Wednesday, September 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Roll numbers racket busted
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 25
The Punjab School Education Board has found that some of its employees issued bogus roll numbers to help candidates take this year’s supplementary examinations.

Services of at least three employees of the board — Dharam Singh, an assistant; Neelam, a junior assistant; and Baldev Singh, a clerk — have been suspended for their alleged role in the nexus. It is said that they did not screen the examination forms of candidates while issuing the roll numbers. Though officials say that the number of bogus candidates so far has come out to be 29 in investigation, sources say that this figure may touch 40 as the investigation proceeds.

When contacted, Ms Harcharanjit Kaur Brar, Controller of Examination of the board, said such a racket had indeed been unearthed. She did not rule out the possibility of the involvement of more board employees in this murky business.

She said a flying squad led by Mr Sardul Singh, a Superintendent in the examination branch of the board, had raided an examination centre in AS Senior Secondary School of Khanna after receiving complaints of mass copying. The presence of certain candidates of Haryana, who were taking the Hindi test, at this Ludhiana-zone examination centre had made the raiding team suspicious.

Interrogation of the one of these candidates revealed that he had never appeared for a senior secondary certificate examination before. Four other candidates in the examination centre said the same thing. They had obtained bogus roll numbers through a Kaithal-based man, Sohan Lal, who had reportedly connived with some board employees for this purpose. The modus operandi of those involved in this racket was to make the candidates appear for Hindi, Sanskrit or physical education supplementary tests, make fake entries under the heads of the other subjects in the awards lists and declare the candidate successful in the board records.

Ms Brar said suspicion of the board authorities had intensified when certain candidates had been found appearing for the supplementary examination in physical education, a subject in which hardly any candidate had ever failed.

The board authorities were also preparing to take action against four other employees for wrongly posting awards of certain candidates against some other candidates.



PU plan to help students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Panjab University has formulated a plan to save inconvenience to scores of candidates whose results were not declared formally due to non-submission of registration return cards in time.

Due to non-completion of forms, results of these candidates appear as candidature suspended (CS) in the result gazettes. According to recommendations of a committee, which will feature in the university Senate meeting, it has been decided to ensure completion of the preliminary paper work much in advance to the last date of filling up the examination forms for the forthcoming annual examinations which is December 22.

This decision is likely to affect mostly the candidates for the first year examinations of BA, B.Sc, B.Com and other streams.

The last date for submission of the Students’ Registration Return has been fixed as October 3 and thereafter a late fee of Rs 500 will be charged till November 15. Students, who submit their forms by December 15, will have to deposit a late fee of Rs 1000.

The university has proposed to strictly implement the decision of not accepting any documents after December 15 ‘under any circumstance’.

The college authorities and the students will have to ensure timely submission of the necessary documents to the university.

The committee comprised the Dean University Instructions, Principal B.D. Budhiraja, Prof Charanjit Chawla, Principal A.C.Vaid and Controller of Examinations, besides others.

It has been recommended by the committee under ‘concrete proposals’ that the degree for various examinations held during the preceding year may be sent to the colleges by February 15 of the succeeding year. There has been an existing problem of delay on this front. It has been also said that ‘if a college fixes convocation before February 15, the university should provide them to be sent earlier’.

It has also been proposed that all detailed marks cards for private candidates and also result late cases should be sent through the postal department. One of the interesting suggestions says that instead of sending the result gazettes through registered post, the university should send them through messenger. Colleges in a particular district should be able to get results from a common centre.



Civil Defence Dept for Panchkula mooted
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
The terror unleashed in the USA has had a fallout at the most unlikely of places. The authorities have suddenly woken up to the fact that public warning mechanisms in the district are practically non-existent and that they are most unprepared in case of an emergency.

Consequently, an order to put a Civil Defence Department in place on an “urgent” basis has been received by the authorities as the deadline for making a room available in the district secretariat being September 27, sources said.

Confirming the setting up of the department, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ravi Kant Sharma, also in charge of the Haryana Civil Defence Department, said Panchkula was a big district where a single siren would not be enough.

“We will have to install a chain of sirens to go off together to warn the public in case of an emergency. Also, these will be centrally connected and a District Civil Defence Officer will be shortly appointed,” he added.

