Saturday, October 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Rentals of government houses likely to go up
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Rentals of government house

Category  Present  Proposed


Rs 37 to Rs 55

(for all categories.) Basic salary of the allottee and no rents on the basis of category of the house.

Type XII

Rs 58 to Rs 72

Type XI

Rs 69 to 97

Type X

Rs 81 to Rs 122

Type IX

Rs 128


Rs 162 to Rs 301

Type VII

Rs 260

Type VI

Rs 392

Type V

Rs 522

Type IV

Rs 590

Type III

Rs 863

Chandigarh, October 12
Sprawling government houses allotted to senior government officials at abysmally low monthly rents will now cost them more. A hike in the monthly rentals of all categories of government houses and flats in the Union Territory of Chandigarh in the offing.

The hike will be anything between five to ten times the present rentals. Interestingly, the monthly rents will not depend upon the category of the house as is the case now. Under the new formula, the rent will be 5 per cent of the basic salary of the occupant, sources told Chandigarh Tribune, adding that the new formula will be tabled for approval in the next house allotment committee meeting of the Administration.

The increase is in line with the recommendations of the Finance Commission set up by the Government of India. The move will also bring in more revenue and help in meeting the cost of maintenance of these houses, numbering about 13,000 in the city. At present, several crore are spent on the houses just by way of basic maintenance.

The highest jump in terms of money will be in case of senior IAS and IPS officials. With their basic salaries being between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000, the houses they occupy, under the new formula, will now cost between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,250 per month. At present, senior officials occupy houses which have between four and six bedrooms while paying a rent between Rs 260 and Rs 590, depending upon the category of the house.

The hike in terms of percentage will be the most on the smaller houses. Type 13, 12, 11 and 10 category of houses are occupied by Class IV and Class III employees. These have between 1 to 3 bedrooms. At present the rents are as low as Rs 37 to Rs 122. This varies as per the age and type of the house. In such categories, the rents will be between Rs 300 and Rs 700. This will again depend upon the basic salary drawn by the employee.

Similarly, rentals of category IX, VIII and VII type of houses will also rise. A move to hike rentals in 1998 did not materialise due to opposition from various quarters. Now it will be difficult to stop this as the government is clear on generating more revenue from such assets.


High security touches new low
Vijay Mohan and Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
It is 12.30 p.m. at the UT Secretariat building in Sector 9, which houses the office of UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), who is also Governor of Punjab. Other top officials of Chandigarh Administration, also function from the same building. A toy pistol, neatly wrapped in a tissue paper, nestles inside a leather hand bag as a reporter whisks past the indifferent eyes of the security guards deployed at the entrance.

It is 3 in the afternoon. The same scene is enacted as the same reporter again hoodwinks security guards deployed at Gate Number 1 of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to reach the courtroom of the Chief Justice.

Exactly fortyfive minutes later, the same story is repeated in the District Courts, with the reporting team passing through the security checks outside the court of the District Sessions Judge and walking right in his courtroom with the ‘weapon’.

But for the fact that photography inside the court premises tantamount to contempt of court this held back the team from bringing out photographic evidence. The team had the pistol and camera ready.

The UT Secretariate proved to be the most vulnerable place as far as security arrangements were concerned. The reporters had managed to walk right inside the building, through the metal detectors, without the security guards ever getting wise to anything amiss.

Even at the British Council Library in Sector 8 on Madhya Marg, the private security guards stationed at the entrance did not frisk the team and the gun was sneaked inside the premises at about 12: 50 in the afternoon on Thursday.

Though the unarmed guard at the reception argued with the team for leaving the purse at the counter, a few pleadings with the man yielded the desired results and the team could walk right up to the Library Manager with the toy gun in their possession. The team also went around the library, without any objections from any of the officials present there.

The Tribune team carried an exercise over the past two days to bring into focus the laxity in security arrangements at the UT Secretariat, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the District Courts, the UT Police Headquarters and now also geo-politically sensitive British Council Library.

Interestingly the buildings visited by the team were normally not visited by them as part of their daily coverage duty, so subsequent claims that the team was allowed free access by virtue of their being mediapersons stood cleared. The team did not even claim entry on the basis of media I-cards or accreditation cards issued by the Chandigarh Administration.

The reporter covering crime did not accompany her teammate when he walked into the police headquarters building with the gun in his pocket.

