Tuesday, August 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



PUDA plans wall to check encroachments
Project to cost Rs 30 lakh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 20
A ‘Berlin wall’ will separate pockets of a vacant prime piece of land of this urban conglomerate bordering Chandigarh. The move, believe PUDA officials, will prevent slum dwellers and occupants of rehabilitation colonies, bordering the town, from eating up the land owned by the authority.

Already unauthorised shanties and rehabilitation colonies have come up almost along the entire belt of the third phase sectors bordering the town — from Sector 56 to 65. At least 20 acres of commercially viable land had been identified during a feasibility study conducted by the engineering wing of the Town and Planning Department of PUDA.

The proposed 6-foot-high wall, running from Sector 56 to 65, would be approximately 5 km long. Though the wall had been raised in certain sections along the boundary, slum dwellers in the UT area had made an illegal thoroughfare. Attempts by PUDA to plug the entry points last year had attracted violent protests.

Now PUDA has decided to raise a wall along the entire border. The work, expected to begin next week, would cost around Rs 30 lakh. An official of PUDA said the wall would be raised along Sectors 48, 49, 51, 52, 54 and 56. PUDA was taking up the task of demarcation of inter-state border with the Revenue Department of the Chandigarh Administration.

Mr KBS Sidhu, Chief Administrator of PUDA, said: The authority would safeguard its property at any cost. We will register criminal cases against the slum dwellers who make illegal thoroughfare by breaking the boundary wall”.

He said it was for the Chandigarh Administration to provide access to the slum dwellers through its land. When asked if the matter was being taken up with the Chandigarh Administration, he did not rule out the possibility. A delegation of residents of Phase 3A (Sector 53) today met the Chief Administrator, demanding plugging of the illegal thoroughfares.

Sources in PUDA said around 2 acres of land in Phase 2 along the Chandigarh border would be used to provide Low Income Group (LIG) houses in the area. In Phase 6, 2 acres of land which had been largely encroached upon would be protected by landscaping. In Sector 55, around 2 acres of land would be exploited for institutional purpose.


Shops demolished amidst protests
Tribune News Service

Panchkula (Saketri), August 20
In a major offensive against commercial establishments in the Shri Krishna Gaushala Charitable Trust premises, the Town and Country Planning Department razed these unoccupied shops to the ground amidst protests by villagers here today.

The demolition, which began at 11 am, continued for over an hour before it was suspended following protests by villagers against the razing of these shops and was resumed at 1 pm again. It went on till 3:30pm.

The drama began with the villagers attempting to stall the demolition drive, blocking the way of the bulldozer only to be pulled away by the police personnel on duty at the site.

However, no sooner was this done that women of the village, armed with stones, sat in the way following which the drive had to be stalled for non-availability of lady cops. While attempts were made to get more policewomen to the scene, the villagers tried to reason with the officials against the demolition.

Claiming that there was a stay from the local court in the case of shops at the premises, the officials gave time to them to produce the order. However, they failed to do the same.

By this time additional police force had also been called in and the SDM, Mr MS Yadav, arrived at the gaushala to placate the mob, threatening to create a law and order problem.

Mr Yadav addressed the villagers and explained to them that the demolition was being carried out in consonance with court orders. While the 150-strong police force along with the anti-riot staff diverted traffic to another side, the demolition drive was resumed.


CAG pulls up BRO
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Oversight and faulty planning on the part of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has resulted in the non-utilisation of real estate assets worth about Rs 5 crore in Chandigarh. In addition, an expenditure of more than Rs 1 crore has been incurred on maintaining the assets.

According to the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) released last week, the accommodation built for a non-static unit in Chandigarh is lying surplus as the unit has moved out.

The Border Road Development Board sanctioned permanent accommodation, including electrification and allied works, for 38 Border Road Task Force in Chandigarh between August, 1990, and April, 1995, on the plea that the unit would be stationed here permanently.

