Friday, July 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Education board hikes exam fee again
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 5
Within a year of substantially hiking the examination fee, the Punjab School Education Board has once again taxed the candidates by revising the fee structure. The enhanced examination fee, ranging between 16 per cent and 30 per cent will be applicable to the candidates appearing in the examination for the academic session 2001-2002.

A comparative chart of examination fee (in Rs) structure of different educations boards

  Punjab School Education Board Haryana 
Himachal Pardesh School 
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The existing fee structure of the board is already on the higher side as compared to the education boards of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, UT Education Department and the Central Board of School Examination (CBSE).

Sources in the board said the hike had been necessitated after the Punjab Government directed the board authorities to to add two more subjects to the examination, including an additional subject. The subject of physical education had been made compulsory for middle and matric class candidates. The worst would be the candidates appearing in the senior secondary level school examination as the examination fee had been hiked by 20 per cent without any subjects in the examinations.

While the board officials said the candidates would have to pay Rs 50 for an additional subject against Rs 80 charged earlier, the candidates lamented that earlier the additional subject was optional. The candidates opting for the additional subject had to pay the fee but now with an additional subject being made compulsory all candidates would have to bear the burden. The sources said the fee hike would help the board generate an additional revenue of around Rs 5 crore.

The examination fee of the regular candidates of middle class had been increased to Rs 200 from existing Rs 160. In case of the private candidates the fee had been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 250. Now the middle class candidates would have to appear in eight subjects with a total of 800 marks against 600 marks earlier.

The regular and private candidates appearing in the matriculation examinations would have to pay Rs 280 and Rs 330, respectively. Earlier the candidates had to pay Rs 230 and Rs 280, respectively. For the senior secondary school examination, the regular candidates would have to pay Rs 300, the fee for private candidates had been fixed at Rs 350. The total marks for matric class candidates would now be 850. Earlier, the total marks were 650.

Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman of the board, confirmed that a decision in this regard had been taken. He said the issue would be also be taken up in the next board meeting. He said the fee for additional subject had been decreased from Rs 80 to RS 50.

Meanwhile, the registration fee for candidates, who had not passed the middle class from the board, had been hiked from Rs 35 to Rs 50 — a hike of over 42 per cent. The continuation fee for the matric and plus two class examination had been increased from Rs 15 to Rs 20.

A comparative chart of examination fee ( in Rs) structure of different educations boards.


Sector 22 pub destroyed in fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
A pub in Sector 22, opposite the local bus stand, was gutted in a major fire which broke out in the wee hours today. Though no loss of life was reported, property worth Rs 10-12 lakh was reportedly destroyed, according to initial estimates of the local Fire Department.

According to the Fire Department, the fire broke out in Pub 22, located in the basement of Vinee restaurant-Punjabi Khana (SCO 1008-1009), at around 2 a.m. and the information about the fire was given to the Sector 17 fire station by a nearby restaurant employee at about 2.25 a.m. Though the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, according to preliminary investigations it was caused by a short-circuit in the false ceiling of the basement.

The flames, which gradually devoured the false ceiling, including the electric wires, took little time to spread rapidly in the basement as blazing blocks of the ceiling fell on the cushioned sofas and other highly combustible material such as wooden tables, chairs, counter and other plywood construction of the ceiling and the walls. A part of the material, which got burnt, was lying here due to the renovation of another adjoining restaurant of the owner.

The interiors were badly damaged during the fire-fighting operations, which continued for over four hours, though the flames were controlled in more than an hour’s time. The decorative ceiling and hanging lamps were destroyed.

Dense smoke engulfed the pub with low ceiling in no time due to improper ventilation and absence of fire-fighting equipment. Some workers, who were eating food in the restaurant above it at that time, found themselves helpless even as they saw smoke emanating from there. The only entry to the pub is from the centre of the restaurant, and hence no other exit.

