Friday, September 21, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Charges, counter-charges mark PU poll eve
41 department representatives elected unopposed; scuffle disrupts discussion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Ruthless character assassination and charges of organisational incompetence were levelled by rival parties against each other at the open house for the elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council, scheduled for tomorrow, here today.

The speakers of the two rival camps — the Panjab University Students Union- Haryana Students Association — Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad — All India Sikh Student Federation alliance and the Students Organisation of Panjab University — Panjab University Students Association alliance — played a heavily worded game of charges and replies, pushing the party aims and vision for academic development to the background.

The open house began about an hour behind the schedule. The stage presented a picture of total mismanagement. The supporters surrounded the stage and the speakers were hardly visible. Dr Surinder Sharma, stage manager, had a tough time in managing the crowd.

There was little attention paid to repeated requests of listening to the speakers. The SOPU supporters were first to reach around the stage and captured majority of the area. They dominated in terms of the vocal power of sloganeering. The PUSU group had a big crowd in the background.

Nidhi Puri, vice-presidential candidate of SOPU, said, “I trusted the PUSU front when I joined the institution, but they failed to deliver anything for the overall interest of the institution or mine. If PUSU had a clarity of aims, they could have managed me and many like me on their side”.

The voice of Surat Negi, a former president of the campus unit of the ABVP, was hardly audible amidst the loud cheering. He said, “The rivals had never participated in any activity while out of power. The group of students who broke away from PUSU were deserters. Do they have the guts to listen to what deeds they have done?” He questioned activities of ‘lesser student interest’.

Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, the presidential candidate of the SOPU front, said, “Instead of their achievements, the rivals were indulging in painting the opposition black, which was an unfair election exercise. The mode of dialogue being followed was shameful”.

Munish Anand, a former president of PUCSC and PUSU representative, said, “The opposition was making reference to achievements like the placement cell, among others. It will be interesting to know how many students have they actually got placed. We ask for accountability of teachers”.

Amit Sharma of SOPU drew a long list of total incompetence of the rival camp. Hitesh Kaplish from the SOPU camp highlighted the ‘questionable activities’ of the PUSU front. He made allegations of involvement of the rival camp supporters in cases of assault and breaking glasses of the car of a hostel warden and misutilisation of university facilities by students of the rival camp.

Malwinder Singh Kang, the presidential candidate of the PUSU-HSA-ABVP-AISSF front, said, “The shameful acts of the rival camp have been far excessive than can be expressed in a short statement. My front will make efforts for computerisation of all departments, a fair for the science departments and better youth welfare activities.”

Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, a former president of PUCSC and SOPU, highlighted activities of SOPU when it was in power, including an international students festival, while replying to various allegations.

Sulakshna Bramta, the vice-presidential candidate of the PUSU front, said, “What was the use of the international festival when no student could actually be brought from the foreign lands. Only foreign students staying locally participated.”

Harman Deol from the PUSU-HSA-ABVP-AISSF front, while referring to the verbal duel of the rival camp, said, “When one had something to hide on the front of incompetence, only then did he indulge in mudslinging.”

A scuffle between leaders of the PUSU — HSA — ABVP — AISSF alliance and the SOPU-PUSA alliance disrupted the open house discussion for about 15 minutes.

Santokhwinder Singh Nabha was addressing the student gathering when supporters of the PUSU camp supporters disrupted the proceedings. Bhupinder Singh Bhuppi, a former PUCSC president, alleged that a presidential candidate of the student council in a local college had acted on behest of the opposition group and had pushed him.

The charges were refuted by Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, who said the rival camp supporters were trying to raise slogans through the mike from which Nabha was speaking.

When things were brought to order, Nabha had six minutes of his allotted time left. He was asked to speak again. He started the speech right from the beginning and repeated what he had said in the earlier presentation.


Police gears up for elections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Chandigarh police has chalked out a detailed programme of strict disciplinary measures during the elections to the students’ council at PU tomorrow.