Amidst repeated reports of security having been beefed up in and around vital installations in the city, every few days with new developments post-America bombings, The Tribune decided to verify the claims of the police. The British Council Library and Canadian Consulate in the city had been declared as highly sensitive buildings.

The UT police and other security forces amongst them guarding UT Secretariat, Punjab and Haryana High Court, District Courts and the UT Police Headquarters had been maintaining time and again that round-the-clock security was being maintained here following the developments after Black Tuesday on September 11 and especially after America began its attacks on Afghanistan. 


Fee concession for PU staff wards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
In a significant decision, the Panjab University Board of Finance has recommended a 50 per cent fee concession to wards of the university employees at a meeting held here today.

Reliable sources said that the proposal was passed unanimously. Following objections of ‘special concessions’ by a Fellow of the university in a Senate meeting earlier, the university had constituted a committee to look into the issue. The committee comprising Mr Satya Pal Jain and Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal recommended the 50 per cent fee concession.

The meeting took up the letter of the consultative committee, Delhi, recommending that the university should take the state government’s permission before incurring extra-financial expenditure. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, said that the matter needed reconsideration, sources said.

The board members who attended the meeting included the Vice Chancellor, Mr Satya Pal Jain, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath and Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh.

The board also took up the issue of retirement age. The university deliberated whether it should be increased to 62 or remain 60. However, the board has recommended that the university continues with the existing practice. The matter will come for a detailed discussion later.

The board sanctioned Rs 7 lakh to the Vice-Chancellor for expenditure on elections in the constituency of graduates. The board also gave permission to the VC for expenditure incurred on payments made on account of honorarium for examination duty.

Members of the Panjab University Non-Teaching Employees Federation staged a dharna in front of the Vice Chancellor’s office while the meeting was in progress. Among other issues, the federation demanded a 50 per cent fee concession for wards of the university employees which has been accepted.


Vandalism at PU English Department
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Broken glass pieces scattered all over the classroom floors and on seats is one classic case of a series of incidents of vandalism being witnessed by the English Department at Panjab University for the past several months.

A peep into one of the classrooms showed pieces of glass spread all over the floors and even on the benches where students take their seats.

The classroom next door has blades of fans distorted out of normal form. The problem was highlighted by the Department Representative while addressing mediapersons here today. The broken glasses in the classroom were ‘imported’ from outside. He said that students of the regular classes in the morning had decided to maintain clean environs in the department.

Prof Shelley Walia, chairman, said that “the department had in fact launched a cleanliness drive. Students and staff contributed funds out which dustbins for the departments were purchased. Courtesy hooligans, the dustbins were gone the next day after their installment”.

Dr Rana Nayar, a senior teacher, said that department went ahead to add literary posters and calendars to the walls of the classes. But all the charts were torn down the very next morning. Professor Walia said that teachers had participated in preparation of several literary charts for the benefit of the students, but all were torn down.

Reliable sources in the department said that much of the destruction work had been done by students of the evening studies because they were the only ones who came to the department after the regular classes closed down in the afternoons.

The department has written several letters to the university authorities highlighting the problems. However, no action so far has been initiated to sort out the “problem”.


No ‘sign’ of speed limit, obviously
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 12
After acquiring a speed gun, the local police has written to the SAS Nagar Municipal Council to display the speed-limit signs on roads of the town. Depending on the volume of traffic handled by a particular road, the local administration has already notified speed limits for the town that vary from 30 kmph to 65 kmph.

Personnel of the local traffic police found the speed-limit signs to be missing or damaged at some places here. At some places, speed limits for two-wheelers, light vehicles and heavy vehicles were not displayed separately.

A few days ago, when the traffic police began penalising drivers for overspeeding, some motorists complained that there were no speed-limit signs along the roads here. Traffic signs of no-overtaking zone had also not been displayed along all roads. The head of the local civic body, Mr Kulwant Singh, said the signboards would soon be put up where required.

Sources in the administration said the speed limits on all roads in front of local markets witnessed heavy traffic in evening. The speed limits for heavy and light vehicles here had been fixed at 30 kmph and 40 kmph, respectively. On roads in front of local markets that witness thin traffic, the speed limits are 40 kmph for heavy vehicles and 45 kmph for light vehicles. On all dual carriageways, the speed limits for heavy vehicles is 45 kmph and 55 kmph for light vehicles.

