Saturday, September 8, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Overdrawing water the PSIEC way
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 7
“Overdrawing” water from a water supply line is not only the prerogative of unscrupulous elements, government agencies also appear to be patronising the practice. The Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation (PSIEC) is drawing water from a supply line of the local Municipal Council in the extension area of the Industrial Focal Point in Phase IX here — a fact denied by officials of the civic body.

The water supply is being routed through a valve connecting the water supply of the main focal point area with the extension in the industrial area. Sources in the civic body said a section of the water supply line, connecting the two areas of the Industrial Estate, had been laid for emergency cases. The line was activated for a few months when one of the tubewell in the main Focal Point area had failed.

The water supply from a tubewell in the extension area failed and the valve was opened to feed the affected area, a fact confirmed by field staff. Entrepreneurs in the area said the water pressure had dropped when the tubewell had failed. An official of the PSIEC said the tubewell would be made operational within a few days. When asked about the corporation drawing water from the tubewells of the council, he said it was a mutual arrangement and there was nothing unusual in it. Another tubewell in the extension area was already lying unused.

However, council officials said no water was being drawn from the supply line. The president of the council, Mr Kulwant Singh, said; “As I am not aware about the issue, I will enquire in to the matter”, he said, adding that the initial process of handing over the extension area to the council by the corporation had begun. The corporation has paid the council Rs 18 lakh for the dead tubewell and the non-existing sewer line”.

Sources said the corporation overdrawing power from the council supply line could become a bone of contention as the there was variation in the water rates being charged by the two agencies. The council was charging Rs 5 per kl besides the sewerage charges. The corporation was charging just Rs 3 per kl. The council could ask the corporation to pay for the overdrawn water during the specific period at the rates charged by it. 


After dark days, a ray of hope
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Sounds of cheers greet the ears at the entrance to Government High School in Sector 24. As one proceeds further inside, a group of 25 enthusiastic children stand up from their seats to send across a warm greeting. “Good afternoon madam,” they shout, even as one wonders what this group of 25 slum children from Janata Colony is doing in a remote room of the government school.

After the day’s work is done, all of them gather in this small room, (which they call Aashiana School) to study. The group comprises shoeshine boys and other boys involved in odd jobs here and there, like serving tea on stalls. They are a committed lot, who have been labouring hard to overcome illiteracy for about two years now. Today, they are the proud harbingers of their mentor Zulfikar Khan’s dreams. While about 10 among them are going to take class V exams this year, two are preparing for examination to classes IX and X.

Says Zulfikar: “This year we will see their dreams coming true. You can well imagine how focussed these boys are. They work till 2 pm and report here at 3 pm. We have a regular attendance register, which helps us to monitor their regularity.”

Heartening to note was the fact that from shoeshine boys, many among this group are about to graduate to the world of literacy. Johnny, Arun, Vinod, Sumit, , Ravi, Sanjay, Tony, and Vicky, who are taking class V exams this year, and Baljinder and Ramesh, preparing for Classes X and IX exams, respectively, were busy learning their lessons. Coming from children, who are so used to languid environs which keep demoralising them all the time, this achievement is not less than great.

Said Baljinder: “At home it is very difficult to concentrate. We keep looking forward to this time of the day, so that we can take a step forward in life.” Baljinder and Johnny are the leaders of the group in that they guide the others who find it hard to concentrate. They also keep all the accounts. Interestingly, for about a year now all of them have been saving a rupee per day from their respective incomes. Said Zulfikar, “We have opened their accounts in government banks. This is just one step towards making them independent.”

Naturally, the children are on cloud nine. Mention to them that the world literacy day falls tomorrow and they wear a blank look. Ask them what does “A” stand for, and the entire lot jumps back at you with a positive answer. Obviously a day means nothing to them, but literacy means a world of joy. Sumit, the youngest in the lot, says: “When I had come to this school, I used to tell sir that A stands for “makaudi”. But now I know that A stands for an ant. I also know what rest of the alphabets stand for.”

