Wednesday, September 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Move to straighten UT-Mohali border
City may transfer 65 acres to SAS Nagar
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A move is afoot to straighten the zig-zag boundary of SAS Nagar with Chandigarh by mutual transfer of certain pockets of land. The move, believe PUDA officials, will allow an integrated development of the third phase sectors bordering Chandigarh.

The issue will figure in a high level meeting between the Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab, and the Adviser to the UT Administration, scheduled to be held on September 20. Sources in the government said PUDA would seek transfer of around 65 acres and in lieu offer transfer about 44 acres to UT.

But the issue of straightening of the inter-state border could not be resolved till the issue of the rehabilitation of people living in slums along the border by the UT Administration was not resolved, said an official. The authorities concerned were seriously contemplating to prevent slum-dwellers and occupants of rehabilitation colonies, bordering the town from eating up the land owned by the authority.

At least 20 acres of commercially viable land had been identified during a feasibility study conducted by the engineering wing and the Town and Planning Department of the authority.

The sources said the slums existed in Sectors 48, 49, 53, 54, 55 and 56 and further resettlement schemes were being undertaken in Sectors 52, 53 and 56 along the boundary. The slum-dwellers had become a cause of nuisance for the residents of the adjoining sectors in the town. The authority has recently decided to raise a 6-foot-high wall to separate the pockets of vacant prime land of this urban conglomerate, bordering Chandi-garh.

The official said the proposal of providing a by-pass to re-route the Punjab-bound highway traffic passing through the Dakshin Marg in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar would also figure in the meeting. Constructing a Kharar-Banur-Ambala road was an alternative to reduce the flow of traffic in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar. Another issue of shifting the bulk material market, operating along the road leading to the town from Chandigarh, would also figure in the meeting.

The issue of untreated sullage being discharged by UT in seasonal nullah, traversing its way through SAS Nagar, is also likely to be taken up with the Adviser to the UT Administration.

The sources said speedy completion of the missing vertical and horizontal linkages was also expected to be discussed at the meeting.


Student rallies continue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Despite a UT Administration order asking students to discontinue campaigning 72 hours before the elections, rallies and group contact programmes continued unabated today at Panjab University for the elections to the students’ council scheduled for September 21.

A cross-section of students and even faculty members contacted for a response on the issue said that it was asking a little too much from the students. The usual norm was stopping the campaigning 24 hours before elections. “Stopping campaigning 72 hours before elections was a little too much”, a student contesting the elections said

Prof Nirmal Singh, Dean, Student Welfare, said that the UT Administration’s letter had been received by the university. However, the university follows its “own code of conduct”. So, campaigning was allowed even today and would continue tomorrow.

Prof Nirmal Singh said that law and order besides the university security was being handled by the Administration. However, the administrative matters were in the purview of the university.

An open-house discussion which will feature representatives from all the participating organisations will be held on September 20, Prof Nirmal Singh added. Candidates filed in their nominations earlier during the day. The candidates of the student organisation of Panjab University chosen for the final contest include : Santokhwinder Singh Nabha (president), Nidhi Puri ( vice-president), Ankur Sharma ( general-secretary) and Nishu Dubey ( joint-secretary).

The candidates of Panjab University Students Union (Haryana Students Association- Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad: All-India Sikh Student Federation front) include Malwinder Singh Kang (president), Sulakshna Bramta (vice-president), Deepak Balyan (general-secretary) and Vibhor Jain (joint-secretary).

A faction of the All-India Sikh Students Federation today in a press release declared alliance with SOPU. The letter said that the AISSF supporters had decided to join SOPU. The letter had been signed by Harman Gill, president of the girls’ wing, and Kirpal Singh Nagra, senior vice-president. However, the move was said to be ‘ against the interests of the party’ by an office-bearer while talking to The Tribune.

The highlight of the day was the campaigning activity in the girls hotels in the evening where large crowds turned up. Against the UT Administration’s circular of no campaigning activity beyond 9 p.m. in girls’ hostels, the rushes have been reported far beyond the stipulated time.

