Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Implement Gandhi’s message, says Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today said with violence looming large on civilisation, the world was yet to understand the relevance of the message of non-violence of Gandhiji.

Speaking after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri at a function organised at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan here today, the Governor said with terrorism becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the very existence of civilised society was at stake. The killing of thousands of innocent people in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and killing of innocent people in yesterday’s blast in Srinagar has shown to the world that violence is no solution to any problem. General Jacob regretted that South-Asia was fast becoming a theatre of terrorism with narcotics providing financial support to terrorists. He said the world community had yet to understand Gandhiji’s message of non-violence as an answer to violence.

General Jacob said even 54 years after Independence, the endeavours of Gandhiji had yet to fructify. Disparity between under-privileged and the privileged sections had not decreased. “The old prejudices against under-privileged sections of our society still exist.”

Referring to the Union Territory, Chandigarh, General Jacob said that there was a still a divide between ‘haves’ and ‘haves nots’. Virtually one-third population of Chandigarh lived in slums and the Chandigarh Administration was taking various measures to improve the quality of life of slum dwellers. He appealed to various NGOs to involve themselves to improve the quality of life of people living in the slums.

The Governor said Gandhiji led a struggle against oppression, prejudice and racism first in South Africa and then in India. The Governor announced a grant of Rs 35,000 for Gandhi Smarak Bhavan.

Paying tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri, General Jacob said he was a great and courageous leader who gave us the slogan ‘Jai jawan jai kisan’. On this occasion, the Governor also gave prizes to three students — Vibuti, Vishruti and Nishant — who excelled in an essay competition on Gandhiji.

Earlier, on this occasion S.N. Vasudeva, Honorary Adviser, welcomed the Governor. Mr Mahesh Dutt Sharma, and Justice J.V. Gupta also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the Governor took a round of an exhibition and also joined the people in spinning the thread on traditional wheel (charkha). The Governor also paid floral tribute to Gandhiji and Lal Bahadur Shastri on this occasion.

Meanwhile, a hepatitis-B vaccination camp was organised on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti in the Chandimandir military station today. A statement issued here said as many as 700 persons, including officers, JCOs, jawans and their family members were vaccinated against the deadly disease.

Organised by the Roaring Fifty Air Defence Regiment, the camp was inaugurated by Ms Promil Sharma, wife of the formation commander.

The vaccination was done under the overall supervision of the Regimental Medical Officer, Major Rajesh Khanna. At the end of the camp, Major Sharma also gave a talk on causes and prevention of hepatitis-B.

Disha, a school run by the Aruna Asaf Ali Memorial Trust in the Sector 25 slum colony, today held a cultural programme to coincide with the birthday of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

On this occasion school children recited patriotic songs. Attired in tatters, tiny tots enjoyed the function.

Ms Oshima Raikhy, managing trustee of the school, said during the next year 11 children of this school would appear in the fifth class examination. These children had been imparted education in a two-year period. She said the school did not close even on Sunday or on any holiday.

She said the trust had employed an unemployed woman as a teacher at this school. She is paid Rs 50 per child. Since there were a total of 25 children, the teacher was paid Rs 2,500 per month. She said the trust also ran a sewing centre where poor girls and women of slums were trained in stitching clothes.

Ms Raikhy said the trust also ran two more schools in slum areas. While the second school is situated in Azad Colony at Sector 25 of Panchkula, the third school is functioning at Mohali in Guru Nanak Janata Colony slum.

A farmer looks at his ‘krishi card’ at a function at Mullanpur- Garibdas on Tuesday.
A farmer looks at his ‘krishi card’ at a function at Mullanpur- Garibdas on Tuesday. — Tribune photo 

The Regional Office of Punjab National Bank today celebrated Farmers Day on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at Mullanpur Garibdas.

Mr N.C. Jain, Senior Regional Manager of the bank, presided over the function. He told the audience that the celebration of ‘Farmers’ Day’ was the beginning of Krishi Card Distribution Fortnight commencing from October 2 to October 16 in Punjab. He urged farmers to popularise and avail of the facilities of Kisan Krishi Card during the fortnight in a big way. He also highlighted other schemes of the bank, particularly education loan scheme. He paid homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

A press note issued by the bank said farmers of Mullanpur Garibdas, Ranimajra, Tira and nearby villages also took part in the function. As many as 47 krishi cards were distributed. Mr D. Puri, president of the Puri Dev Trust, Mr Jaspal of Preeti Jewellers, Mr Dharam Pal and Sewak Das and sarpanches of different villages were also honoured.

A cultural function was also organised by the bank on the occasion.

The Chandigarh Mazdoor Sudhar Sabha held a ‘prabhat pheri’ in Sectors 32 and 33 in the memory of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and the late Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri.

A meeting was also organised at the Sector 32 tenement colony under the chairmanship of Mr Ram Avtar, president, in which both the leader of India were remembered. On this occasion Mr Ram Avtar in his speech appealed to the citizens to follow the path shown by the two leaders.

On this occasion around 4000 residents of the area pledged not to take liquor in future.

Meanwhile, the need for inculcating finer human values and replacing hatred with love towards humanity was stressed at an open discussion on “Gandhian Light Alone Can Save the World” organised by Janashakti, under the auspices of Servants of the People Society today at Lajpat Rai Bhavan here to mark Gandhi Jayanti. The discussion was presided over by Professor N.N. Wig, a well-known psychiatrist.