The police is also working in tune with the Crime Branch, according to sources. The hostels will be the areas which will be specially kept under strict surveillance to avoid any untoward incident. The security has gained importance because of a series of violent happenings on the campus recently. The police made rounds of different hostels on the campus last night. No major incident was reported. Police would also be deployed at all affiliated colleges of the university in the city, which would also witness elections tomorrow.

Meanwhile, sources said Sulakshna Bramta, a candidate for the post of vice-president from the PUSU front, was locked in a room in Mata Gujri Hostel in the evening where she came to visit her friends. There were allegations by the rival front that she was indulging in campaigning, which should have been over by the evening.

The police played a minimal role during the open house discussion at the Students Centre. There was heavy trading of charges between rival groups and provocations led to a scuffle. The police did not interfere in the matter.


Naya Gaon to have NAC
Tribune News Service

Ratwara Sahib (Kharar), September 20
The Punjab Chief Minister has okayed the formation of the Notified Area Committee (NAC) for Naya Gaon and its surrounding areas. An indication in this regard was given by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a sangat darshan organised here today.

A number of constructions in the peripheral area of Punjab, behind the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, which were earlier seen as unauthorised in the light of the Periphery Control Act, would automatically be regularised. The structures raised after the December, 1998, deadline of the government also stand to be regularised.

A number of bureaucrats, police officials and politicians, including a cooperative society of the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of the ruling group have stakes in the area.

Areas of Naya Gaon, Kansal and surrounding villages are likely to be included in the proposed NAC. However, certain areas in Naya Gaon, falling in the forest area may be left out of the NAC limits.

Mr Badal, who was talking to mediapersons after holding a sangat darshan here, said he had directed the Secretary, Local Government, to evaluate the financial implications of constituting the committee before notifying it. He said he had been receiving the demand to form the NAC as the population in the area had increased to around 50,000.

He said he had directed the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to work out some mechanism wherein the norms for issuing no objection certificates (NOCs) could be relaxed provided there were no legal hurdles. In the past, PUDA had been strict on issuing NOCs to those raising construction in the periphery of Chandigarh. Though the Punjab State Electricity Board had been urging the government to relax the conditions, but PUDA had been refusing on the plea that it would mean regularising the constructions.Back



No directive to help USA: Krishnaswamy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Vice-Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy, today said the IAF had not received any directive from the Central Government to prepare for rendering any assistance to the US air force for launching attacks at targets in Afghanistan.

Speaking to mediapersons after inaugurating the National Workshop on Aspherics at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here, the Vice-Chief added that though the IAF was prepared to render any assistance as desired by the government, no specific strategy had been drawn up by the IAF in this regard.

Maintaining that he could not comment on airport security as it was not within his purview, he added that just the induction of hi-tech equipment for ensuring security was not the answer, but it was the attitude towards security that had to change.

Stating that the security situation in the aftermath of terrorist strikes was being continuously studied, Air Marshal Krishnaswamy, in response to a query, said a method of procedures to defend New Delhi from aerial strikes existed. He, however, declined to elaborate the measures.

Air Marshal Krishnaswamy also put to rest speculations that following the terrorist strikes in the USA and the possibility of involvement of Afghanistan-based terrorists, the IAF’s Presidential Review might be postponed. The review would be held as scheduled. He added that the air chiefs of about 12 countries had been sent invitations for the review, out of which several have sent acknowledgements about their participation, depending upon availability of time.

Earlier, speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop, Air Marshal Krishnaswamy stressed upon synergy between technologists and users in order to be self-reliant and to emerge as a leading player in the global scenario. He added that we needed to come out with an original thought process to move from a developing country to a developed one. He, however, cautioned that once we started evolving, we could become the target of discouragement because in the process we would become competitors.

Stating that we needed to look outside our professional sphere, he added that teamwork and synergy between scientists, manufacturers and users was vital for working out solutions to a problem, or development in the rest of the world would bypass us.

