Saturday, June 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Punjab to take up sullage issue with UT
Discharge polluting SAS Nagar rivulets
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 8
The Punjab government plans to take up the issue of untreated sullage being discharged by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation into seasonal rivulets, traversing through SAS Nagar, with the Adviser to the UT Administrator.

The move follows disagreement between the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and the Chandigarh civic body to set up a combined sewage treatment plant at a site located near the Kharar-Banur road. Intervention by the adviser to the UT Administrator would put pressure on the Chandigarh MC to decide on the issue.

Sources in the state government said the Principal Secretary to the Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab, had convened a meeting of all the state government agencies concerned to arrive on a consensus on the issue before the matter was taken up the Adviser to the UT Administrator and the Chandigarh MC. Officials of PUDA, Pollution Control Board, PSIEC, Public Health and SAS Nagar Municipal Council had been asked to attend the meeting scheduled for June 13. Residents of the town have already taken legal recourse to get the issue redressed.

While not denying that untreated sullage was being discharged in to choes by PUDA and the Punjab Public Health wing, an official of PUDA said the UT was the main contributor to the menace. The UT was discharging over 45 MGD of sewage of which around 30 MGD was being treated at the Diggian sewage treatment plant.

Enquires reveal that the over 20-year-old Diggian treatment plant with a capacity to treat 30 MGD of sewage had also become a bone of contention between PUDA and the Chandigarh MC. PUDA had been pressing upon the CMC to shift its existing Diggian sewage treatment plant as it was now surrounded by residential and industrial areas, posing health hazard.

The Pollution Control Board is reported to have also asked the CMC to shift the plant out of the area. An official of PUDA said the Chandigarh MC wanted an alternative site near the Chandigarh border and monetary compensation.

Enquiries reveal that the Chandigarh civic body had decided to upgrade the sewage treating capacity of Diggian plant — a move strongly objected by PUDA. At the July 13 meeting, the Pollution Control Board would be requested to take preventive action against the Chandigarh MC from making additions to the plant.

Treated and untreated sewer being discharged by the treatment plant at Papri for irrigation purposes had also become a source of nuisance for the entrepreneurs of the Industrial Focal Point, Phase IX, where the treatment plant was located. Mr Amardeep Sharma, an entrepreneur in the area, said the sewage after spilling over the artificial irrigation canal had spread in vacant plots in the Industrial Area.


Ruckus marks MC House proceedings
Tribune News Service

A Congress councillor, Ms Kamlesh, sits on dharna inside the MC House in Chandigarh on Friday.
A Congress councillor, Ms Kamlesh, sits on dharna inside the MC House in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, June 8
The General House meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation once again ended in a fiasco, without transacting any business slated for the day. Mayor Raj Kumar Goyal, finding it difficult to conduct the proceedings, called it a day and adjourned the House after four and a half hours of exchange of accusations between the ruling Congress and the opposition benches.

Many important issues, like replacing the old water meters and constituting the sub-committees of the corporation could not be taken up as the House could not be brought to order. City MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal repeatedly exhorted the councillors to conduct the proceedings of the House in an orderly manner.

The BJP councillors targeted the city Mayor, Mr Goyal, once again who refuted the allegations levelled against him and tried to clarify his position. The opposition had been demanding an explanation from Mr Goyal regarding illegal construction of shops by him in Mani Majra, the much publicised Divya Yog Mandir incidence and encroachment in the same place. Besides, the BJP councillors were also demanding clarification in allegations he had made against previous mayors, all from BJP.

The Mayor, in an elaborate clarification, said he along with others had purchased a residential plot in Mani Majra in 1993 and applied for permission for its conversion to commercial purposes for which the then Notified Area Committee had calculated Rs 4,50, 080 as charges for conversion.

Reiterating that there was nothing illegal in the matter, he said on constitution of the MC and merger of Notified Area Committee, the Assistant Commissioner had sanctioned the building plan for which he had also deposited the asked amount in installments with the MC office. “Later we purchased some more adjoining land and submitted revised plan for approval and also asked for allotment of numbers to the shops built on the plot in accordance with the law already applied by the administration to other such cases.”