The accommodation constructed in Chandigarh during 1994-95 at a cost of Rs 4.80 crore, including the cost of land, became surplus since the unit for which it was constructed moved to Manali in June, 1996, the report states.

For watch and ward of the surplus accommodation, personnel from a Pioneer company were deployed at the place in June, 1996, although Pioneers are supposed to be engaged in road construction work, the report adds. The pay and allowances given to these personnel between July, 1996, and July, 2000, worked out to be Rs 1.21 crore.

The report states that the Director-General, Border Roads, accepted the facts, but indicated that permanent accommodation constructed for the task force in Chandigarh was an isolated case.

The CAG has also recommended that the Defence Ministry explore the utilisation of the surplus accommodation by the Army or other agency to avoid recurring expenditure on watch and ward.

The report also mentions two other instances of infructuous and injudicious expenditure amounting to several crores of rupees by the BRO in executing certain projects.

The report states that the execution of non-sanctioned work along the Pasakha-Monitor road in Bhutan by diverting funds, and leaving it incomplete, entailed an infructuous expenditure of Rs 5.02 crore on the rectification of damage.

In another instance, delay in the sanctioning of a permanent bridge across a nullah on the Gangtok-Chungthang road led to futile makeshift arrangements, resulting in injudicious expenditure of Rs 1.07 crore.

In fact, in an earlier report released in 2000, the CAG had come down heavily on the BRO for delay in the construction of vital bridges in forward areas.

The audit covered 124 bridges of various spans. The construction of 61 bridges was still in progress. According to the findings, in 39 of the construction projects, there had been avoidable delays on account of the initial selection of unsuitable sites and inadequate sub-soil investigation. Frequent changes in drawings and designs after the conclusion of contracts or the commencement of work as well as failure to synchronise inter-dependent works were among the reasons cited for delays, resulting in cost-overruns amounting to crores of rupees.


Raju murder case: accused held
Second honour killing in city
Tribune News Service

Narinder, main accused in the murder of Raju.
Narinder, main accused in the murder of Raju in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony, after his arrest by the Sector 34 police in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, August 20
The Sector 34 police today succeeded in solving the murder case of Raju, which took place on Saturday night in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony. The murder has turned out to be the second reported case of honour killing in the city.

The police says that Raju was killed by Narinder Singh, alias Ganja, and the latter’s first cousin, Mukesh, as revenge for the rape of their sister. While the former has been arrested, the police is on the lookout for Mukesh. Police parties have been sent to Meerut and Ropar to nab him.

It is learnt that Raju, along with his nephew, Joginder Kumar, Sanjay, alias Janjju, and Jeetpal allegedly raped the 13-year-old sister of Narinder Singh on January 4, 1998. Subsequently, an FIR was registered under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 34 of the IPC against Joginder Kumar, Sanjay and Jeetpal. The three accused were tried and sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and are now serving their term.

The only other reported case of honour killing in Chandigarh in November 1998 saw a young man from Jandiala village, near Nawanshahr, Kulbir Singh, killing his brother-in-law, Gurcharan Singh, for dishonouring him and the entire family by eloping and later marrying his sister, Jasbir. He was caught by the police after he shot Gurcharan and was rushing to his sister’s house to avenge the ostracisation and humiliation that he and his family were put to because of their marriage as the latter belonged to a lower social strata.

While talking to mediapersons, Narinder alleged that Raju was the one who had abducted his sister from her employer’s house on the pretext that her mother was sick. “He then took her to a hutment, where the other three were waiting and all of them raped my sister. All these persons were my friends and we would often spend hours together after work. It was the ultimate betrayal by these persons I believed to be my friends,” he said.

He alleged that though Raju was also involved in the rape, he was not implicated in the case after his brother had arranged a deal with the police. “I was seething with rage since then. Even if Raju had survived this attack, I would have struck again and again till I had sought revenge,” he said.

