Wednesday, July 25, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



PU all set to curb ragging menace
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Panjab University has decided to ensure strict compliance with a University Grants Commission circular banning ragging on the campus.

A senior level committee of the university has decided to keep a strict vigil on the campus with the aid of the administration committees of teaching departments and teams in hostels which would also include student representatives.

The Central and state governments have been “requested” by the UGC to enact a law prohibiting ragging in educational institutions which will contain provisions “to treat ragging as a cognisable offence. Since ragging in its ‘perverse’ form can have serious psychological impact affecting the self esteem of an individual, ragging should be treated at par with rape and other atrocities against women, ill-treatment of Dalits, besides others.”

The UGC has proposed strict punishment against defaulters. Infact, of the total 11 suggested punishments the university can take decision on all except the last punishment which entails rigorous imprisonment of upto three years. The “quantum of punishment will depend on the nature and gravity of the offence established by the disciplinary committee.”

The committee can give punishments including cancellation of admission, suspension from attending classes, withholding results, suspension or expulsion from hostel, rustication from the institution for a period varying from one to four semesters and a fine upto to Rs 25,000. The PU is likely to be a little lenient in terms of the amount of fine for punishment, reliable sources said.

The circular says “the word ‘ragging’ means the acts of teasing, taunting, playing a practical joke or holding comic parades. The word had positive manifestations in the past, however, in the contemporary context the word had acquired more negative connotations and notoriety. Now, it includes display of noisy, disorderly conduct, teasing, excitement by rough or rude treatment and indisciplined activities which tend to cause both physical and psychological harm.”

One of the major reasons cited for the increase in ‘ragging’ has been that the power and the ‘moral’ authority of the wardens and other functionaries has eroded over the years as many of them may not be committed to work but take up such responsibilities for the sake of perks attached to those offices. There is lack of interest and lack of involvement of majority of faculty members. The UGC also cites politicisation and resultant erosion  of standards of behaviour as the root of the problem.

Hostels have been identified as one of the main centres for ‘ragging’ activities. PU proposes to include student representatives in the “vigilance committees” to keep a check on the “evil practice of harassing students”.

The UGC has also proposed incentives for students “who participate in measures for curbing the menace of ragging”. The PU is, however, yet to formally announce a measure in this regard. The UGC proposes that “institution should give due weightage to the contribution made by wardens and other functionaries to the institution’s administration when assessing them for higher posts. The institutions should also work out allocation of grace marks or grades to those students who helped curb ragging.”



Mayor’s election: BJP to field candidate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The BJP will field its party candidate in the forthcoming election to the post of the city Mayor. However, the decision to nominate the official candidate to the post has been left on the in charge of the BJP unit, Mr O.P. Kohli.

A decision to this effect was taken at the BJP councillors’ stormy meeting held today at Mr O.P. Goel’s residence under the chairmanship of the BJP leader of the House, Mr Des Raj Tandon. The meeting was attended by all 13 BJP councillors, besides the party president, Mr Dharam Pal Gupta.

Before the meeting, it was being speculated that the BJP would seek fresh election following the dissolution of the House, but contrary to this, a majority of the party councillors were against the dissolution. However, a few were of the view that the fresh election was the best solution.

According to reliable sources, heated arguments marked the start of the meeting. The councillors belonging to the Jain group came down heavily on the party president, Mr Gupta, and the leader of the House, Mr Tandon, for allegedly giving statements in the media and talking about policy decisions without taking all party councillors into confidence. They pointed out that before discussing the possibilities of the House dissolution and fresh election with the Commisioner, the party leaders ought to have discussed the same at the party level. Infact, statement pertaining to the BJP thinking in terms of supporting the acting Congress Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, also did not behove these leaders.

Mr Tandon, said the party would contest in the forthcoming Mayoral election. After the Congress misrule of seven months, we now once again got an opportunity to prove to the public in the next four-and-a-half months what we could do for the development of the city. He further said in the forthcoming meeting of the House on July 27, all pending issues would be dispensed with. No new agenda item, except informing the House about the Mayor’s resignation would be added to this. The next meeting would be held only to elect the new Mayor.

