Saturday, July 14, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Jacob orders probe into soap sale scandal
Goyal’s resignation sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
An enquiry was ordered here today by the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lt Gen (retd) JFR Jacob, into the reported sales of soap by the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, to the Municipal Corporation, on a memorandum submitted by a section of BJP-SAD councillors, exposing fissures in the party.

Former Mayor Gian Chand Gupta, leader of the BJP-SAD Opposition in the House, Mr Des Raj Tandon, Deputy mayor, Mr Mohinder Singh and BJP councillor, Ms Ranjana Shahi have demanded that the Mayor should be disqualified from the councillorship, since he has attracted disqualifying clauses enshrined in the MC Act. According to them, the Governor has asked the Home Secretary to enquire into the matter. None of the BJP councillors owing allegiance to the Jain group went to the Governor as part of the delegation.

The delegation also sought that all the allowances drawn by the Mayor for attending House and F and CC meetings, besides the other routine allowances should be taken back on account of his failure to run the MC properly.

While Mr R.L Arora and Mr K.K Adiwal were out of station, Mr Prem Sagar Jain and Mr Kanhya Lal said the leader of the opposition, Mr Des Raj Tandon, did not inform them about the same. However, senior BJP councillor, Mr Jain, said it was morally wrong on the part of the Mayor to indulge in such business transactions with the MC. The Government will now be required to give the Mayor show-cause notice for explanation, before initiating any action. He also held the officers guilty for the same as they are well versed with the Act and should have checked this practice long back. Even Mr Kanhya Lal favoured a detailed inquiry into the matter.

Former mayor Kamala Sharma, however, said that she had been contacted this morning but since the time of meeting the Governor was clashing with that of the Red Cross meeting, she was unable to accompany the delegation. But she criticised the Mayor for indulging in such a trade and bringing discredit to the chair he is occupying.

Even Congress councillors in suppressed tones say that the Mayor should resign on moral grounds since he has been mired in so many controversie s ever since he took charge. Senior Congress leaders also maintain that if he does not resign, he should be expelled from the party for tarnishing the image of the party before the next MC elections.

Sources disclose that the local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, and party president, Mr B.B. Bahl, took a serious note of the anti-party activities of the councillors and warned them of severe action for giving statements to the media.


Over 150 structures demolished
Demolition unjust, says gurdwara body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
A major demolition drive of the Chandigarh Administration continued for the second day today. More than 150 unauthorised structures in sectors 48, 49 and 50 were removed. These included cattle sheds, dhabas, make shift saw mills and furniture shops.

These structures had come up all along the UT -Punjab border in the past few years. The land where these structures stand has to be allotted to the co-operative housing societies. Teams of the Chandigarh Administration arrived with bulldozers in tow and started off work this morning. Unlike yesterday when demolition in and around a religious structure had raised tension, it was largely peaceful today.

As a note of caution SDM Mr Gyanesh Bharti (south), had accompanied Enforcement Magistrate Ishwar Singh.

Meanwhile, the Gursagar Gurdwara Trust has criticised the UT Administration for demolishing a religious structure in Sector 49-C. The body has also demanded that the structure which was demolished by the enforcement staff yesterday be rebuilt. The demolished structure was a branch of the Gursagar gurdwara that is near Sukhna Lake.

“When no slum colony is being demolished, religious places should not be razed as well,” said members of the gurudwara management body at a press conference here today. “This is a case of discrimination,” said Sant Prithipal Singh, head of the Sant Khalsa International Foundation that has its head office in the Gursagar gurdwara.

He demanded an action against officials of the Administration and the police who demolished the structure. He alleged that the officials had manhandled devotees and shown disrespect to the religious insignia and the holy book. “The Granth Sahib was simply folded and taken away, which is no way to remove the holy book,” he said.

Sant Prithipal Singh rebutted the claim of the Administration that the religious structure had come up in the past one year. He said the gurdwara was two-decade-old which had later been named Charan Kamal Sahib Gurdwara. When asked about the claim of Administration that the gurdwara land had been acquired three years ago, the gurudwara management admitted that this was true. The 2-kanal land had been registered in the name of Ms Devinder Kaur Chachhi, whom the Administration  had paid a compensation after acquiring the land.

However, Sant Prithipal Singh alleged that the compensation deal had either been forced or an underhand one. He said, after establishment, a gurdwara became a property of people. “Ms Devinder Kaur had been appointed by management to look after the gurdwara. It is not known why she accepted the compensation without informing the management,” he said.

One of his supporters said, “The management has offered that the Administration accepts the repayment of the compensation money, but allow the structure to stay.” Ms Chachhi was paid Rs 1.76 lakh as compensation.


Anjum’s poetic message to Musharraf

Sardar AnjumA celebrated rebel of Indian literature and cinema, Sardar Anjum, who is known for his stunningly original, highly honest and hard-hitting teleserial, "Goongi Tarekh", is a strange combination of fire and fragrance. To get views of the poet inside him on the ensuing Indo-Pak summit, Prabhjot Singh buttonholed Dr Sardar Anjum at his Panchkula residence.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q: As a poet how do you see this great moment?

