Monday, June 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Doctors on leave; others, too, want it
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
It is a case of varied interpretations of the same rules. It is considered justified for the teaching faculty of the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, comprising mostly doctors, to have 45 days of vacation every year, including 30 in summer. However, the Class III and Class IV employees, who are covered under the same rules, are denied this privilege. This is causing resentment among them.

An optometrist of the GMCH was allowed to have vacations about 15 days ago, after which, many other employees said they had been discriminated against.

The GMCH, unlike the PGI, follows the Punjab Government service rules. The PGI, being an autonomous body, has its own rules. These rules say that some paramedical, technical and non-technical staff, besides the gazetted faculty, are also entitled to 45 days of vacations every year. These include artist photographers, museum keepers, laboratory technicians, photographers, tutor technicians, optometerists, radiographers and librarians. The Class IV employees who fall in this category are laboratory attendants, animal keepers and attendants of library and lecture theater. All these are directly or indirectly associated with the teaching faculty.

Till 1995, the non-medical personnel were allowed to have vacations. A letter dated September 14, 2000, and written by the Director Medical Education of Punjab to the Director Principal of the GMCH, had mentioned the categories of medical-college staff that were entitled to have vacations.

To sort out the matter, following complaints by employees, the GMCH authorities have set up a committee. However, the GMCH officials say that, instead of following the Punjab Government rules, the hospital should have its own rules. “If Class III and Class IV employees are on vacations, the patient care in the hospital will suffer. Moreover, the GMCH and the PGI are not only hospitals, but also teaching institutions. Like all other teaching institutions, teachers of medical colleges can go on a leave,” they say.

However, employees say that why are doctors, who are directly responsible for patient care, allowed to go on vacations. “The GMCH and the PGI are also medical institutions unlike the arts colleges. Besides, doctors are getting the non-practicing allowance and the other privileges,” they say.

With doctors on vacations, patients in both institutions are indeed suffering. Doctors on duty are finding it difficult to cope up the patient overload. Many urgent operations are being postponed as both hospitals have only half the strength of doctors now. A patient said, “When doctors are away, diseases, too, should go on leave.”


Tenders for meat supply yet to be finalised
Animals fall prey to human ‘ego’
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir (Patiala), June 3
With two groups of Punjab forest officers engaged in a tug-of-war over the supply of meat to the Chhat Bir Zoo , over 125 carnivores are at the receiving end.

Adhocism continues to rule the roost at the zoo with tenders for the supply of the meat still to be finalised. Today 805 kg of beef was supplied by the Dera Bassi- based DP Enterprises.

Meanwhile after being forced to fast for over two days, the carnivores at Chhat Bir zoo were fed yesterday. However, the controversy regarding purchase of the beef still continues to simmer.

The animals were fed with beef procured from D.P. Enterprises, a Dera Bassi-based supplier, at about 8.30 pm as the zoo employees objected to the cutting of carcasses procured from Afzad Ahmad of Saharanpur.

The employees refused to cut the carcasses into small pieces saying that this act would hurt their religious sentiments. Following which, 630 kg of beef procured by DP Enterprises was accepted and rest — containing hearts and tongues — was rejected.

To meet the required quota of 815 kg for the animals, 185 kg of beef was taken from the Saharanpur-based supplier. And the rest was returned. The local trader was asked not to supply beef on Saturday as there was sufficient food for the animals, sources in zoo said.

Interestingly, a Canterload of 815 kg of carcasses were procured at the rate of Rs 27.70 from the Saharanpur-based supplier to feed the animals yesterday and today.

However, four boxes of beef, rejected by the zoo authorities, for want of the slaughter house certificate, were still stinking outside the store of the zoo and have become a health hazard. When asked, Mr Gurpal Singh, Deputy Director of the zoo, said that the local supplier had refused to pick the boxes and the meat would be buried on the directions of the senior zoo officials.

On the other hand, Mr Rajiv Dhaneshwar of D.P.Enterprises said that the company would claim the damages from the zoo authorities and even threatened to approach the court for this.