Mr Tandon said the decision regarding the party candidate would be taken only after the election schedule was notified by the Administration. “The party in charge, Mr Kohli, had asked us to send a panel of three names, but we are keen to take this decision in the presence of Mr Kohli. For this, either he will come to the city in the next few days or if need be, we shall go to Delhi,” he added

Sources disclosed that though Mr Tandon did bring up the issue of forming a panel of possible names, but the same was opposed by the Jain group councillors, who said they would do so only in the presence of the party in charge for they were doubtful of the same being leaked to the media much before. It was further learnt that Jain group councillors were of the view that those BJP councillors, who had earlier occupied the post of the Mayor, the Senior Deputy Mayor or women and Scheduled Caste candidates, who had occupied the said post during the years reserved for them in this tenure, should not be considered among the probable candidates for the election this time. It was also being considered that the general seat should go to a male councillor for the first year of the next term which had again been reserved for a woman candidate. The panel should include the names of the remaining councillors.

Sources also disclosed that to begin with Mr Tandon was trying to elicit the view of every councillor on the possible dissolution and the fresh election, but the same was strongly opposed by the Jain group councillors, who were in favour of the majority decision to fight the election. The Jain group councillors were of the view that why should the BJP, which was the majority party in the House, shy away from the election and seek the dissolution of the House. However, a few councillors suggested that it would be a better proposition to go in for mid-term election in consultation with the Union Home Ministry.

At the meeting, which lasted over two hours, the Jain group councillors, who were on the offensive did not leave any opportunity to attack the Gupta group councillors. They even criticised the attitude of the party president on various issues.

Even though the party has decided to contest the election, nomination of the candidate is not going to be easy because of the rampant differences between the two groups. The party was united on the issue of opposing the Congress Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, but that had ended with his resignation and both groups have once again come face to face with each other

Reacting on the issue of the Akalis fielding a candidate for the post of the Mayor, they said they stand no chance with a mere strength of one in the House of 30 councillors. They should be content with the post of the Deputy Mayor, which had been given to them for the past five years.



Toxic effluents hit soil fertility
Bipin Bhardwaj

Rajpura (Patiala), July 24
Hundreds of farmers of over 70 villages located along the banks of a seasonal rivulet, carrying untreated sullage of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and other villages apart from some industrial units in this area, have continuously been irrigating their fields, mostly of vegetables, with the polluted water for the past many years.

A number of channels which discharge their toxic effluents into the rivulet makes its water frothy and stinking. Apart from various industrial units in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Banur, some villages also discharge their sewers into the rivulet.

Following this, the underground water table along the rivulet has got polluted and other tubewells not getting water from the rivulet in this belt are pumping out sub-soil water.

Experts say the toxic contents of the polluted water have reduced the fertility of the soil and the yield of the seasonal crops have observed a drastic decline for the past over 10 years.

Irrigation of fields with the water has not only posed a serious threat to human life, but also to animals and vegetation which have been consuming the toxic effluents in one way or another. Residents complain that various water-borne diseases, specially jaundice, are common in this part of the district.

Unaware about the toxicity of the water, the farmers even let their cattle graze on the nullah-bed and drink the black-coloured water form there. This has further put the lives of innocent cattle at stake.

Veterinary doctors are of the view that consumption of the toxic water and the fodder by milch cattle has reduced their life span. The milk yield has also reduced for the past over 10 years. The farmers of this belt, from Chandigarh to Sarala village near Ghanour in Punjab, have installed over 600 tubewells for irrigation after drawing water from the rivulet. Thick cover of foam is a common sight at the points where the water falls from some height.

Sources in the Punjab Drainage Department reveal that the tubewells have been permitted by the authorities and set up under the supervision of the departmental employees. A majority of the tubewells have been set up for irrigation and the toxic water pumped out often destroys the crops.

