Thursday, October 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


CRPF men storm village, assault 3
Nishikant Dwivedi

Naya Gaon (Kharar), October 17
Tension was rife at Naya Gaon village, which today paid a heavy price for a minor scuffle between a local tailor and a CRPF officer deputed on the Punjab Chief Minister’s security earlier in the day. Towards night, the CRPF men (B Company, Battalion 37) ransacked the area market and trained their AK-47s on the irate villagers.

The villagers, on their part, reacted by detaining DSP (CRPF) Joginder Singh, who was charged with having helped in the rescue of his men. Till about 11 pm tonight, the villagers had reportedly gheraoed the DSP at the police station in the village.

The scuffle, which caused frenzied activity in the village, resulted in major injuries to Gajay Singh, the tailor involved, who was later admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh. The CRPF men, seeking vengeance, assaulted about 50 men, including a physically handicapped person Darshan Singh, and his 70-year-old mother Satpal Kaur.

Talking to this correspondent, a visibly shaken Satpal Kaur recalled the assault saying, “They came like a storm and hit me with an iron rod. My son was hit with an iron pipe.” The local police also bore the brunt of this afternoon’s incident alongwith the villagers. Villagers claimed that the CRPF personnel, who came in two groups of 15 each, even attacked a local policeman.

Meanwhile, the stranded DSP Joginder Singh, told this correspondent that no rifles had been trained on the villagers. He denied other charges stating, “Whatever I did was meant to diffuse the situation.” While the DSP added that he would mark an inquiry into the matter, the SHO concerned said he was waiting for a formal complaint regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, heavy damage was inflicted on shops housed in the area. A visit to the area revealed that at least 15 shops had been damaged. Dr Rajnish Sharma, who runs a clinic in the area, said, “They ransacked the entire market complex. We could not defend ourselves as they were heavily armed with iron rods and other weapons.”

The entire ruckus stemmed from a minor scuffle which took place between Gajay Singh and a CRPF officer at about 3 pm. Little aware of the consequence, the villagers reported the incident to the local police on the behest of the tailor. The entire day’s routine remained normal, until the fear struck at about 8.30 p.m. when the first group of CRPF men barged into the village and started hitting everyone who came in their way. As the irate villagers converged upon the police station with a host of complaints, another group of CRPF personnel entered the village. They were reportedly armed with AK 47 rifles.


Show of strength at Khalsa March
Political message to Chief Minister
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The Khalsa March taken out to demand a law to punish those found guilty of desecrating religious books and to send a political message to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here today kept the UT Police on its toes with 10 companies being deployed to control any untoward incident.

The Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today announced the closure of offices at 4.30 p.m. apparently to save the people from inconvenience due to the Khalsa March. The authorities sensed that hundreds of vehicles could lead to traffic jams and chaos.

The city, however, witnessed a disciplined crowd of more than 10,000 persons who came to take part in the Panthic Morcha rally that started in the form of a march from Fatehgarh Sahib in hundreds of vehicles, scooters/motorcycles and even cycles.

The cyclists were led by an expelled Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA and the former Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Mr Ravi Inder Singh. He wore a black badge on his arm to protest against the “bir” burning incidents in the state.

The march that stretched to kilometres comprised all sorts of vehicles, had a traditional look with it being led by “Panjpiaras,” followed by a motorised “palki” carrying the Guru Granth Sahib.

The “palki” was followed by the sacked Akal Takht Jathedar, Bhai Ranjit Singh’s open vehicle.

The local Khalsa Panchayat had made arrangements to provide langar to the marchers at the sectors 22, 20 and 37 gurdwaras and even brought langar at the Parade Ground for the participants.

The panchayat chairman, Mr Rajinder Singh, told The Chandigarh Tribune, that even though the panchayat did not owe allegiance to any political party, it had a common cause with the protesters as far as honour of the religion was concerned.

The protesters comprised number of women alongwith their children and armed Nihangs.

The main leaders of the rally the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President and Lok Sabha member, Mr Simaranjit Singh Mann and even the Panthic Morcha Convener, Baba Sarabjot Bedi, did not go to the dias initially.

Number of children came on cycles from Kharar to take part in the procession which ended with an ardas and turned into a rally.