It is worthwhile to mention here that the rape victim died under mysterious circumstances at their residence about two months back.

He says that Raju had been instigating him time and again, all though they had shifted to Kambala village, near Sohana. He says that whenever his mother, Prakash, went to the colony, Raju would pass obscene remarks about his other sister. It was thus that he along with Mukesh hatched a plan to eliminate Raju. They reportedly bought a knife from the Phase XI sabzi Mandi in Mohali on August 17 and struck during the intervening night of August 18 and 19.

Meanwhile, the official press note of the police said that Naresh Pal, a resident of the colony, had falsely alleged that he had been attacked by members of the “ kale kachhewale “gang and had feigned to have received injuries on his left shoulder in order to mislead the police.

The note said it was because of the sustained efforts of the special investigating team, comprising DSPs’ Mr S.C. Sagar, Mr S.C. Abrol, Inspectors, Mr K.I.P. Singh and Mr J.S. Cheema that the case was solved. 


Entertainment duty collection up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
“Lower the tax rate, higher the revenue collection”. This oft-repeated argument has once again been proved right by the experience of the Haryana Government which recently reduced entertainment tax in the state. The concessions were implemented from July 1 last and within a month the results have been positive.

According to official sources, the collection of entertainment duty and show tax had gone up from Rs 93.07 lakh in July, 2000, to Rs 96.75 lakh during July, 2001. This growth of 2.89 per cent is significant when viewed in the context of a negative trend of 17.9 per cent in the tax collected from the entertainment industry in the state.

The sources say the entertainment duty and show tax collected by the state during April to July, 2001, was Rs 286.87 lakh as against Rs 349.41 lakh collected during the corresponding period in the previous year. The government had reduced entertainment duty from 125 per cent to 50 per cent on cinema tickets.

Collections under the Haryana General Sales Tax Act increased to Rs 79529.47 lakh up to July, 2001, from Rs 61233.36 lakh during the corresponding period last year, showing a rise of 29.88 per cent. Central sales tax collections had also gone up from Rs 22971.40 lakh to Rs 26537.26 lakh during the same period. Collections from passenger and goods tax rose from Rs 12585.90 lakh to Rs 13265.75 lakh during this period.Back


Not enough PU supporters?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
This is student politics, Panjab University style. If you cannot muster enough support from among university students for your demands, mobilise college students. More than 40 students of SGGS College, Sector 26, were on the Panjab University campus today, led by university student leaders, to pressurise the authorities into meeting their demands.

Interestingly, only two of these college students had an idea of what these demands were and asked which one of those concerned the colleges, these two promptly said they wanted the creation of a Chandigarh Students Council.

The leaders of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), along with leaders of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Haryana Students Association (HSA), had last week given a list of demands to the PU Vice-Chancellor, which they had sought to be met within 48 hours, failing which they would resort to an agitation.

With the deadline of 48 hours ending today, the leaders of these three organisations in the university, along with their party workers, joined the agitation and to mark a show of strength, college students were called in. A rally was organised at the Students Centre, where the leaders addressed the students and the whole crowd then marched to the VC's office.

In a joint press release, the PUSU president, Mr Malwinder Singh Kang, claimed that the security guards posted at the VC's office manhandled them and the situation, which could have taken an ugly turn, was diffused by the Dean University Instructions (DUI), Mr Ashok Sahni. In a meeting between these leaders and the VC, it was decided that they would meet him again tomorrow.

These three organisations are demanding, representation of students in the Senate and Syndicate, creation of Chandigarh Students Council, construction of the university auditorium, student elections in the affiliated colleges on the lines of Himachal Pradesh University, separate convocation for conferring degrees to the science and law students and removal of Senate ballot boxes from the university gymnasium hall.


From refusal to extra seat, PU style
Nishikant Dwivedi

Chandigarh, August 20
The Panjab University today created an extra seat in the Department of Mass Communication to admit Vardhini Verma, who had earlier been denied admission to Master of Mass Communication first year since she had failed to produce the result certificate of the qualifying examination for admission by the due date for admission. All the seats were filled by July 14.