He added that the plot was in the old Mani Majra town and is an unacquired land and that revised plan is on application of provisions of Section 118 of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulations) Building Rules, 1952 that the sanction is deemed to have been granted.

Regarding allegations levelled against him in assaulting Mr Hari Om Dass, he said he had nothing to do with the incident and that no mention of his name has been made in the FIR. Mr Goyal also denied having encroached upon any land in the Divya Yog temple.

On the allegations, which he had made against previous mayors, he said he was merely answering questions put forth during the press conference and had no malafide intentions. Regarding his comments on the previous Mayor, Ms Shanta Hitabhilashi, he agreed to have said that “rain basera” constructed for the poor had been leased out by the MC during her tenure to the Sadhna Society at only Rs 5,000 and its proposal was yet to be cleared by the House, he said.

Presenting the official version on the issue, the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, said the matter regarding construction of illegal shops has been referred to the Chandigarh Administrator. He, however, refused to comment on the other three points referring to them as personal issues.

The BJP councillors asked for a clarification regarding how long it would take for the issue to be sorted out. They repeatedly insisted that the House should pass a resolution asking for a judicial inquiry by the Chandigarh Administrator.

Mr Pawan Bansal, however, failed to convince the protesting members of the BJP that it was not in the jurisdiction of the MC. The matter has to come in the form of a resolution to be a fit case for judicial enquiry, he added.

Earlier in the day, as soon as the meeting began the Congress councillor Ms Kamlesh staged a dharna in the well of the House alleging that issues pertaining to her ward were not included in the agenda. She, however, returned to her seat on persuasion by the Mayor and reiterated her allegations that Road Wing had prepared estimates for strengthening, carpeting and construction of roads but the estimates had not been sent to the Finance and Contract Committee for approval.

She said that MC officials had deliberately not included the issues regarding her ward in the agenda and that no developmental work had taken place in her ward during the past four years.

The BJP councillors said the dharna by Ms Kamlesh was against the rules and tantamount to a no-confidence in the Mayor. Mr Gian Chand Gupta, Mr Des Raj Tandon and Mr Raghubir Arora of the BJP demanded to know whether the dharna was against the Mayor or the corporation officials. They maintained that if the ruling party councillor started staging dharna in the House, it showed that they had lost confidence in the Mayor.

The BJP councillor also objected that the minutes of the previous House meetings were not properly framed and that all details had not been included. Regarding this, Mr Goyal assured that relevant amendments will be made.


Admissions to Class XI begin
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
The admissions for class XI have commenced in a majority of private city schools after the declaration of Class X results.

There are over 15 private senior secondary schools in the city affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education. Though the admissions have started in private schools, students with “good score” are waiting for the admissions to start in government schools.

The cut-off percentage for admission to medical and non-medical streams is expected to be high this year, compared to the previous year as the result was better in 2001.

The schools offering admissions include Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School in Sector 30, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School in Sector 35, Carmel Convent School in Sector 9, New Public School in Sector 18, DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8, Shishu Niketan School, Sector 21, Moti Ram Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, Guru Nanak Public School , Sector 36, Vivek High School, Sector 38 , Shardha Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Sector 40, Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36 and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27.

St Soldier International School in Sector 28 is, however, offering admission in arts and commerce streams only. Sacred Heart Convent School in Sector 26 is offering admission in medical and non-medical streams.

In Vedic Senior Secondary School in Mani Majra, the students can go in for arts only. I.S. Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School in Sector 21 is offering admission in arts and commerce stream. In the Institute for Blind in Sector 26, subjects specially designed for visually-impaired are being offered. The courses are conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.

Sanatan Dharam Senior Secondary School in Sector 32 is offering admission in all streams. “The admission in the school started soon after the Class X results. The cut-off percentage for commerce is 60 while the cut off percentage for non-medical and medical is 55 per cent. We get the students with merit having 85-87 per cent marks opting for commerce,” said the Principal, Manju Bhardawaj.