What is great about this halla-gulla? Let our painful past be an accepted realisation.

Aag main, nafrat ki jalker hum ne sikha hai yehi

Pyar karna zindagi mein kis qdar aasaan tha

(After burning our feelings in the heat of hatred, we realised, how easy it was to love).

Q. Why are you not very enthusiastic about the summit?

I have the Simla Agreement and the Lahore bus journey behind me and then Kargil — that unfortunate human massacre. For what?

The summit is certainly a good effort if it is devoid of all political stunts and is treated sincerely with courage and conviction for the betterment of the people on both sides. Discarding all crutches of vote banks, we should improve the lot of the common man.

Keeping life under the threats of this cold war, making human existence unlivable. The hungry man at times cries:

Bhook insan ki jab, jaan pe bhari hai bahut

Phir ye barood ke tum dher lagate kyoon ho?

(When my hunger is my best killer, then where is the need for these war heads?)

Atmon ke dher pe rakh di hai tum ne zindagi.

Aadmi ke baad, es duniya main kya reh jaye ga!

(Keeping life on the heap of atom bombs, think! What this world without man would be)

Q Do you favour a no-war pact between the two countries?

A no-war pact is a political decision. I am a poet. I can only appeal to the Indians and Pakistanis living on this planet:

Kis tarha ki bataa jang hai?

Chahe tera mare, chahe mera mare

Aansoon ka to ek rang hai

(What type of war are we fighting? On the death of a soldier-son, the colour of tears of a mother on both sides is the same.)

Q Can you shed some "poetic light" for the talks to be smooth and meaningful?

If we all think that this universe is a gift of God Almighty and all beauties like Kashmir are His creations then any force encouraging violence, destruction and bloodshed is anti-God, anti-Kashmir. Are we talking about a "zahanam" (the hell) in a desert, with a fire of mistrust all around or about a jannat (heaven) of untouched beauties of Kashmir full of natural innocence and purity?

A famous Persian couplet glorifies Kashmir:

If there is a heaven on earth

It is here. It is here. It is here

The agony of this heavenly land screams in my poem "Kashmir":

Mere bare mein soochne walo

Tum ne itna kabhi nahin socha

Mere seeney main phool khilte hain

Mera dil khushboon ka dera hai

Tum andheroon main tolate ho use

Jo Mohabat bhara sawera hai.

(How can people holding nuclear weapons in their hands talk or understand this wonder of the world, full of colourful flowers with heavenly fragrance?.)

Q. Any practical suggestion?

While discussing Kashmir, one should remember the difference of a meeting being held in an open carriage of a goods train where any one can be loud and crude and a conference in a plane which certainly requires decency, discipline, decorum and beauty of behaviour. Both sides will have to cut jarring, pricking, hard and notorious corners to make it a real "round table conference". Later on the serious and complicated issues can be taken up without expectation of a miracle.

Q. Any message of hope?

The people of the North are basically emotional and sacrificing. They know where hard-hearted and confused reasoning fails, the emotional intensity succeeds because somewhere it contains the blessing of "divine wisdom".

Let writers, poets, artists, positive thinkers and creative intellectuals make an effort to bring back the lost confidence of harmless relationship. Let the love and affection show the way for a peaceful and dignified co-existence.

Khali khali lagte hain khab ke darya

Ek ho jayen Punjab ke darya

Meetha ho jaye pani

Sun ke prem kahani

Nafrat ki ye pyas kulachni, marjaye sharm ke mare

Ek dooje ko gale lagake chordeen jhagre sare

(from Qarazdar)

My dreams for the unity of five rivers may not have the water of reality today, but if we mix the sweetness of our love in these emotional waters, then our mutual intoxication will fly so high that this ill-mannered hatred will hide its face in shame. Let us embrace each other to forget and forgive.

Q. Dr Anjum you have taken our heart out with your wonderful thoughts and inspiring Urdu verses. Can you sum up, in two lines, some special message for General Pervez Musharraf and that too in Punjabi.

Tera mera chgra chhad ke, soch bhle insana!

Kad tik odher kabraan rowan, adher eh shamshaana!!

(Leaving behind our disputes and their complications, Oh man of Allah think and tell, how long the graves there and shamshaans here cry for new corpses.)Back


Wild animals kill 3 black bucks
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, July 13
Three black bucks, including a newly born fawn, were killed by wild foxes and cats which entered an enclosure in the Mohinder Chaudhary Zoological Park on Monday night.

This is the second incident within a week in which the exotic animals and birds have become prey of the outsider carnivores in zoo premises.

Zoo authorities, however, denied killing of three rare animals by the wild foxes and cat. The authorities confirmed killing of a week old fawn by the cats but maintained that a female black buck had died due to shock.

Sources in zoo disclosed that the foxes and cats had entered the enclosure by climbing a tree which had fallen near the outer wall of the enclosure. The tree had been uprooted by a storm on Monday night. The animals ran helter and skelter to save their lives as the cats and foxes entered their enclosure.

A female black buck lost her life in the “stampede” while another one sustained injuries. The little fawn was eaten up by the cats and its skull and bones of legs were found in a corner of the enclosure, sources confirmed.

