Sunday, July 15, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Admission process stalled for over three hours
Police called in; students’ stir to continue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Admission to various undergraduate courses in city colleges ended today. In an action-packed drama at Government College, Sector, 11 more than 100 candidates who could not get admission to the college kept the complete admission process in the college on hold for more than three hours.

On the last day of admission today, these hopeful candidates thronged the college to seek admission to BA first-year. When they realised that all seats to the course had been filled both in the UT pool and the general pool, they raised slogans in front of the Principal’s office. Led by a former secretary of the Government College Students Union, Ramanpreet Singh, these students sat on dharna in front of the Principal’s office.

These students were demanding an increase in the number of seats so that they could be accommodated. The Principal had left his office earlier in the day and his room was locked. The admission process restarted in the afternoon, when the police was called in and the Principal’s room was opened.

The students were also protesting against the reservation policy being followed by the UT Administration, wherein outsiders were being admitted in limited number. Some students also complained that the college Principal was discriminating against students belonging to certain regions of Punjab.

The Principal and college authorities denied any regional bias against any student. ‘‘All admissions have been done on merit and no one is being denied any seat if available,’’ said the Principal.

On the other hand, the reservation policy seemed to have created some anomalous situations. One of the students alleged that a UT student who had 56 per cent marks had got admission, but a student from another region did not get admission in spite of a higher score. They also said students of GCM who had compartment in BA first-year had got admission.

Within an hour of the start of the protest, members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) were in the college. Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, president of SOPU, took over the leadership of the dharna and decided to continue the protest till a decision in favour of these students was taken.

Many old students of the college also joined the protest, claiming that they were not being given hostel accommodation in second and third year. ‘‘Hostels are being given to only those students of the college who have scored more than 55 per cent marks in the last examination.’’ they said.

The college authorities said the students were merely being pulled up for performing badly in the examinations. ‘‘Their parents are being called and hostel admission given. All old students who have been granted admission will be given a room in the hostel also. All we are doing by calling their parents is to ensure that these students do not indulge in any rowdy activities during the session,” said a senior college official.

Seats in almost all the colleges of the city had been filled. These colleges would continue to admit students in the remaining vacant or vacated seats till July 31 with late fee and permission of the Principal.

The most favoured undergraduate course in the city’s science and art colleges were BCA and B.Com. The next most favoured course was BA honours. In BA, most of the girl students preferred to study combinations which included psychology and public administration and boys opted for subjects like economics, history and political science.

BBA had few takers in the city this time. Seats in BSc medical and non-medical seemed to have barely been filled.

BSc computer science being offered by some colleges of the city was full. Seats in vocational courses like functional English, computer applications, office management, and secretarial practice and advertising were filled.

Admission to some masters courses offered by the colleges were still on. Classes were scheduled to start from July 16.


Vivek School students left in lurch
Recognition ceased in 1994

Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, July 14
Students passing XII class examination from Vivek High School were shocked when they were denied admission in the Government College of Arts under the UT pool. They were informed that their school was not recognised by the UT Administration.

As per a letter issued by the UT Education Department, the school was given provisional recognition upto class X for the period April 4, 1991 to March 31, 1994. The school was required to fulfill certain conditions before it could be granted extension in recognition.

It was stipulated that in the event of failure of institution to fulfill the conditions their application for further extension and recognition will not be entertained.

When contacted DPI Schools, UT confirmed that Vivek High School does have recognition.

The Chairman of the school, Mr H.S. Mammick, said ‘’It is not necessary for us to get recognition from the UT Administration as we are already affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education. The affiliation was granted after a no-objection certificate was taken from the UT Administration. After repeated requests to the UT Education Department since 1994 our school was inspected in 1998 by then DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat. We had provided the department with adequate documents still they did not act. All the documents are present with the Education Department and the delay is on the part of the department.’’