Terming it as a “normal exercise”, Mr Sharma said setting up the office would entail providing for a wireless system and carrying out exercises in rescue work for those associated with the department, a matter finalised by the parent department, representatives of the Home Guards and the district administration.

According to orders received by the Civil Defence Department, the Government of India wants all government buildings to be “covered” under the new scheme and five districts have been identified as sensitive “requiring protection”, Panchkula being one of them.

Prior to this, the department was existing in 10 districts of the state.

Sources said India being a trouble-free state with practically no major problems since the 1971 Indo-Pak war, such programmes became relegated to the back burner, making the existing departments defunct over the last few years.

In addition, after the bifurcation of Punjab and Haryana into two states, the number of district civil defence officers was reduced considerably. From five officers, the number was increased to 10, nearly 15 years back.

After this, there has been no movement or addition to the tally at all and making provision of additional district officers to man the five districts which have made their way to the “privileged” list could pose a problem for the authorities.

Meanwhile, sources in the administration said that a room on the second floor of the secretariat had been identified and would be handed over after incorporating a few changes to suit the requirements of the department concerned.



UT police to approach NSG for disposing of explosives
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The UT police will once again approach the National Security Guard (NSG) for disposing of explosives seized during the days of terrorism. These are still lying in various police stations in the city.

According to well-placed police sources, it has been decided to approach the authorities concerned in New Delhi for disposal of a large quantity of explosives lying in the various maalkhanas here by the NSG. This is after the Army Headquarters had earlier refused to concede to the request of the city police for the disposal of the highly explosive material lying here.

It is learnt that several slabs of explosives, insulation tape, RDX (Research Development Explosive) and other plastic explosive devices , fuse pressure, batteries, explosive device bombs, charge bomb, device bombs and black powder were seized by the local police and are lying in the police stations. While most of the cases pertaining to terrorism have already been decided in the courts, explosives no longer remain the case property and keeping these in police stations is hazardous .

It may be recalled that following the explosions in Army ammunition depots in Pathankot in Punjab and Suratgarh in Rajasthan earlier this year, UT IGP, Mr. B.S. Bassi, had decided to do away with the explosives lying in maalkhanas here. A survey of all the maalkhanas in the city was conducted and a list of various kinds of explosives lying here was made.

The UT Police then began the legal proceedings to receive sanction for the disposal of explosive material. Later, the court allowed the police to dispose off these explosives only for the cases that had been decided. Those explosives seized in cases still undergoing trial were not to be disposed off.

Following this, the police had approached the NSG for disposing of the explosives, but the latter had shown reluctance and the case was then referred to the Western Command in August this year. The Western Command authorities then sought the approval of the Army Headquarters, which was denied almost a week back.

While eight explosive slabs and 169 bullets ( 100 of these of 69 point 32 bore) are lying in the Sector 36 police station since it was recovered in August 1990, insulation tape, plastic explosive devices, fuse pressure, 10 explosive batteries, 40 explosive device bombs, charge brass, five device bombs, black powder and electric batteries are lying in Sector 26 since May, 1991.

Four pieces of a bomb are also lying in the Industrial Area Police Station and 13 kg. of RDX seized after the Beant Singh assassination in August 1995 will not be disposed of as the cases in which they were recovered are still under trial and these are case properties.



Vigilance Dept’s gaffe on former city SDM
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
It is rare for the government machinery to go wrong in case of IAS officials. However, the Chandigarh Administration’s Vigilance Department has somehow managed to do just that.

Had not a senior official noticed a factual error in the case made up by the Vigilance Department, a young UT-cadre IAS official’s reputation and, maybe, even his job, would have been at strike. The department had dragged the officer into an alleged scandal of wrongly allotting plots to slum-dwellers in one of the southern sectors. Due to error or oversight, the Vigilance Department named the officer in the scandal while mentioning the period when he was not even posted in Chandigarh Administration.

The officer concerned, Mr Ashish Kundra, was posted to the Chandigarh Administration as Sub Divisional Magistrate, (South), between August 1998 and August 2000. In its case the Vigilance Department mentioned that the allotment scandal had taken place in April 1998 while making references to Mr Kundra and his office.

The lapse has been taken seriously in bureaucratic circles of the city as the file relating to case is nowadays passing through various officials dealing with the matter. How Mr Kundra’s name was brought into the case is a mystery.

