Thursday, May 31, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Question paper shocks law students
50 per cent questions outside the syllabus
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
In a major faux paus, Panjab University surprised students of the Law department (IV semester) this year, when the direct taxation question paper was given to them with more than 50 per cent questions being outside the syllabus.

The questions were of the syllabus which was based on a pattern more than five years old. The syllabus had been changed and the new one did not have these questions.

A significant portion of the questions pertaining to gift tax concerned a legal area no longer in practice in the country, Prof V.K. Bansal, the chairperson, confirmed this while talking to Chandigarh Tribune.

Highly-placed sources said there were two question papers available as options for the examination. One of the papers were according to the existing syllabus.

“The paper based on the old syllabus was picked up, sources said.

Professor Bansal said he was aware of the problem and the department would look into the matter.

A student of the Law Department said, “we were shocked to see the paper.

How could the university be so careless as not to confirm the contents of the question paper? It seemed that a paper was picked at random and duplicate copies sealed without proper verification”.

Another student said even the teacher concerned who set the paper should have been aware of the existing syllabus.

“The university needs to send along a copy of the existing syllabus to the paper setter.

What is more intriguing is that the contents pertained to law which no longer existed”, he added.

Explain the cases wherein the gift tax Act does not apply under Section 45? Describe the gifts exempt from gift tax Act? Explain the provisions relating to penalties and prosecution under the gift tax? Explain the provisions of the gift tax? These were few of the questions out of syllabus, it had been pointed out.

Professor Bansal said out of the two question papers the one set by an outsider was out of syllabus. The question paper made available to students had portions based on the old syllabus. The matter would be addressed soon.

Other portions said to be outside the syllabus were ‘deemed gifts’ and’ procedure of recovery of gift Tax”.

A senior student pointed out that the matter needed serious investigation. Students were likely to be given another chance because it would be difficult to decide upon grace make, going by the size of the contents concerned. The real problem was whether the question paper setter would be questioned on this count.

The university needed to set an example to save inconvenience to students in the future, he added.


Temple on MC land demolished
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
In a major operation carried out by the UT Estate Office and Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, the almost completed structure of Siddh Baba Giri Mandir, adjacent to the Kisan Bhawan in Sector 35 was razed to the ground today evening. However, the prior construction including two samadhis, two rooms and a store were left untouched.

The drive which was carried out under the supervision of the Enforcement Magistrate, UT, Mr Ishwar Singh and the Secretary MC, Mr Ashwani Kumar, targetted the dome-shaped structure and the four odd rooms which were being constructed underneath since the same were being constructed on the MC land. Even the wooden poles supporting the roof were yet to be removed since the construction was going on.

The JCB machine, which started operation a little after 6 pm razed the two-storeyed upcoming concrete structure to the ground in about half an hour, without even the help of the labour force. The one feet high wall, which had been made all around this structure and had even extended up to the road berm and the carpetted platform within it were also removed. Another platform, which was made to put statues around an old “bargad” tree was also demolished. The freshly put railing on this platform too was uprooted.

Prior to the drive, the staff seized two truck loads of construction material, including iron rods, bricks, cement sacks and stone bajri. Though the work started at 4 o’clock, the actual demolition work started only after 6 pm. The “babas” and their sympathisers tried to resist the operation by sitting there, but the police personnel present there were able to remove them in no time. One of the senior “babas” even requested the enforcement Magistrate to stall the operation by claiming that they have a stay order. But when the Magistrate asked them to show the said order, they were unable to do so and all they showed were some requests sent by them to the DC for allotment of the said piece of land for the temple. The magistrate also warned them not to construct any structure on the land state.

Besides the JCB, six to seven trucks, 25-30 police personnel were used in the operation. Though labour force was present but was not used. Later, DSP, S.C. Sagar also reached the spot.