Certain placards with pictures of Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale and the Operation Bluestar-ravaged Akal Takht, could also be seen in the procession and Mr Mann also raised slogans in favour of Bhinderanwale.

The podium which was jam packed with not even enough space for anybody to move, later saw all these leaders standing while giving a memorandum to demand the dismissal of the Badal government, which was received by the Secretary to the Governor, Mr Subodh Aggarwal at the stage itself.

The SHSAD general secretary, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, kept on calling Mr Tohra to present the memorandum, but his leader could not come forward because of the rush.

Parking of vehicles was also managed with difficulty dispersing vehicles at different places. The march reached the city at least three hours behind schedule.

The rally at the Parade Ground here, did not cause much trouble to the city motorists as they did not meet any major traffic jams. The traffic flow was normal except for certain diversions.

The inter-state bus services also remained “unaffected”. However, certain diversions in their routes were imposed. The city police had made all arrangements to meet any eventualities and posted its personnel alongwith their Punjab counterparts in various parts of the city. Ten companies of the Punjab Police were deployed in the city.

The traffic was not allowed on the Himalaya Marg in the afternoon when the ralliest were entering the city. However, the traffic was later allowed on the road. The traffic police had put blockades on the Himalaya Marg from the S.A.S Nagar till Aroma traffic light point when the ralliest were entering the city. However, the traffic was later resumed on the road.


Vehicles remained off the roads leading to Chandigarh from Ludhiana, Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib via Morinda and Kharar for over six hours as the protest march by the Panthic Morcha and Sant Samaj passed peacefully through Kharar and SAS Nagar before culminating at Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Elaborate security arrangements had been made by the police. As announced, the Ropar police had put into action a contingency diversion plan for diversion of traffic. The moment the procession reached Morinda at around 1 pm, the traffic coming from Ludhiana and Ropar was diverted to Kurali- Mullanpur- Chandigarh road. The Ludhiana bound traffic was diverted to the Landhran-Chunni-Sirhind road. Vehicular traffic at the Landhran intersection moved slow due to poor management by policemen there.

When the procession reached Kharar, a number of devotees could be seen lined on both sides of the road to welcome a bedecked truck-mounted palanquin carried on a truck traffic preceded by “Panj Piaras” clad in saffron cloths.

Mr Rajbir Singh , Vice-President of the of the SHSAD, Mr Sadhu Singh Todermajra joined the procession there. En route people had put up stalls to serve sweet water, parshad, biscuits and other eatables.

When the procession reached Balongi barrier, a number of devotees led by Mr Hardeep Singh, a member of the SGPC joined it. Due to the traffic diversions, the vehicular movement remained off the road in SAS Nagar for over an hour.


PUDA ultimatum to encroachers
Religious bodies not to be spared
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 17
With the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) making it clear that encroachments of “any nature” on public land would have to be removed by October 27, prime land under illegal possession of the various religious bodies has come under the spotlight.

At least 50 acres of land worth crores of rupees was reported to be under the control of at least 31 religious bodies in different sectors of the town. Citing it to be a sensitive politico-religious issue, the encroachments failed to attract any action from PUDA, admit officials. A number of such encroachments have come up along with Chandigarh border, apparently taking advantage of the overlapping of the inter-state border at certain points.

Sources in the authority said as part of order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, axe was likely to fall on the unauthorised structures raised by religious bodies. In Sector 55, pockets of land had been encroached upon by four different religious organisations. Around three acres of land in Sector 60 had been occupied by four different religious bodies. Another around two acres of prime land had been used to raise a gurdwara and a mandir in Sector 63. An official of PUDA said in a number of cases it had been seen that the religious bodies had extended their premises illegally.

The Additional Chief Administrator, SAS Nagar, Mr Dipinder Singh, when contacted, said the order of the high court would be implemented in the letter and spirit.

The sources in the authority said on the pattern of the case of Radha Soami Satsang land at Sohana, which had been regularised recently, the illegal possession of land by the religious bodies could also be regularised after the latter agreed to pay the cost of the acquisition of the land and the external development charges. But the religious bodies were unlikely to agree to the formula, if Mr Hardeep Singh, a member of the SGPC and an active member of the local Gurdwara Talmel Committee, was to be believed.

He urged PUDA for formulating a proper policy for the allotment of land to religious institutions. “A few religious organisations have been allotted land in the past. Only recently PUDA has come up with a scheme”, he said.