However, on the dual carriageway from Phase VII (Sector 61) to the Kumbhra traffic lights near Sector 70, the speed limit for heavy and light vehicles is 55 kmph and 65 kmph, respectively.

The no-overtaking zones notified by the administration are Phase I octroi post to Hotel Franco, Phase VII traffic lights to Phase III and Phase V traffic lights, Phase VI traffic lights to MOI factory in the Industrial Area, Phase VI barrier to Balongi Chowk and Phase VII and Phase VIII traffic lights to Phase IX and Phase X traffic lights near the Punjab School Education Board complex. Overtaking shall remained banned in these zones from 8.30 am to 10 am and 4.30 pm to 6 pm.


CBSE for grading system
A. S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is pushing for the introduction of a grading system for the evaluation of the performance of students in their examinations.

"The present system of evaluation of answersheets in which marks are awarded to the examinees is neither reliable nor does it reflect the true index of the performance of a child", said Mr Ashok Ganguly, Chairman of the CBSE, during a talk with TNS as also while addressing a meeting of principals of CBSE-affiliated schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and several other places in Punjab and Haryana here today. "There is considerable scope for human error on the part of the evaluator. I will call it misqualification. The present system also puts a lot of pressure on the students", he observed.

Under the new nine-point system proposed by the CBSE, students will be given grades, say from A-I or B-1, based on their performance. The grading system, he pointed out, was prevalent in schools in most parts of the world where it had stood the test of time. The CBSE was keen that it should be introduced in India, too.

He said a model of the new grading system was being sent to the principals of schools in the country to elicit their views. Once these were obtained, the CBSE would try to further improve the system which would be introduced only when it met with the approval of all concerned. A certain number of confidence building measures would also have to be taken. "This whole exercise may take two to three years", he said.

Mr Ganguly said a similar model of the grading system prepared by the CBSE a couple of years ago had to be scrapped because it did not meet with the approval of the vice-chancellors of universities. But the new model took care of the objections raised by the VCs.

About 6,000 schools in the country were affiliated with the CBSE. A new concept of frontline curriculum had been introduced. In a bid to keep itself abreast of the latest developments in different fields, the CBSE was constantly revising the curriculum. For instance, subjects like genetic engineering, biotechnology, liberalisation of the economy, SEBI, stock markets, physics, business studies and defence studies had either been introduced or were in the process of being introduced.

Teachers were also being trained in new teaching methods. A group of 75 teachers had recently been sent to the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad. More groups would follow.

Earlier, during his address to a meeting of the principals of the Sahodaya Complex of schools held at DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, Mr Ganguly spoke on the "Schools of the millennium". Presentations on innovation in education, technology-based classrooms, teacher development and challenges of the millennium were made. It was attended, among others, by Mr D.S. Bedi, president, and Mrs Manjula, secretary, Sahodaya Complex, Chandigarh, and Mr Y.R. Sachdeva, Regional Officer, CBSE, Secondary Education, Chandigarh.


Wadalis are true Sufis at heart
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The most endearing feature of Sufi ‘gayaki’ is its earthiness, which becomes most pronounced when Wadali brothers present it. Their unique style makes Puran Chand and Pyare Lal Wadali worthy of their place of command in contemporary music world. They gave a performance in the Sector 45 St Stephen’s School here today.

The presentation was courtesy the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth (SPIC MACAY) and sponsored by ‘The Tribune’ and the UT Administration.

The presentation went on much beyond the prescribed time, which is common when Wadalis are performing. They began in their unassuming style in true spirit of Sufism and went on to capture students’ attention, who, later, would not let them go. They began with the invocation to Lord — evergreen ‘Damadam Mast Kalandar’. As the lyrics had their soothing effect on the gathering, the brothers gave them more to appreciate.

It was an unusual lecture-demonstration, with the Wadalis, admitting: “Asi taan rab naal hi gal kar sakde haan. Bande te sade vas de nai.” However, even after two songs as per the schedule, the audience thirsted for more.

The brothers presented ‘Tu maane ya na maane dildara... asaan taan tainu rab manya’. Dedicated to Lord, the beloved of a Sufi, was another couplet: ‘Jawaan yaar se badhkar koi jamaal nahi, vo kya misaal hai jiski koi misaal nahi, kasam khuda ki vo khuda to khud hi kehta hai, mera jawaab hai tu, tera koi jawaab nahi’

Such mesmerising verses kept the gathering captive. The Wadalis had also performed in the Sector 11 Government College for Men yesterday.


