Tuesday, May 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Girls outshine boys in CBSE Class X exam
Neha Anand, Ekta Jain top with 96 per cent marks
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 28
Students of government model senior secondary schools of the city have done as well as those of private schools in the Class X examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the results of which were declared here today. Once again, girls have outshone boys in most schools.

While Neha Anand of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, and Ekta Jain of Sacred Heart Convent, Sector 26, are sharing the top slot with a score of 96 per cent each, Sumant Wattas of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, is a close second with 95 per cent and Rashi Sarna of Sacred Heart Convent, Sector 26, along with Rahul Bansal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, have both come third, securing 94.8 per cent marks each.

Although Sacred Heart Convent School has got the maximum number of students scoring above 90 per cent, the city’s government senior secondary model school students have also made it to the top positions this year. Karan Goel of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, is next in the line of toppers with 94.2 per cent while Mirdu Anand and Aarti, both of Sacred Heart Convent School, follow with 94 per cent.

Four students, Girish S. Kulkarni of St John’s High School, Sector 26, Nandita, Neha and Kanu Priya of Sacred Heart School have scored 93.8 per cent marks. Akshant Sarwal of St John’s High School and Gyanda of Sacred Heart Convent School have both scored 93.6 per cent marks.

Malvika Sood of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, has scored 93.2 per cent. Kanay Jerath and Siladitya of St John’s High School, Amita of Carmel Convent, Sector 9, and Tanya Garg of Sacred Heart Convent School have scored 93 per cent marks each.

A large number of students have been able to score more than 90 per cent marks. These include the following students of Sacred Heart Convent School: Deepika Goyal (92), Aastha Sood (91.8), Mrinal and Ravneet Kaur (91.8), Anita Jain (91.6), Neha Sethi (91.4), Rusha Goyal (91.2), Neha Jain (91.2) and Gundeep Kaur (91). Ishwinder Arora, Priyanka and Ruchika Basin have scored 90.8 per cent marks. Neha, Bhavneet and Geetika also have scored above 90 per cent marks.

Students of St John’s High School have also fared well. Pratysa of this school has scored 92.2 per cent marks, while Varun Sethi and Gurneet Singh have scored 91.8 per cent each. Hardeep Singh, Suresh Bhasin and Siddharth have scored 90.8 per cent marks. Manav Singla (90.6), Nikhil Kaushal (90.2), Abhinav Arora (90.2), Amanpreet Singh, Harshabad Singh, Anivesh Sharma and Diyanshu have all scored 90 per cent marks.

Bhawan Vidyalaya’s students — Isha Sharma (91.4), Gaurav Garg (91) and Sarabpreet Singh (91) — have scored above 90 per cent marks. Neha Sharma (92.4), Nidhi Garg (91.8), Abhishek (91.6), Komal(90) and Ankur (90) are the toppers from DAV Model School Sector 15.

Guru Nanak Public School has achieved 100 per cent result. Japinder of the school has scored 91.8 per cent marks. Vivek High School has also achieved 100 per cent result. Harvinder Singh Sodhi of the school has scored 90.6 per cent marks.

Neha of Shivalik Public School has scored 90.4 per cent marks and Surbit Mehta, 91.2 per cent marks. One student of St Anne’s School, Sector 32, has scored more than 90 per cent, while Vatsala (92), Niharika (90.2), Jasleen (90) and Bharti (90.2), all students of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, have got more the 90 per cent marks.

Nipun (90.8), Vivek (90.8) and Ankur (90) have topped in Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, which has achieved 100 per cent result. Shefali (91) and Piyush Goel (90.2) are the high scorers of Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22.

Kirti Sharma (92) and Nirmal Joshi (91.8) are the toppers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16. Eshant Aggarwal, with a score of 90.4 per cent, has topped in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20. Gaurav Jain, with a score of 91 per cent, has topped in Government Model High School, Sector 28. Vivek Batra (90.8) has topped in Government Model High School, Sector 38. Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, Lalit and Arush, have achieved 92.4 and 91 per cent marks, respectively.

Alok Singh, Ankita Gupta, Aparana Nayar and Sahil Sharma of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, have achieved 92.2, 91.6, 91.2 and 90.8 per cent marks, respectively. Sahil (91.8), Parag (91.2), Manu (91) and Kirti Jindal (90.8) are toppers of DAV Public School, Sector 8.

