Saturday, September15, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



UT bans bags made of recycled plastic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The UT Administration today placed a ban on the use of carrybags or containers made of recycled plastic, irrespective of their thickness, for purpose of storing, carrying, dispensing and packaging of foodstuffs in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

The order shall be applicable to all vendors and traders operating in the UT. The order also said that no trader or vendor shall use any carrybag or container made of virgin plastic or recycled plastic if the thickness of the said carrybag or container is less than 20 microns.

The order, which was issued by Mr M. Ramsekhar, Deputy Commissioner, said that it would come into effect immediately.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the offices of the Chandigarh Administration which were authorised to enforce the provisions of Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rule, 1999, with respect to storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of foodstuffs are Assistant Commissioner I and II, Secretary, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation; Medical Officer of Health; Assistant Director, Malaria; Anti-Malaria Officer; Entologist-cum-Parasitologist; Superintendent, Slaughter House-cum-Meat Inspector, all Health Supervisors; Superintendent, Vaccination; Chief Sanitary Inspectors; Sanitary Inspectors, Meat Supervisors; Principal Medical Officer; all Medical Officers, PCMS/ HCMS Class I and II officers/doctors; Food Inspectors of Chandigarh Administration in their respective jurisdiction.

The order warned that any trader or vendor violating the provisions of the Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rule, 1999 with regard to storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of foodstuffs shall be prosecuted as per section 19 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

The violation is punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend up to five years or withfine, which may extend up to Rs 1 lakh or both. “All traders and vendors are hereby asked to adhere to the aforesaid rules failing which strict action under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, would be taken against the offenders”, the order said.

The UT order has come in the wake of a directive earlier this month from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Administration to ban the use of coloured and recycled bags for carrying foodstuffs.

The Chandigarh Administration had formed a committee for creating awareness among the general public about the ill-effects of polybags. A notification banning the use of polybags in Sector 17 was also issued subsequently. A campaign to discourage the use of polythene bags was also launched by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh as a part of the World Environment Day celebrations.



Master chef in judge’s robes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 14
Luring aroma rising from sizzling Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Punjabi delicacies filled the air as 120 contestants participated in the Khana Khazana cookery contest in a Sector 24 hotel here today.

They prepared desserts, fast-food items, vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. Some of the most-appreciated items included ‘soyabean ki kheer’, ‘karela chatni’, ‘khandavi’, ‘corn salad’, ‘threshed loaf’, ‘mustard fish’, ‘laziz nashta’, ‘tipsy cake’, ‘palak barfi’, ‘rawa kheer’, ‘potato choconut dessert’ and ‘sesame chicken fruit salad’. The items were not only delicious, but also well presented.

The contest judge, chef Sanjeev Kapoor, said, “I see sparks of brilliance and enthusiasm in these contestants.” He also said artificial colours had been used in some of the dishes. He said the judges would find it difficult to judge the entries as they would get to taste the dishes hours after these were prepared.

A question-answer round was held for shortlisting 10 contestants for participating tomorrow’s final, three of whom would be declared winners. Out of these three, one will participate in an international level competition.

The entries were judged on the basis of recipe, visual appeal, presentation and taste. Personal appearance and confidence of the contestants was also given importance in judging.

The contestants were in the age group of 7 to 68 and 30 per cent of these were men. Most contestants were in the age group of 40 to 50.

Besides Sanjeev Kapoor, the judges included Indu Singh, Savita Bhatti, Pamela Puri, Vijay Tandon and Arvinder Randhawa.

According to the Khana Khazana associates, there was an overwhelming response to the contest that received 124 entries. The winner of the contest will get a free trip to Singapore for two.

The Khana Khazana top ten contestants of Chandigarh are Deepak Bhardawaj, Virender K. Anand, Renu Tandon, Rachna Kharbanda, Priya Bhateja, Parag Sethi, Pratima Aggarwal, Nirmala Mohan, Nancy Saliani and Uma Singla.

Sanjeev Kapoor also visited the Sector 42 Food Craft Institute later in the day. He visited laboratories of the institute and interacted with students. 



10-day food, craft PTDC fair inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Indian craft, food and cultural pot-pourri was unveiled here today for the first time in the region in a 10-day fair attracting artisans from across the country along with their art.

The fair, organised by the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, was inaugurated tonight by the Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Swarna Ram.