Sources said a senior bureaucrat who was asked for comments by the Administration following directions from the Central Vigilance Department has taken a dig at the Vigilance Department, saying it deserves kudos for its investigation as such a basic fact has been ignored.

The Vigilance Department wanted a case registered on a complaint against four persons who were allotted plots under a rehabilitation scheme for slum-dwellers. The four persons had been allotted plots under a previous scheme and were thus ineligible for allotment which has been cancelled.

Interestingly, the investigating officials of the department are drawn from amongst the police. During his two-year stay, Mr Kundra had handled several sensitive inquiries, including some against cops.

An official disclosed that the matter had reached such a stage where the CVC had asked the Administration to look into the matter and ascertain Mr Kundra’s role. Senior officials have also expressed their views on rehabilitation scheme, saying there is no way for an SDM or any official to physically verify all claims which are supported by affidavits submitted by the claimants saying it is first time rehabilitation for them.



Panel to check female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
To keep a check on female foeticide in the city, a vigilance committee has been constituted by the UT Administration under the Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) (regulations and prevention) Act 1994.

The vigilance committee is empowered to pay surprise visits to the diagnostic centres, laboratories and clinics to check their compliance with the Act and also recommend to the appropriate authority for cancellation of registration, prosecution or impounding the machine, whichever is found suitable.

The Director Health Services (DHS), Dr Rameshwar Chander, said prenatal sex determination was not only discriminatory but also affected status of the women in the society. Proposal to form a zone to keep a vigil on the clinics and nursing homes in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula, has also been forwarded to the UT Administration, said the DHS.

Besides this, any person who sought the aid of any genetic counselling centre, ultrasound clinic, gynaecologist, imaging specialist or a registered medical practioner for pre-conception sex determination or conducting pre- natal diagnostics techniques on a pregnant woman, except detecting genetic, metabolic, chromosomal or sex-linked disorders, is also liable to be punished.

Punishment included imprisonment for a term extending up to three years and a fine up to Rs 50,000. A subsequent conviction could extend the imprisonment to five years and fine to Rs 1 lakh.

The Director, Family Welfare, Dr MP Minocha, said 39 nursing homes and clinics had registered under the PNDT Act. Out of these action was being taken against MRI Ultra Sound and CT Scan Centre, Sector 22 and Chandigarh Fertility Centre, Sector 35, for violating the rules and regulations laid down by the government, he said.



Encroachments removed in SAS Nagar
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 25
As many as 40 encroachments were removed from the corridors in front of the Phase 1 market and along the main roads in Phase 3B1 by the enforcement staff of the council and the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) here today.

The drive was launched after a subcommittee of the council, PUDA and the tehsil office, formed by the SDM, Mr Jaipal Singh, served an ultimatum on the shopkeepers to remove encroachments from public places.

Sources in the council said items kept by shopkeepers in corridors and construction material dumped along roads were seized. As the drive was launched in the presence of a Duty Magistrate, no opposition was offered by the shopkeepers.

The drive would be undertaken in other parts of the town.



Clot-dissolving drug to be launched today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
There is good news for those with cardiac problems. A blood clot dissolver — Streptokinase — produced by city-based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) will be formally launched at a special function organised on occasion of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) founder day celebrations in New Delhi tomorrow.

This is the first commercial production of this life-saving drug in the country based on Indian technology which has earlier been exclusively imported into the country. The scientific team which developed the process was led by Dr Girish Sahni, senior scientist, IMTECH.

The process knowhow for this drug was licensed to an Ahmedabad drug giant Cadilla Pharmaceuticals Ltd early last year. The company in an year’s time not only up scaled the process but carried it through regulatory clearances too as the process developed at IMTECH was so facile that it had no difficulty in getting approvals.

Streptokinase acts rapidly by dissolving the fibrin clot impeding the flow of blood to the afflicted organs. Thus the clot-buster drug, if given within a few hours after a heart attack or stroke, can save up to 30 to 40 per cent of lives. Undoubtedly in view of the prevalence of cardiac disease worldwide, clot buster like Streptokinase are of immense societal value. Currently available in this region, Streptokinase is imported from the West. Thus the release of an Indian version of this drug was a urgent requirement.



Sector 66 residents cry for basic facilities
Kulwinder Sangha

SAS Nagar, September 25
Residents of the PUDA developed Sector 66 here have been crying for basic facilities with the authorities doing little to redress their grievances.

