Wednesday, July 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Fake passport racket busted 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
In a major breakthrough, the city police has unearthed a fake passport racket. The passports were issued by a fake “World Service Authority” on behalf of the “World Government” that ensured the holders a trip anywhere in the world, without a visa.

The accused promised their clients that the said passports, were valid in five countries. People were also lured on the pretext that these passports ensured an ‘international exit visa’ and ensured entry into the chosen foreign land at a much lower cost. While immigration to the USA costs about Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, these passports ensured entry to the USA for about Rs 1 lakh.

Two of the accused, Rajiv Puri and Dayal Massih, running the racket have already been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing. One of the accused, Dhiraj Dayal Massih, is still at large.

According to the SP, Operations, Mr HGS Dhaliwal, one of the accused, Rajiv Puri, who is the mastermind behind the fraud, had set up an immigration consultancy in Sector 34. Other than arranging tickets and visas for his clients, he had begun issuing passports of the ‘World Government’. The other accused, Dayal Massih, claims to have been issued a manpower licence by the Protector of Immigrants and was authorised to send people abroad for various jobs.

However, he reportedly joined hands with Rajiv in order to dupe people, claims the police. In fact, the latter had sent at least six people to Rajiv Puri for passports. Puri had taken Rs 70,000 per passport from Massih.

The DSP, Special Crime, Mr B.D. Bector, informed that the entire process began when Rajiv chanced upon a website,, through a search engine. The website reportedly promises easy immigration to any country in the world.

He said the passports were procured by the accused from the Washington DC address mentioned on the website upon a payment of US $ 100 to US $ 200. Other than the passport of the ‘World Government’, birth certificate, identity card and citizen card were also sent here, for sale to gullible people.

The accused were also preparing fake income tax returns and fixed deposits required for getting a visa.

According to police, the duo, along with Mr Massih’s son, Dhiraj, would stage manage the show by taking their victims to various embassies in Delhi. It is suspected that they never took the victim inside nor did the said passport ever landed in the hands of any embassy official.

The police also suspects that the duo was also involved in making fake Indian passports as a blank passport was also recovered from Rajiv Puri.

The case came to light on July 7 during the alternate complaints redressal at the EO Wing, when one Baljit Singh brought the case to light. He had reportedly paid Rs 1.8 lakh to Massih in order to get a World Service Authority passport and fake FD’s of Rs. 3.80 lakh had been prepared in his name.

The police swung into action and arrested the two accused today. While 29 passports, 40 photocopies and visa papers of passports, birth certificates, identity cards and citizen cards, three ‘world certificates’, nine photocopies of ‘worldpassports’ and seven passbooks were seized from Puri, two forged FDs worth Rs 3.80 lakh, one ‘world certificate’, a passport of Baljit Singh and some fake IT returns were recovered from Massih.


No electronic meters for now
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
Having raised a lot of dust, the issue of installation of electronic meters in Ramgarh and Barwala has seemingly been buried for good. A formal report of the National Physical Laboratory of the Government of India has upheld the claims of the Electricity Department that the new meters are in order and accurate to the last chip.

The report, recently received from the laboratory, was forwarded to the Deputy Commissioner and other officials of the administration, besides the Electricity Department.

An official of the department said five meters were sent for testing purposes following complaints of meters running fast and recording units in excess of what were actually used by the consumers.

The five meters were individually tested for loads ranging from 0.5 ampere to 40 amperes, along with a test for power factor. According to the report, the meters were accurate upto 0.5 per cent of the electricity consumption.

"We have conveyed the information to the sarpanch and he is satisfied with the explanations offered. The manufacturers have also been instructed to despatch a copy of the report to them and to give their side of the story,'' he added.

The installation of new meters in the Barwala block had run into troubled waters after the residents blocked traffic on the national highway to protest against meters running fast.

Following repeated protests, the district administration, in consultation with the villagers, decided to get these meters checked and simultaneously install electromagnetic meters to record readings of the load consumed.

To counter allegations of fast meters, the two meters were run at the house of a complainant and found to be recording similar units for the same load.

The report of the laboratory substantiated the findings of the Electricity Department on the issue of accuracy.