The Education Department sources, however, said, the school did not fulfill the conditions for a long time. An inspection committee under the chairmanship of the DPI, Mr D.S. Mangat, inspected the school on November 5, 1995. The school authorities failed to furnish the relevant information and documents on the basis of which their case would be processed for extension in recognition.

The school authorities were further asked to furnish the complete documents. The Education Department, further issued a letter to school asking them to furnish required information immediately. The letter stated that If unable to provide the documents it will be presumed that “You have nothing to say in the matter and CBSE will be moved accordingly for further action.’’

Sources, in the Education Department revealed that despite several warnings the school principal and managing committee had failed to furnish the information and document as the school appeared to be not interested in obtaining any further extension in recognition.

Reportedly, Vivek High School class XII pass outs faced problem when they applied for admission in Government College of Arts this year. As per the policy of the UT Administration 85 per cent seats are reserved for students who have passed their qualifying examination, and (one lower qualifying examination) from schools recognised and situated in the Union Territory as a regular student.

The admission forms of former students of Vivek High School who applied for admission under UT Pool (85per cent seats) in the college, were scrutinised. The Principal of Government College of Art , Sector 10, gave a notice to the principal, Vivek High School to furnish documentary proof in support of recognition of UT Administration granted in favour of the school for running the classes upto senior secondary level. If they fail to show the documentary proof the pass outs of Vivek High School would be treated under general pool (15per cent seats reserved for outsiders/private candidates).

The Vice-Principal, of the school approached the UT Education Department on June 25 after the receipt of a notice from the Principal of the college. She approached the Education Department for the first time after the receipt of notice more than two years ago on December 19, 1998. The Vice-Principal promised to furnish the requisite information for seeking extension in recognition as soon as the principal returns from abroad.

The Vice-Principal also intimated that their school had got provisional affiliation for running classes for secondary school examination and senior school certificate examination from April 1, 1999 to March 31, 2002. They had got the affiliation subject to certain conditions one of which was that the school was required to abide by examination/affiliation by law of the Central Board of Secondary Education.

The UT Education Department was surprised at the school obtaining provisional affiliation from the Central Board of Secondary Education not only upto secondary level but also for senior secondary level with formal recognition/no objection certificate from the UT Administration as required under CBSE bylaws for affiliation .

The Director Public Instruction (Schools), UT, Education Department, stated that for obtaining affiliation with the Central Board of Secondary Education the school had to fulfill conditions laid down by the competent authority of the state or UT. This included employment of trained teachers and their service conditions, including pay scales have to be in accordance with those of the UT.

The Education Department, UT, has further intimated the Principal, Government College of Art, as well as the Home Department that the school had ceased to be recognised with effect from April 1, 1994.

The Education Department, UT, in its letter dated July 12, 2001, issued to the Principal, of the School, had written that in case the school management was interested in getting their case for grant of extension in provisional recognition then they must furnish all relevant information asked for by December 1998.

The school had further been asked to satisfy the Education Department that it is functioning as per the terms and conditions of allotment of site by the UT Administration within two weeks of the receipt of the letter.

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), had already directed the Education Department to ensure that all schools allotted sites by the Chandigarh Administration must comply with the conditions of their allotment. Some of the important conditions are :

Twentyfive per cent members on the managing committee of a school have to be nominees of the administration and a fixed number of seats to be offered to economically backward students.

The Education Department had taken cognizance of complaints regarding the violation of CBSE examination and affiliation bylaws and also of norms of the UT Education Department regarding recognition.

The officials in the Education Department admitted that over the years several complaints by guardians and parents pointing out specific violations by the school had not been followed to their logical end by the department because the school was not on list of recognised schools.


Musharraf ignites hunger for news
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Diplomatic statements during the day-long live coverage of Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s visit to Delhi were punctuated by advertisements ranging from Jagjit Singh’s latest music album to a soap promising fairness. Advertisers had probably calculated to have a captive audience on a weekend almost like during a tense Indo-Pak cricket match.

