Wednesday, June 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Jacob discusses flora, fauna protection with kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Children from various schools today discovered a new teacher in Lt Gen JFR Jacob, PVSM (retd.), Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh. They got unique lessons on environment from the Governor.

At a function organised in Kansal forest to celebrate the World Environment Day where children from various schools trekked from Nepali to Kansal Log Hut, to participate in the function, the Administrator departed from his usual speech and informally interacted with the children sharing information on the importance of protecting flora, fauna and lepidoptera. Students were pleasantly surprised as the Governor came down from the rostrum interacting with them and asking them simple questions on environment and explaining them the importance of protecting it. General Jacob said that he was lucky to have got education in a school, which was located in midst of a forest. “We were encouraged to explore the forest and to love nature”, the Governor added.

Recalling an interesting instance, he said that he was once caught by a forest guard trying out a new khukhri on a tree and was caned by the headmaster. ‘‘This was a lesson for me,’’ the Governor said and added that it was very important to protect the fragile eco-balance of the nature in which plants, animals and insects were inter-dependent on each other for their survival. “We have to strike a prefect balance amongst them”, he added.

Exhorting the students to know more about the nature and plant a sapling in their vicinity of their residence, the Governor said that they should nurture that plant through out life and take care of it. He said that it was the responsibility of youth to protect the environment for them and future generations.

Expressing concern over non-biodegradable polythene bags chocking the forests and waterways, the Governor said that we should desist from using polythene bags. He asked every child to take a pledge to protect the environment.

General Jacob announced a grant of Rs 50 lakh that would be used for construction of fire lanes and to improve the forest.

Earlier, the Administrator went around an exhibition of paintings by students on the environment and he also saw same excellent photographs on nature. The Governor planted a neem sapling and also released a ‘Green Chandigarh Action Plan 2001-2002.’

Students of C L Aggarwal DAV School, Sector 7, enacted a play on the theme of nature whereas students of Government Model School, Sector 33, sang a group song. A student of DAV Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, narrated their experience on nature trail from Nepali to Kansal Log Hut.

The Home Secretary, Mr. RS Gujral, administered an oath about not using polybags. The Adviser to Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, informed that it was for the first time that the Engineering Department, Municipal Corporation, Horticulture & Forest Department had joined hands for coordinated plan to green Chandigarh. Specific area had been earmarked to each department to plant the trees, she added.

General Jacob also gave away prizes to winners of painting competition, Kriti Sharma of Sacred Heart School got the first prize whereas Kanchi of Little Flower Convent got second prize and Saakshi Sharda of Carmel Convent School got third prize.

In 9 to 13 age group, Neha Thakur of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Deepali Thaper of same school and Sneh, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 won the first, second and third prizes, respectively whereas Jasminder Kaur, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Nityanshu, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Pardeep Kumar, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, Neha, Government Model Senor Secondary School, Mani Majra, Ritu Beri, Government Model High School, Sector 36 and Ritu Raj, Government Model School, Sector 36 won the consolation prizes.

In above 13 competition, Varinder Saini, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Geetu, Government Model High School, Sector 36 and Sonal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16 won first, second and third prizes, respectively, whereas Amanpreet Singh, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Ritika, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, Lakhbir Singh, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, Amneet Kaur, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, Mamta Yadav, Government Model High School, Sector 36 and Kiran Nehra, H.No. 237, Sector 10A won consolation prizes.

In photography competitions, Mr. RS Kwatra won first prize of Rs. 2500 in professional category, Dr Rajinder Singh, Mr Vivek Sharma and Ms Manjari Agarwal, won first, prize (Rs 1500), second (Rs 1000) and third (Rs 500/-) in amateur category.

On this occasion, the Administrator also honoured villagers who helped in controlling fire recently in the Shivalik wildlife sanctuary.

Meanwhile, keeping in view the prevalent use of plastic bags, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation celebrated the World Environment Day today by launching a campaign against their blatant use.

The theme of the World Environment Day this year is ‘connect with the world wide web of life’. To motivate people to alter their living and thinking with environment in mind, the MC organised several programmes to highlight preventive measures to check over use of land-based resources and pollution. Ecological restoration of degraded habitat, afforestation and regeneration of degraded lands and tree plantations in general and sustainable use of earth’s resources was also highlighted.