Professor Wig expressed concern over the terrorism fast engulfing the world and becoming a danger to its survival. As a psychiatrist, he believed hatred to be the basis of violence, and wanted this hatred to be controlled and replaced by love towards humanity. He believed that mankind should understand that man was his own friend and as well as enemy. He was also of the view that Gandhian thinking alone could enable the humanity to achieve psychological balances as suggested through truth and non-violence philosophy and would enable the world to avoid the present crisis.

Prof S.L.Sharma (retd) of Panjab University, Department of Sociology, lamented the tendency of the world system being governed by self interest rather than values, thus forgetting Mahatma Gandhi who put values over self interest and set an example of being an apostle of morality. He believed that violence would further contribute to violence and world order could not be established through bloodshed and pursuit of materialistic goals. He also disagreed with the view that the present situation was a clash of civilisation between Christianity and Islam, as several Muslim countries were supporting USA in its pursuit against terrorism. He believed that Gandhian light was relevant to solve the present day world crisis.

Dr Des Raj Bhangi Freedom fighter and Gandhian activist considered Mahatma Gandhi as a spiritual dynamo, social revolutionary and a messiah of the ‘have-nots’ who could successfully face the mighty British Empire and enabled India to be a free country. He lamented the present day attitude of the ruling as well as Opposition parties of India as full of cowardice in the matter of fighting terrorism in Kashmir.

Prof P.P. Arya, Convener, Janshakti, while initiating the discussion lamented the present day war clouds engulfing the world, mainly because of not following the Gandhian principles of truth, non-violence and trusteeship. There was no hope for the aching world except through narrow and straight path of non-violence as suggested by Gandhiji. There is a need to change the spirit and values of the people.

The two World Wars were a big lesson to humanity to desist from creating a situation for a third war which will be far more disastrous than the earlier two wars. The long-term remedy lies in the thinking, Mahatma Gandhi which should be followed systematically and step-wise.

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand distributed fruits among 44 orphan students of Panchkula-based Ashiana School. Babu Parmanand, his wife, Mrs Sudesh Kumari, and a Haryana Minister of State for Health, Mr ML Ranga, also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri at a function organised at Raj Bhawan here.

Meanwhile, it was an overwhelming occasion for over 400 deaf and dumb students who gathered their confidence for presenting a wonderful cultural morning on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti here.

The function, attended by deaf and dumb children from the city, as also from the neighbouring states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, was organised by the North Zone Deaf and Dumb Society on its school premises. An yearly event on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the show gave a to boost the morale of deaf and dumb children who, if given a chance can stake equal claim to fame.

The show began with Mukta from Vatika School for Deaf and Dumb (run in Karuna Sadan premises) presenting a dance to invoke the blessings of goddess Saraswati. Then there was a group dance by Usha , Diksha, Neelam and Goldie from the same school.

A small skit revolving around the life of a farmer and his wife was presented by Vijay and Sonia, also from Vatika School. Later there was a dance sequence by Neena, who attends normal school. Neena’s mother and father are both deaf and dumb. Mime by Mandeep and Asish (of Vatika) was also interesting, so was the dance by Reena a student of Deaf and Dumb School run by Lions Club in Sector 18. Reena danced on a Punjabi geet.

The bhangra presented by students was highly applauded. Last but not the least was a vote of thanks message by Neha, a deaf and dumb girl, who now goes to a normal school. The speech, prepared by general secretary of the organising society, Mr R.P. Yadav, was very well rendered by Neha, who told the gathering that given equal opportunities of education; and attention, the deaf and dumb children could easily compete with the general lot.

She also requested the chief guest for the morning, Ms Madhu Bansal (Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal could not come as he had to leave for Delhi on account of Mr Madhav Rao Scindia’s death), to increase the quota for deaf and dumb children to double. Currently it is just three percent.

Interestingly, the entire arrangement for today’s function was made by treasurer of the society, Mr Jagjit Singh Dhingra, who is himself deaf. Speaking on the occasion, president of the society, Ms Salochna Ahuja, urged the government to give them more land so that they could run computer and stitching classes for deaf and dumb children.

Mahatma Gandhi birthday was celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan which serves as the headquarters of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, in a simple but befitting manner.

Mr B.B. Bahl, president, Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, highlighted the achievements and sacrifices of this noble soul who had laid down his life for the downtrodden. He preached that good always prevailed over the evil. The philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi still held good and had a distinctive place in the world.

The gathering chanted ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ and prayed for peace in the country. Due to the sad demise of Mr Madhorao Sciendia, all other engagements were cancelled.

About 500 students from a slum school walked side by side holding placards with peace messages neatly printed on them to celebrate the occasion. Cultural programmes were also organised.

At about 10 am, students of Pustak School, along with students from a night school at Mauli Jagran, Bapu Dham Colony and Indira Colony gathered to participated in a peace march. It started from Government High School at Mauli Jagran and culminated at the same place after passing through the colony.

Cultural items, including songs and dances, were also presented by children. UT Deputy Commissioner Ram Shekhar was overwhelmed to see the level of confidence among the slum children. The Director, Public Instruction (Schools), Mr D.S. Saroya, was also present on the occasion.

About 60 teams from 25 schools participated in a quiz competition— Freedom Quiz 2001— organised by a group of engineering students’ Student Zone’ at the Tagore Theatre to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Giving details, Neha added that the questions were based on freedom movement and on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Initially, 12 teams were shortlisted in the preliminary round.