The inauguration was followed by rendition of sufi singers, the Wadali brothers, Malwai Gidda and pioneering fashion show of typical Punjabi attires.

The themes of the fashion shows ranged from traditional Punjabi wedding dresses to those which legendary lovers Heer, Ranjha wore.

The Wadali brothers blended folk tales and poetry of Sufi saints like Bulleh Shah, to weave soulful melodies. As they sang "Ghungat chuk o sajjna hun sharmaan kanu rakhiyaan..." and then the all-time hit "Damadam Mast Kalandar", the audience kept thirsting for more from them.

During the fair the craftsmen will display not only their articles but also hold workshops to make visitors aware of intricacies of their craftsmanship.

Phulkari, embroidery, Tilla Jutti, Muktsari Jutti, inlay work, lacquer furniture, Panja Dari from Punjab; miniature paintings, puppets and white metal works of Rajasthan; Madhubani paintings, papier mache of Bihar; chicken work, wooden carvings and Banarasi silk of Uttar Pradesh were displayed in the fair.

Ekat of Andhra Pradesh, rose wood work of Karnataka, cane furniture of Assam, Kantha and jute works of West Bengal offer attraction for visitors.

Apart from providing platform to national and state level artists the PTDC has also invited poor craftsmen on its own expenses to exhibit their creations.

Food stalls of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab will put to test culinary judgement of the visitors

The visitors will have a cultural feast of ghazals, qawwalis, Shiv Kumar Batalvi Nite, folk songs and dances of Punjab; kalbelia dance of Rajasthan, Dandia of Gujarat and Gidda and Bhangra in the evenings of all 10 days of the fair.

The fair is likely to attract two to three lakh visitors from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal apart from Chandigarh.

The fair has been modelled on the pattern of a popular Surajkund Crafts Fair held every year near Delhi and draws lakhs of visitors.



US attacks: identification ‘gigantic task’
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York and the Pentagon in Washington have unveiled a new phenomenon in terrorism where a group of motivated persons volunteers to embrace death besides claiming the lives of a large number of innocent people, says Dr P. Chandra Sekharan, one of the top forensic scientist of the country.

The attacks, he says, has also thrown up a massive challenge for forensic experts to establish the identity of all those people, whose exact number perhaps will never be known, who died in the worst-ever terrorist strike.

The USA has perhaps the most advanced forensic research in the contemporary world, but it will need a massive trained team of forensic experts specialising in human identification to undertake the gigantic task of identifying the dead.

The task has become difficult and onerous as many of the bodies have been reduced to ashes because of the fire and high temperature that followed the crashing of the jet airliners into the two towers.

A recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Dr Sekharan is here to conduct a three-day workshop on forensic science at the Sector 26 Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, for judges, leading criminal lawyers, civil servants and police officials, from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Talking to TNS, Dr Sekharan said that perhaps the newly founded branch of forensic odontology would be helpful in the identification of the WTC victims. This helped establish the identity of a man or a woman from his or her dentures.

Artificial dentures do not get damaged even at high temperatures. The other possible method could be DNA mapping which was a long-drawn process.

He agreed that after the jet airliners hit the WTC towers, the temperature was between 2,000°C and 2,200°C. It might be extremely difficult to extract anything from the debris or the ashes of those who had perished in this “inferno”. “That is why I say that it will be difficult to give the exact number of casualties. There may be other sources, including the compilation of data, elsewhere which may tell the world about the exact number of people who were inside the buildings at that time and could not be accounted for otherwise. They would be presumed dead. Similarly, the identity of the men behind this biggest crime against innocent humanity could be established only by DNA mapping. But for that some evidence, including tissue, has to be found from the debris.”

It was during the Second World War that the concept of highly committed suicide bombers emerged which gradually led to “human bombs”. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was the first victim of a human bomb. Subsequently, a number of cases of killing of VIPs by human bombs have been reported from South Asia.

Dr Sekharan had investigated the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

He said a human bomb converted his or her entire body into a bomb by strapping explosives to it while in the case of suicide bombers, the use of explosives was not that extensive. In the case of the latest terrorist attacks in the USA none of the members of any of the four “suicide squads” carried any explosives strapped to his body. But they were all highly motivated persons who were certain of their death. This type of phenomenon could not be checked or prevented.

Dr Sekharan does not believe that the hijackers carried any bombs in the aircraft or had fixed any explosives on the WTC towers.