The killing of the animals was noticed by the zoo-keeper when he counted the animals on Tuesday morning. He found a fawn missing, a female black buck dead and one seriously injured when he entered the enclosure.

The authorities were informed and the dead animal was buried after conducting post-mortem examination. The seriously injured animal succumbed to its injuries on Thursday morning.

Mr R.K. Luna, Additional Chief Wildlife Warden, said the female black buck had died due to shock while another one had sustained injuries as a hut collapsed when a tree fell on it. The authorities had tried their best to save the injured but could not, he added.

It may be recalled that a hawk had killed seven exotic budgerigars which were shifted from Neelon mini zoo near Ludhiana to the Chhat Bir Zoo on July 9.


Dispute between civic body, PSIEC
Maintenance of water supply, sewerage
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 13
A conflict has arisen between the Municipal Council and the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) over the issue of taking over the water supply and sewerage for maintenance in the Phase IX industrial focal point here.

The council authorities say that they were already after the streetlights and the roads in the area and by taking over the water supply and sewerage the maintenance of the entire area will come under the civic body. At present the council is not ready to take over the work till the PSIEC makes it clear who will maintain the open spaces like green belts in the area and who will be the owner of the area so maintained.

It is learnt that the PSIEC had recently sent a cheque for Rs 18 lakh to the council for sinking a tubewell in the Phase IX industrial area and some other work but the civic body declined to accept it unless the issue of maintenance was sorted out.

Mr Kulwant Singh, president of the council, said today that the civic body had written to the Managing Director of the PSIEC in this connection last week.

He said the waterworks site in the Phase IX industrial area was being maintained by the council after it had been handed over to the civic body several years ago. A few months ago the civic body decided to construct a cattle pound near the waterworks site and Rs 8 lakh had been sanctioned for the purpose. But to the surprise of the council, the PSIEC authorities carved out industrial plots at the site without taking the civic body into their confidence.

It is learnt that the council authorities have pointed out in the letter to the PSIEC that it could not carve out plots at the waterworks site as a number of pipes were laid in the area and according to the rules buildings should not be constructed there.

In the council’s letter the President asked the PSIEC to clarify the status of the area to be handed over for maintenance, besides sending a copy of the master plan and the details of land use.

The council president said the civic body was spending lakhs of rupees maintaining most part of the town which had been handed over to it by PUDA and the PSIEC. But the council could not use any piece of such land even to provide benefit to the public.


PUDA to charge extension fee biannually
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 13
In a significant decision, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to charge the non-construction fee from plot holders biannually. Earlier the fee was charged annually.

An official of PUDA said the decision had been taken after the issue was raised in a recent meeting of the Property Dealers Association with the Chief Administrator of PUDA.

The PUDA has also decided to revert to the practice of granting transfer permission before issuing reallotment letter in case of transfer of plots. The practice of giving 15-day notice to the original allottee of a plot in case a GPA holder applied for an NOC or transfer permission has also reportedly been discontinued on a demand by the real estate agents. Mr NK Marwaha, founder president of the local property dealer’s association, said the procedure of giving 15-day notice to the original allottee gave leverage to the original allottee to cause harassment to the GPA holder.

On the issue of allowing property dealers to run their business from residential premises like medical practitioners, lawyers, architects and chartered accountants, PUDA has referred the matter to the Planning and Design Committee of the authority.


Is city promising greener pastures abroad?
Several fake travel agencies functioning here
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The city is fast emerging as the Mecca for thousands of youth in Punjab and Haryana, chasing the “dollar dreams”.

With cities in the Doaba region of Punjab, like Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr, fast losing business — courtesy the Malta boat tragedy that had claimed over 200 lives of youth from this part of the country — it is the City Beautiful that is the new hub of activity for travel agents.

Sources say that with the various investigating agencies acting tough with the immigration consultants as well as the local travel agents in Doaba region, it is the city-based agents who witnessed a sudden boom in business. Thus, people from all parts of the neighbouring states, are converging here in pursuance of their dreams of greener pastures abroad.

It is learnt that presently there are more than 300 travel agencies operating in the city. Interestingly, only 17 of these have been issued manpower licences in order to send people abroad for employment purposes and 30 agents are recognised by police. The police claims that it was only after the crackdown on the agencies in the Doaba region that many of them shifted base to the city. Also, the fact that ever since the licence fee for these agencies was hiked by the government, a number of these agencies failed to get their licences renewed and are now operating illegally.

According to the figures available from police sources, as many as 10 cases of fraud were registered against travel agents last year. However, this year the police has seen a manifold increase in such cases of fraud, including the two big catches during this month itself.

Recently, the city police here had unearthed an immigration racket that was luring people from the region with jobs in western Europe. Luckily, the gang was busted when it had just begun its operations. The police claims that the arrest of the accused could have wider ramifications as they were allegedly planning to dupe people in other cities of the country.

Six members of this gang — Kishore Madan Lal Jain, Sunil Jain, Nitin Jain (all brothers), Fazal Ahmed, a technician, Krishan Lal and Harjit Singh — were arrested and 186 blood samples, 42 urine samples and 17 passports of the aspirants for the jobs have been recovered from them. A sum of Rs. 5,02000, given to the accused by the interviewees for the said jobs (Rs. 2500 each) were also recovered.