Although sources said the admission has been allowed under pressure from Delhi high-ups, the PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N.Pathak, denied any such pressure. ‘‘The High Court had left the matter to my discretion and I referred the issue to the Board of Control,’’ said Professor Pathak.

Vardhini Verma, a student of Delhi University, had scored 160.5 marks in the entrance examination and was placed 11th. In spite of this, she was denied admission as she could not produce her graduation result by the due date for admission since her result had not been declared by Delhi University by then.

The marks of the qualifying examination has 25 per cent weightage for admission to the department, besides marks for written test, group discussion and interview. After being denied a seat in the department, vardhini Verma had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Board of Control of the Department of Mass Communication reportedly granted permission to the admission last week, following which Vardhini Verma was admitted today. Sources in PU stated that Vardhini today deposited the fee at the PU fee counter for admission in the Mass Communication Department.

Another candidate, who had topped the entrance test (written) result list, also could not get admission to the department on the same grounds. The move to admit Vardhini could lead to several other candidates claiming admission on similar grounds after approaching the courts. Prof G.K. Verma, a member of the Board of Studies, claimed that this admission would not set up any precedent as it was a rare case and from the next session no candidate would be interviewed who failed to produce the result.

The university had taken a similar decision to increase the number of seats in the BCA course in city colleges to accommodate three students who had failed to get admission during the proceeds of centralised admissions to BBA, BCA and BCom last month. The university had also added 60 extra seats in the Department of Laws for admission to first semester, a move which had also drawn criticism from various academicians.


Gill murder case: 3 more questioned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 20
The Ropar police is reported to have found “some clues” in the murder of Satwant Singh Gill of Gill Estate at Kansal village. However, police officials refused to divulge any details.

Three persons namely Mr Narinder Kumar, Mr Shish Pal and Mr Pawan Kumar, priest, servant and brother-in-law of the deceased, respectively, were reportedly questioned by the police.

The wife of the victim, Sunita Gill, was admitted to a private nursing home in Sector 21 here after she complained of high blood pressure. The police is waiting for her to get normal before being questioned.

Family sources said there was “hardly” any property in the name of the deceased. They said that the farmhouse was in the name of his wife and the other porperty was in the name of deceased's mother, who is staying in SAS Nagar. The sources added that Satwant Singh had developed ‘relations’ with priest's daughter and Ms Sunita Gill had turned the “girl out of the estate”. The priest was earlier a resident of Burail.

The Gill Estate, spread on an area of 10 acres, is a marriage palace located 8 km form here in Kansal village (Kharar).

Satwant Singh was a prominent blood donor in the region. He had also put a huge fan, with the 24-feet-long blades displaying the message of blood donation.

When contacted, Mr G.P.S Bhullar, SSP, Ropar, said, “We are still working on the various theories”.

Meanwhile, the postmortem report indicated that the death was due to excessive bleeding. Satwant Singh was stabbed several times on his body leading to his death. 


Nirupa Roy’s arrest stayed till Aug 25
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 20
The arrest of film actress Nirupa Roy, husband Kamal Roy, and son Kiran Roy, was further stayed till August 25 by the district court, here today.

The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhango, adjourned the hearing of their bail plea till August 25 in this case pertaining to alleged cruelty by the family with daughter-in-law Una Roy.

Staying with her uncle in Sector 4, Una had registered a case with the local police against her in-laws, the Roys, for troubling her for dowry, a charge denied by Nirupa Roy.

Sources said the family, in the anticipatory bail application, had stated that the allegations levelled by Una against them were false.

It may be recalled that Una, an NRI who worked for Cathay Pacific for 11 years before resigning in 1998, had registered a case of dowry harassment against her in-laws on March 7 under Sections 323/498-A and 406 of the IPC.

