Saturday, September 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



13 farmhouses demolished by admn
Bipin Bhardwaj

Panchkula, September 28
In a major demolition drive, 13 sprawling farmhouses in Kot Billa village, 25 km from here, were demolished today by the district administration.

The farmhouses, belonging to high and mighty of Chandigarh, had come up in the area in violation of the Periphery Control Area Act in the past decade. The country’s top defence establishment — Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) — had in the past protested against such constructions as sensitive tests are conducted in the vicinity around the year.

Sources said the TBRL authorities had also written to the government, objecting to the coming up of the farmhouses and other structures in this area.

The farmhouses had air-conditioned rooms, swimming pools, billiards rooms, top-of-the-line imported and Indian furniture and crockery, besides many ultra-modern facilities.

This was the first major demolition operation carried out by the administration since 1999 on the Nada Sahib-Morni road and in the Saketri area.

Despite altercation with the enforcement team, headed by Ms Geeta Prakash, District Town Planner (DTP), the operation was carried out for over seven hours. The enforcement team had to stop the operation for over two hours when some farmhouse owners in Kot Billa reacted against the drive.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Ms Prakash said the drive was carried out after giving proper notice. The violators had been given sufficient time to pull down their unauthorised structures. Moreover, they were served notices by ordinary and registered post. Copies of the notice were also pasted on the walls of the houses of violators who did no respond in time, she added.

A team of over 100 police personnel, 30 members of the enforcement team, an earth-moving machine and three trucks were pressed into service under the leadership of the Assistant Superintendent of Police and the Magistrate for the operation.

To avoid any untoward incident, a riot control vehicle was also arranged by the administration.

The DTP said the violators had ignored the notices which were repeatedly served to them, and carried out construction on a massive- scale here. Some of them had raised huge buildings after seeking no- objection-certificates from the authorities.

Meanwhile, the farmhouse owners claimed that they had replied in writing to the notices they were served by the administration. They alleged that the administration had demolished their establishments despite the fact that they had applied to the authorities concerned, seeking permission for construction.


Major power theft racket detected
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Unearthing a major and widespread racket in power theft, the Chandigarh Administration’s Engineering Department has disconnected power supply to about 22 industrial units in the city in the past two days.

The industrialists will face a stiff action and may collectively have to pay up to Rs 1.50 crore as penalty. Fines will be realised before the power supply is restored, sources have confirmed. Senior officers have been informed about the incident even as the industrialists tried exerting pressure from various political parties, but that did not help.

The power-stealing units are located across the Industrial Area phase I and Phase II, a source disclosed, while adding that amounts of theft detected vary. The modus operandi was to tamper with the electronic meters, thus indulging in wholesale power theft. The department got suspicious when the transmission network showed signs of overloading and the consumption of these industrial units dropped below the average of the previous years.

A surprise check revealed how theft had become an organised racket in the Industrial Area. Today, the people whose connections have been disconnected met senior officials of the Engineering Department and promised that they would pay up the arrears and penalty. So far no criminal cases were to be registered with the police as the department has allowed time but has asked its field officers that no power connection be restored till payments are made. In case payment is not made the department will think of police action. Meanwhile, the company which manufactures these electronic meters has been informed about how the seals of the meters had been broken and direct connections had been established bypassing the meter

Sources, meanwhile, added that a crack team of the Engineering Department has been catching several power-stealing units in the past three years. This is the latest in the sequel.


Panjab University funds misuse to be probed
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Taking cognizance of repeated allegations of misappropriation of amalgamated funds collected from students in colleges affiliated to Panjab University, a committee of the university will be deliberating on the issue shortly.

The funds collected for student activities often end up as salaries of the staff and other activities for which the fund is not intended, it has been discovered. The problem has found repeated representation in the university Senate over the past years. One of the reasons for less expenditure on student activities has been pointed out as ‘total absence of elected student bodies to keep a check in affiliated colleges except in the city’.

The Vice-Chancellor constituted a committee to study the issue of misuse of amalgamated funds, lack of infrastructure for new courses and non-implementation of requirements pointed out in inspection committee reports.

In one of the earlier meetings it has been resolved that ‘all the affiliated colleges be asked to pay full salaries to their duly selected teachers in accordance with the UGC scales within two months through cheques.

It should be made clear that in case of non-compliance , the university will be forced to take punitive action against the college concerned, which may include disaffiliation’.