Meanwhile, the staff of both wings issued as many as 102 challans in various parts of the city as part of the routine drive. These include 31 in Mani Majra; 25 in the southern sectors of Sectors 23, 24, 40, 43, 44 and 46 in the Northern Sectors of 15, 17, 19 and rock garden. The “rehri wallas” and shopkeepers, who sell their products by encroaching upon MC land were issued these challans.

In addition to this, 17 rickshaws were impounded in Sectors 17 and 19 for plying without proper registration and 19 banners were also removed from various parts of the city.


ICSSR chief seeks PM’s intervention
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee waves at the Chandigarh Airport on Wednesday on his way to Delhi from Manali.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee waves at the Chandigarh Airport on Wednesday on his way to Delhi from Manali. Also in the picture are (from right) Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand, Punjab Governor J.F.R. Jacob, Himachal Governor Suraj Bhan and Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan.

Chandigarh, May 30
Prof M.L. Sondhi, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, has sought the intervention of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to “end the state of siege to which the council is being subjected to and develop a forward-looking strategy for the intellectual development of the Indian social science community.”

In a letter addressed to Mr Vajpayee, Prof Sondhi has raised several pertinent points apprehending a serious threat to the autonomy of the council and its 27 institutes throughout the country, maintaining that “the potential danger facing the ICSSR is now the gravest it has ever faced in 30 years”.

“The ICSSR has come under a heavy pressure which strikes at academic interests vital to our national existence. These efforts of a cabal are in clear violation of proper decision making in a democratic educational system. Instead of a professional analysis of issues on the agenda of the council, an organised and orchestrated effort is being made to pre-decide issues,” the Chairman said.

Suggesting a number of ways to put the ICSSR back on the track as an autonomous institution, Prof Sondhi wants that “it should be made clear at the highest level that scholarly research in the social sciences will not be subordinated to any political or ideological requirements.

“The 27 research institutes of the ICSSR throughout the country will be guaranteed the freedom and financial resources to play their specific roles as autonomous institutions.

“Nothing should be done to downgrade the pioneering and visionary achievement of one of India’s leading educationists, Mr J.P. Nayak, in establishing the ICSSR in 1969 to encourage social science programmes through independent and world class institutions. Adequate resources should be provided, without strings attached to enable the ICSSR to maintain the institute as centre of excellence,” he said.

Prof Sondhi has suggested to the Prime Minister that the council should be helped to improve the working conditions of its staff which has suffered for a long time due to the absence of financial and structural improvement.

He said the ICSSR should be supported in its efforts to define new and relevant areas of research to midnight NDA government’s vision of India in the 21st century, including the study of women’s empowerment, social justice, the impact of the information technology and the priority areas of communal harmony and conflict resolution.

The national fellowships and scholarships provided by the ICSSR should also be made financially viable to strengthen efficient and productive research, said Prof Sondhi in his letter to the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the ICSSR is planning a bilateral conference of social scientists of India and Pakistan as a sideshow of the proposed Vajpayee-Musharraf summit. Professor Sondhi said:” Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has endorsed the proposed India-Pakistan Social Sciences Forum. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar, too, has expressed his government’s support to build social science links between the two neighbours.”

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, said Prof Sondhi, was hopeful that the two countries would work for a ‘transformed intellectual, cultural and institutional environment. This has been a challenge for Indian and Pakistani social scientists,” he said.

The proposed meeting would not only provide an opportunity to social scientists to assess the changing attitudes of the two countries to their joint potential and consider alternatives but migth also endorse setting up of the South Asian Regional Parliament on the lines of European Parliament.

They would also debate on the foreign policy of the two neighbouring nations besides focussing on the primacy of domestic policy formulations as key factors in shaping the strategic posture of the sub-continent for the future.

Prof Sondhi said the ICSSR had developed proposals for social science networking between the two countries and a forum for sponsoring Indo-Pak academic conferences. The ICSSR would also offer fellowships and grants to both Indian and Pakistani social science scholars for the advancement of basic research work in the two countries.


PM’s stopover causes inconvenience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee’s brief stopover in the city, en-route to Delhi, led to inconvenience to a large number of city residents, this morning, who were forced to keep the two route alerts free of their vehicles.

