Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Work on water scheme halts as funds dry up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Work on the fourth phase of the water augmentation scheme, which promises improved water supply to city residents on its completion, has been suspended for the lack of funds. The work on the scheme will be resumed only when the Chandigarh Administration releases funds.

When the scheme was conceived, it was expected to cost a sum of Rs 25 crore. Funded by the Centre, the Union Government has already released a sum of Rs 12 crore. The municipal corporation has urged the administration to immediately sanction a sum of Rs 4.50 crore for accomplishing the work within this year.

The Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Mrs Harjinder Kaur, says that she has already called on the Punjab Governor, Mr J.F.R. Jacob, who is also administrator of Chandigarh, and urged him to prevail upon officers of the Administration for expediting the release of funds. He has promised that the funds will be released soon. However, the corporation has not received any payment so far.

She says that this is one area which needs immediate attention because they have to meet the water requirement of the people by next summer.

The corporation faces the impediment as the funds for the scheme are provided by the Union Government to the administration. The corporation further gets funds from the administration.

Mrs Harjinder Kaur says that it is her desire that all works that are now in hand must be completed before the elections to the corporation in December.

The main reason for the financial crunch with the corporation is due to its certain statutory obligations. For instance, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that all daily wage employees be given dearness allowance from October 1, 1996, to July 31, 2001. This cost the corporation a sum of Rs 3.25 crore. Again, they had to give pension to deceased employees to the tune of Rs 1 crore. The corporation had to cough up Rs 12.43 crore for such liabilities.

She was, however, hopeful that certain ongoing works would be completed by the end of October. These included laying of sewerage pipeline in southern sectors and storm water drainage . She was also hopeful that the work on inside sector roads would also be finished before the elections to the corporation.


Cylinder blast in shop injures five
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 9
Five persons, including an owner of a shop on the T-intersection of the Chandigarh-Ambala and Dera Bassi-Barwala roads, sustained burns today as an LPG cylinder placed inside the shop burst.

Sources said the incident had happened at about 1.30 pm when four men — Gurcharan Singh (27), Raj Kumar (23), Karam Chand (23) and Brijesh Kumar (22) — had been in the shop of Mr Karam Chand (30) to make telephone calls.

Neighbours of the shopkeeper rushed the injured to the local civil hospital, from where, two of the seriously injured persons — Karam Chand and Raj Kumar — were referred to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

Karam Chand, a resident of Dera Bassi, sustained 60 per cent burns on his face, head, chest, arms, abdomen and legs, while Raj Kumar sustained 40 per cent burns. Their condition is said to be serious.

Two of the injured — Gurcharan Singh and Karam Chand — both local residents, were discharged from the civil hospital after receiving first aid, while Brijesh Kumar, who belongs to Bihar, is still under treatment.

Brijesh Kumar said he was here in search of a job and had visited the shop to make a telephone call. “I heard a bang and, instantly, flames engulfed the shop, following which, I rushed out,” he said.

Eyewitnesses said, “The impact was so forceful that the wooden gate of the shop was blown off and the goods inside were badly damaged.”

Residents of the area said the police had reached the spot after more than two-hours-and-a-half of the incident, though they had been contacted within minutes of the mishap.

When contacted, the investigating officer, Mr Ramdial Singh, said he had visited the shop, but relatives of the injured persons had already rushed them to hospital by then. However, owners of the nearby shops said Mr Ramdial had inspected the locked shop only from a distance.

The investigating officer did not approach the family of Karam Chand for the shop’s keys. The investigation is on, but no case has been registered, so far. The reason of the cylinder-burst could not be ascertained. Residents of the area allege that a number of shopkeepers have opened illegal LPG-cylinder outlets at Zirakpur, Dera Bassi, Lalru and the surrounding areas.


High Court stays shifting of scooter mechanics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The “plan” of the Chandigarh Administration to shift the scooter market from Sector 21 to Sector 26 suffered a setback today after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the uprooting of the mechanics here today and directed the authorities concerned to look for an alternative site than Sector 26 for the rehabilitation of these mechanics.

Acting on a petition filed by the Sector 26 St Kabir School, the Bench comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta also stayed further proceedings in a contempt-of-court petition filed by residents of Sector 21. Residents had claimed that the motor mechanics not only created nuisance, but had also encroached upon government land.