The sector was developed last year with PUDA allotting 1,100 houses (LIG and MIG). However, even though many allottees have shifted to the new accommodation, the facilities in the area are still poor.

Residents say the condition of the road which leads to the sector from the Phase X-XI dividing road is in bad shape. It is particularly difficult to drive on this road at night. The condition of inner roads is no better. Only a layer of stones was put on these at the time of the construction of the houses. Rain adds to the woes of vehicle drivers.

Another grievance of the residents is the existence of a big pond in the area which has become a source of nuisance. Cattle from the nearby villages often enter it and sometimes even stray into residents’ premises. There is also congress grass in the locality which the authorities concerned do not bother to cut. Snakes add to the problems of the occupants of the houses.

House owners say that they have written two letters to the Chief Administrator of PUDA for the filling up of the pond, but no action has yet been taken. In fact, no PUDA official has so far cared to visit the area to redress this grievance.

The residents also complain that there is a site covered with garbage near NIPER. Foul smell from the site affects passersby as well as residents of Sector 66 and NIPER. They have demanded that alternative arrangements should be made by the local Municipal Council for the dumping of garbage.

Residents further say that even though about a year has passed since allottees occupied their houses, CTU local bus services have not been made available to the sector despite requests to the General Manager of the transport undertaking. They say they have to walk about 2 km to Phase XI to catch a local bus.

It also becomes a problem for parents to send their children to schools. They have to spend a lot of money on hiring rickshaws up to Phase XI to enable their children to attend schools in Chandigarh. Besides, in the absence of local bus services rickshaw-pullers and autorickshaw drivers fleece outsiders who may have to go to Sector 66 after 6 p.m.

The residents have demanded the linking of the sector with Chandigarh and other parts of SAS Nagar by local bus services.

The residents further complain that telephone connections have yet to be given or transferred to applicants. They had to personally collect detailed drawings of the sector from PUDA and hand these over to telephone officials for laying cables. It was only six months thereafter that the telephone department began work on the cables.

Residents have now again written to the PUDA Chief Administrator urging him to look into their plight.



Tribunal plan hangs fire
Tribune News Service

Almost four years after the Army decided to set up a tribunal to redress the grievances of military personnel regarding service matters, the establishment of this much awaited appellate body still hangs fire.

While the Army Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence claim to have worked out the modalities of establishing the tribunal, it is yet to be approved by Parliament. According to an Army Headquarters source, the proposal was set to go before Parliament, when the Tehelka expose, followed by the resignation of the then Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, threw a spanner in the works.

Shaken out of its slumber by a Supreme Court observation that the Army Act is archaic and that the Government has failed to bring about the necessary changes in it, the Army Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence have been planning to move the Bill in Parliament but there has been little progress in the past few sessions.

The proposal to set up the tribunal was approved by the Defence Minister in July, 1999, following which the draft was sent to the Law Ministry for its comments and final approval. The draft, sent back by the Law Ministry after being duly approved, has been lying with the Defence Ministry for some time.

According to the revised structure, the tribunal, to be chaired by a retired judge of the Supreme Court, will have its principal bench in New Delhi, with benches at five other places across the country. The principal bench will have eight members — four from the judiciary and four retired servicemen — comprising four division benches. The retired servicemen will be of the rank of Major-General and above or the equivalents in the other two services. The other five benches at Jammu, Lucknow, Chennai, Guwahati and at Mumbai or Pune, will be headed by a vice-chairman and will have two division benches each. A retired judge of the High Court will be the vice-chairman.

Based on a 1982 Supreme Court judgement, the Law Commission had, in March last year, put forth a number of recommendations concerning the setting up of an appellate tribunal. The original proposal had suggested a three-member tribunal, headed by a retired civilian judge and having a serving as well as a former Judge Advocate General (JAG) as members. The JAG, holds the rank of Major-General and heads the Army’s JAG department which is responsible for rendering all legal advice to formation commanders in administrative and disciplinary matters.

There were objections from some quarters to a serving JAG sitting in the tribunal as it would amount to the JAG sitting in review of his own judgements. All legal proceedings are carried out on behalf of the JAG and are sent to him for internal review, if warranted.

The jurisdiction of the tribunal will extend to all the three services, and will cover all service matters including disciplinary matters and courts martial. The administrative members of the tribunal, that is the ex-servicemen, will be from the service to which the matter in question relates. The tribunal is expected to have the powers to determine any question necessary to do justice in a case as well as to order a new trial where conviction is quashed.