The businessmen in the Grain Market as well as the Sector 26 market on the Madhya Marg were forced to find another parking place for their vehicles as the police had laid barricades for security.

A large number of complaints were received by The Tribune, today, wherein people had complained that they had been forced to leave behind their vehicles at some distance from the market and walk to their place of work.

The Prime Minister had arrived in the city for about an hour. 


GPA holders to get ownership rights
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
In a major decision, the Chandigarh Housing Board has announced that the general power of attorney (GPA) holders will be allowed to get their flats transferred in their own names. Members of the public can start approaching the CHB from June 1 to apply for conversion on a proforma available for Rs 10.

This meets a long-pending demand of more than 42,000 flat owners under the LIG, MIG, HIG and the independent housing schemes launched by the board since 1979. The benefit will also be available in case of leasehold plots allotted since 1973.

Requisite papers for this purpose will include: application on prescribed form; a copy of the GPA with an agreement to sell and a will, if any, executed by the original allottee in favour of the proposed transferee; an affidavit from the buyer that no building violation exists in the dwelling unit and that he/she is eligible for transfer of the unit in his or her favour; an indemnity bond from the buyer, original copy of the allotment letter ( to be produced for verification) and a proof of physical possession by the applicant.

In case of successive GPA holders establishment of continuous link between original allottee and the present GPA holder will be required. A copy of the GPA, agreement to sell and will executed by the original GPA holder in favour of the sub-attorney will also be required. The seller and buyer will not be ineligible for further allotment under any other CHB scheme, or society flats.

The processing fee will be Rs 1,000, Rs 500, Rs 250 and Rs 100 for HIG, MIG, LIG and EWS flats, respectively. Also in the list of eligibility conditions are : The proposed applicant or his/her spouse or any minor children must not own a residential plots or house on freehold, leasehold or hire-purchase basis in Chandigarh or in any of the urban estates of Panchkula and SAS Nagar; there should be no unauthorised construction except the need-based alterations as allowed by the CHB; the flat should be free from legal encumbrances litigation and no dues should be outstanding.


  • An applicant will have to pay 10 per cent of the revised consideration money of the dwelling unit. This is calculated by adding interest on the original allotment price.
  • To convert the flat from leasehold to freehold the GPA holder will have to pay conversion charges and stamp duty as payable in case of original allottees.
  • Five years should have elapsed from the date of physical possession handed over to the original allottee.
  • Applicant should be a holder of a valid general power attorney for the flat and should be in physical possession of it.
  • Flats allotted under discretionary quota, rehabilitation scheme or any other special scheme with subsidy component, will not be covered under the scheme. 



CHB decision welcomed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) Residents Federation today welcomed the move of the CHB to allow transfer of flats in the names of general power of attorney (GPA) holders.

The federation at a press conference thanked the UT Administrator, Lieut -Gen J.F.R Jacob (retd), his Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, the CHB Chairman, Mr G.K. Marwaha and the CHB CEO, Mrs Varsha Joshi, for treating the GPA holders on a par with the original allottees in the matter of conversion from leasehold to freehold.

“The authorities have been realistically magnanimous, however, the the five-year clause included in this policy is dispensable,” opined the federation office-bearers Prof Nirmal Dutt, chairman, Mr Jatinder Bhatia, president and Mr B.S. Chadha, secretary. The minor hitches that now stand in the way of a permanent solution to the problem of additions or alterations should also be removed by having a fresh look on this matter, they said.

“The recent notification of about 40 concessions given by the Chandigarh Housing Board is, no doubt, a welcome step but this belated “bonanza” falls much short of people’s expectations because of many conditions imposed which are almost impossible to fulfill in the prevailing scenario where, over the last many years, in the absence of any guidelines from the CHB authorities, more than 95 per cent of residents have already made alterations in their dwelling units”, they added.