The racketeers were fraudulently enticing unsuspecting people to pay lakhs of rupees for arranging jobs for them in Spain, Italy, Holland and the United Kingdom. A local company, a Continental Services in Sector 42, Attawa, had placed advertisements in a section of the press for jobs in catering, restaurant and resident workers general helpers and cleaners . A visa for three years and a month’s leave after one year was promised in these advertisements that appeared on June 24. As a result a number of people from all over Punjab and Haryana had come with their hopes of finding a way to reach the destination of their dreams.

Close on the heels of this was the busting of the racket selling fake passports issued by the “World Service Authority” on behalf of the world government that ensures holders a trip anywhere in the world, without a visa. As many as nine such passports were issued and a number of applications for issuing similar passports were recovered.

While two of the accused running this racket — Rajiv Puri and Dayal Massih — were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing, their third accomplice, a son of Dayal Massih, Dhiraj, is still at large.

The accused promised their clients that the said passports, issued by a recognised council, were valid in five countries of the world. People, especially from the rural pockets of Punjab, were lured on the pretext that these passports ensured an international exit visa. Also, the visas issued by the World Service Authority ensured entry into the chosen foreign land at a much lower cost. While immigration to the USA cost about Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, the passport of the World Service Authority ensured entry into the USA for about Rs 1 lakh. Back


Police calls meeting of travel agents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The city police today called a meeting of various travel agents and immigration consultants operating in the city in order to redress their complaints and have an interactive session with them.

According to an official press note, the meeting was chaired by SP (Operations) HGS Dhaliwal. As many as 120 travel agents and immigration consultants were also present.

The travel agents highlighted the fact that a number of people were making false complaints against them. They also discussed the constraints imposed on them by the Immigration Act. Meanwhile, the agents were asked to ensure that the persons whose passports they are processing are physically present in their office so that no one could submit fake credentials on their behalf.

The agents were warned that if they were operating without getting themselves registered with the Regional Passport Office, they were doing so at their own risk. It is learnt that only 30 agents are registered with the RPO. They were also warned not to dole out false promises of employment outside as they could be booked under Section 24 of the Immigration Act for doing so.

Mr Dhaliwal also asked the agents not to process passports on a new name after visa on an earlier passport has been rejected. Strict action would be taken against any agent found indulging in these practices.

The agents and consultants were also asked to keep proper records of all cases processed by them and issue the receipts to the customers in order to avoid complications. It has also been decided to hold periodic meetings to review the improvements effected by the agents.Back


15 AIDS deaths in 6 months
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Fifteen persons have already died of AIDS in the first six months of this year in the three city hospitals — PGI, GMCH and the General Hospital, Sector 16 — taking the total toll from 1999 (when official surveillance started) to June, 2001, to 36. The figure shows on alarming rise in the number of AIDS and HIV positive cases. Last year 13 persons had succumbed to the deadly virus in the three city hospitals.

Screening reports reveal that majority of cases coming to the three hospitals are from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Figures also reveal a close association of tuberculosis (TB) with the deadly HIV virus. Out of the 361 HIV positive cases, as many as 129 persons also suffered from tuberculosis .

According to the PGI Pulmonary Medicine Additional Professor, Dr D. Bahera, HIV virus manifests itself with many opportunistic infections out of which TB and pneumocystis carnii pneumonia are the most common. Association of TB and AIDS is typical and has its own special features. In association with HIV, drug resistance to TB increases tremendously . In fact , one of the reasons behind multi-drug resistance in TB cases is the HIV infection,” adds Dr Bahera.

Experts refer to these associated infections as opportunistic infections. Other diseases found among the AIDS patients include candidiasis, cryptosptoridium, toxoplasma, herpes, kaposi sarcoma, parasitic infections and cryptococcol meningitis.

Showing the gravity of the situation is yet another fact that while the three medical institutions had admitted 125 full-blown cases of AIDS last year, this year the figure has already crossed an alarming 86.

A statewise breakup shows that out of these four were from Chandigarh, 46 from Punjab, 17 from Himachal Pradesh, 19 from Haryana, four from Uttar Pradesh, and nine from elsewhere. Incidentally the first HIV positive case was detected in the city 1987. Since then the sero-positive cases detected under the voluntary testing and counselling in the city rose to a staggering 1894 in 2000, out of which 130 were from Chandigarh itself.


AIDS patients admitted to the three UT hospitals — PGI, GMCH, Sector 32 and General Hospital, Sector 16.

  1999  2000  2001(up to June) Total

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Statewise breakup of AIDS cases






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Siau murder case: challan submitted
Our Correspondent

Kharar, July 13
The Sohana police has submitted a challan in the court of Mr Roshan Lal Chauhan, Judicial Magistrate of Kharar, in the case of murder of two children of Siau village. The court has fixed July 16 as the next date of hearing in this case.

The police has submitted a list of 24 witnesses, besides the postmortem report and the maps of fields where the murders were reportedly committed.