The Panjab University authorities today made it clear that the notice put outside the four girls’ hostels regarding challaning (by UT police) of vehicles found parked on roads outside the hostels after 9 p.m. would lapse after the election process is over.

The notice has created panic among the students that the Chandigarh police was trying to make a ‘‘back-door entry’’ to implement traffic rules in the campus. Mr R.K. Singh, Chief Security Officer of PU, said that the notice was for the timebeing and ‘‘is deemed to lapse’’.

Meanwhile, the local police in assistance with the PU security staff today maintained a strict vigil on the activities of the students and visitors to the campus. The police was seen checking the identity of the visitors at the PU entry gates.

A senior police official said the police would be raiding various hostels in the PU premises to check un-authorised persons in the hostel.

The local police today registered cases against two student bodies, the Panjab University Students Union and Students Organisation of Panjab University, for defacement of public property in PU campus.

The cases were regtistered in the Sector 11 police station under the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act. In yet another election related brawl, the police booked a former PU student, Karan Saini, on charges of assault today. It is alleged that the accused beat up Bharat Bhatt and Ritesh Verma, both PU students, near the International Guest House, Sector 15, following an altercation. Saini has been booked under the Sections 324 and 323 of Indian Penal Code.


Day’s not enough for PU Senate
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Taking into account the heavy agenda and serious nature of deliberations for the Panjab University Senate, meeting, a special committee has recommended that the meeting be held on two consecutive days instead of the existing provision for one-day discussions.

It has been witnessed over the past several years that hours are spent on discussion of a handful of items while a big bulk of the agenda is cleared without any discussions.

It has been recommended that there be a question hour for deliberations for half an hour in the beginning of the Senate meeting.

The suggested procedure says each member may send to the Registrar not more than two questions marking their priorities.’ The questions should be set at least five days before the Senate meeting. The Vice-Chancellor will have the right to reject any question, but by recording reasons.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, had constituted the committee following a resolution of Mr Satya Pal Dang in the last Senate meeting earlier this year. It was felt that a sizeable time of the Senate was spent on unlisted items on the agenda.

The committee had Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local MP, in the chair. Other members included Mr Satya Pal Jain, Mr Satya Pal Dang, Principal P.S.Sangha, Prof Charanjit Chawla, Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, Principal Tarsem Raj Bahia, Prof Santosh Sharma and Prof S.P. Gautam.

The committee also recommended that immediately after question hour, unlisted business like zero hour of an hour’s duration be taken up. During this session, members could raise urgent matters of importance which were of recent occurrence.

The committee sought four Senate meetings in a year. The VC should have an inherent right to regulate time for discussion on any item. It also suggested that ‘ unparliamentary, defamatory, derogatory and abusive language should not be recorded in the proceedings of the Senate’.

In a move to hasten the procedure, act it has been suggested that a resolution moved by a member be disposed of within six months of its receipt. It stressed that items postponed or deferred in the previous meeting be given preference in the next meeting.


Laden’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 18
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party burnt an effigy of Osama bin Laden at the labour chowk in Sector 16 and observed “Anti-terrorism day’’, here today.

The protest, organised under the leadership of the district president of the unit, Mr K.S. Singla, was preceded by a two-minute silence observed by the members.

Chandigarh: The Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, (MCC), Ms Harjinder Kaur alongwith MC Commissioner, Mr M.P Singh, other officials and councillors today took pledge of solidarity against terrorism.

Among the councillors present on the occasion were Mr R.S Kailey, Mr Des Raj Tandon, Mr O.P Goel, Ms Kamala Sharma, Mr Bachan Singh and Air Marshal (retd) R.S Bedi.

SAS NAGAR: Students of MBA and BCA classes of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology observed a two-minute silence to observe the Solidarity Day. The students remembered the victims of terrorist attacks in the USA.

AMBALA: A district-level function was held here today under the presidentship of Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, to observe the national unity day against terrorism. A two-minute silence was held.