The area is of farmers growing cash crops, particularly vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, turnip, radish and ladyfinger. ‘‘The black-coloured filthy water of the rivulet is suitable for these vegetables. The plants bear more fruit in short time. The size of the fruit is also large,” claims Mr Piyare Lal, a resident of Dhakansu village.

Mr Ram Chand, a resident of Jansua village, complains that the rivulet carrying polluted water has become a health hazard for villages located along its banks.



3 hurt as tanker catches fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Three persons reportedly sustained serious burn injuries in an incident of fire, which broke out late tonight on the factory premises of Plot No. 182/68 here at the Industrial area, Phase I. Three drums containing highly inflammable liquids and two tyres of a tanker parked inside were completely damaged. The exact cause of the fire and the amount of loss were yet to be ascertained.

According to sources, the fire broke out at around 11 pm and fire tenders were rushed to the spot as soon as they received intimation about the fire. The onlookers from nearby factories, who had informed the fire authorities, disclosed that the fire had spread out right up to the road berms of the road infront of the factory in no time and the fire tender had to begin by extinguishing the same. The owner of the firm, meanwhile, rushed the victims to the hospital for treatment.

The fire fighting operation, which lasted for over one-and-a-half hour was carried out under the supervision of the Station Fire Officer, Mr S.K. Gosain. Four fire tenders, one each from the industrial area I and II, Sectors 17 and 32 were pressed into service from two side openings of the factory since the magnitude of the fire was alarming due to the highly inflammable liquids. The firemen had to break open the locks of the main gate to enter the factory.

Mr Gosain disclosed that a major tragedy had been averted since the timely action of the firemen prevented the oil tanker parked inside from bursting. The firemen had a tough time battling out the flames in the drums and eventually used the smothering technique to extinguish the same. Besides using eight cylinders of foam, the supply of oxygen was also cut by putting wet cardboards on these drums.

Meanwhile, the onlookers said the fire was possibly caused by electrical short-circuit in the main cable, which subsequently spread to the tanker burning its tyres and later to the drums lying on a corner. The factory premises and the good inside were also partially damaged by the fire and during the fire fighting operations. At least 12 firemen and a team of police personnel swung into action to put off the blaze.



School board revises fees again
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 24
After increasing the examination fee by around 30 per cent a month back, the Punjab School Education Board has again revised the examination fee structure. This time the board has offered some relief to the candidates by rolling back the fee.

The registration fee for new candidates and continuation fee for the matric and senior secondary examination, remain unchanged.

The revised examination fee, ranging between 10 per cent and 13 per cent, will be applicable to those appearing in the examination for the academic session 2001-2002.

The revised fee structure of middle, matric and senior secondary annual examination is likely to be taken up in the next meeting of the finance committee of the board. Even after the revised fee, the board will be able to generate over Rs 3 crore additional revenue.

Despite the rollback, the new examination fee structure is still on the higher side as compared to the education boards of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the UT. Fees of different examinations had been hiked earlier, citing inclusion of two more subjects in the examination, including an additional subject.

The subject of physical education had been made compulsory for middle and matric students. Middle class candidates have to appear in eight subjects, with a total of 800 marks, against 600 marks earlier.

In case of regular and private candidates appearing in the matriculation examination, the total number of marks will be 850, against 650 total marks earlier.

Last year, the board had substantially increased the examination fee, ranging between 11 per cent and 150 per cent.

Sources did not rule out the possibility of unaccounted expenditure forcing board authorities to generate additional revenue.



B.Ed admissions to start from July 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh July 24
Admission to the 440 seats of B.Ed course in the education colleges of the city would start from July 31 and continue till August 3.

This was decided at a meeting of the principals of these colleges held at the office of the Dean College Development Council, Panjab University, here today.

Admission to the UT pool B.Ed seats will take place on July 31 and August 1, while admission to general pool seats in B.Ed and B.Ed in yoga will take place on July 2. On the last day of admissions, the UT pool seats in B.Ed in yoga will take place.