The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Swarn Singh, Meehan Singh, Nirmal Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Gurnam Singh and Surmukh Singh. The challan does not mention the name of a leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal who was named in the FIR.

Meanwhile, an accused, Surmukh Singh, has given an application in the court that he is 15 and a student of Class X and has been falsely implicated in this case, so, he should be released on bail.


Death traps abound, but civic body not bothered
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 12
The local civic body refuses to learn from past experiences. Barely three weeks after a 26-year-old scooterist suffered head injury after falling into a two-foot deep pathole in Phase 9 here, essential services which have been damaged in the recent rains cry for attention.

At several points in the town, portions of roads around storm water gullies have caved in, but the officials of the civic body are yet to undertake maintenance work. Last evening, a 10-year-old boy had a miraculous escape when he was pulled out of a open manhole by a labourer in Phase 3-A here.

Such death-traps exist in other parts of the town — some along the busy main roads. In Phase 3B1 near the Community Centre, portion of a road along the kerb channel uprooted by a tree has not been repaired for over a week.

The reason, according to officials of the civic body, is that the tree has to be removed by the horticulture wing of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). Till the tree is not removed, the road will not be repaired, putting to risk the life of pedestrians and the road users.

At another site in the parking area of Phase 3B2 market near the local Rose Garden, a damaged portion of a road around the manhole has not been repaired for the past several days. The road probably caved in due to leak in the drain carrying the sewage.

Mr Manmohan Singh Langh, a councillor from Phase 7, said portion of a road around a storm water gully in front of nouse 210 caved in after the recent showers. “Some passerby fell into it, but escaped unhurt. It was filled with earth after we repeatedly asked the civic body officials to repair the damaged storm water gully,” said Mr Langh.

Residents blame the civic body for lacking in the post-rain maintenance of roads and other relates services in the town. Lack of preparedness by the Public Health Department to clean the choced storm water drains before the monsoon, again resulting in flooding of roads after a mild downpour, was evident after yesterday’s downpour.

In many pockets in the town, storm water drains remain choced, with the officials of the Public Health Department expressing their inability to do the work in absence of a sewer cleaning machine. A machine purchased by the civic body to do the job has been lying idle. Residents in a pocket of Phase 5, who suffered the most when rain water entered their houses, are planning to take legal action against PUDA and the civic body for not redressing their grievances in the past.

At some places waste material retrieved from the storm water gullies has been dumped. During the rains, it went back into the drains. A round of the town has revealed that silt of roads has not been removed, causing two-wheelers to skid.

Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the SAS Nagar Municipal Council, called a meeting of field officials of the engineering wing and directed them to survey the damage caused to roads and other related services by rains. After taking a round of the town, he directed the officials concerned to repair the damaged roads and storm water gullies.


STD, ISD  link  restored
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The STD and ISD link between Chandigarh and the country through Delhi on the national link which snapped yesterday evening has been restored.

The link was restored at night after it snapped at 7.35 pm, BSNL sources said here today.

They said, however, the link had been established through an alternative route of Jalandhar by 9 pm.

The cause of the break in the link was found to be a cable crack near Karnal, probably caused by digging, and was corrected by changing a joint box, they said.

The sources said that while almost the entire country and international links were broken for one-and-a-half-hour, communication with Punjab, Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir remained unaffected.

They said cable break had on other occasions also been a cause of brief link breaks but problems in the local exchange had also been one of the causes of link failure.

The city had earlier also witnessed link breaks with the country for more than a day.

They said though the department for protection of cables takes care of laying the cable with the cushion of sand and protected by bricks at varying depths at different places ranging from five feet to 20 feet, once even cables as deep as 20 feet were broken by a bulldozer.


Dhaba with a touch of home meal
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

Tucked in the square of booths in Sector 30 near the Sector 29-30 traffic lights is Swarn Dhaba. It has been run by a father-son team of Swarn Singh and Parvinder Singh since 1972. Before that, Swarn had an eatery in Sector 22. The family has been in this business for generations; their forefathers had a hotel in Sialkot, now in Pakistan.

Swarn, due to old age, has started taking it easy. He leaves after lunch time (around 3 p.m.), and Parvinder holds the fort till dinner (around 9.30).

Isn’t 9.30 a bit early for a dhaba? I ask. “No. We make a limited quantity of food so that every day, the dishes are freshly prepared. By now, all our customers have known our way of working,” explains Parvinder.

In the 30 minutes that I was at the dhaba from 8 onwards on Thursday, there was a constant trickle of customers. Most of them preferred to get the dal-subzi-roti packed, to be eaten in the comfort of their homes. At 8.30, the pateela of mixed vegetables was sold out.

Barinder Sandhu, who has come to the city from Canada, said he frequented this joint for the delicious khana and its neat and clean kitchen.

The dry fruit and khoya-laced shahi panir, chicken, mutton and dal makhni seemed to attract Sardul Singh of Sector 16 (“My children love the panir”) and Gurdeep Singh of Sector 61. As Dr Bhalla of Sector 30 got his choice packed, I was reminded of a friend’s remark: “Sector 30 husbands are secretly happy when their wives tell them that no food has been cooked at home.”