New blood resource centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
A new state-of-the-art blood resource centre is being set up as a joint voluntary venture between the Blood Bank Society and Rotary Club here.

An agreement to this effect was signed today by Mr Anil Khanna, President of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, and Dr BNS Walia, President of the Blood Bank Society. Mrs Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator of Chandigarh, and Mr R.K. Saboo, past Rotary International President, were present when the agreement between the two organisations was signed.

The new centre will be run by a new society called the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre which will be responsible for setting up, running and managing the new unit. The total cost of the unit, to be set up in Sector 37 for which the Administration has already leased a 3-kanal plot , will be nearly Rs 3.2 crore.

The Blood Bank Society has raised funds, including Rs 50 lakh donated by Mr Sudhir Bhagwan, which will go towards the cost of the building, Rs 1.88 crore, the cost of the equipment, will be provided by the Rotary Club of Chandigarh in association with the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and Rotary International District 7090, Canada.

In the first stage, the new centre will provide 24-hour access to safe blood. It will synthesise each unit of blood into four units by separating its components and thus serving a larger section of society. The centre also plans to organise mobile blood donation vans to reach out to the voluntary donors in outreach areas.

The new centre will become functional even before the announced date and it will be professionally managed under the overall control and guidance of the joint management of the Blood Bank Society and the Rotary Club. The Blood Bank Society will continue to function independently at the PGI.


Ramlila begins at 47 venues
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, October 17
Frail fingers counted the beads as the aged, and youngsters alike, sat mesmerised on barren grounds, watching with awe actors enacting scenes from the Ramayana when Ramlila started at 47 venues all over the city.

On the first day of Ramlila today, residents thronged the venues and sat there till after midnight. Contrary to the apprehensions of some of the organisers regarding the low turnout due to the “live telecast of Ramlila, besides all those programmes on the television”, there was a struggle among devotees to sit next to the stage.

Ramlila was staged at Cable Factory, Sector 29, with Ganesh Vandana here today . As the evening progressed, they saw Narada cursing Lord Vishnu to take birth as Lord Rama and, later on Vedvati cursing Ravana to take birth in the treta yug in which she, disguised as Sita, would be the cause of his ruin. Later on, Ramlila moved on with Ravana worshipping Lord Shiva who in return blesses him with a boon that nobody on earth would be able to kill Ravana.

The Director of Ramlila at Sector 29 was Mr Sham Sunder Sharma. The role of Lord Vishnu and Lord Rama was enacted by Jyoti Swaroop, Sita by Harvinder Nagina and Ravana by Surinder Mahiwal. Two-and-a-half-year-old child Chirag Bhardawaj recited Sanskrit shalokas. Ramlila at Cable Factory was inaugurated by the General Manager of the factory, Mr G.K. Bhagat.

The security outside the venues too was tight. Since morning, the area around the venues had been cordoned off. In the evening, one could see policemen keeping a strict vigil all over the place.

The Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Maha Sabha at its annual meeting has decided to hold 14th Ramlila competition on October 28 and 29. Ramlila would be staged at Ramlila stage of the Garhwal Bharatriya Mandal, Ramlila Committee, Sector 7.

The general secretary of the committee, Mr Sabar Singh Bisht, said, “It has been decided firmly that there will be no portrayal of vulgar dance and film songs on the Ramlila stage. Intoxication would be strictly prohibited.”

Mr Manjit Singh, president, Reservation Front and former member of the Telephone Advisory Committee, inaugurated the Ramlila ceremony at Mauli Jagran.

Meanwhile, Ram Katha was started at Sector 37-D by Swami Chander Kant on today. The Chairman, Ram Katha, Mr Jagdish Gupta, performed a Puja. A Congress leader, Ms Baljeet Sodhi, was the chief guest on the occasion. She also gave a donation of Rs 5,100 to the samiti.


Robbers strike thrice in one night
Our Correspondent

Kharar, October 17
A gang of six or seven robbers struck at three places in Kharar in the early hours today. They injured seven persons and looted cash and jewellery. The injured were sent to the PGI and General Hospital in Chandigarh.