Kulwinder Singh (91.4), Amit Bhola (91) and Simran Preet Kaur (90.2) of Gian Jyoti Public School, SAS Nagar, have achieved more than 90 per cent marks. Seventeen students of the school have achieved above 80 per cent marks and more than 39 students have more than 70 per cent marks.

Garima Bhagat of Kailash Bahl Centenary Public School has got 90.4 per cent marks. A total of 21 students have got above 80 per cent marks, while 35 students have got above 70 per cent marks.

Hundred per cent result was also reported by Mount Carmel School, Sector 47. The pass percentage of government model schools is 82.17 per cent.

Neha Anand and Ekta Jain, are the stars of today’s results. Daughter of a city-based businessman, Neha is a resident of Sector 27. She is thrilled to have achieved such a high score. With singing as her hobby, Neha intends to try for computer education in one of the IITs of the country.

Ekta Jain wants to become a doctor. She says, “I have not put in much hard work, but have been consistent with my studies and am at the top of the world.” Daughter of a city-based doctor, her parents are proud of their daughter’s achievement.

Gurneet Singh of St John’s High School, Sector 26, who has secured 91.8 per cent marks, is an avid sportsperson. He has represented India in an International Tennis Federation meet and World Junior Tennis Championship. Last year, he won the doubles’ title in the All-India ranking tennis meet, secured bronze medal in both the National School Games in 1999 and 2001 and officiated as umpire in ITF and ATP tournaments.

Ms Saroj Gupta, Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 C, says, “I am thrilled at the success Neha has brought to the school. I am proud of this student of ours. The DPI (Schools), UT, had initiated a project to give special attention to brilliant students and Neha was among the first five chosen for this.”

PANCHKULA: Hard work paid off yet again as students who stuck to regular working hours and concentrated on their studies came out with flying colours in the Class X CBSE examination the results of which were declared here today, with 21 students having secured 90 per cent and above.

Girl students outshone boys completely with as many as 15 placed among the first 21 in the township. Most of the students attribute their success to a blend of classwork and homework and limit their choices of further study to the two science streams.

A student of Chaman Lal DAV School, Sector 11, Neha Sharma has topped in the township with 95 per cent marks to her credit. She says, “Being regular with my study schedule really worked. The credit for my success goes to my school teachers who worked equally hard with me in making special assignments to meet this challenge.”

Missing the first position by just one mark with 94.8 per cent, Roopsi Jindal of Manav Mangal School, Sector 15, says “I was not expecting to secure so much and am satisfied with my performance. The school’s contribution to my success has been tremendous.”

Placed third in the city with 92.6 per cent, Gautam Jindal of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, attributes his success to coaching in school after school hours and his own determination to succeed, instilled by his parents and teachers.

Placed fourth, Kanika Puri, a student of Manav Mangal School, Sector 15, secured 92.4 per cent marks. She says that being regular in class is a must for success. From the same school, Sonu Mahajan and Anshul Bansal have secured 91.6 per cent and 90.2 per cent, respectively.

While Aruna Aggarwal of DC Model School, Sector 7, is placed fifth with 92 per cent marks, three students share the sixth position with 91.6 per cent.

These include Sandeep Bhalwal of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 15, Sonu Mahajan of Manav Mangal and Anu Bhasin of Haryana Model School. They say that their families played an important role in their success by boosting their morale when ever they felt low and were always by their side right through the examination days.

With 91.4 per cent, Pallavi Mehta from Haryana Model School, Sector 10, is of the view that regular study is a must for a “reasonably” good score.

Bracketed together with 90.8 per cent, Abha Gupta (Bhavan Vidyalaya), Isha Goel (Hansraj Public School) and Sahil Madan of Chaman Lal DAV School, claim that they owe their success to their parents and teachers. They are of the opinion that classroom study followed by revision at home is enough for success in the examination.

Namita Bansal of DC Model, Priyanka Goel of Hansraj and Nupur Sharma of Chaman Lal DAV, are ecstatic about their success. There daily schedule revolved around their books till the examination season got over and they secured 90.6 per cent in the aggregate.