When contacted, Mr H S Gujral, Chief Wildlife Warden, Punjab, said that the zoo would continue with the ad hoc arrangement till the higher authorities finalised the tenders.

Sticking to his words, Mr Gujral, however, said that the beef would be purchased at lesser rates. D.P Enterprises would continue the supply from tomorrow.

Resentment still prevails among the employees against the carcasses being supplied by the Saharanpur-based supplier. They alleged that the top officials were busy showing their muscle power which was affecting the zoo animals adversely. 


Poor undertrials bear the brunt
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, June 3
Prison rules at the temporary jail in the District Court here are apparently being followed only for poor undertrials. There is no rule or regulation for those belonging to the “creamy layer”. They can have whatever they want to eat or drink. They do not have to be inside the temporary jail and spend most of the time outside along with their family members and friends.

At present there are 19 courts and a number of undertrials visit the courts every day for trial. Interaction with some undertrials, who were either on bail or in judicial custody, revealed that poor undertrials were being discriminated against. And there is no provision to keep the minor undertrials separately from the other accused.

Many officials of certain finance companies and persons belonging to well-off families facing trial in several cases and appearing in the court have the best of facilities. However, the fate of poor prisoners depends only on the mercy of the police personnel.

Ramesh, an undertrial, said,” I am not feeling well as I miss my breakfast in the morning at the Burail jail. There is no way I can have food in the transit jail. I have no choice except waiting for dinner at the Burail jail”. It may be mentioned that the prisoners get food at the Burail jail only twice — in the morning and at night.

There is no provision of either tea or food for undertrials in the transit jail during their stay of eight hours, alleged another undertrial, Sanjay.

Vicky, another undertrial, said that the restriction was only for the poor undertrials. Those belonging to good families had nothing to worry about as they can have anything they want.

Law experts opine that prisoners are human beings and they enjoy certain basic rights. The prison rules followed by the jail authorities in the country were originally drafted by the British long ago. With the new interpretation of the fundamental right to life and liberty, the original rules had virtually become outdated. When their rights under the Constitution are violated, the writ power of the Supreme Court or the High Court should come to their rescue.

Whether inside prison or outside, a person shall not be deprived of his freedom except by method right, just and fair. The court has continuing responsibility to ensure that there is no deprivation by the jail administration. A minor should always be kept separate.

Kishore Singh Vs State of Rajasthan judgement of the Supreme Court states that a prisoner was entitled to fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21, though freedom of movement was curtailed.

(Name of the undertrials has been changed in the story)


Punjab, Haryana to unlock corridors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The cordiality between Chief Ministers Parkash Singh Badal and Om Prakash Chautala is well known. This may not have been an enabling factor in amicably resolving the outstanding inter-state disputes between the two states, but their closeness is likely to unlock the connecting corridors between the two governments in the Civil Secretariat building here.

These corridors were locked after the assassination of Mr Beant Singh by a ‘’human bomb’’ at the doorstep of the secretariat in August, 1995. That there are ways to walk into either side from particular floors is a different matter. Unlocking is expected shortly.

The two Chief Secretaries, Mr N.K. Arora and Mr L.R. Goyal, who assumed charge almost at the same time earlier this year, have also met and discussed the issue. ‘’We are favourably inclined to remove this irritant’’, as the two described it to TNS.

In fact, much has changed since the assassination. Security has been beefed up and entrusted to a central agency. The present charge is with the CISF, ensuring a uniform security umbrella and command.

The complexion of the Capitol Complex is not the same anymore. There is an eerie silence. People, by and large, avoid going to the secretariat, where parking slots are specified and every vehicle labelled. It is checked with a mirror. The armed security guards and escort vehicles accompanying VIPs are also kept away from the secretariat. There is frisking at the entrances for everyone. This happens each time one enters the building walking through metal detector door-frames. There are separate entry points (as also lifts) for the ordinary and special categories. Even the dak bags are checked. There is an X-ray machine as also CCTV cameras and sniffer dogs on duty while armed CISF guards stand on duty on every floor.