According to information available, the robbers struck at the residence of Mr Dev Kumar, chowkidar of the cremation ground, at about 2 a.m. He and his wife were beaten up with rods. The robbers took away about Rs 5,000 and some gold and silver ornaments. According to the police, they made a telephone call to some person in Kharar, but he did not inform the police in time.

The robbers next struck at the residence of Mr Narinder Singh in Chaju Majra Colony here at about 3.15 a.m. They injured Mr Narinder Singh and his mother with rods. The robbers took away Rs 5,000 and some gold ornaments.

After this, the robbers targeted the residence of Mr Varinder Singh in the same colony. They injured Mr Varinder Singh, his wife, Ms Satvir Kaur, and his sister-in-law, Ms Jaswinder Kaur. The gang took away some gold ornaments from the house.

The Kharar police was informed about the incidents at about 3.45 a.m. and a police team arrived. The injured were hospitalised. According to the police, the Hindi-speaking robbers were clean shaven and between 24 and 25 years of age. They came from the farm side.

The police registered a case under Sections 458, 380, 148 and 149 of the IPC and started investigations. The police also rounded up some persons in this connection. Two of the injured were later discharged from hospital.


No clue in robbery case, 50 detained
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, October 17
Though the police has failed to make any headway in six cases of robbery in Zirakpur and surrounding areas on Monday night, CIA teams of Patiala and Rajpura police have detained over 50 migrant labourers in this connection.

Sources said the persons had been arrested to investigate the series of the robberies, in which robbers left two members of a family seriously injured, besides thrashing 17 other persons in Nabha and Bhabhat villages.

Senior police officials said security had been beefed up in all sensitive points in the subdivision and night patrolling had been intensified. Police personnel had been directed to keep a close eye at every suspected anti-social element.

The robberies seemed to be correlated as the same gang of over 10 to 20 members had reportedly struck at separate spots after committing robberies one after the other.

According to a victim in Akali Kaur Singh Colony, the robbers had blood-soaked sticks and iron rods when they struck at their house at about 2 a.m. This indicated that the miscreants might have hacked someone before entering their house.

A wooden bat, which had been taken away by the miscreants from Mr Gurbaksh Singh’s house, had been recovered by the police from a tubewell, where 12 labourers had been beaten up and robbed by the miscreants. This indicated that the gang had struck at the tubewell after robbing the houses in Akali Kaur Singh Colony.

The incident had given rise to an atmosphere of fear in the area. Residents of the area held the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat responsible for the robberies as these had occurred within the limits of the civic body. They alleged that lack of streetlights and absence of permanent guards armed with modern equipment had given the robbers a chance to commit the crimes.


Navratra fair begins
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 17
The annual nine-day-long Navratra fair commenced at the Mansa Devi Temple here today with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, being amongst the first ones to pay obeisance and perform “yajna”.

Thousands of devotees from far-off places had converged at the shrine for offering prayers on the beginning of the new “samvat”. The crowds had begun gathering around the temple at about 4:30 a.m. The district administration and the Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board had made adequate arrangements for the pilgrims.

However, residents had got restless for about 40 minutes when the shrine was closed for them till the Chief Minister was offering prayers in “solitude”. An irate devout, who had come all the way from Faridkot district, remarked, “It seems that even gods and goddesses close their doors on ordinary people when a VIP comes to pay obeisance.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also inaugurated a puja bhavan and sandhya kendra in the shrine complex. He directed the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, to get another such puja bhavan established in the complex so as to provide the facility of meditation to a large number of devotees.

He also planted a sapling of “Kadamb” in the shrine complex. He later stopped at the Ruhani Satsang Manav Kendra where he was greeted by a number of people. He said the members of the Ruhani Satsang Manav Kendra would give such direction to the people that they would play a significant role in making India more prosperous and stronger.


Special buses for Navratra mela
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
In view of the Navratra mela at the Mansa Devi, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking has started five special local buses. The frequency of six other buses has been increased. The routes of eight more buses have been extended up to Mansa Devi.

These buses will ply from October 20 to October 25, a spokesperson of the Chandigarh Administration said today. In addition to the new routes, the frequency of routes 32-A, 28-C, 71, 141, 149 and 149-A have been increased. Besides this, routes 2-A, 2-C, 5, 18-A, 30, 30-A, 31 and 31-A have been extended till the temple.