On this occasion, the city Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, the Chief Engineer, Mr Manmohanjit Singh, the Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Mr Ashok Vashisth, the Municipal Secretary, Mr Ashwini Kumar and other senior officers also planted saplings in different parts of the city.

The awareness campaign was initiated from the Sector 17 piazza and was later extended to the grain market in Sector 26. According to Mr Goyal, plastic bags were having detrimental effect on the environment and their use must be immediately discontinued. Global life support system was under severe pressure and the need of the hour was conservation and sustained use of the available resources for long term beings and survival of human beings, he added.

Later in the day, a sapling plantation drive was carried out in the Shivalik Enclave, Mani majra, Mauli Jagran, Sectors 22, 23, 40, 44 and Dhanas colony. Saplings of trees having medicinal value like neem and bahera were planted and councillor of the areas concerned also participated in the drive.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Monitoring Instruments Division (EMID) of Central Scientific instruments Organisation (CSIO) in collaboration with the Environment Society of India yesterday organised a workshop on environment awareness and action ‘‘Saturday School Environment’’. About 40 teachers and lecturers from various schools and colleges attended the workshop.

In his keynote address Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director, CSIO, emphasised the role of teachers in curbing rising pollution. Dr S.K. Sharma, President, Environment Society of India, Chandigarh chapter, said that India’s tradition had an inbuilt reference to environment protection.

Dr S.C. Jain, Chairman, Chemical Engineering Department, PU, said that the public should not always depend on the government and municipal corporations and make individual efforts.

Dr K.K. Garg, Joint Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests, stressed the need to control population, conserve water and eradicate parthenium.

Dr B.Prasad, Head, EMID, also spoke on the occasion. Led by Ms Sangeeta Garg, Scientist, EMID, the teachers were taken around the laboratory for practical demonstration and discussions on the subject.

The NCC Department of Panjab University in collaboration with the Traders Union observed the Environment Day at a function at the Janata Colony here today.

Dr C.L.Narang, Director of the NSS, said ‘‘too much industrialisation and urbanisation is becoming a threat to human existence. Smoke pollution, water pollution, air and soil pollution is posing a great threat need immediate attention’’

Mrs Shyama Negi,president of the Traders Union, appealed to the people to be more caring towards planting more trees. Mr Raja ram,president of the colony, said that it was unfortunate that use of plastic goods and polythene bags had increased manifold.

In another function, 80 children in various age groups participated in an on-the-spot painting competition organised by the main branch of the State Bank of India, Sector 17, to mark the Environment Day at the Bal Bhavan here today.

Speaking on the occasion Mr H O Sharma, General Manager of the branch, said that the society was facing environmental problems because of the rapid industrialisation and deforestation. He emphasised that more and more trees should be planted and the there should be proper management of water. Ms Pooja Khana, assistant secretary of the Bal Bhavan also spoke on the occasion.

Results of the painting competition: under 10 years:- Seerat Kaur (first), Sadhika Gupta (second) and Arpana (third); 10 to 16 years:- Simrat Kaur (first), Sangha Preeya (second) and Preeti Sharma (third); above 16 years:- Monica Verma (first), Asha (second) and Maninder Kaur(third). A special prize was given to Gunjan Sharma, the three-year-old youngest participant

On the World Environment Day, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today decided to undertake development works in some of the open areas and parks located in or around the CHB housing colonies.

The CHB will be sprucing up the area, plant trees and make provisions of flat railing wherever required or feasible. The areas which have been identified are Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra; West of Sector 38; MIG Housing Complex, Sector 61; Rehabilitation Colony, Palsora; Housing Complex in Dhanas village and some other locations in the CHB colonies in Sectors 40 to 47.

Accompanied by other councillors of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Mrs Satinder Dhawan, today visited the markets of Sector 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 to impress upon the shopkeepers to discourage the use of polythene bags on the World Environment Day.

She also explained to them the ill effects of these non-bio-degradable polythene bags on environment. She claimed that shopkeepers assured her that they would try to minimise the use of polythene bags.

The Horticulture wing of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, in tandem with women organisations of Sector 44-A and B celebrated the World Environment Day by organising a plantation drive at Green Bet between Sector 44-A and B.

The Horticulture Superintending Engineer, Mr Sokhi and Executive Engineer, Mr Raghbir Singh, gave details of eco-friendly plants.