The coordination committee, comprising the Chief Secretaries, the Directors-General of Police of Punjab and Haryana and representatives of the security agencies involved, is expected to meet shortly to work out the modalities for the unlocking of the doors.

The opening of the locks of the corridors would facilitate access and movement ensuring better coordination on issues of mutual interest and benefit to the two governments and the people of the two states, said the Chief Secretaries. 


Crime Branch functioning with redundant equipment
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Even as the top brass seems to be gearing up for tackling the changing trends in crime, little is being done to modernise the high-profile Crime Branch of the police.

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The Crime Branch, which is meant to handle heinous and serious crimes, continues to function with a skeletal staff and redundant equipment. This has, however, not affected the detection work of the branch, even as it has reportedly affected the quality of investigations.

It is learnt that in spite of lack of facilities , the Crime Branch has done extremely well during the first five months of this year. As against the year 2000, when the detection rate of this cell had shown a declining trend, this year the Crime Branch has managed to solve most of the cases that were passed on to them.

Figures show that as against the 68 per cent of the cases of murders solved in the year 2000, the detection rate has been 100 per cent in such cases this year. While 76 per cent of the theft and burglary cases were solved last year, 89 per cent of the cases have been solved so far this year. The Crime Branch has also attained similar success in solving cases of kidnapping and snatching.

However, sources point out that no separate staff has been sanctioned for the Crime Branch. Though staff from other units of the police has been diverted to the branch, the branch has no specialised equipment to lift finger prints or other evidence from the scene of crime. Also, the state-of-the-art equipment, which is considered as basic for any specialised unit involved in investigation like search lights, labels and tapes, better communication facilities , mobile barricades and digital cameras are not present.

Sources in the police say that though the Crime Branch has managed to solve most of the cases that were passed on to them this year, it was basically through eye witnesses or sustained investigations. It is felt that had the Crime Branch been provided with facilities in tune with the changing trends in crime, including a state-of-the-art interrogation room, the quality of investigations would improve.

In fact, till about a few weeks back, the Modus Operandi Branch of the police had not even prepared a dossier of the criminals and bad characters in the city. It was reportedly after this that there was a sudden upsurge in the crime rate in the city that propelled the police into action.

It is also learnt that a proposal to revamp the Crime Branch Cell of the police was recently okayed, but it was lost in the bureaucratic circles. It is alleged that after the proposal was approved by the top officials and sent to the concerned officials for preparing an action plan for its implementation, nothing has been done.


Centres for admissions to PU courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The local MCM DAV College for Women has been selected as the centre for admissions to the bachelor of commerce, bachelor of computer application and bachelor of business administration courses in the colleges of the city. All the colleges are affiliated to Panjab University.

An official press release said here today that in all towns and cities where there were only one or at the maximum two colleges for these courses, the admissions would be held individually on college basis. In cities and towns with more than three affiliated colleges, one common centre had been specified by the university.

For colleges of Ludhiana, admissions would be held at the Khalsa College for Women. Admissions at the Hoshiarpur centre would be carried out at DAV College. DM College, Moga would be the centre of admissions for the local colleges.

Panjab University has sanctioned 300 seats for admissions in the master of information science course in the forthcoming session.

Colleges affiliated to the university who are already offering the BCA course and have not earlier applied for the MIS course can apply by June 11.


Rs 50,000 relief for shed-collapse victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today sanctioned Rs 50,000 each of the families of the two persons, who died in a shed-collapse in the Colony No 5, yesterday.

On getting the news of the roof collapse last night, the Administrator asked the DC to coordinate relief measures and ensure that the injured patients admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, were provided free treatment from the Red Cross.

Meanwhile, a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the fire incident at a local theatre. The inquiry would go into the cause of the fire. It would also look into the fire-fighting preparedness of the theatre and the response of the theatre management in fighting the fire and evacuating the people from the theatre. General Jacob has asked the DC to get rest of the theatres and public buildings checked for fire preparedness.