Finally four teams emerged as winners. First — Manu, Aditya, Meenakshi ( St Xaviers Panchkula); second-Shiv Anand, Aakash Aggarwal, Harpreet Singh (St Kabir School); third - Saurabh Suri, Nikhil Dhar, Sumani Arora (St Kabir School) and fourth - Gautam, Abir, Sumit Khullar (St Stephen School).

About 1600 students from different schools participated in another painting competition organised at Kalagaram here today.

As many as 100 needy school children were distributed uniforms and shoes by Upkaar, a city-based NGO involved with social work, at a function held at Madhav Mandir, Sector 4, here today.

At a function held on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the chief guest, Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, Chairman, CONFED, and general secretary of the Indian National Lok Dal, said it was essential to follow the teachings of Gandhiji in the present time to maintain peace in the world.

Appreciating society for its work in the field of social welfare, Mr Chaudhary said that they had taken on themselves the task of educating children from jhuggis at a time when the fast pace of life left little time to spare.

The school run by the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 4 where these children from adjoining colonies and slums are being educated, was also appreciated.

A sculpture was installed at the Gandhi Bhavan, Panjab University, here today to mark the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations. The sculpture, which has been gifted to the university by its creator P. S. Sawhney, is based on Gandhiji’s message on “speak, see and hear no evil.” The sculpture is a collection of porcelain figurines of three monkeys portraying the above message.

The PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, quoted Einstein’s words on Gandhiji and pointed out the similarities between the two great minds of the world.

On the occasion, the Department of Gandhian Studies also took the initiative of spreading Gandhiji’s habit of not allowing any wastage. Small carry-bags made from the remnants of dress materials were distributed among the guests to discourage the use of polythene bags to preserve the environment.

The creative instinct of children came to the fore in the painting contest held on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, at Kalagram in Manimajra, the competition witnessed a heavy participation.

About 1,500 entries had earlier been received by the NZCC from various schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar. The topics for paintings were: LKG to Class I: any topic of choice; Classes II to IV: Fairs and festivals of India; Classes V to VII: City Beautiful, Chandigarh.


Grading norms for sports certificates may be changed
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Existing norms in the policy of grading sports certificates as per the order or merit and importance are likely to undergo a change in Chandigarh.

Sports certificates are graded by a designated committee of the Chandigarh Administration’s Sports Department. Gradation of certificates is required by sportspersons to compete for seats in educational institutions under the sports quota and for competing for government jobs under the sports quota.

The higher the gradation accorded by the Sports Department, the higher is the weightage given to the sports certificates in case of admissions to educational institutions or for jobs.

Certain norms are laid down for the grading in Chandigarh. Now, under a proposal, some clauses are to be added while redundant ones will be deleted. The Education Department will also be roped in to bring the norms and rules more in tune with changing times.

A source says the Sports Department is working to remove a clause which has caused more harm than good. At present, grading cannot be done even in the case of an international sportsperson who has not participated in trials for the Chandigarh team. This seems ridiculous for a sportsperson may have been busy with some international engagement or a national engagement which may be more important.

Citing an example, an official says this clause will also apply in a case like, say cricketer Yuvraj Singh. If he misses the Chandigarh trials the babus in the department will hold back his gradation. It is another matter that Yuvraj does not need the gradation as one does not foresee him applying for government job or a sport quota seat in an educational institution. The clause also applies for national levels sportspersons. This business of making the Chandigarh trials mandatory for gradation has to go. Several sportspersons have suffered on this count.

Another new clause will be added and recognition will be accorded to new sports disciplines like yoga. At present, certificates for such sports are not graded. A clause will also be weaved in for the benefit of sportspersons. This will keep in mind whether the financial position of the local federation prevents it from national level participation. In such a case, there is no fault of the sportsperson and so the clause will benefit him or her.

The issue of grading certificates from outside Chandigarh or neighbouring states is still in cold storage as this can be done only on a reciprocal basis. Also, in the list of changes is the aspect that too many championships are being held and keeping an eye on all of them is not possible. A system will be worked out on the basis of which the participation will be judged.

A source says in the grading system, participation in an international meet will get lesser grading than a position in the first three in an international event, with similar norms for national level, state level and district level participation.


You can’t keep tipplers down
Nishikant Dwivedi

Chandigarh, October 2
Several liquor shop owners in the city and its periphery could not control the temptation to make some quick bucks by keeping their vends open on the birth anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi Jayanti is observed as a dry day.

A few liquor vends in Panchkula and SAS Nagar were spotted open today. A large number of liquor vends were seen with their shutters down, but doing business as usual from small openings in the shutters or from the rear of the shops or kiosks.

The liquor lovers who were in knowledge of the locations of the liquor vends in the city and its surroundings had no problem in getting a bottle or two, though they had to shell out a few extra bucks.

A liquor vend in Sector 17 here (near the traffic light points) was seen open by this correspondent in the morning (at about 9 am). Another just near the Chandigarh - Mullanpur barrier was selling liquor from an opening in the shutter (at about 2 pm). After talking to some of the nearby shopkeepers, it was revealed that the liquor was selling freely, with the only difference that the prices were ‘‘somewhat high’’.

An official of the Excise Department said the department put a seal on locks of the liquor vends so that the shop owners could not pull up the vends. The seals were conspicuously missing in the periphery of the city as well as at a few vends in the city.

Zirakpur, was no exception. Our cameraman's lens captured a liquor vend with shutter open. At another vends, the liquor was seen sold in glasses and pouches.