It has been pointed out that colleges should ensure at the earliest that governing bodies of all non-government colleges are constituted in accordance with the amended regulations. One member, who is an eminent academician, should be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor on the governing body of each non-government affiliated college.

Mr Jarnail Singh pointed out in the earlier meeting that the payment of less salaries to teachers was a widespread problem in the affiliated colleges where there was no system of payment of salaries by cheques.

Most of the teachers did not complain about less payments because the managements of certain colleges got signed undated resignation letters from teachers.

Mr R.S.Verma said that ‘in case the colleges did not pay full salary to the teachers in spite of the letters by the university, then further action to give a notice of disaffiliation should be given to the colleges’.

Principal A.C.Vaid said that provisions of the PU calendar should be adhered to but at the same time the financial limitations of the managements of the private colleges should not be ignored.

Principal Tarsem Bahia said that most of the managing committees of private colleges were not properly and legally constituted.

Even PU had not appointed its representatives on all managing committees.

Prof Charanjit Chawla said that there was need for implementation of provisions of PU calendar as well as decisions already taken by the Syndicate and the Senate in respect of payment of proportionate salary for summer vacation.

Principal P.S. Sangha said that along with the “will” to pay full salaries, there should be first a “capacity” to pay full salaries. He said that representatives of the managing committees of private colleges should also be associated with the deliberations on the issue.


Govt move to cut EDC on colonisers put on hold
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 28
A move to reduce the external development charges (EDC) levied on private colonisers in controlled areas of Punjab has been delayed by the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Department. on repeated representations by private colonisers, the government had proposed to reduce the EDC by around 50 per cent.

The issue came in the Finance and Accounts Committee meeting of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, chaired by the Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab, Dr Upinderjit Kaur. Sources in the government said the issue was kept pending for the next meeting of the authority.

Under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulations Act, private colonisers in the controlled areas are issued licences but have to pay heavy external development charges to the authority for integration of the basic amenities in their colonies with the main facilities.

However, the colonisers have been seeking reduction in the charges on the plea that the basic amenities around their colonies, located outside the developed areas, were provided much after they had developed their colonies.

They have sought that the charges should be levied after the basic amenities were provided by the government agencies concerned. When approved, the reduced EDC would also be applicable to the colonisers who raised colonies in the proposed Naya Goan Notified Area Committee.

The sources said for the area falling in the Municipal Corporations, PUDA had proposed to reduce the EDC from Rs 7 lakh per gross acre to around Rs 3.50 lakh per acre. For the A class civic bodies, the rates were proposed to be reduced from Rs 5.30 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh and for other areas, a recommendation of reducing the charges from Rs 3.50 lakh to Rs 1.50 lakh had been made. There were over 70 controlled areas in Punjab.

As per the parametres adopted by PUDA, a private coloniser was allowed to raise construction of 50 per cent of the land and the remaining had to be kept open for other basic amenities.

The government was also contemplating to levy conversion charges for change of land use in the controlled areas. A policy for conversion charges being followed by the Haryana Government in the controlled areas covered under the Punjab Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas Restrictions of Unregulated Development Act, 1963 after certain amendments was being studied.

Though the government was empowered to allow change in land use but to charge conversion charges, the Periphery Control Act would have to be amended, said officials of the Town and Country Planning. However, the Punjab Scheduled Roads Act had already been repealed by Punjab.


UT may ‘surrender’ funds meant for GMCH
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
In a shocking case of bureaucratic red-tapism, a sum of about Rs 3 crore allocated for the construction of the upcoming Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is to likely be ‘‘ surrendered ’’ by the Chandigarh Administration, which has been unable to keep up the pace of construction.

The money will go back to the Union Government if it is utilised. The money was allocated under the capital costs. Taking a serious note of this development, Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the UT Administrator, has asked her officers to ensure that the work carries on at a pace which will help utilise the allocated Budget. The Adviser said this during the bi-monthly senior officers' conference here today.

Sources said sanction was awaited from senior officers for various works at the GMCH. At the moment almost no work is going on at the GMCH . The project to aircondition a block is held up. In other cases pre-qualification bids have not been accepted. In other cases revalidation of contract agreements has not been carried out.

In the meantime the Administration has made estimates that it will require another Rs 19 crore for the completion of the ‘E’ block of the GMCH. Also discussed during the SOC was the issue of receipts. Certain departments like Sales Tax were asked to collect more in view of the revised revenue collection estimates of the Government of India.