Among others, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Sandeep Khirwar, the Additional DC, Mr Mahinder Kumar, the SDM, Mr M.K. Ahuja, the City Magistrate, Ms Pratima Chaudhary, the GM, Roadways, Mr Aurobind Sharma, and the Zila Sainik Board secretary, Capt V.S. Narwal (retd.) were present.

PATIALA: Activists of the Youth Akali Dal (B) expressed anger against the recent bombing in the USA by burning the effigy of Osama bin Laden at Chandni Chowk here today.


Less tourist inflow to USA
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington have severely affected tourist inflow to the USA from this region. While the temporary shutting down of the US airspace has hit international airlines as well as travel agents, it is fear of the unknown that is keeping people, specially tourists, from flying to the USA without good reason.

Airline officials and travel agents in the city spoken to say that in the present situation, it is only those for whom it is imperative to travel to the US, such as students and business men, besides US residents returning back home, who are coming for tickets.

Though the reduction in the number of travellers to the US is cited as “major” by several travel agents in the city, they say that it is still too soon to determine the exact quantum of change. The exact picture of outbound passenger traffic to the US from this region, they say, will crystallize in about another couple of weeks.

Already about a dozen or so agents in the city dealing with international travel are reported to have suffered a combined loss of business to the tune of Rs 1 crore due to cancellation and refund of tickets as well as people shying away for air travel to the west. With US airspace remaining closed to air traffic for almost a week, the losses to airlines, business establishments directly connected with air transport as well as the cascading affect down the line to peripheral agencies can well be imagined.

“There is definitely a drop in passenger traffic to the US,” says Mrs Amarjit Bhinder, Air India’s Manager, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Stating that though there has been no affect in other sectors, she opined that it is difficult to determine the exact situation as the reaction of travellers is an outcome of general panic. “Most of the travellers are those want to return back,” she stated, adding that the first flight yesterday since the US reopened its airspace was full to capacity. On an average, Air India’s regional office here used to issue 15-20 tickets daily prior to the terrorist strikes, which has now come down. “People are generally asking if they should wait and if so for how long,” Mrs Bhinder said.

“There are no more tourists. it is only students or businessmen from the region who are now travelling to the USA,” says Mrs Gikky Singh, manager of Bird Travels. Adding that people are generally coming in only to know the prevailing situation, she said that the incidents have also left travellers scared. “Yesterday we had an American couple who had separate reservations, but now they insisted on flying home together,” she said. “We had four persons travelling to the USA on tourist visa, but they have cancelled their tickets following the strikes,” says Jag Roop of Air Dash Travels. He added that while they get 15 - 20 travellers per month, no one has approached them for a ticket since then. Even the number of travellers to Europe has dwindled, he claimed.

Estimating a 25 per cent decline in travellers Ms Ritu Bakshi, Senior Manager with Amrit Airlinks, said that business is quite slow these days. “Even the queries are not much. It is generally those who have already got their visas who are inquiring about flights”. Stating that people are generally waiting and watching, she cited an example of some doctors from PGI scheduled to attend a conference in the USA who have told the agency to hold on to their reservations.

With US-based airlines, including United and North Western stopping operations from India, travellers are now shifting their reservations to European carriers. Here lies a long wait as travel agents say that many European carriers are concentrating on clearing passenger and cargo backlog from European countries. While European carriers are operating from India, some of them, reportedly, are not picking up cargo for the timebeing due to the pressure of European operations.

“Leisure trips to the USA, for the time being, are virtually off. Nor are there any takers for package tours,” says an employee with a travel agency in Sector 17. “Apart from answering queries, we are sitting idle most of the time. We have not issued a single ticket since the twin World Trade Center towers collapsed” he added.


Insurance companies at the receiving end
Complainants tie up with cops for making bogus claims
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
It seems that none other than the Chandigarh Police knows better how to turn adversity into an opportunity. This explains how police personnel are allegedly colluding with complainants in theft cases for making bogus claims from insurance companies.