After dark days, a ray of hope is shining in tender eyes of the kids, who were busy at work while we conversed with Zulfikar, who is being supported in this venture by volunteers Geeta Chawla, Vikram and Ajay Rana. A wing of Theatre Age, Aashiana School, embodies the dreams of many slum children of the city, who know little what it means to be entitled to a decent living. Aashiana has now grown into an institution in its own right. The reason is simple: it’s directed by a group of committed people who, instead of citing the figures on illiteracy on the occasion of World Literacy Day, choose to show the world that they have gifted literacy to 25 slum kids of the city.

“Today we have many helpers. The CII, the Punjab Kala Bhavan and some private people give us the waste paper bundles. We sell this waste and mobilise money to teach these kids. We don’t believe in verbatim. We believe in concrete action,” says Zulfikar, who started the school two years back. Today, he is not only educating the children, but is also imbibing the tenets of decent living among them. After studying for two hours, the children get together near the school taps and brush their teeth before taking refreshments.

Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers, the poor kids are no longer stripped of dreams. Ask Johnny, the brightest in the group what he will be in the far future, and he replies: “I will impart education to kids like us. There can never be a better gift than the gift of literacy.” Sumit wants to be a doctor and Vicky wants to be a police inspector so that he can break all bottles of liquor in his colony. Next in the line is a project aimed at imparting vocational training to these kids. Said Zulfikar: “We are developing a kitchen here and we will hire chefs to teach these kids how to cook. By the time they are out of school, they will already be earning.”


PU okays mockery of research
Texts of two dissertations found to be similar
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
In what can be termed a mockery of research, more than 30 pages of two dissertations for M.Phil course in Botany at Panjab University have similar content.

The topics of the students are allelopathic interference of pinus and phytotoxic effects of leucatena leucocephala. The topics were directly interrelated, a subject teacher said.

The invigilator from another university raised objections on similarity of the texts, sources in the department said. The subject expert raised objections to more than one instance in the texts. However, the university cleared the two cases and the students would be given the degrees.

A total of 30 to 35 pages out of the 100-odd pages in the dissertations show the specifications of reference books and other material. The list of authors and the reference books showed a marked similarity in the two texts.

“It is possible that both the students consulted the same books on the subject. The research scholars could also have exchanged views and notes. It is more than a coincidence that the mode of expression and final presentation in the final text is also the same”, a senior faculty member said.

Another teacher said, “Similar texts were found in many research papers compiled as dissertation and thesis. This downgraded the relevance and status of research”.

A close study of the research papers under question revealed that besides the coinciding reference material, there were also instances of similar texts. Even when two students were given a same topic to write upon, there should at least be a difference in the style and contents, a student said.

A senior faculty member said quality of research needed to be ensured for dignity of the university. The matter in question needed a close perusal, not as an individual case, but to upgrade the general status of research, he said.

A former student of the department said it was possible that the research scholars concerned could have sat together and prepared a common plan of action to go about their research project, he added.


Computer institutes or super ‘dupers’?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
With the city police today receiving another complaint against a “fly-by- night” computer training institute there is a growing concern against these institutes, which have allegedly been duping hundreds of students of lakhs of rupees.

In a complaint to the SP (Operations), Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, 12 students of Global Mediscripts Infotech, Sector 35, have cried foul over the institute’s failure to provide them the promised monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 each, quality education, trained and certified faculty and other facilities — as were promised at the time of enrollment.

This is the third case of a computer training institute having duped the students enrolled with them. Two computer institutes, namely Wintech Computers and Net World had closed earlier this year. Hundreds of students enrolled with these institutes were duped of lakhs of rupees.

Confirming that a complaint had been received against Global Mediscripts, Mr Dhaliwal said he had handed over the complaint to the DSP (Economic Offences Wing) and asked him to give the report within five days. “Further action against the institute will be subsequent to the inquiry report of the DSP, Special Crime,” he said.

Meanwhile, students of the institute, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune, said most of the 85 students enrolled with the institute had not been paid the stipend. “The trained faculty in the institute had been replaced by the trainees themselves . The production ( the institute is to get medical transcription work for the students from USA) has not begun even seven months after the first batch was promised this for practical training. We had paid a fee of Rs 20,500 each and also put our careers on hold in the hope of making a career in medical transcription,” lamented the students.