The Chandigarh Administration has done a commendable job by providing slip roads to streamline the flow of traffic. However, at some points red lights have been installed which makes the concept a misnomer. One can see one such slip road while coming from Industrial Area towards Sector 28 market. Many have been challaned here. Still more slip roads are required, but without red lights.

Environment Day

Tuesday (June 5) is Environment Day, and expectedly, reader Yasmin Dutta of Panchkula has sent us a hand-made card on the occasion. It is in the shape of a tree, with a crisp message written on it:

Many trees are being felled …

Because man’s needs have grown;

He himself has settled …

Leaving mother nature on her own!

How true! The question is what are we going to do about it?

Book on Uttarakhand

Even before Uttarakhand has begun to grow roots, a book on the birth of the new state is available detailing the story from conception to delivery.

The book is as much the story of the struggle of the people for the creation of a state as it is the biography of the people themselves to whom must be apportioned a major part of the credit. Written by Indu Tewari, a Reader in History at Panjab University’s Evening College, it is the end product of an idea that seeded in her mind at a conference of women held on the university campus.

She came across women delegates from Uttarakhand who were flummoxed by the razzle-dazzle of the place and had to be coaxed to narrate their tales of woes and suffering. Language was a barrier. Communication was a stumbling block.They had a lot to say but could not. It was only at the informal interaction with those delegates that Indu Tewari’s interest grew in knowing more about their aspirations, the historical and geo-political background of the land and its people and the socio-economic vicissitudes associated with it.

Thus the 156-page book “Unity For Identity—Struggle For Uttarakhand State’’ has come at a time when the state has begun to find its place The book will be formally released by the Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, at Dehra Dun, on June 9.

Lights, please

UT Administrator J.F.R. Jacob inaugurated “Garden of Annuals” in Sector 44 in February, fulfilling the long-cherished demand of southern sectors to have a place where one could unwind oneself in the morning and the evening. And the garden has surely been a hit with people from day one. The garden is full of walkers, joggers and fitness freaks in the morning/evening.

People throng the garden even after evening meals. The well laid-out garden with trees of various varieties and flower beds, is a treat for the weary eyes. Benches have been provided at vantage points for the people to take rest. Even a canopy with benches has been erected in the middle of the garden. But one thing that perhaps escaped the attraction of planners is the provision of light points in the garden. The deficiency is all the more noticeable in the night. This is not asking for two much. Also needed is a water tap. After all, the garden attracts so many joggers.

UT versus Punjab

Whereas the Punjab government officials were conspicuous by their absence on the occasion of Anukama 2001 — the fashion show organised by the Northern Indian Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) at Hotel Mountview on May 30, UT Administration officials were almost in full attendance.

Since NIIFT is a Punjab Government undertaking, many Punjab Government ministers were expected to attend the function. Hardly anyone, however, turned up. The seats which had been kept reserved for the so-called VIPs remained empty till a major part of the function. It was only after about 45 minutes that the organisers thought of accommodating other standing viewers. The balance was struck by the many UT officials who were placed in the front rows, just next to the ramp,along with their families. Among the officials present were Home Secretary R.S. Gujral, Director, Public Relations Vivek Atray, CITCO Managing Director S.P. Singh and Joint Secretary, Home, Ashok Sangwan.

Dog loaded with liquor!

One can only wonder over how weird some people can get after getting drunk. The other day, two labourers crossed all limits when they were too drunk to handle themselves. After they wanted no more of that country liquor, they decided to pour it into the mouth of a poor dog standing nearby than leave the bottle on the road. The poor creature was caught by the neck and made to consume alcohol. After a few seconds it was seen vomitting along the roadside. Can the People For Animals or the Society for Prevention of Cruelty tackle such creatures?

Now a painter

Prabal Pramanik, the master artist of Devasthankala (the art of paper cutting) is again in Chandigarh, this time for sharing his paintings with the residents. Each time Prabal comes to town, he bares a hidden part of his character.