In her complaint, she had alleged that her husband asked her to get Rs 5 lakh for a business venture which she declined.

For not complying with the demand of her in-laws, she was beaten. Finally she gave in to their demands and got the sum. Also, all her jewellery was taken away by the Roys, she alleged.

She added that her husband had taken away Rs 15 lakh she had got from Cathay Pacific when she resigned from the job of an air hostess in 1998. She was turned out of the house after she refused to oblige the family with another Rs 30 lakh. However, all these charges were denied by Nirupa Roy.


Model sector, only in name
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Despite its central location, Sector 18 continues to live with problems. Declared a model sector by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) last year, this sector, which houses people from different fields such as law, business and government service appears to be model only in name.

Encroachments are the bane of this sector. After it was declared “model sector”, encroachments were removed and it was spruced up to a great extent. But the initial euphoria gave way to indifference and the encroachers returned.

The market in Sector 18-D is an encroacher’s paradise. The corridors of the market have been encroached upon by the shopkeepers with the result that shoppers find it difficult to move about. Encroachments on the backlanes is another problem. At least one resident has constructed a pucca structure in the backlane area. These lanes present a shabby look as these have not been cleaned for years.

The roads are in good shape, but most of the streetlights do not function, alleges Mr Sunil Parti, an advocate living in this sector. The absence of streetlights makes the internal roads accident-prone, he alleges.

The rehri market is another nuisance. Consumption of liquor in cars parked along chicken corners is a common sight at night. Brawls are frequent and last year a residents was beaten up when he objected to drinking at a public place. Apart from this, insanitary conditions prevail at “dhabas” in the rehri market.

Residents complain that the maintenance of parks leaves much to be desired. Wild growth, including Congress Grass, is seen all over. Besides, the green belts are used by the residents to park their cars.

Garbage disposal is not up to the mark. Markets in this sector also face parking problems in the evening when there is a rush of shoppers.

The misuse of residential houses for commercial purpose continues unabated. Unauthorised guest houses are a nuisance and the authorities concerned have preferred to turn a blind eye to these despite repeated representations by the residents.

This sector has the famous Tagore Theatre where several great names in music have performed.

The sector is not far off from the commercial hub of the city — Sector 17. It also houses Rotary House, the headquarters of the Rotary Club.


At last, Sec 30 has a greenbelt
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The long-pending demand of the residents of Sector 30 has been met, with the development of a greenbelt in the sector.

Developed over 5.5 acres by the horticulture wing of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, the greenbelt will formally be inaugurated by the Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), on August 24.

According to sources, the railings, pedestrain walkway, garden lines, parking and boundary wall have been provided in the greenbelt, developed at a cost of Rs 10.85 lakh, and the whole area has been turfed with grass.

A visit to the greenbelt today revealed that finishing touches were being given and the parking lot being developed. Shade-giving and ornamental trees such as sapium sebiferum and palms had been planted in the greenbelt. Similarly, flowering shrubs, including chandni, cassia biflora and hibiscus will add colour to the environment of the area, informed an official.

He added that summer annuals, which had been planted in the flower belt, would be replaced by winter annuals. For the convenience of the general public, thatched huts and benches had been set up in the greenbelt.

Sources added that the development of the greenbelt and plantation was in line with greening action plan launched with the Chandigarh Administration recently, under which massive plantation had been planned. Apart from this, it was the policy of the MC to develop and dedicate to the public at least one garden and greenbelt to the general public.

Only a few months after of the formation of the MC, Shanti Kunj was developed and inaugurated during the Festival of Gardens in 1997. The next year Fragrance Garden in Sector 36 was inaugurated.

Similarly, the greenbelts of Sector 20 (A and B) and Sector 15 (C and D) were inaugurated in 1999. The greenbelt of Sector 44 — Garden of Annuals — was developed in 2000 and dedicated to the public in 2001. The civic body also developed over 400 parks in various sectors.