Prof Tehal Kohli, Head of the Department of Education, will be the co-ordinator for these admissions which will take place in the English Auditorium of Panjab University.



Patient wants cath lab functioning restored
Writes to Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Worried over the non-functional cardiac cath lab of the PGI, a 76-year-old Solan resident, presently admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) PGI, has requested the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to intervene in the issue and restore status quo to save lives of people.

Following the CBI raids on the cath lab on June 20, its functioning has come to a virtual standstill. In a letter addressed to the Chief Justice and other judges, Mr Muni Lal, a senior political leader from Solan in Himachal Pradesh, has also requested the court to restrain the CBI from ‘interfering’ into the day-to-day functioning of the Cardiology Department. “This type of interference if not stopped may add to consistent and compounded misery of the poor patients who carry faith in the doctors and the institute.”

Mr Muni Lal, who is presently recuperating on the bed No. 3 at the CCU, is not sure if his writ petition will bear fruit. His letter is, however, a result of an incident he witnessed in the CCU six days ago, when a woman with twin pregnancies waited for hours to undergo an emergency interventional procedure. Next day, Chandigarh Tribune also reported the case.

“It was anguish to see this young woman struggling for live following blockage of one of her heart valves due to pulmonary oedema and doctors of the Cardiology Department following “unnecessary procedures” during these crucial hours to seek a permission,” he adds.

Mr Muni Lal has implored the state legal system to intervene and direct the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health, the PGI Director and head of the Cardiology Department to restore normal working in the PGI’s cath lab.

His frequent visits to the PGI have made him well conversant with doctors and functioning of the Cardiology Department. In the past six years he has been admitted to this department for over 76 times for blood transfusion therapy to control heart failure as his bone marrow is not producing blood. And for this, he has undergone 76 blood transfusions and has received as many as 135 units of blood. Though his words are incoherent but his message is clear.

The CBI made public requests on July 12 that if anybody has any material about malfunctioning or exploitation by the doctors of the Cardiology and the Cardio Vascular and Thorasic Department should pass the information to the CBI office in Chandigarh or New Delhi.

On Wednesday, Mr Muni Lal saw doctors carry long administrative paper work to seek permission for emergency procedures. Following the raid, the emergency patients are now given an 18-page document containing the list of dealers and the material. Sources add the doctors are playing safe but in emergency case it would not be surprising if these delays prove to be fatal in some case.

Cardiology Department doctors blame the lack of functioning on their low morale following the press note by the CBI. “We were made to feel like petty criminals and allegations were levelled by the CBI that vital disposable items were found be unaccounted for” say doctors. Sources in the PGI, however, say at no point of time did the investigating agency ask the Cardiology Department to stop functioning. “All the CBI has done is made a list of items. A doctor’s job is to save lives. So what is stopping them to act in the best interest of patients. Maybe it is their way of putting a point across,” opine sources.

When contacted, the PGI Cardiology Department Head said, “All we have is a letter from the PGI Vigilance Department.”

The letter says that the PGI Vigilance Department is not party to the visits of the CBI to the Cardiology Department. “The CBI press note says that they along with the PGI Vigilance Department conducted raids and this in itself is contradictory. And despite our repeated requests to the CBI, we are yet to receive the copy of the letter signed by the PGI Senior Vigilance Officer, CBI officials and the then acting head of the department on the day of raids,” he added.

The head of the department further added that the CBI had issued verbal instructions to the doctors asking them not to replenish the revolving stock of disposable items maintained by the department. “Unless a revolving stock is not replenished, it does not have any meaning. Unfortunately, those who are actual sufferers are the poor people in which we were doing ballooning using the same equipment three to four times, as per international standards and guidelines, to save patients money. All we are doing is waiting for clear-cut directions from the CBI,” he added.



