Sunday, October 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Golden Forest investors awarded claim of Rs 22 crore
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 13
Investors who had filed claims against the Golden Forest Group were today awarded a claim of Rs 22 crore by one of the 25 Benches of the state-level Lok Adalat organised at the District Court Complex here today.

Cases of as many as 12,994 investors who had filed cases against the Golden Forest Group were taken up for settlement by a Bench presided over by Rajpura Junior Division Civil Judge N.K. Gaur, who awarded them Rs 22 crore in claims.

The Lok Adalat, held to tackle bank loan cases as well as cases under the Negotiable Instrument Act, was organised under the guidance of Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal, who is also Chairman of the District Legal Services, and chaired by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, who is also Executive Chairman of Punjab State Legal Services Authority.

A total of 1577 cases were taken up by the Lok Adalat Benches which were presided over by a Judicial Officer and assisted by one senior counsel and one social worker. Out of these cases there were 266 pending bank loan cases, 893 bank loan cases at the pre-litigative stage, 245 complaints under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act and 173 other miscellaneous cases. Most of the nationalised banks had availed this opportunity for the settlement of their non-performing assets accounts. A total of 807 cases were disposed of by bringing about settlement between the bankers and borrowers amicably. Out of an amount of Rs 32.56 crore, an amount of Rs 28 crore was settled.

Among the other Benches in the Lok Adalat headed by Additional District and Sessions Judge B.S. Mangat, 25 cases filed by the Punjab Financial Corporation were also taken up for settlement for the first time. The amount involved in these cases was settled upto Rs 1.60 crore.

Mr Justice H.S. Bedi visited each and every Bench along with Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal, and also participated in the negotiation process and prevailed upon the bank authorities to extend concessions in deserving cases to the maximum and also persuaded complainants who had filed complaints under the Negotiable Act to reach a compromise. The Sessions Judge disclosed that the Lok Adalat movement was picking up and the people were eager to get their disputes settled in them.

State Legal Services Authority Member Secretary H.P.S. Mahal, the district administration and Bar Associations of Patiala, Nabha, Samana and Rajpura cooperated and actively participated in bringing about settlement between the parties.


MC fails to frame bylaws on polybags
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has failed to frame bylaws on the use of polythene. It had to finish this task by today, but now, it might face action by the UT Administration. The MC House has not even got together to discuss the issue, which shall surely irk the Administration, according to sources.

After the House had been unable to decide on the issue of parking fee this week, the Administration had asked the MC to impose the fee as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, did not call the meeting, apparently to avoid the situation like the last time when the BJP and the Congress had not allowed her to run the House.

At the last meeting, both parties had raked up the issue of her statement that Chandigarh should be transferred to Punjab. The Administration can now direct the House to convene for framing the bylaws or notify the draft prepared by the MC officials. The House is plagued by the inter-party and intra-party bickerings.

The Mayor and the MC officials are believed to have requested the Administration to give them more time, as 10 days are “not enough” to form and approve a policy for framing bylaws that have a long-term impact.

A draft of the bylaws has been prepared and sent for discussion to the State Pollution Control Board. The draft is an improvement on an earlier draft of the Deputy Commissioner prepared on September 14. That draft provided for a five-year imprisonment and a Rs 5,000 fine for violations. In the revised draft, the penalties have been reduced to one-month imprisonment and a Rs 1,000 fine.

The Municipal Commissioner approved the draft before it was sent to the Pollution Control Board. According to it, the use and manufacturing of recycled and below-20-micron-thickness polythene bags for carrying and wrapping foodstuffs shall be banned. The draft says that the authorities concerned can confiscate any stuff wrapped or carried in such material.

The manufacturers of polythene, who have printing machines, have been asked to print the quality of polythene on the bags, according to the ISI specifications. Companies selling milk in packs have been exempted from the rule because it is believed that they are already using a permissible kind of polythene for packaging.



Artiste murder case: police remand for 3
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
A city court today sent a youth and three women, accused of killing a Panchkula resident, to police remand till October 15.