The Education Department was also asked to pull up its socks on spending the budget. The department had not been able to spend enough in time as posts of teacher had remained vacant . Several other departments were also asked to ensure that the budget utilisation was proper as the first six months of this fiscal year end on September 30 and the utilisation is not close to targets.


Pandemonium at auction of booths
Tribune News Service

A separate auction for sites in Sector 48 and 52 will be held as per schedule on Saturday. Eligible motor mechanics wishing to participate are to deposit the bid money by 10.30 a.m. At the fall of the hammer 10 per cent of the total amount is to be deposited. However, the amount already deposited by the applicant shall be adjusted, a spokesperson of the Chandigarh Administration said today.

Chandigarh, September 28
Pandemonium prevailed at an open auction of booths for auto mechanics here today. Mechanics refused to participate in the auction, citing higher reserve price leading to postponement of the auction.

It all started when the Estate Officer started the so-called limited auction and announced the reserve price of the Sector 28 car shed for Rs 6 lakh. All the auto mechanics stood up and raised slogans against the Chandigarh Administration. Agitated mechanics started hurling chairs at the auction venue, just outside the Estate Office in Sector 17.

The reserve price for car sheds in Sector 43 was quoted at Rs 4.31 lakh, while a scooter shed was fixed at Rs 2.92 lakh. The mechanics alleged that the price was on the higher side.

Later in the afternoon a meeting of auto mechanics was held the boycott of the auction. The announcement of Rs 6 lakh as reserve price is against the policy of rehabilitation when the Administration had recently decided and allotted the same size of booths Rs 3.60 lakh.

According to a press release issued by the Auto Mechanics Federation, the Administration said there were about 1590 auto mechanics to be rehabilitated. Under the scheme 281 applicants faced objection as the Administration had given in writing in the court. But suddenly 72 persons were cleared just before the draw of lot when they were not physically verified at any stage.

The federation alleged that no death cases were being considered for allotment. There were complaints by the auto mechanics that 2 brothers had been allotted one booth when both were working separately and had separate families.


Draw of lots of 600 CHB dwelling units
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today held the draw of lots for 600 dwelling units in Category-II under the general housing scheme in Sector 51 here.

A large number of applicants had gathered on the CHB premises since morning to witness the draw of lots. The draw went off peacefully and the list of the successful applicants was displayed in the evening. Officials said four handicapped applicants were allotted flats on the ground floor and an equal number on the first floor on compassionate grounds. Yesterday, 336 dwelling units were allotted under category 1. Of them two ground-floor flats were given to physically challenged persons.


Values in Army ‘have not changed’
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Lt-Gen H.R.S. MannChandigarh, September 28
While the values in the Army have not changed, they have got a little diluted. Stating this here, Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt-Gen H R S Mann said : “Come what may, the Army should not let its value system get diluted. It may be a losing a war but every man must fight. Wafadari, imandari and izzat must remain the bottomline.”

Talking about the changing face of the Army he has witnessed during a career spanning about 40 years, General Mann, who retires tomorrow, said that the basics had not changed and they must not change.

Commissioned into the elite 4th Battalion of the Brigade of The Guards in 1961, General Mann took over as COS on December 1 last year. Prior to that he commanded 33 Corps in Siliguri. Hailing from Sirhind, he intends to settle down there and devote time to agriculture.

“Whatever was relevant earlier is still applicable now. Wherever there has been dilution of values or standards, the paltans have suffered, whether it is peace or war.” he said. Remarking that if you dilute the basics, you suffer casualties, General Mann added that there was all the more need to stress upon the soldier’s asool of wafadari, imandari and izzat.

General Mann said that the intake into the Army, specially non-infantry units was gradually getting more and more urban-based, which was leading to physically less tougher but academically more qualified persons joining the Army. He opined that while physical proficiency could be made up by training, better educated jawans catch on to high technology more easily.

Stating that the changing socio-economic patterns had led to jawans and their families reluctant to live in villages, he added that a major issue was to make adequate accommodation available for them in towns and urban areas. The Army, he said, would need a lot of resources in the coming years for logistics applications, besides equipment.

The officers were more worldly wise than in the earlier days as the exposure to the outside world was more, he said. Stating that what was happening in society was bound to effect the soldier as he could not be kept in isolation, General Mann said “this makes the role of effective leadership more important.”

While equipment had changed drastically over the years and commitments, specially internal security and counter insurgency operations, had gone up manifold, General Mann was of the opinion that the major problem facing the Army was the acute shortage of officers. “This is adversely affecting the cutting edge of our battalions’” he commented.

