valuables. And a couple of good Samaritans from the city have also promised to pitch in with Rs 25,000. But for the rest of the amount, more help would be required. The couple, as they see their two and a half years old son Deepak, playing happily and blissfully unaware of problems around him, hope their troubles will be over soon. We have already been in Chandigarh for more than one and a half months, they add.

Aviation seminar

The city would be the venue for a high-level aviation seminar on June 2, which would be presided over by Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta. Being organised by the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT), Sector 17, it will also bring to the city airlines dignitaries from various domestic and international airlines, NRIs and other eminent personalities from travel and tourism trade.

The Director of the Institute, Dr Gulshan Sharma maintains that “the seminar on” Emerging trends in the Airlines Industry in northern India - Vision 2005’’ will provide the dignitaries a common platform to discuss issues relating to aviation and airline promotion in this region. The seminar will also provide an opportunity to the international and domestic airlines and allied industries to highlight their products and services.

Patchy road repair

Smooth, bumpy, smooth, how the causeway leading to the railway station can be described. The PWD has done an awfully shoddy road repair work. The recarpeting of the causeway, undertaken only recently, has actually been done in patches. The road is smooth for a few yards and then potholed and smooth again and bumpy again.

At one stretch, only half of the road has been relaid, making it uneven. Considering the density of the traffic on that road, it would be a nice idea if the PWD undertook the repair work again, only this time with some logic.

Flyover please

The government should consider providing an alternative route to residents of Mansa Devi Complex on a priority basis. Huge crowds throng the Mansa Devi temple during the Navratras and other occasions. Some devotees even come from as far as Delhi. The local residents have to suffer traffic jams and the level-crossing makes it even worse if there is an emergency.

The government is planning to establish an amusement park in the area which will draw even more people. Should it not first give the residents a much-delayed flyover — which the Chief Minister had promised — or any other route before taking on other projects?

Fun way to learn

These are assignments with a difference. Kailash Bahl DAV School, Sector 7, has come up with a novel way of utilising the summer vacation, ensuring the students enjoy while they learn.

Tailor-made assignments to suit the level of learning in each class, these are the handiwork of the school teachers who have incorporated not only science and history but also lessons in moral science, art and craft complete with pictures, one-word answers and quizzes.

The Principal, Mrs Madhu Bahl, says, “I introduced these assignments last session after a visit to schools abroad. Having succeeded in driving home the point of keeping in touch with the studies even during vacation, this year the assignments were improved upon and additional subjects introduced. The children seem to enjoy doing these rather than lengthy notings in their school diaries.”

Local Bangalore

It seemed homecoming for the Union Tourism Minister, Mr Ananth Kumar, during his maiden visit to Panchkula. Clearly impressed by the well-planned city, he compared the greenery, cleanliness and beauty to Bangalore. “When we started from Delhi, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, told me he was taking me to Bangalore,” he said.

However, when he landed in the city, he said that he was transported back to his land and Mr Chautala was very right about taking him to Bangalore when he brought him for a flying visit to Panchkula.

Compliments galore

If impressions of the Bangalorised Panchkula were not enough for Mr Kumar, after inaugurating a website of the Haryana Food and Supplies Department, he made an emphatic statement about the states’ computerisation policy.

“While we were progressing in the field of Information Technology in Karnataka, we were always worried about competition from states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala, considered very techno-savvy. We least expected our competitors to be in Haryana which has adopted technology in a big way and offices in the state are undergoing a sea change,’’ he said.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, sat back with a contended smile on his face while the minister doled out one compliment after another.

Jashn-e-Waris Shah

The Majlis Waris Shah, Pakistan, is holding an international Khawaja Farid conference, “Jashn-e-Waris Shah” from July 22 to 24 at Multan.

Renowned scholars and folk artists interested in presenting papers or giving folk art performance can contact Sain Govind Rakesh, Secretary-General, Federation of Migrant Groups from North West India now Pakistan, immediately. His phone number is 746832.

Veteran brisk walker

Nihal Chand Garg is 75-years-old. But his brisk walk can put a teenager to shame. His romance with the race-track began after his retirement in 1984. He has not looked back, improving upon his performance day by day. He won a silver medal in the 100-metre relay race in the Veterans Amateur Athletic Federation of India meet in Bangalore in November, 2000.

He continued working hard. As a result he was chosen to represent India in the Veteran International Amateur Athletic annual meet in Brisbane (Australia) in the 5000-metre walk for participants above 75 years of age, which is due to start on July 4. “Last year’s time record for the above event was 33.5 minutes which I have brought down to 32-33 minutes as of now. God willing, I will improve upon it further as the event is yet two months away,” says Mr Garg modestly. We wish you good luck, Mr Garg.