The Station Fire Officer, Mr S.K. Gosain, said that upon receiving the message two fire tenders and a water douser from Sector 17 reached the site in 5-10 minutes. Three fire tenders, one each from fire stations in Sector 32; Industrial Area, Phase-I and Ram Durbar in Industrial Area-II, another water douser from Sector 32 and an emergency tender equipped with smoke exhauster came afterwards.

The firemen said that they could not enter the basement initially due to the dense smoke billowing out of the highly combustible material. The fire-fighting operation was carried out both from the front and the rear side by a dozen odd firemen. The front side of the basement near the exhaust fan was partially broken to let in the smoke exhauster to pump out the accumulated smoke.

Following this, fire dousers were pressed into action from the front side and tenders from the rear side.

The flames were partially controlled once Mr Gosain and firemen Mr Thakur Singh ventured in with the help of breathing apparatus sets. The employees maintained that the intensity of the smoke was so high that not much could be accomplished till the front side was broken to fight the dense smoke inside.

Directing the flow of water towards the rising flames, they moved inch by inch against the thick wall of smoke. Later, even after the fire was controlled, fire hoses continued to put water inside to cool down the excess temperature created by the hot gases.

It was by no means easy to douse the flames since in the absence of any proper sewer system in the basement, about 4-5 ft water had accumulated in no time and the darkness due to improper ventilation also made it difficult for them to reach the source of the fire.

The timely action, however, prevented the fire from spreading in the neighbouring shops and even the restaurant above it. Due to the excessive temperature, two carbon dioxide cylinders, used to cool the draught beer could have burst but these were saved in the operation which carried out till 6.30 a.m. The water was being pumped out from the rear with the help of a motor till late evening.

The pub-cum-restaurant owner, Mr S.K. Chadha, had reached the site. He was in a state of shock and was finding it hard to come to terms with the loss since the shops were reportedly not insured.

Meanwhile, the incident has again exposed the lack of proper fire-fighting equipment in the basements of various buildings in the city. The provision of electrical meters and other wiring make these more prone to such incidents. Fire officials had earlier written to hotel and restaurant owners to provide adequate safety measures and proper entry and exit points for the occupants. But they seem to have paid no heed to the advice.


Reduction in stamp duty in city on anvil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Chandigarh Administration was considering to reduce the stamp duty on sale of property in Chandigarh in view of the reduction of stamp duty in Punjab.

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), disclosed this while delivering a speech at Chief Minister’s and State Finance Minister’s Conference on Tax Reforms held at New Delhi, today. The General said at present the stamp duty in the city was charged at the rate of 12.5 per cent of value of transactions under the Indian Stamp Act and is at par with Haryana. Sources said that under the Re-organisation of States Act, 1966, the city has to follow Punjab in all financial matters.

The Administrator said the city was at the threshold of introduction of value added tax (VAT) regime. Speaking about unique character of Chandigarh, General Jacob said the city is geographically a small UT having no significant production or manufacturing centre but is essentially a consuming centre. Almost all the goods consumed in the city have to be imported from adjoining states.

Such situations, especially when inter-state sales attract CST, it creates difficulties for introduction of uniform floor rates of sales tax. The combined effect of the CST and uniform rates of the sales tax increases the price of certain goods and commodities in Chandigarh, which lead to public dis-satisfaction and trade diversion to the neighbouring states.

Regarding decision to abolish sales tax based incentives to industrial units, the Administrator said the Chandigarh Administration had not given any tax related incentive such as exemption or deferment of sales tax to manufacturers as had been the general practice among various states. General Jacob said we would have no objection in removing the concessions to the SSIs which are exempted to a specific limit from the payment of sales tax.