Stating that a minor difference in readings could have arisen on account of greater accuracy of the electronic meters, the official stated that the electromagnetic meters had accuracy levels of three per cent and failed to take note of indicators and stabilisers.

Against this, the new meters recorded electricity consumption of light indicators, bells, invertors and stabilisers and had an error rate of about 0.5 per cent.

“This forms 100 watts of electricity consumed and the number of units consumed is obviously higher in these new meters,” he added.

With the report of the laboratory coming in and a demonstration of the new meters in the village, the residents have been satisfied for now. 


Plan for smooth traffic flow
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 10
Faced with the problem of frequent road blockades on busy highways running through Ropar district — especially through SAS Nagar and Kharar — the Punjab Police has prepared a contingency plan for diversion of traffic. When put into action, it would enable the police to alert the general public about the unavoidable traffic diversions and guide them to reroute their journeys.

Police officials admit that road blockade on the Chandigarh — Landhran — Fatehgarh Sahib and Chandigarh — Ludhiana roads by people protesting against the government inaction was becoming a regular feature. Only last month members of the Bagala community had blocked the SAS Nagar-Kharar section of the road for more than six hours causing a lot of harassment to road users. In the past six months at least seven road blockades in the area have been reported. The roads were vital linkages to different stations in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar, Mr GPS Bhullar, said the basic idea of the whole exercise was to cause least harassment to the road users in the event of a road blockade till the administration and the police authorities negotiated with the protesters. The Deputy Superintendent of Police at SAS Nagar, Kharar, Morinda, Ropar and Anandpur Sahib had been asked to prepare traffic diversion plans in the light of the often blocked roads in their respective areas.

Sources said the DIG (Traffic) had also asked the district police to prepare the contingency traffic diversion plan. The local police had identified at least three points — traffic lights of Phases 7 and 8, Balongi barrier and the Sohana intersection — which acted as bottlenecks in case road blockades. In a rough paper plan, the local police had proposed to divert the Sohana-bound traffic at the YPS rotary when there was a blockade at the traffic lights of Phases 7 and 8. In case of blockade at Sohana, the traffic would be diverted to an alternative road through the Industrial Area, Phase 8. When the road at Balongi bridge was blocked, the traffic would be diverted to the Balongi bypass. Similar plans were being worked by the authorities in Kharar and other places.

The sources said in case of blockade on the roads coming from Chandigarh, the Chandigarh police and the transport authorities at the two Inter State Bus Terminus in Chandigarh would be informed so that the exercise of diverting the traffic was carried out smoothly. The SSP said it was also being planned to put traffic diversion boards, when required.

In certain states like the Thiruvananthapuram, there is a police help line facility on pager. The people can pass on information or collect information about traffic diversions, alternative routes and durations of diversions from the assistance line. The facility was also to alert people about unavoidable traffic diversions.



Drugs menace: Pak help may be sought
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf may be asked by India to rein in the ISI-sponsored narcotics smugglers and make them available for interrogation to succeed in the campaign against the menace.

“At least 5 per cent of Pakistanis are addicted to heroin and it is available across the border at one tenths of Indian price” intelligence sources told The Tribune here today.

Pakistan as an Islamic country does not allow consumption and production of liquor, therefore people are taking to drugs causing more harm to Pakistan than India where drug addiction rate is only 3 per cent.

The problem in Pakistan is more serious considering the fact that 5 per cent of their people are addicted to incapacitating heroin while in India only a part of three per addicts including those of poppy, opium, bhang, are heroin users.

The sources said that though Pakistani anti-narcotic agency, the Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF), has been regularly sharing information with its Indian counterpart, the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB), on modus operandi and names of suspects.

They said the regular meetings, however, had not yielded desired results as The ISI conduits have intelligent ‘’cut points’’ (links that cannot be traced to the end).

Because of this fact, it becomes very difficult to establish the involvement of the ISI as information gathered from those caught with narcotics in India, cannot be confirmed unless the connections named by them in Pakistan are not made available for questioning, the sources said.

But, suspicion on the ISI is strong considering the fact, that they have everything to gain from the trade in terms of generating resources, creating bad character in India and nurturing contacts in India for subversive activities, they said.

The Indian authorities in June last year made the biggest narcotic haul of 57 kg in Kapurthala and another of 2.5 kg in the Samjhauta Express but the end links could not be traced due to non-availability of Pakistan links, sources said.