The Vice-Chief also inaugurated a National Aspheric Facility (NAF) for the civilian sector, set up by the CSIO, which would help in research and development in the field of optics. The Director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Dr Kota Harinarayana, said the European aircraft manufacturing giant, Airbus Industries, had procured software worth $ 3.2 million developed by the Bangalore-based National Aerospace Laboratory for designing its new generation passenger aircraft.

Talking about the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project, Dr Harinarayana said following its test flight, we were half-way through the project and the remaining work was to convert it into a weapon system. Claiming that 70 per cent of the components in the LCA were indigenous, he added that as far as electronics items were concerned, only two components had been imported.

Stating that the LCA project had also resulted in the development of a number of indigenous technologies, the ADA director said one of the most important achievement was the development of composite technology, which reduced the size and weight of aircrafts significantly.

In his welcome address, the CSIO Director, Dr R.P. Bajpai, said in the present-day environment, what mattered was the rate of data communication, which had thrown up new challenges. He added that we had to find new ways, including molecular technology, to meet the challenges.

Giving an overview of the NAF project, head of the CSIO’s optics division, Dr V.M.L. Narasimham, said the project had been conceived when some problem with developing the Head-up Display for the LCA had cropped up. He added that the facility, set up at a cost of about Rs 4 crore, would help in producing 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.

About 100 delegates from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Indian Space Research Organisation and industrial and scientific institutions attended the workshop, aimed 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.


Plans to boost tourism in city
Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The UT Administration is all set to the recharge the spirit of City Beautiful. And if its plans on the eve of World Tourism Day are anything to go by, then after sometime from now, Chandigarh will graduate from the current status of a mere transit halt to that of a full-fledged tourist destination.

The talks are already on with the Union Tourism Ministry in this connection, with the hospitality and tourism industry and the Administration proposing that the city, as a region, should be declared a free-travel zone, thus ridding the passengers of the pinch they feel on paying tax at every state border (Haryana, Himachal and even Punjab).

Giving this information, the Managing Director of CITCO, Mr S.P. Singh, said proposal for rationalisation of tax structure had been mooted to seek feasible interstate travel. The modalities for the same were being worked into ensure one- time payment of tax, which would make the city a free-travel zone at least in a radius of 50-60 km.

Highlighting the fall out of the inter state taxation, Mr Singh pointed out that as of now the viability of running tourist coaches in the neighbouring areas was proving counter productive both in terms of facility and cost. However, the rationalisation of taxes would go a long way in increasing the tourist flow from the city to Pinjore, Morni Hills, Kasauli, Chail and Anandpur Sahib.

Even the president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh, Mr Manmohan Singh Kohli, was of the view that the tourism in the areas was being affected by the inter-state taxation on public transport. Hence, efforts were afoot in association with other trade bodies to have an area within the radius of 50-60 km to be treated as Chandigarh region.

Plans have also been chalked out to offer tourist packages and start daylong excursions to the neighbouring areas. Meanwhile, a host of activities had been planned by the UT Administration for World Tourism Day on September 27. 


Do’s, dont’s for guest houses
Tribune News Service

  • No marriage functions or parties permitted.
  • Rs 10,000 fine for any violation and Rs 1,000 per day till the violation is removed.
  • Rates to be displayed prominently.
  • No arms or ammunition to be allowed.
  • A visitors’ book has to be maintained.
  • Premises can be inspected by officials of the Estate Office at any time.
  • No serving of liquor except under licence.

Chandigarh, September 20
Several restrictions were placed on the functioning of guest houses from residential premises today as the Chandigarh Administration released a long list of do’s and don’ts in an attempt to streamline the use of guest houses in the city. This , in a way , also permits the operation of guest houses.

These rules have been framed on temporary basis and are also named the ‘‘Rules to regulate the temporary functioning of Guest Houses in Residential Premises in Union Territory of Chandigarh , 2001’’. The rules shall remain in force till January 20, 2002, or till such further time as notified by the Administration, a spokesperson of the Administration said today.