Till today one only knew that he has left a fortune to settle in a sleepy small village near Dharamsala, where he imparts paper cutting training to villagers free of cost. Interestingly, Prabal has lived in this village for 17 years and he has 17 rooms in his house. He built one room every year. His name also features among the top art collectors in the country. So much so that the gallery in his house has become a spot of tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh. His paintings reflect equal talent.

Accident prone

The Chandigarh — Sohana road, especially the road section dividing Sector 51 and 52, is fast becoming a major accident prone area. A number of fatal accidents have taken place on the road section, the latest being on last Thursday when a Chandigarh Home Guard constable died after his scooter was hit by a car.

The problem lies in the reduced width of the road due to haphazard parking of vehicles in front of the shops selling marble and allied items. A barricade to slow down traffic on the road has also resulted in mishaps as fast moving traffic during the nights hours fails to notice it. A resident of SAS Nagar rang up Sentinel demanding that the road be widened into a dual carriageway.

Fund raising

The foundation-laying ceremony of the Punjab BJP Bhavan in Sector 37 of Chandigarh the other day turned out to be a fund-raising ceremony. Persons ranging from district-level leaders to Mayors and ministers vied, with each other to pledge donations for the construction of the bhavan obviously to impress the BJP President, Mr K Jana Krishnamurthy.

Some of the donors could be seen grumbling as their names were not announced in the order of seniority i.e. according to the amounts donated by them.

Even as the leaders competed with one another to impress the top party leader, a rustic party worker had the last laugh. What has been the contribution of Mr Bangaru Laxman, asked the amused party worker.

Neglected lot

Residents of Sector 61 in the city, which houses the CHB’s middle income group flats, are a neglected

lot. People have the only access from Punjab via S.A.S. Nagar. There is no direct entry from Chandigarh. There is no direct bus service from either the ISBT in Sector 17 or 43. And no bus service exists for residents of Sector 61 if they want to reach the railway station. If power supply fails the tubewell based water supply also fails. There is no backup generator to run the tubewell.

The list of woes is endless. No school or dispensary exists in the sector and there is no post office or even a sub post office.


In the past one year there have been several changes in archaic building byelaws which govern the city. The most recent one has been the permission to accept the date of sewerage connection as the much needed completion certificate. This clause has been evoked for freehold plots allotted before 1973.

And, contrary to popular perception the new ruling has helped all classes of people and not just the defence personnel. About 4750 plots will be covered. About three decades ago no one had bothered to get completion certificates but the residents were facing problems in selling the property. The Estate office wanted a completion certificate and the other way out was that the owner has to pay 33 per cent of the present market value as fee. The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) came to the rescue of the residents and directed his officials to accept the date of sewerage connection as the date of completion.

The beneficiaries of these plots are 847 government employees and general category, 3830 defence personnel, 30 doctors, 19 engineers, one nonresident Indian (NRI), 11 architects and five journalists.

A record

Mr Bhupinder Sood, Development Officer in the Branch Unit—II of Chandigarh, has created a record in the Chandigarh Division by completing a first premium income of Rs 1.08 crore in the financial year 2000-2001. He assured a sum of Rs 15.42 crore in the financial year. Mr Sood is the first Development Officer to achieve this rare feat.

— Sentinel


Potholed roads cry for repairs in Ram Darbar
Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Patches of road can be seen amid potholes and craters as you drive along the road leading to Ram Darbar and other internal roads in the area. The neglect of a stretch of road from the gurdwara to super bazar, in fact, speaks volumes about the apathy of the authorities concerned.

Residents of the area, who are sore over the deteriorating conditions of these roads, point out that recarpeting of these roads and strengthening work in the area, has not been undertaken for over 10 years. The upper crust and the base of the roads has, over the years deteriorated, beyond repair and the patchwork done on these roads does not stay for long, pointed out one of the residents.

Other residents point out the ordeal they face every day in maneuvering their vehicles, particularly two-wheelers through these pothole-ridden roads. Poor visibility at night due to non-functional streetlights have led to serious accidents on these roads which have developed huge potholes, said Mr Kuldip Singh. To further add to their woes, the roads are not cleaned up properly and regularly.