PU decision on compulsory subjects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Students of the Bachelor of Science course of Panjab University will have to take the English (Compulsory) examination in the second year, instead of the first year, from the session 2002-2003.

A university decision says that students of B.Sc-I (2000-2001), who will clear the English (Compulsory) examination that was held in April 2001, cannot be made to reappear in the examination in the second year, so, the proposed scheme will come into practice from the session 2002-2003.

Students of Bachelor of Business Administration course, who used to take the environment studies examination in the second year, will have to take it in the first year now. Students of arts, science, commerce and computer applications of all three years are supposed to take the English (Compulsory) examination. In the commerce stream, students will have to take the test in the first and second years only.


Not much guidance at counters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Admission-guidance counters were set up by leading student organisations near the post office on the Panjab University campus here today.

The counters are of the Panjab University Students Union, the Students Organisation of Panjab University, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the All-India Sikh Students Federation and these offer not more than general information about the availability of forms and results of the undergraduate commerce stream. Vivek Chauhan, a former general secretary of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, said more efforts would be made shortly to have results of all classes at the counters.


Principals discuss admission schedule
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The exact process and schedule of admission to BCom (first year), BBA and BCA in the city colleges will be decided soon. A meeting of the college principals was held today at MCM DAV College in Sector 36 to tentatively decide the schedule for the admissions.

Ms Usha Gupta, who is the coordinator for these admissions in the city, submitted the tentative schedule to Panjab University in the evening.

Meanwhile, the Panjab University, Vice-Chancellor has made Prof Ramesh Kapoor, who took over as the acting Dean, College Development Council, PU, today, the chief coordinator for these admissions.

Prof Kapoor will be calling a meeting of the four regional coordinators to finalise the schedule as soon as possible and to have a uniform programme for the admissions.


Highway to remain closed for 4 hours today
Our Correspondent

Pinjore, June 8
The busy Ambala-Kalka highway will remain closed tomorrow for four hours between 10 am to 2 pm as the Railways authorities have to carry out some maintenance work on the level crossing through the road near here.

Being the only way to Kalka and ahead, the Railways authorities have appealed to the public to schedule its travelling programme in a manner so as not to face any inconvenience.

Meanwhile, traffic on the highway remained disrupted for a few hours on the second consecutive day here due to minor repair works at the level crossing, which falls between Pinjore and Kalka station on the highway. 


Rs 2 lakh stolen from dickey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Rs 2 lakh were stolen from the dickey of a scooter parked in Sector 9 today. A resident of Naya Gaon, Mr Ravinder Nath had withdrawn the money from the sector 9 branch of the Bank of Punjab and put it in a polythene bag.

After keeping the bag in the dickey of the scooter, he realised that he had left his helmet in the bank. After he brought back his helmet and reached his scooter, he found the lock of the dickey to be broken and the cash missing.

The police was called and a case under Section 379 of the IPC was registered at the North police station.

This is the eighth such case here this year. The police suspects that a two-member gang is responsible for these incidents.


A book on letters to 92-yr-old lady
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The 20th century was the century of the common man, says Prof Martin Gilbert, a known British historian and successful writer, maintaining that it marked the general triumph of an individual.

Professor Gilbert, who will deliver a lecture at Punjab Raj Bhavan here tomorrow at 11 a.m., feels that deeper moral issues have survived the turmoil of the 20th century.

Another single greatest change has been against racism, he said, maintaining that some years ago the British Prime Minister remarked to him that “he hates racism” — a thought which may not have occurred to his predecessors in the 40s and 50s and even if it had occurred, they may not have spoken about it. The 20th century marked the triumph of democracy over tyranny.

“Both India and Britain have been through very difficult times. Both were at war. They have emerged with a certain ethical, almost spiritual, concept of what life should be ,” he said in a chat with The Tribune here this evening.