The Judges also ordered a status quo “in respect of the scooter mechanics and the Sector 26 site”. The Judges said the location of a scooter market in an institutional area should be avoided if possible. “Therefore, we direct the Administration to find out if an alternative site can be provided. The needful should be done within two months,” he said.

The Judges said: “Since the petition before us involves the interest of a large section of society, particularly thousands of students in the area, we find it fit to stay the uprooting of the mechanics till the Administration finds an alternative site than Sector 26 for them.” The case will now come up for further hearing on December 20.

Earlier, the school had challenged the move to shift the workers of the Sector 21 scooter market and some other mechanics to in front of the school, saying that the decision was in violation of the master plan.

The petitioner had said the plans did not include the provision of a scooter market in the area with almost 12,000 students and about 20 schools and colleges.

The counsel for the petitioner said that market would cause noise and air pollution, besides posing a traffic hazard in the area.


Residents resent MC move to tax cable connections
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 9
After a month-long gruelling battle between cable operators and residents on the issue of hike in cable charges in the city, the war does not seem over for the residents even now.

After rubbing the cable operators the wrong way, it could well snowball into a major controversy for the Municipal Council which has recommended a tax of Rs 10 per connection for areas under its preview.

Confirming that a proposal to this effect had been sent to the government recently, the Administrator, Mr Arun Gupta, said that the approval on the matter was awaited.

Stating that the modalities in the case were yet to be worked out, sources in the council said that the plan was to carry out recovery of this tax for the MC through the cable operators.

‘‘They have details of all cable connections in the city. Also, their employees go from house to house to collect the charges. They can collect the tax money from them and hand it down to us, saving us the trouble of going to the cable users directly,’’ he added.

While this approval is awaited, the residents have strongly condemned the arm-twisting tactics employed by cable operators for ensuring a hike in charges.

At a joint meeting of the House Owners Welfare Association (HOWA) and the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 4, the members said that the district administration had worked out a compromise by increasing the charges from Rs 150 to 165 in violation of an agreement they had with the cable operator.

‘‘We had decided that the charges would not be hiked beyond Rs 150 and that all disputes would be sorted out between the two parties only. Then, why did the district administration step in and decide contrary to the wishes of the public,’’ Mr SD Daid, president of the Residents Welfare Association, said. Supporting his claims, Mr CL Salwan, president of HOWA, said that the cable operators were not showing all channels as per the agreement. ‘‘The cricket matches came as a golden opportunity for them to employ pressure tactics and get away with a hike,’’ he stated.


PU panel’s reservations on self-financing courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Panjab University should not give permission for self-financing courses to colleges which do not have the necessary infrastructure.

This was decided by a special committee while deliberating on different financial aspects of college management here today. The courses under this category include the recently introduced Bachelor of Computer Application, Bachelor of Business Administration and M Sc (Information Technology), besides others. Colleges have also been asked to pay the UGC recommended scales to the staff recruited for teaching courses started under the self-financing category.

The committee has recommended that the university should ensure that colleges take corrective action based on the recommendations of inspection committees of the university. Cases of recommendations not being carried out were pointed out. The committee also proposed that no new courses should be offered to such colleges.

The committee members comprised Prof Mohan Maharishi, DUI, Principal Tarsem Bahia, Principal Usha Gupta, Prof Charanjit Chawla, Principal P.S. Sangha and Dr R.P.S. Josh, besides others.

It was pointed out in the meeting that VCs’ nominees were not included in the governing bodies of colleges , particularly a large segment of private colleges. The meeting was informed that the Vice-Chancellor has appointed 79 nominees for governing bodies of private colleges. The list will be presented before the university Senate for final approval.

The meeting dwelled at length on underpayment to part-time teachers who had cleared the UGC examination. Similar underpayment was pointed out in case of ad hoc teachers. The committee unanimously decided to approach the UT Administration and the Punjab government for a quick decision in this regard. The issue of non-payment of UGC scales has been referred to the university Senate.


All engineering seats filled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Seats in all categories for admissions to three local engineering institutes ( Punjab Engineering College, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, and Chandigarh College of Architecture) were filled following the third counselling here today, an official press release said. The release said that all 13 seats in BE ( chemical), 12 in the PEC, and all four vacant seats in the College of Architecture were filled.


Betrayed by friend, raped by politician
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
In a shocking incident, a minor girl was allegedly “abducted” by her “friend” and the latter’s mother to be handed over to a local politician and his two hotelier friends. The victim was raped for over five days before she made a dramatic escape from her captors.