Since a lot of factories are located in this area, the industrialists have also been highlighting the poor upkeep and maintenance of these roads. One of them pointed out that ‘‘ goods often get damaged when trucks pass over these potholes’’.

The roads will virtually vanish if the authorities do not take a serious note of it as the condition is going from bad to worse, said another industrialist.

Drivers point out that calling it a road at few places would require one to stretch a vehicular suspension too far — almost to a breaking point. Gurdip Singh, a truck driver, said that it was a test to drive loaded heavy vehicles on this road. The axles, tyres and suspension of the vehicles got damaged badly. Further the haphazard parking of vehicles along these roads had caused considerable damage to road berms and footpaths.

MC officials express ignorance when the road was last carpeted. They only admit that it was anytime during MC’s four years of existence.

In view of the constraint of funds, all they are able to do is do pothole repair exercise, which just does not last. The present condition of these roads only indicates the futility of the exercise.

MC officials, however blame industrialists for the condition of these roads. ‘‘They are in the habit of unloading their trucks on the road itself, thereby causing damage to the road.’’

People question about the lack of funds? Residents argue that if sector roads can be carpeted every three to four years, then why not these roads beyond the heart of the city.

But there is good news for them as the Finance and Contract Committee (F and CC) has sanctioned an estimate of Rs 10.40 lakh for the repair of these roads.


Rally by CHB flat residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , June 3
Members of the CHB Residents Federation tonight organised a rally against the decision of the Chandigarh Housing Board to demolish the “illegal” alterations and additions in the flats after July 31.

Addressing the rally, various speakers urged the CHB authorities to regularise the need-based changes made by the flats owners. If the changes were not regularised, the federation would intensify its agitation which would include dharna and relay fast from July 20 to 28.

Apart from the regularisation of changes, the speakers demanded the increased covered areas in the flats. Terming the decision to demolish the structures as wrong, the speakers said they wanted that only structurally sound alterations should be regularised. The changes which encroached upon the government land should not be regularised.

The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, assured the allottees that he would take up the matter with the authorities. Prominent among those present were the councillor, Ms Kamla Sharma, and the INTUC President, Mr Ram Pal Sharma.


Future of 1,400 workers in doldrums
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 3
In the wake of no official communication by the management of the JCT Electronics regarding the closing down of unit, country’s oldest and a reputed manufacturer of colour picture tubes, uncertainty about their future prevails among the over 1,400 workers of the company.

The unit closed down its operations in the second week of May setting fears among the workers. The issue of non-payment of two-month salary to the employees also remains unsolved even as the Punjab Labour Department is reported to have directed the company’s management to clear the dues.

While the management has been claiming that the the operations had been stopped to restructure the financial position and modernise the unit, the workers blame that profit made from the unit were diverted to over 400 crore Baroda plant unit resulting in losses. The removal of 91 employees of the unit by the management has also been rejected by the Labour Department.

The leaders of the JCT Electronics Employees Welfare Association and the JCT Electronics Mazdoor Sangh allege that the management could repeat the 1991 incident when workers were lathicharged to felicitate closure of the unit. Mr K.K. Pandit, GM (Works), was not available for comments. The workers allege that at least 33 workers who had come forward to resign was immediately given their pending dues.

The workers had already given their memorandum to the State Labour Minister, Secretary Labour and the Labour Commissioner.

The workers have urged the government that in case the management sought permission to close the unit then they should be informed. “If the management talks of losses it is to be blamed for itself as 300 persons kept in 1991 had not been removed”. 



Books on and under the bed

Cluttering books in Feng Shui is very bad. But when kept in proper places and neatly, the same books can bring good results in studies. How you store the books in the bedroom is very important. Books strewn over the bed can cause disturbed sleep. Above the bed on shelves they signify that the sleeping person is overwhelmed by new knowledge. So if a student is sleeping under the shelves, the books will create problems with his school work. These shelves will not affect immediately; it will take some time before the person or the student will feel and experience stress and pressure and his work will start to suffer.