Unless Pakistan and India have an extradition treaty the narcotics trade with active connivance of the ISI cannot be stopped, but controlled to some extent as has happened in Punjab where it has drastically come down with the fencing of the border.

The sources said Pakistan which had a huge trade deficit against India may also not be keen to check the illegal trade to make money through illegal means.

Compared to the Punjab border, the unfenced Jammu border is more porous for drug trafficking as only a hundred metres of escape from the security forces lands people across the border.

Militants cannot directly be involved in drug trafficking but are likely to have it done through operators as “jehadis’’ as militant movements are very dear and cannot be wasted in drug business, sources said.

They said Pakistan do not seem convinced to control drug trafficking was probably conniving in the business as seizures in that country are like a drop in the ocean.



Allotment of booths costlier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Allotment of built-up booths for evicted rehriwalas will now cost more on a monthly basis. The Chandigarh Administration has hiked the monthly rent from Rs 2,500 to Rs 7,500. A notification to carry out the changes in the rules has been made and it will come into force with immediate effect.

This also means that the rehri markets converted into booths will no more be a haven for cheap products. The booth owners will also be forced to hike prices to meet the demands of monthly rent.

This was done as several shopkeepers of markets had repeatedly complained to the Administration that rehriwalas who were allotted pucca booths in lieu of rehris indulged in cost cutting in sales, sources said. This was possible due to low rents, which enabled the low cost hitting the sector markets adversely. 


40 kg of poppy husk seized from 2 youths
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The police has had a major success with the recovery of 40 kg of poppy husk from two youths at the Inter State Bus Terminus, Sector 17 in the early hours of the morning.

According to information available, Ranjit Singh, a resident of Barnala, and Ravinder Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh village in Payal subdivision of Ludhiana, were arrested from the bus stand, after they reached here from Sajapur in Rajasthan.

Police sources said that the duo had brought the poppy husk from Rajasthan with the intention of selling it in their native villages. While 18 kg of the drug was recovered from Ranjit Singh, 22 kg of the same was recovered from Ravinder Singh.

Both the accused are learnt to be new to the trade, allegedly going on for the past couple of years. The case has once again highlighted the fact that the city is becoming nodal point for the smuggling of various drugs into the inner reaches of Punjab.

According to information available from police sources, all the narcotics in the region reach through the city from these three states and Madhya Pradesh. It is from here that poppy husk and opium find their way to the city not just for local consumption, but most importantly for consumption in the inner rural reaches of Punjab.

While opium is brought in the city from the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh, the major supply of poppy husk is from Rajasthan. Sources say that this poppy husk is smuggled in the country from Pakistan in a big way and from Rajasthan, it finds its way into Haryana and ultimately into the city. 


Rains bring misery for villagers
Nishikant Dwivedi

Nadda (Kharar), July 10
Come rains and studies of children of this village suffer! Reason: There is no bridge on Patiala Ki Rao, a seasonal rivulet which passes by the village. Children who go to nearby villages or Chandigarh for schooling are forced to miss the school. Even the routine work at the village school suffer as the teachers could not make to the school in time. And of course, people working in Chandigarh either take leave or get late.

Ever since the causeway on the choe, was washed away in June last year, monsoon has become a “cause a worry” for the people of this area. It may be mentioned here that the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, during a recent visit to the village had promised a bridge on the choe.

The choe swells significantly during heavy rains and it becomes impossible to cross it. Villagers informed that two persons were washed away in the choe while they were trying to cross it. Interestingly, the incident took place when there was a causeway on the choe. A buffalo was washed away in the choe last Saturday.

It is learnt that officials of the Building and Road Department had tried to repair the causeway after it was washed away, but the building material was reportedly washed away in the heavy water flow. Later on when the officials again came to do the repair work, the villagers reportedly demanded a bridge instead of a causeway.

In the absence of a bridge, the villagers prefer to keep their children indoors during heavy rains. It may be mentioned here that a majority of village children go to the nearby Naya Gaon village or Chandigarh for schooling. Studies at the village high school also suffer during heavy rains. According to villagers, teachers of the school come form other places. When the choe swells, either the school remain closed or the functioning is delayed.