A harrowing tale of exploitation
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

The Crime Branch staff with the three accused — Ishwar Singh, Ravi and Rakesh — involved in the kidnapping and sexual molestation of two minor girls from Mumbai, recovered from the city on Thursday.
The Crime Branch staff with the three accused — Ishwar Singh, Ravi and Rakesh — involved in the kidnapping and sexual molestation of two minor girls from Mumbai, recovered from the city on Thursday. — A Tribune photo

Chandigarh, July 5
The two sisters, one 16 years of age and the other of 14 years, sit huddled together in the dingy confines of the Crime Branch, Chandigarh, their eyes fixed on the wall. On a glance and judging by their age, it appears that they are wondering what the future holds for them. On closer inspection, the truth emerges that the girls are actually staring into their past and wondering when all the laughter in their lives died down.

In an exclusive interview to The Tribune, the two girls, while recalling their harrowing experience during their three months in captivity, they say that it all seems like a nightmare. “Nothing worse could happen to anyone. After being sexually assaulted at the hands of so many people, we have lost faith in the goodness of the world. Till about three months ago, both of us believed in the future. We would dream of what life would hold for us. Now, the shadow of our past will always eclipse our future,” says the elder of the two sisters.

The two sisters were reportedly abducted by a couple with the intention of selling them off to anyone willing to take them for a price. After being kidnapped from Mumbai in April this year, they were first taken to Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh and were later brought to the city in May.

Since then, they were staying here with their “abductors”. A few days back, the elder of the two victims was allegedly sold off to a resident of Sector 37 after a marriage was solemnised. While one of the girls was recovered by a team of the Crime Branch led by Inspector J.S. Cheema from Daddu Majra Colony yesterday, and her three abductors, Ishwar Singh, his wife, Shakuntala and Raju were arrested, the other sister was traced down to Sector 37 and her “husband” Rajesh was also arrested . A case under sections 363, 366, 376, 120-B and 506 of the IPC has been registered against them.

Narrating their harrowing tale of exploitation, the two girls said that four years ago, their father, a peon in the Income Tax Department, had made friends with Ishwar Singh and his wife Shakuntala. “They were regular visitors to our house and both the families would also go out together occasionally. Then, after a year, they shifted back to Chandigarh and we slowly lost touch till about June, 2000, when they again came back to Mumbai. The relations between the two families again blossomed and the old ties were renewed,” says the 16-year-old.

Her younger sister, too, joins in the conversation and says that they trusted the couple completely. “When our parents went to our native village, Jundla, in Karnal district , in April this year, they left all of us (the victims, their younger sister and two brothers) in the custody of Ishwar uncle and Shakuntala aunty. However, everyday she would feed us with some sweets laced with a strange medicine that would make us delirious. On the day our parents returned back, they called both of us and our mother for a party. We were fed a non- vegetarian dish laced with a sedative. They then abducted us and also stole away all the jewellery from our house,” she says.

The accused along with their four children brought the girls to Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh. They were again allegedly kept sedated for most of the time and confined in the room. They alleged that one day, when they were fully conscious, they tried to flee, but were caught.

“That day, Shakuntala aunty forced her husband to rape both of us so that we forget of our home and be prepared for our new life.” Later, they decided to sell us to a middle-aged man in Itarsi, but the deal could not be struck and we were brought to Chandigarh. After changing our house three times, we were finally taken to their relatives’ house in Daddu Majra Colony, inform the girls.

They say that they were continuously raped by Ishwar Singh and efforts were made to sell them at a suitable price. “We thought of suicide as the only option,” say the sisters.

The two sisters have been so traumatised that even the sight of their mother, Bala, who had been looking for her two daughters in the city for the past couple of days, failed to bring a smile on their innocent faces. “We are ashamed to go back home. The people in our chawl will not accept us. What is worse that our own father and brothers will not have us back with them. There is nothing, but darkness ahead,” says the younger of the two victims, as she again begins to stare into the space. 


6 hurt as roof of booth collapses
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 5
One labourer was seriously injured and five others received minor injuries as a booth under construction in Sector 6 collapsed owing to a heavy downpour this evening. While one of them has been kept under observation at the General Hospital in Sector 6, the others were discharged after administering first aid.