According to Feng Shui, books should never be kept under the bed. Students should be very careful not to keep their text-books, notes and essays — of the subjects that are to be given marks by the teachers — under the bed as this is really bad news, symbolically sleeping on your books and notes is like stepping over them.

This should be avoided at all costs by every student. I personally recommend that all students should keep their books on the side-tables of their bedrooms or on the shelves that do not face the bed directly. Lastly, remember books represent knowledge and this fact should never be compromised by bed Feng Shui. Harshna

Address your Feng Shui queries to:

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



Dharna outside councillor’s house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
BJP activists, led by the BJP Mandal 14 chief, Mr Dalip Sharma, today organised a dharna outside the Bapu Dham Colony residence of Ms Sunita, a Congress councillor, to draw the attention of the authorities to the residents' demands.

Various speakers alleged that hardly any development work had been carried out in Ward 14 since Ms Sunita became the councillor.

Mr Sharma demanded that a survey for making yellow cards should be conducted again. Construction of a dharamshala, an end to the shortage of water in Madrasi Colony and Gandhi Colony and proper sewerage in Bapu Dham Colony were also demanded.


Man hospitalised after attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Paramjit Singh was reportedly assaulted by Ishwar Singh last evening. The former has been admitted to the PGI. He has also alleged that the accused threatened him. The police has registered a case under Sections 324 and 506 of the IPC.

Burglary: Coins worth Rs 800 were allegedly stolen from milk booth 11 in Sector 11 on the night of June 1. The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Harpreet Singh.

Mobile stolen: A mobile phone was stolen from a car parked in Sector 40-C. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Sukhdev Singh.

Three held: The police has arrested Asha Rani, her husband Som Nath and son Manoj Kumar on the charge of preventing a government employee from performing his official duty. A case under Sections 332 and 353 of the IPC has been registered against them.

They have been accused by a draftsman in the Municipal Corporation sub-office in Mani Majra, Mr Pardeep Kumar Gupta, of trying to stop him when he was removing encroachment from Mohalla Gobindpura.

Burn injuries: A 25-year-old woman sustained 70 per cent burn injuries when her sari caught fire from the cooking stove this evening.

The police said the victim, Bala, was a resident of Palsora and had been married for the past six years. It is learnt that her sari caught fire when she tried to lift the boiling milk pan from the stove. She has been admitted to the PGI.

Held for kidnapping: Chander Mohan Singh Thakur (50) was today arrested by the Mani Majra police on the charge of abducting a minor girl.

He is a resident of Indira Colony and has been accused of abducting his neighbour's daughter.

The police said that the accused was named in the FIR only after five months when the father of the victim submitted an affidavit in the court, accusing Thakur of being responsible for his daughter's abduction.

An FIR under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC was registered in December, 2000, but the person had not been named as the accused.

Criminal intimidation: The Crime Branch today arrested two brothers, Rajnish Tuli and Sandeep Tuli, on the charge of criminal intimidation.

The two had reportedly gone to the house of the former's estranged wife and threatened her into withdrawing cases against them.

It is learnt that Sangeeta was married to Rajnish in 1997, but their relations turned sour in 1999 and she had been staying with her father in Sector 23 since then. The two sides were also engaged in a legal battle for divorce.

SAS Nagar

Marriage of minor: An alleged case of marriage of a minor girl of Guru Nanak Colony in Phase X here has come to light. The girl, Rinku, married a youth, Rakesh Kumar, of the same colony recently at Chandigarh but the mother of the girl complained that the girl was a minor. The girl is reported to have levelled serious allegations against her mother in this connection. The marriage was solemnised in the presence of a woman Congress worker. Municipal councillor of the area Tarlochan Singh had also complained to the police in this regard.Back


Beopar mandal chief’s poll on July 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The election to the post of the President of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) will be held on July 1.

This was announced by the Chairman of the CBM, Mr Joginder Singh Sawhney, at a general body meeting of the mandal held here. The circular regarding the schedule of the election process will be announced within three days, according to a press note issued here today.

Several changes regarding the tenure of the President, his financial powers and entry of new members were approved at the meeting. 

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