Specifying what is a “guest house” the spokesperson said this means a place located in residential premises where a person is received, entertained or offered temporary accommodation by its owner or manager as visitor or recipient of hospitality and in turn such person pays for lodging and services at such place.

The Administration has also laid down several do’s and dont’s for the guest house. Most importantly the use of premises for hosting marriage functions and parties has been curbed. Restrictions have also been placed on serving of liquor .

The spokesperson said though the misuse of residential premises needs to be curbed, there is also a need for temporary transit accommodation at reasonable rates for visitors in the city. Thus a balance will have to be struck between such a need for the temporary accommodation while safeguarding the rights of peaceful life and proper security of the residents of the areas.

The rules also give blanket powers to the Estate Office to check the premises as when required. Powers to seal the premises have been vested with the Estate Office. The appellant authority will be the Finance Secretary.



Conductor helps nab ‘cookie gang’ member
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The presence of mind of the bus conductor of a Himachal Roadways bus on its way from Delhi to Chandigarh helped the police nab a member of the infamous “cookie gang”.

According to the information available, Latif, a 19-year-old youth, was arrested as soon as the bus halted at Chandigarh, ISBT, Sector 17. The conductor of the bus, had been a witness to the theft committed by the accused from one of the passengers after the latter had been drugged. The bus had started from Delhi at 8.30 pm last night and was scheduled to reach the city in the early hours of the morning today.

Police sources have informed that 19- year- old Latif had boarded the bus from Delhi alongwith a 42-year-old local businessman, Jatinder Kumar. The latter had earlier gone to Delhi in order to buy stock for his shop. He was on his way back to the city when the incident took place.

When the bus halted at Pipli for a while, Latif got down and bought two mango drinks for the two of them. Little did Jatinder expect that he was drinking a drink laced with some sedative. After a while, Jatinder began to lose consciousness and the accused got down to his work — without knowing that the bus conductor was keeping a watchful eye over him.

Latif removed the ring of the victim and the money lying in his pocket, but was handed over to the police once the bus reached Chandigarh.

At least 10 such incidents have been reported in recent past.


Sino-Indian cooperation stressed upon
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 20
The 53rd Founders Day of the People’s Republic of China was celebrated at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, SAS Nagar, here today.

Organised by the India China Friendship Association (ICFA), the day, which falls on October 1, was celebrated today.

Presiding over the function, the Minister for Public Health and Civil Aviation, Punjab, Raja Narinder Singh, stated that the time had come when China should give complete support to the nation as the interests of both nations matched.

The chief guest on the occasion was Mr Yang Linhai, cultural counsellor, Chinese Embassy, New Delhi, who in his speech assured that India should be sure of China’s help in time of a crisis.

Mr R.L. Batta, Bar at Law, Punjab and Haryana High Court, spoke on the economic development in China. Dr Damodar Panda, Reader in Chinese, Department of Central Asian Studies, Panjab University, spoke about China in transition. Mr H.S. Halwarvi, Editor, Punjabi Tribune, spoke about the role of China in the global scenario.

Prof Gurdev Singh Bara spoke about a solution to the problems at the Sino-Indian border. Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman, Punjab School Education Board, who was the guest of honour, also spoke on the occasion.

Ms Asha Verma, retired reader in Chinese, Central Asian Studies, PU, proposed the vote of thanks, while Prof Jiwan Tewari, President, ICFA, welcomed the guests.


Proposed stir may hit water, power supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Residents of Chandigarh may be in for hard days in view a threat by the Federation of UT Employees and Workers controlling water and power supply. CTU operations in the UT may also be hit following strike threat by employees.

Any agitation by the the federation is bound to disrupt power and water supply in the city, throwing normal life out of gear.

This decision was taken at a massive rally of the federation this morning at the Matka Chowk in support of their demands. Its demands include immediate release of four years’ bonus from 1997-2001, transferred employees from Chandigarh Administration to Municipal Corporation be treated as on deputation without further delay, grant of DA to the daily wages employees as per the Supreme Court judgement and regularisation of the services of all work-charged and daily wagers, end to privatisation of corporations of government and semi government departments like electricity, transport, public health roads, CITCO and revival of super bazaar.