Residents’ plea to CM
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 20
The Welfare Association of Phase 4 has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to grant the status of a district to the town. Citing problems faced by the residents in judicial and consumer related matters, the association said the district could be carved out by clubbing Kharar, Dera Bassi and SAS Nagar subdivisions.

Mr Ajaib Singh Tung, president of the association, said the population of the town had crossed the two lakh mark. A number of state boards and corporations had been allotted land in the town and some had even started the construction of their state headquarters. The medical infrastructure in the town had got a boost with the coming up of a cardiac health care hospital, said members of the association. The town was being projected as the future IT destination.

Mr Harcharan Singh Saini, its secretary, said for judicial matters the residents had to go Kharar and Ropar. For consumer complaints, one had to go to the Ropar Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum. The residents said the town had all infrastructure required for a district headquarter.

By declaring the town as the district headquarter, the residents of Dera Bassi and Kharar subdivisions would also benefit as they had to travel to Patiala and Ropar, respectively, for judicial, administrative and consumer related issues.


Telephone subscribers a harassed lot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
A large number of telephone subscribers who have been given connections from the Zirakpur exchange complain that their telephones have been non-functional ever since the phones were switched over to the 35, 36 and 37 series on August 15. Mr Roomil Sharma, a resident of Zirakpur, says, “We receive complaints that ring goes on in our house, but no one picks up the receiver.” Most of the subscribers plan to switch over to a private phone company. Certain subscribers maintain that they have opted for cellphones.

Mr K.C. Bhagat,General Manager, admits that as and when they switch over to the new exchange they face certain problems. He says all faults will be rectified by August 31.

He said they were facing an acute shortage of staff. The Union Government had imposed a blanket ban on new recruitment. He said they had now recruited some employees, but they have to be given training before they could start working.


Phone bills issued
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, august 20
The telephone bills of the following levels were issued on August 18. The pay by date of these bills is September 10. If any subscriber who does not get the bill by August 27 he can contact TRA or Customer Call Centre, Telephone Exchange Building, Sector 34, Chandigarh, for duplicate copy of the bill, informed the Divisional Engineer Phones (CS), Mr K.S. Saini, BSNL, in a press note issued here today.

650000 to 659999 780000 to 784999

589000 to 589999 785000 to 785999

229200 to 229599 789000 to 789999

258000 to 258999 670000 to 679999

245000 to 246999 786000 to 786999

830000 to 831399 740000 to 747999

880000 to 881399 660000 to 669999

882000 to 883999 684000 to 688999

250000 to 250999 690000 to 699999

251000 to 251999 540000 to 549999

555000 to 559999 570000 to 579999

255000 to 255999 710000 to 716999 


Jacob condoles Satarawala’s death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
K.T. Satarawala, a former Governor of Punjab and Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, died in his sleep this morning. He was living in Pune. He was Governor of Punjab from July 3, 1984, to March 3, 1985.

The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), expressed shock over the death of Mr Satarawala.

In a condolence message to the family of Mr Satarawala, the Governor expressed sympathies and prayed for the peace to the departed soul.


Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 58th birth anniversary at different functions held here today.

Addressing party workers at the Congress Bhavan, the President of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, Mr B.B. Bahl, complimented the former Prime Minister for bringing about a revolution in the field of electronics.

Sweets and fruits were distributed at various places, including the Mother Teresa Home, the Kusht Ashram and the Institute of the Blind.

The Chandigarh Territorial Mahila Congress organised a function in Sector 32.Back


One killed in bus-scooter collision
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 20
A 25-year-old youth of Sector 55, Chander Parkash, was killed on the spot and Ram Kumar (15), a student of Government High School, Sector 40, Chandigarh, injured when the scooter on which they were travelling was hit by a CTU bus near Phase 6 here today. Chander was driving the vehicle, Bajaj Stride, while the injured was riding pillon.

