Thursday, October 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Cops act fast, rescue kidnapped youth
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 3
A 30-year-old son of a factory owner, Lalit Bansal, was kidnapped for ransom by members of a gang at a stone’s throw distance from his Phase III B-1 house here late last night. The kidnappers were later arrested while trying to take him to a safe hideout in Khanna. They had also taken a house in Panchkula on rent.

The leader of the gang, 60-year-old Balkar Singh, hailing from Taran Taran, had at least 25 cases of murder, kidnapping and theft and under the Arms Act registered against him in different police stations in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. He was running a school at Kajheri village in Chandigarh. The kidnapping had been planned while they came in contact in different jails.

Last night, when the victim, along with his father, Mr Suraj Kumar Bansal, was returning from their factory, Punjab Pesticides, located on the Kharar-Kurali road, the kidnappers intercepted their car and took away Lalit. They had planned to ask for a ransom of Rs 40 lakh. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, said the modus operandi of the gang was to drop a letter of ransom at their victim’s house and then make calls from different locations to misguide the police.

A Maruti car, bearing a fake registration number (HR-03A-7539), had been stolen from Panchkula a week back. Another accomplice of Balkar, Ravinder Singh, who had several cases of theft registered in SAS Nagar, Chandigarh and Panchkula, had specifically got a police uniform stitched by a tailor in Sector 17 in Chandigarh. Soon after the incident, the father of the victim informed the police and nakas were set up at the exit points of the town.

According to the police, when the Maruti car was coming from Chandigarh, a police party at the Amb Wala chowk signalled the car to stop. The kidnappers tried to run away, leaving behind the youth. Sources in police said they had tried to change their vehicle at an isolated place near YPS here, but two of them were caught on the spot by a PCR vehicle. The other two were arrested in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The third suspect, Gurcharan Singh, hailing from Moga, was involved in four cases under the Excise Act and in smuggling narcotics. The kidnappers were given inputs about the financial standing of the Bansals by Mewa Singh, who worked as contractor in the factory. A grudge with the factory owner reportedly made the contractor to hatch the conspiracy with Balkar Singh while in a jail. A case under Section 364 of the IPC was registered. 


Students’ council already a divided house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council presented a picture of a divided House on the day of the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected office-bearers here today.

Three elected office-bearers of the new council in a signed statement on stamp-papers have given the university authorities a copy of the notice of motion against the newly elected president Santokhwinder Singh Nabha.

The swearing-in ceremony was carried without any opposition. The note of dissent was handed later on.

The signatories include vice president — Nidhi Puri (bio chemistry); general secretary-Ankur Sharma (Law Department); and Nishu Dubey ( joint secretary). While Puri and Sharma were present at a press conference called under the chairmanship of Bhupinder Beniwal at the venue, the signed statement also bears the signatures of Nishu Dubey.

Beniwal claims himself to be the chairman of SOPU, while the group backing Nabha says Beniwal has been turned out of the post of the chairman.

Beniwal said that a letter had been issued to the Vice-Chancellor showing that as per calender one-third of the elected students representatives had shown their dissent on the post of the president. The university would now have to call a general house where the issue would be put to vote. A majority of two-thirds would allow removal of the president.

Santokhwinder Singh Nabha has, however, refuted claims of majority by the Beniwal faction. Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, a former president of the council, said ‘Beniwal was no longer a student of the university . He had no right to interfere in university student politics’.

It was also pointed out that as Beniwal ceased to be an office-bearer of SOPU, he had no right to create disturbances. The university should take notice of this fact.

The swearing-in ceremony was earlier presided over by Prof K.N. Pathak, the Vice Chancellor. All office-bearers swore to stand by the oath of commitment for the student cause.

When contacted personally about the rumours of dissent in the party, Nidhi Puri refuted to have signed any papers of dissent against the elected president. However, 5 minutes later at the press conference she stood with Beniwal. When re-questioned about the change in stand, Nidhi said: “I rethought over the issue and changed my mind 2 minutes back”.

When questioned about the fallout of the no-confidence motion, Nidhi said, “Even If Santokhwinder Singh manages to carryon in the office, we will also retain our posts. The opposition is against the presidential candidate and not against the office, We have won the student body elections by assuring the students to work for their cause”.