They may have been right. The city was no different, members of the public were captivated and sat glued in front of TV sets as they lapped up each and every word — or rather byte as it is referred to by the electronic media — said about the Pakistani President, his wife and members of his entourage since he arrived at Palam airport at 8 this morning. And this romance with the TV and live coverage is going increase on Sunday when the actual summit gets off in Agra. All channels have already positioned cameramen and reporters in the historic city.

Streets were largely deserted due to the interest in the coverage beamed live on Star TV, Zee TV, Aaj Tak and the government-owned Doordarshan. The TRP ratings, which indicate how many people watched the live coverage, will be known later. The same is true for how much more did the advertisers spend.

Shopkeepers in the city reported low sales as the number of people venturing out of their homes as considerably low today. At almost every shop in the city TV sets had been switched on as traders and their sparse. Those interested in the issue had huddled together to know the latest. Each analysis made on TV by knowledgeable defence, political experts and experienced editors of newspapers was debated among residents. The reactions on various issues and statements kept pouring in.

For the uninitiated in the political arena TV channels gave details of the history of the Kashmir dispute starting from 1948 when Pakistani raiders had marched into Kashmir and the latest in 1999 when the Lahore Declaration was signed.

The scene at the various clubs was no different. Several members having their afternoon sessions of vodkas asked bartenders to raise the volume of the TV sets wanting to catch each and every word. This may have been as varied as the controversy-ridden tea party at the Pakistan High Commissioner’s residence to Gen Musharraf’s slightly emotional visit to his ancestral home in Daryaganj, Delhi.

Viewers were even kept informed about what the VVIP guest and his entourage had for lunch. What was going on at the tea party? What did the Hurriyat say to the Pak President? Or why Chief of Air Staff, A.P. Tipnis choose not to salute Gen Musharraf? The viewers heard and saw all about it.

Tomorrow promises more but it will be on a more serious note, said Mr T.D. Bakshi of Sector 15 while saying that the summit promises hope as he explained why he watched TV during the entire day.


Skeletons begin to tumble out 
Instances of Sanjay Rahi’s dubious past

Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 14
The sector 6 shooting case is getting curious by the day with skeletons beginning to fall out of the cupboard, beginning with the links of the Rahi family with notorious criminal, Pratap, alias Mahavir.

Figuring in at least 20 cases and reportedly into criminal activities for the past 15 years, Mahavir’s close links with Sanjay Rahi have landed the family in a soup. These are disclosing more than the police originally set out for, one clue leading to another in what had started out as a shooting case in a pool parlour following a tiff.

“The accused, in connivance with Mahavir, was also into the business of stealing cars and laundering them. Besides, the Maruti car used during the shooting incident has not been registered so far. Though it bears a VIP number, no road tax has been paid so far which has raised our suspicions,’’ Mr Manoj Yadava, SP said.

The police said that while instal ments had not been paid for a Ford Ikon financed from a Chandigarh-based company for the past eight months, Sanjay Rahi was learnt to have taken a Toyota Qualis on 100 per cent finance and has not even paid any margin money.

Mr Yadava added that the margin money of Rs 1.10 lakh paid by Sanjay Rahi for the Ford Ikon had been coughed up by Mahavir who used Sanjay as a cover up. The car, he added, was used by Mahavir.

When contacted, an official of the Chandigarh-based finance company, Mr P.K. Goswami, said, “They were supposed to pay 36 instalments of Rs 20,745 each. However, no instalments has come since November and we have even been threatened against asking for our dues. The cheques issued by them having bounced.”

He added the last they heard from the family was when the car was involved in a head-on collision. “We went and collected the car from the accident site and haven’t heard from them since then,’’ he said.

However, the father of Sanjay Rahi, Mr Kishore Rahi, admits that his son was unable to pay the instalments after taking the car on finance and had asked the financiers to take away the vehicle. “I have no idea of an accident and the car is now with the financers,’’ he added.