An eyewitness in the case, ASI Tarun Kumar said he saw the booth “shaking” under the downpour and in a split second the newly laid roof caved in trapping all six labourers inside even as they made a desperate bid to escape.

“Immediately, I called up the ambulance, fire brigade and the Superintendent of Police. Meanwhile, shopkeepers from around had also gathered outside the collapsed booth and begun working out ways to help the labourers,’’ he said.

Using wooden supports as levers, shopkeepers managed to move a part of the collapsed roof before a crane reached the spot and rescued the labourers. While two of them, Anirudh Paswan and Raj Kumar, received injuries on the head, the others received cuts and bruises and were rushed to the adjoining General Hospital.

The others injured include, Rajesh, Banarsi, Jawalin and Udaywan, all hailing from Bihar. Recalling the incident, Raj Kumar, said, “We had stopped work after it began to rain and were sitting in the verandah when the roof, laid only four days back, collapsed along with the shuttering supporting it. We had no time to escape and got trapped.’’

The booth site was recently auctioned by HUDA and construction work had begun a few months back. The labourers said the seepage of water led to the collapse.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Manoj Yadava, and other officials of the administration visited the site and inquired about the welfare of the labourers.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Ms Jyoti Arora, has asked Mr MS Yadav, SDM, to inquire into the reasons behind the collapse of the roof of the booth.


Revamp of Excise and Customs Dept on the anvil
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Close on the heels of the Income Tax department being restructured, the Central Excise and Customs Department, too, is revamping its set-up in an endeavour to generate more revenue as well as to bring in more efficiency and transperancy in its functioning.

Sources say that the proposed revamp, which is closely modelled on the pattern of changes incorporated in the Income Tax Department, has been cleared by the Ministry of Finance. The proposal is now lying pending with the cabinet for final approval.

The proposed changes include creating additional commissionerates having smaller territorial jurisdictions. “For example, we will have three excise commissionerates in this region instead of the present two commissionerates,” a source commented. The region comprises the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Under the proposed restructuring, one commissionerate would comprise five divisions, with each division generally consisting five ranges. Presently, there are about 39 ranges in each commissionerate, which would be cut down to 25 ranges per commissionerate. This would be the general composition pattern to be adopted all over the country.

The territorial jurisdiction of a range depends upon the number of assesses and revenue generated in the division. On an average, a range is composed to generate about Rs 50 crore annually. Though there is no laid-down criterion for earmarking the jurisdiction of a range, it was done by the commissionerate keeping in view the functional aspects involved in revenue generation.

“Another significant aspect would be creating more appellate posts, including Commissioner (Appeals) all over the country,” he added. As far as this region is concerned, there is only one Commissioner (Appeals) to look after both the excise commissionerates as well as the customs commissionerate at Amritsar. “Two or three Commissioners (Appeals) are expected to be based at different places in this region after the restructuring takes effect,” a senior Excise Department functionary said.

The Commissioner (Appeals) is tasked to hear and decide complaints received from assesses against orders passed by officers of the rank of Assistant Commissioners and upwards. Though the exact figures are not available, department sources say that the number of complaints pending with the Commissioner (Appeals) is high.

Another important aspect of restructuring is changing the staffing pattern of the department. While there would be an increase in the number of posts at the higher levels, the strength of lower level staff would be reduced.

“About 5 per cent reduction in the strength of Group-D an d ministerial staff is expected, while the number of officers in the rank of Deputy Commissioners and Joint Commissioners would increase by about 10-20 per cent,” an officer revealed.

Upgradation of posts consequent to the revamp in the staffing pattern would also result in delegation of powers at the local and field level. Sources add that a reduction in the strength of Group-D staff is required because of the need for skilled manpower to detect duty evasion. “Duty evasion is intelligent now-a-days” an officer commented.

Besides, the department is also going in for massive computerisation of its records and data bases. “The restructuring is aimed at bringing us closer to the assesses. Presently, the interface between the department and the assesses is very low,” the officer said.


