Saturday, June 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Mohali MC jurisdiction to be expanded
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service


* To promote industrial activity the civic body would charge octroi at a rate of 50 per cent of the existing octroi on the item concerned for the first five years.

* A proposal to include five new sectors announced to be developed by the PUDA.

SAS Nagar, June 1
Projecting an additional revenue of Rs 1 crore from octroi collection, the SAS Nagar Municipal Council is expanding its jurisdiction. An area of about 2000 acres, located on the south-east and north-east fringes of the town, would be included within the limits of the civic body.

A field survey to demarcate the land has already begun and a preliminary notification to include the expanded jurisdiction would be sent to the Local Government Department before inviting objections from the residents of the area under the relevant sections of the Municipal Council Act, 1999.

Sources in the civic body said the proposed railway station at Kambala village along the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link had been included to earn revenue from the freight. However, the Kambala village has been left out. The main focus was to include the factories located in the industrial estate set up by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) in a section of Phase 8.

As per the existing limits of the civic body — around 8000 acres — the area from which it was collecting revenue was residential from Phase 1 to Phase 11, Sectors 70 and 71, Matour village and Industrial Area Phase 6, Phase 7, major part of Phase 8 and Phase 9 focal point. Decreasing octroi revenue from industrial units would be compensated by including new factories, feel officials in the civic body.

Starting from the Kambala railway station, the proposed boundary would include Mauli Baidwan village, Sohana village and join the causeway over a seasonal rivulet at Lakhnour village. From there it would be extended to the Balongi bypass. However, the populated areas of Mauli Baidwan, Sohana and Balongi have been excluded as the civic body would have to spend huge amount on providing the basic amenities.

Interestingly, the officials had also proposed to include around the area of five new Sectors (76 to 80) being developed by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). The officials were in a fix after the land acquisition proceedings for the five sectors had been stayed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, inclusion of area around Sohana village in the municipal limits could prove to be boon for people who had raised unauthorised construction in violation of the Periphery Act.


New power-cut timings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh June 1
Timings of the hour-long rotational power cuts in the city have changed from today and will remain so till June 15. And like the past fortnight, hospitals, the railway station, radio station, telephone exchanges, defence installations and water works, will be exempted from the cuts.

The power supply to various areas will remain suspended between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm as per the schedule. The timings of the cut will change every fortnight. The next new schedule will be announced around June 15.

Timings of power cuts:
9 am to 10 am Sector 6, Part of Sector s7-B, 7-C, 15-A, and C, 16 —A,B,C & D, 17, 18, 22-A, parts of Sectors 26, 27 -A and B, Modern Housing Complex (Cat-IV and parts of Cat -I); 10 am to 11 am: Parts of Sectors 12, 7C, 19A, B, C and D, 20A, 22A, B, C and D, 26, 27, 28; Institutional Area of Sector 26, 41, 42, 44C and D, 45 A and B, Kishangarh, Bhagwanpura, Mani Majra and Burail Jail; 11 am to 12 noon: Sector 11-C, Sectors 9, 10, 12, 14, 15D, 30A and B, Grain Market, Timber Market, Police Line, Police Line Colony, Bapu Dham Colony, Lahora Khuda and Jassu, Dhanas, Milk Colony, Aman Chaman Ambedkar Colony, Sarangpur, Behlana, Hallo Majra, Darua and Colony No 4; 12 noon to 1 pm: Sectors 8C, 9B and C, 18A, B and C, 16, 17, 19A, 19D, 21A, B and C, 22A & B, 23A and B; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sectors 29, 36, 37A, B, C and D, 40, 41A & B, Mani Majra Town, Modern Housing Complex Category-I part, Category-II & III, Duplexes, Shivalik Enclave, Mauli Jagran, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra. 2 p.m. to 3.p.m.: Sector-24 A, B, C & D part, 30-C part, 31, 37D part, 38, 39, 40, IMT, 47A, B & C part, 55, 56, CSIO, Ram Darbar Colony, Dadu Majra Colony, Maloya, Palsora; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m: Sector-20 A & C, 21A & D, 21B & C part, 22C & D part, 23A & C part, 34, 35, 45A & B; 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sector 19C part, 20B, C and D, parts of Sector 24-B parts of Sector 25, 27C, 27D part, 32, 33, 43B, 44A & B, 46, 47B, 47C, parts of Sectors 48, 49A & B, 52, 55,61, Kajheri, Colony No 5; 5 p.m. to 6 p.m: Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 A, B & C, parts of Sectors 8A, B & C, 9, 10, 11A & B, 15 A, B, C & D, parts of Sector 25, Hall, Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, Khuda Alisher, Kaimbwala, Rajendra Park, Engineering College, Lawyers Chamber.