But that is not all. Another simultaneous case is that of a landlord-tenant dispute which could have been behind Sanjay’s links with Mahavir, the SP said.

The accused was running a gift gallery in the Sector 7 market and a dispute over vacating the shop had arisen.

“The family probably thought it could get away with intimidating the landlord and usurping the shop. Legally, they were on a weak wicket and knew they would lose the case in court,’’ he revealed.

For this reason, Sanjay befriended Mahavir and also got used in turn.

He was also fully aware of the criminal background of Mahavir and his links with notorious criminals like Subhash Channi, Mahinder Fauji and others, police investigations reveal.

To this, Mr Kishore Rahi clarified that he had asked his son to pack up and hand over the rented card gallery in Sector 7 to the landlord since a dispute had arisen and complicated matters.

Meanwhile, Mr Yadava disclosed that while Mahavir was the kingpin in the car racket, he was operating in Chandigarh and Panchkula all the time and his entry into Hisar and Punjab, was out of question on account of the registration of a number of cases.

Fact file of Mahavir

* Thirty-one year old Mahavir is a resident of Kiwari village in Hisar. His name figures in at least 20 cases of extortion, cheating, kidnapping, duping among others.

* The first case registered against him and his wife was that of allegedly stealing a car from Lalru in Punjab in 1886.

* He is allegedly involved in stealing more cars since then and laundering these vehicles.

* He is operating through accomplices and helpers in the region and has contacts with dreaded criminals of Haryana.

* He has been working undercover in Panchkula and Chandigarh for the past few years.

* He was last seen on July 11 in a shooting incident at a pool parlour in Sector 6.



Jhuggi-dwellers’ plea dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted a month's time to Ms Ms Suman Devi and 89 other dwellers of Colony Number 5 to make alternative arrangements on petitions filed by them against the move to demolish their jhuggis by the Enforcement Wing of the Chandigarh Administration.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.K. Sud of the High Court, however, dismissed their petitions after holding them to be "without merit".

Seeking directions against the demolition of jhuggis, the petitioners had earlier stated that they were allotted the same by the Administration after creating blocks. Claiming to be residing in there for the past 10 years, they had added that identity cards, along with ration cards, had been issued to them.

Arguing before the court, counsel for the petitioners had contended that the encroachments could be removed by the government only after allotting alternative sites to the petitioners, but in current case neither the opportunity for shifting was granted to the petitioners, nor were they provided with alternative sites”.

After hearing the arguments and going through the record, the judges observed: “Do the petitioners have a right to stay on the land which they have unauthorisedly occupied and should the authorities be restrained from demolishing the jhuggis that the petitioners have raised?.... No evidence indicating that the petitioners have been residing since long has been placed on record. Totally baseless claim that the land had been purchased or taken on lease has been made”.

The judges added: “It has also been falsely alleged that the petitioners are licencees and had been accommodated by the Administration. These pleas have been categorically denied and no evidence to support the averments in the petition has been produced. Thus the submissions can not be sustained”.



2 killed in head-on collision
Our Correspondent

Lalru, July 14
Two persons were killed and one sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision between a truck and a truck chassis on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway near old bus stand here this afternoon.

A truck (HR-07-9346) going towards Ambala rammed into a truck-chassis coming from the opposite direction. The truck owner and the chassis driver died on the spot while the seriously injured truck driver was rushed to the PGI in Chandigarh. The name of the deceased and the injured were not known till filing of the report.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the tyre of the ill-fated truck brust when a Haryana Roadways bus was overtaking it. The truck driver lost control and rammed into the truck chassis. The truck overturned after the accident and the truck chassis was damaged completely.


Jackals kill black buck
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, July 14
Wild jackals struck at the enclosure of black bucks and killed a male animal in Chhat Bir Zoo on last night.

Sources said the jackals entered the enclosure by scaling the boundary wall around midnight and killed the black buck.