The bus was coming from the Kharar side. The body has been sent to the Phase 6 Civil Hospital for autopsy and the injured was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Soon after the incident, residents of Sector 55 gheraoed the CTU bus and broke windowpanes of the bus. It took over four hours for the local police to reach the spot.


Recruitment drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Hundreds of aspirants from all over the region today converged on the Police Lines in Sector 26 for recruitment to the 100 vacant posts of Home Guard volunteer in the Chandigarh police.

Most of the aspirants were graduates. A number of them were qualified in computer training and almost all were intermediates. This was in spite of the fact that the minimum education requirement was matric.

It is learnt that as many as 20 posts of female Home Guard and 80 posts of male Home Guard have been lying vacant following a large number of absentees from amongst the volunteers being discharged recently.


Punjab wireless staff hold dharna
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 20
A hunger strike was organised by the Punjab Wireless System Employees Union at the Balongi roundabout here today. The dharna was part of a prolonged agitation by employees seeking revival of the company. As many as 11 employees sat on the dharna.

Mr Shaeed Ahmed, president of the association, said the dharna would continue till August 24. He said tomorrow women employees would sit on the dharna.


Six booked on fraud charge
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, August 20
The police has booked six persons, including two sarpanches and two patwaris of Baldwala village, for use of illegal means in issuing domicile certificate to a student.

According to police sources, the accused have been identified as Neetu and her father Rachana Ram, residents of Raipur Rani. The other accused in the case are Sunita Devi, a sarpanch, and Gian Chand, a former sarpanch of Baldwala village, while the patwaris have been identified as Faquir Chand and Ram Nath.

The sarpanches and patwaris had allegedly issued false domicile certificate to Neetu, belonging to a village near Raipur Rani, certifying her as a resident of Morni village. The accused had sought the certificate for her admission to JBT training course in a Morni-based institute.

The matter came to light when another candidate informed the district administration about the false domicile certificate. After inquiries, a case was registered against the accused under Sections 429, 200, 120-B and 34 of the IPC with the ChandiMandir police station.

Meanwhile, the Panchkula police has arrested Pawan Kumar, a resident of Shazadpura, for posing as a police personnel and possessing a “fake” identity card of 1 Battalion of the HAP. A case under Sections 420, 462, 467, 468 and 476 of the IPC has been registered at Chandimandir.Back


Two injured in attack
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 20
Two persons were injured, one of them seriously, in a clash between two groups in Bartana village, near here, on Sunday night. Some financial dispute is said to be the reason behind the clash.

According to police sources, armed with iron rods and sticks, a gang headed by a Manimajra resident Harjinder Singh allegedly attacked Mr Nirmal Singh and his friends who were sitting at a dhaba late in the night.

The armed persons beat him brutally which led to injuries on his chest, head and other parts of the body. Later, the injured persons was rushed to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital. One of his friends sustained minor injuries in the fight. A case under Sections 323 and 324 of the IPC has been registered by the police.Back


Electric tubes stolen
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 20
Electric tubes worth Rs 28,000 were stolen by some unidentified persons from the electricity poles along the link road to the Lohgarh village from the Zirakpur-Patiala road here on Sunday night.

Mr Girish Verma, Executive Officer of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, in his complaint to the police has said someone had stolen electric tubes from the electricity poles along the link road to the village and also from the poles along the internal roads in village colonies.Back


One held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Residents of Palsora Colony here today nabbed a person on charge of committing thefts in two houses in the area.

According to information, Raju Thapa, a resident of Palsora Colony, first broke into a house in Palsora village. The owner of the house, Mr Darshan Singh was off to work at the time of the incident.

It is learnt that while accused Raju was searching the house, Mr Darshan Singh came back home. The accused reportedly pushed Darshan Singh aside and rushed out of the house with a purse containing Rs 20.

After an hour of hiding, Raju again emerged in Palsora Colony and barged into the house of Mr Vinod Kumar. Upon searching the house, he found a gold chain and some cash, but soon he was discovered by people of the colony. He was nabbed and later on handed over to the police. Raju has been sent to two days police remand.