After talking to some of the vend owners in Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and the periphery of Chandigarh, who were selling liquor today, it was revealed that their modus operandi were almost identical. ‘‘Pull down the shutters as soon as a police Gypsy or jeep is seen’’.


PGI’s appeal against compensation admitted
Tribune News Service

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, headed by Mr Justice D.P. Wadhwa yesterday admitted an appeal filed by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research against the decision of the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, whereby a compensation of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5000 as litigation costs were awarded to Mr Devendra Kumar Sharma on account of alleged medical negligence and stated deficiency in service.

The UT Consumer Commission had held that on account of not assuring the availability of a proper and functional drill machine at the time of the first operation done on September 26, 1999, by the Department of Neurosurgery, PGI, Chandigarh, the surgical procedure of Mrs Indrawati Sharma was deferred to October 7, 1999. Despite the successful conclusion of the second operation, the patient died on October 8, 1999 due to some respiratory infection which created other complications. However, since Mr Devendra Sharma declined permission to conduct any post-mortem examination of his deceased wife, the PGI could not ascertain the precise cause of his wife’s death. On a complaint to the UT Consumer Commission on August 7, 2000, compensation had been awarded to Mr Devendra Sharma.

Anil Malhotra and Ranjit Malhotra, counsel for PGI, contended in appeal that the UT Consumer Commission had clearly concluded that the second operation was successful and Mrs Indrawati Sharma remained alive till the next day. The evidence by way of affidavits of Dr V.K. Khosla and Dr Gauri Joshi remained unrebutted and uncontroversial and Mr Devendra Sharma chose not to cross-examine any doctor or lead medical evidence to prove any alleged carelessness or stated negligence. It was urged that in the face of such circumstances, the award of compensation was wholly uncalled for and untenable in law.

It was also stated that the UT Consumer Commission had clearly come to the conclusion that both the operations conducted by the PGI on Mrs Indrawati Sharma were of a routine nature involving no emergency. Counsel urged that the Commission had given a firm finding that the availability of a functional drill machine at the time of the first operation could not be established as the cause for the ultimate death of Mrs Indrawati Sharma. Thus, it was argued that the allegations were inconsequential.

In the appeal it was also stated that Dr V.K. Khosla had clearly deposed that it was not just for want of a drill machine that further surgical procedure was deferred and that the drill had no relation with the ultimate death of the patient. The surgeon had urged that since the operation was to go on for another four to six hours, it was a matter of a highly skilful judgement to avoid any kind of risk to the patient that the decision to postpone the further procedure was taken by the surgeon. More good, care and caution than harm was thought in the interest of the patient and hence the allegations of stated medical negligence were not based on correct facts.

In the appeal petition Anil Malhotra and Ranjit Malhotra had urged that the allegations in the complaint having not been proved, no relief was admissible under the Consumer Protection Act and therefore, the judgement of the UT Consumer Commission was incorrect in awarding compensation and costs against the PGI. The National Commission while issuing notice in the appeal for January 7, 2002 ordered that in the meanwhile there shall be a stay of the impugned order of the UT State Commission.


Fortis impresses Dhumal
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 2
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, inaugurated one of the private wards of the Fortis Health Care Institute in Sector 62 here today.

Mr Dhumal, who took a round of the institute, said he was highly impressed by the facilities being provided, many of them being among the best in the world. He even praised the authorities for setting up a world-class hospital in 18 months.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Dhumal said he had requested the authorities of the institute to set up a modern hospital in Himachal Pradesh. He said his government would provide the necessary help in this regard. He said such an institute in Himachal Pradesh could be run without air-conditioners and patients would also benefit from the scenic beauty around.

Asked whether most of the people of Himachal Pradesh would be able to afford the facilities provided by a superspeciality hospital, he said the facilities would be there for those who could afford it and in many cases the government would come forward to help the needy. During his tenure, the government had funded the treatment of 200 patients who underwent kidney transplantations and heart surgeries.

Mr Dhumal was accompanied by Mr J.P. Nadda, Health Minister, Himachal Pradesh, and Mr Ravinder Ravi, Minister of State for Technical Education, Himachal Pradesh. The first phase of Fortis Health Care Institute was inaugurated on June 28 by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The institute was set up by the Ranbaxy group.


Massive turnout on last day of samagam
Tribune News Service

Ratwara Sahib, October 2
A massive turnout marked the fourth and concluding day of the 11th annual samagam of the Vishav Gurmat Ruhani Mission here.

While the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was among the surprise visitors to the samagam yesterday, it was the turn of the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, to visit and address the massive gathering today.

Sant Waryam Singh, founder President of the mission, who addressed the concluding session, said the main purpose of any sant samagam was to provide light to people at large in their search for the ultimate, the peace of the mind or contentment.

Sant Waryam Singh maintained that Guru Granth Sahib, a most scientific granth, was not only for Sikhs, but for the entire humanity as it had solutions to all problems facing the modern world. He said that no religion taught disharmony or hatred for any one . Rather it was a binding force bringing people together.

He said that all should progress peacefully to bring overall prosperity to society.

Others who addressed the congregation included Sant Ranjodh Singh, Sant Gurdip Singh, Sant Mohinder Singh of Khanna, Sant Sadhu Singh of Sangrur, Sant Lakhvir Singh, Swami Anand Swamy, Dr D.D. K. Pande, Dr Jagjit Singh and others.