Mr Ujjagar Singh, a resident whose three children go to the nearby Naya Gaon village for schooling, said, “My children cannot go to school when the river swells”. Those who can not postpone their engagements have to take an alternative route via Perch and Lahora village, a seven-km stretch, to reach their destinations.

Milk vendors complain that their business also suffers due to this reason. Mr Ram Lal, who supplies milk to households in Chandigarh, says that he gets late by at least one hour during heavy rains as he had to take the alternative route.

It is not that the absence of bridge causes problems only during the rains. Otherwise also, the villagers have to face many problems. They complain that their vehicles get damaged while crossing the choe.

An official of the Building and Roads Department, Punjab, said that a bridge on the choe would come up soon. According to him the work on the bridge would start after rains. Sources in the department said the Punjab Finance Minister had already given a go ahead for construction of a bridge on the choe. However, they said that the administrative approval was yet to come.


Downpour catches residents unawares
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Residents were caught unawares as a sudden downpour lashed parts of the city and adjoining areas today. The rain, which began at about 11.30 am, continued till about 2 pm. Though it was bright and sunny in the morning, the skies became overcast around mid-morning.

Though vehicular traffic was not affected, a large number of two-wheeler riders and cyclists stopped to seek shelter in bus stops and market corridors. While the roads largely remained clear of water, large puddles were seen near several roundabouts, slip roads and parking lots, specially in the southern parts of the city. Residents of Sector 40 complained of water-logging. Reports of water accumulating in Sector 25 were also received.

While SAS Nagar experienced about the same intensity of rain as Chandigarh, Panchkula experienced only a drizzle. The UT Administration started repairing roundabouts which had been damaged by the torrential rain during the past three days.


Nullah of sorrow for villagers
Our Correspondent

A broken underground water pipe, washed away by a flooding nullah in More Thikari village, near Mubarikpur, on July 3, has forced over 250 residents of the village to go without water.
A broken underground water pipe, washed away by a flooding nullah in More Thikari village, near Mubarikpur, on July 3, has forced over 250 residents of the village to go without water. 
— A Tribune photograph 

More Thikari (Dera Bassi), July 10
The swirling water of a nullah adjacent to this village washed away the underground water pipe, damaged crops and washed away the link road on July 3.

Over 250 residents of the village along the Ramgarh-Mubarikpur road are forced to live without water supply for the past week because of the washing away of the underground water line by the flooding nullah. The Public Heath Department has hardly taken any step to restore the water supply despite of repeated representations.

The first heavy rain of this monsoon flooded the nullah and washed away the only link road to the village. The residents now have to trudge through other alternative routes to reach their destinations.

Residents said the flood washed away the underground water line beneath a causeway on the village link road. The swirling water of the nullah also damaged maize crop over acres. Flood also spread a layer of mud over the crops.

Mr Harpal Singh, the sarpanch, said weeds uprooted by flood upstream, which was carried by the water current, got stuck in the discharge pipes of the causeway. The pipes were blocked, which led to the overflowing.

There was soil erosion along the banks of the nullah. The road also got sunk at parts. The residents have done temporary repair work with loose soil, big stones, bricks and sand. .

Mr Sukhjit Singh, a resident of the village, said they had to draw water from hand pumps for their domestic use. He complained that a representation had been given to the Drainage Department and to the Public Health Department.

“The department had fitted PVC pipes instead of steel pipes at the nullah bed. The PVC pipes were broken easily by the water current” said Mr Satpal Singh.

A visit to the site revealed that employees of the Drainage Department were busy in repairing the broken road and filling the deep holes caused by the flood. After sealing the steel pipe temporarily at the joint today left the work unattended today.

Villagers have been demanding replacement of the PVC pipes with steel pipes. Authorities of the Public Health Department were not available for comments.



One washed away in Ghaggar
Our Correspondent

Morni Hills (Panchkula), July 10
The strong water current of the Ghaggar, washed away Sanjay Kumar (25), a Chandigarh resident, when he and his friends descended to the river near Chhamla village to have a bath on Sunday evening.

The victim, along with his friends, had come here on a picnic. He slipped on muddy stones and was washed away. The body was retrieved about 1 km downstream. The body was sent to General Hospital, Sector 6, for post-mortem.