A senior faculty member of the institute, Mr Kirandeep Nijjar, denied the allegations made by the students. He said their institute was one of the best in the city and was involved in providing education of the best available quality.

It may be recalled that in June the city police had registered a case of criminal breach of trust and fraud against the proprietors of Websoft Informatics Pvt Ltd. They were running a computer training institute,” Net — World” with its offices in Sector 8 and arrested the proprietor, Amarinder Singh Dhillon. The passport of the other director of the company, Gurvinder Singh Dhillon, was also seized by the police. In March, another institute, Wintech Computers had closed shop and over 200 students enrolled here were left in the lurch. The said firm is alleged to have duped around 200 students in the city to the tune of Rs 50 lakh, besides thousands of students all over the country of over Rs 200 crore. The modus operandi of most of these “fly-by-night” companies is to lure netizens by splashing big advertisements in the national dailies and promising prospective netizens with national and international placements.

Since placement was the added advantage of the computer course undertaken here, it is alleged that the fee structure for various courses was much higher than that in the other institutes in the city.

It was alleged that after a couple of months of starting of courses, the trained faculty was slowly replaced by “ relatively less experienced” staff.Back


Fire sensors for IAF aircraft
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
A major problem for the IAF will be solved with the installation of fire sensors in its aircraft, which are being developed here. The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) has developed and tested a model of a fire sensor which can be installed in any type of aircraft.

According to sources, a model which can give early warning about fires within a distance of about 10 feet has already been demonstrated to IAF officers and scientists concerned twice during the past few weeks. Several of the components and material for the system have already been patented.

“The aim of the project is to develop a fire sensor which can issue early warnings over a distance area of 52 feet in length,” a top CSIO scientist commented while claiming that this was the first project of its kind in the country.

Lack of an adequate fire-warning system in IAF aircraft, specially helicopters of Russian origin as well as the AN-32 transporters, had lead to a number of incidents in the past. A large number of accidents involving fighters were also attributed to flame-outs and fires resulting from short-circuits.

The Central Government has released about Rs 45 lakh for developing the fire sensor, it is learnt. The sensor would be compatible with combat aircraft as well as transport aircraft and helicopters. The system is based on the changing pattern of resistance of a material due to change in temperature.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the IAF has also approached the CSIO for PAN-Cameras developed by it a few years ago. The PAN-Camera was designed to be installed in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for low level airborne reconnaissance. With the IAF as well as the Army acquiring UAVs from Israel and the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s project to develop an indigenous UAV, christened Nishant, nearing completion, the PAN-Camera project has assumed significance.

According to reports, Nishant is presently undergoing user trials with the Army, which has placed orders for 12 Nishant UAVs and three launchers costing about Rs 70 crore.

While the exact number of such cameras sought by the IAF is not known, the quantity is stated to be “large”, which has raised an issue as to which agency will manufacture it.

Some time ago, the Navy had also expressed an interest in the PAN-Camera and had sought four units from the CSIO. These cameras, weighing about 8 kg, have a 50 mm lens which gives a high resolution “horizon-to-horizon” field of view.



Who decided on Japan bombing?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Who in the American Defence establishment took the decision of dropping atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki ?

According Professor Matin Zuberi, who was a faculty member in the Peace and Disarmament Studies Department Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, an analysis of the American decision of bombing the two Japanese cities may also serve as a lesson for the two hostile nuclear neighbours of the sub-continent.

Delivering the fifth P. N. Haksar Memorial Lecture at CRRID here today, Professor Zuberi argued that the American civilian leadership had lost control over the bomb as final touches were being given to the plan to drop atom bombs on Japan. He added that it was Gen Leslie Groves, who drove the Manhattan project at a fast pace and took control of the bombing operations and he was the key figure behind the American decision to bomb Japan.