“We, in Britain with 50 million people, feel that we are too many. But India has 1,000 million. I came to India for the first time in 1958 and listened to Pt Jawaharlal Nehru making the speech on Independence Day which left a mark on my mind. I subsequently visited India in 1974 and this is my fourth visit here. The difference is astonishing. You have a whole new class of people. You may call it the middle class or a class of professionals. Now you have opportunities for safe education. What Pandit Nehru spoke on that day more than 43 years ago is now coming true,” he said.

He spoke with confidence about the communal and regional problems facing the country at that time and emphasised the need for the unity and integrity of the nation.

“I was just a 21-year-old student at Oxford at that time. Three years later when I discussed India with Mr Harold Wilson (he was not the Prime Minister then), he deeply felt that India should be on the priority list. But he forgot about India after he became the Prime Minister. In my opinion, Mr John Major had a vision. He realised the importance of India and came here some years ago.

“The Indian community in Britain is like a bubble of confidence which is doing very well. Both India and Britain have not only common traditions but have also been on the same side of the struggle. The 20th century was the century of bystanders where in the beginning people were not bothered about what was happening on the other side.

“It is a great paradox. Now when society has become more tolerant, including on religion, centuries old statues of the great Buddha are being demolished. But the difference is that people are no more quiet or indifferent about it. They talk about it and raise their voice of dissent.

“While medicine has made tremendous progress — I am a beneficiary as I have had heart surgery — nearly three million die of malaria alone. The same number of lives are lost because of TB,” he said.

Professor Martin, who arrived in Kasauli seven days ago to complete his 70th book, feels “with globalisation, it is terribly easy for wrong values to enter the information highways as dotcoms have no barriers against bad things or corruption.”

He is excited about his new book which is about 12 letters written to a 92-year-old Indian woman. After her birth in a Jewish family of Hungary in 1909, in 1934 she committed her life, energy, vitality and abilities to the service of people of India. For 67 years, she has been a wonderful ornament for India.

“This is going to be my best book and would be published simultaneously from the USA and Britain and may be from India also. It was three years ago that I started writing letters to her to tell her about her origin, about religion. It was not religion alone but I did relate to other things, say Gandhiji and Judaism, Hinduism, etc., etc. Nearly 30 to 40 letters are about history, religion, besides other little things. I came here to see how she reacted to those letters. So my epilogue is ready,” says Professor Martin who after every book treats himself to a new fountain pen.


A booth of worry in Sector 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Almost 18 months after a local resident’s bid for a booth in Sector 22, the Chandigarh Administration is yet to develop the area and parking as planned and promised before the site was put to auction.

Mr Rakesh Nagpal of Sector 22 had made a bid for a booth in December, 1999, by picking up the auction at Rs 22.80 lakh which was to be paid in instalments spread over four years. Since then he has raised construction on the site and till date he has even paid close to Rs 12 lakh as part of the instalments.

The booth (1129-A) is located right near the petrol station opposite Aroma hotel. Actually a row of booths is planned between a row of showrooms in the area. Before putting the booths under auction, the Administration had promised to provide parking for the booths and pucca corridors to connect the row of showrooms on either side.

The problems for Mr Nagpal started the day he made a bid for the booth. Since then he has been asking the Administration and the Municipal Corporation to develop the area, but to no avail. A distraught Mr Nagpal says the Administration handed him the site without developing the premises.

As no corridor exists at the site, passers-by urinate there and throw garbage. Mr Nagpal says he is even willing to surrender the booth in case the entire payment is returned with interest. Meanwhile, the Estate Office has slapped Mr Nagpal with a notice. Mr Nagpal says he has held back only Rs 57,000 due as lease money and another Rs 90,000 due as interest. “This is more due to the fact that I have been harassed so badly that my business cannot start due to the surroundings,” said Mr Nagpal, while blaming the Estate Office and the MCC for delaying the development work. 


Removed encroachments are back
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, June 8
The Enforcement Wing of the Haryana Urban and Development Authority (HUDA) today cleared encroachments from the corridors of the Sector 7 market.