Day 2: Animals go without food
Bipin Bhardwaj

Chhat Bir (Patiala), June 1
Animals at the Chhat Bir zoo were forced to go for the second day today because of the ongoing controversy regarding the purchase of beef between two groups of top Punjab forest officials.

This happened as forest officials rejected 815 kg beef provided by a beef contractor without getting a quality certificate from the slaughter house from where it was purchased.

The zoo authorities confirmed that though a Dera Bassi-based supplier had arranged the required quantity of beef for the animals, in the absence of a ‘slaughter house certificate’, verifying the quality of the meat, they have to reject the bulk, keeping in view the health of animals.

The decision to reject the meat supply was taken at a meeting of forest officials comprising Mr Gurmeet Singh, Principal Chief Conservator Forest, Mr H.S. Gujral, Chief Wildlife Warden Punjab. Mr Vinod Sharma, Chief Warden (Zoos), Punjab, and some officials which was chaired by Mr Surjit Kumar Jyani, Forest Minister of Punjab, on Thursday. To fulfil the requirement of the meat, a committee was constituted and Mr Gurpal Singh, Deputy Director of the zoo, was directed to purchase beef from Saharanpur.

The team was sent to Saharanpur on Thursday night which returned with a canter-load of beef on Friday at about 3.30 pm. Interestingly, the supplier also reached with the stuff along with the required certificate at about 4.00 pm and claimed his right of supply.

When contacted, Mr H. S Gujral, said better quality beef at low price would be purchased as the zoo was facing major financial crunch, whoever may be the supplier.

He said that the Dera Bassi-based company offered us lesser bid (Rs 18.49 per kg) and promised for best supply so the company was asked for the meat supply. The company also gave in writing that meat could also be supplied at the same rate on a quotation basis.

He, however, said that the purchase of meat will continue till regular orders were placed. ‘‘If someone approaches us and offers comparatively lesser rates, we will prefer his supply. At present the zoo authorities have received Rs 2 lakh as earnest money but in case of regular supply the money will be about Rs 4 lakh. In case the supplier fails to maintain regular supply, the authorities will be able to go for risk purchase,’’ said Mr Gujral.

He said that bid of a Saharanpur-based contractor was cancelled as he failed to fulfil the required condition within the stipulated period. The tender was floated on March 30. Due to paucity of funds with the zoo, the purchase of meat was started on quotation basis.

However, four huge boxes containing 815 kg of uncertified beef, were put outside the zoo store and was let to rot in scorching heat from Thursday afternoon . Dogs kept on sniffing, while crows and hawks hovered over the meat boxes throughout the day. Heat melted the ice put to conserve the beef and the unattended boxes started stinking today.

Soon after the canters carrying beef reached, resentment prevailed among the zoo employees and they objected to the beef purchased by the zoo men. They said that the zoo men has purchased huge pieces of beef which will be cut into small pieces before feeding the animals which is objectionable.

However, Dr Vinod Sharma, Chief Warden (Zoos), Punjab, clarified that the huge pieces would be stamped by the doctor of the slaughter house from where they were purchased. Moreover, carcasses were invited as per the tender conditions.

When asked whose meat would be fed to the animals first, Mr Gujral said that the Deputy Director Zoo had been asked to check the meat that could be preserved till tomorrow and fed the animals with the rest. He, however, said it was unfortunate that uncertified beef was wasted.

Meanwhile, Ms Gurbinder Kaur Chahal, Financial Commissioner, Forests, and Secretary to the Punjab Government, refused to comment. When this correspondent tried to contact her on telephone, her husband said she did not want to talk on the issue.

Mr Rajeev Dhaneshwar, MD, of DP Enterprises, said that the zoo authorities did not ask him to produce the slaughter house certificate at the time of the tender deal. He threatened to move court on this issue.