A special medical camp organised by the Himalayan Institute of the Himalayan Institute and Medical College Trust, Dehra Dun, was also an attraction.

A large number of NRIs and people drawn from various parts of Uttar Pradesh, besides Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, attended the four-day samagam. Round-the-clock community kitchen continued throughout the ‘samagam’.


Making yoga, meditation compulsory for medicos
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Meditation and yoga training have been made a compulsory part of the curricula for students of the MBBS and Nursing courses at the Himalayan Institute of Research and Medical College, Dehra Dun, says Mr Vijay K. Dhasmana, Chairman of the Managing Committee of the institute, maintaining that efforts are being made for developing complementary medicine by assimilating the best of the allopathic, homoeopathic and ayurvedic systems.

Talking to TNS at Ratwara Sahib, where his institute runs a medical camp for the participants of the annual samagam of the Vishav Gurmat Ruhani Mission, Mr Dhasmana, a postgraduate in Hospital Administration from England, said doctors at the institute had been working on a number of projects.

For example, though chemotherapy was considered the best for cancer, there was no way to treat the pain caused by this treatment. “We are trying to complement chemotherapy with yoga and meditation so as to lessen the pain. Then we have developed certain breathing and relaxation exercises which provide immediate relief from pain,” he said.

The Rs 700-crore institute not only offers the MBBS course but also runs courses in homoeopathy, ayurveda, nursing and physiotherapy besides those for laboratory technicians and radiologists. The Medical Council of India has now given its approval to the institute to introduce the MS and MD courses from next month . The institute is spread over 185 acres.

“We are introducing postgraduate courses in all but four specialities,” he said maintaining that the institute had also sought permission to increase its intake of MBBS students to 150 from present 100 as “this is the only medical college of Uttaranchal.”

At present 85 per cent of the seats were reserved for domiciles of Uttaranchal and the rest for NRIs. “We have students from the USA, Canada and Dubai under the NRI scheme,” he said.

Mr Dhasmana said that research at the institute was basically aimed at assimilating the best of all branches of medicinal sciences.

The institute also planned to start its own cancer treatment centre to be followed by a cardio-thoracic centre. “We have one of the best faculties and we are also the cheapest. For example, total knee replacement may not cost more than Rs 5,000 at our institute.


Can police tackle cyber crime?
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Economic Offences Wing of the city police is facing a grave challenge from the emerging trends in white collar crime. With the citizens finding new avenues of making a quick buck, the police is finding the going tough.

Cyber crime, the emergence of fly-by-night computer training institutes, different kinds of frauds with banks and other financial corporations are the new trends on the economic crime front. Skeletal and ill- equipped staff in the EOW cell is alleged to be responsible for the low detection rate of these new forms of white collar crimes, especially cyber crime.

It may be recalled that the EOW cell had registered the first cyber crime case last month. A local medical transcription firm had been accused of hacking onto the FTP server of its business partner in the US, after the contract between the two firms had been snapped.

Interestingly, the case is still hanging fire with the police not getting any proof that hacking had taken place. Though Vidyut Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) had written to the police here and informed of the Internet Protocol (IP address), the police has till date not been able to get any confirmation about the activity log on the day the hacking is alleged to have taken place.

Also, there has been a sudden rise in the frauds by computer education and training institutes in the city. During this year itself, as many as five institutes have been booked for cheating students enrolled with them . These institutes had enrolled students by luring them with advertisements and promising them jobs. However, in all the cases, the trained faculty was replaced from amongst the trainees? Students were not paid their stipend and the quality of education had also declined gradually.

Though police has registered cases against these firms, there is no deterrence and the EOW cell is receiving a number of similar complaints.

The financing of cars is also a major grey area for the EOW wing. A number of cases where a person would take loans from two to three different banks for buying one car. Fake documents are submitted to the banks and after the drafts have been collected from all the banks, no car is bought. Instead the drafts are sold for a lesser price than its worth.

The fake bank drafts , believed to be in circulation in the city, are also yet another cause of worry for the Economic Offences Wing. A female small savings agent was recently booked on charges of submitting a fake bank draft in the post office. She had reportedly been paid through the draft for the Indira Vikas Patras that were sold to a client.

A senior police officer, who did not wish to be quoted, maintains that the banks have to take their own safeguards in order to check against such frauds. “The police cannot be held accountable for such frauds. But all out efforts re made to bring accused in such cases to book,” he said.


Gurdwara heads told to be on alert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, today convened a meeting of representatives of various gurdwaras in the city in order to ease out tensions arising out of burning of birs in a gurdwara at Fatehgarh Sahib on Saturday night.

Heads of over 50 gurdwaras attended the meeting held at the UT Police Headquarters.

The police asked the heads of gurdwaras to be on alert against any suspicious elements roaming near the gurdwaras. They were asked to enhance the security of the gurdwaras and were assured of police security.


Nada Sahib Gurdwara to be renovated
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
The Nada Sahib Gurdwara, a historical Sikh shrine near here is all set for a facelift, with the gurdwara management committee having approved an elaborate renovation plan for the shrine building.

Sources said the need for renovation was felt with the number of devotees offering their obeisance increasing by the day. The gurdwara building seemed inadequate to accommodate their swelling numbers.

“There is never enough space to do justice to the devotees, who keep waiting for hours on end. When their turn to pay obeisance comes, they hardly get any time. Also, the building is very old and needs repairs in a big way,” the manager, Mr Hardev Singh Bhangu, said.