It is alleged that in most cases of theft registered with the police, the complainants tend to add on to the list of goods stolen from them with the overt and covert assistance of the investigating officer concerned, especially in cases where insurance against theft has been made.

As a result, the insurance companies in the city and the surrounding areas have been in a fix over the sudden spurt in such bogus claims of insurance against theft. Most of these companies — United India Insurance, New India Insurance, Oriental Insurance and National Insurance — have brought certain private investigators on their panels for looking into such claims.

In most cases after the insurance companies have investigated the claims and found the claimants at fault, they have also sent a report to the police authorities against the colluding cops, but no action has reportedly been taken.

In June this year, a local business man in Sector 40 had filed a complaint with the police that a suitcase lying in the boot of the car was stolen. He had alleged that he had come back to the city from Amritsar and after having parked his Cielo car in the house had gone for a stroll.

He had alleged that he saw two to three youths stealing the suitcase from the car and fleeing.

Interestingly, when the FIR was registered, the complainant had said that the suitcase contained only their clothes. However, on the next day, i.e. June 11, a supplementary report was added in the FIR by the IO that the suitcase also contained four gold bangles and two rings.

In a similar incident, a well-known jeweller of the city also tried to make the best use of a train robbery between Panipat and Sonepat last year with the connivance of the Railway Police. One of the goldsmiths working for the jeweller was travelling in the train. At the time of the robbery, he had claimed that only Rs 1500 had been robbed from him.

But later the facts of the FIR were changed and the jeweller made a claim of Rs. 2,34, 671 against his jeweller’s block insurance. He made a claim for two diamond sets, a pendant and raw gold that was stolen from the goldsmith during the robbery.

Another case, where a cop himself tried to fool an insurance company by making an accident claim for his Tata Sumo has come to light. It is suspected that the accident took place before the third party insurance had been changed to comprehensive insurance.

The cop, a constable in Chandigarh Police, had bought a second-hand Tata Sumo in his wife’s name in May last year. The accident took place in August 2000, and the vehicle was completely damaged. The DDR for the accident was registered in the police station, Sector 39, where the cop was posted at that time.

The fraud was detected when the claim form was compared with the facts of the Daily Diary Report. In the claim form he had said that the accident took place when he was coming from Mohali to Chandigarh, but the DDR said that the accident took place when he was en route to Mohali.


Fire Department for ban on sale of crackers
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 18
The local Fire Department has decided not to permit the sale of crackers in rehri markets and narrow streets here during the coming festival season.

A letter in this regard has been sent to the Ropar Deputy Commissioner requesting him to ban such sale and also earmark sites in the open where crackers could be sold.

This was stated by the Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, Mr Balwinder Singh Sidhu, at a meeting with representatives of rehri markets here today.

The department also called for making provision of water tankers near all rehri markets as part of the measures to tackle emergencies. It further sought the installation of hydrants near these markets.

Mr Sidhu said the objective was to ensure that there was no incident of fire in the rehri markets. He asked the representatives to approach the authorities concerned for the provision of the tanks and hydrants. He said whenever a fire broke out in these markets, there was always a problem of water shortage.

He asked the representatives to form groups of eight to 10 persons from each of the five rehri markets which would be given basic training in fire-fighting by personnel of the fire brigade. He said the first few minutes were vital in controlling flames and such groups could take appropriate action before the arrival of the fire brigade.

Mr Sidhu also called for the installation of fire extinguishers on a priority basis in the rehri markets. If all shop owners could not afford extinguishers, money could be pooled in to have these at one or two points in each row of shops.

He said dhabas and shops using kerosene and LPG in these markets must have fire extinguishers. In fact, he favoured the immediate shifting of such shops from rehri markets.

Mr Sidhu said about 65 to 70 per cent of the fire incidents in rehri markets took place due to short circuits. He asked those present at the meeting to ensure that proper electric wiring was done in the markets and there were no loose connections.