Civilian jobs: airmen to be released
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
As a one-time measure, Air Headquarters has decided to grant release from service to all airmen who are seeking permission to apply for civilian posts at the centre and in the state governments or in public sector undertakings.

A signal received here states that, as a special case, no objection certificates will be granted to airmen who have obtained permission for their respective units on or before September 6, 2001. Stating that the units would have to certify that they have given the permission before September 7, the signal adds that units would no longer be allowed to give permission to airmen to apply for civilian posts. Air Headquarters would be the sole authority to grant such permission.

The Air Force order comes in the backdrop of a large number of airmen moving various High Courts challenging an amendment in the Air Force regulations which rendered them ineligible to seek release form service for joining-up as probationary officers in banks despite being selected for the posts.

In a recent policy shift, Air Headquarters had raised the limit of the minimum basic salary of the post for which airmen can apply to seek premature release. The basic salary of posts of probationary officers, applicable currently, is lower than the minimum salary limit prescribed by revised IAF regulations.

In a policy, which dates back to 1992, Air Headquarters allowed airmen, irrespective of their terms of engagement, to apply for Group-A posts in central and state governments as well as other departments or undertakings controlled by them. This includes Group-A posts of probationary officers in public sector banks. Successful airmen could seek premature release from the service.

As per the rules in vogue earlier, airmen could apply for posts which carried a minimum basic salary of Rs 4,000 per month or above. As per the revised regulations, which were issued recently, airmen cannot apply for posts which have a basic salary of less than Rs 13,400 per month. The basic salary for probationary officers, on the other hand, is stated to be Rs 12,540 per month. This is where the hitch lay.

A few weeks ago, the airmen had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court here as well as the Delhi High Court and the Allahabad High Court. Some of the writ petitions had been allowed.


PUDA, police sign land swap deal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Board (PUDA) and the Punjab Police Housing Corporation have concluded a land swap deal in SAS Nagar that will facilitate the construction of 112 multi-storeyed flats for police housing in 2 acres of land in Sector 66. A formal decision in this regard was approved by the PUDA Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, who is also Chairperson of PUDA.

Giving details, the Chief Administrator PUDA, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu said that the Punjab Police Housing Corporation had acquired 31K 4 M of land in Sohana village for this purpose. However, since this land was falling within the proposed Sector 79, permission could not be granted to the Police Department to construct multi-storeyed flats at this site. Accordingly, it was decided to exchange the two parcels of land.

A sum of Rs 50.65 lakh which would have been paid as compensation to the Police Corporation on account of their land in Sohana village, was adjusted as first installment of the total tentative price for the fully developed land in Sector 66. PUDA is offering this land at a concessional price of Rs 1758 per sq yd, the total consideration being Rs 1.70 crore.

This arrangement is mutually beneficial to both departments since the Punjab Police Housing Corporation shall be able to commence construction of houses immediately, and at the same time, the overall planning of the new Sector 79 will not be impaired owing to the presence of unacquired land, measuring about 4 acres.

The arrangement was finalised following mutual negotiation at a meeting attended by Mr A K Dubey, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Mr S P Singh, Additional Director-General Police ( Crime), Mr Shashi Kant, Inspector-General Police (Provisioning) and Mr Sidhu, Chief Administrator, PUDA.


PLI to launch housing loans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Postal Life Insurance (PLI) wing being run by the Department of Posts plans to launch a number of new schemes, including housing loans.

This was stated by Mrs Aparna Mohile, Member of the Postal Services Board (Infrastructure and Financial Services), while inaugurating a two-day conference of Chief Postmasters General and Postmasters General of the North Zone on the premises of the office of the Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, here today.

The heads of postal states attending the meeting include the Chief Postmasters General of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Uttaranchal and the Postmasters General of Bareilly and New Delhi. The Deputy Director General (Finance) and the Director, Postal Life Insurance, are also attending the meeting.

The performance of Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance was reviewed during the meeting. With Rs 4,462 crore of funds balance and around 25 lakh policies, Postal Life Insurance has today a gross sum assured of Rs 11,768 crore. Similarly, Rural Postal Life Insurance that was launched by the department around six years ago has by now mobilised six lakh policies in the rural areas with sum assured of Rs 662 crore.