At 90.4 per cent, Prateek Sharma of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan began “serious study” in January. She devoted nearly five hours everyday to studies.

T Varinder and Puneet Chhabra of Chaman Lal DAV School and Anshul Bansal of Manav Mangal School, got an aggregate of 90.2 per cent marks and contend that a daily schedule of five-hour study, a month before the exam is what has actually borne fruit in their case.

They give credit of their success to classroom teaching and special assignments prepared by their school teachers.

Shweta Nanda and Anu Hans of DAV School, Sector 8, with 90.2 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively, in the aggregate opine that the edge over the other students comes from self preparation since each student evolves his own method. “Classroom teaching is alike for everybody and that is where the importance of self-study comes in and has a bearing on the final result,” they claim. 


NRI serves legal notice on bank
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, May 28
Punjab and Sind Bank has been served with a legal notice by a Non-Resident Indian of France for failing to credit a bank draft worth £ 24100.86 in his account in London, even two months after the bank draft was issued here.

Mr Ramesh Chander Vohra, a resident of Paris, France, today served a notice on the bank through a registered letter. The complainant is a businessman in France has been depositing money in the foreign exchange section of the bank from time to time.

It is learnt that the bank had issued a bank draft for £ 24,100.86 in favour of Mr Ramesh Chander Vohra, on March 7,2001, drawn on Barclays Correspondent Bank Branch, of Punjab and Sind Bank in London.

Mr Vohra, presented the draft in the corresponding branch in London a number of times but the bank reverted it on each occasion with the remark “insufficient funds”.

Mr Vohra then sent a number of complaint letters to various authorities in order to get justice. He also faxed a complaint letter to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai, Dr Vimal Jalan, Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab and Sind Bank, New Delhi, Mr Gujral, Head of the Foreign Exchange Department, Punjab and Sind Bank, New Delhi and General Manager of Punjab and Sind Bank, Chandigarh, Mr U.S. Hohli.

The General Manager of the bank, Mr U.S Kohli, told this correspondent that the delay in the payment is due to a problem in the transition of the money. We are looking into the problem of the complainant. Mr Kohli added that the problem would be solved soon.

The complainant, Mr Ramesh Chander Vohra, has sent a legal notice to the Chief Manager, Mr Harinder Singh, of Sector 17-B, and Mr M.S Sodhi, Sector 17-C, branch of the Punjab and Sind Bank, Chandigarh on May 28.

It was alleged in the notice that Mr Vohra had suffered a huge loss in his business and repute and this way, the bank had committed an offence under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act and have also offended the provisions of various civil and criminal liabilities arising out of the said obligation.

It was also stated in the notice that if the bank would not pay amount of £ 24,100.86 to the complainant. Then the complainant would file a complaint under Section 138 of the Negotiable Act.


HC suggests three-slab system
Replacement of faulty water meters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The controversy over the replacement of faulty water meters trudged towards a solution today, with the Punjab and Haryana High Court suggesting a three-slab system for enhancing the security and an increase in the rent or supervision charges for enabling the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh to buy the meters without burdening the consumers.

Carrying on with the discussion on the issue, Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the High Court recommended that the security could be increased from Rs 350 to Rs 500, even upto Rs 600, depending upon the size of the houses.

The increase in security and the rent would enable the corporation to accumulate enough money to buy, repair or replace the meters. The consumers would not be burdened as the security was refundable and had to be paid just once. An increase of rent or supervision charges to Rs 7.50 per month was also affordable, the Judges asserted.

Adjourning the case to May 31, the Judges asked the MC counsel to carry out calculations to see if faulty meters could be purchased by them after increasing the security and rent charges. The Judges also asked the MC to hold discussions for reaching a solution on the issue.

Earlier during the proceedings, the MC counsel stated that the Finance and Contract Committee had proposed certain amendments during a meeting held on May 18. The meters would, according to the proposal, be replaced by the corporation, but the money would be charged from the consumers through bills on bimonthly basis.

The security, he added, was also to be increased from Rs 350 to Rs 500, along with the rent. For enabling them to replace the meters, the monthly rent or supervision charges should be increased to Rs 15, or at least Rs 12, he insisted.