The Superintendent of Police (Railways), Mr Sudhir Mohan, said that artiste Jyoti Sharma, a resident of Panchkula, had been found murdered on September 17 with his body dumped near the railway tracks. “The initial line of investigation was over a dispute between husband and wife,” he said.

Mr Sudhir Mohan said that after investigation, the CIA team found that a youth had been regularly visiting Jyoti for the past four-five months.

The investigation team tracked down Naresh, a resident of Panchkula, who during questioning, admitted having killed Jyoti. Naresh is believed to have told the police that Jyoti used to practise “tantrik” knowledge. He told the police that Jyoti had allegedly raped a girl, who he considered to be his “moonh boli” sister. Naresh had been angered over the rape incident.

Jyoti had also prophesied that Naresh’s family members would be killed. Angered with this, Jyoti and three other girls had reportedly hatched a conspiracy to kill Jyoti.

On that fateful night at the residence of a girl, Kanta, Jyoti was offered tea laced with a drug with induced sleep. When Jyoti fell unconscious, he was taken on a scooter with Naresh driving the vehicle and Jyoti strapped to another girl riding pillion. Jyoti was brought to the railway tracks and reportedly murdered there.



Mind and body moving in unison
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Seeking a cosmic laya, she moves ahead of time...sometimes along with it. Every gesture of the fragile body is well placed in the scheme of things, which nature has secured for ages so that the discipline laid down by the supreme power is not breached. This discipline breathes in every step she takes. As moments pass by, all restrictions seem to fall apart and suddenly there is space all around....a space quite basic to bharatanatyam, the oldest dance tradition of India, which is a religious practice for Delhi-based Leela Samson.

Art has given her a lot to dream about. But in the first place, it has given her a will to strive, seek and not to yield. Absolute devotion to the art form begets loneliness, but this loneliness, in turn, begets strength to walk the path of religion. Reacting to the often-cited complain that every dancer is an island, Leela herself admitted today, “I will answer this from my own perspective. The viewer looks upon the artist as an island. But in reality, it’s all about loneliness. Bharatanatyam is a way of life. It requires undivided attention, apart from a high level of concentration. If I live in the past moment on the stage, I will not be able to break free. In that case, there will be no rasa”.

Most of the interaction in Leela’s life takes place at the level of ‘spanda’ (meaning pulse). Leela’s group, was set up in 1996. The guru has a sea of disciples, who are imbibing the art form, which Leela inherited from Rukmini Devi’s Kalashetra. The celebrated exponent is now working on abstract themes, the latest being on space, where there is no requirement of a storyline, no hierarchy of roles and no difference between the dancers. In today’s presentation at Shantikunj, this concept was reflected.

After the ‘Bhaskara naman’, Leela, along with disciples, Aditi Jaitley, Aditi Rao, Jayshree Iswarkutty and Kapil, presented the ‘spandamatrika’, which had the musical score by O.S. Arun, had the five dancers giving expression to ‘panchjatis’ (three, four, five, seven and nine) of the Indian ‘tala’ system.

Earlier, talking to the Tribune about how she struck the essential balance between gesture and emotion, she said, “To be in control is the real answer. A good dancer will never let stylised gestures dominate the ‘bhava’. Merging the two is the real essence of dance.”

This essence was portrayed in today’s presentations under UT Administration’s Jhankar series. As the guru, with her shishyas ascended upon the performance space to present ‘aakash’, a celebration of space literally followed. There was a charming air about every gesture, every step. Composed by Madhup Mudgal, a disciple of late Kumara Gandharva, the piece had extracts from Buddhist and Vedic text and it explored the space outside the ‘aatman’. Leela’s ‘saadhna’ of half a century reflected in her disciplined body and in the enviable grace and laya of every movement.

The final presentation ‘charishnu’ was equally imposing and addictive in form and content. Literally meaning gait, the piece explored harmony of movement, as the group simply moved ahead in time and space.