Parvinder, a post-graduate from Panjab University, is involved in all aspects of his dhaba, right from the purchase of raw material to wielding the ladle on the stove and selling the fare. His day begins at 5.30 in the morning with a trip to the Sector 26 market to buy fresh vegetables. The special mix of masalas for rajmah, dal, chanas, palak panir, raita, mutton, chicken, mushroom chop, etc. is ground in their own chakki for the right flavour.

Besides the home-like khana with a dash of the outside, what is good about the place is quick service and affordable rates. A simple meal for two costs around Rs 50. Add Rs 10 if you prefer non-vegetarian fare.

On special orders, the dhaba also supplies food for parties. There have been occasions when they have got orders from Chandigarh Club too.

Tuesdays, Navratras and shaheedi gurpurbs are vegetarian days. Tuesdays are reserved for the special mushroom chop. Some credit for the popularity of the joint also goes to Umed Singh, the waiter who has been working here for 25 years along with Dinesh, the cook, and four helpers who rustle up hot tandoori rotis and paranthas.

Another point to be noted is that the last Sunday of the month is a closed day at the dhaba. 


Protest against suspension of LTC facility
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Employees of the National Insurance Company today held a demonstration outside their office in Sector 34-A to protest against the decision of the Centre to suspend LTC facility.

A press note issued by the secretary of the General Insurance Employees Association said a call for the demonstration was given by the association.

He claimed that the meeting was attended by a large number of employees working in New India Assurance Company, United India Insurance Company, National Insurance Company and Oriental Insurance Company. The meeting was presided over by Mr O.P. Sachdeva, secretary of the association.

Leaders of the employees of these insurance companies condemned the unilateral and unjustified orders of the Union Government, denying benefits already covered under the wage settlement. 


Flavour of the Week

Weather shows its pleasant face

The monsoon finally made its presence really felt this week which was marked by frequent showers and a pleasant breeze. The Lake, as usual, reflected the glory of the changing weather.

Not that there was no heat, but every spell of heat was followed by a cool shower, which left a little humidity as its aftermath. Thanks to the weather, the cultural wave, which was strong last week, continued in the same tone. Many classical musicians showed up in the city’s art circuit, giving a delightful time to music lovers.

The Pracheen Kala Kendra, apart from holding its 52nd monthly baithak, also arranged a special sitar recital by Kolkata-based Dubrajyoti Chakraborty. The artiste enthralled the audience with his performance. Another classical singer from Kolkata, Narayan Bhattacharjee, later presented some lyrical melodies.

The week also saw some good exhibitions, including the ones by Jagdeepak and Ajnabi. The shows were held at Punjab Kala Bhawan and Indus Ind Bank art gallery, respectively. Jagdeepak captured glimpses of India in water colour. He had many visitors on all days of his show. The exhibition put up by Ajnabi at Indus Ind Bank Art Gallery was also well-attended.

Chandigarh also got a rocking of sorts, with allegations against the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal. A section of the media highlighted the issue pertaining to the Mayor selling soap to corporation agencies from a shop he owns in his name. While Mr Goyal kept denying the allegations, some of the mud tended to stick. The rumblings of this allegation were also heard at a meeting of the Corporation.

Let us not miss the god job the city police did by busting the fake passport racket.

The good weather also brought some bad news in that a man was electrocuted in the city and another was drowned in a pond in Morni. One more tragedy was averted when a man injured by bullets in a pool club was saved by doctors.Back


Cops’ drive against tipsy drivers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The city traffic police launched a special drive to check drunken driving last night. According to the information available, as many as four drivers were challaned in different parts of the city. Traffic cops had been deployed outside hotels, pubs and clubs in order to nab the drivers. Breath analysers were used in order to check if the alcohol level was beyond the permissible limit.

Meanwhile, the traffic police also launched a special drive against three wheelers plying in the city. Nakas were laid at eight points in order to check overloading and overcharging by three-wheelers and the autos plying without meters. Till late afternoon, the police had challaned 40 autorickshaw drivers on various offences. Four trucks were also challaned for entering the no entry zone.



Books and bookshelves

The area that relates to knowledge within your home is that where you keep your books. This area is your study. Books relate to study and learning and to our interest and ability to assimilate new information and ideas. When a person is balanced, he or she is non-judgemental.

Books bring a quality of stillness and respect to an area. Books also contain the vibration and enthusiasm of their authors which you bring into your home with each book. If one likes to buy simple or funny books, that kind of atmosphere is created. On the other-hand, if a person likes to read serious books — i.e. historical, religious, autobiographical, a lively intellectual atmosphere is created.

Books and bookshelves should be thoroughly cleaned from time to time. One should always check one’s bookshelves to see whether one needs to keep all one’s books. If they are cluttering your shelves, please pass them on to a new home.

You can give your books as gifts to your friends or family members. Stagnation of books on shelves is not good. If one thinks that certain books are never to be reopened, these ones should get a new place for them. Harshna

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Drive to check foreigners’ stay
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 13
Faced with the problem of certain foreigners, especially Nigerians and Kenyans, being allegedly involved in drug peddling in the town, the local police has launched a special drive to keep a check on the foreigners staying unauthorised as tenants in the city.