Advocate Satya Pal Jain, asked by the court to assist, on the other hand, stated that the MC, by increasing the security and the rent, would be able to earn much more than the amount required to meet the expenses. Giving details, Mr Jain added that the corporation, just by increasing the rent to Rs 7.50 from 50 paise, would be able to earn Rs 7.5 lakh per month.

Agreeing with the suggestions of the Judges, he recommended that Rs 300 could be charged for eight-marla houses, Rs 500 could be charged for eight-marla to one-kanal houses and Rs 600 could be charged for houses spread over an area of more than one kanal.

In their petition, the Consumer Forum Chandigarh had earlier stated that the corporation, by issuing the notification, had passed on its liability of replacing defective water meters on to the consumers. They had added that out of 96,000 water meters, over 50,000 were defective.

The counsel for the petitioner had claimed that the action of the respondents in not replacing the meters was illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional. He had further claimed that the respondents were duty bound to provide essential services to the consumers.

Seeking directions to the respondents to replace the meters with funds collected by the way of water meter rent, the counsel had further stated that as much as Rs 1,79,32,000 had been gathered by the MC.

Going into the background, he had stated that the corporation, vide the notification issued on June 5 last year, had asked the consumers to purchase ISI-marked meters and get these tested. He had added that as per the notification, double the average bill was to be charged from consumers failing to get the meters replaced by the cut-off date.


5-month-long deadlock resolved at MC meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The maiden presence of the local Member Parliament (MP), Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, had a sobering effect on the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh ( MCC), whose meetings in the recent past had not only been turbulent but also ended in fiascos. But today’s general house meeting was different. It not only resolved the 5-month-long ongoing deadlock but also restored to a great extent the order of the House. The meeting ended with a unanimous decision that the next meeting of the House will be held on June 8.

All eyes are now set on this marathon meeting, in which it has been decided that after transacting business on two or three general items, a discussion will take place on allegations and counter allegations levelled against the Mayor and three former BJP Mayors.

The deadlock was finally resolved following a suggestion put forth by the BJP councillor, Air Marshal R.S Bedi (retd) in the House after the second tea break. Air Marshal Bedi said “there is no need for a special meeting and the agenda item moved by a senior BJP councillor, Mr Prem Sagar Jain asking the Mayor to clarify his position regarding the allegations of illegal constructions of shops in Mani Majra be taken up as the third or fourth item alongwith the other agenda items at the regular meeting”. This was unanimously accepted by the House. Though the Jain group did try to express some reservations, but keeping in view the feelings of the House, including the resistance shown BJP councillors of the other group, they too yielded.

Today, once again meeting of the House was adjourned without transacting any business. Even though the meeting lasted for nearly three and a half hours, the discussion largely revolved around how the deadlock is to be resolved.

The division of BJP into groups also came out in the open. While one group of BJP was almost ready for discussion on the business agenda after Mayor announced June 8 as the date of the special meeting, the other group owing allegiance to Mr Satya Pal Jain kept insisting till the very end that the Mayor must clarify his position with regard to the allegations levelled against him, before transacting business on the floor of the House.

Earlier, few councillors welcomed Mr Bansal to the House and hailed his participation in the proceedings of the House.

Following an amendment in the Punjab Municipal Corporation regulations, Mr Bansal was nominated as a member of the House and in that capacity today he attended the first meeting of the House. Speaking on the floor of the House, Mr Bansal asked the Mayor to clarify the allegations against him, as sought by the House and also repeatedly appealed to the councillors of both parties to give priority to developmental works, thereby strengthening democracy.

BJP councillor, Mr R.L. Arora questioned the Mayor as to why he has till date not approved the nine MC sub-committees constituted by the five-member committee nominated by the House and that how every issue falling within the preview of these sub-committees taken up by the F and CC. He gave a turn to the ongoing proceedings by demanding that the Mayor should first clarify the allegations, only then they will allow him to go ahead with the general agenda items. The same was initially endorsed by Mr Prem Sagar Jain, who pointed out that he had moved an agenda item asking the Mayor to explain his position, since he had allegedly misused the same in the illegal construction of more than 50 shops in Mani Majra. Further, he received a reply in this regard from the secretary MC on May 7 informing him that the matter on whether the said item should be included in the agenda or not has been referred to Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary local government, UT. Mr Jain opposed the same by saying that had the said item been included then, it would not have resulted in this deadlock. However, later Mr Jain supported the suggestion put forth by Air Marshal Bedi that the Mayor could clarify the allegations in the next meeting after taking up one or two other items.