Mr Harcharan Singh Sawhney and Mr N.S. Minhas, general secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal and an advocate, also planted flowering plants and adopted them. Mr Ramesh Duggal, vice-president of Sector 44-D Market Welfare Association also planted and adopted a medicated plant.

Mrs Harjinder Kaur appealed to all those who were present there to plant and atop at least one plant.

Dera bassi: The Rotary Club, Dera Bassi, in association with a local factory, planted sapling of various species of trees to mark the World Environment Day, here today.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Saini, Chairman of Rotary International District 3090, said that saplings were planted in 10 nearby schools and the management of Rallies India Limited assured to donate tree-guards so that the plants could be brought up.

SAS Nagar: Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., SAS Nagar and the Gram Welfare Association celebrated the World Environment Day in Mohali village today.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Naresh Kumar, vice-president of the Ranbaxy, emphasised on the need of tree plantation. Pawan Dass and Gurpreet Singh, two children of the village spoke about the responsibilities of citizens towards the environment. A quiz on environment for the children was also conducted by Mr K K Sharma, senior manager, environment. Parvinder Kaur, Bhupinder Kumar, Gaurav, Gaganvir Singh, Baldev Singh and Jagtar Singh won prizes in the quiz.


Special training programme for college principals
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
In a unique step, Panjab University is organising a special training programme for college principals this summer.

A pilot project is scheduled for the Chandigarh centre from June 23 to June 28. There will be two academic sessions each day for principals of affiliated colleges in the area.

Reliable sources said that a chain of workshops will be later conducted at Ludhiana, Ferozepore and Hoshiarpur which will follow the pattern of the “experimental workshop”.

The training schedule underlines financial and personnel management in colleges as suited to the current times. The main objectives underlined are relating to higher education with the changing scenario; awareness about management techniques; and interface of colleges with various bodies like the DPI (Colleges), University Grants Commission and university officials, besides others.

A PU committee in the absence of the Vice-Chancellor met under the chairmanship of Prof S.L. Sharma. Among those present in the meeting included Principal Usha Gupta, Principal Vijaya Lakshmi, Principal P.S. Sangha, Principal R.C. Jeewan, Principal A.C. Vaid, Prof C.M. Behl and Prof S.C. Vaidya, among others.

The workshop, which is the brain-child of Prof K.N. Pathak, VC, has underlined different areas which will witness key focus. These include top quality IT education, human resources, financial needs, budgeting, student focus in colleges, work culture, role of a pro-active principal, university- college interaction, UGC schemes and an open house discussion.

Highly placed sources said that a need was felt for evaluating the actual working conditions in colleges in relation to the university under changing education scenario. The workshops dream in updating the information of principals.

Resource persons will come from the UGC, the ICSSR and the Indian Institute of Public Administration, besides other resource management avenues.

It was also said that for a number of UGC schemes there were very few takers because of lack of information among a big section of principals. The workshop will try to pass on apt information for available facilities and ways to get them.

‘Higher education in a changing millennium’ is one of the important subjects at the workshop. It has been felt that education priorities had changed over the past few years. Management and information technology seem to be the most sought after field at the moment. However, real perspective for employment opportunities in the long run needed to be understood and ably communicated to students.


Clerks and courier mess up with girl’s form
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Saru Ohri, a resident of Sector 44, will not be able to take the entrance test of Punjab Technical University of Jalandhar due to the carelessness of a courier company and the PTU clerks who handle the mail.

She had send her application form for the Masters Entrance Test (MET) for the MBA and MCA courses of the PTU on May 18. The packet was sent through Desk to Desk Courier and Cargo Limited of Sector 35 and she had received a proper receipt for this.

According to the prospectus of the PTU, the last date for the receipt of applications was May 22. The PTU clerks, due to some absurd reason, wrote “last date 17/05 date over” on the packet and refused to accept it. Probably they confused the MET with the Common Entrance Test (CET) of the university, applications for which had to be received latest by May 17. This happened even though Saru had written “MET” in bold letters on the packet.

On May 19, two days after Saru had send the packet, the Sector 35 courier company got it back from its Jalandhar office. The company’s staff in Sector 35 kept the packet and did not inform Saru Ohri about it, though her address and telephone number were on the packet and the receipt.