A senior SOPU supporter said, “The notice of dissent by Beniwal was an expected stunt. The ‘forced’ voices of dissent will die after a few days”.

In another twist to the office-bearers’ support controversy, Nishu Dubey (joint secretary) in a signed statement said that “the newly elected members of the office-bearers of the council reposed faith in the council and the authorities and ensured to work together for the students’ cause under the leadership of Nabha.”


Absence of basic facilities in UT schools
Education Department seeks report
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, October 3
Reacting sharply to the absence of adequate basic amenities in certain government schools, the UT Education Department is reportedly asking the school authorities to submit a detailed report after carrying out a survey.

The decision is significant as in some of the 105-odd government schools, particularly the ones in the rural areas adjoining the city, basic amenities like pure drinking water, clean toilets, adequate furniture and functional fans are not being provided. The furniture too is in “poor shape” forcing the students to “perform a balancing act”.

According to sources in the Education Department, the school principals will be asked to physically verify the facilities being provided to the students and to submit the details within a fortnight of receiving formal orders in this regard. They would also be asked to give details of the repairs last carried out, besides the amount required for providing necessary facilities to the students.

Sources add that senior officials of the Education Department will also be carrying out periodic checks of the schools to ensure that the students are not made to suffer due to “any kind of negligence on part of the school authorities”. A team of senior officers will also be constituted for the purpose and will be given additional powers.

Confirming the information, a senior officer in the department says that the checks would initially be carried out in the government schools situated in the rural areas where the problem was believed to be “bad”. “Gradually, we would extend the scope of the survey to cover schools in the urban areas also,” the officer asserts.

Claiming that an effort would be made to improve the facilities being provided to the students within the next three months, he says: “Once the department is convinced about the provision of basic amenities, an effort would be made to improve the condition of the school buildings. Necessary repairs would be carried out without any delay”.

He adds: “In most of the schools, the conditions are satisfactory. Only in some of the schools, the problem needs to be looked into. In any case, we are determined to ensure that the students are not subjected to any kind of inconvenience. For this purpose, the modalities are being worked out.” 


Youths rob businessman of Rs 1 lakh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 3
A 60-year-old businessman was robbed of Rs 1 lakh and some valuables by two motor cycle-borne youths while he was about to enter his house in Phase VII here last night. The victim, Baldev Singh Sumal, chased the robbers on foot for some distance. Both youths were wearing helmets, apparently to hide their identity.

The victim, was coming home after closing his shop in Phase VII. The youths followed him and when he was about to open the main gate of his house, one of them snatched the bag and ran towards his accomplice, who was waiting on the motor cycle with its engine on. A confused Baldev Singh ran after the robbers towards Sector 70, but in view. A Police Control Room vehicle reached the spot within a few minutes but was to unsuccessful in tracking the robbers

Talking to TNS, the shopkeeper said the past two days being holidays, he could not deposit the cash in the bank. He said the bag also contained an electronic diary and chequebooks and passbooks of Canara Bank and the Bank of Punjab. The cash robbed included Rs 30,000 of the victim’s brother, Mr Hardev Singh, living abroad. This amount had to be paid to a blacksmith at Kajheri village for putting up iron grills in the house owned by Hardev Singh in Chandigarh.

The shopkeepers in the area said two unidentified youths were seen sitting in front of the shops the whole day yesterday. “We thought of questioning them, but customers kept us busy”, said Mr Baldev Singh. Later the victim noticed that the front left tyre of his Honda City car (CH-01-Z-6671) had been punctured so that he could be waylaid by the robbers on way to his house. The car pulled on up to the house without him knowing it.

Due to shortage of parking space, Mr Baldev Singh used to park his car in the house of a local municipal councillor, Mr Manjeet Singh, located across the road.

The police registered a case under Section 356 of the IPC. The SSP, Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, said the robbery appeared to be the handiwork for some persons known to the victim


Jewellery, laptops vanish on prestigious trains
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
For Ms Jaspreet Kaur, Manager, Tourism Promotion and Public Relations, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), her journey by a prestigious train, will ever remain etched in her mind as it will in the minds of Mr Arun Bhardwaj, a Marketing Executive from New Delhi, and Dr Parminder Singh Ahuja, a scientist from Palampur.