Before the drive was launched by HUDA officials, shopkeepers had indulged in heated debate with the policemen who were deployed to remove the encroachments. However, the encroachments were back to their places.

Accompanied by ASP Vikas Arora and other police personnel, Mr D.P. Singh, Estate Officer, HUDA, reached the market in the morning and asked the enforcement staff to remove all encroachments. Elaborate security arrangements were made to avoid any untoward incident.

Estate Office staff did not issue any receipt to shopkeepers for their goods. Visibly upset shopkeepers alleged that they would face difficulties in getting their goods back in the absence of any receipts.

Mr B.B. Kochhar, President of the Sector 7 Market Welfare Association, claimed they were allotted shops and booths as far back as 1970 when not many people were willing to open their shops in the market. However, with the passage of time many shops have been opened and they face an acute shortage of space. He urged the authorities to permit them to construct basements.


Encroachments cleared
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
In an anti-encroachment drive carried out today, the Enforcement Wing of the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation, with the help of Chandigarh police, demolished about 15 jhuggis and other illegal structures from 60 acre land belonging to the Police Training Centre in the Dhanas Colony.

According to the UT Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh, possession of the land in Sector 31 was in the possession of the Police Department and a boundary wall existed around it but the land had been encroached upon by persons operating dairies and junk yards.

The two and a half hours long operations carried out by enforcement staff was led by the Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh, SDM (Central), Mr Prithi Chand and the land acquisition officer, Mr M.S. Yadav. They were assisted by 60 police officials led by SP Baldev Singh and DSP S.S. Randhwa.

During the drive, two places of worship were also demolished . There was no marked resistance from the jhuggi-dwellers and no untoward incident was reported.


Payment of power bills via banks begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh June 8
The UT Administration has started the scheme for the payment of power and water bills through electronic clearance service.

Consumers of Chandigarh can now pay their electricity and water bills directly through their banks instead of waiting in queues at cash counters. With this facility, the amount of bill will be debited to their respective bank accounts on due dates ( last date) of payment of bills. Tenants and power of attorney holders can also avail this facility, even if the bills are issued in the name of owners of their houses or shops.

Consumers have the right to stop the payments of any bill by giving suitable instructions to their respective banks at any time before the due dates. They have also the right to withdraw from this scheme at any time within two weeks by giving advance information to the authorities concerned.

The forms for availing the scheme and necessary guidance can be had from the respective Sub-Divisional electricity officers or cash counters of the water or power department.


The blessings that beggars give
Our Correspondents

Chandigarh, June 8
Despite an official ban on beggary in Chandigarh, beggars seem to be having a field day in the City Beautiful. The authorities seem to have either lost the will to enforce the ban or have turned a blind eye to the menace of beggary.

Beggary is a criminal offence and a person indulging in this practice can be arrested and jailed. But the police obviously has more important things to do these days than chasing beggars.

A visit to some of the shopping centres of Chandigarh during any time of the day is an eye-opener. Beggars of all ages seem to have converged on them, making an outing an unpleasant experience for the common man.

Beggars can be spotted in Sector 17 shopping centre, Sukhna lake, Panjab University campus and a large number of other places. Many of them do not hesitate to enter offices, both government and private, to beg for alms to the great annoyance of the occupants.

Beggars generally target young couples, girls and people carrying eatables and amend the blessings to suit the target of their attention. For instance, a young girl is promised “Aishwarya Rai’s looks” while a young man is told that he can have the “body of Hrithik Roshan”, provided he parts with some money for the beggars.

Some of the beggars are just kids. Five-year-old Leenu, whose area of operation is Sector 17 plaza, does not know what she is doing. When asked about her parents she has no answer. All she seems to be concerned about is raising enough money to fill her stomach for the day. All questions put to her seem to fall on deaf ears.

Certain beggars seem to have become so aggressive and nasty that they do not hesitate to snatch the soft drink can or the pop-corn bag the shopper might be carrying.