Roads clogged by rehris
Tribune News Service

Encroachments by fruit vendors on road turnings and roundabouts seem to grow with the traffic, no matter how inconvenient these are to the passers-by.

Despite several attempts of the district administration and the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the problem does not seem to go and the two authorities continue to grope for a lasting solution.

Occupying the road on the turnings, the rehris are a big traffic hazard and the dangerously parked vehicles of their ‘‘customers’’ heighten the danger. The residents and associations have complained to the authorities several times, but the rehris keep coming back after every drive launched against them.

‘‘This is a major traffic bottleneck. You could be driving at a steady pace when the car in front would come to a sudden halt, making an accident inevitable,’’ says Mr S.P. Sharma, a resident of Sector 9.

The president of the Citizens Welfare Association, Mr S.K. Nayar, said that this issue had been raised a number of times with no satisfactory result. ‘‘If they launch a drive against the rehriwalas for a fortnight at a stretch, they will not come back. Taking the help of the police to ensure that they do not return, is another possible solution. However, the drives aim at ousting them once and there is no follow-up action the next day,’’ he added.

To solve the problem posed by rehriwalas, a committee has been asked to identify places where the rehris could be allowed. A heavy penalty would be imposed on the violators.



Employees’ demands discussed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 25
In order to discuss the demands of the UT and MC employees, a joint meeting of the working committee of the UT Subordinate Services Federation and the Federation of the UT Employees and Workers was held here today.

The meeting was held to decide the next course of action and to support the two-hour strike to be staged by CTU workers on October 10.

More than 90 leaders of different unions affiliated to the federation participated in the meeting.

The meeting resolved to resort to direct action against the UT Administration by the end of October if the demand of bonus was not met before Divali.

The other demands include grant of medical allowance, filling of vacant post, treating the MC employees on deputation, stopping of the privatisation of public sector and enhancement of uniform allowance.



Workshop on human values
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
A two-day workshop on education in human values for the orientation of school teachers, conducted by the Sri Satya Sai Sewa Organisation (education wing) at DAV School, Sector 8, concluded here.

The workshop was attended by teachers not only from the city but from the surrounding areas as well. The aim of the workshop was to blend ancient knowledge and modern science to promote human values.

This programme was aimed at enabling teachers to inculcate in the children the fact that the self-discipline was essential to lead an organised life and help the students to be masters of their mind and sense organs.

On the first day, the teachers were told how they could, through the techniques, have control over their senses. Interesting techniques, which included prayer, silent sittings, meditation, story-telling, quiz, group singing and value games were suggested.

The speakers concentrated on the five values of truth, peace, dharma, non-violence and love on the second day of the workshop. The various methods by which these could be inculcated in students was also explained.

The role of teachers in inculcating these values was also discussed. The entire process of imparting these techniques was made simple to understand and implement in their classrooms.



Workshop on stress-free life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Environmental and personal obstacles place demands and stress on lives of individuals which can be handled effectively only through management.

Dr Joginder Mukherjee of the Government College of Education conducts a workshop on “How to lead a stress-free life” in the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, on Tuesday.
Dr Joginder Mukherjee of the Government College of Education conducts a workshop on “How to lead a stress-free life” in the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

These views were expressed by Dr Joginder Mukherjee, a senior lecturer in guidance and counselling at the Government College of Education, while addressing a workshop on “How to lead a stress-free life for police officers” in the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, here today.

She said that policemen had to cope with a lot of stress as they were entrusted with various responsibilities of assisting the state for gathering intelligence, maintaining law and order and investigating special crime cases, besides others. While dealing with public and themselves, police officers also had to face situations leading to mental and physical strain resulting from anxiety, work or adjustive demands.

Dr Mukherjee said: “We need to have management skills to achieve meaningful and fulfilling life”.

Dr Ajaib Singh, Director of the Centre for Adult Education, welcomed the guests.