CIA headquarters shifted to Dera Bassi
Bipin Bhardwaj

Dera Bassi, September 18
Taking a serious view of the increasing crime rate and particularly the robberies which took place in and around the township in the last week, the district police today shifted the headquarters of the Crime Investigating Agency to Dera Bassi from Patiala.

Sources in the department confirmed that a team of 35 CIA staff had been shifted to the township temporarily. In addition to this, the SP, (Operation Wing), Patiala has also been shifted to Dera Bassi. The sources disclosed that additional commandoes and police personnel had been given to senior police officials to curb crime. The police personnel in mufti had also been directed to keep an eye on every activity in rural as well as urban areas of Dera Bassi and Rajpura.

These decisions have been taken by the Punjab Police soon after the robbers struck at three different places within a week. The robberies had put a question mark on the competency of the police to maintain law and order situation in the subdivision.

It may be recalled that an armed gang of masked robbers broke into a milk processing industry at Gholumajra village, near Lalru, and looted Rs 6.69 lakh at gunpoint from the cashier on September 10.

Similar incident occurred on September 11 when armed robbers broke into the house of Mr Anwar Hussain, an auto electrician, in Sarswati Vihar Colony here and decamped with cash, jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 4 lakh. The robbers also beat up nine persons, including family members, while asleep.

After a week, two motor-cycle-borne youths shot at Mr Dharampal, a trader at Handesra village, 15 km from Lalru, yesterday.

The police is still clueless in all three robberies and denies any correlation among the three incidents. It confirmed that the “kale kachhewale” gang had struck at the house in Sarswati Vihar Colony.

Mr P.P.S. Virk, SP (Detective), has appealed to the residents to cooperate the police in making some headway in the robberies.


2 minutes’ silence on Solidarity Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The people of Punjab today observed two minutes’ silence on the occasion of Solidarity Day against Terrorism.

The siren was sounded at 10.30 a.m. to observe silence.

Two minutes’ silence was also observed by employees of various departments, boards and corporations of the Punjab Government in Chandigarh.

Officers and other employees of various departments of the Haryana Government also observed two minutes’ silence here.

At the state police headquarters at Panchkula, a large number of police personnel led by the DGP, Mr M.S. Malik, observed two minutes’ silence.


Security beefed up in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, September 18
Security around vital installations in Punjab and Haryana have been beefed up with deployment of additional personnel as part of a general alert following America’s proposed move to attack Afghanistan to flush out fugitive Saudi rebel Osama bin Laden.

Security personnel have also been deployed in strength around railway stations, inter-state bus terminuses, telephone exchanges and district administrative complexes, around the Canadian Counsellor Office and the British Library, police sources said here.

The Haryana police was prepared to face any eventuality and ‘fight any insurgency,’ a state police spokesman said.

He said the Haryana police had been sanctioned an India Reserve Battalion for which recruitment would be initiated soon. “This battalion would be deployed in consultation with the Centre in and around the national Capital region for tackling the incidents of terrorism and other crimes.” PTI


‘No change in local BJP leadership’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The importance of Chandigarh is by no means low on the priority of the BJP party high command. BJP leaders are very clear that elections of Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh will be held before the elections to the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assemblies.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, BJP’s Akhil Bhartiya election in charge, Mr Piare lal Khandelwal said the party had not thought about changing the local leadership of the city unit. This puts an end to lot of speculation about the change in leadership. Mr Khandelwal held separate meetings with the office-bearers and councillors in the evening in the presence of the state party in charge, Mr O.P. Kohli, and discussed about the recent developments in the party.

When asked about the massive differences in the votes polled in some of the wards during MC elections in 1996 and the Lok Sabha elections in 1999, he said this difference was natural in the local and Lok Sabha elections. Later, Akali leaders, including Deputy Mayor, Mr Mohinder Singh, senior Akali leader Mr S.S Chinna and president of Istri Akali Dal wing Ms Amarjeet kaur Bhullar also met Mr Khandelwal and demanded that more than four seats be given to the Akalis.