— Sentinel


Nepli forest fire under control
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
In the wake of devastating fire that broke out in the Nepli forest area yesterday, the UT Administration is planning to create more fire lines and also increase the vigil so that any fire can be reported to the authorities concerned at the earliest. The Administration is also considering a plan to resort to controlled burning to prevent such happenings in the future.

Meanwhile, the UT Chief Wildlife Warden, Mr Ishwar Singh, confirmed that the fire which raged in 100 hectares of the UT forest area for several hours was put off on Sunday morning. The fire has caused damage to vegetation, but no loss of the wildlife has been reported, he said.

A detailed report will follow after the Nepli and Kansal range staff investigate the loss and assess the total damage. The Forest Department is also taking all usual precautions to prevent such incidents in the future, said Mr Ishwar Singh while adding that fires in this season were a usual phenomenon.

Many species of wildlife like sambhar, spotted deer and porcupines inhabit the Nepli forest area.

Senior UT officials, meanwhile, visited the spot today and took stock of the situation. They are also trying to assess damages and loss of forest property. This is the second time after 1984 that the fire of this magnitude has been reported in the area.

The fire reportedly broke out due to short circuit in the adjoining Haryana and later moved on to the Nepli forest. It was first noticed by a forest rest house guard at around 9.30 a.m. who informed the authorities immediately.

The Fire Department initially found difficult to control the fire as it was being aided by high temperature and rapidly fanned by the heavy winds.

Three fire-engines, two from Chandigarh and one from Panchkula, were pressed into action. Strategy of backfire checked the blaze from spreading further and with the consistent efforts of Forest Department staff and residents of Saketri and Mahadev village the fire was finally brought under control. 


A stretch of rubble and potholes

Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
It is a road that is reduced to a stretch of cobbled stones. Hundreds of persons use this V-3 road dividing Sectors 39 and 38 (West) every day to reach their destinations.

Potholes in this 2-km stretch turn into cesspools even after a small shower. At many places the road surface has vanished for want of carpeting. The road is also marked by cracks and depressions, that make a ride along this road bumpy and risky. Interestingly, ministers and other VIPs who live in nearby Sector 39 drive along this stretch without battling an eye lid.

Road users have to make inconvenient lengthy detours to reach their homes. The problems worsens during the rains when knee deep water accumulates on the roads and the residents have to wade through mud and slush.

It is indeed a nightmare for two- wheeler drivers. They have to move at a snail’s pace and still the vehicles are damaged. On an average, people living in these areas have to change tyres almost every six months. Anita, who takes this road daily to go to the PGI, says, “My Kinetic has started rattling in six months and even the mechanic was shocked to see its condition”.

The round-abouts on this road tell a different tale. Nothing seems to have been done for their upkeep and maintenance. As for foot paths and road berms, they simply do not exist.

The residents point out that all tarred roads need recarpeting after five years, considering the heavy traffic on these roads, but the authorities have never bothered about it. An attempt was made to repair the pot holes after repeated complaints, but that is no solution. The road is just giving way.

The stretch of road beginning from Dadu Majra chowk needs to be strengthened for heavy vehicles bound for Punjab pass through it. Dr K.S. Chaudhary, one of the residents of Sector 38 ( West), concerned were giving a raw deal to the southern sectors. You will never find a road in such miserable condition in the northern sectors. It is worse than a village road.

This road figures in the list of V-3 roads, that has been sent to the Administration for widening, strengthening and recarpeting as a one time measure. Source in the Administration attribute its poor condition to the indifferent attitude of MC officials, but the officials on their part maintain that they have been unable to mend matters for want of funds. However, a senior official of the Administration said that work on the road would start in due course. Similar work is already in progress in certain other parts of the city.


Art of subtle concealment
Divya Kaushik

Chandigarh, May 27
Benetton, Levis, Nike, Ray-Ban.....Brand names one can easily detect on almost all young people out there. Be it kids in their shiny foreign cars or the regular mechanic boy on the roadside. The only difference being, and that also if one looks closely enough, that only some of these are the genuine certified article while most are imitations. These fake brands arrived quite some time ago and are apparently here to stay. Clothes, shoes, bags, sunglasses.... you name it they have it. And almost as good as the real thing too.

While the real stuff is available in almost all the big department stores and showrooms, the cheap copies can be found in small bazaars, shops, basements and on pavements. The high quality genuine merchandise offers the guarantee of long life and durability, whereas the fake can fade, break or shrink in no time at all.