Enrolment drive for SGPC poll
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 25
The Sikh community in the city can enlist themselves as voters for the elections of the SGPC by filling a declaration form no. 1 and form no. 1A. The forms are available at all gurdwaras and the following government offices:- Sector 8, Leisure Valley, Municipal Corporation Office (Sector 17), Sector 23, Sector 25, Community Center (Sector 37), Sector 40, Water Works (Sector 39), Community Center (Sector 36), Sector 46 Market, Sector 20 (behind B.Ed College), Community Center (Sector 18), Complaint Office (Sector 27), Sector 26, Hot Mix Plant, Complaint Office (Sector 32), Community Center (Sector 47), and NAC Mani Majra.

The forms should be sent to Tehsildar (R) by November 2, 2001. The rural voters can get the forms from their respective patwaris and the same is to be deposited with the patwaris by November 2.

This was stated by a spokesperson of the Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner’ office, here today.



Devi Lal’s birth anniversary celebrated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
The birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal was celebrated by the Haryana Employees Coordination Committee of Chandigarh and Panchkula outside the 30 Bays building in Sector 17 here today.

Leaders of various organisations, who had come together to observe the day, demanded that the leader’s birthday be celebrated as “Kisan divas”, a statue of Chaudhary Devi Lal be installed outside the Haryana Secretariat and an independent foundation in the name of the leader be set up.

Earlier, addressing a rally of employees, all union leaders stressed the qualities of sacrifice and a desire to uplift the downtrodden. Slogans in Devi Lal’s praise were also raised at the rally.



2 get Bharat Jyoti award
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 25
A former Chief Engineer of the Punjab Irrigation Department, Mr Ram Chand, has been honoured with the Bharat Jyoti award, instituted by the India International Friendship Society. Mr Chand has authored over 30 technical papers published in national and international journals. In addition, he is consultant to various World Bank- aided projects for cyclone and flood protections. He was also working for projects being funded by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Besides, Mr Sukhjinder Singh, founder of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy and founder director of the Residential School, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy, has also been given the Bharat Jyoti award for his achievement in national integration and taking education to villages.



BSNL employees threaten dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Employees of the BSNL, Punjab Circle, will stage a mass dharna in front of the office of the Chief General Manager, Telecom, here on Thursday in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the telecom administration towards their long-pending demands.

According to Mr R.L.Moudgil, circle president, BSNL Employees Union, the demands include timely payment of pension-related dues, sufficient laying of cable to avoid non-feasible areas and prompt telephone connections to the public, connivance of some officers with private telecom operators at the cost of the BSNL services, provision of security in cash vans for collecting cash from different counters, recruitment of staff to avoid delay in attending faults and achieve target of telephone-on-demand and payment overtime for extra workload.



VSNL gives clue in cyber crime case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The first ever cyber crime case registered in the city has made some headway with Vidyut Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) sending a letter to the local police after verifying the IP address ( Internet Protocol address) of the accused company, Techno Noble Infoway Limited.

The VSNL has confirmed the IP address of TNIL, given to it by the complainant, IGSP Inc. This will help the police investigations against the accused in order to nail them.

However, the VSNL authorities in Delhi have not been able to confirm about the activity log of accused company on FTP server on the two days on which hacking is alleged to have taken place.

A case of hacking (under Section 66(2) of Information Technology Act and Section 380 of the IPC ) had been registered against TNIL last month. It was alleged that accused had hacked the main server of a US- based concern, IGSP Inc. It was alleged that TNIL illegally down loaded confidential information from the FTP server in USA, after the accused had made at least 15,000 attempts to log on to FTP server in the USA.

The US-based company had given a contract to a local firm, IGSP Technology India Private Limited for arranging jobs for medical transcriptions. The Managing Director of the latter firm, Mr. O.P. Bhardwaj, is the father-in-law of Mr Rakesh Sharma of IGSP, Inc. Mr Bhardwaj had further given the sub-contract for medical transcription to the accused company.

According to the FIR registered on the complaint of the MD of IGSP Technology India Pvt. Ltd., Mr O.P. Bhardwaj, it is alleged that the contract between IGSP India and TNIL was cancelled on August 21, 2001. The company also cancelled the access password given to TNIL.



Accused wife of artiste surrenders
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, September 25
Nirmal Kaur ‘Nimmi’, who has been accused of killing her husband Jyoti Kumar Sharma in Sector 19 here on September 17, surrendered before the Government Railway Police (GRP) on Monday and said she would help the police in the investigation.

A senior official of the Railway Police said Nimmi had agreed to cooperate with the police after her return from Dubai. The official also said she had neither been arrested nor detained.