The remains of the dead animal were noticed by the zoo-keeper this morning and the authorities were informed.

A herd of jackals is reportedly active within the zoo premises and have killed many animals recently.

The jackals had killed three black bucks including a newly-born fawn, in the zoo on Monday night. The authorities had hardly taken any concrete steps to get rid of the attack by the jackals.

This is the third incident within a week in which the animals and birds have killed by the carnivores within Jackals kill black buck the zoo premises. 

Mr R.K. Luna, Additional Chief Wildlife Warden, said he saw two jackals roaming around the particular enclosure today. He claimed that additional security had been provided to deer and black bucks by deploying more staff round the clock. 

Traps had been laid to catch the carnivores and the trees and branches touching the boundary walls of the enclosure and huts had been chopped off. Shrubs had been put at the place from where the jackals entered the enclosure, he said.



Panun Kashmir seeks homeland in valley
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
A day ahead of the Agra summit the Panun Kashmir, a body fighting for the rights of displaced Kashmiri pandits from the valley, today demanded a separate homeland in the valley while urging the Government of India to put pre-conditions on Pakistan like reversing genocide of Hindus in the valley and stop aiding international terrorism in the name of Muslim crusade.

The body has demanded the rehabilitation of seven lakh Kashmiri Hindus in a demarcated area in the Kashmir valley with a constitutional status of a Union territory.

A press note issued by Ms Nymphia Koul, Zonal Co-ordinator , Panun Kashmir, said: “We appeal to the Government of India to ensure the imposition of two essential conditions before a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan is undertaken. Firstly, international terrorism in the name of Muslim crusade in Kashmir carried on by Pakistan be stopped as a precondition for the continuation of any peace process. Secondly, the reversal of genocide of Hindus shall constitute the core of any debate on Kashmir.

The organisation has also asked the Central Government to reject the claim of the secessionist forces, represented by the APHC and different militant bodies. “Muslims of Kashmir are a factor in the dispute over Kashmir because they form a majority of the population of the state,” the Panun Kashmir said.

The proposed negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the dispute over Kashmir has created serious apprehensions amongst people and India, particularly displaced Kashmiri Hindus.

The Panun Kashmir along with Hindus of the entire state, Sikhs and Buddhists of Ladakh unequivocally denounce any attempts to recognise negotiations in Kashmir on the agenda determined by Pakistan. They also warned against any half-way measures aimed at opening the Line of Control or the international border in the name of trade and commerce to allow the ingress of Muslim forces to further the cause of Islamisation of Jammu and Kashmir.


Forum exposes Pak ‘treachery’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, Punjab and Chandigarh chapter, engaged in the people to people dialogue between the two countries, here today exposed Pakistani ‘’treachery and intransigence’’ on the Kashmir dispute.

Going into the genesis of the Kashmir problem to enable the young generation of the two countries to develop a right perspective, the forum quoted the Jammu and Kashmir ruler Maharaja Harisingh on August 12,1947 requesting Pakistan in a letter ‘’Jammu and Kashmir would welcome standstill agreement with India (Pakistan) on all matters that exist at present moment with outgoing British India Government. It is suggested that existing arrangements should continue pending settlement of details.’’

The Pakistan Government in its reply on August 15, 1947 replied: The Government of Pakistan agree to have a standstill agreement with the Government of Jammu and Kahsmir for the continuance of existing arrangements pending settlement of details and formal execution.’’

The body bringing out Pakistan’s gameplan to lull the Jammu and Kashmir ruler into complacence on the one hand and grabbing the state through tribesmen, has quoted another letter of the Maharaja to the Governor-General of India, Lord Mountbatten on October 26, 1947 saying ‘’Though we have got a standstill agreement with the Pakistan Government, yet that government permitted steady and increasing strangulation of supplies like food, salt and petrol to my state.’’