He was of the opinion that while good pay and perks were just one aspect, the real battle in overcoming the shortfall laid in motivating the youth to join the services. “The Army needs to project itself as an elite profession,” he said.


Man crushed to death by school bus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
A 55- year- old man was crushed to death by a school bus at the Sector 19-27 light point this afternoon.

According to information available, the victim , Roop Singh , was run over by the bus of New Public School at about 3 p.m. The victim, a resident of Phase X, SAS Nagar, was on his Moped (BB-27- 5740) when the accident took place.

The victim was a contractor by profession. He was going to Sector 17 when the accident took place.

The driver of the bus fled from the scene. Till the filing of the report, the bus driver had not been arrested. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered.

In another incident, an unidentified body was found in Sector 17 this morning. The man appeared to be a beggar and of around 70 years of age, said the police.


Funds sanctioned for MC poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Chandigarh Administration has sanctioned Rs 50 lakh to the UT Election Commission for holding the Municipal Corporation elections, the date for which have not yet been finalised.

This was informed to the UT Election Commissioner, Mr S. Malachami, at a preparation review meeting with the Home Secretary, Mr. R.S. Gujaral, and the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar.

Mr Malachami told reporters that the dates had not yet been finalised.

The list of officials to be put on the election duty had also not been finalised.

He said the commission would draw around 8,000 employees drawn from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for election duties.

Mr Malachami also informed that there were objections from the Ward 18 Councillor, Ms Kamlesh, on those voters were being listed for polling in the ward who had shifted to other areas.

She was explained that the elections could only be held on the basis of January, 2001, voters list.


Mayor to meet Advani on language issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, today announced to meet the Home Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani, to demand making Hindi and Punjabi the official languages of the Union Territory.

She said: ‘’Hindi and Punjabi should be made official languages of the UT and the imposition of the colonial English should be lifted.’’

The statement of Ms Kaur has come after a day when the BJP and the Congress did not allow her to function in the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) House in her maiden appearance in the Chair of Mayor on the issue of her reported demand to transfer Chandigarh to Punjab.

Ms Kaur had earlier written two letters on September 12 and 21 to the Central Government in support of her demand.

She demanded that a census should be held in the city to know how many people favoured the two languages.

Ms Kaur alleged that the Administration had been misleading the Central Government for 34 years over the issue of the liking of the language by the city residents.


CVM to go it alone in MC poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) led by former Union Minister, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, here today formally offered itself as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress in the forthcoming Municipal Corporation elections.

‘’The manch will contest the Corporation elections on all 20 seats on its own as an alternative to both parties whose bickerings and infighting have resulted in development coming to a standstill,’’ Mr Dhawan told a press conference.

Mr Dhawan attacked the Union Territory Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), for failure to take note of the behaviour of councillors of political parties, which had been acting to serve factional interests than of the people.

He said the Administrator should have taken note of the resolution of the dissolution of the House considering political ground reality of the corporation.

The reality was that the faction-ridden majority BJP did not want to take the responsibility of running the House and the Congress was trying to run the House by a proxy through the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur.

Mr Dhawan said the corporation could hold only one business meeting in the last 10 months that too on the directions of the Administrator.

He urged the Administrator to act on the resolution and dissolve the House to prevent the people relying on a defunct corporation for development.

Mr Dhawan said why should the people of the city be divided on party lines by political parties for issues on which political parties did not differ.

This situation had resulted in parties fighting over non-issues and derailing functioning of the House to suit their interests, he said.

He condemned the behaviour of councillors yesterday for which marshals were called to remove the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala.


Rift in BJP on removal of market panel chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
With the chairman of the Zila Parishad, Mr Darshan Singh, coming out in favour of the market committee chairman, Mr Kesar Singh, divisions seem to have surfaced in the BJP on the removal of the market committee chief.

In a written statement issued here yesterday, Mr Darshan Singh strongly opposed the BJP move to pressurise the Chandigarh Administration to ask the administration nominee director to vote against the chairman during the vote of no-confidence.

The Zila Parishad Chairman, who also belongs to the BJP, reminded the BJP that the party had won the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh election in alliance with SAD. Had the alliance ceased as was evident by the efforts of the BJP to unseat Mr Kesar Singh, a member of SAD, he asked.

Being the president of the party, Mr Dharam Paul Gupta, should not confine himself to market committee alone but work for whole of the city, he said.