He said in the American establishment also, there were many who were against the use of the bomb. Admiral Leahy, President Truman’s Chief of Staff, was opposed to the use of the bomb. On June 18, 1945, at a meeting between the US military top brass and President Truman, the Assistant Secretary for War, Mr John McCloy mentioned the bomb. He later wrote in his memoir that, “even in that select circle, it was a sort of a shock”.

Professor Zuberi, who based his lecture on his research carried out in Japan as well as other countries, argued that General Groves had by that time accumulated enormous power and had in effect usurped a political role by default. He brazenly decided to circumvent a formal consideration of the atomic strike by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He discussed the bombing of the cities only with Stimson, Secretary for War and Gen George Marshall, Chief of Army Staff.

He said there was no evidence that President Truman ever saw the bombing order of the Japanese cities. General MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and Admiral Nimitz, Commander of the American Fleet in the Pacific, were also informed about the existence of the bomb only at the last possible moment.

Professor Zuberi’s observation that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, was actually a test, was a revelation about the cynicism of a section of American defence and scientific community. The 9000-pound bomb dropped on Hiroshima was a uranium bomb which had never been tested before. The 10,000-pound bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later was a plutonium bomb and a similar device was tested on July 16, 1945.

However, despite the destruction brought about by the bombings, it was the Russian declaration war against Japan, which perhaps played a key role in the Japanese decision to surrender unconditionally, he said.

Professor Zuberi said that General Groves could virtually hijack the “nuclear strike command” from the civilian leadership because of the excessive secrecy and compartmentalisation which were inherent to the bomb making project. In the Indian sub-continent also, the situation is worrying, particularly the military being so strong a force in Pakistan, he added.

Mr Salman Haider, former Indian Foreign Secretary, was president of the session in which Professor Zuberi made his presentation.Back


An extra month of sales or waiting?
Arvind Katyal

An extra month of sales or waiting?Chandigarh, September 7
The one-month gap between “shraadhs“ and “navratras” this year has forced the showroom owners and traders in particular to think about some means to revitalise their sales, which are bound to be affected on account of the break in the festive season.

The direction which the sales graph will take in view of the one- month gap between the end of “shraadhs” on September 16 and the first “navrataras” beginning from October 16, is still quite uncertain. Bewilderment of shopkeepers stems from the fact that they will now have to think of means to keep up modest sales during the sleepy season.

The consumer movement is generally slow during “shraadhs” (called Pitrapaksh) which is usually considered inauspicious by Hindus. In normal circumstances, every year, the “shraadhs” last for 15 days and immediately after that, “navratras” begin. This year the so called ‘desi’ month ‘Ashvin’ will have extra one more month. This extra month falling in between the ‘shraadhs’ and ‘navratras’ is rare and has occurred after more than three decades. Though it happens after every fourth year, says Mr T.N. Sharma, an astrologer. He said actually why people got confused this time was that why there were no “navratras” immediately after the “shraadhs”. Normally, the ‘desi’ days were advanced every year to balance the Hindu calender which is governed by the Lunar calendar. The Roman calendar is according to solar system and the excess number of days are adjusted by some months having 31 days, but in ‘desi’ system, after every fourth year, such practice was adopted.

Another practising astrologer Mr G.K. Awasthi said in the year 2005, we might have additional one ‘desi’ month coming in July-August of that very year, as in 1997, four years back, the October-November month had seen this additional month. Instead of increasing the number of days in a year a full month was added in ‘Desi system’. This month is also known as ‘Mal’.

Interestingly, when this reporter talked to some people on the above subject, they were caught unawares. Dr Sangeeta, an MD student, said she went in for a bet with her friend on how Dasehra festival could be so far, on October 26, when “shraadhs” had already begun on September 3.

Mr B.C. Sharma, a retired bank employee, said. “The shraadhs will end on September 16, but they still have to ascertain whether after these “shraadhs, whether the next days 30 days will be considered auspicious or not”. But Mr T.N. Sharma has a reply, he said, in any case, the “navratras” were auspicious for any new venture that means the period between September 17 and October15 was considered not to to be that auspicious.