The Maharaja further informed Mr Mountbatten: ‘’Afridis, soldiers in plain clothes and desperadoes with modern weapons have been allowed to infiltrate into the state at first in Poonch and then in Sialkot and finally in mass area adjoining Hazara district and Ramkot side....’’

Mr Harisingh continued to say: ‘’The mass infiltration of tribesmen drawn from the distant areas of the North-West Frontier coming regularly in motor trucks using Mansehra-Muzzafarabad road and fully armed with up-to-date weapons can not possibly be done without the knowledge of the Provincial Government of the North-West Frontier Province and the Government of Pakistan. The Pakistan Radio even put out a story that a provincial government has been set up in Kashmir.’’

Justifying the Indian claim on Jammu and Kashmir by showing the ‘’Instrument of Accession”, the independent body quoted the UN resolution on the Kashmir asking Pakistan, ‘’As the presence of Pakistani troops in the territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a material change in the situation since it was represented before the Government of Pakistan before the Security Council, the Government of Pakistan agrees to withdraw its troops from that state.’’

The body said the resolution had asked Pakistan to first withdraw from the area and pull out tribesmen before asking India to pull out its troops

The body launched in September 1994 in Lahore and having facilitated people to people dialogue in 1985, 1986, 1989 and April 2000, has had large number of intellectuals talk on issues like demilitarisation, denuclearisation, good governance, religious tolerance and Jammu and Kashmir, Lieut Colonel (retd) Mr. B.S. Sekhon, the General Secretary of the organisation, said here today.



Legal Services Authority organises seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority organised a seminar to generate awareness among the masses at Kishangarh village here today.

A press note issued by the Chandigarh Administration said Mr B.C. Rajput, member secretary of the State Legal Services Authority of Chandigarh and Judge of the Permanent Adalat, was the chief guest.

The audience was apprised of the activities of the State Legal Services Authority. Under the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987, every member of the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, woman, child, mentally retarded or disabled person, apart from any industrial worker whose annual income did not exceed Rs 50,000, was entitled to get legal aid, which covered court fee, expenses of witnesses, fee of the counsel and fee for obtaining the copies of judgments.

The press note said a Permanent Lok Adalat had been set up by the State Legal Services Authority in Chandigarh and the same was functioning at Sector 17, District Courts Complex. The Lok Adalat disposes of civil cases, including matrimonial disputes, bank loan matters, land acquisition cases, matters relating to industrial disputes and landlord-tenant controversies. Revenue matters, motor accident claim cases, and compoundable criminal cases including the complaints under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, were also settled amicably.

Mr Gupta said a simple application supported by an affidavit was required to file a case in the Lok Adalat and once the case was decided by the Lok Adalat, there was no appeal in any court in India. 


NAC status for Naya Gaon soon “by Aug 15”
Our Correspondent

Kansal (Kharar), July 14
Mr Ujjagar Singh Badali, a jathedar of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), and a prospective SAD nominee from the Morinda Assembly constituency in the elections due early next year, announced here today that Mr Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, would announce a notified area committee in Naya Gaon village before August 15.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the Gobind Vihar Residents Welfare Committee of Kansal, Mr Badali also handed over a cheque for Rs 2 lakh to the village sarpanch for the repair of streets and roads. He also promised to hand over Rs 2 lakh more to the sarpanch ‘‘soon.’’

Mr Badali announced that the construction of a bridge over the Patiala Ki Rao near Nada village would begin after the rainy season is over.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Badali said the first instalment of Rs 25 lakh for the laying of sewerage in Naya Gaon village would be released by the next week. Mr Ashwani Sharma, a member of the joint action committee while addressing the gathering, demanded that the Punjab Government should immediately lift the ban on release of water and electricity connections to residents of the area who had constructed their houses after December 9, 1998. The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority had stopped these connections to the houses constructed after December 9, 1998.