The rally was attended by employees of various departments like the Union Territory Administration, Municipal Corporation, the Electricity Department, transport, roads, horticulture, maintenance, public health, General Hospital, Indian Council for Child Welfare, Chandigarh Housing Board, CITCO, street light and water supply.

Addressing the rally Mr Bhamal Rana, general secretary, and Mr Satpal Sharma, general secretary and president of the federation, respectively, warned senior officers of the administration that if the demands of the employees were not accepted, the federation would be left with no option but to go on strike.

Among others who addressed the rally were Mr Piara Singh Kang and Mr Manmohan Singh and Mr Daljit Singh of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh; Mr Kasturi Lal, Mr Ujjagar Singh Mhi (Electricity), Mr Ram Gopal (Roads), Mr Zile Singh (Sweeper Union), Mr Dhian Singh and Mr Chhote Lal (Public Health), Ms Paramjit Kaur, Mr Bihari Lal (ICCW), Mr Kanhiya Lal (CTU), Mr Sanjay Sharma (CITCO), Mr Raghbir Singh, Mr Manjit Singh Sidhu-Driver’s Union & MO; Mr Sushil Kumar — Departmental works, Mr Vijay Singh, Mr Gopal Datt Joshi - Vice President and Joint Secretary of Federation besides many others of sister organisations including Mr Ramesh Kumar Chandolia, Mr Raghbir Singh Sandhu of UT SS Federation and Mr Darshan Singh.


Sewage plant to be shifted from Mohali
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Residents of SAS Nagar will now be able to breath much more easily as a sewage treatment plant located in Industrial Area, Phase IX, to treat sewage emanating from Chandigarh, is to be shifted out.

A formal agreement in this regard was arrived at a high-level meeting between top UT and Punjab officers this morning.

Under the agreement sewage from Chandigarh will be treated at a new site where a new plant would be set up just south east of Sector 48 near Jagatpura village. The new site is across the upcoming Chandigarh -Ludhiana rail link. Punjab will construct its own seweage treatment plant for SAS Nagar, near Dehri on the Banur-Kharar road.

It has been 12 years since residents have been demanding that the sewage plant spread across 48 acres in Industrial Area Phase IX be shifted out. The matter had been hanging fire and no concrete decision was forthcoming. Today, sources said, it was negotiated and orders to this affect were passed by the Chandigarh Administration.

The property is owned by the Chandigarh Administration. Modalities like how much Chandigarh will get in lieu of the property are to be worked out later. At present the offer made by Punjab is not acceptable to Chandigarh authorities, who want better rates. Even at land acquisition rates the property is valued at about Rs 7 crore, a well placed source confirmed.

Chandigarh authorities have said Punjab should help them set up a plant which treats upto 30 million gallons a day (MGD). This is the capacity of existing plant also. The idea is also to construct smaller sewage treatment plants. Initially it was proposed that the existing treatment plant be shifted south of its present location.

Chandigarh had objected to it saying it pumps up treated water for use in irrigation and lawn watering. This would have jacked up the costs as it required laying of additional pipes. When asked how the railway line will be crossed a top official said since the sewage pipes are several feet underground this will not be a problem.


CBI’s check continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The surprise check by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at the Super Bazaar in Government Medical College and Hospital continued for the second day today.

According to CBI sources, the inventory of stock available in the Super Bazaar of the Sector 32 hospital was being made till the evening. The inventory of the stock available at the Super Bazaar in the PGI was , however, completed at about 9:30 pm last night.

Sources said only after the documents seized from the two places were verified would the charge sheets be prepared and the accused held. Officials of the CBI said the invoices and purchase bills would be verified and it would be checked if medicines and other surgical equipment sold here were within reasonable rates or at exorbitant rates.