Mr Arora had at one point raised slogans and even challanged the Mayor regarding conducting business on even one agenda item. The same was opposed by the Congress councillor, Ms Kamlesh that the BJP is misusing its majority in opposing discussions on the agenda and urged the Mayor to record the same in the minutes of the meeting. BJP councillor, O.P Goyal had also sought voting on the issue but the same was opposed by Mr Bansal, who said even this is open to discussion and the same was not taken up after the tea break..

Mr Bansal also appealed to the councillors to give up differences and come up with a solution without bothering about petty issues on what should be clarified first and who should chair that meeting.

The BJP group owing allegiance to the party president was generally quiet after the date was announced. One of them explained that the members of the other group who had taken a strong stand on the issue of clarification by the Mayor are the ones who choose to boycott the special BJP meetings called by the Leader of the Opposition to chalk out strategies.


Rain lowers temperature
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The city and its surrounding areas were lashed by rain this morning, bringing down the day-time temperature, besides providing relief from the ongoing heat wave.

The temperature dropped to 32 degrees Celsius, 7 degrees below the normal average for this time of the year. The city had received 12 millimetres of rain till 5.30 p.m. The met office said the wet conditions would continue tomorrow also. The rain started in the wee hours today and continued till the afternoon. Several office-goers were caught in the downpour in the morning. 


Death in PGI: police gets records
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , May 28
With the records pertaining to the death of Mohinder Kaur, who died allegedly due to negligence on the part of PGI doctors, were handed over to the police, sources say that further action in this regard would be taken in accordance with law by the police, after going through the documents.

A senior police officer, when contacted, said they were in the process of going through the documents and would be able to say anything only after carrying out a detailed study with the help of medical experts. Senior doctors would be contacted for reaching a conclusion, they said.

It may be recalled that the PGI administration had handed over the records related to Mohinder Kaur who died in the PGI on March 14 . The documents were handed over to police after search warrants against the PGI Director, Medical Superintendent and Dr J.S. Chopra , who was holding an inquiry ordered by the PGI, were issued by Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Better amenities, but problems too
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Sector 3, the smallest VIP sector of the city, houses the Chief Minister of Haryana, several ministers and eminent personalities from different walks of life. It lacks the hustle and bustle of the southern sectors.

It has big bungalows and fine roads. The water and power situation is better than the other sectors, according to residents. This does not mean that the residents do not face any problems. During the peak season, power cuts and low water pressure are common.

The backlanes present another problem. These do not seem to have been cleaned for a long time if their shabby look is any indication. The cleaning of certain garbage bins leaves much to be desired.

The absence of a market is also a cause of concern for the residents. Sectors 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are without sector markets. Apart from this, the vendors also avoid the sector as they feel that hardly any residents come to buy goods as the population is less.

Being a high-security zone, it has the concentration of security personnel. Tents pitched by men detailed on VIP security dot the sector and give it a strange look.

The sector does not have a residents’ welfare association. Perhaps the residents of the 32 houses in this sector have never felt the need for such an organisation. As for the maintenance of road, residents narrate the recent post-haste repairing of a road.

The sector has Bougainvillaea Garden, which can be described as the pride of the sector. Besides being a tourist spot, the garden is ideal for morning and evening walkers. Tourist spots like the Rock Garden, the Sukhna Lake and the Leisure Valley are close to the sector. The Chandigarh Club and Panjab University are in its neighbourhood.

According to residents, nothing much has changed in the sector over the years. Its small population ensures that the public utilities are not stretched and the sector can boast of better civic amenities than other sectors of the city.


Club gifts mobile dental van to Admn
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 28
The Rotary Club of Chandigarh gifted a mobile dental van for slums and village children to the Chandigarh Administration here today. Former president of the club Mr R.K. Saboo presented the keys of the van to the Administrator of Chandigarh and Governor of Punjab Lt-Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob.