“The residents in majority of the cases, have built sound structures and these additions or alterations do not encroach upon public land. But these do not fit in the dimensions of the covered area allowed. We are not land-grabbing, real-estate thugs. We are lower-middle-class tax payers. Our problems should be resolved compassionately before launching any demolition drive in various sectors pleaded the federation.



PGI files missing, patients suffer
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
Records of a large number of patients visiting the PGI are missing. The records, which are said to have disappeared during the shifting of the old OPD to the new OPD block, is posing serious problems for patients as well as doctors, who are now finding it difficult to prescribe treatment without the ready reference of old files.

The main fallout of this has been that unlike earlier, the test reports of various investigations, instead of being inserted directly in the patients record files as a routine matter, now have to be collected personally from a special counter. At times patients, many of whom are also senior citizens, have to make separate visits and stand in queues to collect their reports.

The PGI Central Registration Department (CRD) registers as many as 3,000 patients who visit the New OPD and special clinics daily and out of these more than 2,000 come on a revisit. Following the initial visit, the patient is re-registered on a revisit counter, which prepares a tracer card, retrieves the file and sends it to to the department concerned. Many OPDs like those of ophthalmology and ENT have their registration counters, but these are also maintained by the CRD.

While the OPD records are maintained for two years and kept active for another year, files of the special clinics which deal with chronic and prolonged illness, are maintained for 10 to 15 years. The patients visiting the special clinics have been worst hit by the disappearance of the patients’ files.

PGI officials say, lack of space for CRD of the new OPD and ill-conceived planning done by the architects is one of the reasons that files are not been managed properly. “Architecture of the new OPD building does not provide adequate space for keeping lakhs of files. The available space is not adequate to accommodate the compactors, the racks in which the records will be kept,” they add. Moreover, PGI ward boys, who deliver the files to various departments, have to climb various floors, making their job difficult.

“Perhaps officials dealing with building planning had a wrong concept that hard copies of records will be replaced by computerisation,” say the sources, adding that the Engineering Department has not consulted the officials concerned before planning the layout. 


Residents remove railings, MC in a dilemma
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Residents remove railings, MC in a dilemmaSAS Nagar, May 30
Uprooting of mild steel railing is fast catching fancy of residents in the town, putting officials of the SAS Nagar Muncipal Council in a dilemma. Railings worth lakhs of rupees have been uprooted or damaged in the past few months at different places in the town.

The affected places have been the parks around which the railings have been erected and the unauthorised throughfare plugged by the civic body. Sources in the civic body said at least 30 cases had been noticed by the field staff and the list of the defaulters was growing. In one specific case, a mild steel railing was uprooted to widen a throughfare to Chawla Petrol Pump in Phase 7 here.

The president of the civic body told TNS that all cases noticed by the field staff had been forwarded to the Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, for registration of First Information Reports. Residents of different localities had collectively uprooted railings around parks to park their cars. By rough estimates, tonnes of mild steel railing, valued at crores of rupees, had been erected in residential areas by the civic body.

In commercial areas, the railing had been erected by horticulture wing of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).

An official of the civic body said since the land on which the mild steel railing had been erected belonged to PUDA, the former could not take action against the defaulters for only damaging its property. Few months back, the civic body had got an FIR registered against the Country Club in Industrial Area, Phase 7, for allegedly unauthorisedly uprooting its mild steel railing, a fact then denied by the officials of the club. 

The Punjab State Electronics Development and Production Corporation, which had allotted the land to the club had claimed that the council had wrongly put up the mild steel railing on the land owned by the corporation. A similar situation exists in other parts of the town as the railing has been raised on land belonging to PUDA, but handed over to the civic body for maintenance.


Strong fashion statements by NIIFT designers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
The lines of fashion which met the eye at Mountview Hotel here tonight were more than amazing. The power of 28 creations, which formed a part of Anukama 2001 — the NIIFT design collection for the current year, lay in the superbly-blended elements of fashion which reflected any and every desire that might ever have crossed the creator’s mind. It was thus all about designs soft and subtle; wild and crazy; natural and frenzied, lending completeness to the range of creations.