Leela says, “Dance has taught me to be happy, sad and confident.” She does not believe in breaking away from tradition but she certainly strives to create something new in the existing network. This is perhaps what makes her worthy of being a Padmashree and a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee.


Pvt bodies’ ‘danpatras’ not to be allowed in Mansa Devi Temple
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
Private institutions would not be allowed to keep their “danpatras” at the premises of Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board during the navratra mela beginning on October 17.

This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Jyoti Arora while presiding over the district grievances committee meeting here today. She said that it was also decided that during the mela no sites would be auctioned to private parties by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

She directed officials of HUDA, PWD (B and R) and other related departments to remove all encroachments at the premises of shrine board before the fair started. She also directed the officials concerned to ensure proper cleanliness and maintenance of hygiene.

Later, taking up complaints of residents, Ms Arora directed HUDA to hasten the recarpeting of roads in Industrial Area and carry out repair work in a time-bound manner.

On a similar complaint of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 12, the Deputy Commissioner directed officials of HUDA to repair roads on a priority basis. The officials of HUDA administration said that the repair work has already been going on and assured that repair work of roads would be completed by the end of the next week.

On the complaint of Mr GV Bhushan, former Director of Defence, regarding asking for bribe by Sohan Lal, patwari, Pinjore, the District Revenue Officer informed that on the basis of inquiry report the patwari had been chargesheeted under Rule 8 of Civil Service Rules.

On another complaint of Mr Tilak Raj Malhotra, resident of Kalka, regarding not removing loosely hanging electric wires over his house even after making the payment to the UHVPN, the Deputy Commissioner asked the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Kalka, to inquire into the matter.

Similarly, she directed the SDM to review the low water pressure supply at Kabir Basti and Chandi Kotla area near bus stand, Surajpur. She also directed officials of the Public Health department to prepare an estimate for widening of water supply pipe lines in these areas.

Twelve of the 15 complaints were disposed of on the spot . Besides, many individual and common complaints were also heard and marked to officials concerned for necessary action.

The Deputy Commissioner reviewed the progress of small savings, plantation programme, health and family welfare programme, water and power supply condition in the district on this occasion.

The Administrator, HUDA, Mr Arun Gupta, ADC, Mr SK Goyal, SDM, Panchkula, and Kalka and other officials of the administration were present on the occasion.


Till death brought them together
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Call it whatever... fate, chance or destiny; two persons of the same name and age were admitted to the same hospital on the same day after they had met with accidents on the same day and suffered similar injuries. They even breathed their last at the same time and on the same day. This is the story of two men who were admitted to the PGI.

Two Suresh Kumars were admitted to the PGI on October 7 with head injuries at 3.30 pm. Both had been hit by Yamaha motor cycles and both were 35. Both were treated in the same department of the PGI and they died on October 10 at 7.45 am.

While one Suresh Kumar belonged to the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, the other Suresh Kumar was a resident of Kalka. Their fathers, however, did not have common names. The bodies of the two Suresh Kumars were sent to the Forensic Department of the PGI for autopsy, where their parents met for the first time. “Perhaps, it was to be so,” they said.


Reinstate Sodhi Ram: PU panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
A senior-level committee of Panjab University has recommended that Mr Sodhi Ram, suspended Controller of Examination, be reinstated.

The meeting of the committee led by Justice D.V. Sehgal and comprising Prof Paramjit Singh, Registrar of the PU, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mr Satya Pal Jain, Prof Bhajan Kaur and Mr Tarsem Bahia was also attended by Mr Anupam Gupta, legal counsel of the PU.

The committee discussed the letter of Mr Sodhi Ram, in which he had sought reinstatement. His services had been suspended following reports of his involvement in a paper-leak case. The PU Senate had sought a fresh evidence in this case that the CBI had been unable to furnish for the past more than a year.

Mr Sodhi Ram has already been granted bail by the Supreme Court. The reply of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, is yet to be received in this case.

The Senate, at a special meeting, had denied permission to the CBI to prosecute Mr Sodhi Ram.