Govt depts not paying bills
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

List of defaulters



Punjab police

Rs 81.84 lakh

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation

Rs 64.93 lakh

MLA Hostel

Rs 56.36 lakh


Rs 41.53 lakh


Rs 7.29 lakh

HP guest house

Rs 3.27 lakh

UT police

Rs 2.40 lakh

Commandant CRPF 

Rs 2.19 lakh

Chandigarh, June 1
Several government departments have not been paying the power-supply bills, as a result of which, the Chandigarh Administration has to recover Rs 2.63 crore from these.

A large part of these arrears has to be recovered from the Punjab police, the MLA hostels, boards and corporations of Punjab. The list of defaulters also includes the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and the Chandigarh police.

Sources in the Electricity Department say that the Administration can do little except requesting these departments to pay up. “The requests without the threat of withdrawal of power supply are meaningless paper work,” said a top official, on the condition of anonymity. The big question is how long the Administration can carry on supplying power to such departments that do not pay up. A decision will have to be taken soon as Chandigarh buys power from various sources and distributes it further.

Sources say that a case of major default has come up and the department is studying it at the moment. In case of private connections, the area subdivisional officers (SDOs) and the Executive Engineers (XENs) can order the withdrawal of power supply. However, in the case of a government connection, the SDO or the XEN level cannot do so. “Almost everything is covered under public services and no withdrawal is ever ordered,” said a source. What public service is being done by offices like the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) and Himachal Pradesh guest houses a matter of debate.

Sources say that the work of the MC like the supply of power to tubewells and streetlights can be considered public service. Among the minor defaulters is the Fire Office of Sector 32, that has to pay Rs 1.92 lakh. The Secretary of the Punjab State Marketing Board has to pay Rs 37,000. One of the biggest defaulters is the Punjab police. Bills of most connections sanctioned to the Punjab police headquarters in Sector 9 here are not being paid.


Court saves consumers on water meters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Residents of the city felt good today after being relieved of the burden of replacing their faulty water meters.

According to the proposed amendment in an earlier notification, the installing and maintenance of water meters will be the responsibility of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh. Consumers will, however, have to pay Rs 150 more as security deposit. The payment will be one time. The rent, now, will be Rs 7.50 per month. Another Rs 2.50 will have to be paid by each consumer every month as service charges.

After going through the proposed amendment, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta, directed the Chandigarh Administration “to issue necessary notification bringing about the amendments in the notification dated June 5 within three weeks from today”. The Judges also directed that the “amendment be made effective from July 1”.

The Judges observed: “We are of the view that the amendments suggested are reasonable and in the interest of not only consumers, but also the UT Administration”.

Earlier, during the proceedings, the counsel for the MC placed on record the proposed amendments. As per these the security deposit for the new connection will be Rs 500 instead of Rs 350. Each existing consumer will be charged Rs 150 more as one-time security deposit “which will be realised in three bi-monthly bills”.

Consumers who have purchased the meters from the market at Rs 350 each, and have paid another Rs 65 each for installation and testing, will also be compensated. The amount will be adjusted at a rate of Rs 35 per month (Rs 70 in bi-monthly bills) till Rs 415 are adjusted in each case.

In case the meter is found to be defective by the MC officials, the bill will be charged on the basis of average consumption for the last 12 months, till the meter is replaced or repaired. If the meter turns faulty before 12 month of installation, the bill will be charged on the basis of average of the total consumption.

In its petition, the Consumer Forum Chandigarh had earlier stated that the corporation, by issuing the notification, had passed on its responsibility of replacing defective water meters to consumers. They had said out of 96,000 water meters, over to 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 bound to provide essential services to consumers.

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

He had stated that the Corporation, had asked consumers to purchase ISI mark meters and get these tested. He had said, as per the notification, double the average bill was to be charged from consumers if they did not get the meters replaced by the cut-off date.

What the meter reads

*The installation and maintenance of meters, as per the proposed amendments to be notified within three weeks, will be the responsibility of the MCC.

*The security deposit for the new connection will be Rs 500, instead of Rs 350.

*Each consumer will be charged Rs 150 more for the security deposit. The amount will be “realised in three bi-monthly bills”.

*The meter rent will be Rs 7.50 per month.

*The service charges will be Rs 2.50 per month.



‘Bradlaugh unaware of resumption move’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The Bradlaugh Hall Trust said today that it was not aware of any move on the part of the Chandigarh Administration to resume the hall site in Sector 15 here.

A spokesperson of the trust said in a statement that “resumption proceedings cannot be initiated unilaterally against the trust which, in good faith, had collaborated with the Chandigarh Administration for setting up an international centre solely for the benefit of the city.