Mr Darshan Singh apprehended that the BJP might face the wrath of the village panchayats if the efforts to dislodge Mr Kesar Singh materalised with the administration help. He urged the administration not to support the BJP on the barrier issue in the grain market as this will give impression in the minds of the public that tax evaders had succeeded in their mission.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the village panchayats are holding meetings tonight to chalk out the strategy on the barrier issue.


Annual training camp ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The 12-day annual training camp of No 1 Chandigarh NCC Air Squadron concluded at the Air Force High Grounds here today. The camp, commanded by Wg Cdr R.K. Sharma, was attended by 164 cadets and 26 staff members.

Besides military-oriented training including drill, weapon training, firing and tent pitching, the camp curriculum included lectures and demonstrations on fire safety, first aid, hygiene and sanitation, environment and service matters such as customs and traditions.

A film on Su-30 aircraft was screened for the cadets and they were also taken for a visit to 12 Wing and No 3 Base Repair Depot where they witnessed the day-to-day activities at an Air Force Station. In addition to debates and cultural programmes, extra-curriculum activities, including essay writing, quiz competition and slogan writing, were organised by Wg Cdr D. P. Sabharwal, secretary of the local chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India.

He also gave away prizes to toppers of various competitions. Cadet Hemant Sharma and Cadet Surjit Singh were adjudged as the best cadet in the senior division and junior division, respectively, while CWO Umesh Sharma was declared as the Cadet of the Year.


Residents oppose land allotment
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 28
Residents of the rehabilitation colony of Maloya are up in arms against the Chandigarh Administration for allotting 177 sq yards near their houses on leasehold basis to the Satsang Nirankari Mandal.

They say that children of the locality use the land as a playground and residents use the space to park their vehicles.

Residents fear that activities of the mandal here may disturb their children when they are studying. They also use this space for holding social functions like marriages.

They have sought that the mandal be allotted an alternative site, in a memorandum given to the Adviser to the Administrator, the Chairman of the Chandigarh Municipal Committee and the local Member of Parliament.


Licence for 2 days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Officials at the Licensing and Registering Authority today renewed a city resident’s driving licence for a period of two days.

Mr Madan Mohan Vats, a resident of Sector 29, applied for the renewal of his driving licence today. The old driving licence was to expire on September 30. Thinking that September 29 and 30 are closed days on account of Saturday and Sunday, Mr Vats applied for renewal in advance.

This morning he completed all formalities and deposited his form. In the evening he was handed back a licence renewed for two days — valid till September 30, the same date as his old licence was to expire. The authorities told him that the computer did not accept renewal of licences from the date before the old one expires.


DGQA unit celebrates Raising Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Senior Quality Assurance Establishment (Electronics and Systems), a defence organisation under the Directorate-General of Quality Assurance (DGQA), located at 1549, Sector 38-B, Chandigarh, celebrated DGQA Raising Day on Thursday. Major-General Charanjit Singh (Retd) was the chief guest.

Felicitating officers and staff members of the establishment, Col Satish Kumar, SQAO, lauded the active role played by various wings/detachments in ensuring supply of high quality equipment/stores to the Army and thereby fully meeting user expectations. He highlighted various measures which the establishment had taken to keep pace with the latest technological developments in the field of defence equipments.

A message from Lt-Gen Amarjit Singh, Director-General, Quality Assurance, was also read out. Many senior retired officers and non-gazetted officers from DGQA organisation attended the function.

Twenty employees were honoured for their contribution in the field of quality assurance. Prizes were also given away for contribution towards Hindi.

The Senior Quality Assurance Establishment (Electronics & Systems) is responsible for quality assurance of electrical and electronic equipments and components manufactured for the defence forces by ordnance factories as well as the public/private sector in Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir. The establishment is also promoting the indigenisation of electronic equipments in the region. High priority is being accorded to vendor development, which will enable the local industry to participate in defence procurements. To give impetus to these efforts, DGQA has displayed a large number of components of various defence equipments during the vendor development-cum-buyer-seller meet organised by SISI, Ludhiana, and Mohali Industries Association at Mohali in March, 2001. For providing necessary assistance to the firms seeking DGQA registration, a vendor advisory cell is also functioning in the establishment.


Hindi fortnight celebrations end
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Hindi fortnight celebrations by 12 Wing, Air Force Station, Chandigarh, and its other units concluded here today. Competitions in noting and drafting, essay writing, debate and poem recitation in Hindi were organised. Essay and debate competitions were also organised for non-Hindi speaking personnel of the station.