The case came to light when the girl made a statement before a local magistrate today under Section 164 of Cr PC. Following this, the police arrested two persons in the evening, including Ashok, alias, Sweety Bajaj, a local politician and a partner in a posh hotel in NAC, Mani Majra.

Bajaj is reportedly a history sheeter and several cases of fraud have earlier been registered against him.

According to information available, the 15-year-old girl was “abducted” by her friend Shweta Gupta and the latter’s mother Sangeeta Gupta on the pretext of taking her over to their house for a birthday party. At the time the victim was alone at her house in Sector 35. Her mother was off to Ludhiana for work, while her father is residing in Ludhiana itself.

It is learnt that the victim and Shweta Gupta were studying together in a French class earlier. Shweta Gupta had left the classes while the victim was still continuing her classes. The two had, however, since remained friends.

It is alleged that when the victim reached the Mani Majra residence of the Guptas, she was given a cold drink laced with a sedative. She says that after this she was raped by Sweety Bajaj, Kuldeep Dahia (former owner of North Park) and Taari (of Hotel Ashiana) on the intervening night of September 29 and 30. She was allegedly introduced to the accused as rich men, who could give her lots of money.

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother started looking for her ever since she went missing. She got an inkling that her daughter had been abducted by the Guptas. When she went looking for her at their Mani Majra residence, the latter shooed her away. It is alleged that at that time the victim was in the house but could not speak as she was gagged and tied.

Mrs Kulwant Kaur then got a case of abduction registered against the mother-daughter duo under Sections 366-A, 368, 506 and 120-B of the IPC. Subsequent to the statement of the girl before the magistrate today, the accused have also been booked under Section 376 of the IPC.

It is alleged that on October 3, Sweety Bajaj reportedly came to the Guptas house and after giving some money to Sangeeta Gupta said that he would like to take the girl to his farmhouse. When the two of them were heading towards the car of the accused, the victim fled. She hired a three-wheeler and reached a factory in Industrial Area from where she called up her father in Ludhiana.

The latter then sent for her and she has since been in Ludhiana. She reportedly came for recording her statement and then went back to Ludhiana in the evening. 


Changed telecom scene leaves Postal Dept poorer
A. S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Winds of change blowing through the telecom scene in the country claimed nearly 40 per cent of the revenue of the Department of Posts during 1999-2000.

Private courier services, an increasing use of e-mail to send and receive messages and reliable and inexpensive long-distance phone services provided by the telecom outfits in the public as well as private sectors have seriously undermined the pivotal position the Postal Department occupied in the day-to-day life of the common man till not very long ago.

The volume of postal traffic has fallen steeply, rendering a large army of postmen more or less idle. According to official information here today, the Indian Postal Department faces a deficit of Rs 1,600 crore because of the falling business.

The department is also not able to face the stiff competition offered by the private courier services. They are not only reliable but also efficient. As one official admitted: “We have too many holidays when no delivery takes place. Courier services on the other hand function all 365 days a year. The number of postal holidays has now been reduced to 18 in a year, but they are still too many...”

In the Punjab and Chandigarh circle, the Postal Department handled a total of nearly 16 crore postal articles annually till a couple of years ago. But during 1999-2000, the figure fell by nearly six crore postal articles. And in the coming days, this trend is expected to continue, putting even more pressure on the bottomline of the department.

Reduced workload has forced the Indian Postal Department to devise new means of keeping idle postmen busy. There are a total of 1,917 postmen in Punjab and Chandigarh. Of these, 258 are posted in Chandigarh. Being a government department, it is not easy to get rid of surplus postmen. A voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) has been introduced but not many are coming forward to take advantage it. As one knowledgeable official put it: “Who would like to sit at home after putting in so many years of service in the department?”

The department is now trying to increase the frequency of postal delivery to more than once a day.

According to Mr A.S.I.S. Paul, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, midnight mail services were introduced in Punjab and Chandigarh from January 31. Department mail motors from Chandigarh, Bathinda, Amritsar and Sangrur leave these places around 10 o'clock, meet in Ludhiana between midnight and 2 a.m., exchange mail and reach their respective destinations between 5 and 6 the next morning carrying mail from all over the state. The hub of exchange is Ludhiana.

Twentytwo speed post centres have also been opened in addition to three state speed post centres at Patiala, Phagwara and Pathankot.