“A big jet airliner carrying around 1,00,000 litres of aviation fuel and 80 to 120 passengers on board becomes a powerful missile as its mass multiplied by its velocity becomes immense.

“That is why the tower 2 building came down quickly as compared to the tower 1 building. In the case of tower 1 the aircraft strike was high up on the building while in the case of tower 2, it was a little above the middle. Thus, the mass or load above the place the aircraft hit tower 2 was massive. Once the load-bearing structures started giving in because of high temperature, the buildings came crashing down,” he added. 



Hindi Divas celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
‘‘The number of native languages has reduced to a meagre 325 as compared to their number of 1,653 in 1947,’’ informed Mr A.S. Dhaliwal, Vice-Principal, Government College of Education, Sector 20, addressing students of the college on occasion of Hindi Divas.

Hindi Divas was celebrated in the city today. At the Government College of Education, Sector 20, an inter-tutorial declamation contest was organised to mark Hindi Divas. As many as 25 students of B.Ed and B.Ed (Yoga) and M.Ed participated in the competition.

The winners of the declamation contest were Chandran Parwal who stood first while Aashim was declared second and Rajni came third. The judges of the contest were Ms Satyawati, Mr Matwar Singh and Mr Anil Guglani.

A two-day intra-university essay writing and poetry recitation competitions, organised by the Department of Hindi, Panjab University, ended with a function at the Gandhi Bhavan. Mr Vijay Sehgal, Editor, Dainik Tribune, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Earlier Dr Neerja Sood, Chairperson of the department, welcomed the chief guest.

Later, Mr Sehgal distributed prizes to the winners of the poetry and essay writing competition. These included Harjit Kaur, Satinder Kaur, Pratap Rana and Arvind Kumar. Prachi Yadav got a prize both for her essay and poem.

At HUDCO regional office, the annual fortnight-long ‘rajbhasha pakhwara’ was organised which ended today with the celebration of Hindi Divas. Various participatory programmes like drafting, essay writing, translation, poetry etc were held for the employees. Mr P.S. Khurana, regional chief gave away prizes to the winners.

Mr Raman Kumar, Hindi nodal assistant, stated that it was the cherished view of the framers of the Constitution of the country that Hindi would be official language of the country but it was yet to become its reality. Mr Jasvir Singh called upon all the employees to contribute their bit to the endeavour.

The four-day-long Hindi week celebrations ended at the Senior Quality Assurance Establishment here today. Col Satish Kumar, senior quality assurance officer, stressed the need of increasing the use of Hindi in the day-to-day functioning in offices. He was presiding over the concluding function of the Hindi week. Prizes were given to the winners of the essay competition, noting, drafting and poem recitation.

The city branch of the Steel Authority of India Limited celebrated the Hindi Divas. The Hindi in charge, Mr Madho Ram, read out the annual report of SAIL and the work done in Hindi. Mr Vaaris Anwar Siddiqui, in his presidential address, stated that Hindi language was the unifying force of the nation. They also inaugurated the Hindi week celebrations starting from today.

The day was celebrated at the Dev Samaj college of education, Sector 36, in collaboration with the State Bank of India, Sector 36. The chief guest on the occasion was Mr Harish Vashisht, sub-editor, Dainik Tribune and the guest of honour was Mr A.C. Dhawan, Manager and Mr R.C. Soni of SBI, Sector 22.

More than a 100 students participated in the various essay writing, poetic composition and translation competitions organised to highlight the importance of Hindi in our lives. The function culminated with the thanksgiving speech by Mrs Satinder Dhillon, college principal.

Anu, Archana and Charu won the first three prizes in essay writing while Amandeep, Bhavana and Pooja won the first three prizes in story writing. Rosy, Deepali and Renuka won the first three prizes in poetry while Shilpi, Jaya Gautam and Pavneet won the first three prizes in translation.

At Government College for Girls, Sector 11, students made speeches on the importance of Hindi and also expressed their concern over the language not getting its due importance. The college principal, Mrs Vijaylakshmi, praised the efforts of the students in celebrating the day.

The Additional Surveyor General’s Office, northern zone and north western circle office, jointly organised the Hindi Divas celebrations. The function was chaired by Brig Kuldip Singh Khatri, Director ,North Western circle.

Brig. K.K. Naithani, Additional Surveyor General, north zone was the chief guest. Mr H.B. Madhwal, Deputy Director, NW circle and Ms Nirmala Pawar conducted the stage.