Mr Sanjeev Raina, Regional Manager with a national fertiliser company, said their customers, dealers were aware of this peculiarity but said they were expecting good sale after mid- September.

Mr Praveen Kharbanda Managing Director of Pantaloon factory outlet in Sector 35, said he did expect a drop in sales, but the real question was whether sale would pick up after September 16, as he has to decide his media campaign accordingly. Mr Kharbanda said this was actually the best time to reach out to the potential customers as could make up their mind by the time actual festive season begins. Several other shopkeepers and businessmen who advertise in print media were almost unanimous in their opinion that they might get good positioning in the newspapers if they started advertising now. But they were not sure whether they should postpone the festive season sales and schemes till October 15. One of the leading consumer appliances dealer in the city, however, said that as non-Hindus do not believe much in above customs, so keeping regular contact with these customers through campaigns would be essential.


New meter-reading equipment
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
In a futuristic scheme the city may soon be covered under a pilot project which will do away with the concept of noting meter readings for electricity meters and bring down theft of power.

A proposal submitted by a United Kingdom-based company envisages installing of sophisticated meter-reading equipment at one point for a cluster of sectors.

It is devised to run on the lines of telephone exchanges where meter-reading is taken by people sitting inside exchanges and not on a door-to-door basis as in case of meters of the Power Department. The UK based company has told the Chandigarh Administration that it will install special energy meters to replace the old ones at its own cost, and also provide for meter reading facilities at one place for a cluster of sectors.

The Chief Engineer, Mr Puranjit Singh, confirmed that such a proposal had been submitted and the department was examining it before it is put up before the higher authorities. Prima facie it is a promising scheme. A cluster of sectors is to be identified for the pilot project. He confirmed that this will curb the theft of power and bring about more accuracy and speed in meter reading.

All the company wants is a share in the sum it will save for the Administration by way of curbing theft. This itself will be sizeable for the company to operate, said sources.

Most likely the pilot project will run in the commercial sectors to start off with. If it is workable it will be extended to other parts of the city as well. Sources said the scheme would be beneficial as there was a shortage of meter readers, and the Government of India was not sanctioning any new posts.


PO arrested after 12 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Sector 3 police today achieved a major success with the arrest of a person accused of murder, 12 years after he was declared a proclaimed offender (PO).

According to information, Pappu was arrested from his native village Haranpur Kalan in Aligarh district, by a police party led by SI Sunahra Singh and ASI Maninder Singh of the Sector 3 police station here.

It is learnt that Pappu was involved in the murder of an 11-year-old child and the assault on his middle-aged mother, Vidyawati. During the attack, the child, Omkar, was killed, while his mother was seriously injured in the forest near Kaimbwala on January 18, 1989.

The mother-son duo were reportedly on the way home when they were allegedly attacked by Pappu and his friend, Anand. According to an FIR registered with the police, Vidyawati, a migrant from UP and then staying at Kaimbwala, had alleged that the motive of the attack was to loot her silver hansi (necklace) and cash Rs 6,000. Subsequently the FIR under Section 302 of the IPC was registered.

However, Pappu has now revealed that the motive for the assault was not loot, but to abduct the teenage daughter of Vidyawati. He has told the police that both of them were eyeing the 13-year-old daughter of the victim and wanted to elope with her.

The accused-Pappu and Anand, had absconded and were declared POs by the court.


‘City unprepared for major quake’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
‘The city is not just prone to the occurrence of a major earthquake but is also unprepared to face one.’ This was the consensus arrived at by the audience during an interactive panel discussion which followed a seminar on ‘‘The Gujarat Earthquake Re-visited’’ organised by the Inner Wheel Club, Chandigarh Midtown, at the Chandigarh College of Architecture here today.

Mr Suneet Gupta, Technical In charge, Northern Region, ACC, gave a detailed talk on the Gujarat earthquake focussing on the Bhuj crisis. Supplementing his talk with slides, Mr Gupta talked about the causes of the widespread damage at Bhuj and the effects on the buildings among other things.