Mayor calls on Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, who met the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today apprised him of problems in Sector 26 grain market and urged him to visit the area in the near future. He also took up another pertinent issue of issuance of no objection certificates in Mani Majra.

The Mayor pointed out the difficulties faced by shopkeepers and buyers on account of poor storm drainage system in the market, which leads to flooding during rains. They have to wade through slush and muddy water to reach the shops.

All entry points to the market are heavily encroached upon by the unauthorised rehri phari vendors, thereby making it difficult for the people to move about. Hence, the same should be removed at the earliest. He also talked about the poor condition of internal roads in the area, which have worsened in less than a year due to the problems of waterlogging. Emphasising on the need to spruce up sanitation, he said that heaps of garbage are generally lying around, some of which flows into the road gullies thereby choking the sewerage.

Mr Goyal also highlighted the problems faced by hundreds of residents of Mani Majra in obtaining no objection certificates (NOCs) on account of notices being served by the MC for removing cantilevers of their houses which were constructed long back. He urged the Governor to direct the authorities concerned to look into the issue so that people face no problems in the sale, purchase and transfer of property. The Mayor claimed that the Governor passed the necessary directions to the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral. He also assured him that he would visit the grain market shortly with the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M Ramsekhar, to apprise himself of the problems. Earlier also, he had promised to visit the area on April 12 but could not do so.

The Mayor is also reported to have talked to him the problems being faced by him in running the House in the wake of the opposition from the BJP and now his own party councillors. He further urged him to send yet another directive to pass the agenda items. But the Governor asked him to do the needful of running the House in his capacity as the leader of the ruling Congress in the House. It may be recalled that 10 vital agenda items were passed in the House, following the UT Administrator’s directive to convene a meeting within 10 days and pass the same.


Panchayats urged to achieve targets
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, July 10
The Gram Panchayats have been urged to play an enthusiastic role to achieve the target of afforestation in the district. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, at a Khula darbar held in Raipur Rani, near here, today.

She said the campaign for planting saplings would be launched from July 15 to August 17. For the purpose,200 saplings would be provided to every small village and 250 to 500 saplings to the big villages. The saplings would be provided free of cost by the administration to every village through the panchayats, she said.

On the complaint regarding the fly menace, the DC, today, constituted four committees, each of which would consist of a BDO, a doctor, an SHO, besides the Sarpanch of the village concerned. The committees would monitor the spray-work being conducted by poultry farmers. The medical officers would be responsible for taking samples of poultry feeds and for sending the same for examination between July 14 to July 17, the DC said.

Ms Arora asked the panchayats to send their separate reports regarding the same to the administration.

As many as 128 complaints relating to drinking water, power, old-age, widow and, handicapped pensions, repair of village streets and roads, pink-ration cards, inclusion of names in the BPL list, and land sliding were heard in the meeting.

The DC directed officer of the Department of Public Health to provide adequate drinking water facilities in Harijan colonies, particularly in Natwal, Naya Gaon, Garhi Kotaha, Tirlokpur, Behbalpur and Mandlaya villages. On the camplaint of residents of Naya Gaon, she directed the transport authorities to change the timing of Ambala depots bus to 7.30 a.m. from 8.30 a.m., so that school children do not suffer. Similarly transport officers have been asked to start bus service from Chhajju Majra to Chandigarh, twice a day at 7.15 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.


Training of recruits revamped

Tribune News Service

A perceptible change in the national security scenario following the nuclearisation of the Indian Sub-continent besides heavy commitments towards counter-insurgency operations and low level conflicts have necessitated a revamping of the basic training for Army recruits.

Changes incorporated in basic training are aspects of nuclear, chemical and biological (NBC) warfare training as well as increased stress on counter-insurgency operations. With the weaponry and combat equipment becoming increasingly sophisticated and digitalised, the recruits are exposed to the basics of information technology.

Regimental training centres have established special training areas, complete with bunkers and related training aids for NBC warfare. Under the policy laid down by the Army Headquarters, the recruits are “oriented” to NBC warfare, with focus on undertaking defensive rather than offensive measures. The Shimla-based Army Training Command (ARTRAC) has devised a training capsule, which includes lectures, films on NBC warfare as well as on-ground demonstrations.