“The trust is not ‘tottering and defunct’. The trustees are pre-eminent persons. The Vice President of India, Mr Krishan Kant, is also a member. The President of the trust is Mr Vijay Chopra, Editor-in-Chief of the Hind Samachar group of publications. The trust has a glorious history of association with India’s freedom movement.

“The trust members are aware of the commercial value of this prime site and could very well exploit that potential. They still volunteered to offer this land for building a world-class International Centre on the lines of the India International Centre, Delhi, for intellectual exposition.

“The Chandigarh Administration also nurtured a vision to promote intellectual activity in this city of professionals and hence, piloted the prestigious project. Such world-class institutions are not built overnight but require devoted effort and unstinted support. The vision has to continue regardless of change of personalities.

“A board of management was set up under the chairmanship of the then Governor of Punjab to oversee execution of the centre. Office-bearers of the BIC have never sought permanent status. Lt. Gen B.K.N. Chhibber has been keen to relinquish the responsibility. The last meeting of the board of management held on April 29, 2001, was attended by the Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda. On General Chhibber’s insistence, it was inter alia decided that BOM would be restructured.

“The issue of funding was discussed threadbare in the aforesaid BOM meeting and both the states evinced keen interest in exploring possibilities in this regard. All were unanimous, including the Member of Parliament, that the project needs to be supported as an integral part of the growth of Chandigarh. Both Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana — Mr N.K. Arora and Mr L.M. Goyal — were present. Their predecessors, Mr R.S. Mann and Mr R.S. Verma always supported early realisation of this valuable project.

“Under the scheme finalised in 1998, Chandigarh Administration was to provide major funding for the project estimated to cost over Rs 10 crore through budgetary allocations on the analogy of many other projects. A sum of Rs 20 lakh was meant essentially for payment of extension fee and architects’ charges. International centre of this kind has already come up in Goa with the active support of the government. The northern region lacked such facility.

“The absence of further release of funds as originally envisaged and non-approval of concept plans of the centre by the Administration over the last two years have stalled construction at site.

“Resumption proceedings cannot be initiated unilaterally against the Trust which in good faith had collaborated with the Chandigarh Administration for setting up an international centre solely for the benefit of the city.

“In case of any reversals, the city would lose a splendid institution which the trust retains the liberty to explore better alternatives.”


MC to discourage use of plastic bags
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh will shortly launch a campaign to discourage people from using plastic bags in the city. Apart from focussing on the harmful consequences of polythene, the campaign will promote the use of paper bags vis-a-vis plastic bags. A decision to this effect was taken by the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, today.

Giving details, the Mayor said that the campaign would be launched from the grain market in Sector 26 on June 5 — the World Environment Day. He would talk to shopkeepers, traders and consumers about minimising the use of plastic bags in view of the danger these pose to us and the environment. They would also be asked to use jute and recycled paper bags.

He pointed out that discarded polythene bags are choking the sewers and finding their way into the stomachs of helpless cattle. Incidentally, when these plastic bags clog our sewers, it creates breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies.

The Mayor further said that people also need to be told that food should not be packed in polythene bags for the chemicals used in its manufacture will enter our food. Besides, polythene discarded in the open enter the soil, thereby affecting soil fertility and also the plants. Further, disposing these by burning releases poisonous gases and harmful chemicals into the atmosphere which can pose a host of health problems.

Mr Goyal has also appealed to the people not to use the bags made of down cycled fifth grade plastic, which are dangerous. He would personally go to the Shivalik Enclave and Mauli Jagran in his own ward on that day to spread this message.

The Mayor has in a letter written to the councillors urged them to undertake plantation works in their respective wards by planting at least few trees on the World Environment Day. They should also motivate the residents not to use plastic bags and make them aware about its hazards. The Mayor is of the view that awareness at the grass- roots will have the desirous effect, for lack of civic sense among the public is responsible for large number of these problems. The Administration is once again looking into the issue of minimising the use of these bags.

As far as Chandigarh is concerned, the Administration, vide a notification in 1999, banned the use of plastic bags in Sector 17 alone and the Central Government notification had allowed the use of recycled polybags, but with certain conditions and quality. However, these bags continue to be used all over, flouting all directions about thickness and quality. The Central Government decision still awaits implementation because of lack of infrastructure to check whether these bags met the required specifications in the notification.