Parking lots in Sec 17 made functional
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today made three underground parking lots located in Sector 17, near the telephone exchange building, 30 Bays Building, and Godrej office, functional.

A press note issued by the corporation said all people should park their vehicles in the underground parkings as per the indication displayed near each parking, Two-wheeler owners are specifically asked to park their vehicles in the basement of these parkings and not on the ground floor and the first minus-level. Ground floor and first minus-level have been reserved for parking of four wheelers.

No parking fee would be charged, the MC clarified.


Bylaws violation in rear courtyards rampant
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 9
Considerations other than professional seems to be weighing heavily on the officials of the Estate Office of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). Those entrusted with the job of checking the violation of building bylaws are turning a blind eye to the violations.

In many cases, the houses with blatant violations of the bylaws in the rear courtyard have been issued the occupation certificates. Taking a cue, many other residents are also following the suit. In case of high income group (HIG) independent flats in Sector 70, a number of plot holders have raised one-room tenement along with the main structure. The roof of the unauthorised structure was being used as an extended terrace for the first floor.

A visit to the area reveal that the nature of violation was such that it could not miss the eye of the field staff of the Estate Office. The illegal structures, especially in the rear courtyards of HIG houses along the main road dividing Sector 61 (Phase 7) and Sector 70, could not be ignored. Inquiries reveal that a nexus between the property dealers and the concerned officials of the Estate Office was the main cause.

A senior official of PUDA said no construction in the rear courtyard of the residential premises was allowed. Only a relaxation for violation of the building bylaws in commercial premises in the town had been approved. Excess coverage at the basement level and construction in the rear courtyard had been made compoundable on payment of certain amount of fee. 


Realignment of track not possible’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The proposed Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail line passing through Faidan village just east of Sectors 47 and 48 cannot be re-aligned despite demands from certain residents of the village due to technical reasons, said Mr Y.P. Singh, Chief Engineer (Construction), Northern Railway, while talking to mediapersons after making an on-the-spot assessment of the area. Many residents of the village have been demanding the re-alignment of the track. On the request of Mr Pawan Bansal, local MP, the Railways had sent a team.

Mr Y.P. Singh said on one side of the track is defence land and on the other side is a seasonal rivulet through which passes the city’s sewage. Already, defence authorities have raised objections to the existing location of the track.

Sources said the only side on which the re-alignment could be made was by going nearer to the defence land. This would create delay and hassles with the Ministry of Defence which is very sensitive on such issues.

Now this means that several shops in Faidan and adjoining Jhumroo village will have to go as they are directly in line of the track. During his visit, Mr Y.P. Singh gave an assurance that he would , however, manage to save a temple in the village. As per the revenue records of the Chandigarh Administration, Faidan is ‘‘be-chirag’’ village (unhabitated village).

Actually, the entire village , with the exception of one family comprising of five brothers, has been evacuated and several acres of ‘shamlat’ (common) land stands in the name of the village panchayat. This family now holds rights to the shamlat land. As per the records, the shops or residences coming in way of the rail track are illegal and do not exist. There is no mutation or registration in name of the shopkeepers in the revenue records. The entire land is ‘shamlat’ land.


Issues which confront TA
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
As the country’s second line of defence, the Territorial Army (TA) observed its 52nd Raising Day today, it has to contend with a growing number of issues, primary among them being the erosion of its very character and role.

“Instead of TA-ising the regular Army, we are regularising the TA,” says a TA officer here, referring to the increasing long-term mobilisation of its units and embodiment of its officers and men much beyond the stipulated period during peace time.

The original concept of the TA envisions gainfully employed volunteers coming for an annual two-month training stint and then returning back to their professions. “Instead,” remarks an officer, “by choice or compulsion, officers tend to remain embodied in TA units for years at a stretch.” As per the TA’s charter, long-term embodiment is permissible only during a national emergency.

In fact, a paper prepared by a locally based TA officer, highlighting the issues and problems being faced by the TA, has been forwarded to the TA directorate, the Army Chief and the Defence Ministry.

The paper states that instead of maintaining a part-time reserve force and using it for national emergencies as envisioned, the members of the TA, today, are being called out at the drop of a hat for exceptionally long periods, which adversely effects the mainstay careers of the volunteers.

The concept of TA is to reduce the need for maintaining large standing armies. Stating that the TA is not meant to fill the shortage of the regular army, the paper adds the TA Act stipulates that it is to support and supplement the regular army in case of dire need.