Though Ms Jaspreet Kaur travelled from New Delhi to Mumbai by the Rajdhani Express, Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Ahuja had their experience of a lifetime while coming to Chandigarh from the Union Capital by the morning Shatabdi Express.

What Ms Jaspreet Kaur, Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Ahuja have in common is that they all have been victims of a gang of thieves which operates only on prestigious trains like the Rajdhani Express and the Shatabdi Express.

While Ms Jaspreet Kaur lost her jewellery and cash worth about Rs 3 lakh, both Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Ahuja lost their laptop machines, each costing a minimum of Rs 1 lakh. Ms Jaspreet Kaur had booked a seat on a II tier airconditioned coach. She had her 10-year-old son with her.

“These were , of course, most valuable pieces of jewellery for me which I had acquired in 11 years and included things like my engagement ring. After Ratlam, I took off my jewellery and put it in a pouch which I kept in my purse. I had my purse tucked neatly under my pillow. My son was the only other person in the coupe. Since it was almost midnight, I went to sleep after locking the coupe from the inside. Since I have medical problems, I normally get up several times at night to go to the bathroom or drink water. But that night I did not get up even once. And in the morning, when I got up, my purse was gone. I was hysterical. I had lost everything.

“I was so upset and shocked that I went to the pantry, searched everything there, went to the generator unit, hoping in vain that may be someone from the train staff had pilfered my purse and concealed it somewhere.

“To my dismay, the train supervisor was not there. There was not even a single policeman on the train. The satellite telephone on board was not working. From Ratlam, the train makes only one halt at Baroda and then it reaches Mumbai Central. The train attendant said that no one else got on the train and only seven passengers got down at Baroda. It was only at Mumbai that I could lodge a formal complaint with the police. And the matter has not progressed beyond that, “ she said before she broke down.

And for Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Ahuja, it all happened in the same executive class coach yesterday. While Mr Bhardwaj was on seat no 14 Mr Ahuja was allotted seat No. 32. Both suspect a young man, in his 20s, whom they had noticed while he was adjusting baggage on the overhead rack.

When Mr Bhardwaj questioned him, he said that he was trying to keep his bag properly on the rack. Then he moved to the seat of Mr Ahuja. After a few minutes, Mr Ahuja realised that his laptop was gone. He came out looking for the thief and ran into Mr Bhardwaj, who, too, complained of his laptop having disappeared.

No policeman was to be seen anywhere. All attempts of Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Ahuja to get some assistance were in vain. They ran to the GRP police post at the railway station where they were advised to get their tickets cancelled as the “lodging of the FIR may take a couple of hours”. They then travelled to Chandigarh and lodged a complaint about their losses at the railway station.


11 Inspectors transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The UT IGP, Mr B.S. Bassi, today issued transfer orders of 11 Inspectors in the Chandigarh Police.

Five of the present Station House Officers have been shifted to the other wings of the city police. Mr Arjun Singh Jaggi, SHO of the Sector 17 police station, has been transferred to CID, replacing Mr Ashwani Kumar, who has been transferred as SHO of the police station, Sector 19. Mr B.S. Chaddha, SHO of the Sector 19 police station has been shifted to the Security Branch as is the case both Mr Moti Ram, SHO of the Industrial Area police station.

Mr Mani Ram, SHO of the Sector 39 police station, has been shifted to the Economic Offences Wing, replacing Inspector Kultar Singh Kahlon, who joins as SHO of the police station of Sector 39. Mr Shivraj Singh Sidhu has been transferred as SHO of the Industrial Area police station from the Crime Against Women Cell and Mr Bishwa Lal, the SHO of the Sector 31 police station replaces him in the CAW cell.

Mr Jaswant Singh, Inspector (Traffic), has been shifted as the SHO of the police station, Sector 31, while Inspector Sandal Singh has been made the Inspector (Traffic).