‘Early physical examination must in sexual assault cases’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
*A 10-year-old girl was molested by a “family friend”. Too young to understand the incident, the victim could not clearly explain what had actually happened. The medico-legal examination could not establish that the minor girl was actually raped. As a result the accused was let off.

*A woman employee was invited to a hotel by her boss to discuss some office matter. Later, while warding off his sexual advances, she sustained serious injuries on her face and body. Consequently her family took her to the GMCH emergency. Initially, she did not tell the doctors the cause of her injuries. By the time she came up with the real story, it was too late and the evidence had been almost blurred.

Prof Krishan Vig, who heads the Forensic Department of the GMCH, says very few rape or sexual molestation cases are reported. And those which are, fall apart due to lacunae in the legal system besides of course, the harassment faced by the prosecutrix and the fear of social stigma.

Though the law of the land says that a woman is considered to be raped only when her genital organs have been forcibly violated without her consent by a male organ, the fact is that sexual harassment tantamounts to much more than physical assault. “It is the violation of a woman’s integrity, personality and emotions,” he adds.

However, to get a clear and complete picture there has to be a prompt physical examination within six to 12 hours of the offence as a delay blurs the findings. The physical examination begins with the victim’s demeanour; dress-up, behaviour and mental status.

During the physical examination, the doctor concentrates on the site of injuries, says Prof Vig. “In a sexual assault, it is the site of injury, which is examined as this indirectly suggests resistance to the offence as the case basically revolves around “consent” or “no consent” of the victim. A swab of semen, if present, is also picked up for a chemical analysis,” he adds. However, a delay in physical examination, either by the victim or the investigative authority, results in evidence to get diluted.

In most of these cases, while scientists are trying to establish the facts, attorneys plead the case from the angle of the client . They try to establish that there are no signs of struggle and that intercourse had taken place with the consent of a woman . Or that the woman is habitual to sexual intercourse, especially when she is young and unmarried.

Cases of rape, which are covered under the Indian Penal Code 376, say that a man is said to commit rape when he goes ahead against her will without her consent, whether her consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in whom she is interested a fear of death or of hurt , with her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband, and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married, with her consent when at the time of giving such consent by reason of unsoundness of mind or intoxication or administration by him personally or to through another of any stupefying or unwholesome substance, is unable to understand the nature and consequences of that to which she gives consent and with or without her consent when she is under 16 years of age . This set of six provisions are more often than not manipulated and distorted to suit the interest of the accused.

Custodial cases, gang rape and when a woman is pregnant are the only three exceptions when there is a presumption that she did not consent to a sexual intercourse. “Even presence of semen is taken as corroborative and not a mandatory evidence of sexual assault,” says Prof Vig.


35 city students make it to IIT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Almost 35 students of the city, majority of them students of the local DAV College and DAV School, have made it to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The results of the Joint Entrance Examination, that was held on May 6, were declared here yesterday.

Adish Singla, a resident of Bathinda, has stood seventh in the country. Adish has been studying in Chandigarh since his matriculation. He passed his Class XII examination from Government Model School of Sector 46. Binny Bansal, a resident of Sector 38, is 28th in the all India rankings. He is student of DAV College of Sector 10.

Puneet Goyal, a student of the Sector 8 DAV Senior Secondary School 157th in the country. Rajat Kalia, a resident of Sector 41and an electronics engineering student of Punjab Engineering College, has been placed 181st in the merit list. Rajat passed his Class XII examinations from DAV College and, after joining the PEC, decided to give the JEE another try.

Swati Jain, a student of GMSSS-16, who had topped the Class XII examinations earlier, is 183rd in in the list of successful candidates.

Kapil Kaushik, another student of the Sector 8 DAV Senior Secondary School is 207th in the rankings. Zubeen Joy Saini, another city resident, is ranked 228. Akhil Mohan Gupta, a resident of Patiala and a student of DAV College, is ranked 357, while Divesh Aggarwal, another resident of Chandigarh and student of DAV Senior Secondary School of Sector 8 is ranked 390.