It is learnt that the police pressurised her parents, who live at Hoshiarpur, to ask her to return from Dubai and surrender before the police. The body of Jyoti Kumar Sharma had been found in shrubs along the railway line in Phase I of the Industrial Area here. Nirmal Kaur was the main accused. The police also said Nimmi had left the country on the day of the murder.

Jyoti’s friends said that Jyoti’s relations with his wife had turned sour after she had returned from a trip to Dubai. They said Nimmi had visited Dubai twice with a cultural troupe and had an affair with another person. She had refused to live with Jyoti and filed for divorce.



Scooter stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Two cases of theft have been registered by the police in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

A scooter (CHL- 5109) was stolen from near the Union Bank of India, Sector 35. A car stereo was stolen from the car of Capt B.P. Puri, vice-president of Patiala Distillery Manufacturing Limited, late on the night of September 23.

The car was parked near Hotel Shivalikview.

In both the cases, police has registered FIR’s under Section 379 of the IPC.

Liquor seized: Crime Branch officials recovered 50 pouches of Hero whisky from Arvind Kumar in Burail last night.

In another case, Rajesh was arrested from Timber Market in Sector 26 for consuming liquor at a public place.

In both cases, police has registered cases under 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.



One WWICS employee held in theft case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The police today arrested one of the employees of WWICS (World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services ), who was allegedly involved in a theft case in a Sector 8 house. Rajeev Bajaj, State Officer of WWICS was arrested today, even as police parties conducted raids at various places in Punjab and the UT to arrest, Col B.S Sandhu, proprietor of the above mentioned consultancy and his three others relatives.

Raids were conducted in Sector 18 here, SAS Nagar, Karoran village, Ropar and Khanna subdivision of Ludhiana. An FIR was registered under Sections 380, 427 of the IPC against the proprietor of WWICS, and others. It was alleged that Col B.S. Sandhu, his wife Baljit Kaur, son Davinder Singh, cousin Gurpreet Sandhu and an employee Rajiv Bajaj had stolen all electrical, sanitary and iron fittings when they vacated a rented accommodation in Sector 8.

Suicide: A middle-aged man Prem Parkash committed a suicide by hanging himself from the hook of a ceiling fan at his resident late this evening. He was a resident of Pandit colony in Kajheri village.

He was working in a marble show room and was reported to be under depression. He had been absent from work for the past week.

Burn Injuries: A woman in her mid twenties sustained 35 per cent burns when a stove on which she was making tea burst. Deepika, a resident of Ram Darbar, was rushed to Sector 32, GMCH, late at night with burn injuries.



3-yr-old child crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A three-year-old girl was killed when she was hit by a truck near Colony No 5 here today.

It is learnt that the victim, Neetu, was crossing the road dividing Colony No 5 and Sector 45 when she was hit by a truck (CHQ-1075). The police said that both legs of the child were crushed.

While the victim was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, the truck driver fled. The child died in the hospital. The police has impounded the truck and registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC.



Traditional fabrics on display
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 25
Graceful dupattas and matching fabrics are bound to steal your heart at the exhibition hall of Hotel Aroma in Sector 22 where the Utsav, a Delhi-based business house, have bought a brand new collection of traditional fabrics for the people of City Beautiful.

This year the exhibition focused on block printed tussar and cotton dupattas.

“This region has a lot of clientele for dupattas and fabrics rather than sarees.

So though we have included a few selective pieces of sarees from different regions of the country, the main emphasis still lies on dupattas and fabrics,” said Shashiv Chandran who started Utsav 13 years back.

Shashiv who trots around the nation to pick up traditional motifs has presented the city buyer with some blended varieties like Mangal Giri dupattas from Andhra Pradesh which are being vegetable dyed in Rajasthani print, besides others like ikat from Andhra and Orissa and tussar from Bihar.





The Sant footwear outlet in Sector 17, Chandigarh, has reopened after renovation with a new look and wider range of products. It is offering gifts with all purchases above Rs 500 as part of its 14th anniversary. The outlet has also taken franchisee of Live In Jeans. TNS


Stryde is poised to penetrate market in North India this winter with its range of Pinewood Sandals. The soles are made of New Zealand pinewood and have holes drilled into them. The range encompasses footwear for men and women, leather accessories like belts, wallets, ladies handbags and corporate grooming products. TNS

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