On May 30, Saru learnt that her form had not been received at the PTU, after her father, Mr Ravinder Kumar Ohri, who had rushed to Jalandhar to get a duplicate roll number issued, had learnt it from the PTU officials.

Mr Ohri retruned to Chandigarh and asked the courier company about the packet. The officials of the company gave him the packet with a handwritten note about the last date being over. When Mr Ohri demanded an explanation for sitting on the packet for 14 days, the courier company replied that the consignee had refused to accept it.

Mr Ohri said, “Had the courier company informed my daughter about the position on May 19, I could have gone to Jalandhar to handover the packet to the PTU officials. My daughter has lost a year for no fault of her.”


Fire safety at press not on priority list
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 5
Fire safety at the local government press seems to weigh little on the minds of officials of the Printing and Stationery Department. A main source for printing government stationery, including ballot papers and budget speeches, the premises lacks the fire control equipment — otherwise necessary to be installed at a place used for printing and storing of combustible material — like paper.

By rough estimates, printing paper worth lakhs of rupees, which is stored in the premises at the time of printing jobs, could become the cause of a major blaze. Heaps of waste paper, supposed to be disposed of after inviting tenders, was dumped in one corner near the entrance of the premises.

Officials of the local Fire Department said that twice the printing press officials have been asked to install fire hydrants and fire extinguishers in the complex to avert any major tragedy. Mr Balwinder Singh Sidhu, in charge of the local fire station, said : “After conducting a survey of the premises we twice wrote to the officials, during 1997 and 2000, to install the fire hydrants”.

Enquiries reveal that shortage of funds was the main reason behind the poor state of affairs at the press. Wild growth had virtually taken over the open spaces around the building. Instances of snakes and insects appearing from the wild growth have been reported. The condition of toilets was also reported to be bad and the security lights outside the building were said to be out of order.

The Controller, Printing and Stationery Department, Mr S.S. Dhillon, when contacted said the local civic body and the Public Works Department had been asked to get the wild growth cleared. On the issue of lack of fire fighting equipments, he said he would inquire into the matter.


Encroachments removed
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, June 5
Continuing the anti-encroachment drive, the enforcement wing of the Haryana Urban and Development Authority removed encroachments from the corridors of the Sector 7 market here today. The enforcement wing removed unauthorised structures and establishments from the market. The shopkeepers started pulling down the structures as the enforcement team reached the market.

Though some of the shopkeepers were seen arguing with officials of the enforcement wing headed by Mr J.P. Dahiya, DSP, and Mr D.P. Singh, Estate Officer, HUDA, there was no untoward incident during the drive.


When kids bridge the gap between India and Pak
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 5
In an attempt to bring the children of India and Pakistan closer for the first time through a cultural exchange programme, Future Kids Club, a venture of Besten Foundation, Mohali and Ajoka Children’s Theatre of Lahore is going to stage a play ‘Border- Border’ on June 16 at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18.

Addressing a press conference at the Press Club in Sector 27 here today, the head of Ajoka Theatre group, Ms Madeeha Gauhar said that though Ajoka has performed many a time in different cities of India in collaboration with their India counterparts, it was for the first time the children got an opportunity to interact with each other through a stage show.

“Separation of India and Pakistan is a part of history now and what we have to accept it that Pakistan is a reality which is here to stay. Despite having separate identities we can come closer and become a part of a larger identity,” said Ms Gauhar.

Ms Madeeha Gauhar, who feels though the older generations in both India and Pakistan share some nostalgic feelings of togetherness which could not be wiped out by over fifty years of separation , it is the children who need to be taught that India and Pakistan share a 5000 years of common history together.

“In adults we have some rigid ideas that were evolved by the separation. But the children are free from such bitterness and so we thought of using them to bridge the gap between the people of the two countries,” said Mr. Amrit Pal Singh, Director of Besten Foundation.

Talking about the Ajoka Theatre group, Ms Gauhar said that the group, since it’s inception in 1984, had been struggling for a secular, just, humane and egalitarian society in Pakistan by staging socially meaningful dramas. Madeeha, who holds her Indian counterparts in high esteem, said their first performance was Badal Sircar’s play “Jaloos” which was an instant hit all over Pakistan.

The play ‘Border - Border’ written by Shahil Nadeem and directed by Rukhsana Kazmi of Ajoka Children Theatre, focuses on the similarities the people across the border share despite being politically hostile to each other. About 20 children from India and 15 from Pakistan will be working in this play.