Traffic congestion a problem for authorities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Lack of coordination between the administration and traffic police and paucity of funds are to blame for traffic congestion in most parts of the city. With both the departments passing the buck to the other, thousands of commuters in the city continue to suffer.

The two departments have been unable to cope up with the increasing population and, thus, the ever-increasing number of vehicles on the city roads. This has resulted in lack of infrastructure, poor administration of traffic rules and their enforcement.

Traffic jams, considered a remote possibility about five years ago, are now a common occurrence at a number of junctions in the city. The problem areas are Housing Board Light Point, Railway light point, Transport Light Point, Press Chowk, Sector 17- 18 light point, Aroma Light point, Cricket Stadium chowk, Sector 22-35 chowk etc.

Inspite of the fact that the UT Inspector General of Police has requested the administration to install traffic lights at a few of the rotaries on a priority basis, the proposal is still biting the dust. Sources in the administration inform that the proposal is waiting approval by the Chief Architect after a study was conducted on the Sector 22- 35 roundabout. “Also, the possibility of increasing the size of this roundabout is under consideration,” informed a senior official.

Police officials, meanwhile, insist that the long-term solution to avoid accidents because of heavy traffic on all eight roads to Mohali will be to turn all these roads into one-ways four roads leading to and the remaining four leading from Mohali.

It is learnt that around six lakh vehicles are registered in the city with the State Transport Authority. Sources maintain that on an average around 2000 vehicles are registered each month. As many as 50,000 to 55, 000 vehicles from the satellite townships of Panchkula and Mohali, and the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, also ply on the city roads each day.

The traffic police has a meagre strength of about 160 to manage the show. A majority of these personnel ,too, are deployed for VIP route alerts, as munshis and readers in the offices. Senior officials in the traffic police say that as a result they were forced to deploy traffic staff only at important intersections, while most of the other crossings were left unattended.

The figures available from the traffic police puts the number of traffic lights in the city to 24, but the run-down condition of these lights in most parts of the city, especially the area falling south of Madhya Marg, also adds to the problem.



Industrial Area left to its fate
Tribune News Service

The Industrial Area here is crying for help and nobody seems to be listening. It is plagued with the problems of bad roads, erratic electricity supply or low voltage.

Huge craters in roads which have hardly seen any repair work since these were built, are the first to greet the visitor.

The rains have worsened the situation with water collecting in the low-lying area and the drainage choked. Stagnant water adds to the insanitation. The Haryana Urban Development Authority, which is responsible for the upkeep of this business sector, recently started clearing the road berms which have been invaded by wild foliage in a big way.

In the absence of street lighting, the entire Industrial Area is engulfed in darkness once the sun goes down. Barring the odd light on the premises of industrial units, the streetlights are hardly functional.

Another glaring problem the Industrial Area faces is that of electricity supply. While low voltage makes it difficult to run the machines, frequent power cuts cause the businesses to suffer. The owners of industrial units claim that the damage is considerable and the officials concerned do not pay heed to this problem.

The President of the Beopar Mandal, Mr Kuldeep Chitkara, said: “We have met the officials concerned a number of times but the meetings have not borne any fruit. We continue to be troubled with the same problems and it does not seem to bother the officials. We are disappointed because of their inaction.”

While their list of woes is endless, the industrialists feel that inadequate infrastructure is a cause of industry losing interest in Panchkula.



Military’s musical tradition
Tribune News Service

From the resounding fanfare sounded by hundreds of military musicians at Vijay Chowk during Beating Retreat, to pipers and drummers playing a slow march tune as a foreign dignitary inspects a guard of honour, to melodious tunes by a brass band at an officers’ mess function, to a lone bugler sounding the reveille at daybreak, military music has carved an indispensable niche for itself in the service.

The tradition of military music is as old as the martial traditions of India. From the days of yore to the present-day digitalised battlefield, military music has formed an important aspect of regimental life. No military ceremony is complete without the rousing, soul stirring notes belted out by pipers and drummers in their distinct, colourful attire.