All councillors may not be nominated: Kohli
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Sitting councillors of the BJP in Chandigarh cannot be assured of party renomination, which has to be decided on the basis of one’s ‘’winning capability, image and loyalty.’’

“All councillors cannot be assured of renomination and all will not be refused due to anti-incumbency factor,” the national BJP Secretary and UT unit incharge, Mr O.P. Kohli, told Chandigarh Tribune here today. He said sitting members became natural claimants to renomination due to their performance and service in that capacity.

Admitting differences in the local unit, Mr Kohli said the central leadership would oversee efforts to make the local unit a fighting machine ahead of elections by papering over differences. He added that the change in the party body was not meant to replace the guard ahead of elections due to the outgoing office-bearers’ failure, but it was long due as Mr Dharampal Gupta had long passed his term.

On the question whether the replacement also meant change in the chiefs of the frontal organisations, he said, ‘’The party has not yet applied its mind on the issue.’’ He added, ‘’It may be thought over later.’’

Asked how the party could not accommodate representatives from non-Punjabis and people from colonies, he said, ‘’There were constraints in the party, but ways will be found out to involve them too.’’

The issue came in the wake of party members from colonies meeting Mr Kohli separately, expressing their resentment over non-inclusion of members from colonies.

These member asked Mr Kohli that going by their population and vote share in the city, there should have been at least four members from this group.

The party Secretary expressed his helplessness before them saying ‘’The change over was only a trailer and they would certainly accommodated in distribution of tickets, ‘’ sources said.

Mr Kohli said the party would have to look into anti-incumbency factor as it had 13 out of 20 councillors in the corporation. He claimed that there was no danger to the alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal in the wake of their demand to give at least eight seats to the party in the future arrangement.

Mr Kohli said, ‘’I hope some realistic thinking will dawn on the local Akali leadership and the arrangement will remain intact.’’ He further said the alliance with the Akali Dal in the city was more for the reasons extending to Punjab, where BJP and SAD were coalition partners.

Mr Kohli said the exaggerated claim of Akalis was the same as the Punjab leadership of the BJP demanding higher number of seats, which might not be realistic. He stated that the party had to take a ‘’bitter decision of not participating in the mayoral election’’ as there was not enough period left to perform.

The reactions from the workers on the constitution of the adhoc committee brought out that they perceived handing over the charge to a group which defected from the party, as the central leadership pressurised to ‘’reward those who had nuisance value.’’

A section led by the outgoing team seemed divided in two groups, with a couple of councillors feeling left out on the issue of suggesting names for the adhoc committee.


Bickerings on in local BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The rapprochement mission of the national BJP leadership in the faction-ridden state unit of the union territory has not ended bickerings for now, at least with the deposed leadership questioning the decision to include certain members who have defected from the party.

The reflection of this came before the national BJP Secretary and party incharge of the state, Mr O.P Kohli, during his meeting with the newly constituted 12-member adhoc committee led by Mr Yashpal Mahajan, which replaced the outgoing President, Mr Dharampal Gupta, and his office-bearers.

The closed-door meeting of the adhoc committee witnessed certain members questioning the decision to ‘’reward’’ those who had defected from the party to defeat the official nominee of the party in the 1998 mayoral election, sources told Chandigarh Tribune.

The faction which had got its nominee nominated the Convener of the adhoc committee did not retort the allegations of the other group.

Mr Kohli later fielded the outgoing President, Mr Dharampal Gupta, and the Convener, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, to put up a united show, with Mr Mahajan praising Mr Gupta for his contribution to the party.

Mr Mahajan said, ‘’I learnt a lot from Mr. Gupta as his deputy in the outgoing team.’’

Mr Gupta, in an apparent bid to blunt criticism that he could not contain bickerings in the party, came close to owning responsibility for ‘’things that went wrong.’’

His owning up of the responsibility for the factionalism was seen as an attempt to give the Central leadership an impression that whatever went wrong could not have been his effort, party insiders said.

Mr Kohli explained that the adhoc committee had been given the task of improving the party image, making effort to win corporation elections and initiate procedures for the takeover of the state by an elected body.

In an effort to unite the party whose workers had been vertically divided, Mr Kohli said, ‘’The worker is not a personal property of any individual who can be divided.’’