Recently an African, David, was found staying illegally in the town since 1988. A police official said a survey conducted by the police revealed that at least 10 African nationals were staying in the town tenants.

The police officials said if any foreign national was found staying in the town without getting himself registered, action would be taken against them.


Sector 44-C roads need care
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Residents of Sector 44-C are sore about the condition of internal roads particularly during the monsoons.

The pot holes and uneven surface of the road leads to accumulation of water whenever it rains, thereby causing inconvenience to the residents. A resident of H No: 2297 has pointed out that water stagnates in big patches outside their lane of houses for days together, which, in turn, becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Children have to wade through mud and slush to go to school. The non-functional street lights in the area add to their woes. 

Rana to be SHO, Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Mr Sukhpal Singh Rana, Inspector in the Economic Offences Wing of the city police has been posted as the Station House Officer of the Mani Majra Police Station, with immediate effect.


Press Club anniversary celebrations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The Chandigarh Press Club will celebrate its 21st anniversary on July 15. A cake-cutting ceremony will be followed by a musical programme. The weekly Tambola will also be held on the same day.


Accused’s father seeks fair inquiry
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, July 13
Mr Kishore Rahi, father of Sanjay Rahi, an accused in Sector 6 firing incident, today demanded a fair inquiry by the police to verify the facts in depth and clarified that Pratap Mahanvir, the main accused, was a close associate of Vishal Papneja.

While addressing a press conference, Mr Rahi alleged that the police was shielding Vishal Papneja as his father had close relations with a senior police officer.

He said Pratap Mahanvir was a close friend of Vishal Papneja and came in contact with Sanjay a few months ago.

He had come to attend the marriage ceremony of Sanjay and had given his car for repair to at a service station in Mani Majra.

He said the firing incident occurred at 4:30 pm and Pratap Mahanvir had taken the car from Sanjay about two hours earlier.

Mr Rahi said he himself was attending the phone from 4 pm to 4.30 pm and during the period no call was received from Papneja.

He appealed to Mr Manoj Yadav to conduct an inquiry by interrogating the people of the snooker centre about the close relations of Pratap Mahanvir with Vishal Papneja.

Meanwhile, the police has recovered the car (HR-06-0074) from Sector 11 which was used by Pratap Mahanvir, here today.

However, Pratap Mahanvir is still at large and the police has been conducting raids at various hideouts in Chandigarh Panchkula, SAS Nagar and Hisar. Sanjay Rahi is already in police custody and Vishal Papneja and Sachit Bhasin are in judicial custody.

The SP said Sanjay Rahi had been arrested on charge of abetment and providing car to Pratap Papneja in committing the crime.Back


15 kg of poppy husk seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Fifteen kilograms of poppy husk was seized from Balbir Singh, a resident of Suratpur village in Ropar district, at the Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminus.

It is learnt that the accused was arrested yesterday from Counter No 26 of the ISBT. A case under Section 15 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Theft cases
A motor cycle (CH-01Z-4687) was stolen from the Sector 44 residence of Mr Puneet Sarin on the intervening night of July 11 and 12. A car stereo, spare wheel and tools were stolen from the car of Mr Lachhman Singh during the intervening night of July 10 and 11 . The car was parked at his residence in Sector 45. The front wheel of a scooter (CH-03-7799) was stolen during the intervening night July 11 and 12 from the Sector 31 residence of Mr Vikram Singh. In all these cases, FIRs under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

Three injured
Bhim Devi was hit by a scooter (CH-01U-5215) near the Sector 37-C market. The scooterist ran away from the spot, while she was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital. A young boy was injured when he was hit by a rickshaw in Sector 37 today. In another incident, a cyclist, Bishan, was injured when he was hit by a scooter near Dhillon Theatre in Manimajra.

Cases registered
The police has registered cases of rioting and assault under sections 147, 148, 149 and 323 of the IPC against two neighbours. While Kamal Singh Rawat has accused Suresh, Kamla, Jasbir Singh, Pawan and Murti of assaulting him, the other side led by Suresh has accused Kamal Singh Rawat, Dinesh Rawat, Davinder Rawat, Parvati Devi and Kalpeshwari Devi on the same charges. All accused in both the cases have been arrested.

Foreigner booked
The police has booked a Kenyan national under the Foreigner’s Act for staying here illegally. The police says that Tutu Kenneth has been staying here for the past one year and is doing Bachelor of Arts from Kurukshetra University.

Cheating case
The local police has registered a case of cheating against Anuradha, a resident of Palsora, on charge of cheating Lal Wati.

Lost child
A four-year-girl was found on the road separating Sectors 33 and 45, according to Mr Shankar Sharam, a resident of 3129/3, Sector 44. Mr Sharam said the girl was unable to tell the name of her parents and address but said her name was Gudia. The police has been informed.


Body found
The body of a man was found along the railway line near Janetpur village on Friday. Sources said the body was noticed by the gateman of the railway department in the morning. After registering a case, the body has been sent to Rajpura for a post-mortem examination.


An unidentified woman of Guru Nanak Colony in Phase X here was admitted to the Sector 32 GMCH, Chandigarh with burn injuries. The cause of burn injuries could not be ascertained. A police official at the Phase XI police post said investigations were going on.