Body found
The body of an unidentified person was found in Panjab University here on Monday. According to police sources, the man appeared to be in his forties. A catheter was also found on his body which shows that he was suffering from some ailment.

Theft cases
A pair of gold earrings, Rs 2,000 and clothes were reportedly stolen from the residence of Mr Krishan at Raipur Khurd on Saturday night.In a similar incident, five pairs of gold earrings, two gold chains, 14 silver coins and Rs 7,200 were stolen recently from a house in Badheri village. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Three booked
The police has booked three persons namely Chotte Lal, Vijay and Varinder on charge of trespassing in the house of Mr Rajinder Prasad in Phase II Ram Darbar and assaulting and injuring him. Mr Prasad has been admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32. A case under Sections 147, 148, 149, 452, 448, 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.

Woman held
Shanti Devi, a resident of Sector 22-B, has been arrested on the charge of selling liquor at a public place near her residence on Sunday. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered.


Chemists seek simpler renewal of licences
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 20
The Mohali Chemists Welfare Association today demanded the simplification of the procedure for renewal of licences for chemists.

The association, which sent a letter in this connection to the Punjab Health Minister, said the licences had to be renewed every two years. However, the process was cumbersome and time consuming. Almost all documents submitted at the time of applying for a new licence were to be presented once again when renewal was sought.

The association chairman, Mr L.D. Jindal, said another problem related to changes in the firm or the shop or shifting of the premises. In such cases, the chemist had to get a new licence every time.

The association suggested that the licence fee should be charged in lumpsum on the pattern of road tax. At the time of renewing the licence, only a written statement indicating that there had been no change in the constitution of the firm, should be taken.

Besides, only the receipt for the deposit of the renewal fee should be required to be submitted as the relevant documents were already available with the authorities concerned.

The association also demanded that when internal changes were effected in the firm or shop, the old licence number should be retained. In the case of change of premises, if the chemist did not change the name of the shop, he should be required only to get the address changed in the drug licence, as was being done by other government offices like income tax and sales tax.


With an eye on fitness freaks
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Within four years of completing her graduation, she became the MD of three fitness clinics which claim to have more than 25,000 customers. She is also a painter and plans to open an animation studio after completing the animation graphics course she is pursuing at present.

Shikha Goyal, MD of Personal Point centres (Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Ludhiana) which provide weight-shedding and stress relieving programmes, is now planning to diversity the centres to glampoints (where beauty treatments will also be given).

“I always knew that what I wanted was not a nine to five job. I had to do something different. And since I belong to the family of doctors, and fitness clinics were a new idea that time, I opted for this”, she says. This was when she set up her Panchkula centre. In less than a year, the clientele increased and she decided to open another centre in Chandigarh. The success of the two centres led to the one at Ludhiana which has already been diversified into a glampoint. “So far we have catered to more than 25,000 customers”, she says with a sense of pride.

These centres have 15 dieticians and an equal number of physiotherapists. In addition, there are four doctors and other staff who, after analysing the body composition of the customer, provide dietary counselling and body therapy.

Her work includes, apart from routine management chores, interaction with her staff, receiving feedback from them and also personally looking into each case. “Customer satisfaction is a must and we try to provide the best of results”, says Shikha. “It is due to this credibility that we have even doctors as our clients”.

And what when there are dis-satisfied clients?

“They are mostly those who have some chronic medical problem. These clients have to be persuaded first to get the right kind of treatment, and then we proceed with our weight reduction programmes.”

Her future plans include diversifying the centres into glampoints, and the head office of Personal Point has started this programme.

However, this is not the end for Shikha. Painting is not merely a hobby for her. It is a passion and “I definitely will hold my exhibition some day.” “An enterprising spirit is all that one needs”, says this dynamic entrepreneur.

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