Yoga as part of Army training
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Fourth generation weapon systems designed and developed in hi-tech laboratories and the spiritual science of yoga, founded by sages in ancient times, seem to make a somewhat odd combination.

The Army, it seems, is attempting to synergise the ancient and the modern to meet the physical and psychological requirements of the troops in the 21st century. The Army is advocating yoga as a means of relieving stress among the troops and enhancing their performance. A workshop on yoga, which was attended by the top brass of the Western Command, was held at Chandimandir recently. Similar workshops have also been held by the Army at a number of other places in the past.

As a pilot project, two platoons at the Bihar Regimental Centre, Danapur, were selected to study the effects of yoga. Recruits of the two platoons were put through identical training. One of the platoons was given additional yoga classes for an hour and a half daily. On grading of performance, it was found that the recruits who had undergone yoga training performed much better in all spheres than the others. “This underlines the efficacy of yoga and its direct relationship with improved performance,” an officer here commented.

The project was undertaken in collaboration with the Bihar School of Yoga, which has been associated with the Army for quite some time and is also internationally recognised as a teaching institution. It has conducted yoga programmes for the Army also in the past, and teams from the school have visited troops in forward areas.

The aim of holding yoga classes, an officer said, was to inculcate positive attributes among the soldiers, help them improve the quality of their life, and achieve better efficiency and productivity, besides harmonising actions of the mind and the body in tense situations.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been associated with the study and research in yoga which can be applied to military training. The Delhi-based Defence Institute of Physiology and Applied Sciences (DIPSA), a laboratory under the DRDO, has been studying the effect of yoga exercises on physiological, biological and psychological functions in various age groups and under various environmental conditions. DIPSA is also reported to have developed the know-how to ensure pharmaceutical preparations as potential agents to alleviate stress trauma and enhance adaptation. DRDO laboratories are known to have liaised with the Central Council of Yoga and Naturopathy, Delhi, in pursuance of their research.


Jacob honours shramdanis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
About 43 city residents who regularly come to participate in voluntary shramdan at Sukhna Lake were honoured at a function this morning. Sponsors and institutions were also honoured.

The shramdan will, however, continue and the award ceremony was to mark the end of the voluntary effort.

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), honoured the regular shramdanis, sponsors and institutions at the regulator end of Sukhna Lake. While speaking on the occasion, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal has offered six tippers costing about Rs 45 lakh from his MP Local Area Development Fund to be used for Municipal Corporation as well as in shramdan at Sukhna Lake.

Among the honoured prominent regular shramdanis were Mr Vijay Pal Singh, Mr Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Ms Chandani Sharma, Mr Joginder Singh Bhopal, Mr P.S. Thakur, Ms Kiran Thakur, Mr Harbans Lal Gupta, Mr Sunil Mehra, Mr Jaswant Singh, Mr Ram, Mr Sat Pal Yadav, Mr Jagmohan Goyal, Mr KL Sharma, Mr Dyal Singh, Mr Nirbhai Singh, Mr Sat Pal Sharma, Mr Raman Gupta, Mr Shakti Nath Maji, Mr Manoj Jain, Mr M.L. Mittal, Ms Reeta, Master Akash, Mr Parveen Rastogi, Mrs Rekha Rastogi, Mr Manoj Kumar Mishra, Mr Sunil Kumar, Mr Amit Kumar, Mr Kashmira Singh, Mr Gurdev Singh, Mr B.K. Gupta, Mr B.M. Babbar, Mr Rajpal Singh, Mr Shamsher Singh, Mr Jagjit Singh, Mr Ajit Pal Singh, Mr Jatinder Kumar Marwaha, Ms Amarjit Kaur, Mr Sham Lal Singla, Mr G.S. Virdi, Master Ajay Kumar Mishra, Baby Khushi, Mr Prem Sagar and Mr Vimal Trikha. Each awardee was presented with a T-shirt and a commendation certificate.

Some schools and colleges, who had done exemplary work at Sukhna Lake in desilting were Govt Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, Industrial Training Institute, Sector 28, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Director, NSS, Chandigarh, Panjab University, DAV Model School, Sector 15, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, Government High School, Sector 7, and Government College of Education, Sector 20, Chandigarh.