Meanwhile, some of the councillors expressed their resentment on the issue of the BJP senior leaders allowing certain BJP councillors to enter the room where the meeting of the office-bearers meeting was going on, while the others were asked to sit in an another room. According to sources, Ms Kamala Sharma, Mr Kanhya Lal Sharma, Mr K.K. Adiwal and Mr Rajender Kumar were not allowed to enter the room and were told that they should wait in another room till the meeting of the office-bearers finished. Even Mr Prem Sagar Jain who arrived for the meeting was prevented from going in and he reportedly lost his cool and left without attending the meeting.


Evasion of excise duty detected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Evasion of excise duty to the tune of Rs 15 lakh by two tobacco manufacturing units at Barotiwala has been detected by the Department of Central Excise.

The Commissioner of Central Excise, Chandigarh, Mr V.K. Sharma, said here today that acting on specific information preventive officers of the commissionerate visited the premises of two tobacco and ‘zarda’ manufacturing units and their godowns at Barotiwala.

During a search of the godowns, officers detected flavoured “kimam”, valued at Rs 23.74 lakh, involving duty of Rs 14.25 lakh. It was moved from the unit without payment of duty.

The officers also found 50,000 pouches of ‘zarda’ valued at Rs 35,800, involving duty of Rs 21,485, which was also clandestinely moved from the other unit at Barotiwala.

The officers also detected unaccounted raw materials and packaging material valued at Rs 6.25 lakh, involving excise duty of approximately Rs 1 lakh.

Mr Sharma said the in charge of both units admitted that finished products as well as raw material detected in the godowns by the preventive officers were cleared from the units without payment of excise duty. The amount of duty evaded, totalling Rs 15.4 lakh, has been deposited by the two units. Further investigations into the case are in progress.

During the current assessment year till August, 133 cases of evasion involving evasion of central excise duty, involving Rs 48 crore, have been detected by the Chandigarh - I Commissionerate. Out of this Rs 2.36 crore has been realised.


Beauticians lap up tips from ‘style guru’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
For the city-based beauticians, this day at Shivalikview was one to reckon with. With none less than Sylvie, the celebrated hairdresser of cine star Shah Rukh Khan, in town to offer tips on hair styling, facials, nail art and skin care, they could not have asked for more. No wonder the complete beauty workshop organised by Ayur Herbal in association with the international hairdresser was attended by over 70 beauticians from the city alone.

It was fun to see a qualified surgeon offering tips on beauty. “Beauty is skin-deep,” laughed Sylvie, who is a qualified surgeon. From human anatomy to human facade, Sylvie’s journey has been very fascinating. After acting as an ambassadress for many foreign products, Sylvie has now settled for a brand “ambassadress” for Ayur, hence her visit.

The idea behind the workshop which lasted well over five hours today, was to emphasise beauty treatment based on herbal products. As the hairdresser put it, “Natural is the best and natural has no supplements, whatsoever.”

The workshop began at around 11 am to end only at about 5 pm. There were two sections in which Sylvie, answered various queries raised by the beauticians. After the entire discussion, what stood out bold and clear was that: “beauty treatment is an art and it could only be perfected with experience.” There were practical demonstrations on the occasion.AMong those acting as models were Sylvie’s own staffers as also some of the participating beauticians.

After holding one such workshop in Jalandhar, Sylvie sounded very confident about the response. “Anything dedicated to the celebration of beauty has to work. We will hold many such workshops and will cover as many areas as possible.”


Install lift in District Courts: MP
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
In order to help hundreds of visitors to District Courts who have been facing a lot of inconvenience due to non-availability of lift facility, the MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, has written a letter to the UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, for the installation of the lift.

The president of the District Bar Association, Mr H.S Hundal, when contacted, said the Bar received a letter from Mr Bansal on September 12. He added that Mr Bansal had recommended Rs 10 lakh for the installation of the lift in the new building of the court complex.