Dr Joginder Mukherjee, president of the Inner Wheel Club, Chandigarh Midtown, presented a paper on the psychological trauma suffered by the earthquake victims. She discussed methods of curing psychological wounds while talking of the mental agony of the victims of an earthquake. She also suggested specific procedures like catharsis, insight and re-education which can facilitate the healing of emotional wounds.

Dr G.K. Bedi, Chairman, Inner wheel District 308 was the chief guest. Mr P. Srinivasan, Sr. manager, ACC Ltd. and Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, UT, were the guests of honour. The college principal Mr I.J.S Bakshi presided over the seminar. The members of the panel for discussion, which included Chief Architect, UT, Mr Sarbjit Singh Sandhu, Chief Architect, Haryana, Mr Midha, Chief Engineer (retd) Haryana, Mr Harish Sethi, stated that the new houses and buildings being built in the city were earthquake resistant.


Panchkula MC delimited
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, September 7
The Haryana Government has delimited the area of Panchkula Municipal Council in 31 wards having a population of 1,66, 047. Of these 10 wards have been kept reserved for women in general category and one for woman belonging to the Schedule Caste community.

Two wards have been reserved for the other backward classes (OBC), three for the SC category and the rest have been declared in the open category. Wards which have been reserved for the women of general category include 1, 2, 22, 23, 24, 17, 10, 5, 8 and 30. While Ward Numbers 31 and 8 have been put in the OBC category. Ward Numbers 28, 29 and 7 (particularly for women) were put in the SC category.

The delimitation of wards has been conducted by keeping a minimum population of 5,300 each. Areas have more population which could not be bifurcated have been awarded the status of an independent ward.

The delimitation of the wards was conducted at a meeting chaired by Mr M.L. Kaushik, Director, Urban Development, today. Besides, four non-official members, including Mr Arun Gupta, Administrator, MC, Mr H.S. Sihag, District Revenue Officer, and Mr O.P. Sihag, Executive Officer, MC, were present at the meeting.


CHB defers hearing on Puri’s appeal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Board of Directors of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today deferred hearing on the appeal of the former Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof M.M. Puri, contending the cancellation of his flat in Modern Housing Complex in Mani Majra to September 17.

According to sources, the hearing was deferred as counsel for Professor Puri, Mr Puneet Kansal, sought more time.

In another case of Mr Ujjal Singh Sawhney, the arguments had concluded and the board had reserved its decision.

It may be recalled that Professor Puri was issued a show-cause notice by the CHB on October 1,1999, for submitting a false affidavit and suppression of facts while applying for flat No 5863 in Phase III of Modern Housing Complex which was later allotted to him.

Later, the board had cancelled the allottment on April 10, 2000, on the account that he withheld information regarding the allotment of a flat under different scheme in Sector 49 here.

Professor Puri then moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court which advised him to go in for appeal before the CHB Chairperson.

The then Chairperson, Ms Neeru Nanda, had decided against him following which he approached the Board of Directors.

Unauthorised additions in flats demolished
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Continuing with its demolition drive against fresh construction in the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats, enforcement staff of the board demolished unauthorised additions and alterations from three flats in Sector 45-C, here today.

Accompanied by a strong police contingent, the staff, led by the SDO (Enforcement), Mr B.S. Brar, started demolishing the fresh unauthorised construction in flat nos 2140/2 and 2140/3 in the morning. The allottees had made illegal rooms by constructing pillars on the common land after encroaching upon it.

Sources said in the house no 2133/2 the staff demolished the illegal construction on the garage. The whole operation went on peacefully and there was no resistance from the residents. Even certain leaders of the CHB Residents the Federation and Chandigarh Vikas Manch, who reached on the spot, did not intervene as these were new constructions.

It may be recalled that the federation had appealed to the residents not to make any fresh constructions. However, the appeal seems to be ineffective if the fresh construction going on in different parts in the CHB dwelling units was any indication.Back


Cakes to suit all tastes
Harvinder Khetal

It is your child’s birthday and you want a cake of your choice. But, alas, Mom is busy organising a hundred other things and there is no time for baking. No problem. Just contact Royal Foods, Sector 46 (phone 613000) and they will not only bake the cake according to your specifications (size, flavour, design and budget), but also deliver it at your door.