Malpractice alleged in selection process
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The PGI Employees Union, in a letter to the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Institute , has alleged that the Engineering Department of the PGI is indulging in malpractice to favour an individual for the selection of a Junior Engineer.

A copy of the letter sent to The Tribune stated that Mr Sushil Kumar Sharma was appointed as Junior Engineer on ad hoc basis. No notice was issued or an advertisement was published in any newspaper nor was any requisition sent to the Employment Exchange as was statutorily required. Mr Sharma was stated to be 35 years old, hence was not eligible for appointment as the maximum permissible age limit was 30 years.

The post of Junior Engineer was advertised last year and applications were invited from eligible internal candidates. According to the letter, for internal candidates, it is must for an applicant to have initially joined through the Employment Exchange or through proper channel. However, the application of Mr Sharma was somehow obtained and an interview letter was issued. This was arbitrary and illegal, according to the letter.

“He is not entitled to apply for the regular post of Junior Engineer as an internal candidate”, the letter alleged. The interviews would take place on October 15.

The union has urged the Chief Vigilance Officer to stop the interviews from proceeding and conduct an inquiry into the entire episode.


Plot allottees told to accept concessions
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 13
The Mohali Industries Association today urged the allottees of plots in the Phase VIII B Industrial Area here to accept the concessions given by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) and deposit the additional amount of Rs 100 per sq yd in respect of the plots.

The PSIEC had increased the price of the plots by about 40 per cent in April-May this year, which was proving detrimental to the development of industry. The association had taken up the matter with the PSIEC and other authorities. However, the PSIEC had also issued resumption notices in September to the allottees who had failed to pay the hiked price.

The plea for paying Rs 100 per sq yd was made by Mr B.S. Baidwan, president of the association, at a meeting with allottees here today. He told the meeting that the Managing Director of the PSIEC had agreed to grant certain concessions which worked out to be to over Rs 125 per sq yd. He had further agreed that as the exact amount of the additional demand could not be determined at present, an additional price of Rs 100 per sq yd should be deposited by the allottees by October 25.

The president of the Phase VIII B Industrial Plot Owners Welfare Association, Raja K.J. Singh, said in a press release later that very few allottees attended the meeting. He said Mr Baidwan could not give documentary proof of the PSIEC’s proposal on Rs 100 per sq yd.

He said there was no guarantee that the PSIEC would not charge the remaining amount later. He wondered why the PSIEC could not send demand notices to the plot holders individually.


‘Polygamy case false’
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 13
A resident of Phase V, Mr Inder Singh Bhuttar, who had been booked in a case of polygamy registered against his brother-in-law, Mr Raghbir Singh, an NRI, alleged that a false case had been registered by the police. The case was registered last month after Ms Harbans Kaur, a resident of Phase XI, complained that on the pretext of sending her abroad, she was cheated of Rs 7 lakh.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Bhuttar, who had retired from the Indian Air Force, said the complainant, Ms Harbans Kaur, had a fake marriage with Mr Raghbir Singh with an ulterior motive. Ms Navdeep Kaur, daughter of Ms Harbans Kaur, who was married to Mr Gurjinder Singh, son of Mr Raghbir Singh, told mediapersons that her mother had filed a false case against her in-laws. She claimed that since her mother used to run a garment business with her father-in-law and knew him for the past six years, the question of her mother being cheated into second marriage did not arise. She said the police was not investigating the case properly.


For want of an auditorium
Kulwinder Sangha

SAS nagar
This town lacks a public auditorium and an open-air theatre and the residents have to depend on facilities in Chandigarh for organising cultural events.

Lovers of culture and those connected with the theater criticise the government for ignoring this aspect. The Municipal Council of SAS Nagar has also not cared to allocate funds for this purpose.

This question was raised in the Punjab Assembly earlier this year by two MLAs, Mr Ajaib Singh Raunta and Mr Hardev Singh Arshi. The Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, had then said that in 1991 4.84 acres of land was allotted free of cost by the SAS Nagar Estate Officer for constructing an auditorium and an open-air theatre, but the allotment was cancelled in 1994.