The running trophy was bagged by the office of the 9 drawing office (NWC) for doing maximum work in Hindi during the Hindi week. The trophy was received by Lt Col Rajesh Kumar Bahl, Deputy Director and OC No 9 DO (NWC).

Shalini Naagi, Ajit Kumar Sharma and Harinder Pal Singh won the first three prizes in Hindi typing. Ms Shalini Naagi, Mithilesh Kumar, Karan and Nirmala pawar won the first three prize in shabad gayan. Mithilesh Kumar, Karan, Ashok Ratan and Nirmala Pawar won the first three prizes in creative writing. Dev Narain, Ram Kumar won the first two prizes in Sulekh while Gurcharan Singh and Aalam Singh jointly won the third prize. A.K. Dogra, N.S.Bangar and J. Raghuvanshi won the first three prizes in debate. Dr Jaiprakash of the Department of Hindi, PU, was the chief guest at the function organised by the Akashvani Chandigarh to mark Hindi Divas.

The day’s events were presided over by Mr Gurmel Singh Bhatti. Ashwani Kumar, Rajiv Kharbanda and Meenakshi Kalia won the first three prizes in vocabulary competition while Sanjeev Dosanjh, Satinder Sabharwal, Minni and Chandna Madan won the first three prizes in extempore speech. Minni, Rajiv Kharbanda, Meenakshi Kalia and Anita Garg won the first three prizes in memoir writing while Rampal Singh, Mai Chand and Bhagat Singh won the first three prizes in the class four employees competitions.

An inter-school teachers competition in Hindi handwriting was organised by the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, as part of the Hindi Divas celebrations. Mrs Divya Gupta won the first prize, Mrs Kamlesh stood second, Ms Babita Bahuguna and Roopa Arora came third while Ms Suman was given a consolation prize.

Hindi Divas was celebrated at Sector 35 Golden Bells Public School and High School, Sohana, here today.

Different competitions, including essay writing, poetry recitation, speeches, skits and debates were organised for the students. The Principal of the school, Ms Gurjeet Bawa, highlighted on the importance of the day. The winners of various competitions were given prizes.

First- Maninder Sethi ; second- Isha Sharma (Class III);First- Krishma ; second - Arshdeep (class IV); First - Jatin Aggarwal; second- Kashish (Class V); Sohana: First - Manpreet Kaur; second- Aneet Joshi; third- Kamal Passi . Consolation prizes were given to Jasmine and Kunal.


Western Command’s Hindi magazine released
Tribune News Service

he Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt Gen H R S Mann, releasing the command’s annual Hindi Magazine, Vijaychakra in Chandimandir on Friday
The Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt Gen H R S Mann, releasing the command’s annual Hindi Magazine, Vijaychakra in Chandimandir on Friday.

Chandigarh, September 14
The annual issue of the Western Command’s Hindi magazine “Vijaychakra”, was released by the Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt Gen H R S Mann, at a function held in Chandi Mandir today to mark the beginning of Hindi Week at the cantonment.

According to a statement issued here, the magazine has entered the 16th year of its publication, and has also received a national level award. A number of other activities, including an essay-writing competition in Hindi for officers, JCOs, other ranks, civilian employees as well as school students are also being organised during the week.

Meanwhile, at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), the Hindi Week concluded today, with a special function being organised at the campus. Several competitions, including essay writing, English to Hindi translation and preparing and reading technical papers in Hindi were organised during the week.



A dream come true for handicapped kids
Tribune News Service

SMALL JOYS: Mentally challenged children enjoy the thrill of a joyride in CITCO’s hop-on-hop-off bus, in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, September 14
Excitement was writ large on the faces of 2o odd mentally challenged children of Sadhna Institute for mentally handicapped, Mani Majra, as they went on the rooftop to take a ride in the Hop-on-Hop-Off bus of CITCO today.

Even though the bus was scheduled to leave from Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17 at 9.30 am, anxious children who had been looking forward to this day for the last few days reached the venue around 9 am. Dressed in their uniforms, they were eager to get in but since most of them were both physically and mentally handicapped they had to be helped in by the volunteers.

Infact, it was nothing less than a dream come true for them once they were on board the open roof of the Hop-on-Hop-Off bus. Tejaswini Sharma was simply delighted to see the gardens, water and the mountains from the rooftop as the bus passed from outside Rose garden, Rock garden and Sukhna lake. She alongwith the volunteers sang “Tu jiye hazaron saal or saal ke din hon pachaas hazaar” it seemed as if she was saying this for the bus. Kanika and Nikita forgot their respective disabilities as they clapped and looked around.