Departments and organisations to be honoured for their cooperation during the shramdan were Engineering Department, UT, Chandigarh, power generation giant Bhakra Beas Management Board ( BBMB), Army Engineers, Haryana Drainage Department and Punjab Drainage Department.

Institutions who sponsored the shramdan were CITCO, MILKFED, Haryana Dairy Development, ICICI Bank, Quark, Talwar Dairy and Hotel & Restaurant Association of Chandigarh Shiv Bhandar Sector 26.

The Hotel and Restaurant Association also served breakfast for all the awardees and shramdanis.

The president of the association, Mr Manmohan Singh, said it was great experience to be involved in saving the environment.


Organise awareness camps on environment’
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, June 5
The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmananad, and his wife, Ms Sudesh Kumari, today planted saplings of neem and Alstonia scholaris (chhatim) trees at Haryana Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh to mark the World Environment Day.

The Governor said the state forest department should organise awareness camps, especially in rural and slum areas, to make surroundings green.

The Governor stressed planting of fruit, ornamental, medicinal, shrubs and shady trees besides shrubs in public places, panchayat lands, roads and river sides.

The teachers, students, panches sarpanches and the public should be sensitised to the importance of tree plantation.

Mr R.S. Hooda, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Haryana, said various afforestation programmes were being implemented in Haryana by the department.

One crore plants of various species would be planted under afforestation programmes and schemes this year. To involve people in developing forests, a “joint forest management” scheme had been adopted throughout the state, he added.

Besides the Governor, Mr SP Sharma, Secretary to the Governor, Mr RS Hooda, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr B.D. Monga, Chief Conservator of Forests, Haryana, D.K. Dhar, Director Community Forests Project, Mr. Sultan Singh, MD Forest Development Corporation, Haryana, Shashi Bala, Secretary, Haryana Red Cross Society and Capt Sreejith, SDC to Governor, also planted saplings on the occasion.


Preserve environment: Gosain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Ms Anjana Gosain, an environmentalist, lawyer and secretary of the World Tiger Trust, today appealed to students of the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT) that they should not only preserve the environment but also improve it by using non-conventional means of energy, harnessing of rain water and worshipping sun, air, water, trees and forests which are basis of our survival.

She said that due to pollution and congestion, environmental conditions, were detriorating not only of metropolitan cities, but also of rural areas because of burning of cow dung, firewood, open sewerage and unhygienic conditions.

Talking about the Tiger Trust, Ms Gosain said it was created in 1989 by Mr Kailash Sankhla, father of the Project Tiger in India, with the objective to promote awareness about wildlife and nature conservation through education and research.

An exciting eco-tourism quiz contest was held on the occasion.


Lecture on photography
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 5
Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh organised a lecture on photography ‘‘Visual Experience’’ by Diwan Manna today at the Alliance Art Gallery, Sector 36 here. Diwan Manna is a well-known photographer, who has held exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York and Paris.

After a short introduction by the Director, Daniel Riou, Diwan Manna delivered a lecture on art and photography and related his experiences in the field of visual art. Manna described himself as an artist and photographer who believed in total honesty and described art as sheer joy which came from within. His field of interest during childhood had always been sports and he aspired to become a hockey player.He was also involved in poetry and theatrical acting. While doing a five-year diploma in Graphics from the College of Art,Chandigarh he also involved himself in theatre activities.

The lecture was carried further by Manna showing certain photographs, which have left a mark on visual art by some of the world renowned artists such as Raghu Rai, Frank Eugene, Charles Simart, Hans Bellmer,Dorothea Lang.He spoke on the new technologies being used in the field of art and photography.

On being questioned on the scope of photography and art, he said that an artist should not yearn for scope and recognition but should inculcate dedication and strong conviction in his work. He also emphasised that advances made in technology had not marred the creativity but the changes brought had been for better.His advice to the upcoming artists was that they should have complete dedication and devotion towards anything they do especially art.According to him being an artist meant being connected to nature,society,your own self and above all to God.


Sarbari Begum clarifies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Seeking a high-level inquiry into the Khanpur land dispute, Mrs Sarbari Begum, Vice-President of the Mahila Congress, Punjab, said today that she had nothing to do with this dispute. She said that the land sold through her on the basis of power of attorney had no link with the disputed land. She said that certain people were trying to drag the name of Congress leaders for their vested interests. It would be proper to hold the inquiry to bring the real picture before the people.