An official meeting of the Language Implementation Committee was also held on September 24 under the chairmanship of Air Officer Commanding, AF Station, to review the progress of fortnight celebrations.

The Air Officer Commanding gave away prizes and certificates to the winners of various competitions. In his concluding address, the chief guest expressed his satisfaction over the enthusiasm shown by the personnel of the station for propagating Hindi. However, he ensured that the use of Hindi was not limited to the fortnight celebrations. He further emphasised the need for the use of Hindi throughout the year, so that the number of participants in these competitions increased next year.

The results:
Hindi noting and drafting competition: LAC Chandra R 1, LAC Mishra SK 2, JWO Panday M 3.

Hindi essay: Cpl Mishra PK 1, Cpl Rai AK 2, JWO JS Verma 3.

Hindi Essay (non-Hindi speaking staff): Sgt Kar C 1, LAC Lokesh M 2.


Defence unit anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Senior Quality Assurance Establishment (Electronic and Systems), a defence organisation under the Directorate-General Quality Assurance, celebrated its anniversary here yesterday.

Felicitating officers and staff members of the establishment on the occasion, Col Satish Kumar, Senior Quality Assurance Officer, lauded the role played by its various wings in ensuring supply of high quality equipment and stores to the Army. He also highlighted various measures taken by the establishment to keep pace with the latest technological developments in the field of defence equipment.

As many as 20 employees were also honoured on the occasion for their contribution in the field of quality assurance. Besides, prizes were also given to the winners of various competitions held during the recently concluded Hindi week.


Murdered Mira’s kids go to orphanage
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 28
Six children of 35-year-old Mira, who was found murdered in her jhuggi in Guru Nanak Colony on Sunday, have been handed to the Guru Asra Trust, which runs an orphanage in Phase VII here.

The adoption of the children — Gudia, Karan, Pinki, Rinki, Shabnam and Durga — was facilitated by the Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM) on the directives of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar.

The children were virtually orphaned after the husband of the victim absconded after beating her to death in the jhuggi. For the past few days the people in the locality and police officials had arranged for their food. The ASP, SAS Nagar, Ms Kalpana Nayak, said the police was on the look out for the suspect and message had been flashed to the native place of the suspect. 


Chicken with a special flavour
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

There are at least five good reasons why you should visit Chawla’s Dhaba in Sector 22 for your lunch or dinner:

1. To enjoy the lip-smacking special cream chicken pioneered by the Chawlas that remains their exclusive as far as its unique taste is concerned, despite its simple recipe.

Cream chicken takes just 12 minutes to cook. Bite-size pieces of a tender broiler are cooked in milk and cream along with a sprinkling of onions and methi leaves on slow fire. A combination of special spices and herbs, predominantly pepper, gives it the Chawla touch and makes it a gourmet’s delight. No oil or red chillies are used in the preparation, which is also called kali mirch wala chicken. Served with mint chutney and vinegar onion, it makes a full meal with roti or naan.

2. Mention chicken tikka, and you visualise the image of a bird pieces roasted and coated with red colour. Not so here. Chawlas marinate the pieces in herbs’n spices mixed with pudina and dhania to give it a nice green colour.

3. The waiting period is made peppy with complimentary chicken of veg soup or jaljira pani. So, if the dining hall is full or, if your order to be taken home is being packed, relax and enjoy their hospitality.

4. Watching their rumali roti expert, Pappu from Lucknow, roll out the dough and swirl it the air to a paper thin concentration around his finger in graceful movements (you can almost hear music in the air) before he slaps it on the special convex-shaped girdle, is a treat in itself. Keeping his popularity in mind, they have laid his stove outside for public viewing.

5. Last comes the payment. Their trademark in this department is that you will always get brand new currency notes and coins as the balance. One of their employees visits the bank daily, just to ensure this.

This chicken-special eatery has on its menu such delights as tomato chicken, lemon chicken (dry), butter chicken, karahi chicken, chicken curry (for those who prefer a light dish) and chilli chicken.

And the snacks that promise to put your gastric juices in overdrive are reshmi kabab, malai tikka, seekh kabab, tangri kabab, kalami kabab, tandoori chicken, fish fry and fish tandoori.

For the vegetarians are such delicacies as tomato panir and karahi panir cooked in the rich gravy of cream, butter, and kaaju paste and Shimla mirch.

Mr Rajesh Chaudhury, a partner of the Chawlas, assures that home delivery (dial 705625, 703004, 388421) orders are honoured within 35 minutes at a nominal extra charge.