President of the Society, Mrs Bhavna Tayal, said: “It was an altogether wonderful experience for these mentally challenged children and moving out in the open bus gave their minds a relaxation of sorts.” Her own daughter was the inspiration behind her starting this project along with some other such parents, who are now associated with the society as volunteers.

The upper deck was the biggest attraction for most of these children. However, there were some like Honey, who had never been on a bus and was scared to get on to it. He held on to his grandfather tightly as he climbed up. Few others were also seen trembling as they were hesitant to experience anything new.

The special educator, Mr Rajneesh, who was busy taking photographs, and the other staff were all through busy making the children sit down as they jostled and tried to stand up to get themselves photographed.

The bus was not stopped at any of the tourist spots, since it is not easy to make. These children get down and put them back in the bus again, said Ms Anita, a physiotherapist with them. But on the whole it was indeed a treat for them as it was something different from their daily routines, where the general focus is on their training so as to make them independent. At the end of the trip, the children did not want to get down and Neha Tayal even asked, “Will we get a ride tomorrow again?”

The secretary of the society, Mr Neeraj Vats, however, pointed out that very little was being done for these children in this part of the country and stressed upon the need to change the attitude of the people towards these children.

CITCO had not only sponsored this trip but kids were also served cold drinks and refreshments at CITCO’s mermaid restaurant at the lake. The General Manager, (Tourism) CITCO, Mr A.K Malhotra, who was there to receive these kids at Sukhna lake said: “The idea behind giving these children a free ride atop this bus is to make them have a feel of what is happening around them. They are already deprived of many abilities which a normal child enjoys, atleast we should make them have their share of fun and frolic.” It may be recalled that only two weeks back, CITCO had organised a similar ride for slum children of Aasha schools run by Yuvsatta ( NGO) in Janta Colony, Sector 25. 


Ice cream takes the cake
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

When it comes to desserts, ice-cream is the ever favourite, universally liked by both kids and grown-ups, all through the year. More so, if it’s not the winter season. And, Baskin Robbins outlets in Chandigarh’s Sectors 17 and 35 are likely to be the favourite of many ice-cream lovers for the variety of the creamy stuff, desserts and drinks they offer. Scoops of the international brand can be had in cups’n cones, in the form of sundaes and special drinks in the form of floats, sodas or regulars.

The parlour offers a complete selection of ice-cream cones, sundaes, and pre-and-hand-packed quarts, smoothies, shakes, malts, a line of Cappuccino blasts as well as a wide variety of beautifully decorated ice-creams and cake creations for celebrations. Baskin Robbins has developed nearly 700 flavours of ice-cream. Today, some of their most popular flavours are among the first ever developed. The world’s biggest chain of ice-cream specialty stores, this UK-based firm gives high quality premium ice-creams, frozen desserts and beverages in its more than 4,500 retail stores around the globe.

And, of course, be prepared: premium stuff does not come cheap. From the Rs 15 orange and mango sticks to the Rs 700 party pack (30 servings), you have it all. Take your kids out and derive happiness from the screams of delight as they jump for a lick of their choice. On the menu are such delights as banana split (Rs 115), polar pizza full (Rs 180) and single double waffle sundae (Rs 55/Rs 75) Mango orange, choco bar and lipstick comprise the candies collection. You may go in for extra hot/cold toppings for Rs 5 and Rs 10 or extra choco and waffle cones for Rs 5. If its fruits you prefer, go in for the frozen cream mixed with such fruits as banana, mango, orange, currant, strawberry, papaya, litchie, pineapple etc. And if the crunchy nuts are what you relish, pick from the variety of treats offered: Nut Crunch, Praline Almond Gold, Honey Nut, Coffee Almond Fudge or Pista Kulfi Delight. Vanilla, Butterscotch Ribbon, Chocolate Orange are for those who love to savour the flavours.

While the kids love the tangy taste of orange in Orango Tango, the electric colour of Mauve Magic also attracts them at their pink-and-blue coloured outlets (pink is the colour they associate with this place). Youngsters seem to prefer floats and Hot Fudge Sundaes seem to be simply hot with the, even as the oldies and families go for the good old stick, claims Anuj Mata, the Franchisee of the Chandigarh outlets that have been around now for four years.