A large number of beggars have migrated to Chandigarh from other states, notably Bihar and Orissa. Some of the beggars manage to earn somewhere between Rs 80 to Rs 150 per day but their share is a measly Rs 30. Most of the collection goes to their “handler”, said to be located in Sector 26.


Drive against illegal sale of meat
Tribune News Service

Exercising powers under the Punjab Municipal Act, the SAS Nagar Municipal Council today decided to launch a special drive to check illegal sale of meat and poultry in the town. The drive would be concentrated on shops selling meat without any certification.

Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the civic body, said it had been observed that illegal slaughter of animals was being done at unauthorised shops in the town, especially in Mohali village.

As per Sections 167 and 208 of the Punjab Municipal Act, the specified animals have to be slaughtered at authorised centres. The civic body was running its own slaughter house but shopkeepers seldom approached it. The President said anybody found selling meat would be penalised and the meat would be destroyed.

The civic body was writing to the District Health Authorities to direct the District Medical Officer to check sale of such meat and poultry. The shopkeepers selling the meat would be asked to store it in hygienic conditions.


91 challaned 
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
As part of the ongoing going special drive of the Chandigarh traffic police to check red light jumpers, as many as 91 motorist were challaned here this evening.

The challans were issued at traffic light points of Sectors 19 and 27; Sectors 15 and 16; Sectors 20 and 21 and the Railway light points. Plain clothes policemen have been posted at the traffic points to apprehend the traffic light jumpers, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (traffic), Mr Vijay Pal.


Citizens’ petition admitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
A writ petition filed by the Panchkula Citizens Welfare Association against the constitution of the Municipal Council in the town has been admitted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

While admitting the writ petition, a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice J.S. Narang issued a notice for July 25 on the staying of the operation of the notification by which the council was constituted.

The writ was filed following a decision taken at a meeting of over 22 sector welfare associations of Panchkula and 10 gram panchayats under the presidentship of the Kalka MLA, Mr Chander Mohan, on February 17, 2001.

The petition says that the constitution of the council was in violation of the Haryana Municipal Act and the HUDA Act. The HUDA, it said, was required to carry out all the development works as per the master plan. The master plan, the petitioners contended, constituted an undertaking between HUDA and the plot holders. 


A cooling draught on a hot day
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

Any one of the eateries in the row of hotels and restaurants in Sector 35 could be the starting point for a column on “eating out”. But the board “Summer Cool Festival” outside Khyber Restaurant was too tempting to ignore on a hot afternoon. In the sizzling heat of June anyone will be attracted by a promise of that kind.

Inside the restaurant offers a variety of drinks that wipe the sweat off your brow with their chilling properties. They range from the good old grandma’s recipes to the jazzy concoctions of the West. Priced at Rs 30 a glass, they are any day better and healthier than the aerated drinks (Sorry, Hrithik, Shah Rukh and Sachin). While for the elders, the summer season without the ACs and coolers will be synonymous with drinking thandai, sattu, panna, and chhach, the vocabulary of many children in this field is probably limited to Coke and Pepsi. Maybe, it’s time you introduced them to the magic of health drinks along with a sumptuous meal.

Goand (glue) katira literally has the breeze of Himachal Pradesh trapped in its gum-like composition. For, it’s made from the extract of a tree of the hill state. The green gluey mix is served with ice and ‘drunk’ with a spoon.

My favourite is litchi lassi. Proprietor and chef Sanjiv Verma revealed that he got the inspiration to ‘design’ this cocktail from the imported flavoured yoghurts that have hit the market. He said, “We guys have not taken much fancy to yoghurts. But, I decided to Indianise the idea to suit our taste and palate.” The result? Simply yummy! Another choice in this category is vanilla lassi. As the name suggests, it is lassi blended with vanilla ice-cream.

A coolant that is sure to attract the younger lot is the electric Blue Heaven. Straight from Europe, this tangy syrup of blue curacao is a product of bitter oranges. How it got the electric blue colour is a good question. Combined with soda and Sprite, it makes your mouth go slurp, slurp!