Claiming that the building was nearly 52 years old and damaged at places, he added that the SGPC was given charge in 1988. “After that, repairs have been carried out at regular intervals, but it just does not suffice anymore,” he added.

The Darbar Sahib, where the Guru Granth Sahib is traditionally placed, is presently squeezed in a room of 10 feet by 10 feet. This will be expanded to measure 105 ft by 70 ft. With this expansion, the dhadhis (narrators), singing from a separate room at present, will also be accommodated in the same room.

The renovation of the shrine is expected to take nearly an year and a half and will be done in a phased manner. The expected cost of renovation will be nearly Rs 1 crore for the Darbar Sahib.

The funds for the purpose have been arranged by the SGPC and the managing committee is greatly relying on devotees to donate generously for the cause.

“It is their shrine and they will benefit with the work being undertaken. They have risen to our expectations in the past and we are in no doubt they will do so now as well,” the manager said.

The manager of the gurdwara said the construction work of the new building would begin from October 5. The President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, was expected to inaugurate the construction work.

The gurdwara management had thrown open a serai for devotees coming from far flung areas, a long-pending need of the devotees forced to spend the night in the open.


Killings in Srinagar condemned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The All-India Anti-terrorist Front today condemned the terrorist attack outside the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly yesterday in which nearly 30 persons were killed, according to Mr Ajay Joshi, a spokesman of the front. A meeting of the front was held under the presidentship of Mr Pardeep Chhabra in which they expressed sympathy for the families of victims.

Mr Chhabra criticised the dual policy adopted by the Pakistan President for supporting the USA against terrorism on the one hand and encouraging militant organisations in Jammu and Kashmir on the other hand. The front appealed General Musharraf to hand over underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

He also urged the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to take strict action against militants and send more forces to fight militancy. He said special powers should be given to the Army and paramilitary forces so that lives of innocents could be protected.

Among others who attended the meeting were Mr Chanchal Chitranjan (district president, Manimajra), Mr Baljit Billa, Mr Gurumukh Singh Namdhari, Mr Rajiv Awasthi, Mr Ajay Joshi, Mr Phool Singh, Mr Sunil Sharma, Mr Jatinder Dhami, Mr Vikram Chopra, Mr Sajid, Mr Chanchal Chitranjan, Mr Madam Acharya, Mr Avinash Malik, Mr Parmod Khaneja, Mr Amandeep Basur, Mr Paramjit Singh, all office-bearers of the Chandigarh unit.


Five anganwari workers given awards
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
State-level awards for outstanding performance were given to five anganwari workers — Ms Mohinder Kaur, Ms Sarita, Ms Gursharan Kaur, Ms Asha and Ms Jagdeep Kaur — by the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at Bal Bhavan here today.

Addressing an impressive gathering, General Jacob said, “The Chandigarh Administration will taken up with the Union Government the issue of increasing the allocation for integrated child development scheme (ICDS) for the union territory in view of influx of migrants here.

We will request the Central Government to increase the allocation under various centrally sponsored schemes so that ICDS programme can cover the needy adequately.”

The General added that from the figures available, the coverage of various programmes of ICDS, including “Apni beti apna dhan scheme”, “Postnatal assistance” scheme for Schedule Caste women and the scheme for adolescent girls required more application as the number of beneficiaries was marginal.

Stressing upon the need for making the ICDS programme truly representative, General Jacob said the Social Welfare Department should have a network in slums and colonies to benefit the underprivileged.

The anganwadi workers were crucial link between the people and the Administration as they were to identify the beneficiaries and ensure that money was properly spent for the purpose for which the scheme had been framed.

The Social Welfare Department should also ensure that quality nutrients were distributed to various beneficiaries under the scheme, he added.


BJP stresses need for unity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The first meeting of the newly appointed ad hoc committee of the Chandigarh unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party held here today stressed the need for maintaining and strengthening unity.

The party has been so riven with factionalism that the post of Mayor of Chandigarh is occupied by a non-BJP councillor despite the fact that the BJP councillors command an overwhelming majority in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC). With elections to the CMC round the corner, the need for unity in the party ranks has never been felt more.

Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, convener, presided over the meeting. The meeting was attended by Mr Dharam Paul Gupta, former president, Mr Satya Pal Jain, former MP, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, Mr Purshotam Mahajan, Mr Des Raj Tandon, Mr Neeraj Tayal, Mr Jai Ram Joshi, Mr Bachan Singh, Air Marshal R.S Bedi and Mrs Savita Sethi.

The meeting welcomed the decision of the party high command to appoint the present ad hoc committee for Chandigarh under the convenorship of Mr Yash Pal Mahajan. It also placed on record the appreciation of the services rendered by Mr Dharam Paul Gupta, the outgoing president, and his team for the betterment of the party. Almost all members, who spoke at the meeting, stressed the need to work unitedly for further strengthening the party.

It was decided that in future, all briefings about the party meetings and statements carrying the party views shall be issued by the convener only.

Mr Mahajan informed the members that Mr O P Kohli, all-India secretary of the party, would come to Chandigarh tomorrow. A meeting of the ad hoc committee would also be held tomorrow which would be addressed by Mr Kohli. Later, he would also address a meeting of prominent BJP workers upto the mandal level in the party office. The meeting also paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. 


SIMI should be crushed: Bajrang Dal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Bajrang Dal said here yesterday that anti-national organisations like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) should be crushed.