Rajat Gupta, another resident of Patiala, is 395 on the all-India list, while Amit Gupta, a resident of Sector 16 and student of DAV College is 521st on it. Manpreet Singh, a student of GMSSS-16, is placed 597th and Roopinder Singh, another city resident, is 628th on the list of successful candidates. Manan Aggarwal, a student of Punjab Engineering College, is placed 813th, while another city resident and a former student of DAV College, Ankur Dhingra, is on the 883rd position. Jasbir Singh, a resident of Sector 43 and a student of mechanical engineering in the PEC, has been placed 1,019. Roopak Suri, another student of DAV College, is 1,029th on the merit list.

Piyush Grover, another student of DAV Senior Secondary School of Sector 8, is placed 1,445th on the merit list, while Puneet Goyal of the same school is 2,100th on the merit list. Udit Kapoor, a student of DAV College, is place 2,422nd on the list, while Puneet Mahajan of DAVSS-8 is 2,790th on the list. Ashish Gupta, another student of the school, is 3,201st on the list. Reema Mahajan of Carmel Convent School, too, is on the merit list.


Clarification may be sought from Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
BJP councillors, Mr Des Raj Tandon and Mr Gian Chand Gupta, have sought the inclusion of an agenda item seeking clarification from the Mayor about the allegations levelled against him and those levelled by him against the former three Mayors at the next meeting of the General House on June 8.

In the item submitted by them to the MC Secretary, Mr Ashwani Kumar, they have said that the Mayor and the Commissioner should clarify and give the official version on the following issues in accordance with the decision taken at the meeting of the House on May 28. The issues include the alleged involvement of the Mayor in the beating of Mr Hari Das Garg of Yog Divya Mandir, Shivalik Enclave; the “involvement” of the Mayor in encroachments by the Yoga Mandir Sabha, Mani Majra; the allegations levelled by him against the three former Mayors at a press conference held on April 9, 2001, and the illegal construction of shops in Mani Majra.


Rehabilitation deal negotiated
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 1
The Punjab Government was today able to negotiate terms and conditions with inhabitants of Madanpura village under a rehabilitation package for Madanpura and Lambian.

The agreement was reached at a meeting called by the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, here today. Under the rehabilitation scheme, 169 families were to be rehabilitated. About 8.5 acres of prime land was under occupation. While PUDA offered to give plots and provide essential services to the evacuees after charging some money, the villagers demanded that they be rehabilitated at the same place without being made to pay anything. The representatives of the Pind Bachao Committee, along with the villagers in another proposal, demanded that essential services be provided in the village “without disturbing us”.

PUDA agreed to the proposal “ if they moved out their milch cattle”.

In a similar proposal for Lambian, the authorities plan to use 3.66 acres for rehabilitation though the total land to be released by the villagers is nine acres. It is prime land located opposite the Sector 62 City Centre.

The affected persons will be offered plots in a pocket south of Mataur village in Sector 71. 


Raising day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The Army Education Corps celebrated its 54th raising day in Chandimandir Cantonment today. According to a statement issued here today, a get-together of Western Command officers was organised to mark the occasion. The Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt-Gen H.R.S. Mann was the chief guest on the occasion.

Extending felicitations and good wishes to all ranks of the corps, the GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt-Gen Surjit Singh emphasised that in the coming years, he would like to see the focus of the corps being channelised towards applied and meaningful education. This should be aimed at providing Army personnel inputs which will keep them abreast with the advanced technology of modern battlefield.

The corps has played a key role in enhancing the educational and professional standards of the troops to a great extent. Corps personnel are widely scattered in all garrisons, formation headquarters, training centres, units, schools and selection centres.


Army conference
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
A conference of Zonal Chief Engineers posted to Military Engineer Services (MES) establishments in the Western Sector was held in the Western Command headquarters at Chandimandir today.

A statement issued here today said that Chief Engineers from Chandigarh, Bathinda, Jalandhar and Delhi zones as well as from the Western Air Command and research and development organisations took part in the conference.

Inaugurating the conference, Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lieut-Gen H.R.S. Mann, emphasised the need to adopt the latest technology developments and building material to cut down on construction cost and time, besides making the building architecturally and aesthetically pleasant. He said introspection was needed to further enhance the maintenance services. Chief Engineer, Western Command, Maj-Gen Madhav Arren, was also present at the conference.The Shivalik Officers Institute, Chandimandir, Officers Institute, Jalandhar and Army Institute of Law, Mohali, are some of the ongoing MES projects where modern material is being incorporated.


‘Probe working of market panel’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The BSP today demanded the provision of civic amenities to the houses built outside the “lal dora”.