Water-bottling firms ignoring ISI norm
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 17
In spite of the deadline prohibiting the sale of packaged drinking water or natural mineral water without the ISI mark having elapsed three months ago, at least two Panchkula-based water-bottling companies are functioning without even applying for the standardisation.

Inquiries at the Northern Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Standards in Chandigarh reveal that while two companies from Panchkula have formally been granted the ISI mark, at least one other company is operating in the district without adhering to the prescribed norms.

Other than this, the applications for at least two other companies, based in Chandigarh and Mohali respectively, are still pending with the Bureau of Indian Standards here for granting of the ISI mark.

It is learnt that while three water bottling companies are based in Panchkula, four are in Chandigarh and one in Mohali. Besides, three MNCs, having set up their units in Samalkha, Gurgaon and in Uttar Pradesh, are also the major players in the local market. All these companies are bottling water in 250 mls, 500 mls., one litre, two litres, 20 litres, and 24 litres packing.

Officials in the Bureau inform that while the companies bottling small packings have mostly received applied for the ISI certification, those bottling economy packings are avoiding the ISI standardisation. It is learnt that since these companies are supplying directly to the consumer, without a retailer as a go- between, they have so far managed to get away in spite of the deadline for the ISI mark having elapsed a long time ago.

When contacted, the Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, Dr B.S. Chaudhary, said they were aware of the companies bottling water without having an ISI mark. “We will be launching a campaign against such companies shortly,” he assured.

Because of the high cost involved in adhering to the prescribed norms for getting the certification, setting up a laboratory, hygienic conditions, cleaning and disinfection, pest control etc, a number of companies here were unwilling to incur such high costs. Thus, profit margins have decreased with the consumer being the real beneficiary.

It may be noted that following numerous complaints from consumers about the supply of substandard-packed mineral water and a few companies supplying even tap water, the Union Ministry of Health had issued a notification that all companies engaged in bottling packed natural mineral water should get the ISI mark from the Bureau of Indian Standards latest by March 29, 2001.

A large number of samples of natural mineral water and packaged drinking water and analysed by different laboratories throughout the country had failed to meet the ISI norms.

However, these bottling companies made numerous representations to the government for extending the deadline on the pretext that getting the ISI standardisation was a long drawn process. The deadline for those companies having already applied for the ISI certification had been extended till June 29. It was then decided that the state Health Department would be regulating the sale of packaged drinking water.


Daredevils of the sky
Tribune News Service

Six Kiran trainer jets of the IAF’s Surya Kiran aerobatics team streak barely 50 metres above the ground in arrowhead formation. With just five metres between their wingtips, they move into diamond formation and roll towards the left to form “card” formation with three aircraft flying abreast and another three behind them.

Reforming again after a breathtaking “synchro head-on cross”, where two aircraft at the same level cross each other at a relative speed of 1100 kph, and just 5m apart, the brightly painted red and white aircraft, with their exhausts trailing smoke, dive vertically and then pull up again in different directions to simulate a bomb burst.

After enthralling city residents exactly a year ago, the famed aerobatic team is back in Chandigarh for yet another display.

Excelling in the skill of formation flying and aerobatics is the pride of any air force and a true test of a fighter pilot’s abilities of concentration, co-ordination and unflinching nerves. But behind the dazzling display by the men in blue flying overalls lies a regimen of hard training, diligence and remarkable teamwork.

The team, based at the Bidar Air Force Station, was formed in 1996 with six aircraft and Wg Cdr Kuldip Malik as its first team leader. Now, having a display team of nine aircraft, the Surya Kiran has more than 50 displays to its credit. It is the only aerobatic team of its kind east of Suez. There are three other teams in this class — The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows with Hawk jets, the French Air Force’s Patrioville de France with Alphajets and the US Navy’s Blue Angles with F-18s.

The selection procedures are stringent and extensive training is given in a phased manner. The selection begins with the Air Headquarters asking for volunteers. The volunteers are then invited to fly with the team where their performance and personality traits, both in the air and on the ground, are evaluated and selection is done by the present team members. The names are then forwarded to the Air Hq.

To be a part of the team, a pilot has to have a very high level of professionalism, and also has to be amicable, friendly and socially acceptable. This is the basis of a sound team. Even after the selection, if a pilot does not measure up to the standards, he is sent back to his parent squadron. Team members have a tenure of three years.