Panel formed for upgradation of PEC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
A 12-member expert committee, having eight members from technical background, has been formed for the revitalisation and upgradation of the Punjab Engineering College to a deemed university. The UT Home Secretary will be the Chairman.

The Director, Technical Education, will be the member convener. The other members will be Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director, CSIO, Chandigarh, Mr I.S. Paul, a representative of the Union Ministry of the Human Resource and Development, a representative of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, a representative of the All-India Council for Technical Education, Principal, Punjab Engineering College, Principal, TTTI, Sector 26, Dr R.N. Noheria, Professor, PEC and Professor, S.K.Suman, Assistant Professor, PEC.

The terms of reference of the committee will be to formulate a vision and mission for the college and identify its future growth potential. Outlining goals and suggesting strategies for achieving them, taking into consideration the current and future national priorities and the emerging global scenario will also be on the committee’s agenda.

The performance of the college, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, will be monitored. This will include the manpower development as well as continuing education for teachers and working professionals. It will also include academic and sponsored research, in terms of national priorities, thrust areas and new and emerging areas.

The committee will review the extent and intensity of linkages and interaction with industry for technology development and consultancy, as well as strategic alliance with carefully-chosen partners, both nationally and internationally. It will also recommend networking partnerships with other institutions for resource sharing and academic partnership.

It will review the management structure and governance mechanism, including quality assurance system and financial management. Arising from this review, recommendations will be made to redefine interaction of the college with the government.

Recommendations will be made on the nature and scope of academic curriculum to encompass new emerging technologies. The including of inputs in pure sciences and humanities, profession

The procedures of student admissions to different programmes, keeping in view the aspiration of the citizens of the city will be under the review of the committee. Besides this the committee will also review the state of the physical infrastructure in order to make recommendations relating to modernisation and removal of obsolescence and recommend financial support for upgradation of its infrastructure to a national level institute. 



WITH “Tum Bin”, “Shararat”, “Pyar Ishq Aur Mohabbat” and Subhash Ghai’s “Yaadein” lined up for release in July, hopes are high and nerves jittery. But there will be only one guaranteed winner, the audience.

However, this week’s main release is ‘Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai’ in which childhood buddy Goldie Behl directs Abhishek Bachchan. Rani Mukherjee, Sushmita Sen and Jackie Shroff are other star attractions in Rose Movies’ film which opens at Nirman Theatre today.

Goldie Behl, son of the late Ramesh Behl of “The Train”, “Jawani Deewani”, “Dil Deewana”, “Kasme Vaade”, “Inderjeet” and “Pukar” fame, will be exploring different shades of love in his dream and debut project ‘Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai’.

The film revolves round a “Banarsi babu” making it big in Mumbai. Abhishek who comes to Mumbai with dreams of getting rich quick. Junior Bachchan is in a kind of role his father Amitabh Bachchan excelled in.

The Rs 7 crore film produced by Shrishti Behl “Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai” has an interesting story line, a competent supportive cast (Sanjay Narvarkar, Gulshan Grover, Himani Shivpuri). Lyrics by Nida Fazli, Shyam Raj and Goldie Behl, music by Aadesh Srivastava are other main credits of the film. Aadesh Srivastava has come up with seven melodious songs in which pop singer Shaan has excelled as a playback singer. DPBack


MC panel to meet today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The meeting of the resource mobilisation committee of the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC) will be held tomorrow under the chairmanship of nominated councillor Harish Bhanot.

According to information available, the members will deliberate on the issues of imposing development tax on the residents and chalking out the modalities for the same, besides other suggestions put forth to generate more resources for the cash strapped MC. The members are likely to discuss at length the procedure for making the people pay for the government resources which they have been using free of charge such as vacant plots outside houses. The funds, which will be generated to the tune of crores of rupees, will be used to provide regular tenements to migrants and other less fortunate houseless people. The same will, however, be made available on rent and will not transferable since they will be the property of the MC. The ex-servicemen should be made to control the same.