TA battalions are continuously being embodied for long periods for counter insurgency duties in Jammu and Kashmir, where the situation is stated to be “like an emergency”. The paper argues that if TA units are to be deployed like and perform the same function as the regular army, then there is no reason to have a TA at all.

Officers here say that while plans to expand the TA and attract better quality of volunteers are afoot, getting officers for embodiment is an issue which will have to be considered seriously. The 35,000-strong TA with an authorised officer cadre of 300, is short of about 80 officers. Officers admit that the quality of volunteers coming up is far from desirable. Non-availability of officers for embodiment has also led to authorities adopting “illegal” means like issuing apprehension warrants to officers to force them for embodiment. This issue also raised a controversy recently.


BJP to hold mandal-level meetings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
With a view to activating its local unit, the BJP today decided to hold meetings of the party at the mandal-level.

A spokesman of the party said the meeting of Ward No 8 was held yesterday at the Sector 41 Community Centre, which was attended by nearly 100 BJP workers. The meeting was presided over by Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, convenor of the BJP Ad hoc Committee.

Prominent among those present at the meeting were Mr Purshotam Mahajan, Mr Narinder Dev Sharma, Ms Kamla Sharma, Mr Des Raj Kayasth and Mr Jagdish Rohilla.

The spokesman said workers of the party were apprised of the proposed Vishal Workers Sammelan to be held on October 28 at the BJP office.

Mr Mahajan said Mr Om Parkash Kohli, national secretary of the BJP, would visit Chandigarh on October 10.

He would have meetings with members of the ad hoc committee and the BJP councillors at 11 am in the BJP office in Sector 33-A.


Need to adopt group financing schemes’
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 9
The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S K Goyal, stressed that various banks of the district should adopt timely group financing in the Swarn Gram Savrojgar Yojna cases, so that unemployed youths could start their own venture.

Mr Goyal was addressing the second district level review committee meeting of banks in the district. He said, ‘‘Bankers should make Panchkula a scavengers-free district in the state and they should play a vital role in this regard’’. He reiterated the need to gear up for clearing the cases under government sponsored programmes as per time schedule frame for them.

Mr Goyal further said, ‘‘Some areas, including advances to weaker sector and all other loan schemes, would be boosted up in the district. He expressed satisfaction over the progress made on all fronts, including government-sponsored programmes and for their better achievements during the quarter ending June 2001’’.

The Lead District Manager, Mr V K Bakshi, stressed upon the need for clearing the pending cases under different government-sponsored programmes. He said that at the agenda for meeting it was clearly spelled out that members should come fully prepared for a discussion on government-sponsored schemes. He also stressed that financing of scavengers and their dependents under national scheme of liberation and rehabilitation of scavengers should be given due importance.

Mr Bakshi dwelt upon the achievements in the district. He said that achievements under agricultural and allied sector was 149 per cent and in non-farm sectors the achievement was 107 per cent up to June 2001. The over all achievements of district credit plan was 131 per cent. The credit deposit ratio needed special attention by the branches and had to be improved upon, he added.

Mr S N Wasan representing regional office, Punjab National Bank, expressed satisfaction over achievement in the district. He said that deposit had shown an increases of 24.75 per cent and advances had shown a growth of 29.42 per cent. Similarly agriculture advances revealed a growth of 64 per cent. 


Faultlines in pension fixation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Incorrect interpretation of the pension rules by the Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA) may be causing financial loss to a number of officers, besides mental and physical harassment.

A recent writ petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court has revealed that the CDA authorities have not been paying heed to certain regulations while fixing pensions after the implementation of the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission.

In one case which came up before the High Court, the CDA had reduced the weightage for fixing the pension from eight years to five years, and the officer was given a pension equivalent to 46 per cent of his last drawn emoluments, instead of 50 per cent.

Though the petition was dismissed last week as infructuous since the CDA had revised its pay order to give the officer the correct pension, this was done only in one isolated case. There may be many other officers whose revised pension may have been reduced due to oversight or ignorance.

The petitioner, in his communiques to the CDA and Army authorities, maintained that contrary to the CDA’s claim, the Fifth Pay Commission did not stipulate that the criteria for disbursement would change. The CDA should have continued to give him eight years’ weightage instead of reducing it to five years. However, when this argument was not accepted by the authorities, the officer moved the court. As a result, the CDA amend the pension order before the High Court could issue a directive.