Started in 1960 at Haldwani in Nainital, by the late Attar Singh Chawla, the Chawlas have today spread their wings all over the country and abroad with 60 franchisees.

Mr Chawla proudly says that they have 13 outlets in Delhi alone and one in Calgary, Canada. The other cities where they have made their presence felt include Ludhiana, Mohali, Ambala, Agra and some other cities of Punjab and Haryana. 


Railway union ends protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union ended its 5-day long protest against the Dr Rakesh Mohan committee at the Railway station here today.

The divisional secretary of the union, while addressing the employees, said the Railway Board had not invited national or zonal leaders to discuss the outstanding demands of the railmen. The union demanded that bonus for 57 days be paid to employees before Dusehra. The divisional president, Mr Vijay Chopra, criticised the wasteful expenditure on unviable projects and also demanded a curb on expenditure by railway officers.

The secretary of the union, Mr M.L. Kashyap, also raised local demands like maintenance of Railway colonies at Chandigarh, Kalka and Shimla.


Makhan Singh Lobana Foundation office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The general body of the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Foundation, comprising members from Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh besides NRIs of the USA, the UK, Canada and Germany at a meeting held here today unanimously elected Major Mehar Singh its president. Mr Sardara Singh Lobana, Chief Engineer (Retired) was appointed patron of the foundation. Other office-bearers of the foundation are: Mr G S Multani — chairman educational trust; Mr Rajinder Singh, Mr Harbhajan Singh — Mr Kuldip Singh Ghotpokar, Mr Surjit Singh, Mr Pritam Singh Norangpur — vice-presidents; Mr J S Multani — general secretary; and Mr Jagmohan Singh- finance secretary.

The foundation has Lobana Bhavan in Chandigarh and undertakes promotion of ‘Gurmat parchar’, education, social welfare, cultural activities and old age homes and uplift of weaker sections of society and needy students. Major Mehar Singh said that website of the foundation was being launched.


Bhagwadgita in Punjabi released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), who is also the Administrator of Chandigarh, today said the message of the Gita was far more relevant today when the world stood at the crossroads.

Speaking after releasing the Punjabi version of the Srimad Bhagwadgita by Dr Amar Komal at a simple ceremony at Punjab Raj Bhavan, General Jacob said the message of “Karma” could be a guiding force for the civilisation which was facing crisis.

He said there was the need to extend the message of Lord Krishna to every nook and corner of the world. Appreciating the venture of Dr Amar Komal for translating the Srimad Bhagwadgita in the Punjabi language, the Governor said this translation would percolate the message to common masses living in villages and also to all those Punjabis living abroad.


Journalist bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Mrs Lajwanti (78), mother of Mr Baljit Balli, a Chandigarh-based Principal Correspondent of a Punjabi daily published from Jalandhar, and Mr Yashpal, a senior leader of the Democratic Teachers Front, died here this afternoon after a prolonged illness. She is survived by four sons and a daughter. 



Man arrested driving stolen car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Crime Branch operation cell has arrested Tajinder Singh after he was caught driving a car with a fake registration number.

According to an FIR registered under Sections 379, 411, 420, 467, 468, 419 and 471 of the IPC, it is alleged that the accused was arrested from near the Panjab University market last evening. He was stopped by officials of the cell for routine checking. It was found that the car number, HR-51F-0126, was fake.

It was later found that the car was a stolen one. The accused had reportedly bought the car from Jalandhar. According to police officials, parties have been sent to Delhi to arrest the person who reportedly sold the car to the accused.

Booked for fraud: Sunil Kumar Sharma and others have been booked by the police on the charges of fraud, impersonation and a breach of the trust. They had allegedly sold off a car to Gopal Babbar that was already financed by the Bank of Punjab. The accused sold off the car to the latter, while it was still hypothecated with the bank. A case under Sections 420, 471, 468 and 120-B, IPC, has been registered.

Theft cases: A Maruti car (CH-03E-3102) was stolen from the Mani Majra residence of Mr Ravi Kumar.

A car stereo was stolen from the Mr Raj Bahadur Singh’s car while it was parked in Shastri Market, Sector 22.

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

Burglary: Gold jewellery, perfumes, imported whisky and an ATM card were stolen from the Sector 11 house of Ms Suparna Dhindsa on the night of September 26. A case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC, has been registered.

Boy injured: A pedestrian, Rinku, was hit by an Indica car (CH-03E-9968) being driven by Sunil Kumar late last night. The child was injured and admitted to General Hospital, Sector 16, while the accused was arrested and later bailed out.