Meanwhile, Mr Harnek Singh Gharuan, a former minister, said that the government should take a lenient view of those arrested following a lathi charge by the police at Khanpur a few weeks ago. He said that he had all the sympathies with the police jawans and officers who were hurt in a stone-throwing incident at Khanpur, but the government should now try to sort out the issue by taking all concerned into confidence.


SC employees ignored: Adiwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Former Mayor Kewal Krishan Adiwal has alleged that various departments of the UT Administration were not giving due representation to their Scheduled Caste employees in either promotion or recruitment. In a press release issued here today, Mr Adiwal said, this was a complete violation of the reservation policy of the Government of India.

In this connection, Mr Adiwal has written letters to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, and heads of the various UT Administration departments.

He said that Scheduled Caste employees were being discriminated against and the existing vacancies were also not being filled by appointing and promoting them.

Mr Adiwal has demanded that the UT Social Welfare Department should start implementing the instructions, rules, regulations and policies concerning reservation system of the Union Government .

Urging the UT Administration to take immediate action, Mr Adiwal said failing this he would pursue the matter with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.


Poultry farms told to maintain sanitation
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, June 5
The Subdivisional Magistrate, Mr U.S. Sohal, today passed an order directing the owners of the poultry farms and hatcheries in the Raipur Rani and Barwala areas to maintain sanitation.

He ordered that the solid waste generated by the poultry farms should be dumped in pits to make compost. The farm owners have been directed to remove the litter from the poultry farms regularly and cover it to avoid fly breeding. Apart from this, he said that the dead birds should not be disposed of in the open.

The waste being discharged from poultry farms should be used for plantation and there should not be any cesspool in the area. They have also been directed to use bleaching powder for cleaning the floor of the farms and spray a mixture of Nuvan and water to check breeding of flies.

Mr Sohal said that the action had been taken following requests from various sarpanches and panches of the villages. Earlier, the villagers had given representations to the owners of the poultry farms and hatcheries to adopt proper house and sanitation management.


Shifting of post office resented
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 5
Shifting of a post office from Sector 59(PhaseV) to Sector 71 has been strongly resented by the municipal councillor of the area and the House Owners Welfare Society. Ms Deep Kaur Shyan, a municipal councillor, said the Postal Department was shifting the post office on the pretext of non-availability of accommodation where as a showroom (No. 10) in Sector 59 market had been offered by its owner.

The society had lamented that the Postal Department wanted to oblige its retired officer by taking his premises on rent in Sector 71. Ms Shyan said shifting of the post office would cause a lot of inconvenience to the senior citizens of the area. A deputation of the members of the society, which called upon the Chief Post Master General, Punjab Circle, was assured that the post office would not be shifted.


What you put under the staircase

FENG Shui gives a lot of importance to things kept under the staircase. It is very important to be aware of the items you put under your staircase. Think twice before you decide to place some item under the stairs. One important tip is never place something under the stairs that you never want to step upon.

To start with, I recommend, never to place mandirs, holy pictures, or anything that is connected with deities. Another things, one should keep in mind is to never keep your children’s computer and study table under the large staircase of your home.

This is because within a short period of placing the computer the children will suffer grades at school and the whole family will suffer from this.

A storeroom under the staircase is fine, but to place important files in the storeroom is wrong because they get stepped on day after day.

Stores filled with family paraphernalia is good Feng Shui.

I personally feel that keeping an altar under the staircases not only being very disrespectful but also creating very bad karma. This bad karma, is turn, can cause obstacles in yours life. In the end, I will just say that spiritual practices and Feng Shui have to do with energies only.


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The Tribune, Sector-29, Chandigarh-160020.



Charges against BJP councillor denied
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, June 5
Leaders of the BJP and the SAD here today denied the allegations levelled against Mr Tarlochan Singh, a BJP municipal councillor, in connection with the marriage of a Phase X girl.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Harjit Singh Bhullar, an executive member of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, and Mr Amrik Singh Mohali, a municipal councillor and vice-president of the Ropar unit of the SAD said the allegations were being made by a local Congress leader merely to defame Mr Tarlochan Singh. They said that the Congress had always been levelling allegations against BJP leaders. They demanded an inquiry into the matter and action against the guilty.