As the 28 budding designers from the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) made strong and powerful statements through their lines of creations tonight, all one could gather was that time now had a strong competitor in fashion. Not long before the vibrant designers from the NIIFT were staking claims to fame with their young and vibrant designs displayed under Anukama 2000, last year. Though time took wind’s hands to change forever since that day, it again stood trapped in a moment of pride today.

Sharing this moment were the young designers who created a magical aura with the help of fabrics, motifs, accessories and colours. In the finality, the designers lent huge substance to Anukama 2001, an occasion which every student of fashion technology at the NIIFT eagerly awaits.

The pace was set by the trendy T-shirts bearing the Monte Carlo brand name. This paved way for the fashion round which reflected the creative urges of the students of fashion design at the NIIFT. The opening line of fashion was by Archana Singla, who reflected the basic desires by using the very basic colours — white greens and blues. The designer used circles and waves to create the impression of the eternity of karma. The collection was titled Janmakarmafalpradam.

Then came the world of make believe brought to life by Alpana Poddar, who reflected the natural and the super natural through her ensemble. The collection seemed to float through the unspanned corners of the mind where the wildest of desires rest.

Nidhi Gupta showcased the hip hop street smart look. The collection, inspired by sports gears, grabbed attention thoroughly.

Chandeep Kaur’s collection, inspired by the monasteries of Mongolia, was breathtakingly fresh. She blended the traditional element with the contemporary to lend a very trendy look to her garments.

Arvind Budhiraja reveled in Bon Voyage which was marked by colours of spring and summer. The styling of the garments was simple and the emphasis was on free flow of the fabric as well as the personality.

Suits of Light by Amanpreet Singh was very well-received. This Indo-Western ensemble was all about formal dressy stuff. Art Deco Style of the 1920’s was showcased by Harsimrat whose collection transported the viewer to the gardens. The designs were inspired by the garden like look, with butterflies and flowers being the dominant motifs. Ruchi Relan’s The Wanderer's was all about the lifestyles of nomads from all cultures.

The Cyborg collection of Somraj emphasised the look or the future. The collection was trendy and pacy and was rooted in cyber elements. Khalis Khalas by Jasjit Kaur was a tribute to the purity of the Khanlsa. The designer uses saffron, blue and white to create a wonderful and soothing impact on the otherwise burning stage. The collection was strong in its simplicity.

Mudita Joshi’s garments varied in appeal. While some hugged the body to accentuate the bodyline, others moved away from the same bodyline and seemed to be revolting.

Paniharan by Sonal Sharma was a tribute to the bridals of Paniharan in Rajasthan. She used very dressy fabrics and accessories to bring home the theme. Among other designs were those by Ambika, Rajnish Kumar, Ratnakar, Jigmat, Ruchika Narang, Disha Vaid and Swati Budhvan. 


Public buildings to be quake-proof
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 30
The Punjab Government will enforce the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) code to provide quake-proof buildings in the state. The design adopted for the buildings will be one seismic zone up.

In Punjab, PUDA is a major player in developing residential, commercial and industrial estates. It will enforce the building codes in its over 12 urban estates. Besides construction of the District Administrative Complex, some other prestigious building projects have been entrusted to the PUDA.

An official of the PUDA said initially the code would be adopted in the public buildings being constructed by it. Later private buildings, including residential structures, would be included to make these quake-proof. The northern region — comprising Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ambala, Delhi, Shimla and Rorkee — fall in Zone IV as per the magnitude of earthquakes measured on Richter scale.

As per the vulnerability atlas compiled by the Union Ministry of Urban Housing, Punjab falls in seismic zones III and IV. As per the decision taken by the state government, the structure and architecture of the buildings would be as per the code specifications for a higher seismic zone.