The CBI had begun its surprise checks on the Super Bazaars in the two hospitals yesterday, following complaints of omission and commission by the liquidator appointed here. It was alleged that the medicines and other surgical items were sold at higher prices.

The authorities were allegedly also showing a higher rate of purchase of medical items, although they were bought at a much lower rate.

The UT Administration had ordered the liquidation of the super bazaars last year after these had incurred losses worth crores of rupees. After the liquidator was appointed, he got back some of the sacked staff and the business was resumed. The employees had reportedly not been paid their salaries for quite some time. 


Nostradamus books selling like hot cakes
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
“In the year of the new century and nine months, from the sky will come a great King of Terror. The sky will burn at fortyfive degrees, fire approaches the new city”.

The text corresponds roughly to a verse in Nostradamus’ “Century (Section) six, quatrain 97”. As the ‘forecast’ of Michel De Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, a famous 16th century French seer, comes true, ‘The Prophecies of Nostradamus’, ‘Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies’, ‘Predictions for a New Millennium’ etc are selling like hot cakes in Chandigarh. The clues about the attacks on the world’s superpower, is perhaps what is driving a large number of Chandigarhians to nearby bookstores.

A visit to various bookshops in Sector 17 reveals that most of the shopkeepers have displayed the books prominently, in the front racks of their shops and display windows. They believe that the Bush versus Laden mania will certainly attract customers.

“Shocked by the scenes unfolding on television and warnings from the US government that Americans should prepare for a long war, I was disturbed. So, I purchased Nostradamus’ book to seek solace in it,” says Mr Ravinder Singh, a buyer.

Prof I.M. Soni, a former Chairman of the Mass Communication Department, Panjab University, says, “There is romance in predictions because future is uncertain. There is an element of thrill when it is unfolded to us, especially by a seer, which Nostradamus believed he was. He denied that he was a prophet. However, he had the rare ability to combine scientific and philosophical into a united whole. Whatever may be said of his prophecies, one thing is sure: he correctly predicted his own death”. Father Vidal, his confessor, left him the night before saying ‘Until tomorrow’. Nostradamus replied, ‘You will not find me alive at sunrise’.

The media coverage is more a source of anxiety than the event, says a sociologist. “Since Black Tuesday, people are glued to the tube and have barely turned it off. The repeating images of planes slamming into the twin towers, survivors covered in soot and removal of bodies from the debris are making people anxious, at times fearful. Such an orgy is usually branded as sensationalist claptrap. The repeating images are also affecting kids.” He adds, “At a time of uncertainty like this, it is better to seek solace in religious books rather than prediction books.”

“Every day, we are selling five to six books and the sales are increasing with each passing day,” says Mr Ajay Arora, owner of Capital Book Depot. ‘‘The demand is increasing and the supply is poor, but we will manage to get additional stocks in a few days,” he adds.

“This week, we were flooded with 30 to 40 inquiries about Nostradamus’ books,” says Mr Rajiv Chaudhary, owner of English Book Shop. He says even inquiries for weekly magazines and prediction books have increased.

As far as the buyers are concerned, they are of all age groups. But most of them are retired persons.

An owner of a video rental store in Sector 9 said there was an unusual demand for ‘The Man Who Saw Tomorrow’, a documentary narrated by Orson Welles about Nostradamus’ predictions. “People are demanding movies featuring bombs and terrorists”, he says. Thus, there are many takers for ‘Pearl Harbor’, ‘Independence Day’ etc.


Over one lakh saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The ‘‘Greening Chandigarh Action Plan’’ for the current year concluded at Leisure Valley today with the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), planting a ‘‘ triveni’’ comprising three saplings of peepal, neem and barh.

Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator, said the action plan was a great success due to the coordinated approach adopted by various wings of the Administration and the Municipal Corporation.

This year the plantation of saplings has far exceeded the set targets. She said that against the target of planting 83,949 saplings this monsoon, various departments had collectively planted 1,49,402 saplings. 