Crime review meeting decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
All investigating officers in the Economic Offences Wing and Crime Against Women Cell have been asked to present themselves at the time they give to the parties regarding the investigation of the cases.

This decision was taken during the monthly crime review meeting of the Economic Offences Wing and Crime Against Women Cell. The SP Operations, Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, presided over the meeting.

He asked the IOs not to call the parties time and again for investigations without specific reasons. He asked officials to readily receive and acknowledge the evidence in form of documents furnished by the parties in support of their defence.

He said that there would be no alibi for not accepting any document furnished by any of their parties. It has also been decided that sensitivity training and training in counselling be provided to staff of CAW cell so that disputes could be settled amicably.


Police to educate parking contractors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
In the wake of a spurt in the incidents of theft from parked vehicles, the police has decided to call a meeting of all parking contractors in the city to educate them about miscreants who steal things from parked cars.

This was stated by the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, here today. He said that the police would ask the contractors to keep a strong vigil on the vehicles parked in their areas.


Memo on problems of colony residents
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 5
A deputation of the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yova Morcha, District No 4, today met the Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, and submitted a memorandum on the problems faced by the residents of Colony No 4.

The memorandum demanded that electricity meters should be installed in the jhuggis which were left out. The other demands included replacement of wooden logs for supporting power cables with poles and proper delivery of power bills to the jhuggi-dwellers.

Led by district President Shashi Shankar Tiwari, the deputation also demanded that the monthly bills in the area should be fixed on flat rate basis.

The others who comprised the deputation were Mr Rajeev Pandey, Mr Brij Bhan Yadav, Mr P.K. Gupta, Mr Subedar Yadav and Mr Radhey Shyam.

Shopkeepers want rehabilitation
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 5
The New Furniture Market Association, Sector 42, has alleged that no official of the UT Administration visited the area where 10 shops were gutted in a fire last evening. The association claimed that all those affected shopkeepers had been rendered jobless.

In a letter to the Administrator of Chandigarh, the Adviser to the Administrator and the UT Home Secretary, the association has demanded relief and rehabilitation.


Murder accused remains untraced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The main accused in the sensational murder of a Sector 10 housewife, Pritha Singh, remains elusive for the Chandigarh police even three months after the murder.

Sustained efforts of the police to nab Birju Singh have so far proved futile. The police, after presenting the challan of the two other accused in the murder — Mohammad Ramzan and Mohammad Sallauddin — on May 4 have now initiated proceedings for declaring Birju a proclaimed offender.

It is learnt that the court has directed the police to place advertisements for the accused on July 7 — a preliminary step for declaring him a proclaimed offender (PO). “However”, informed the investigating officer of the case, SI Shamsher Singh, “this does not mean that the police has stopped the manhunt for the main accused. Our people have been going in various directions and have been asked to give any information they get about Birju.”

After the murder of the 63-year-old woman , the police had succeeded in arresting two of the accused within five days of the crime. While Mohammad Ramzan had been arrested from SAS Nagar, the police party that had gone to Bihar in search of the other two accused, was successful in arresting Sallauddin from his native village, Jahangirpur Bassian, falling under police station Gopalpur in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.

Police parties had also been dispatched to Patiala and Rajpura in Punjab and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh in order to arrest Birju. The police had received information that Birju was earlier working as labourer in Patiala and a few of his friends and relatives were still there. A police party had also visited his native village, Itwaari Haat, Hussainiwad in Bhagalpur district of Bihar. However, he continued to remain elusive.

It is learnt that Birju Singh, alias Birju Mandal, alias Birju , had left his village in Bihar some six to seven years ago in search of a better livelihood here in Punjab. “ However, his associates have informed that he could not do well in life and was barely able to sustain himself. This led him to plan and later execute the attack on the house in Sector 10 with the sole intention to loot, informed a police official dealing with the case.

It may be noted that all three accused were labourers specialising in laying of marble floors and two of them — Birju and Sallauddin had been working in the house of the couple. The third accused, Ramzan, was staying with them in a hutment in Colony No. 5 but was working in a different house in SAS Nagar.

The police investigations show that after the three had killed the woman, they went back home . Next morning, Ramzan went back to work and also made a confession to his contractor, R.P. Bedi, that they had killed Mrs Singh. While Sallauddin decided to rush back to his native village in Bihar, there is no clue of the prime accused, Birju.

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