Mr Manjeet Singh Kamboj, president of the joint action committee said the problems of the entire area would be solved once the government granted it the status of an NAC. Among others present at the meeting were Mr Manjeet Singh Bhoma, Vice-Chairman of the Punjab Khadi Board, and Mr Ratan Chand, sarpanch of Kansal.



A job mainly for migrants
Our Correspondent

In the corridor of a market at night, you get a strong aroma of spicy food and wonder who could be doing the cooking there. You look around and find a group of men in vests and lungis doing the cooking. They are rickshaw-pullers who do their eating, cooking, bathing and sleeping on the roadside.

Hundreds of migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are plying rickshaws in the city. They have not given up their language or food habits though many of them have learned a spattering of Punjabi.

Rickshaw-pulling is not an easy job, says Madho Singh, a rickshaw-puller. In addition to the physical toil involved in this profession, they also face an intense competition. A visit to the Inter-State Bus Terminus in Sector 17 or to the cinema halls at the end of a show would reveal the state of the competition. Rickshawalas keep yelling for customers and at times even cut the fare to half.

These rickshaws have become almost indispensable for the residents of Chandigarh. Almost everybody uses a rickshaw at one time or the other. Women depend on these rickshaws heavily. They use a rickshaw to go to the market, to the schools of their children and even to a cinema. Girls living in hostels find these rickshaws useful. That is why you find a rickshaw stand near every girls’ hostel.

Most of the customers generally haggle over the fare, but the rickshaw-puller never looses an opportunity to make an extra buck from outsiders who are on visit to the city. Foreigners often complain of being cheated by rickshawalas.

Unlike the metropolitan cities, a rickshaw ride is not dangerous in Chandigarh, thanks to its good roads and traffic management. Still rickshaws are involved in a large number of accidents on the city roads. These migrants have a poor road sense. They get rickshaws on rent soon after coming to the city and are often seen cutting across the road without giving any indication. The motorist or the scooterist has to be careful to avoid an accident.

The police has often made efforts to educated the rickshaw-pullers about traffic rules. Special drives have been launched to create awareness of traffic rules among them. Now, a rickshaw-puller also needs a licence.


Lucky draw not held
Our Correspondent

Chhatbir, July 14
A number of visitors were disappointed today when the zoo authorities failed to hold the “lucky draw” introduced by the Wild Life Society of Punjab to raise funds for the Chhatbir Zoological Park.

The scheme was introduced to attract visitors, develop enthusiasm among them and to avoid the resale of tickets by the society six months back.

Earlier, the zoo staff allegedly used to recollect the tickets from the visitors and sell them again. This practice had resulted in huge revenue losses to the zoo management.

Mrs Gurbinder Kaur Chahal, a former Financial Commissioner (Forests), had declared 13 visitors winners in the inaugural draw held by the zoo authorities on April 14. Mr Gurmeet Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, who was present at the first draw expressed ignorance about the holding of draw today.

He said that Mr R.K. Luna, Zoo Director, was responsible for the draw. Mr Luna, however, said the lucky draw could not be held today due to some technical problems. The draw had been postponed till further orders by the government.



Raising voice against female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 14
About 100 students from various schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar participated in a poster making competition and workshop on female foeticide organised by the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab at the Arts Museum in Sector 10 here today.

On the second day of the competitions the children were briefed about collage making by Mr Ravinder Sharma of the Government College of Arts, Sector 10. Children later made collages on the theme “Do not be a victim of mob mentality, think girl as a blessing”.

The workshop aims at sensitising the children against the practice of female foeticide and making them aware of the declining sex ratio in Punjab said Mr Sharma. The competition was categorised into three groups according to the age of the participants.


Ex-servicemen’s league “apolitical”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Several senior retired defence officers, including Col Harsharan Singh, Lieut-Gen K.S. Gill, Brig Harwant Singh, Air Marshal K.S. Punia, Col A.P. Singh and Lieut-Gen B.S. Randhawa, have impressed upon ex-servicemen that the league was an apolitical organisation.