The national BJP Secretary also sought to assuage the feeling of loss by Mr Dharampal Gupta and the Gyanchand Gupta group. He said, ‘’Dharampalji had worked for the party with a killer instinct.’’

Mr Kohli said the change was made as Mr Gupta had not been changed for the reasons certain people might be subscribing to, but his term had long ended and that was why an adhoc arrangement had been made.


Antyodaya Anna Yojana launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Mr Shanta Kumar, today launched the Antyodaya Anna Yojana at the Indira Colony, near Mani Majra, Chandigarh.

Under the scheme poorest of the poor will be given wheat at the rate of Rs 2 per kg and rice at the rate Rs 3 per kg. Those living below the poverty line would be given wheat at the rate of Rs 4 per kg and rice at the rate of Rs 5.50 per kg. Each family will be given 25 kg of foodgrains every month. There are 330 poorest of the poor families in the city and about 23,000 live below the poverty line.

Mr Shanta Kumar said the scheme was coined by the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and its implementation a real tribute to him. The minister said the country had made tremendous progress after the Independence, but we failed to achieve the goal of social justice. “Even after more than 50 years of the Independence, crores of families continue to cry for food. What a shame!” he said.

The BJP had promised to save the poor population from starvation. Hence it was decided to implement the Antyodaya Anna Yojana. He announced there was no shortage of food but he regretted that most of the state governments had not made any arrangement for lifting wheat.

Mr Shanta Kumar regretted that there was complaint from a large number of people that they had not been issued ration cards . He said the official records showed that 1.83 crore families had obtained bogus ration cards. He said to curb this malpractice the Union Government has made it a crime under the Essential Commodities Act.

The minister congratulated farmers of Punjab and Haryana for producing wheat and rice in abundance. He said the country was now exporting wheat.

In his 35-minute speech, he said it was good that the world forces had united to fight terrorism.

Earlier, the Home Secretary of Chandigarh, Mr R.S.Gujaral, said the Administration was in the process of identifying the poorest of the poor. He said this exercise would be over by early next month

Prominent among others who spoke at the function were Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP, and Ms Harjinder Kaur, Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ramsekhar, and the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, were also present on the occasion.


Enough storage space for grain’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
There will be no shortage of space to store foodgrains after procurement. At present space for 5 lakh tonnes is available in Punjab and for 2 lakh tonnes in Haryana, said the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution here today.

Mr Shanta Kumar, who was addressing a press conference, said besides this additional space to store 41 lakh tonnes of grain was being created in Punjab. In the case of Haryana there would be additional space to store 10 lakh tonnes of wheat. Mr Shanta Kumar had come to the city to launch the Antodaya scheme.

He was asked why the Food Ministry was starting a scheme for people below the poverty line while the Union HRD Ministry had stopped grants for poverty schemes claiming there was no one to be found below the poverty line in Chandigarh. The Minister side-stepped the issue saying the Chandigarh Administration had not admitted that there was no poverty in the UT. There were 3,300 families which would be covered by the Antodaya scheme.

On the issue of rotting foodgrains, Mr Shanta Kumar admitted that 1.8 per cent of the 616 lakh tonnes of grain in storehouses across the country had rotted due to climatic or situational conditions.

Not a single grain out of this was being supplied to any of the states. Last year the Food Ministry bore a loss of Rs 77 crore when it auctioned grain which had rotted. Since rice procurement had started, the movement of grain from Punjab and Haryana had been speeded up.

The minister said 32 lakh tonnes of grain had been exported so far during this year. This was mainly to West Asian countries and South Africa. When asked why a consignment of grain exported to Iraq was rejected , Mr Shanta Kumar said internationally 2 per cent of foreign matter was acceptable. Out of this 1.5 per cent could be organic matter. Iraq said it wanted grain free from any foreign matter. The grain had been exported by private parties. However, the Government of India intervened as the image of the country was at stake.

He said about 1.83 crore ration cards in the country were either illegal or bogus. When asked why the system could not be computerised, the minister said this was in the hands of the state governments concerned.