Royal Foods have made such designer cakes as a BMW car for for a nine-year-old boy or a Merc for another one, and a doll for a girlie. Or, the mandir-shaped one for the lady with a religious mind or Taj Mahal that a loving husband presented to his wife on their wedding anniversary. Or one embellished with the flags of India and the USA for the desi boy settled in America and a replica of the ‘Titanic’ for the adventurous one. A school party the theme of which was ‘Ulta Pulta’ had a cake that looked like an overturned bus.

This baker, confectioner and fast food joint also has an outlet in Sector 34 and promises to open more franchisees. Prashant Gandhi, the young proprietor, comes as a breath of fresh air, with his feelings to respect the sentiments of vegetarians and no-egg eaters. He says that they have separate cooking counters for vegetarians and egg eaters. And when this one-year-old eatery expands to non-veg items after the shraddhs later this month, Prashant will take care to have a separate kitchen for them.

Made in Italian machines, with minimum use of the hand, the different kinds of biscuits, cookies, special breads, pizzas, buns and tarts come fresh from the oven. They are light and flaky with a buttery taste in a variety of flavours.

The fast food is prepared keeping youngsters in mind. Besides being economical, it is filling and attractive. A bowl of vegetable chowmein (Rs 25) or chopsuey or fried rice is enough for two or three persons.

Another good thing about the place is the variety in each category of items. Sample the breads: Garlic bread stuffed (small and large), masala bread stuffed (small and large), onion bread stuffed (small and large), mixed fruit bread, diabetic bread, whole wheat bread, brown bread, garlic bread (small and big), masala bread (small and big), masala onion (small and big), panchratni bread, pataka bread and a few more. And this is not enough. You also have the option of ordering a bread of any other choice for yourself.

For the calorie conscious, they have oil-free baked samosas with vegetable or panir filling.

Other items on the menu are different kinds of pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, kebabs, quiches, kulchas, patties, spring rolls cookies and biscuits. You could stack the choicest of biscuits for your guests like chocolate nut, coconut macaroons, atta biscuits, palak finger etc.

The variety of desserts includes puddings souffle, tarts, pies, pastries and ice-creams. While you can place orders for home delivery, the snacks and eatables are suited to be just carried away and eaten while on the move if you do not have the time to sit and eat. The drinks to wash down the goodies are lime, jaljeera, coffee, tea, lassi, soft drinks or packets of soup.

The USP of this bake shop where you can view the whole process of preparation, as in most European joints, is that it provides fresh and hygienic meals of your choice direct from the oven.


Prabhat pheri, seminar held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 7
A seminar and a prabhat pheri were organised as part of World Literacy Day celebrations at Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, here today. It was organised by the Citizens Awareness Group in collaboration with the Regional Resource Centre, Panjab University, and the Adult Education Unit.

About 200 women learners carrying placards and banners participated in the prabhat pheri, raising slogans on saksharta along with neoliterates, preraks and nodal preraks.

The Chairman, Citizens Awareness Group, Mr Surinder Verma, welcomed the chief guest. He appealed to the students and learners to put in their best efforts to educate more and more persons in order to eradicate literacy and to create awareness among the masses about their rights.

The Deputy Director, Adult Education, Ms Sudesh Kalra, said it was the responsibility of the youth to bring about literacy among the masses. She asked the NGOs to come forward for this noble cause.

The Director, Regional Resource Centre, Panjab University, highlighted the objectives of the day. She exhorted the audience to own responsibility of educating at least one illiterate person of their area.

The Mayor, appealed to the community to come forward and join hands to make the national literacy mission project a success. The Principal of the school, Ms Saroj Mittal, proposed the vote of thanks.


Ex-services league flays Punjab Govt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Indian Ex-Services League has flayed the Punjab Government and the Department for Defence Welfare for its casual attitude, which is resulting in problems for defence personnel as well as ex-servicemen.