The issue of making structures quake-proof was discussed at a meeting of the empowered committee under the chairmanship of the Chief

Secretary. Experts from the Punjab Engineering College also attended the meeting. The Chief Engineer of PUDA told TNS that the guidelines would prevent mass destruction and minimise damage as witnessed in the Gujarat quake. The extra cost in raising the structure one seismic zone up would not involve much additional cost, felt officials. Structural engineers in the country felt that after the natural calamity in Gujarat, the seismic zoning needed to be revised on the basis of earthquake in the last one decade.

Earlier PUDA had recommended that the amendments made in the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966 , and the National Capital Regional Planning Board Act, 1985, could be adopted by the state. On the basis of a report submitted to the Union Ministry of Urban Development by an expert group on natural disaster prevention, preparedness and mitigation having bearing on housing and related infrastructure’, PUDA had recommended amendments in the building bylaws to make earthquake resistant structures in Punjab.

In the state-wise list of the priority areas with respect to safety of building and houses in natural hazard-prone regions, the expert group indicated risk to Punjab from floods and earthquakes. Risk assessment of Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Amritsar and formation of district-wise preparedness plans had been suggested.

At a seminar chaired by the Union Minister for Urban Development in Delhi few months back, the state governments were cautioned to take pre-disaster measures. A techno-legal framework was also discussed.


Danger zone’ claims another life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
Des Raj, a resident of Ambedkar Colony in Dhanas village, was killed in a road accident near the cricket stadium chowk on the night of May 28.

According to the information available from the police, the deceased was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle near the roundabout at about 11.30 p.m. He was rushed to the PGI, where he was declared ‘brought dead’. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304- A of the IPC.

According to sources this roundabout is not only the busiest, but also one of the most accident prone. A number of persons have reportedly lost their lives in accidents near this roundabout.

The police records show that as many as three major accidents have occurred at this junction this year so far. However, the police sources also say that on an average three to four minor accidents take place here every week.

The junction, being in close proximity to the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sector 17, has gained the distinction of being the most accident prone areas in the City Beautiful. It is learnt that with a large number of buses plying here, accidents have become a routine affair.

During rush hours (7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.), long queues of buses can be seen waiting to leave for their onward journey. At the same time, a large number of office goers are also on the move. It is learnt that bus drivers are generally unwilling to pave way for the slow-moving traffic, which results in a large number of accidents involving cycle rickshaws, cycles and two-wheelers.

It may be recalled that a couple of weeks ago, a woman scooterist had sustained serious injuries on her head and shoulders when her scooter was hit by a bus at this junction.

It is learnt that the scooterist was passing by long queue of buses, when she was hit by bus .

Though a number of traffic cops have been deployed here to manage the almost chaotic traffic of buses, things have hardly changed for the better.


Serial-wise house numbers in Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
Houses in Mani Majra will now have serial-wise house numbers on the pattern of Chandigarh. This meets a long-pending demand of the residents. The matter will be placed before the general house of the Municipal Corporation for approval after fixing the development charges.

The Finance Secretary, UT, in a letter written recently to the MC Commissioner, has asked him to work out the modalities of issuing serial-wise house numbers. It has been specified that while the residents of rehabilitated areas of Mariwala and Pipliwala be allotted house numbers from 2000 onwards, the exempt areas of Pipliwla town, Subhash Nagar, Thakurdwara and Darshani Bagh be allotted house numbers from 1 onwards by charging development and composition fee. The MC has also been asked to issue no-objection certificates for all purposes as rehabilitation has been allowed by the Administration.

It has been further mentioned that since the areas of Govindpura (Mani Majra) has been acquired by the Chandigarh Administration for development, no-objection certificate should not be issued to those residents who have constructed houses unauthorisedly.

The letter further states that no house number will be allotted to the residents of any of these areas until the area is clearly demarcated by the revenue authorities. For doing so, the Land Acquisition Officer, UT, will depute the tehsildar, kanungo and patwari concerned, who in turn will report to the Assistant Commissioner-II for the purpose of demarcation of areas. The streamlining of house numbers in Mani Majra will also go a long way in maintaining proper revenue records.