Speaking on the occasion the Governor said more attention should be paid to dental healthcare particularly in slums and villages. He said there were only 12 dental chairs in the city and these were catering to a population of nine lakh.

The Governor said a recent survey in the city schools revealed that 86 per cent of the children were suffering from dental disorders. He said he had directed the Health Department to launch intensive dental checks of residents of slums and villages.

Meanwhile, taking note of a news item published in Chandigarh Calling (May 28) about Ms Tulsi Devi, who is suffering from serious heart ailment, Ms Babbi Harbhajan Singh, former president of the Inner Wheel Club, Chandigarh, said she would take care of the treatment of Tulsi Devi. 


Admn to host dinner for ‘shramdanis’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The Chandigarh Administration will host a dinner in the honour of regular “shramdanis” in the Nepli Forest Area on June 5 on the occasion of the World Environment Day.

Heavy downpour did not deter the regular “shramdanis” from removing the silt from the lake bed today. Almost 10,30,750 cubic feet of silt had been removed till date.

Apart from the staff of the Public Relations Department, Mr Shivdev Singh, Principal of ITI, Sector 28, and 50 volunteers took part in the “shramdan”.


Assault by police official alleged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
A youth has accused a senior police official posted in the Mani Majra police station of manhandling and assaulting him.

In a complaint to the Senior Superintendent of Police, a copy of which was also sent to The Tribune, Mr Dal Chand, a resident of Indira Colony, Mani Majra said he was a fruit vendor and had been operating from near the dispensary in Mani Majra.

He alleged that on the night of May 24, when he had been operating from the rehri of his brother, the said police official visited the area. He alleged that without any provocation, the officer slapped him a number of times and used filthy language.

He also accused the police official of having forcibly taken away several boxes of fruit. He was also threatened with dire consequences, he added.

Mr Dal Chand demanded that disciplinary action be taken against the police official and an inquiry be instituted against him.


Admn for screening of labourers
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 28
To tackle the problems arising out of the migrant labour in the town, the local administration has recommended screening of the labourers coming to the town and issuing of work permits on an early basis.

Discouraging rehabilitation schemes for migrant labour without certain strict parameters have also been recommended by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) after the Deputy Commissioner sought comments from him.

Providing housing to only those labourers who had worked for at least five years at one place has been recommended. 


Child consumes poisonous tablets, dies
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 28
A 4-year-old child died while his 3-year-old sister was fighting for life in the PGI after they were admitted to the PGI in Chandigarh yesterday.

According to the police, Puneet Kumar and his sister, Shilpa consumed some poisonous tablets, considering these to be chocolate, while playing at the terrace of the house on Gulabgarh road here.


Two cars impounded
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 28
The District Transport authorities today impounded two cars of driving schools in the town for not adhering to the rules and regulations stipulated under the Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. The District Transport Officer, Mr S.S. Sidhu, told TNS that during a surprise checking it was found that a trainee was not holding a learner’s licence as required under the rules.

In the other case, the instructor did not possess documents relating to the registration of the car. 


Property conversion rate
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 28
The Chandigarh Administration has decided that the rate of conversion of residential property from leasehold to freehold basis will remain at Rs 1,710 per square metre. This will remain in force till December 31, 2001.


CTU bus falls into trench
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
A bus of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), route No. 30B, fell into a trench near the traffic light point of Sector 27 and 28 here this evening. However, no one was injured.


Last bites

According to Feng Shui, it is considered very inauspicious to take the last piece of food at any meal. Picking the last piece, regularly at meals creates poverty energies and causes “the descendant’s luck” to be afflicted. It is also believed that picking up the last pieces creates obstacles for singles in search of a mate.

Not only this, in every meal you take, you must leave at least one last piece in the plate. What goes for food does not go for drinks. When you are offered the last drink, Feng Shui advises you not to refuse it.

In India also, many people end their parties by offering a last drink. We are not talking just about alcohol here. Taking the last drink ensures that you will reach home safely.

Even if you don’t feel like drinking and a drink has been offered, a sip of water will do. Refusing a drink or a food offering generates the bad luck of travel. This implies that you could have problems reaching your home. So to reach home safely “one for the road”.


Address your Feng Shui queries to:
E-mail: fengshui@tribuneindia.com

Postal address: C/o F.S. TIPS
The Tribune, Sector-29, Chandigarh-160020.