Plea on use of Punjabi language
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 5
A few like-minded people of the city today joined hands to make an appeal to all political parties of Punjab to include the issues regarding the uplift of Punjabi literature, language and culture in their respective manifestoes for the forthcoming elections.

Talking about the demands at a press conference, included in the memorandum, which will be presented to heads of all political parties Shiromani Sahitkar, Santokh Singh Dhir said the memorandum comprised issues like implementation of Punjabi language in all government offices in Chandigarh, rendering financial assistance to Punjabi Language Department and Cultural Department of Punjab, opening up libraries for Punjabi books in all villages.

The memorandum also highlighted issues like facilitating Punjabi culture by opening up cultural centres at district and tehsil levels and implementation of some quota system for writers and artistes in the government sectors.

Pointing about the degradation of the Punjabi culture, Mr Dhir said giddah and bhangra alone did not represent the Punjabi culture. “The government has to take up some important steps to bring back the lost glory of Punjabi culture,” he said.

Stressing the need to implement Punjabi language in all government offices, Dr S. Tarsem, general secretary of the Kendriya Punjabi Lekhak Sabha said the Punjabi Bhasha Act needed to be implemented in letter and spirit by punishing those employees who were not capable of conducting their official work in Punjabi.

The team which comprised prominent playwrights, intellectuals and critics, besides prominent writers, supported the Punjab’s Cultural Departments effort to establish a censor board. However the team suggested that the candidates for the board should come from the elected office-bearers of various literary bodies of Punjab.

Referring to the accepted demands shortlisted during a meeting between the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the delegates from the Kendriya Lekhari Sabha on April 28, Mr Ripudaman Singh Roop, advocate, said a major outcome of that meeting which was to give a plot for the office building for the Lekhari Bhavan should be implemented soon.

The Chairman of Punjab Arts Council, Mr Harcharan Singh, noted social worker Ms Amrita Kohli and Punjabi playwright Sanjeevan Singh also spoke on the occasion. 


PGI gate a danger point
Tribune News Service

The entrance to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences is one of the most accident-prone areas in the city. According to police records, two persons have died so far this year as a result of accidents at this point. Two other major accidents here caused injuries to four persons. The police says that a number of minor accidents also take place here every day.

Most of the accidents involve two wheelers or pedestrians hit by buses. Recently, a young attendant of a patient admitted to the PGI was killed when he was hit by a CTU bus. He was on his way to buy medicines for the patient from a medical store in Sector 15 when the accident took place.

Since Panjab University’s Gate No. 1 lies right across the road from the PGI main gate, a number of students on two wheelers rush in an out of the gate. Most often they ignore traffic rules and drive two wheelers without helmets and at high speed.

A few weeks ago, a student of the Law Department of Panjab University had his arm fractured when his motorcycle collided with a car coming from the PGI.

Most the accidents at his point take place when student drivers run into CTU buses plying on this route, or when vehicles coming from the PGI fail to control their speed.

Poor road engineering is also responsible for the accidents that take place here. Installing of traffic lights at this junction can help control the traffic and prevent accidents. The police says that a Police Control Room van has been stationed there and the PGI Police Post ensures that the rules are followed.


Engineers of PCL protest government move
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 5
Members of the Association of Diploma Engineers and other employees of the Punjab Communication Ltd (PCL) today held a demonstration in front of the Udhyog Bhavan in Sector 17, Chandigarh, to protest against the decision of the Punjab Project Approval Board to reduce the shareholding of ECP in the company to 26 per cent from 70 per cent.

The board had decided to appoint SBI Capital Markets Ltd, Mumbai, as disinvestment advisers and further giving consent to the process of disinvestments of shareholders through sale of shares to a strategic partner after referring the matter to the State Disinvestment Commission.