With the onset on an era of liberalisation various measures to give a new look to the Postal Life Insurance business were discussed during the meeting. Opening of Postal Life Insurance to new segments of society, new product packages, especially for children and defence personnel, and housing loans were the other proposals discussed.

Earlier, while welcoming the Member, Mr A.S.I.S. Paul, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, stressed the need to rejuvenate the Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance sectors in view of the fact that the traditional services of the department like mail and parcel had a limited role in the present situation. With its vast network in the country, the department is confident of making a dent in the present-day market.


Meditation camp opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Vishvas Foundation today started a three-day meditation camp at the Sector 28-B park on Madhya Marg, opposite the Grain Market.

The meditation will be held from 6 am to 7.30 am, 4.30 p.m. to 7 pm on October 13, while on October 14, it will be held from 6 am to 7.30 am, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 8 pm.

A press note issued by the foundation said the world’s suffering stemmed not from poverty, illness or even from a growing sense of isolation.

The press note said one should not identify oneself with the mind. “It will only carry you away from your natural self, your real existence, which is full of bliss. It will only steal you from the lovely moments of the present.”

The press note further said “Vishvas meditation is the master key to the door of self-realisation. It is the ancient art of looking within and becoming a seer, a witness to the happenings of the inner world.

To practise it, you simply close your eyes and observe. Gaze the darkness and whatever thoughts, memories and scenes are occurring within it. Vishvas meditation is the most easy and natural form, pure meditation, as practised by our saints, rishis and munis since time immemorial to attain self-realisation.”


World Standards Day tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
World Standards Day will be celebrated on October 14, 2001, with special focus this year being on the close relationship between environment and standards.

This day is celebrated every year to mark the creation of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in 1946. The celebration is aimed at promoting, at the national level, the concept of standardisation and its effect on everyday life, utilisation of standardisation as a means for developing national economy and creating public awareness about the culture of standardisation.

The ISO is an apex body engaged in the work of standardisation and its implementation of global basis and has on its membership national standards organisations of different countries.

To mark the occasion, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Chandigarh, will organise a seminar titled “The environment and standards: close together” on Tuesday. Prominent persons of the corporate sector would participate in the deliberations.


Snacks in tender environment
Harvinder Khetal

There are times when you feel like having snacks — snacks that leave you feeling as full as after a proper meal. And if the place happens to have been graced by beauty queens Sushmita Sen and Annie Thomas and ghazal maestro Penaaz Masani, it speaks for itself. Yes, I am talking of Sip’n Dine, Sector 7, Madhya Marg.

Of course, this could draw you to the restaurant once. What will make you return to the place is beautiful ambience and excellent food and wine. An antique mirror with a table top greets you amid a green patch at the entrance. Stained glass tiles on the ceiling and walls and wood lattice work separating tables and chairs are highlighted by the soft light of the lamps. The effect is heightened by the soothing music and familiar channels on the TV. Even as you eat, you will not miss the latest score of the cricket match or the viewer’s question on the KBC.

A platter of hot veg and non-veg snacks straight from the tandoor with pudina chutney, sauce and salad and stuffed naans leaves you asking for more. But the next time. One platter can barely be had at a time. More so if you complement it with their beautifully presented cocktails and mocktails. The fruit punch comes with a little umbrella stuck to the rim of the glass while lime water has a lemon slice stuck to the glass tantalisingly. The drinks are served along with the food in the dining hall itself. You need not segregate yourself from your family to enjoy the beer and wine.

While the veg snacks comprise an assortment of potato and panir preparations, the non-veg is made up of kalmi kebab, chicken takori and chicken tikka.

If you prefer, the eatery also takes you order and sends the stuff to your home or office, nicely packed (Rs 60 for veg and Rs 75 for non-veg). You have dial 791655 or 791656.

On October 12, the joint opened Flavours — a special banquet hall for a family of 10 to 15. With a spectacular painting covering one wall and chicks for the windows, it is ideal for kitty parties and other small get-togethers. For a big party or seminar or conference, there is a huge banquet hall — Gestures — with a capacity of 100. It is fully equipped with a telephone, a fax and an overhead projector. The furniture is adjusted according to the requirement. For children, there is provision of special high chairs with kiddy prints on the upholstery.

The fact that the restaurant receives many foreign guests has earned it the licence to get payment in foreign currency. So, you can pay in dollars or rupees, as you wish.