But interestingly the clientele for the fake brands is not merely restricted to low budget shoppers. The average teenage kid doesn’t mind buying anything that looks good. And it certainly doesn’t hurt if the article is much cheaper than its original counterpart. Also, even if something doesn’t last that long, funds are easily available for replacement.

However, as a whole, those who can afford it continue to buy the trusted brand name instead of the fake. Quality is not compromised upon due to the price. But ask the low-income group and they find no fault in the fakes. Good appearances at a low price are always welcome. So basically, as long as there’s a market ‘for’ the fakes there will be a market ‘of’ the fakes.

The best part about the whole affair is the fact that there is generally no perceptible difference between a regular brand product and its copy.

Take a Nike T-shirt for instance. It is hard to tell whether one is wearing the real thing or the fake unless the label tag is searched for and finally found somewhere on the inside of the shirt. Thus, the art of subtle concealment, which the big labels unnecessarily use when placing their tags, works to the advantage of the imitator.

Whereas these products might be sold in happy coexistence for the benefit of buyers of all-income groups, it is not as simple as that. Ultimately, the company that is producing the genuine article stands to be the loser, if not on financial grounds then on moral grounds. Imitation can hardly be termed as ethical, under any circumstances.


Volunteers to be awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, today announced that regular shramdanis would be awarded on World Environment Day on July 4.

According to a press note, the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, along with other Congressmen, participated in the shramdan at the Sukhna Lake in the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru. Mr Puranjit Singh, UT Chief Engineer, Ms Sunita, a Congress councillor in the Municipal Corporation, and Mr Anand Kumar, Chief of the ICICI Bank, also took part in the shramdan.

A total of 52 volunteers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-B, and students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40-B, also removed silt from the bed of the lake. A cultural trip was arranged to the Kansal Forest Resort for shramdanis. Till date, 1,03,005 cubic feet of silt had been removed from the lake bed.


Morcha to launch jan jagran abhiyan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The BJP Kisan Morcha has decided to counter the propaganda by the Opposition parties against the farm policies of the Vajpayee government by launching a ‘‘Jan jagran abhiyan’’.

This was decided at the concluding day of the two-day national executive meeting of the morcha at the UT Guest House here today. It was also alleged that the Congress and its state governments were to blame for plight of the farmers.

Addressing the meeting, Mr Kariya Munda, BJP vice-president, urged the morcha activists to counter the propaganda launched by the Opposition that the BJP was ‘anti-farmer’. The Vajpayee government had launched credit cards and crop insurance scheme for the farmers and it was the duty of the morcha activists to make the farmers aware of the benefits of these schemes, he said.

The president of the morcha, Mr Mahadev Rao Shivankar, said the farmers would be urged to set up agro-industries in 300 districts of the country. Besides this, reports of 25 sub-committees would be submitted to various state governments and the Central Government.

It was also decided that a training camp for the morcha activists would be organised at Sarnath in UP from September 21 to 23.

The meeting was inaugurated by Mr Kailashpati Tripathi, BJP vice-president, yesterday. 


250 cops deployed for kisan rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The deployment of a large number of policemen from various areas for making law and order arrangements at the Bhartiya Kisan Union Rally on May 25 has once again focussed attention on the creation of a separate battalion for this purpose.

It is learnt that as many as 250 policemen had been called back from patrolling duty in various areas and deployed here. As a result normal policing in the city suffered.

It may be recalled that only a few months back, the BKU had organised a rally and the protesters stayed put in the city for a couple of days. A large number of policemen from different police stations had been diverted here and the work in the police stations had almost come to a halt.


Row over CNMC chief takes new turn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The controversy over the presidentship of the Chandigarh Nationalist Mahila Congress (CNMC) took a new turn today with the Nationalist Mahila Congress (NMC) chief, Ms Veena Nayer, reiterating that Ms Poonam Sharma would continue to be the CNMC president.

Addressing a press conference here, Ms Nayer said the NMC recognised only Ms Sharma as the local unit chief. She was satisfied with the performance of Ms Sharma as CNMC chief, she said.

It may be recalled that the local NCP chief, Mr Gurbachan Singh, had announced a couple of days back that the in charge of frontal organisations of the party, Mr Tariq Anwar, had appointed Ms Paramjit Kaur Dhillon as CNMC chief. The local unit had never been informed about the appointment of Ms Sharma, he had claimed.

Answering a specific question whether rift in the high command had any bearing on the local politics, she refused to comment.


Keep things in pairs

If you don’t like being alone and want someone to share your life, you should surround your personal space, like your bedroom, with things that symbolise pairing of the male with the female.