The leaders of the association said the government was planning to sell the company to a private party. They said the company had been growing at a rate of 25 to 30 per cent over the past five years and its turn over last year was Rs 157 crore. It had till date paid Rs 13 crore to its holding corporation, ECP. Lamenting that said the move by the government was against its claim to woo private sector, they said the move would lead to unrest among the employees.

The move would also be a loss to the share holders, vendors and the employees, said a leader of the association, Ms Raminder Singh. The association has given a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister.


Phones of defaulting hospitals, police stations to go one-way
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Police stations and hospitals defaulting on telephone bills in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh will be able to receive only incoming calls as per a fresh Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited direction.

In a circular to all heads of departments of telecom circles and telephone districts in the country received in the Punjab Telecom Circle headquarters here recently, Under Secretary, PHA, Anil Gill said : ‘’I have been directed to say that to facilitate the people in distress to call police stations and government hospitals in times of emergency, a decision has been taken in larger public interest to allow police stations and hospitals to receive incoming calls on their telephones.’’

The instruction has come as a reminder of circular 10/2000 issued in May last year after noticing that it was not received in many circles.

The fresh circular said detailed instructions have been issued in the earlier circular.

Sources in the Punjab Telecom Circle here today said that the instructions have been acknowledged and that they were not in a position to tell whether any police station has been deprived of calling facility.

However, there have been reports in Punjab that telephone connections of certain police stations have been disconnected by the department for default of payment risking security of the people.

Rejecting the charge of putting the people at risk by resorting to disconnecting telephones of police stations and hospitals, the sources said the BSNL is a public sector company and has to also earn profit in the interest of the country.

They said that the state governments should understand their responsibility in prompt payment of telephone bills so that the government and the BSNL both could serve the people better.

The Punjab police sources did not rule out police station telephone going one way but said no cases of such incidents have come to their notice as the system of payment of telephone bills is decentralised and the district police officials are authorised to make payments.


Citizens’ panel demands local bus service
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 5
Demanding a local ring bus service within sectors, the Citizens Welfare Association, in a press note issued here today, said that in the absence of such a facility, the residents of the city were at the mercy of cycle rickshaws which charged exorbitantly, exploiting the situation.

The president of the association, Mr SK Nayar, said that there was no way of commuting between sectors other than availing the services of the rickshaw since bus routes remained confined to ‘A’-roads of the township only.

He said this was a need of the time to have a local-ring-bus -service in the township to be run on “B” roads for the benefit of the residents and enabling a connection with scattered offices of the city.

The press note added that the difficulty being faced by residents had been brought to the notice of the authorities regularly and a local bus service was introduced on an experimental basis in 1995.

However, due to lack of publicity of availability of such a facility, there were no takers and the service was withdrawn after being found uneconomical. The association, thus, urged the Haryana Government and the Haryana Roadways to provide a local bus service in the township in view of the basic needs of the public.Back


Balance everything in the house

How badly do you want abundance in life? The answer to this question will be “very badly”. Everyone needs abundance in life. I personally suggest that if one wants abundance, one has to balance things.

Balance means “not just your house but also your aspirations”.

First of all, think of the aspirations that will make you happy and fulfilled. You should start by thinking deeply about these things.

If you want success, you identify what kind of success you want. If you want a relationship, you should likewise think exactly about the kind of relationship you want.

Feng Shui has the potential of enhancing and actualising all your aspirations. Thinking about them will go a long way towards making this happen. Think of the way you want things to materialise. After this, channel the earth energy in your home and environment. Do not expect over night success. Be patient and make adjustments wherever necessary. Doing this will help you achieve good fortune. 


Address your Feng Shui queries to:

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Order to conduct audit of housing society
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh July 5
The Secretary Cooperation, Mr M.P. Singh, in his orders in the case of the Shivalik Co-operative Group Housing Society, has directed Inspector Amarjeet Singh of the Cooperative Department to to take over all records of the society before July 10 and get an audit conducted to find out if any wrong doing has been done.