“The Bajrang Dal favours even the adoption of unconstitutional means to annihilate anti-national forces like SIMI and is ready to keep vigil on such elements,” the national co-convener of the Dal, Mr Milind Parande, told The Tribune. Expressing concern over equating the Bajrang Dal with SIMI, he said the patriotism of the Dal had never been in doubt while SIMI had been banned for allegedly engaging in anti-national activities.

He said the ban on SIMI proved there was a section of fanatic elements who were in league with international Islamic terrorists, asserting that the Dal believed that all Indian Muslims were not supporting bodies like SIMI.

Mr Parande said the Dal would launch a drive among Muslims to make them aware of organisations like SIMI.

The Bajrang Dal leader, however, said if Hindus were provoked they would retaliate, though the Dal did not believe in violence.

Mr Parande asserted that they had served an ultimatum on the Central Government to create conditions to start the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya by March 12 or else the VHP would begin the work itself.

Mr Parande said that “jalabhishek” in two lakh villages in the country had been going on since September 18 and would continue till October 16.

The programme was also to commemorate the restoration of the Somnath Temple to the Hindus.

He said “jalabhishek” programmes would be organised at 8,000 places in Punjab during the period and 75,000 taruns (youth) from Punjab would be trained to fight anti-national elements.


Victoria Cross winner’s wife cremated
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 2
Joginder Kaur, the 75-year-old widow of Victoria Cross winner Nand Singh, who died at Command Hospital in Chandimandir yesterday, was cremated here today.

Mr Jaspreet Singh Dhindsa and Mr Gurpreet Singh, the adopted son and the grandson, respectively, of the widow lit the pyre.

According to family members, Joginder Kaur was admitted to Command Hospital on September 15 as she was ailing for some time. She was operated upon on September 17. But yesterday around noon she breathed her last.

A wreath on behalf of the Punjab Chief Minister was laid on the body by Brig K.S. Kahlon, Director, Sainik Welfare Board. Mr Nirmal Singh, Deputy Controller, Sainik Welfare Board, laid a wreath on behalf of the Punjab Minister for Defence Services Welfare, Mr Ajit Singh Kohar. Subedar-Major Nasib Singh laid a wreath on behalf of Col Anurag Gupta, CO, Formech Infantry, 1 Sikh Regiment. Major Pradeep Sofat, Western Command, 22 Sikh Regiment, also laid a wreath. A wreath on behalf of the Director, Sainik Welfare Board, was laid by Col R.S. Shergill.

Among others present at the cremation were Ms Raji Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, Mr Krishan Kumar, ADC, Ropar, Mr Jai Pal Singh, the local SDM, and Mr S.S. Brar, ASP, Budhlada.

Joginder Kaur lived in Phase X here and belonged to Bahadurpur village in Mansa district.

She had not been staying well for quite some time. On May 14 this year Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Governor of Punjab, had called on Joginder Kaur and gave her a cheque for Rs 10,000 from the Governor’s Discretionary Fund for her medical treatment.

Her adopted son, Mr Jaspreet Singh Dhindsa, has been given the job of an SDO in the B and R Department. He received orders to this effect on September 28. Joginder Kaur had been fighting his case with the government for some time.

Nand Singh was the highest war decorated soldier of the commonwealth countries. Apart from being a Victoria Cross winner, he had also been awarded the Mahavir Chakra.

Nand Singh had been awarded the Victoria Cross on March 12, 1944, and the Mahavir Chakra (posthumously) on December 12, 1947.


City has big potential for tourism: study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Samadhaan, a pressure group for social justice, has said it had conducted a survey of the city and has found that it has a tremendous potentials for tourism.

A press note issued by the organisation said the planners had provided an extra wide concrete pavement called piazza pedestrian passing centre to center through Sector 17. It suggested that the space could be used to accommodate people from different walks of life. This would also provide them enough space for strolling at one spot.

The survey said the Chandigarh Administration Tourism Department had tried to involve audience at the carnival which is held every Saturday, however, such a gathering could be used exploited to boost tourism and promote art and cultural activities in a big way.

The survey suggested installing a daylight display behind the existing stage in order to utilize this huge public platform to promote tourism in the city. 


City Beautiful’s ugly spot
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
A group of nearly 100 families living in Sector 45-C, Chandigarh Housing Board houses, have been crying for civic amenities for the past one decade. A visit to the sector revealed that there was no proper drainage and sewage disposal was equally poor.

Residents complained that internal roads were in much deteriorated condition and that had become nearly impossible for commuters to use these roads. They rued that situation became very difficult during rainy days due to leakage in water pipes and sewer, which ultimately entered their houses.

They said despite the fact that they had made numerous requests the authorities concerned in that regard but nothing came out of it. The president of the Residents Welfare Association, Mr V.K. Sharma, said there was no drainage in front of the flats No. 2167 and 2178. Water remained accumulated in front of their houses and on the road. Mr Sharma added that there was a danger of disease spreading in the locality.

A resident, Mr Vashisht Kumar, complained that since the past many years he had been living in hell like conditions as there was no drainage in their locality. Roads are always full of dirty and big potholes, he said.

Another resident, Ms Swati Sharma, added that tubewells and booster pumps near their houses had also created problems as water spillage usually gathered in the potholes making it difficult to use the roads.


Yoga panacea for Burail jail inmates
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, October 2
“I used to miss members of my family and could not sleep at night for many months. I had been suffering from tension. I joined yoga classes a few months back. It changed me completely,” says Naveen Kumar an inmate of Modern Burail Jail, who has been practising yoga on the premises of the jail.