An added attraction is that Baldev and Kanchan Aggarwal, the husband and wife team of proprietors, have developed the corner plot adjoining the restaurant into a beautiful garden. You can have a walk in it after the meal.

While Kanchan, a jeweller’s daughter, looks after the accounts and the staff, Baldev, who is also a marketing consultant, takes care of other aspects of the business. And, along with their two college-going sons, they keep a tab on the quality of the food by making it a point to eat in the restaurant at least 15 times a month.

They offer Indian, Chinese and Mughlai cuisine while Continental dishes and special desserts such as jalebis and halwa are made to order.


The ‘Hera Pheri’ team of Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Neeraj Vora and South Indian director Priyadarshan is back with an out and out comedy film ‘Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar’. This is Ripples Picture Entertainment presentation and will be released today at Nirman, Chandigarh, and Suraj, Panchkula. The film also stars Mahima Chaudhary, Saurabh Shukla, Asrani, Naghma and Anupama Verma makes a special appearance in the film.

It is a romantic comedy about the conflict between owners and tenants of rented houses in Mumbai. Various selected issues have been woven beautifully into the story. The light commercial entertainer has shades of ‘Chandralekha’ and ‘Padosan’.

The film has been directed by Priyadarshan for producers Rajesh Bhatia, Hemang Desai and Sudesh Iyer. Story by Neeraj Vora, cinematography by Jeeva, action by Thyagrajan, choreography by Raju Sundaram and Kala, art by Sabu Cyril, lyrics by Ibrahim Ashq and music by Anand-Milind are major credits of the film.

It remains to be seen how the cinegoers will take to ‘Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar’. But trade pundits rank it as a fair entertainer and a rib-tickling comedy.


The long-awaited Sunny Deol starrer ‘Kasam’ will also be released today at Piccadily, Chandigarh. This is Jagdish A. Sharma presentation. Being produced by Veena Sharma and directed by ‘B’ grade action film director Shibu Mitra has also Chunkey Pandey and Neelam. DP


Eating joint partner named in rape case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The police is on the lookout for two other accused in the case of abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl. In a statement the girl accused a partner in a famous South Indian eating joint in Sector 17, Kuldeep Gupta, and Shewta Gupta, daughter of Sangeeta Gupta, for being involved in the incident.

The victim had said that Sangeeta Gupta had introduced her to the owner of the eating joint along with Mr Ashok Bajaj, Mr Amardeep Dahiya and Mr Avtar Singh Tari during the night intervening September 29 and 30 after which she was abducted and sedated by Sangeeta Gupta and her daughter.


Financier ‘trusts’ woman, pays dearly
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Four men and duped a person by framing him with a woman and, then, posing themselves as officials of the Crime Branch.

Bharat Bhushan, a local financier, was framed with this woman in a hotel room, while he was allegedly in an inebriated condition, before the men approached him, saying that they were police officials. They, then, forcibly took away Rs 35,000, two mobile telephones, a wristwatch and a gold chain from him for “letting him off the hook”.

The financier was attending a birthday party in the Sector 35 Hotel KC Regency on October 10 when the incident happened. He said, after he had had a few drinks at the party, he had received a call from a woman called Anu who had met him once before in for seeking finance. The woman, reportedly, asked him where he was and said she wanted to meet him.

The complainant refused to meet her, saying that he was in a party in Hotel KC Regency. As he did not want to go home drunk, he decided to spend the night in the hotel. At this time, the woman entered the room and, within minutes, the four men — Kapil Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Harish Kumar and Davneet Singh — too, came in.

The complainant managed to read the registration number of the getaway vehicle of these persons, a scooter, and informed the police. While the men have been arrested, the police is yet to arrest the woman.


Octroi men accused of cheating
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, October 12
Three workers deployed at the octroi post 3 of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, allegedly changed the amount on a carbon copy of the receipt given to a trader from Rs 11,566 to Rs 10.

Sources said the Dera Bassi police had detained two of the accused — Ravinder Singh and Amarjot Singh — on the complaint of Mr Ashok Kumar Sikka, Administrator of the civic body. Their accomplice is said have absconded.

Sources said a local trader had complained that the octroi men had charged him Rs 11,566 to cross the post and changed the amount on the receipt-copy to Rs 10. The copy is meant for the records of the civic body.