The basic objective of military music is to promote orderly marching, inspire troops and keep up the spirits besides minimising fatigue and boredom. The tunes are known to have an effect on morale and even a single instrument playing a lively tune can enthuse battle weary men.

In the early days, bands actually used to go into battle, “with colours flying, trumpets blowing and drums beating”. This, of course, is no longer the norm, though bands may be taken to forward zones to play for troops as a source of entertainment or morale boosting.

In India, the essence of martial music has been described in great detail in the sanskrit work, Natyashastra. Historical records show that medieval rulers used to ask court poets to compose patriotic verses, and musical support was provided by percussion as well as wind instruments. Dhols, tabors, nagaras, shehnai, conch shells and trumpets were some of the instruments then used. Most ancient Indian martial tunes were based on folk music.

Traditional Indian martial music had a firm hold in India till the emergence of the East India Company. Other foreign invaders, including the Mughals, Arabs, French, Dutch and the Portuguese brought with them their own martial music cultures.

After independence, the dependence on western instruments and dress continued. While a number of western tunes are still being played, a large number of Indian tunes, based on Indian folk music and ragas, have also been composed. Recently, the Army has started integrating Indian classical instruments such as the sitar, santoor, tabla, israj, pakhawaj, dholak and the flute, with traditional western instruments. These, however, do not form part of a marching band.

Every regiment has its own band with its own distinct uniform and all military musicians are regular members of their units. They are trained soldiers and when not playing, they perform normal regimental duties and chores. Special courses are run by the Military Music Wing of the Education Corps Training College at Pachmarhi for military musicians. These range from 12 weeks to 144 weeks. The establishment has been affiliated with the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.

Military bands are of several types — brass bands, having only brass instruments; pipe and drums, having a mixture of drums and bagpipes; and the military band, having brass as well as woodwind instruments. All bands are headed by a conductor, referred to in military parlance as a bandmajor.

Military bands are in attendance during official functions, ceremonial parades, parties as well as funerals. While brass instruments are impeccably polished, the drums bear regimental insignia as well as scrolls depicting battle honours. During funerals, the instruments are sheathed in black.

Another category of musicians in the military are the buglers. Though they do not form part of military bands, they play a prominent role in day-to-day regimental activities by sounding a variety of “calls” — Reveille, Rouse, First Post, Last Post, First Call, Orderly, Parade Call, Retreat, etc.



Population control emphasised
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 24
The president of the local Municipal Council said here yesterday that the governments of the nation had been neutralised by the increasing population.

Mr Kulwant Singh, who was speaking as the chief guest at the 52nd foundation day of the Family Association of India's aid the population had to be controlled as it was the most challenging task before the nation.

Mr H.S. Midha, president of the local Lions Club and guest of honour, said the SAS Nagar branch of the association had been carrying out a difficult task in the field of adolescent education in a professional and organised manner. He promised to bear the expenses on books and stationery at the school run for child labour in Guru Nanak Colony here by the association in collaboration with the Punjab Istri Sabha.

Dr Surjit Kaur Sandhu, president of the local branch of the association, presented a report on the work done by the body during this year.

Gavleen Kaur and Mandeep Kaur presented a dance on the occasion.

The speakers included Mr J.S. Arora, honorary secretary, Mr Bhupinder Singh Dosanjh, Mr Harwant Singh, honorary treasurer, Ms Kaana Singh, honorary joint secretary-cum-joint treasurer, and Mr IPS Bajwa, branch manager of the association.



Vijay Divas celebrations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The second anniversary of Kargil Vijay Divas is being celebrated on July 26 to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistani intruders in the rugged heights of Muskoh, Drass, Kargil and Batalik areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

A statement issued here today said that a homage paying ceremony would be held at the Western Command War Memorial in Chandi Mandir. The Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will lay a wreath at the memorial. Floral tributes will also be paid by the Western Army Commander, Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, as well as serving and retired gallantry award winners.