CSIO to have aspheric facility
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A unique National Aspheric Facility for the civilian sector is being inaugurated at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) on September 20. The facility will be inaugurated by the Vice-Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy.

In order to provide an insight into this facility and also to formulate collaborative programme for optimum utilisation of this facility for the development of state-of-the-art aspheric optical and electro-optical instrumentation, a two-day national workshop on aspherics is also being organised. The aspheric facility produces different types of surfaces for helmet mounted display systems, wide angle optics, infra-red optics for scanners, X-ray optics, medical optics, low-vision aids and colour picture tubes.


General Oberoi visits command headquarters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The Vice-Chief of Army Staff, Lieut-Gen Vijay Oberoi, paid a one-day visit to Chandigarh today. According to sources, General Oberoi visited Headquarters Western Command at Chandi Mandir, where he interacted with senior functionaries on official matters.

The Vice-Chief also called upon the Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at Raj Bhavan. He spent about 25 minutes with the Governor. A Raj Bhavan spokesman described it as a farewell visit. General Oberoi, who retires this month, left for Delhi later.


Immigration racket: 1 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The Sector 34 police today achieved success with the arrest of Manjit Singh, one of the prime accused in the immigration racket unearthed by the police in Sector 33 on July 3.

The accused, who was declared a proclaimed offender on August 30, was arrested by the police from Sector 43 last night. He was one of the partners in Continental Services , a local firm that was working on the behalf of a Dubai-based firm . The racketeers were fraudulently enticing unsuspecting people to pay lakhs of rupees for arranging jobs for them in Spain, Italy, Holland and the United Kingdom.

Manjit Singh and Harjit Singh of Continental Services in Sector 42, Attawa, had placed advertisements in a section of the press for jobs as caterers, restaurant and resident workers (pay scale $680 (US)) and general helpers and cleaners ($500 to 680). A visa for three years and a month’s leave after one year was promised in the advertisements that appeared In June.

It is learnt that this company was given a contract for conducting interviews of aspirants in the city by a firm, Reem General Services Overseas Man Power Recruitment, registered in Dubai in the name of Mr SA Mohammad Ali Pasha and with Mr Krishan Lal Hans as its MD there.


Rs 1.30 lakh stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
In yet another incident of theft from a parked vehicle, a sum of Rs 1.30 lakh was stolen from a car parked in Sector 22 today.

According to information, a Panchkula-based businessman, Mr Rajiv Sagar, had withdrawn Rs 1.32 lakh from IndusInd Bank in Sector 8. While he had kept Rs 2,000 in his pocket, the remaining amount was kept in a plastic bag.

Mr Sagar then went to meet one of his business associates, Mr Khairati Lal, in Sector 18 and left the money in his Zen car. However, Mr Khairati Lal was not available at his residence and after making a few telephone calls from there, Mr Sagar came out. He found that the lock of the car had been broken and the money stolen.

The lock of the door had been pushed with some instrument like a screwdriver. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 19 police station.


Artiste murder case: documents seized
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, September 18
The Railway Police seized some audio cassettes and important documents from the parental house of Nirmal Sharma, alias Nimmi, in Hoshiarpur, today.

According to sources, a team of the police was sent to Hoshiarpur to interrogate Nimmi, a prime suspect in the Jyoti murder case. Her parents told the police that Nimmi was away to Dubai with a cultural troupe. The police said Nimmi left the country yesterday. She is on a three-month visit to Dubai, the sources said.

Jyoti Kumar Sharma was murdered and his body with multiple injuries on the chest, abdomen and neck was found in shrubs along the railway line in Industrial Area, Phase-I, yesterday.


Two booked for abetting suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The local police has booked the husband and father-in-law of Anita Bajaj on the charges of abetment to suicide and causing mental and physical harassment to her, after she immolated herself in PU campus late last night.

According to an FIR registered under Sections 306 and 498-A of the IPC, Mr. Subhash Maggo, father of the victim, has accused Anita’s husband, Surinder Bajaj and father-in-law Jagdish Lal Bajaj of harassing her.