Then there are the ever-greens, but increasingly less found in homes: jal jeera pani (consisting of roasted jeera, mint, sugar and boondi), sattu pani (mainly grounded wheat) and nariyal pani (coconut water). Or, thandai (khas-khas and melon seeds), chhach (diluted curd with masalas like ginger chillis, coriander, cumin seeds and sugar) and panna (mango water). Even while you are downing them, you can feel energy returning to your body gone limp from the heat of the day. Mr Pradeep Asawa, chef of Essex Farms, who happened to be lunching at Khyber at that time, too, gave the thumbs up sign to the refreshing drinks.

With soft music playing, the lantern-lit rustic ambience further soars your spirit as you dig into your food. And, all the while through the glass wall of the kitchen, you can interact with the cooks busy churning out kebabs and rolling out rotis and naans. And, if you can spot any hanky-panky, head straight to the manger.


NCP’s local unit reconstituted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The local unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been reconstituted by the party high command.

According to a press note, the decision has been taken by the NCP President, Mr Sharad Pawar, in consultation with Mr T.P. Peethambaran Masterji, General Secretary. While Mr Gurbachan Singh will be the President, Mr Tarsem Singh, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Dr Mohinder Sharma and Ms Surjit Kaur Vice-Presidents. Mr Khursheed Ahmed will be treasurer.

Similarly, Mr Dilip Singh Sekhon, Mr M.R. Premi, Mr G.S. Sidhu and Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia will be General Secretaries. Mr Tara Chand Khandelwal, Mr Ramesh Chand, Ms Asha Gupta and Ms Daljit Kaur will be Secretaries.


Umeed launches economic activities project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Umeed Khanna Foundation has launched an economic activities project from June 1 among the villages covered by its self-help groups project, the Umeed Mahila Manch.

The economic activities project is funded by SOSVA (Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies), according to a press note.

All villages in Sangrur and Barnala subdivision would be covered by the manch by July.

The beneficiaries would be taught candle-making, food preservation, chalk-making and other skills for income generation.

“The project for the empowerment of women besides woman and child issues will always have priority in our target area”, said Mr Arvind Khanna, chairman of the foundation.”

Mr P.H. Vaishnav, chairman of SOSVA, would be visiting the foundation on June 13. 


Newsman dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Dr D.S. Dhillon, Editor of an evening newspaper, International Blast, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 72.

He is survived by a son and two daughters. A family member said Dr Dhillon was cremated at his native village, Chaihlan in Fetehgarh Sahib, today.

The Chandigarh Press Club was closed today as a mark of respect to Dr Dhillon. The club president, Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu, said a condolence meeting would be held in the club on June 10 at 11 a.m.


Press union’s demand
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
The Government Press Karamchari Union has urged the Chandigarh Administration that instead of decreasing the staff strength of the Government Press, Sector 18, the government should make efforts to increase the printing work at the press.

The union says that the staff strength of the press has already been cut to 600 from the earlier 1,200. The Chandigarh Administrator had recently announced that the staff strength of the press would be reduced. 


Road workers’ rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Roads Workers Union today held a rally on a call given by the coordination committee of the MC and the government employees. The rally was held against the UT Administration and the MC authorities for not fulfilling the long-pending demands of the workers. The workers will also hold a protest dharna on June 20. 


City in whirl of activity
Tribune News Service

Sukhna Lake is suddenly wearing a stunning look. Not only has the number of visitors increased on account of the opening of Mermaid, CITCO’s bar-cum-restaurant, but the quality of food has also improved.

The mural at the entrance to the lake, done by artist Narender Thakur, is doing a lot of good to tourism. So are the glass paintings by Harvinder Kaur. This week a record number of children lined up for the toy train, thanks to its more spacious placement.