This demand was raised through a memorandum submitted by the party President, Mr Mata Ram Dhiman, to the Adviser of the UT Administrator. He demanded a probe into the working of the market committee and the Social Welfare Department.


Raids yielded ‘excess stock’ of Rs 2 cr
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The recent raids on the premises of a Sector 22 jeweller have yielded “excess stock” worth over Rs 2 crore.

According to sources, of the total “excess stock”, diamonds worth over Rs 60 lakh were also seized during the raids. The additional unaccounted income will be added to the “excess stock” and the tax liability will then be determined at the flat rate of 60 per cent as against the normal 30 per cent.

Sources said the Amritsar-based person, who supplied gold and diamonds to the jeweller, had also been supplying the stock to other jewellers without proper receipts.


Flavour of the week 
Summer workshops galore
Tribune News Service

The heat wave remained strong although brief showers towards the end of the week did bring a little respite. While the temperature kept soaring, the prices of vegetables kept declining. The downslide started last week.

The weather, however, did not impede the electric spirit of the city which was as much in a mood to celebrate as ever. Joining the celebrations were film stars of the order of Aruna Irani, Simone Singh and Jatin Grewal. The first one to mark her presence in the city was Aruna Irani, the glamour girl of the 1970s. She was here on an AIDS awareness campaign. She was followed by Simone Singh, the small screen actress of Heena fame. Simone charmed the city with her grace and poise. She also talked about pet passion, invited as she was by the local chapter of the People for Animals.

The city’s own lad, Jatin Grewal, was also here to inaugurate a Indo-Pak theatre workshop being conducted by a Pakistani theatre personality, Madeeha Gauhar. The workshop will have 25 Indian children and 15 children from Ajoka theatre group of Pakistan. It will end with the production of Shaheel Nadeem’s play, Border, at Tagore Theatre on June 16. So watch out for the efforts of young artistes.

Summer workshops have continued from last week. In fact, many more have been added, making the choice a little difficult. Some of these are: Bharatanatyam workshop by Suchitra Mitra at IMA Bhawan in Sector 35; theatre workshop at Pracheen Kala Kendra which has also started a basic course in computers. Then there is the children’s theatre workshop going on at Rajasthan Bhawan in Sector 33. The ones in Strawberry Fields and the BVM are already on.

The fashion scene was also active, courtesy Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), which held Anukama 2001 at Hotel Mount View on May 30. Displaying the creations of 28 budding NIIFT designers were some leading models of the country — Rajat Raina, Mehar Bhasin, Priyadarshini Pradhan, Annie Thomas and Jai, to name a few. Glamour and fashion came alive on the stage of Hotel Mount View.

Some painting exhibitions were also inaugurated. The one at Indus Ind Gallery in Sector 8, which has been put up by Ustad Prabal Pramanik (the paper cutting artist) is worth a visit. The ustad is also giving paper cutting demonstrations. Art Folio in Sector 9 has put up another delightful show.

For those interested in handicrafts, Panchayat Bhawan is the venue of an All-India crafts fair in which about 30 master artisans are participating. Live demonstrations are also going to be held by the artists. The range of the products is amazing.

Crime largely remained under control, with only minor thefts being reported. On the academic front, girls again outshown boys in the CBSE Class X examination results.


Workshops intimidating for kids: Loveleen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The toughest task of a children workshop is to ensure them to open up to express their emotions and feelings on the things being talked about. A large number of routine workshops are ‘intimidating’ for children. For them it is like classes even during vacations. Even for workshop conductors it has become more of a business.

These views were expressed by Loveleen Mishra, “Chhutki” of ‘Hum Log’ fame, currently conducting a children’s workshop at Durga Das Foundation.

Loveleen thinks that a workshop is different from theatre. Theatre is rigorous class, which is evaluated at the final performance. A workshop is a relaxing activity where learning was automatic. A workshop best helps art appreciation.

The best thing about quality of a workshop is sincerity of the conductor. “I was told of a girl who comes to school crying every day. She says that she misses home. I tried to talk to her and understand. Today she did not go crying. It was the first day so even this small result is encouraging”, Loveleen said.

Not a strictly planned schedule, but, Loveleen has prepared small exercises for children. “I have assorted sounds of animals and other things. I must give it to children and ask for personal expressions. They can pick up any picture from a lot and speak on it. These are small exercises which unconsciously encourage adaptability. First and foremost thing that I attempt is to filter in confidence among the kids”, Loveleen said.