‘India, Pak must bring down trade barriers’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Mr D.S. Bains, Managing Director of Markfed, said today that the forthcoming Vajpayee-Musharraf summit at Agra should strive to bring down trade barriers between India and Pakistan so that the nations could enjoy at least one generation of peace.

In a talk on “Problems of Farmers of India and Pakistan — Musharraf-Vajpayee dialogue”, Mr Bains who heads one of the largest exporting outfits of the Punjab government, said that no man was an island. Similarly, no nation was self-sufficient either. There was a demand for gas in one nation and coal in the other. Just like the Berlin wall was brought down by the people with a wave of enthusiasm, trade barriers between India and Pakistan should be brought down.

Bitter nations had become friends in the past. One could see the example of France and Germany which had fought two world wars for the provinces of Allsace and Lorraine. The world wars decimated an entire generation of youth in both countries but they had decided to bury their differences.

Both had joined the European Union and there was free travel, trade and now they were moving towards a common currency. While Hitler directed the national effort towards militarisation of Germany, build-up of armaments and raising issues like national pride, the leadership today understood the demand and desire of the people at large. People wanted peace so that urgent issues could be addressed. The urgent issues were poverty alleviation, health, education and provision of basic amenities like food, portable water, houses and clothes.

The time had come for India and Pakistan to also extend the hand of friendship so that people could look forward to peace, stability and growth and brotherhood. In many respects, the economies of India and Pakistan were complimentary. They could trade and give goods and services to each other, in fact at much cheaper rates than from anywhere else in the world. Depending on the agricultural cycles, there had been years when India was deficit in agricultural commodity like sugar, which was quite profitably imported from Pakistan.

Sugar industry of Pakistan released large quantity of molasses which could be used by the beverage industry of India. Quite often, India was short of molasses and this could be an important item for trade. Caustic soda and chlorine were other important items which were highly tradable.

For movement of bulk commodity, items like molasses and caustic soda and movement of wagons of all types should be allowed.

Similarly, India would like to move some goods through, Pakistan for other countries in Central Asia for which Indian companies could pay a nominal amount of rail/road tax.

Similarly, the cotton grown in Pakistan, especially the variety known as Afzal, had large international demand. Some of them could be consumed by high-class Indian textile mills. Similarly, textile fabrics, yarn, made-ups, curtains, tapestry etc. were quite popular in India.

There could be substantial trade for these items. Large-scale investments had been made by American business interests in China like Shanghai and other coastal towns.

Whenever the American government desired to be harsh with China for alleged violations of human rights, business interests promoted by large multi-nationals like Nike, Coca-Cola and IMB worked to restrain the US government. Similarly, trade ties between India and Pakistan could create a large pressure group which would restrain governments of both nations from adopting hawkish postures.


A training camp for agents
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 13
A training camp of agents of Standardised Agency System was held at the auditorium of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18 D, here today.

The Joint Secretary, Finance cum Director , Small Savings, Mr KAP Sinha, inaugurated the camp. He said: “The need of the hour is to enroll the educated unemployed youth from urban, rural and slum areas to become agents of small savings. This will help the young ones to earn their livelihood.”

The Regional Director, National Savings, Mr R.K. Malhotra, motivated all the small savings agents by making them aware of the right details.

The District Savings Officer, Mr B.S. Dhaliwal, said, “Against the target of net collections of Rs 75 crore during 2001-2002, Rs 82 crore were collected, which is the highest net collection for the first time in Chandigarh. About 600 agents of all categories are working in Chandigarh,” he added.

The list of the best agents under small savings scheme are as follows:

Standardised Agency System: First Position, Ms Nutan Sharma; collection- Rs 5.37 crore: second position, Ms Anita Mittal; collection — Rs 4.39 crore.

MPKBY agents: first position, Ms Kamal Chhabra; collection — Rs 34.76 lakh: second position, Ms S Dass: collection — Rs 28.08 lakh.

PPF agents: first position, Ms Mohinder Kaur; collection — Rs 5.49 crore; second position, Mr Shakti; collection — Rs 4.91 crore.



Loan disbursement camp: A customer relation programme and personal segment loan disbursement camp was organised by all branches of the State Bank of India. The programme presided over by Mr S.K. Mishra, Deputy General Manager, Zonal Office, Haryana, Chandigarh. It was attended by about 250 customers and non-customers. A video presentation of various schemes of the bank like senior citizen’s deposit scheme, housing loan, mortgage loan, car loan was made and 51 loans aggregating Rs 1.50 crore were disbursed. Mr Jagdish Kumar, Assistant General Manager, region-III, Haryana, was also present on the occasion. TNS

Gems Exhibition: Ravoy Gems inaugurated an exhibition-cum-sale of branded coloured stones and diamond-studded jewellery at a hotel here on Friday. Priced between Rs 800 and 2 lakh, the jewellery exhibited includes rings, ear rings, pendants, bangles etc in 18 carat gold, white gold and pure gems. The exhibition will continue till July 15. Another exhibition-cum-sale will be organised at Ludhiana on July 21 and 22. TNSBack

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