Over the next six months, the newcomer’s skill of close formation flying and aerobatics is honed to a degree which puts him in a class apart. Starting at high altitude with a single aircraft sortie with the team leader or the deputy team leader in the Kiran’s left-hand seat to guide him, the trainee aerobat moves on to two-aircraft and then to three-aircraft sorties. After mastering the skill of low level flying with two aircraft on either side, the trainee goes in for four-aircraft and six-aircraft sorties before finally graduating to nine-aircraft sorties. All types of rolls, loops, dives and formations are flown at various stages of the training.

During the training period, the pilot, who is already an experienced fighter pilot, flies over 70 sorties. Vigorous training throughout the year entails about 200 flying hours for all team members.

With an average age of 30 years, each Surya Kiran team member is a qualified flying instructor with extensive experience of flying various fighter aircraft. In contrast, the average age of their foreign counterparts is 35 years.

Though the Surya Kiran is a young team, aerobatics is not new to the IAF. In its Golden Jubilee year in 1982, the first dedicated aerobatics team, called the Thunderbolts was formed with Hunter aircraft. After the Hunters were phased out, the team was reformed with HJT-16 Kiran aircraft and christened the Surya Kiran, meaning rays of the sun.

The IAF had selected the Kiran for aerobatic displays as it is a stable aircraft with a low turning radius and good handling characteristics. Moreover faster aircraft, besides having a higher turning radius, would zip out of the view of the audience.


Author-publisher pact: fresh draft sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The need for a fresh draft of the agreement between a publisher and an author under the amended Copyright Act was emphasised on the concluding day of a two-day seminar on copyright at the ICSSR Complex of Panjab University here today.

Mr D.N. Malhotra, Chairman, Copyright Council, Federation of Indian Publishers, said that he had already requested Mr S. Ramaiah, former Chairman of the Copyright Board, for a fresh draft of the agreement so that it could be circulated among all members of the federation.

Earlier, Mr S.K. Ghai of Jalandhar made a presentation on the salient features of the agreement between a publisher and an author. Mr Ramaiah clarified that under the amended Copyright Act, certain provisions, including Section 19 and 19 (a), were important additions and disputes, if any, had to be referred to the Copyright Board. Any agreement which did not conform to the clauses of the amended Copyright Act could be declared null and void by the board.

Mr Ajay Kashyap, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Chandigarh, and Mr Anupam Gupta, a local lawyer, were among the main speakers at the seminar.

In the panel discussion, it was made clear that fixing the price of a book was the prerogative of the publisher. The need for a clear and transparent relationship between the publisher and the author was also stressed.

Mr Malhotra said that similar seminars and workshops would be organised at other places. Some had already been organised at Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. It was also proposed to organise one such workshop for legal officers. Mr Ramaiah later presented certificates to all participants.


Her business is her life
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

“My business is my life. I live with it and live for it”, says Ms Babli Hasija, owner of Richie Rich Gift Store in Manimajra. It is this attitude that has earned her a large clientele within four years of starting her business. Her customers come not only from the city but also from places as far off as Shimla and Jammu.

Babli brings gift items for her store from places like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur etc. Besides her taste in the selection of gift items, her competence in interior designing is equally appreciated. Such is the faith of her clients in her that often they ask her to select a gift for an occasion within their budget and send it to the person concerned.

The most striking aspect of Babli’s career as an entrepreneur is that she started the work, 11 years after her marriage, and learnt all these arts after her marriage. She got married when she was in Class VIII.

“I realised I could do more than managing the home and so started a small shop. I got a tremendous response. So I expanded and today I spend more than 12 hours of my day here”, she says.

Apart from managing the outlet, her work involves frequent tours to select items for her gift shop. Not only these, she also makes bouquets of artificial flowers for sale. “To me my clients are very important and I have never given more importance to money”.

On managing things, she prefers to do all important jobs herself and she has learnt everything by experience. “I am physically strong and very careful about physical fitness. Those working with me are like my family members. With all these things, and support from the family I have not faced any problems”.

To keep herself informed about the latest trends in the market, she regularly visits different showrooms. “I do not even socialise and my time is divided only between my family and my work”. Babli also keeps participating in various exhibitions where she displays her products.