The best example would be the Chinese Yin Yang symbol which represents the complementary nature of the male and the female. Whether drawn or crafted on ceramic or porcelain, things should always be kept in pairs.

You can keep things like a pair of Dragon or a Phoenix but it is never advisable to keep a painting or an illustration of a pair of butterflies.

Although a pair of butterflies symbolises pure and good love, it is this love that ends in a tragedy. There is a famous Chinese folktale behind this. It is of a love-struck couple who die in each other’s arms and are reunited as butterflies.

Similarly, in the Indian context pairs of Laila Majnu, Sohni Mahiwal or Heer Ranjha should never be kept. The other auspicious symbols that can be kept are the double fish symbol, which is very lucky, and a pair of footsteps which signify the Buddha’s footsteps.


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Tributes paid to Nehru
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Tributes were paid to the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on his death anniversary at a function in the Congress Bhavan here today.

The CTCC chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, and the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, led the party workers in paying floral tributes to the late leader. His contributions to the nation were also recalled at the function. Earlier, Congress activists, led by Mr Bansal participated in the “shramdan” at the Sukhna Lake.


Stolen car recovered from Ambala
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 27
The local police recovered yet another stolen car, (HR-24-H-0084) from Ambala, today.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Manoj Yadava, said the car was recovered from Munish Kumar, a resident of Ambala, who was previously working as a trainee at the battery unit of D.K. Singla, one of the accused in the sale of stolen cars.

The registration number of the car was genuine and issued by the State Transport Authority.

It maybe recalled that a racket involving sale of stolen cars in the city was exposed in March when the police nabbed one of the accused, Amit Bhushan, while he was attempting to flee with a car from a Delhi car agency.

During interrogation he named three city residents — Surinder Garg, D.K. Singla and Rajesh Gautam — involved with him and entrusted with the task of disposing of the stolen luxury cars once they reached Chandigarh. All three were subsequently arrested by a team of the Delhi Police. 



Night patrolling to check crime rate
Bipin Bhardwaj

Panchkula, May 27
Keeping in view the increasing crime rate in the district particularly in the township and its vicinity, the Panchkula police has decided to prepare fresh dossiers of all the mobile vendors and suspected criminals.

Moreover, the district police has also decided to conduct night patrolling in plain clothes. The entire police staff will be engaged in night patrolling from 11 pm to 4 am on a monthly basis.

Apart from this, the police will start a new scheme to check thefts and burglaries in the town. Under the scheme home guard jawans will guard the houses in the absence of house owners. The jawans on duty will remain in contact with the patrolling party during night hours. The police has sought public suggestions for the implementation of the scheme.

Mr Manoj Yadav, SP, has asked the residents to inform the police before leaving their houses so that Home Guard jawans could be put on duty to guard their houses in their absence. The residents have also been asked to provide proper space for the jawan and pay Rs 100 per night for his daily expenditure.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Yadav said that theft prone areas had already been shortlisted and the police was preparing dossier of the suspected criminals. The Panchkula police has also tied up with the police of surrounding states about the particulars of the suspects.

Dossiers of the suspected criminals will be prepared only after cross-checking their records with the police of other states, said Mr Yadav.

Instead of Gypsies and motorcycles, cycles would be used for night patrolling. This will help in policing the areas properly. The police officials hope that this type of night patrolling will prove beneficial , as earlier thieves and burglars used to became vigilant while committing crimes, on hearing the noise of vehicles.

The SP has also decided to hold meeting of senior citizens and those residing alone in their houses. He admitted that the residents of the town were feeling insecure as a number of day light thefts have been committed in the recent past.

The SHOs of the areas concerned have already been instructed to ask the residents to inform about vendors and suspected criminals.


More theft cases reported in PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Eight theft and burglary cases were reported in PGI hostels four days back. This includes one in the main administrative block of the institute, Kairon Block. In other two separate incidents, similar incidents were also reported in the nursing hostel and the doctor’s hospital adjacent to the new OPD. Interestingly, in the nursing hostel six rooms in three different blocks were broken into during the same night .

This series of thefts has created a sense of insecurity amongst its residents. Similar incidents had also taken place about six years back . Following investigations, a PGI security guard was apprehended and stolen goods were recovered from him.

Even more surprising is the case of theft which was reported in the high security Kairon Block. Besides security checks at the third and fifth floors of the building, there are at least two security personnel posted round the clock at the main door of the administrative block.

The PGI has its own security set up with more than more than 200 security personnel . When contacted, officials of the PGI security staff affirmed that such incidents have taken place and the matter was under investigations. 


Two booked for woman’s death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Following the death of a 90-year-old woman, Lajwanti, who was set on fire allegedly by her son and daughter-in-law yesterday, the police has registered a case of murder against the suspects.