Besides this, Mr Amarjeet Singh has been asked to hold elections of the society within 45 days of the order.

The previous management committee has been dismissed.

They had appealed to the Secretary Cooperation where their plea was dismissed.

While Mr Amarjeet has been appointed Administrator the order of the Secretary does not empower him to start the construction work as demanded by the society members. In a way society members continue to suffer.


Club withdraws notice against Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The controversy regarding the issuing of a notice to Mayor Raj Kumar Goyal by the Chandigarh Club for defaulting on payments ended today with club withdrawing the notice.

A letter sent by the club to the Mayor said it had been issued “inadvertently” and be treated as withdrawn. The letter regretted the inconvenience caused to Mr Goyal by the “unintentional act” of the club.


Dimpy expelled from CTCC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Harmohan Dhawan faction in the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee(CTCC) got another jolt today with the expulsion of Mr Vijay Pal Singh Dimpy from the party for six years for anti-party activities.

The expulsion of Mr Dimpy, a former president of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress(CTYC), was announced by the CTCC chief, Mr BB Bahl.


Stop construction at parking lot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The LIG Residents Welfare Association, Sector 41-D, has demanded that the construction of parking lot opposite house Nos 3215 to 3222 should be stopped and it should be shifted to some other place.

According to a press note issued by Mr RK Mann and Mr SK Juneja, president and general secretary of the association, respectively, alleged that the construction of the parking lot would create traffic chaos as the entry to the parking was proposed to be given from V-6 road.


Scooterist killed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
A scooterist, Anil Arora, was killed in a road accident today. It is learnt that the victim’s scooter (CH-03A-7761) was hit by a truck ( DL-1CA- 0747) carrying building material at the Sukhna Light Point in Industrial Area, Phase I, at about 6 p.m. this evening.

The truck driver fled away from the spot. A PCR van rushed the accident victim to the PGI, where he was declared as dead. It is learnt that the deceased was a resident of Housing Board, Mani Majra.

One booked: The police has booked a resident of Banga in Nawanshahr district, Raghubir Singh, on charges of fraud. It is alleged that the accused had bought a car from Paramjit Singh after keeping Rs 20,000 as balance from the final payment on the pretext to pay after getting clearance. However, accused sold off this car by forging NOC and other documents.

Three cases of theft: A scooter (CH-01M-2661) was stolen from the residence of Kunal Sharma in Modern Housing Complex. A battery of a motorcycle was stolen from Sector 33 during the intervening night of July 2 and 3.

In the third incident, a purse containing Rs 350 was stolen from the dickey of a scooter (CH-01Z-3325) in Sector 35.

Liquor seized: Thirty Six bottles of Officer Choice whisky were recovered from Satish Kumar and he has been booked under various sections of the Excise Act.


Fresh concessions to shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Shopkeepers in the city can open their shops on all seven days of the week under fresh concessions allowed by the Labour Department of the Chandigarh Administration.

Keeping in view the changing socio-economic environment and the requirements of citizens of Chandigarh, this intervention is proposed. All those shopkeepers who are interested in availing this facility to transact their business on all seven days can send their applications to the Chief Inspector of Shops and Commercial Establishments.

The restrictions include that the total number of hours of work in any establishment shall not exceed ten on any one day.

Persons employed for overtime work shall be paid remuneration at double the rate of normal wages payable to him and calculated by the hours, and no woman shall be required or allowed to work whether as an employee or otherwise in any establishments between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The employee shall be given a day’s rest, once in a week.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Administration also proposes to promote Sunday shopping in Chandigarh. Under this shops and commercial establishments in a given market place shall remain open on Sunday and in lieu of Sunday, the market should be closed on any one of the week days.

Associations of shopkeepers and commercial establishments from a market, if they are willing to avail of this facility, can approach the Chief Inspector of Shops and Commercial Establishments, Labour Welfare.

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