It may be mentioned that Anita had allegedly immolated herself in one of the quarters on the university campus late last night. She had suffered 100 per cent burns and was rushed to the PGI, where she later died.

Theft: A scooter (CH-01P-1821) has been stolen near parking of the Hotel Sun Beam, Sector 22. Also, a motor cycle (CH-03C- 5872) was stolen from the Sector 20-A residence of Mr Abhishek. He was reportedly out of station when the incident happened. The police has registered FIR under Section 379 of the IPC in both the cases.

Stolen: A camera and some audio cassettes were stolen from the room of Dr Kanwaljit Singh at the new doctor’s hostel of the PGI. The incident had reportedly took place during the intervening night of September 12 and 13. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Accident: A bus (PB-11K-8507) reportedly hit a motor cycle, near Hallomajra, yesterday. The bus driver fled the spot. The pillion rider on the motorcycle, Ms Prakasho Devi, was injured in the accident and admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.

Gambling: Shiv Parshad, Vishnu, Phool Chand and Manoj were arrested from Pandit Colony for gambling at a public place and recovered Rs 351 from them. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.

Arrested: Vinod Kumar has been arrested on the charge of eve teasing at Sector 31- 47 turn. He has been booked under Section 294 of the IPC.

One held: Jitender Singh, a resident of Sector 24, was today caught red-handed while attempting to steal a scooter from the PGI parking. He has been booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.


Proclaimed offender held
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 18
A 44-year-old proclaimed offender, Gurmeet Singh, who was wanted by the Ropar and Patiala police was arrested by the Sohana police in the wee hours here today. The suspect, a resident of Mauli Baidwan village, had escaped from the police custody while being taken to Patiala jail.

The suspect was arrested by a team from near Mauli Baidwan village here. An unlicensed .315-bore countrymade pistol, two live cartridges and a scooter (PB-01-B-5547) have been recovered from him. According to information available, the suspect had been booked under Section 379 for stealing electricity wires. While being taken to judicial custody, he had escaped from police custody and a case was registered in January, 1998, at Police Lines, Patiala.


Woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A woman in her mid 30s is alleged to have committed suicide by consuming poison at her Sector 19-A residence this morning.

According to information available, Birma, who was employed as a maid servant, was having strained relations with her husband, Sunder Lal.


Noyonika in city today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
India’s No. 1 ramp model, Noyonika Chatterjee, widely regarded as the Indian reply to the supermodel, Naomi Campbell, will be in Chandigarh tomorrow in connection with the inauguration of an apparel store.

One of the seniormost ramp models of India, Noyonika has over 800 shows all over the world to her credit. She has been ruling the Indian ramp for the past nearly 12 years and has done top TV commercials like Old Spice, Titan, Mafatlal and Khaitan fans, besides music videos of Remo and Mehnaz. She was the only one to be picked up by Pierre Cardin from India to shift her base to Paris. She headed the FTV Indian chapter and music channel B4U, besides working with Anupam Kher in training budding actors for Bollywood.

She will inaugurate Gulati Storez, a venture of the young fashion designer from NIFD, Salil Gulati, tomorrow at 12.30 pm in Sector 22-D.



EXHIBITION: The Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for Women, Canara Bank, Sector 34, Chandigarh, in its endeavour to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among women will organise an exhibition and sale of goods manufactured and marketed by women at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15, from October 26 to 28. The bank has invited women entrepreneurs who are interested in participating in the exhibition to contact the bank before September 22.

RETAILERS MEET: About 150 cement retailers took part in a meet organised here on Sunday by J.K.White Cement Works. Senior officers of the company Mr Anil Kumar Gupta and Mr Gurmeet Singh, said ever since the company commenced operations in 1984, there has been a consistent growth. Mr Umesh Trehan of the firm Gian Chand Ashok Kumar and other stockists appreciated the marketing policy and technical assistance provided to the consumer by the company.

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