Rain brings down temperature
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
A brief spell of rain, brought down the temperature in the city and adjoining areas here today.

According to the weather office, 3 mm of rainfall, which was accompanied by a duststorm, was recorded in Chandigarh.

The rain is attributed to cyclonic circulation in western Rajasthan and adjoining areas and cyclonic circulation over Jammu and Kashmir.

The maximum temperature recorded was 33° C, which was 0.2 degree below yesterday’s temperature. However, the minimum temperature was 0.6 degrees below yesterday’s temperature of 23.6° C.

In certain areas, such as parts of Dakshin Marg, an unusual phenomenon was witnessed. Rain in slightly “milky colour” was reported from these areas.

Meanwhile, a number of two-wheelers were caught in the dust storm, which preceded and accompanied the showers.


Snow in Kashmir, Himachal

Chandigarh, September 14
The onset of winter still more than a month away, higher altitudes in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, including the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, experienced snow since yesterday, while Chandigarh and its surrounding areas in Punjab and Haryana were lashed by a high velocity squall preceded by duststorm today.

The 3,915-metre Rohtang Pass, overlooking the Kangra valley, also had snow. The Dhauladhar ranges had the season’s first snow two days ago.

Several parts of the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Kokernag and Pahalgam received widespread rains, ranging between 10 and 25 mm since yesterday afternoon, resulting in a sharp fall in mercury.

Reports said forward areas like Drass, Kanzalwan and Tharkiyan received 5-10 cm snow till this morning.

A 55 to 60 km per hour velocity squall, preceded by strong dust raising winds threw normal life out of gear in and around Chandigarh around noon today. About 3 mm of rain in less than an hour flooded low-lying areas and disrupted movement of traffic. UNI



Soulful renderings by Mubarak Ali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Mubarak Ali from Nankana Sahib (Pakistan) gave soulful renderings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s compositions besides folk songs at a show in Punjab Kala Bhavan here today

Ali began the evening with “Satguru Nanak Pargatiya”. He covered his head to lend grace to the occasion.

The evening began with a resolution of the arts council decrying the ghastly terrorist acts in the USA.

Mubarak Ali has a cassette to his credit which has collections of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Nanak’s messages. “I have toiled hard in the field of collecting writings on Baba Nanak and attempted to portray these in true colours for humanity”, he said.

“Mainu sone da taveet kada de” and “dil leke tu lutiya maahi” were well applauded by the audience.

“Chhoti umr pyar karin na”, a ghazal, and a tribute to Guru Nanak were few among other presentations in the show.



Relay fast by JCT employees
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 14
Members of two employees’ unions of JCT Electronics here began a relay fast to press for the payment of their salaries and revival of normal production.

Eleven employees, including the president of the JCT Electronics Workers Union, Mr K.B. Sharma, and president of the JCT Employees Union, Mr Adesh Tyagi, went on fast. Mr Ram Krishan Sharma, general secretary of the workers union, said the management had invested the profits earned here by employees at JCT in the Baroda unit of the company. This was a big fraud played on the workers.

He said there had been total stoppage of production since May. Employees had not been paid their salaries for that period.

The vice-president of the other union, Mr Jaswinder Singh Jassa, said the management had not only taken away the profits but also managerial and engineering staff members to the Baroda unit. Some foremen had also been shifted.

Mr Jassa said the power supply to the JCT unit had been disconnected since yesterday due to the non-payment of the bill.

Mr A.D. Nagpal, national secretary of the HMS, said workers were prepared to effect a compromise with the management, even to the extent of accepting half the monthly wages but the factory must not be closed down at any cost.

The General Manager (Works) of the unit, Mr K.K. Pandit, admitted that the electricity supply had been cut by the power board and wages had not been paid to employees for four months. He said discussions were on with employees’ leaders to find a way out.

Mr Pandit said talks were also in progress with banks and other financial institutions. The outcome of these would decide the fate of the JCT unit.

He said the Baroda unit was only a part of the expansion plan. Surplus funds available with the JCT unit here were utilised in Baroda.

He said the demand for products was low as compared to the capacity of the plant here. If the demand increased, matters could change for the better.



Virbhadra to meet the Press today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Mr Virbhadra Singh, a former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, will address a meet-the-Press programme at the Chandigarh Press Club tomorrow at 11.30 a.m. 


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