They said that the league had its charter and its role was the welfare of ex-servicemen. The league cannot take part in political activity. They admitted that there was a split in the league and the faction that attended the rally at Tagore Theatre presided over by Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, was not a representative body of ex-servicemen.

They appealed to ex-servicemen not to align with those who were drawing the league into political activities.



Helpful people in your life

Helpful people and benefactors are found in the right-hand area of your home. This area has masculine energy. It shows our tendency to travel. Helpful people are also associated with charity.

If this part of your house is people-balanced, the bread-earner will have qualities of generosity and fairness. When it is out of balance, we can become too attached to things and find it difficult to forget and forgive easily.

Feng Shui give a lot of importance to this area. The place should be disciplined and organised.

It is said that health can also get affected if this part of the house is not looked after. It belongs to the metal element.

If this corner is missing, it may result in creating problems for the head of the family. It will become difficult for the man to be really happy. His health may not remain strong.

This corner is so important that if it is missing, the man will tend to spend a lot of time away from home.

This, as everyone knows, will lead to relationship difficulties. It may even go to the extent of having difficulties with employees or colleagues. Ultimately, if this area is missing, please have it restored soon. Harshna

Address your Feng Shui queries to:
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A clarification
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 14
Mohan Meakin Limited today clarified that its factory was not discharging any effluents in the tributaries of the Ghaggar and that the unit fulfilled the norms fixed by the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala.

Brig B.S. Mankotia, (retd) manager of the factory, said washing bottles was the main function of the unit. The water discharged by the factory was being utilised for plantation over 55 acres of the unit’s own land. Moreover, the Thapar Centre for Industrial Research and Development had already given the unit a clean chit after testing the discharged waste.


Man booked for duping city resident
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 14
Mr Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Sector 23, has complained that Arun Bhatia, a resident of Modern Complex, Mani Majra, owner of High Tech based in Mani Majra, took Rs 52,835 for sending him abroad. The complainant alleged that the accused neither sent him abroad nor returned the money.

A case has been registered under Sections 406 and 120-B of the IPC. The case is being investigated by the Economic Offences Wing of the local police.

Cyclist killed

An unidentified cyclist died after being hit by a Cielo car in Sector 36 here yesterday. The driver of the car, Parampreet Singh, a resident of Sector 36, reportedly took the cyclist to a private hospital in Sector 34, where he was declared brought dead.

Parampreet Singh was arrested under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC. Later the driver was released on bail.

Cheating case

An SAS Nagar resident alleged that Golden Waved Forest, a Sector 9 based company, cheated him of Rs 25,000. In his complaint, Col Angad Singh, a resident of Phase 3, SAS Nagar, said he had deposited the said amount with the company, but the money was not returned to him.

A case against the officials of the company was registered under Sections 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. The Economic Offences Wing of the local police is investigating the case.

Motor cycle stolen

Mr Naveen Kumar, a resident of Sector 46, reported to the police that his Hero Honda Splendor motor cycle (HP-39-A-0236) was stolen from his residence on Thursday night A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Two arrested

The police arrested Anil Mishra and Jatinder for snatching the purse of a woman in Sector 17 yesterday. The police reportedly laid its hand on the two from the number of the motor cycle they were riding when they snatched the purse of Ms Jaswinder Kaur, a Sector 47 resident.

Ms Jaswinder Kaur had earlier reported to the local police that two persons riding a motor cycle (CH-03-0102) snatched her purse near the bridge road in Sector 17 in the late hours yesterday. The purse reportedly contained Rs 11,000 cheque book, driving licence and some documents.

One nabbed

The police arrested Satpal, resident of Ram Darbar, for cheating people. The police said Satpal used to pose as a contractor. He allegedly used to take advance from people for providing building material on lesser prices, after which he used to disappear. He has been booked under Section 420 of the IPC. 


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