Another inmate, Lal Yadav, says, “I could not concentrate on anything and was suffering from backache. After joining yoga classes, I have been feeling more energetic and doing my work more enthusiastically”. I used to worry about my case, pending in the court, and could not sleep at night. Many times, I had to take medicine to get sleep. After joining yoga classes, I am feeling better and am getting rid of the tension,” imforms Sonu, another inmate.

The Punjab State Yoga Association (PSYA) has been running a yoga camp everyday in the jail from 5 am to 6.30 am since June 30. More than 100 inmates are taking part regularly and practising yoga.

The Superintendent of the jail, Mr D.S. Ranna, says under the guidance of Shiv Kumar, joint secretary, PSYA, and with the practice of simple yoga exercise, meditation and yoga kriyas, inmates of the jail have got tremendous relief from their physical and mental problems. “Most of the inmates, earlier suffering from mental tension, nervous disorders, backache, cervical spondylitis, intoxication and personal problems, are now leading a normal disciplined life,” he says.

“Since the introduction of yoga in the jail, there is enthusiasm among inmates to join the yoga camp voluntarily. The general behaviour of the inmates is improving and they have started respecting moral values, he adds.


Two killed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 2
Two persons were killed in two accidents in this subdivision in the past 24 hours.

According to police sources, Dalbir Singh, was killed in a head-on collision between a Haryana Roadways bus and Tata Sumo on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Sarseeni village, near Lalru, early this morning.

The sources said the bus (HR-46A-9676) was on its way from Chandigarh to Rohtak when it collided with the Sumo (HR-01F-2660).

In the collision, Dalbir Singh, driver of the Sumo and resident of Chandigarh, died on the spot. However, the bus driver fled from the scene.

Both the vehicles have been impounded and a case has been registered at the Lalru police station. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura.

In another incident, Shailendra Kumar (22), a resident of Ajamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, was crushed to death by unidentified vehicles on the Zirakpur-Panchkula road near Dhakoli village, late last night.

His body was noticed by some passersby in the morning and subsequently the police was informed. Shailendra was employed with a Zirakpur-based private transporter.

After registering a case the police has sent the body to Civil Hospital, Rajpura for post-mortem.


Labourer crushed to death in Panchkula
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 2
A 22-year-old labourer was crushed to death after being hit from behind by an unidentified car at the Sector 10-15 crossing near HUDA Colony in Sector 10 here today.

According to the police, the deceased Dharmendra Kumar, a resident of Azad Colony, had just reached the spot when he met with the an accident. The impact of the accident was so forceful that his body was dragged a long distance.

A number of persons assembled at the scene and he was rushed to the Sector 6 General Hospital. The victim died on the way to hospital due to excessive bleeding. After postmortem examination, the body was handed over to the bereaved family.

A case has been registered.


Black Buck buried
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, October 2
A male black buck, which was found dead in an enclosure in the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park in Monday, was buried without conducting post-mortem in the zoo premises, today.

Being holidays, sources in the zoo said the body was preserved for two days and was buried today.

Mr R.K. Luna, Zoo Director, confirmed the death of black buck saying that the animal was suffering from a heart disease.


Four thefts reported in City
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Four cases of theft have been reported at different parts of the city during the past 24-hours. Sandeep was nabbed while stealing two copper rods from a shop in Sector 22- B. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered. Meanwhile, a cellular phone was reportedly stolen from the dickey of a scooter, parked near the Sector 10 Leisure Valley. A moped (CHC- 8372) was stolen near the 30 Bays building in Sector 17 on Monday. A Hero Honda motor cycle (CHI-4372) was stolen from the Sector 41-A residence of Mr Ashok Kumar Sharma. In all three cases, FIRs under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

BURGLARY: A gas cylinder along with a regulator and Rs 100 has been stolen from the house of Mr Ranjit Singh in Sector 43, after breaking open the lock. A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

CHEATING: Satwinder Kaur and her husband, Daljit Singh, have been accused of duping Jagjit Singh of Rs 1.5 lakh on the pretext of sending Jagjit Singh abroad. The accused had neither sent him abroad nor returned his money. A case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered.

CHAIN SNATCHED: Two scooterists have reportedly snatched a gold chain from Ms Tripta Devi near the Sector 37 Government Model Senior Secondary School.

HOSPITALISED: A Burail village resident, Mr Jeevan Giri, was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, with head injuries, which he received when he felled from the roof of his house late this evening. OC

One person was killed while another was seriously injured when the scooter on which they were travelling was hit by vehicle near Bairompur Bhagomajra village on Kharar-Banur Road on Monday. According to information given by the police, Hardev Singh of Nepran (Rajoura) village died, while Bachitter Singh was seriously injured. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 304-A and 427 of the IPC. OC


Bid to steal mobike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A Panjab University student, Rajiv of the Department of Zoology, thwarted an attempt to steal his motor cycle by chasing the culprits away. The accused duo left behind their scooter, which was later impounded by the police.



Mr Shingara Singh, managing director of FB International Education Consultancy Service was given the Gem of India Award and the Outstanding National Citizen Award at the 39th national seminar on “Servicing society through individual achievements” held in New Delhi by the International Achievers Organisation. The award was presented by the Mr Ashok Pradhan, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Mr R.S.Rawat, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology. TNS

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