Gang of car thieves busted
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 28
A gang involved in theft of cars in the town and Chandigarh has been busted with the arrest of the alleged leader of the gang, Sandeep Kumar, by the local police in Industrial Area, Phase 7, here late last night . Two stolen cars have been recovered from him.

Another member of the gang, Gurvinder Singh, escaped under the cover of darkness. A police party led by the SHO of the Phase 1 police station recovered a car ( CH-01-C-0152) from Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Phase 3A here. A case in this regard had been registered at the police station Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Another car (CH-01-Y-8906) stolen from Phase 5 market on May 23 last has been recovered from a house in Phase 3A here. The burglars were about to sell the cars in Delhi after getting forged documents made. Raids were being conducted to recover more stolen vehicles as disclosed by the suspects to the police.

Meanwhile, the police today arrested Harbans Singh, a resident of Sohana village for allegedly stealing sewer manhole covers from Mataour village during the past three days. According to the police the suspect was arrested while moving under suspicious circumstances in Sector 70. On being questioned he disclosed that he and his accomplice, Avtar Singh, were stealing manhole covers in the town. The second suspect, who was yet to be arrested by the police, was working at the Truck Union Office,. Both the suspects were addicted to drugs and used to commit the crime under the cover of darkness.


Cross case against owner, tenant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The police has registered a cross case against the owner and the tenant of a house in Sector 37-B on charges of rioting, criminal intimidation, assault and theft.

According to an FIR registered under Sections 147, 148, 323, 324, 506 and 379 of the IPC, the landlord, Sohan Lal, has accused his tenant, Dharam Pal Verma and one Subhash Chand, of assaulting him, his wife and son late last night.

He alleged that while he sustained facture in a finger, his wife and son were also injured. He alleged that his gold chain was also stolen.

Interestingly, the tenant, Dharam Pal Verma, too, has made similar allegations against his landlord, Sohal Lal sons Rajiv, Sanjay and Pardeep Diwan for assaulting him, his brother and wife. He, too, has alleged that his gold chain was stolen.

It is learnt that trouble had been brewing between the two parties for quite some time.


Cash, jewellery stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Gold and diamond jewellery and cash was stolen from the house in Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, at about 8: 30 p.m. last night.

According to an FIR registered at the Mani Majra police station, Mr. R.P. Chhabra alleged that gold and diamond ornaments and Rs 25,000 cash was stolen from his residence after breaking the lock. The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.

Woman assaulted
Ms Sunita was allegedly assaulted by four persons on May 21 at her residence. The left arm of the victim was fractured in the process. The police has booked Raghubir, Dilavar, Mukesh and Vajinder under Sections 325 and 34 of the IPC.

Liquor seized
Paramjit Singh was arrested and 20 pouches of whisky were seized from his possession. The accused was arrested from the ISBT, Sector 17, and booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

One booked
Mahesh Sharma has been booked on charges of breach of trust and a case under section 406 of the IPC has been registered. It was alleged that the accused had taken the scooter of the complainant, Mohammad Ansar, but never returned it.

SAS Nagar

Two houses burgled
Burglars struck at two different houses in Phase XI last night. Household items worth over Rs 40,000 were stolen from house 2659 in Phase XI when the owner of the house, Mr Rajinder Singh, was away along with his family.

Mr Singh said the thieves scaled the back wall of the house to gain entry to the house. He said a gas cylinder, camera, expensive clothes, stereo, Rs 5000 and several other items were taken away by the burglars. The burglars gained entry from an adjacent house under construction. The police is questioning the watchman living in the house under construction.

Burglars also broke into house 2630 in Phase XI and decamped with valuables. The occupants of the house are reported to be in Patiala. The police was investigating the matter before registering an FIR. The police suspected the hand of migrant labourers behind the thefts.

In another incident, two scooter- borne chain snatchers struck in Phase II and took away a gold chain from a woman. The police was trying to ascertain the identity of the snatchers on the basis of information given by the victim.


Jewellery stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Jewellery worth about Rs 3 lakh was stolen from a Sector 8 house here today. According to the police, Sanwali, a maid, has been arrested in connection with the theft.

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