The weather made an excellent complement to the beauty of the lake. Although the mood of the weather kept changing, it remained rather pleasant in comparison with the two preceding, weeks. A cool breeze kept blowing from the hills. The art scene was also enlivened, with a host of artists displaying their creations. The most interesting of them is the Crafts Fair at Panchayat Bhavan, organised by Ravi Gramodyog Sansthan. It has a number of rural artisans at work. The visitors have been interested more in the live demonstrations than in the products on display.

Saregama Punjabi auditions were in full swing at Tagore Theatre. The exercise attracted a large number of aspirants. On the art front, Prabal Paramanik fascinated art lovers with his scissor work at Indus Ind Art Gallery, Officials of the bank claim that the number of visitors to this exhibition has been the largest. The master paper cutter kept enthralling the viewers with the precision of his scissors.

Another good news is that Alliance Francaise has confirmed the visit of a distinguished artist from Allahabad, Arun Jaitly, to Chandigarh. He will hold his exhibition at the Alliance Francaise gallery.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani children attending the Indo-Pak theatre workshop being conducted by Madeeha Gauhar, remained in the limelight. They are all members of Ajoka Theatre Group of Pakistan and are attending a joint workshop with Indian children at Sector 9 Art Folio.

Workshops are here to stay, it seems. As one concludes, another comes up. The best ongoing workshop, considering the children’s reaction, is the one at Hotel Park View, being conducted jointly by Vimmi Singh and ZED Education.

The week also saw a number of food festivals. The one that stood out was the Mango Fest at Hotel GK International. It had a great rush on the opening day and the organisers had a tough time handling the crowd. The UT Administrator, Lt Gen JFR Jacob, continued his surprise visits. This time his target was the Government Press.


Having a tree in front of a house

A good office layout can be helpful for any company’s overall financial fortunes. A well-laid-out office, according to Feng Shui, promotes good feelings among the staff and boosts productivity. In such offices there is less of backbiting and politicking.

Feng Shui guidelines also promote a healthy environment among company employees. There are always such areas in an office which are more auspicious than others. Some rooms are more lucky than others. If one has a particular office room and if one looks back, one can trace the careers of former occupants of that office, and know which occupant benefited from that place and which one did not.

Feng Shui also suggests that people should sit in their lucky direction in their office, which will help them in personal and career development.

If your place of work has good Feng Shui, you will enjoy all types of good luck. A perfect rectangular or square office guarantees that every kind of good luck is possible. So, if the whole company wants to benefit from all types of luck, it is very important that the building should be regular in shape. Harshna

Address your Feng Shui queries to:

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



Two scooterists injured in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
A woman scooterist, Surinder Kaur, was hit by a car ( CH-01V-3332) near the Sector 20 dispensary yesterday evening. The car driver fled from the spot after the incident.

In another incident, another scooterist, Avtar Singh, was hit by a tanker (PB-12A- 2373) near the roundabout of Sectors 40 and 41 yesterday night. The driver of the tanker, Balwinder Singh, was later arrested.

Both cases have been registered under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.

Two thefts: A motor cycle (PB-05-B-5600) was stolen from the Sector 22 residence of a person called Joginder Singh on the night of June 6.

In another case, a car stereo was stolen from the car of Mr Ankush Chabbra in Sector 38 West. In both cases, FIRs under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

Liquor seized: The police arrested a person named Satish Kumar from Burail and seized 51 pouches of Hero whisky from him. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Youth alleges harassment: A youth, who was arrested on the charge of assaulting a policeman and obstructing him from performing his duty, has alleged that he is the aggrieved party.

Suvidh Arora, a resident of Sector 37-D, was arrested by the police on the complaint of Sub Inspector Rajesh Shukla. Reportedly, Suvidh was driving a motor cycle (CH-01-V-3771) without wearing a helmet and, when stopped, assaulted a policeman near Hotel Mountview in Sector 10 here. He was arrested under Sections 323, 353 and 332 of the IPC and, later, released on bail.

However, Suvidh has alleged that he was unnecessarily harassed by the police and kept in the police station for two hours.

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