He said there was no shortage of grain. It was just that the distribution system was not properly streamlined. States had been empowered to take legal action against those shopkeepers who had ration depot licences but did not display the rates. He admitted that close to 30 per cent of the foodgrain under the public distribution system was being diverted.

He said the Ministry had formed regional consultative committees in an effort to decentralise the distribution system . Also launched this year had been a scheme to provide food for work in drought-hit states.


Minister’s visit, residents’ inconvenience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Thanks to the visit of the Union Food and Public Distribution Minister, Mr Shanta Kumar, work in the Food Supplies Department came to a standstill here today. Even a routine function like handing out forms for new ration cards or for renewal of these was disrupted.

Babus were away to the function where the Antodaya scheme for the poor was launched in Mani Majra today virtually bringing the entire department to a standstill. A Tribune team posing as residents requiring a ration card form reached the department in Sector 17. On asking for a form new fresh ration card the team was turned back by a clerk.

The clerk coldly said, “Kal aana ji”. A plea by the team ‘‘we have come from very far by boarding a local bus and it would be tough to come again’’ was turned down by the clerk saying, “Main kya kar sakta hoon, saab log gaye hue hain, mantriji ke function mein.’’ (what can I do, everybody has gone to attend the function of the minister). 


Waiting for CM’s sangat darshan
Sashi Pal Jain

The residents of Kharar and its surrounding villages are waiting for a sangat darshan programme by the Chief Minister of Punjab. Mr Badal organised this programme in Ratwara Sahib village near Kharar (which falls in Morinda Assembly constituency) but has not included Kharar in this programme.

Mr Badal had announced in May last year at a function in Chappar Chirri village that sangat darshan would be held in Kharar within a month but more than a year has passed and no date has been finalised yet. The residents saw Mr Badal distribute cheques worth lakhs of rupees for various department works in Ratwara Sahib and they wondered when their turn would come. Although a grant of Rs 25 lakh for the Kharar Municipal Committee was announced by Mr Badal at a function in Kurali three years ago, yet this amount has not been received so far.

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The Kharar Lions Club organised a free eye operation camp in the Civil Hospital from September 24 to 26 where 456 patients were examined and 70 of them were operated upon. Dr Rajinder Singh Saggu, Civil Surgeon of Ropar was the chief guest at the camp held in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The patients were given free food and medicines by Lions Club.

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The Indian Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, organised a meeting of ex-servicemen at Kharar in which Mrs Daljeet Kaur, MLA, and Mr Devinder Singh, SDM of Kharar, participated. Cheques of grants given by the British Commonwealth League were given to ex-servicemen who had fought in the Second World War.

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Mr Roshan Lal Goel has been elected president and Mr Gurnam Singh general secretary of the Kharar Vikas Manch for the next two years.

Members of the manch feel that the rate of progress in the Kharar area has been slow. The manch has decided to organise a big rally in October.

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Mr Mohinder Singh Hundal (Sarpanch) of Tewar village and Mr Prem Singh, President, SAD Kharar, distributed cheques worth Rs 5100 each to seven families belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, under the shagun scheme. These families had celebrated marriages of daughters in the past four years.


Residents’ plea to Administrator
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Sector 42-B Residents Welfare Association has submitted a memorandum to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), drawing his attention to massive violations made by residents of Attawa village.

The memorandum said owners of these unplanned structures did not have facility of toilets. They defecate in the open at various places in and around the sector. The society urged the Chandigarh Administration to take remedial measures. It urged the Administration to construct a 16- foot road as planned in the zonal plan of the sector. It is alleged that heaps of garbage continue to create problems for the residents. A big shopping complex has also sprung up near the main road. The police did not verify the antecedents of the people living in these structures, which resulted in a large number of thefts.

Mr Vipin Sharma, a spokesman of the society ,said the Administration ordered the shifting of the fish market from this sector. However, nothing has been done to execute the orders of the Administration.


Throw waste at allotted sites : DC
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 3
To discourage the use of polythene, a special one-month drive was launched in the district on September 25 with the objective of educating the public on biodegradable and degradable waste.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, said here today that the public had been advised to throw all waste at sites allotted for the purpose by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

Stating that polythene was instrumental in choking sewers, she said it had been noticed that waste was tied up in these bags and thrown on the street leading to insanitary conditions.