Though NBC warfare capsules had been incorporated in the training curriculum for officers at the Indian Military Academy and the Officers Training Academy many years ago, it has only been included in training curriculum for jawans this year.

The Army’s prolonged commitment to counter-insurgency operations with no end in sight has warranted greater focus on training in counter insurgency operations, and about two weeks are now devoted during basic training to CI Ops training. In addition to this, recruits who get posted to units which are already deployed in CI Ops undergo another week of related training.

The centres have simulated typical Kashmiri as well as north-eastern villages that may be encountered during actual operations to provide a realistic touch to the training. Though counter-insurgency operations are not new to the Army, with its experiences ranging from NWFP in the late 1800s to NEFA, Punjab, Jaffna, North-East and Jammu and Kashmir, till recently training was focused on conventional warfare. Consequently, a number of jawans posted to units already deployed in CI Ops found themselves engaged in warfare for which they were not trained or prepared.

Counter-insurgency training includes search and cordon tactics, house clearing drills, combat in built-up and semi-built up areas, guarding apprehended persons as well as frisking individuals. In addition, the importance of generating support of the local population, co-ordination with the police and honouring human rights is also stressed.

For CI Ops drills, special ranges, called impromptu ranges, which train recruits to react and shoot at unexpected targets at close quarters, have been set-up. These require a recruit to move along a 300-meter track surrounded by dense foliage. He encounters five targets enroute, both stationary as well as mobile, which emerge without warning. Live ammunition is used.

Another interesting change in training at the basic level is the introduction of information technology. Computer laboratories have been established at regimental centres for this purpose and exposure to IT is one of the first subjects taken up when the training commences. Also, hi-tech computer-based training aids, such as indoor weapon simulators for small arms training and performance evaluation have been introduced.


Energising the wood element

There are five elements which govern our environment. These are water, wood, earth, fire and metal. Every element has its own importance in everyone’s life. One of these elements rules the left of a particular man. It is decided according to one’s date of birth and year. From this, one can know the element that is good for one’s personal space in an office.

Each of the five elements is activated by the presence of objects belonging to the same group. Wood is the only element which has life. Placing a healthy plant in a wood corner of your house will activate excellent health and luck for the residents.

Wood is capable of reproducing itself. This clearly shows that the Yang energies are evident and strong.

If you are fortunate enough to have land around your home, try growing clumps of bamboo in the wood corner of the garden. Bamboo is a Chinese symbol of longevity and strength. It is a must in every house. Harshna

Address your Feng Shui queries to:
E-mail: [email protected]
Postal address: C/o F.S. TIPS
The Tribune, Sector-29, Chandigarh-160020.



French company gives presentation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
A French company, Electricite de France, gave a presentation to a high-level team of the Chandigarh Administration led by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F. R. Jacob (retd), regarding reduction of transmission and distribution losses on a revenue sharing basis.

The company’s Director, India operations, Mr Rajendra Shrivastav, informed the Administrator that the company was engaged in a major exercise in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. He said the company could help reduce losses by adopting the experiments carried out in Karnataka and UP. The presentation included a detail on how transmission losses were reduced in Argentina from 30 per cent to 10 per cent. The company will make all investments and share revenue which comes in by cutting down on transmission losses.

Since Chandigarh was buying all power from various sources cutting down on transmission losses was important . The Union Territory has about 1.86 lakh connections and distribution losses in Chandigarh were 17.27 per cent. In the UT Administration team were the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, the Home Secretary , Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, the Finance Secretary, Mr Karan. A. Singh, and the Chief Engineer, Mr Puranjit Singh.


A man with a mission
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, July 10
Mr Dilip Kumar is a man with a mission. After creating a record for covering maximum distance on foot in the shortest possible time, this dynamic man from Mumbai is all set to create his second record by flying 1200 kites through a single string and all for a good cause too — to spread the message against drug use. He has planned to set a record at the Rose Garden here on Sunday.

Fiftythree-year-old, Dilip Kumar had achieved a world record on February 29, 1999 for covering more than 1, 66, 800 km distance in the shortest possible time through 15 countries on foot, spreading over 19 years.