A statement issued here today said while Punjab claimed providing 13 per cent reservation in jobs for ex-servicemen, the quota actually provided was as low as 2 to 3 per cent, while the remaining vacancies were wrangled by favourites. As a result a vast number of soldiers, the statement added, were running from pillar to post. Even handicapped ex-servicemen were not shown any sympathy.

It also alleged that while the Punjab Cabinet had cleared the handing over of Defence Services Officers Institute, Sector 36, to the Western Command, the bureaucracy was still dragging its feet over the issue. It added that the Western Command had completed all arrangements to provide facilities like CSD canteen, ration shop and provision of quality liquor to DSOI members, these could be availed till the time the DSOI was handed over to the Army.


Function at Bhabhat on Sept 9
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 7
To express a vote of thanks for including Bhabhat village within the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat limits, residents and the panchayat will organise a function in community hall on September 9.


Pankaj murder case: teams sent to Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, September 7
The police has sent two teams to Sonepat and Jhajjar to make some headway in the Pankaj murder case.

Mr Manoj Yadav, SP, said the teams had been sent to both the places on receiving secret information about the suspected hideouts of the assailants responsible for the murder. The police had already informed all dealers of Tata Safari cars asking them to submit reports about the maroon-coloured cars sold by them. He further said the dealers had also been asked to provide details of the buyers of the maroon-coloured Tata Safari cars in the region.

It may be recalled that some unidentified assailants fired two shots upon Pankaj Rana after stopping his Indica car on the Panchkula-Ramgarh road, near new Ghaggar bridge, on Monday night. One of the fire was missed while the another pierced his chest. The bereaved family has ruled out possibilities like property, financial and other disputes behind the murder.Back


Three vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Three cases of auto theft have been registered in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

A Maruti car (CH-03D-1421) was stolen from the CMC parking in Sector 17 yesterday. A motor cycle (CH-01T- 0705) was stolen from near the HDFC bank in Sector 8. In the third case, a moped ( CH-01P-4860) was stolen from the CMC parking in Sector 17.

In all three incidents, the police has registered FIRs under Section 379 of the IPC.

Two held
Manoj and Anil Kumar were caught red-handed when they barged into a house in Sector 23-D with the intention of committing a theft. The police has registered an FIR under sections 451 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Surjit Singh Bhatia.

Case registered
Sukhdev Kumar was arrested from Grain Market, Sector 26, on charge of on gambling at a public place. A sum of Rs 100 was recovered from him. A case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered.

Two arrested
Vipin Sharma and Sukhdev were arrested on charges of consuming liquor at a public place in transport area. They have been booked under various sections of the Excise Act.

Liquor seized
Two persons, including a woman, were arrested for smuggling liquor from different places in the city. Seventeen pouches of Hero whisky and 12 bottles of country wine were seized from them. Geeta was arrested from Sector 38, while Rajinder Yadav was arrested from Sector 26.Back



Raffle draw: Amartex Clothing Store will hold “Inaam Aap Ke Naam” — a grand raffle draw — on the completion of its 13 years in business. Amartex plans to have a chain of 50 showrooms by the end of this financial year, stated the MD of the cancer in a press note on Friday. TNS

Oriental Insurance: Mr B.D. Banerjee, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Oriental Insurance, on Friday visited the regional office here in Sector 17. While reviewing the business development, he stressed the importance of better customer service, attention to wards grievances of the clients and information regarding various general insurance covers provided by Oriental Insurance. TNS

Quality control: The CII will hold a preliminary contest of the 14th Quality Control Circle competition in Chandigarh on Saturday. A day-long event, it will feature presentations from 14 QC circle teams from Ludhiana, Gurgaon, Nalagarh, Parwanoo, Daruhera and Phagwara. TNS

Elected: Dr Amarjit Singh, Director, Board member and Chief of the R and D, Panacca Biotech Ltd., Lalru, has been elected president of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Punjab Branch. The other elected office-bearers include Prof D.P. Jindal (Senior vice-preisent), Mr K.R. Jain, (vice-president), Dr Sanjay Garg, (secretary), and Dr Saranjit Singh (Treasurer). TNS

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