Also, the use of lower grade and recycled polythene to bring food items was taking its toll on the health of the people.

She said the Haryana Government had made the Non-Biodegradable Garbage Act much before 1998 and implemented it in all cities of the state.

According to the Act, throwing of polythene, nylon and PVC on roads, sewers and streets was banned. In addition, a ban on recycled polythene was also covered by the Act.

Ms Arora said the district administration, in its special drive, was hopeful of cooperation from the shopkeepers, residents welfare associations, educational institutions, private organisations and clubs.

She said a meeting of principals and headmasters of schools would be convened on October 10. Officers of the Environment Department and the Eco Club would address them.


Hope for mentally challenged kids
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 3
About 300 mentally challenged children from different institutes of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Chandigarh participated in yoga and cultural competition held at LECMA 3 BRD , Sector 47 here today.

Children presented folk, solo and group dances, the bhangra and skits, as a part of the competitions.

The Director and Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Dr S.B.S. Mann, was the chief guest for the function.

He said, “A genetic lab will be established at the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children in Sector 32 very soon. Through this facility doctors can find out the root cause of mental retardation in children. It will help in the prevention of mental retardation.”

Dr Mann added, “The mentally challenged children will be involved in rehabilitation. Rehabilitation will include putting these children in Government Medical College for simple jobs such as envelope making, packing of dressings as well as gauze pieces.”

The Joint Director, Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, Dr B.S. Chavan, said, “The competitions are organised to create awareness about yoga in North India. Yoga plays an important role in the development of mentally challenged children. The competitions give these children a chance to come out from the restrictions of four walls of the house and the school.

The participation of these children in competitions will bring about a perceptible change in the attitude of society towards them.”

Yoga and cultural competitions will be organised tomorrow at LECMA 3 BRD, Sector 47, from 9 am to 7 pm. 


MLA files objections
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 3
Objections and suggestions regarding delimitation of wards were submitted by the local MLA, Mr Chander Mohan, along with office-bearers of various residents welfare associations to the Deputy Commissioner, here today.

The Deputy Commissioner, they said, had assured the delegation that their demands would be looked into on priority basis. A meeting of the 10-member committee, which met the DC, would be convened with the officials concerned shortly.

The president of the Citizens Welfare Association, Mr S.K. Nayar, said they had stressed the need for considering one sector as one ward to avoid complications and inconvenience to the public.


BSP to launch campaign on Oct 5
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The BSP will launch its campaign for the Municipal Corporation elections, due in December, with a rally of the national President, Mr Kanshi Ram, on October 5 at Nehru Park in Sector 22 here.

This was announced here today by the local unit president, Mr Mataram Dhiman.


Sikhs to hold protest on Oct 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Bodies associated with the Sikh Khalsa Panchayat will block entry to Chandigarh and Mohali on October 6 in protest against “desecration” of Guru Granth Sahib.

This was announced here today by the panchayat after a meeting held yesterday.

In a separate press note, the Institute of Sikh Studies condemned the alleged burning of the religious book in a “planned manner.”


ASI killed in road mishap
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 3
Assistant Sub-Inspector Tikka Chand, posted at the Kumano police station, near here, died after being hit by a canter on the Patiala — Sirhind road on Wednesday. The ASI was coming on a motor cycle when he was hit by the canter.



Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) has started “Live Life Sultan Size” campaign for its customers. As per scheme, a customer, when he drives to BP-21 for fuelling, will be given a coupon where he will fill in his personal details and will also have to guess approximate amount for which the vehicle will get fuelled up to the auto cut off. If the guess is within permissible limits, the customer will not have to pay for the fuel. The second part of the campaign is a lucky draw of the same coupons where the winner will be entitled to one-day of complete luxury ride in a chauffeur driven Limousine.

Certification: M/s Suvirs (Sales) Private Limited 168, Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, manufacturers of construction and protective chemicals for roads and buildings has been awarded ISO 9002 certification by International Certification Limited. The firm was established in the year 1972 in Chandigarh. TNS

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