Women, she feels, must work. “They should realise that they must have their own identity”. On managing things, she says: “Effective time management and dedication is all that one needs to manage one’s professional as well as personal life”.


Phone subscribers inconvenienced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Telephone subscribers in city could not deposit their bills in the Sector 34 Telecom Office yesterday as the computer systems had been shut down. As a result, neither deposits were accepted nor any billing was done.

While the subscribers complained about the inconvenience, as there was no prior notice from the department, telecom officials said it was a routine upgradation of the system. Mr Kulbir Singh, Director Telecom Revenue, said, “It is an annual feature when we upgrade the entire system in order to speed up the process”. The department, he said, had taken care and it was not one of the peak days to deposit the bills.

He said the department uses the software based on Unix which needs to be refreshed annually so that the speed was not affected. It is a one-day process and we will accept the deposits tomorrow, he said.

However, regarding prior notice to the customers , he said “It is not required as the customers have the facility to deposit the bills in almost 70 post offices in the city. Moreover, they can also deposit the bills through banks”, he said.


Women empowerment drive by Brahmakumaris
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 17
Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya and the women wing of Rajyoga Education and Research foundation are organising 10 rallies under the “All India Women Spiritual Empowerment campaign - 2001” in different cities of India.

These rallies are aimed to inspire women about establishing peace and harmony in family, country and to inculcate moral values in the lives of women. Each campaign would have around 10 experienced members who would organise different programmes in villages, towns, cities, schools, colleges, universities and other institutions on their way.

Lectures, exhibitions, camps, seminars and public programmes would be organised on different topics, including — An ideal woman- nation builder; Role of women in character building; Freedom from stress and place of women in 21st century.

The campaigns have started from Bangalore, Nagpur, Mumbai, Behrampur, Mount Abu, Vaishno Devi, Singrauli, Allahabad, Porbander and Kangra from September 11 to October 15. These campaigns would culminate in Delhi on November 10.

Members will arrive in Chandigarh on October 22 at Kala Gram. The campaign in the form of a procession will pass through Sector 27, 19, 18 and 34 and would reach the zonal headquarters of Brahmakumaris at Rajyoga Bhavan in Sector 33.. The Brahmakumaris would participate in a programme organised by the Rotary Club at the College of Architecture.


CTCC sets up three committees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee today set up three committees to shape its Municipal Corporation strategy and campaign.

The seven-member manifesto committee has the CTCC President, Mr B. B. Bahl, a former Mayor, Mr Rajkumar Goel, councillor, Ms Kamlesh, Mr Sham Lal Gupta, Ms Shreshta Mehta, Mr J. N. Shastri and Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma as members.

The election campaign committee members for the corporation elections are : Mr B. B. Bahl, Mr Subhash Chawla, Mr Ramphal Sharma, Mr K. K Kapoor, Mr D. D. Jindal, Ms Lalit Joshi Bharadwaj and Mr A. N. Sarhadi.

The CTCC has set up another five-member committee for the panchayat elections comprising Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, Mr Pawan Sharma, Mr Manmohan Singh, Mr Kuldeep Singh and Ms Bhupinder Kaur.

The party has also decided to take out a protest rally tomorrow to oppose inclusion of Mr George Fernandes as Defence Minister.

The Youth Congress has also chalked out a different protest on the issue on October 22 which will also be joined by representatives from Punjab and Haryana.


Another lion cub dies
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, October 17
Illness claimed the life of another lion cub which was taken to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, for medication by the Chhat Bir Zoo authorities yesterday.

Suffering from pneumonia the cub was taken along with another one to Ludhiana for treatment but could not be saved. Both cubs were taken to PAU by the zoo authorities after being given an unsuccessful treatment at the zoo hospital for the past one week. Sources in zoo said the animals were cremated at a fodder farm here today in the presence of some selected mediapersons.

Meanwhile, a newborn calf of a neelgai also died in its enclosure late last night. The calf was buried after conducting post-mortem examination today.


Car driver dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 17
A 27-year-old car driver succumbed to his injuries at the PGI in Chandigarh today after the vehicle he was driving rammed into a multi-axle vehicle from behind near the Ghaggar bridge in Bhankharpur village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway late last night.