It is learnt that PUDA has approved an 18-acre multi-utility park in Sector 68 which will have, among other facilities, an open-air theater and an amphitheatre.

Mr Sanjivan Singh, convener of the local Sabhyacharak Sangharsh Committee, says his organisation has been demanding the construction of an auditorium and an open-air theater for a long time. It had even urged the Municipal Council to allocate 4 per cent of its budget to literary activities, staging of plays and cultural programmes.

He says that the committee has written to the Punjab Chief Minister, the Cultural Affairs Department, the Local Government Department and the municipal president, but to no avail. He argues that under Article 29 of the Constitution any section of citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same.

Besides, under Section 50-B (13) of the Punjab Municipal Council Act, 1911, the functions of the municipalities include the promotion of the cultural, educational and aesthetic activities.

Stage artistes complain that they face problems while holding rehearsals of plays, which may extend to one or two months. They often have to make request to school managements to allow them to use their premises for this purpose.

They say funds have to be generated through souvenirs for staging plays. Individuals and others who contribute advertisements to such souvenir often complain that when funds are collected from this town, why the plays are staged in Chandigarh. The residents are usually reluctant to go to Tagore Theatre or other places in Chandigarh to see plays staged by artistes of SAS Nagar. This tends to discourage budding artistes.

The artistes also complain that the booking Tagore Theater for plays involves a number of official formalities.

Mr Sanjivan Singh says his organisation plans to invite the Chief Minister to the town to redress the grievances of stage actors, musicians, dancers and others involved in the promotion of the performing arts.


With little time for neighbours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The uneasy expression on her neighbour’s face does not surprise the Principal of Dev Samaj College of Education, Dr Satinder Dhillon. She knows that the young lady, not ready to miss her favourite quiz show on the television, is rushing home.

Her anxious looks,, nevertheless, remind Dr Dhillon of the good old days when the relaxed housewife used to stop and wish her. “Strolling up and down the street, she used to walk up to our gate every now and then to discuss the day’s events,” recalls Dr Dhillon. “This is not all. She, along with her younger son, used to drop in for a cup of coffee after dinner.”

Recalling the days, she says: “We would then discuss almost everything under the sun — from recipes to the latest best seller on display in the bookshops. Else, we would discuss the changing attitudes of the teachers and the taught”.

That was a long time back, before the T.V. channels, beamed from abroad, had invaded, and destroyed, the social life of an average Indian. “Suddenly, in the early 90s, the situation underwent a complete change,” she claims. “As more and more residents pulled currency out of their wallets to get cable connections, the streets began to wear an almost deserted look. The number of visitors to Sector 17 and Sector 22 also diminished”.

As the TV channels pumped lethargy into the homes, the idea of having a chat with acquaintances hanging out at the gates in the evening no more appeared to be attractive. No wonder, next-door neighbors became strangers as people retreated into the shells of their homes. A classic example of this withdrawal, she asserts, is the Grover case where the body of a Sector 18 resident remained undetected for years.

The reason, she believes, is not hard to see. In the “days of doordarshan, there were hardly any worth-watching programmes. You had movies twice a week and, as far as I can remember, chitrahar thrice a week.”

As a result, people, after a day’s work, had more time for one another at least in the evening. Now, you have 24-hour movie and song channels. When you are not watching a soap opera, you are answering questions being asked in quiz shows even before the contestant can react”.

The phenomena, she argues, has taken “us away from one another if nothing else, let us spare some time from our busy schedules so that we can be with one another in moments of trouble,” she suggests.


Declare vacation in schools during Ramlila days: sabha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Maha Sabha has urged the Chandigarh Administration to direct all the city schools, government as well as private, to declare the autumn vacation during the period of Ramlila commencing from October 16.

The maha sabha says this is imperative in order to enable the children to enjoy the Ramlila till late hours. Some of the private recognised schools receiving government aid, concessional land and other facilities from the Chandigarh Administration hold terminal examinations and house tests during these days.