The deceased, a resident of Sector 22, had earlier alleged that her son, Krishan Lal and daughter-in-law, Usha Rani, poured kerosene over her and set her on fire. She had sustained 40 percent burns and was rushed to the hospital.

The police had arrested the son and daughter-in- law of the victim yesterday. The two were booked under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC- which has now been changed to Section 302 and 34 of the IPC. The accused had been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days yesterday. 


Motor cycle stolen

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Two cases of theft have been reported in the city during the past 24 hours.

A Bullet motor cycle (GA- 01K-4108) was stolen from near the A.K. Vidya Mandir, Sector 36, at about 7 pm yesterday. The police has registered a case on the statement of Mr Anil Tiwari under Section 379 of the IPC.

A car stereo and a pair of Rayban glasses was stolen from a car (CH-01L-9000) while it was parked at the Sukhna Lake last evening. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Gaurav Makhija.

One arrested
The police arrested Krishan Singh on charges of hitting a scooterist near Baba Pir Mazar, Dhanas, last night. The scooterist was injured and admitted to the PGI. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC. The car of the accused (CH-03A- 9327) has been impounded.

Woman assaulted
A resident of Sector 21, Santosh Kumari, was assaulted by Ashok Kumar, his wife Kamlesh, son Shankar and daughter Nidhi on the night of May 25. The police has registered a case under Sections 323, 452, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

Gambler held
Sarwan Kumar, alias Bhola, was arrested on charges of satta gambling at a public place near the Sector 26 market committee office. A case under Sections 323, 452, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

Liquor seized
Fifty pouches of whisky were recovered from Gopi Ram from near Nirankari Nursery, Mauli Jagran. He has been arrested and booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

Man electrocuted
A resident of Nalagarh, Ramesh Kumar, died of an electric shock at his residence on Sunday. He was rushed to the PGI where he was declared dead.

Couple hospitalised
A couple of Palsora colony sustained burn injuries when the stove burst. Renu and Anoop have been admitted to the PGI. While Renu has sustained 100 per cent burns, her husband received minor injuries.

Five injured
Five persons were injured in various accidents in the city on Sunday. A rickshaw-puller and his passenger were injured when a car collided with the rickshaw near the railway bridge in Mani Majra.

Mr Ajay Bhalla, a resident of Sector 18, was injured when his scooter skidded near the grain market. In another incident, Ms Om Wati and her daughter, Sunita, were injured when their Scooty skidded near the Sector 20-23 dividing road.


Police search
The search for the accomplice of the Nigerian, Tazudin Auhozaula, nabbed at a naka with smack worth Rs 3 crore, continued in the city and its vicinity. Sources said houses of foreigners in Panchkula and Chandigarh were searched by police parties, but the accomplice eluded them.

The police had already identified the accomplice and gathered information about his residence in Panchkula and Chandigarh. It also found out that he had been booked by the Chandigarh police in another case under the NDPS Act.


Woman commits suicide
A 30-year-old woman of Sector 70 allegedly committed suicide. According to information, the woman was taking medicine for a psyche problem. The husband of the deceased was running a shop in Kumbhra village.

Theft case
Mr Amar Singh, sarpanch of Matour village, has complained that lids of 12 manholes were stolen from the village.


Traders’ rally against notices
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
A rally was organised by traders of the Sector 37 market with the support of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal to protest against the notices issued by the Estate Office to traders. Speaking on the occasion, various leaders criticised the issuing of the notices by the Estate Office on flimsy grounds and appealed to the Chandigarh Administration to beautify markets and provide public facilities like toilets, parking lots and streetlights.

The speakers opposed the conversion charges and eviction of existing commercial tenants on charges of misuse of buildings and other grounds.


Blacklisted’ firm expresses shock
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Zee Interactive Learning Systems Limited (ZILS) has expressed shock and surprise over the Chandigarh Administration’s decision to blacklist the company even after its staying out of the project of running computer courses in UT government schools.

A spokesman of the company said here today that the draft agreement brought out by the Administration was “economically not feasible” and “legally one-sided”. It was at variance with the original terms and conditions prescribed in the tender document, he claimed

Reacting to the Administration’s decision of blacklisting the firm for “deliberately delaying” the computerisation project in the city schools, he alleged that the deal in notching up the agreement was due to the rigid thinking of the Administration. The action of the Administration was arbitrary after the company brought forth its stand in its letter to the Home-cum-Education Secretary dated May 11, 2001.

The ZILS had serious reservations about minimum execution period of 8 weeks for the project of computerisation of 67 government schools required by the Administration.

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