A 50-year-old man was found dead in Burail village today. Though his name was not known, it is learnt that he was a daily-wager and an alcoholic.

The body of 40-year-old Bahadur Singh was found in mysterious circumstances near Palsora. Although there were no injury marks, the cause of death could not be known.


One arrested on sodomy charge
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, September 28
The police arrested a 20-year-old youth of Barwala village in a sodomy case here today.

According to the police, Dharam Pal has been arrested for sodomising a 10-year-old school boy late last night. The accused took him to a barren place and committed the crime.

The victim narrated the episode to his parents and a case was registered against Dharam Pal under Section 377 of the IPC with the Barwala police station.


‘Dare you remove market body chief’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Sarpanches of 13 villages and the Chairman of the Zila Parishad have opposed the move of the Bharatiya Janata Party to make the Chandigarh Administration “toe its line” in bringing a no-confidence motion against Mr Kesar Singh, Chairman of the Market Committee.

In a signed statement, the sarpanches said the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman of the market body had been chosen from the elected Directors on the grounds that they belonged to the villages.

“If the BJP pressurises the Administration, we will consider the Administration to be in connivance with a section of traders who are evading the payment of lakhs of rupees of market fee and sales tax every month,” they alleged.

Sarpanches alleged that the BJP was trying to remove the Chairman, who belonged to the Shiromani Akali Dal, by pressuring the Administration to ask its Director nominee to vote in favour of the non-confidence motion. If the Chairman was removed by the crucial government vote, the BJP would have to face the wrath of village panchayats, they said.

The Sarpanches who signed the statement included Mr Umesh Parshad (Hallo Majra), Mr Darshan Singh (Behlana), Ms Leela Devi (Dadu Majra), Ms Krishna (Kaimbala), Mr Harbhajan Singh (Dhanas), Ms Bhupinder Kaur (Sarangpur), Mr Ramu (Kajheri), Thakur Kartar Singh (Mauli Jagran), Ms Surjit Kaur (Maloya), Mr Manmohan Singh (Khuda Lahora), Ms Bhupinder Kaur (Kishangarh), Ms Shanti Devi (Raipur Khurd) and Mr Balbir Singh (Khuda Jassu).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Zila Parishad, Mr Darshan Singh, in a written statement issued here today, opposed the BJP move. Though he, too, belongs to the BJP, he said the party should not forget that it had won the Chandigarh MC elections with the help of the SAD. “Being the party leader, Mr Dharam Paul Gupta, should not confine himself to the market committee alone, but work for the entire city,” he said.

He urged the administration not to support the BJP on the issue of erecting barriers in the Sector 26 grain market because this would make the people believe that tax evaders had succeeded in doing what they wanted to do.


1 cr earmarked to promote non-conventional energy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
A sum of Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for continuance of the business development and export promotion scheme for non-conventional energy (NCE) during 2001-02.

Stating this here yesterday, Dr Parveen Saxena, Director, Non-Conventional Energy Sources, added that the objectives of the scheme was to develop an industry/product database and information system in the field of non-conventional energy.

Other objectives include promotion of business and market development in India, expansion of the market for non-conventional energy products, technologies and services, set up an export promotion and market development cell, and to initiate the process for setting up of an export promotion council for non-conventional energy.

The Director added that the department had a scheme for providing financial support of up to 50 per cent of the cost or Rs 50,000 for patents, international testing and certification for NCE technologies, products and services to the Indian NCE industry and related activities.



LAUNCHED: Austech India has launched Austech School of International Languages in Chandigarh. Apart from imparting training in French and Spanish it will also train students for English proficiency tests IELTS and TOEFL. The students will have to take examination from Alliance Francaise for getting a certificate in French, the examination for Spanish will be conducted by Austech itself. Mr Alastair Murray, Director, School of International Languages, will be training the students. TNS

DESI BOYZ: Here’s an opportunity for upcoming singers, courtesy the new Desi Boyz album from Virgin Records. Whether you are a boy or girl, you can become part of the next Desi Boyz album. All you have to do is enter the Desi Boyz B4U music contest. The album contains two karoke tracks, Musafir hoon yaaron for the boys and Shola jo bhadke for the girls. As a contestant all one has to do is buy the Desi Boyz album sing on the karoke tracks and send the entries to Desi Boyz, B-1, Sneha Sadan, 10 Nowrojee Gamadia Road, Mumbai. TNS

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