This officer’s pension, which was fixed at Rs 7046 per month after the implementation of the Pay Commission’s report, was amend twice, first to Rs 7357 and then to Rs 7928 per month.

According to Para 5 of the Fifth Pay Commission’s recommendations, as a one time measure, officers who became substantive Majors before January 1, 1996, would be granted the scale of Lieutenant Colonel on completion of 21 years of commissioned service.

A note to Regulation 29 of the Pension Regulations stipulates that the rate of pension of 33 years will be 50 per cent of the average emoluments reckonable for pension, if any, drawn by the officer during the last 10 months of service.

The note further states that the pension of an officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (time scale), Brigadier or Major-General shall not be less than the pension which should have been admissible to him as a Major, Colonel or Brigadier, respectively. The last portion of the note was stated to have been ignored while fixing the revised pension.


CITCO to promote eco-tourism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
In its endeavour to create awareness among residents about environment, CITCO will promote eco-tourism in the city. The corporation has already started contacting schools and colleges to arrange excursions for the students in and around the city and will be extending the same to families also.

“We plan to extend our campaign to all the city residents and expect it to be a very successful programme”. said Mr S.P. Singh, Managing Director. “The idea”, said he, “is to make the residents aware of the importance of conserving environment and the existing flora and fauna of the region”.

Preservation of wildlife was the buzz word these days and the residents of the City Beautiful should keep pace with the rest of the world, he said.

CITCO will contact officers of the Forest Department and other fields to educate the residents. Trips around the lake and from Kansal to Nepli will be organised during the first phase. The trip around the lake, for instance, will take the participants to the forest areas as well. They will be taught things like identifying birds from their voices and appearance . They will be told about plants, their biological names, place of their origin, their commercial value, etc. Similarly, information about animals, identifying them from their footprints, species and food habits will be provided.

The second phase will include trips to nearby areas of the city.

“Later we will also take the residents to places like Kasauli, Barog, Solan, etc.”, said Mr Singh. 


Body found near rail track
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 9
The body of an unidentified person cut into pieces by a train late last night was found by the Railway police near Mauli Jagran this morning.

According to the police, the body was noticed by some passerby and the police was informed. After registering a case, the police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital in Ambala for a postmortem examination.


Professor Oberoi bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Mrs Satyawati, widow of Mr S.S. Oberoi, advocate, and mother of Prof N. K. Oberoi of Panjab University, died here yesterday. She was 82. She leaves behind five sons and two daughters. Her cremation today was largely attended.


Woman suffers burns
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, October 9
A young woman suffered 40 per cent burns in her Colony No. 5 hutment when an earthern lamp she was carrying fell on a pile of cardboard late last night. It is learnt that Rekha was rushed to hospital where she is stated to be in a serious condition.


Arrested for duping job-seekers
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 9
The police has arrested three persons, including a woman social worker, for duping job-seekers in the district here on Sunday evening. According to police sources, the accused, Gopal Singh, Ramesh Kumar and Kesari Devi, were arrested on the complaint of Mr Gurmeet Singh, a Pinjore resident.

The complainant had alleged that Gopal Singh, a resident of Ambala cantonment, and his accomplices, Ramesh and Kesari, had duped him of Rs 50,000 on the pretext of providing him a job in the Army. Despite taking the huge amount they did not provide him the job.

The trio were produced in a Panchkula court where Gopal Singh and Ramesh Kumar were remanded in police custody for two day and Kesari Devi was granted bail.


Two held with fake currency
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 9
Acting on a tip off, the CIA staff yesterday arrested two persons with fake currency worth Rs 25,000 near Vatika in Sector 5 here.

The two were produced in the court of the CJM, Mr Kamal Nath, here today and were remanded to police custody till October 21.

According to sources in the police department, the booty, comprising notes in the denomination of Rs 500, were seized from their possession by a team led by Inspector Mange Ram. Confirming the information, the Superintendent of Panchkula Police, Mr Manoj Yadav, said the two had been identified as Anil Kumar Handa of Mumbai and Ashwani Kumar Handa of Hoshiarpur. He added that the two were related to each other and were planning to circulate the currency in the district.

Claiming that further investigation in the matter was on, he asserted that the police was on the look out for another accomplice who was to meet the duo before they were nabbed by the police. 