The Ramlila shows are a great attraction for youngsters and also immensely enjoyed by children, women and the elders alike. It also suggested that in view of the stepped up global activities of terrorists in the recent days, the local police be asked to remain on a high alert especially during the Dashehra and Divali festival season to curb sinister designs of terrorists to disturb peace in the city.

As regards to the release of temporary electricity connections to the Ramlila committees, the maha sabha said no uniform policy or clear-cut rules exist thus delaying the matter and causing harassment to the applicants (committees).

It also requested that the Ramlila Committee be charged a lumpsum of Rs 1,000 only and no security deposit be levied on religious bodies. In addition, the release of connection should be a mere formality. Clear-cut instructions should be issued to the Electricity Department in this regard so that there is no harassment to the Ramlila committees, a press note of the sabha demanded.


Chandikrit-2001 ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Chandikrit-2001, an exhibition conducted by the Department of Industries, concluded here today. More than 70 entrepreneurs participated in the three-day exhibition.

Sangam Industries of Industrial Area, Phase II, Bee Gee Wax Products of Handloom Estate, Mani Majra and Industrial Traders Phase II Industrial Area bagged first, second and third prize, respectively, for the best display of stalls.

During the exhibition, a painting competition for students was organised in which around 700 students from different schools participated. Vijay Kumar of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 20-D, Nidhi Verma of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 35-D and Varinder Saini of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 B, bagged first prizes in group A, B and group C, respectively.

Kriti Puri and Ansuya Mangal of Carmel Covent School, Sector 9, won the quiz contest.


18 nominated to RJD city unit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The local unit president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Mr. V. S. T. Malik, today completed constitution of the UT unit with the nomination of 18 office-bearers and executive members.

Names of newly nominated office-bears and executive members are: Dr S. P. Goyal, Mr Mukesh Kumar and Mr Parveen Bhatia, vice-presidents; Ms Rita Thakur, Mr Abul Khair and Mr R. D. Thakur, general secretaries; Mr Anil Kumar Jain, Ms Sarabjit Kaur, Mr Rameshwara Kumar, Mr Sushil Kumar Kohli and Mr Ashwani Kumar, secretaries; Mr Vijay Jha, Mr Shatrughan Singh, Mr Anil Gulati, Mr Jai Sahib, Mr Jagtar Singh and Ms Veena Sabharwal, executive members. Mr Amarjeet Singh has been made secretary. 


Body to unveil Pilot’s statue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The Gujjar Samaj Kalyan Parishad will unveil a statue of former Union minister, Rajesh Pilot, on October 28 in the Sector 28 Gujjar Bhavan here.

The wife of the late leader and a member of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Ms Rama Pilot, will release a directory of the parishad dedicated to Rajesh Pilot on this occasion.

The parishad has also called an annual meeting of its general body for electing a new team of its executive members, according to a statement issued by the head of the parishad, Mr Amrik Singh, here today.


Dharna by passport office employees
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October, 13
Members of the Chandigarh unit of the All-India Passport Employees Association staged a dharna in favour of their pending demands outside the main gate of their office in Sector 34 here yesterday.

They flayed the adamant attitude of the ministry for not considering their genuine demands which include departmental promotion committee meeting, transfer policy, formation of departmental council, productivity in passport offices, posting for the departmental employees in abroad and construction of department’s own building for the past many years.

Mr G.C. Bagga, secretary of the unit, said that three employees would sit on relay fast to press their demands from tomorrow onwards.


Shradha divas today
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 13
The local unit of the Shirdi Sai Samaj will observe Mahasamadhi Shradha Divas at Sai Baba Temple in Sector 29 here tomorrow.

The programme will start at six in the morning with ‘mangal snan’ followed by ‘palki’ procession. Sai Naam Jaap will be held from October 15 to 17 at 7 p.m. Bhajan and satsang will be held on October 18, the concluding day, at 6.30 p.m. followed by community kitchen. 