A photo exhibition on Operation Vijay will be displayed on the occasion. In the evening a candle lighting ceremony will also be held in all station units, followed by a barakhana.



Dharamraja’s idol bites the dust
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The Mani Majra Cremation Ground, close to the Housing Board Chowk, is standing out following the collapse of the gate marking an entry to the park, which further leads to the cremation ground. Many lives electricity wires are dotting the campus following the collapse of the pillars.

The structure had reportedly been built in the memory of former Mayor Raj Kumar Goyal’s parents. The idol of Dharamraja also lies in the vicinity in disgrace. The collapsed pillar bears mention of Mr Goyal’s parents.

Pandit Udoo Krishan said, “Actually this structure collapsed following heavy rains and minor tremors in the region about a week back.” He further informed that the structure had been constructed by the Sanatan Dharam Parishad, Panchkula Kendriya, with the help of donation offered by Mr Goyal, who was not the Mayor then.

Pandit Yadvendra Acharya said, “Had anybody been standing in the proximity of that area, he would surely have died or at least sustained serious injuries.”

He wondered as to how the foundation of the entrance structure could be so weak. The foundation of the pillar was just about a feet into the ground and it was supposed to support two pillars bearing a statue and two slabs bearing another statue.

Mr Goyal, when contacted, expressed ignorance about the collapse of the structure. Surprised by the information, he said, “My only role was that of donation. I gave the parishad Rs 5,000 for the construction. Later I was informed that Rs 11,000 had been spent in all. I am yet to pay the left amount. I am sure it is the contractor’s fault.”

The family, incharge of the maintenance of the area, said the structure would be put up again and labour to clear the area of the malba would be deputed by tomorrow.

Informed Om Giri, the caretaker of the place, “I was collecting ashes when it was raining heavily. Suddenly I heard a big thud. I turned only to see the structure going down.”



Employees tear-gassed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The local police today used water-cannons and tear -gas to disperse a mob of employees of various departments who had assembled to pressurise the government to accept their demands.

In a statement Mr Ranjit Singh, press secretary of the PWD Employees Union and Mr Jasbir Singh, member of the Joint Action committee formed by various unions, alleged many employees were injured in the incident and had to be hospitalised at the Sector 16 General Hospital. Those who were injured included Mr Karamjit Singh, president of the PWD Workshop Union, Mr Kaur Singh, and Mr Chhaju Ram.

Mr Ranjit Singh and Mr Jasbir Singh said the workers belonged to the Fire Department, the Forest Department, the Agriculture Department and the Sewerage Board.

Their demands include regularisation of daily wagers, technical scales for regular staff and implementation of the four-year, nine-year and 14-year promotion policy.

Mr Jaspal Singh, general secretary of the Jangalat Workers Union , Punjab, said the dharna and rally was the first step. He said the struggle would be intensified if their demands were not accepted soon.

The local police, however, denied that any person was injured in today’s incident.



Musharraf’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The All India Terrorist Front today held a protest rally in Sector 17 near Piazza to protest against the killings of Amarnath yatris and personnel of security forces.

A press note issued by the front said the demonstrators also burnt an effigy of Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf. They also raised slogans against the BJP led government at the Centre and flayed the Jammu and Kashmir Government for its failure to make adequate security arrangements for the pilgrims.



Cong leaders visit protesters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Mr Kamaljit Singh Panchhi and Mr Pradeep Chhabra, Congress leaders, today visited the residents of the Housing Board Colony in Sector 29-B who were sitting on a fast.

A press note issued by the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee said these leaders also offered juice to those on fast.

Addressing the gathering these leaders extended Congress support to genuine demands of the residents. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, local MP, had already taken up the issue with the Administrator of Chandigarh, they said.



Scooterist killed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A scooterist was killed and the man riding pillion was seriously injured when their scooter hit a tree on the roadside near the Airport chowk today. Surjit Singh, a resident of Kajheri village was driving down the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway along with Charanjit Singh on his scooter (PB-10N-4408), when the accident took place. The latter is a resident of Sector 45.