According to the police, the victim Satpal Saini, a local resident, was on his way to Rajpura to pick his family members. The car (CH-01-L-1362) rammed into the stationary vehicle (CH-01-6351) following which he sustained injuries at his head, face and abdomen.

He was taken to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for treatment. But his condition deteriorated and the doctors referred the case to the PGI in Chandigarh. He was declared brought dead at the PGI.


Prof Jauhri’s book released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
A ‘commemorative volume’ in honour of Prof R.C. Jauhri was released by Prof K.N.Pathak, the Vice-Chancellor, at a function organised by the research pupils of Professor Jauhri in association with the department of History at Panjab University here today.

Professor Pathak also released a book by Professor Jauhri titled “Medieval India in Transition, Tarikh-i-Firoz Shahi”.

Dr Kiran Pawar, an editor of his works, said Professor Jauhri was a distinguished scholar in the field of medieval Indian and American history. He taught for 39 years at Agra, Kurukshetra and Panjab University from where he retired in 1996.

Professor Jauhri passed away on April 8, 1999.

Professor Jauhri had the distinction of being three times Fullbright scholar for higher studies and research at Harward, Yale Princeton and Columbus universities.

Dr Devi Sirohi said Professor Jauhri had been lauded for his scholarly work on “Firoz Tughlag”. He also edited “American Studies: Miscellany”. “Commemorative Volume” edited by Prof Kiran Pawar and Dr Sanjay Subodh which presents a wide spectrum of research and study on different works aspects of medieval and modern history. It relates to significant areas such as revenue, medicine, agriculture, trade, gender, nobility, historiography and religion besides others.

“Medieval India in Transition, Tarikh-i-Firoz Shahi” is possibly the first full English translation from the Persian original “Tarikh”.


2 burglaries in Sector 43
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 17
Two burglaries were reported from Sector 43 here during the past 24 hours. The burglaries took place during the day time.

Thieves entered the house of Mr Jaga Singh, after breaking open the lock and decamped with a gold chain, some silver ornaments and Rs 12,000 in cash. Another resident of the sector, also complained to the police that thieves took away gold and silver ornaments, 10 silver coins and Rs 700 from his house after breaking open the lock.

Cases under Sections 380 and 454 of the IPC have been registered.

A Kinetic Honda (CH-01-X-3609) was also stolen from the same sector. Mr Kanwar Singh Sandhu, in his complaint said his scooter was stolen from his residence between 8 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. A case has been registered.

Four booked

The local police arrested four persons on the charge of trespassing into a factory premises and threatening the owner on Tuesday evening. According to sources in the police, Mr Vinod Sharma, in his complaint said Deepak Kumar, Deepak Sharma, both residents of Kurukshetra, Vijay Kumar, a resident of Faridabad and Sachin Goel, a resident of Palwal, entered into his factory in the Industrial Area, Phase-II, at 10.30 p.m. and threatened him.

The four were booked under Sections 452, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

One arrested

An SAS Nagar resident, Varinder, was arrested by the local police on the charges of stealing the cycle of Mr Ram Tirath, a Manimajra resident, on Tuesday. He was booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.


Proclaimed offender nabbed
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 17
A proclaimed offender wanted by the Moga police, Piara Singh, was arrested by a police party from his Sector 71 residence here. He was wanted by Ropar and Chandigarh police in several cases of fraud and cheating.

The SSP, Moga, Dr Sharad S. Chauhan, said Piara Singh was declared a proclaimed offender in December 1997 in a case of cheating Mr Karamjit Singh Manchanda of Rs 3.5 lakh on the pretext of appointing him director of a company. Another person of Moga had been cheated on the pretext of being sent abroad.

The proclaimed offender had cheated Mr Behal Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, of Rs 90,000 on the pretext of getting the latter recruited as naib tehsildar. The mother of the proclaimed offender had reportedly defrauded several Moga residents by setting up fake committees.


Teenagers snatch mobile phone
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 17
Two scooter-borne teenagers snatched a mobile phone from a 70-year-old man in Sector 16 here this afternoon.

According to the police, two youths approached Mr Satpal Singh, a Sector 16 resident, and asked him about the location of H No. 2122 in the sector. One of the youths got down from the scooter, and pulled the mobile phone from Mr Satpal Singh’s belt and both of them fled.

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