General secretary of party quits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The general secretary of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, Mr Kanwar Pal Gehlot, today quit the party along with his supporters.

In a written statement, Mr Gehlot said he had decided to revive the Chandigarh Democratic Front. He alleged that the national president of the women wing the party, Ms Latika Sharma, was making appointment in an undemocratic way which was the reason for quitting the party.

He demanded the state status for Chandigarh and Vidhan Sabha for the city. 


Scooterist killed in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
An unknown scooterist was killed in an accident with a truck near the ITI crossing today. According to information available, the victim’s scooter (CH-01Y-4929) was hit by a truck ( HR- 37B- 8818). 

The scooterist died on the spot, while the accused truck driver fled away , leaving the truck behind.


Accused in contract killing case nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20.
Balwant Rai, alias Chumma, one of the main accused in the contract killing case in Chandigarh was arrested by the Mumbai police on Tuesday morning.

According to senior police officers here, Balwant was arrested when he was trying to slip away to Dubai with his wife and children. He was trying to board an Air India flight, when he was apprehended by the police.

Chumma and his brother Sant Prakash had hired contract killers to kill Harjinder Singh, a local timber merchant. While Sant Prakash had been arrested by the police earlier, Chumma had managed to escape the police net. Back


Sec 35 robbery case: 1 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Sector 36 police today arrested Babbar, one of the accused in the Sector 35 robbery case. 

According to information available, Babbar Singh, alias Babbar, was arrested by the police from ISBT, Sector 17 in the evening. The police had earlier arrested all accused and with the arrest of Babbar, the case has been solved.


2 arrested for carrying arms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Two youths were arrested by the local police here tonight while carrying a double-barrel gun and a revolver. 

The youths, Kuldeep Singh and Harpreet Singh, hailing from Naya Gaon located just north of the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), were stopped on basis of suspicion.


Briefcase stolen from bus stop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Three cases of theft have been reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

A briefcase containing Rs 4,500 cash, a camera, wrist watch, some personal documents and clothes was stolen from Mr Yogesh Sharma near the Housing Board light point bus stop last evening. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

A moped (CH-01B- 6955) was stolen from near a wine shop in Sector 17, while the two shields of a scooter were stolen from the Sector 45-C residence of Mr Y.P. Sharma, when the scooter was parked there.

In both these cases, FIRs under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

Two women booked: Suman Mehruba and her daughter have been accused of trespassing in the house of Ms Salma in Colony No. 5 last evening. The accused assaulted the complainant and she was admitted in GMCH, Sector 32. A case under Sections 452 and 323 of the IPC has been registered.

Four held: The police arrested two persons from different parts of the city and recovered 25 pouches and 13 bottles of whisky from them.

The Sector 11 police arrested Dhanna Ram, a resident of Kumhar Colony and recovered 25 pouches of whisky. A woman, Lakhpati Devi, was arrested from Ram Darbar and 13 bottles of whisky were seized.

Mohinder Kumar was arrested from Daddu Majra Colony on charges of selling wine at a public place. Mahavir Prasad was arrested from near chowk 18/19/20/21 on charges of consuming liquor at a public place.

In all cases, the accused have been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.


Biz Clips

Chandigarh centre: FIITJEE, Delhi, country’s largest training and coaching institute for IIT, JEE, has launched its franchise centre in Chandigarh. The launch function held at SCO 382, Sector 37-D, Chandigarh, was attended by eminent educationists, university professors, a large number of aspiring students. As envisaged by Mr D.K.Goel, Managing Director, FIITJEE Limited; the institute plaus to open 84 franchise centres across the country. TNS

Kilol fabrics: The Variant, situated in the heart of Chandigarh, is associated with promotion of work done by artisans working in remote areas, of the country. This time, it is displaying a collection of ‘Kilol fabrics’ from Jaipur which is famous for its hand block printing and provides a range of colours. On offer are sarees, kurtas, unstitched fabric, quilts and home furnishings. The prices are surprisingly affordable. TNS 

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