The Mayor and the Senior Deputy Mayor, had during one of their meetings with the Administrator, Lieut-Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob, put forth this demand of allotment of serial-wise house numbers and grant of no-objection certificates to the residents of this area. While the areas of Mariwala town and Thakurdwara fall in the Mayor’s ward, those of Pipliwala town, Subhash Nagar and Darshani Bagh fall in the Senior Deputy Mayor’s ward. They had highlighted the problems being faced by people in locating these houses, with vague numbers issued earlier by the erstwhile Notified Area Committee, and in some cases, by the Malaria Department or the Food and Supply Department.

The allotment of serial numbers will also cover vacant plots, making it easier for owners of these plots to apply for regular water and electricity connections, besides obtaining no-objection certificates, which are mandatory for sale, purchase and transfer of property.


Adopt agro-based occupation: expert
Our Correspondent

Barwala, May 30
To acquaint the farmers with the latest technology for cultivation of kharif crops, a “Phasal Vichar Goshthi” was organised jointly by Haryana Agriculture University, Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the Panchkula Agriculture Department in collaboration with Aventis Crop Science at Old Anaj Mandi, here today.

More than 500 farmers from surrounding villages participated in the workshop in which Dr SP Goyal and Dr RS Chauhan both scientists of KVK, Panchkula, delivered lectures on agro-techniques used in cultivation of kharif crops.

The farmers were also advised to use of balanced fertilisers, integrated pesticides apart from disease management and diversification of crops. They impressed upon the farmers to cultivate recommended varieties of kharif crops and cautioned them not to cultivate blight prone varieties of rice.

Presiding over the function, Dr Lehna Singh Suhag, Director of Extension Education, CCC, HAU, Hisar called upon the farmers to adopt scientific recommendations of the university to reduce cost of cultivation, increase productivity and improve the quality of the produce keeping in view the challenges of the WTO treaty. He also advised the farmers to adopt agro-based occupations such as mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping, floriculture, dairying, agro-forestry etc. to improve their economic conditions. He felt concern over the depletion of nutrient reserve of the soil thereby affecting the soil health due to continuous adoption of rice-wheat cropping sequence.

Dr R.N. Bathla, Chief Scientist, KVK, Panchkula, emphasised upon the integrated nutrient management.

Mr C.D. Dhareshwar and Mr PK Sharma, both Business Managers, Aventis Crop Science, elaborated in detail about the services extended by the company to the farming community. He discussed about the different formulations of the pesticides marketed by the company.

Mr Tej Pal Singh, Deputy Director, Agriculture, highlighted different schemes and subsidies provided by the department for the benefit of the farmers. A live demonstration on chemical seed treatment in paddy was shown to the farmers. Mr Tilak Raj Chhabra thanked the organisers on behalf of the farmers.


Sector 45 roads need care
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
There is a great resentment among residents of Sector 45 against the Roads and Buildings Department over the poor condition of most of the arterial ways. The worst among the segments is Sector 45-A. There was a congregation of protesters outside house numbers 401 to 409 today. 


Beauty parlour burgled
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 30
Burglars entered a beauty parlour being run in a house in Sector 2 here and took away goods worth Rs 25,000 and cash today.

The burglars entered the house after cutting the wire-mesh of the outer door and decamped with a stereo and the cash. 

They also broke mirrors and other items of the parlour. A dog squad and a team of forensic experts were pressed into service by the police. A case has been registered.


Bindra’s driver booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
The police has booked the driver of Mr I.S. Bindra’s official car on charges of rash and negligent driving.

Manjit Singh, the driver of the car (CH-01G-0415), has been booked under Sections 279, 337 and 304- A of the IPC. 

It is alleged that the car hit the roundabout of Sectors 36, 37, 41 and 42 at about 9 pm last night. The other person travelling in the car, Nachhtar Singh was killed on the spot.

Cash stolen
Cash worth Rs 30,000 was stolen from the cash box of a shop in timber market on Tuesday. The police has registered a case under Section 380 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Umesh Chand.

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