Mirrors in homes

Mirrors are useful Feng Shui tools. In homes they do not only look beautiful; they also enhance the beauty of the place where they are hung. Every home has mirrors but when placed correctly they can bring the luck to the household.

Mirrors with wooden frames are better than those with metal frames. They can be used to “extend” the missing corners of the home. They are used to activate the Chi flow in dark and small rooms.

One can camouflage sharp angles caused by columns with mirrors. They are excellent for reflecting good luck symbols and beautiful scenes of water.

Mirrors do not harm if placed in toilets. Be careful when placing them in any other part of your house.

Mirrors should not be placed in bedrooms because the Chi thus created is too powerful to be easy for the resting persons. When placed in bedrooms, they are certain to create negative Chi.

— Harshna

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Man held, remanded
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 24
Satpal, who escaped from police custody a week back, was arrested by the city police here yesterday. The accused, a resident of Ram Darbar, was produced in a local court yesterday and sent to judicial remand by the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) till July 28, in connection with five different cases of theft and forgery.

According to police sources, they had received information about the accused roaming freely in Mani Majra. Four constables of the city police reached the spot and arrested the accused in the morning. The accused was planning to escape with his girlfriend, who is running beauty parlour in Sector 15, Panchkula.

On the night of July 16, the accused was taken to a house in Sector 15 for recovering documents and cash needed as evidence against him. Here he had managed to give the cops a slip.

The police had suspended the Sub-Inspector, Mr Jai Prakash for negligence after Satpal had escaped from custody. The accused had been arrested by the city police on charges of defrauding a scrap dealer of Rs 2500 on July 14 by the Sector 11 police. He was kept in police remand till July 16, when the Sector 39 police had sought his police remand.



Dog bites woman, owner booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A woman was booked under Section 289 of the IPC after her pet dog bit a passerby near her residence in Sector 15 last evening.

According to the information available, Jubli Gill was booked after her dog bit Raj Dulari near house number 1311, Sector 15, around 4 p m yesterday. The victim was going towards the market when the incident took place.

One arrested:
Jai Bhagwan was arrested on charges of attempt to murder of Nageshwar Prasad in Darwa village yesterday. He had attacked the latter with an axe and the latter received injuries on his head. A case under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered.

Four booked:
Santro, her daughter Radhika and two other women were booked on charges of assaulting and trespassing the house of Ms Nirmala last evening. A case under Sections 452 and 323 of the IPC has been registered.

Scooter stolen:
A scooter (CH-01R-2653) was stolen from Sector 38 on July 21. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of Mr Nand Lal.

Scooterist hit:
A scooterist, Shokat Ali, was hit by a car (PB-01G-1213) near the Modela Light point last night. The car driver fled from the spot.

The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.


Two nabbed:
The Panchkula police has arrested two persons — Madan and Dina Nath for gambling at Majri Chowk. A sum of Rs 800 was also recovered from them.

A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against the two.



Management programme for BoI executives
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, has organised a six-day in house programme for management development of the top executives of the Bank of India consisting of 25 participants from various parts of the country. This high level programme was inaugurated by renowned economist, Prof S.S. Johl.

The Bank of India is emerging as one of the top leaders in the country and is determined to upgrade itself to international standards with prime focus on four key-areas, including corporate governance, peoples’ management, risk management and putting information technology in place both from functional management and customer friendly service delivery perspectives.

The speakers chosen for each of these topics, include Prof B.B. Bhattacharya, Mr D.P.S. Sandhu, Mr G.K. Arora, Mr T.K.A. Nair, Mr Pradeep Singh, Prof Vidhu Mohan, Mr S.K. Bijlani, Mr R. Ratnam and Mr P.A. Kapur.

This is the first in the series of four programmes to be conducted at CRRID for the fiscal ending March 2002. The inputs given by the illustrious faculty assembled for this purpose is expected to enrich policy formulation of the bank.


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