Dedication service
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 13
The dedication service of the new prayer hall of the Pentecostal Mission was performed in Phase III A here today.

The congregation was led by Chief Pastor of the mission T.U. Thomas. Pastors from other places were also present. The service was marked by prayers and singing.

It was announced that prayers would be held at the church from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Sundays and at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Two arrested for snatching items
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 13
Two persons were arrested yesterday on the charge of snatching a wallet and a wristwatch of Mr Pamod Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran village. They, along with an accomplice who has absconded, snatched the items at knife point near the village. The stolen property was recovered from the possession of these persons. Those who have been arrested are Vinod Kumar and Sandeep Kumar. Cases have been registered against them.

Trespasser arrested: On the complaint of Mr Badri Ali, a resident of the Mauli Jagran village, a man called Vijay Kumar was arrested for trespassing the house of the complainant and assaulting him. The accused has also been charged with eve-teasing.

A case under Sections 452, 294, 323 and 506 of the IPC was registered against Vijay.

Caught red-handed: Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 45, was arrested for breaking into the house of Mr Mohinder Singh, a resident of Sector 38. He had been caught red-handed, said the police. A case has been registered against him.

Held for gambling: Bandhu, Shakeel and Masta, residents of Bapu Dham Colony, were arrested from Bardana Market for gambling. The police also arrested Nirmal Singh ‘Ninma’, a resident of Badheri village, for selling liquor at a public place. Three bottles of liquor were seized from him.

Car stolen: Caption Gurmeet Singh Rana, a resident of Phase VII of SAS Nagar, reported that his Cielo car (HR-29-J-0077) had been stolen from near the Sector 32 SD School yesterday.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.


One held for fraud 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
A resident of Kalka, Satish Kumar, was sent to three days’ police custody after he was arrested here today for falsely reporting theft of his car and committing a fraud.

The SP, Mr Manoj Yadav, said that Satish Kumar had fraudulently registered his Tata Qualis at the registration office in Kalka as well as here. While the accused had registered the Qualis which he had got financed, as a private vehicle in Kalka. He got the same vehicle registered as a taxi in the Panchkula registration office.

Following the registration, Satish Kumar lodged a complaint with the local police claiming he had parked his Qualis in the Sector 7 market here, and on returning after completing his work he found his vehicle missing, he further claimed.

The fraud was discovered after the police began investigations following the complaint.

Investigations revealed that the accused had himself asked his driver Chattar Singh to take the Qualis to Jaipur and ply it as taxi. Police sources said that the accused had registered a case of theft of the vehicle in question hoping the police, unable to locate the vehicle, would give an “untraced” report. This would have led the insurance company pay the amount to India Lease Development Finance company, from which he had got the Qualis funded.

Mr Yadav added that the police would investigate the matter regarding involvement of employees of the registration offices as well as agents.


Vidyut nigam man beaten up, wounded
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 13
A carrier attendant of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam was brutally beaten up by five assailants at the bus stop on the dividing road of Sector 15 and Industrial Area here today.

According to the police, Mr Ranjan Sharma, hailing from Rajpura, was beaten up by Singhara Singh of SAS Nagar, Vijay Sethi, a resident of Zirakpur, and their three accomplices after they exchanged heated arguments in a local bus while they were travelling this afternoon.

Mr Ranjan was travelling in a local bus from Shakti Bhavan, Sector 6, to Power House colony, Sector 15, when he met the assailants.

Sources said the assailants allegedly tried to snatch money he was carrying. On facing resistance, they exchanged heated arguments in the bus. They finally alighted from the bus at the stoppage near the colony and thrashed Ranjan.

Following this, Ranjan raised an alarm and the inhabitants of colony and other people assembled for his help. They managed to overpower two of the assailants — Singhara Singh and Vijay Sethi — while the other three fled the scene.

The two were later handed over to the police and were detained at Sector 19 police station.

Ranjan, who was wounded seriously, was admitted to the Sector 6 General Hospital. 


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