The complaint had been lodged early this month, following which, Mr Sikka conducted a surprise raid on the office of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat and checked the records in the presence of Mr Girish Verma, Executive Officer. The action against the accused followed the raid. They were, later, handed over to the Dera Bassi police and detained at the Lohgarh police post. Though no case has been registered against them, investigation is on.

Officials of the civic body were silent over the issue. Mr Sikka and Mr Verma were not available for comments.


Artiste murder case: four arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12
With the arrest of three girls and a boy here, the Government Railway Police of Ambala claims to have solved the case of murder of a Panchkula artiste, Jyoti Kumar Sharma.

Those who have been arrested are Sonu, Kanta, Anu and Naresh Kumar. While Sonu and Kanta are residents of Ram Darbar and Sector 15 here, respectively, the places of residence of the other two are not known, so far. They will be produced before the judicial magistrate at Ambala tomorrow.


6 arrested on rioting charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The police has arrested six persons on the charges of rioting and assault in Sector 52 on the complaint of a worker at a wine shop.

According to the FIR registered under Sections 147, 149, 323, 452 and 427, IPC, Mr Shingara Singh has accused Surmukh, Vicky, Kulwinder, Shakil, Baldev and Lakhbir of assaulting him and causing him injuries last evening after a minor altercation.

The complainant was admitted to General Hospital, Sector 16, for treatment.

Cases of theft: Three cases of theft, including two of auto-lifting, have been registered by the police over the past 24 hours.

A Maruti car (CH-01F-9970) was stolen from the Harco Bank parking lot on October 10. A Hero Honda motor cycle (CHQ-2929) was stolen on the night of October 10 from Sector 39.

A briefcase containing Rs 20,000 and some clothes were stolen from near Counter No. 54, ISBT, Sector 17, yesterday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of Mr Ritesh Bhutoni.

Suicide bid: Two women in their mid-twenties attempted suicide by consuming poison in separate incidents today. Pushpa, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, reportedly consumed poison, while Anita, a resident of Sector 23, is alleged to have taken an overdose of some medicine.


‘Promote interests of electronic designers’
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 12
The Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today said the Electronic Designer’s Council of India would be the right forum for the electronic designers in the country to interact. Under the auspices of the Indian Printed Circuit Association, the council would be able to promote design concepts related to international design rules and standards.

He said to further promote the interests of the designers, the council should be affiliated to the international electronic designers community. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day national conference on “Emerging trends in electronics design and technology” at the Centre for Electronic Design and Technology of India . The concept of the conference was relevant as there was a need to discuss what shape this technology would take in the coming years, he said, adding that the conference would prove to be an effective platform to the electronic designers to discuss current technological trends, especially with regard to the printed circuit boards.

Earlier, Mr Rajinder Kumar, president of the Indian Printed Circuit Association, said it was the time that a proper networking between the academics, market and the industry should be in place. He said the printed circuit boards of India were among the best but exports were around 1 per cent of the world market. Stressing on the need for the professionals to focus on electronic designing, he said a number of engineering colleges in the country did not have the proper infrastructure to teach the subject of electronic design.

Mr R.S. Khandpur, Director-General of the CEDTI, said the conference had been organised to provide a forum to the experts to address various challenges and expectations in design and manufacturing of electronic products, especially the printed circuit boards (PCBs).

During the two-day conference, organised jointly by the CEDTI, Indian Printed Circuit Association, Bangalore, the Union Ministry of Information Technology and the All-India Council for Technical Education, 60 students from 28 different countries were participating. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, and Mr M.S.W. Braun, Joint Director of the CEDTI, also spoke on the occasion.


SBI organises agents’ meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The main branch of the State Bank of India, at Sector 17-B,Chandigarh, today organised a meet of agents who are mobilising business under the 8.5 per cent relief bond scheme floated by the RBI.

Thirty agents of Chandigarh participated in the meet. Mr B.R. Sharma, Assistant General Manager, expressed gratitude to the agents who contributed in mobilising business under the scheme and apprised them of remarkable growth of 152 per cent in mobilising business during the half year ending September 20, 2001. Mr D.P. Singh, GM, Mutual Funds, SBI, Chandigarh, LHO, also discussed various mutual funds schemes floated by the SBI mutual funds. Mr H.R.Rana thanked the agents for their participation and patronage extended to the SBI.

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