She was doing her schooling in Delhi when ‘Hum Log’ came along her way, courtesy, Sushma Seth, her teacher and a famous screen personality. “Hum Log” was shot for over three years. It was infact then the longest serial on Doordarshan. “We shared our joys and sorrows. The unit became a family. The parting was expectedly with tears”, she added. “Chhutki” has worked in noticeable Bollywood movies, including ‘Takshak’, ‘1084 Ki Maa’, ‘ Sardar Patel’, A City of Joy’ and ‘Godmother’. She is featuring in a forthcoming tele-serial ‘ Hu b Hu’. She has also starred in a couple of Govind Nihlani movies.

Loveleen shifted to Mumbai in 1997 where she thinks there are better opportunities in the world of screen. She is currently trying her hand at writing a tele-serial.


Mrs Khanna passes away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Mrs Durga Devi Khanna, wife of late Mr Nihal Chand Khanna, passed away at New Delhi on Tuesday. She was 96.

Mrs Khanna lived in her house at 178, Sector 11-A, Chandigarh, for nearly 20 years before she moved to Delhi in 1989 to stay with her son. She is survived by one son and seven daughters including Mrs Serla Grewal, President of The Tribune Trust.

Her chautha and uthala was performed today at Arya Samaj Mandir, Green Park Main, New Delhi.


Shramdan camp 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
A-three day “shramdan camp’ will be organised by officials of the Haryana Civil Secretariat at Sukhna Lake here from June 2.

In a communication addressed to all Financial Commissioners, Administrative Secretaries, Joint Secretaries and Deputy Secretraries, the Chief Secretary has urged them to participate in the “shramdan camp” regularly as it is for a noble cause.

Home Secretary takes part in ‘shramdan’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, and the Director Public Relations, Mr Vivek Atray, were among prominent persons, who participated in the “shramdan” at the regulator end of the Sukhna Lake here this morning.

Mr Shiv Dev Singh, ITI Principal, and 350 students also took part in the “shramdan”. Mr H.S. Talwar of the Talwar Dairy served 400 glasses of flavoured milk to the “shramdanis” today. Mr Sita Ram Joshi of Satsang Bhavan, Sector 26, served breakfast to regular “shramdanis”.

Today was the 28th day of “shramdan” and 32,13,821 cubic feet of silt had been removed from the lake bed.


Man, woman allege assault
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 1
The local police has received two complaints of assault from the SBS Colony, Mauli Jagran, during the last 24 hours. In both incidents, cases under Sections 323, 325 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code have been registered.

In one incident Mr Surinder Singh of the colony complained that Vikram, Ravinder, Satish and a few others of the same colony assaulted him and caused injury. In the other case, Ms Bimal of the colony reported that Sunder, Surinder, Beerbhan and few others, again from the same colony, assaulted her and caused injury to her.

Case registered: The local police registered a case against Rajnish Tuli, a resident of Sector 15, for harassing, threatening and abusing his estranged wife. The case was registered on the complaint of Mr Ram Nath, a resident of Sector 23.

Scooterist injured: Scooterist Gurjeet Kaur, a resident of Sector 33, was injured when her vehicle was hit by a jeep on the road dividing Sectors 20 and 30 here yesterday. The jeep driver sped away. The victim was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.

Girl kidnapped: Mr Gulazar Singh, a city resident, has complained that his minor daughter has been kidnapped by Vinod, a resident of Kajheri village. A case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC has been registered.

Zinc plates stolen: Mr Arun Kumar Singla, a resident of plot no. 182/11, Industrial Area, Phase I, reported to the police that 21 zinc plates were stolen from his plot yesterday. A case under Sections 454 and 380 of Indian Penal Code has been registered.

SAS Nagar

Old case: An eight-month-old case registered by the local police against a senior clerk in the SAS Nagar Municipal Council, Mr Avtar Singh Kalsia, for allegedly stealing official record of the council kept in an almirah, has been converted in to a case of misuse of official furniture.

Booked: A Chandigarh-based car financing company has been booked, along with the owner of a car for forging documents for the transfer of the vehicle. According to the available information, Ved Bhushan Bhardwaj applied for a no-objection certificate to sell his car ( PB -65-A-4444). On processing the case, the registration branch in the office of the SDM found that the documents were forged.

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