He said: “with the mission to do something in life I started the journey in 1982, and only after a gap of 19 years. I created a record Many people usually do not believe when they see me first, as I am four feet eight inches only”.

He added: I got a lot of respect in foreign countries. In India its very difficult for a poor man to do something. But if you believe in God and are determined, no one can stop you to achieve ones goal”.

Dilip Kumar started an orphanage in Mumbai with the help of noted actor, Prithviraj Kapoor in 1976. Prithviraj Kapoor had donated him land behind R.K. studios, Chembur, Mumbai. Presently well about 1000 children live in the ashram and everything was going on well with the grace of God. He said that good people were always here to help us and prize money to help to built career of destitute and to strengthen the functioning of the ashram.

He visited the city on Monday and stayed in police stations and temples. He said he did not have enough money to set such records and was totally dependent upon sponsorship. He said, “One company had already sponsored the water-proof kites and setting I hope there will be no rain on Sunday”.

He said, “I am fond of sports and games right from school days. I only like to read about sports news in free time. I always read sports page of the newspaper before going to front page”. Presently Dilip is working with the State Bank in Mumbai as clerk. He is grateful to the sponsors who have helped him to set world record.

He has five brothers and six sisters who are living together in a joint family. He is a bachelor and as he is getting older, he is worried about the children of the ashram. All the money that he has received from setting world records has been used to help the children.


125 persons donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
As many as 125 persons donated blood at the 47th blood donation camp organised by the Chandigarh Blood Donors Council at bridge market, Sector 17, today. The camp was organised in the memory of Mr Yogesh Sood’s daughter, Shruti, who died in a roof collapse six year ago.

Ms Ranjana Shahi, BJP Councillor, inaugurated the camp and awarded mementos to blood donors.

The slogan of the camp was “Bhain bina veer, jiwein Nadi bina neer” (brother without sister is like a stream without water).


Bhatnagar released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Major Maneesh Bhatnagar, who was sentenced to dismissal for violation of military discipline during the Kargil conflict by a General Court Martial yesterday, was released from military custody today.

He had spent 186 days under close arrest after his trial commenced in January. As the court did not sentence him to imprisonment, Major Bhatnagar was released.

Though the sentence has been pronounced, he will continue to be in the Army till it is confirmed by the higher authorities, which is expected to take a few weeks. 



Auto mechanics block traffic
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 10
Hundreds of members of the Auto Mechanics Federation held a scooter and car rally and blocked traffic in different parts of the city for several hours today. They raised slogans against the DC. The rally went through Sectors 21, 22, 18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 20. The president of the union said they would further intensify the agitation.


40 boxes of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Forty boxes of Hero whisky were seized by the Operation Cell from Harjeet Singh from near Colony No 5 yesterday. According to the information available, the accused was carrying the boxes in a Tata 407 vehicle (PB-10Z-9664) yesterday afternoon. The vehicle has been impounded and a case registered under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. The accused was later released on bail.

Booked for fraud

Hans Raj Verma has been booked for duping his employer of Rs 49,000. This he did while he was employed at Sunder Emporium. Later he left the job without informing the employer. A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered.

Theft cases

A Maruti car ( CH-01M-4860) was stolen from Sector 34 complex on July 6. In another incident, battery of a scooter was stolen on July 8 from Guru Nanak Public School , Sector 36. The third incident of theft took place in Sector 22-D market. Mr Sunder Singh’s bag, containing some clothes medicines and Rs 400 in cash was stolen during the intervening night of July 8 and 9. In all these cases, FIRs under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

Man duped

A local immigration agent allegedly cheated a Hoshiarpur resident of Rs 3 lakh on the pretext of sending his brother-in-law abroad. Talking to mediapersons, Mr Tilak Raj said he had given Rs 3 lakh to Balbir Singh, who did not send his brother-in-law Anil Kumar abroad. The agent lured the wife of the victim to live with him. The victim today lodged a complaint with the local police, seeking action against the agent.

Five booked

At least five employees of the PCL, Jasbir Singh, Jagtar Singh, Kashmir Chand, Resham and Gurdeep Singh, were today booked assaulting a security officer, Sakatar Singh at the gate of the unit on July 7.

African held

An African national, David Odino, was arrested for over staying in the town as his visa had expired.

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