Two cars, motor cycle stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Four cases of theft , including three cases of auto theft, have been registered by the police in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

A Maruti car (HR-03C-5809) was stolen from near Hotel K.C. Regency in Sector 35 during the night intervening October 8 and 9. Another Maruti car (CH-03F-7518) was stolen from outside the Sector 32 residence of Mr A.S. Bajwa during the night intervening October 7 and 8. On the same night, a Hero Honda motor cycle ( CH-01U-7734) was stolen from outside the Sector 20-A residence of Mr Ravi Chauhan. In all these cases, FIR’s under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

In a case of chain snatching, an unknown person snatched the gold chain of Ms Puja Kapoor in the Sector 34 market yesterday. A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered.

One booked: The police has booked an unknown person on charges of attempting to outrage the modesty of a woman near Sector 19- 20 local bus stop last morning. A case under Sections 323, 354 and 341 of the IPC has been registered.

One held: Madan Lal was arrested from his Daddu Majra Colony residence on charges of selling liquor . Two and half bottles of gulab wine were recovered from his possession. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered.


Car stolen: Thieves struck at house No. 338 in Sector 7 and took away a Maruti Zen car (CH-03B-6152) on Thursday morning.

The owner of the car, Ms Anjana Dhawan said she had parked the vehicle outside her house on Wednesday evening and found it missing the next day. Some tools and pieces of the windowpanes were found from the scene.

The police had registered a case.


Beaten up: A resident of Mohali village, Mahavir, was beaten up by six persons of the same village. The victim in a complaint to the police said Prem Bhadhur, Dhan Bhadhur, Durna Bhadhur, Kamal Bhadhur, Kishan Bhadhur and Lok Bhadhur bashed him in the village. The police was investigating the matter.


Lifestyle products company shows good results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Cymbionic Marketing Pvt Ltd., a professionally managed multi-level marketing company that offers business opportunity through a range of lifestyle product packages and benefits from blue chip companies, has achieved a phenomenal growth on all fronts, i.e. sales turnover, number of distributors, locations serviced etc., in the past 12 months.

The company’s sales turnover increased from Rs 15 crore in 1999-2000 to Rs 45 crore in the year 2000-2001 and is set to touch the Rs 100 crore mark in the current financial year, according to Mr Arfeen Khan, Chairman and Managing Director.

Thousands of distributors in 10 cities work closely with Cymbionic to provide a range to high quality lifestyle enhancing products and services alongwith the opportunity to be in business.

Promoted and managed by professionals with rich international experience who set out to revolutionise the MLM business in India, cymbionic's advanced multilevel marketing model works on the principle of appealing to the educated, ambitious and hardworking middle class in India. The products offered in the Cymbionic Lifestyle Packages give them the opportunity to buy products and services for their family needs at substantially lower prices than in the market, while simultaneously giving them the opportunity to be in business by introducing other similarly placed individuals.

In the past year, Cymbionic has done great business with big corporate houses. Business accrued includes over 6,000 personal accountant software CDs of TCs, 1700 computers from Zenith computers and 4000 discount cards of Customer Club.

Denim in vogue

“Denim is back”. A new collection of advanced denim wear for the young and trendy has been introduced by Pepe Jeans, London. The collection is casual, trendy, long lasting and affordable. It is the ideal wear for college, hangouts, parties and clubs this season. It is an exciting array of jeans, jackets, shirts and knits for men and women and includes basic styles with fashion elements and fancy fabrics to form that irresistible combination in denim wear.

According to Mr. Chetan Shah, Managing Director, Pepe Jeans, “the new collection from Pepe Jeans is a step towards the comeback of denim in a very big way”. He further adds: “The styling and fabrics are consistent with the needs of Pepe’s young customers. With the festive season coming soon, Pepe’s basic fashion would be a sure showstopper”.

A special feature of the range is the use of revolutionary fabric, “True Size”, used for the first time in India and made exclusively for the brand. “True Size” is a preshrunk denim, which leaves a residual shrinkage of less than 1% and a soft hand feel. The garment is thus unwashed and retains its high indigo depth, with a crisp finish. Other fabrics include ring slub Denim — with that perfect blend of black and blue, cross hatch denim, pumice washed Denim and the well-known ring dark denim.

Top wear of the collection, too, is new in terms of appearance, handfeel and styling. The jackets, shirts and knits have all been carefully planned and designed such that they perfectly complement the bottom wear, advocating the comeback of Denim in a very big way.

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