Thursday, November 1, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Fault brings trains to three-hour halt
Himalayan Queen, Shatabdi delayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Rail traffic on the Ambala -Chandigarh section was disrupted for more than three hours, delaying the Shatabdi and the Himalayan Queen, scheduled to arrive here at 11 a.m. and 10: 45 a.m., respectively, by three hours each. The afternoon Shatabdi from Delhi, scheduled to arrive here at about 2. 45 p.m., was delayed by 20 minutes.

Traffic was brought to halt as a fault occurred in the overhead electric traction between Lalru and Dappar railway stations. This resulted in disruption of supply to the power lines from where locomotives drew power. During the disruption, only three passenger trains were affected. Movement of goods trains was not affected as there was no scheduled goods train to pass, railway officials said.

Giving out the preliminary reason for the disruption in power supply, a source in the Railways said the power lines had snapped between Lalru and Dappar railway stations. This had happened because a welding machine being handled by a labourer working on a pole a few feet above the power line slipped and fell on the line. No one was injured in the accident. Since the lines carried high voltage of electric current, power supply had to be switched off and the trains halted.

The Shatabdi (train number 2011), scheduled to arrive here at 11 a.m. chugged into the railway station at 12.55 p.m. The same train, which was to begin its return journey to Delhi at 12.30 p.m., left the station at 1.50 p.m.

Travellers on board the Himalayan Queen (train number 4095) were the worst hit as the train halted at Dappar. Children had nothing to eat and safe drinking water was not available as no major train used to stop at this station. Those who came to know about the fault left for Chandigarh in shared taxis or by boarding buses. Others just preferred to wait.

The Shatabdi (2011), running a few kilometres behind the Himalayan Queen, was also delayed and passengers reported inconvenience. On the other hand, passengers waiting to board train number 2012, departing at 12.30 p.m., were in the dark about the exact time of departure. Railway officials could say nothing about the arrival of train number 2011 and its departure for Delhi.


SDMs to function from areas of operation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Chandigarh Administration today ordered that Sub divisional Magistrates (SDMs) would now have to sit in their respective areas of operation and would not be based in one place in Sector 17. The SDMs would have to sit in their new offices within the next ten days. Slowly all work in the sub- divisions would be transferred to them.


SDM East: CTU workshop, Industrial Area Phase I

SDM South: Sports Complex, Sector 42

SDM central. DC office, Sector 17

New offices to be functional in 10 days

Issuance of various certificates to start immediately

Licensing and registration of vehicles to start in new locations from April 1

Slowly other work to be shifted to respective subdivisions

The SDM Central would be based in Sector 17. The SDM East would now have his office where the offices of the CTU were located adjacent to the CTU workshop in Industrial Area Phase I. The SDM South would function from the Sports Complex in Sector 42.

To take care of visitors in the east division, a separate entry would be created, said the UT Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, who passed the orders today. The offices would function like any other sub-divisional offices in the states. It had been a long standing demand of city residents that the SDMs sit in their respective areas for easy public access and deal with all schemes of the Administration under various departments.

Mr Gujral said the work of licensing and registration of vehicles would be shifted by April 1, next. Till then, the contract with Tata Infotech for issuing smart cards on behalf of the Administration would have to be re-negotiated.

The computer links interlinking the three subdivisions would have to be in place. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar had been asked to post new staff from among those 133 employees who had been rendered surplus in the printing and stationery department, the Home Secretary added.

Money had been sanctioned to immediately purchase the required furniture. Officials of the Administration were keen on these offices doing well and meeting the aspirations of the residents. This would lessen the load of visitors to the DC office. The police had to bring the accused all the way to Sector 17 in cases where bail had to be granted. Parking was a major hassle here.


VCs’ conference: getting down to brasstacks
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Panjab University is working out last minute details for hosting the All-India Vice-Chancellors Conference from December 5 to December 8 later this year.

The conference is being organised by the Association of Indian Universities. The universities and other national-level institutions are represented at the AIU by their Vice-Chancellors. The general body of the AIU meets once a year, preceded by zonal conferences, which focus on the regional character.

Prof K.N. Pathak, the Vice-Chancellor, of Panjab University while confirming the event, said that the university was expecting 120-150 vice-chancellors. Also on the visitors list are representatives from foreign countries, particularly Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.

The main theme of the conference is ‘Technology Enabled Flexible Education and Development’ (TAFED). Besides the VCs, the conference also will have visitors from apex bodies of research and planning including the University Grants Commission, CSIR, AICTE, the National Council for Technical Education, the Medical Council and the Dental Council besides others.

The main topics besides the TAFED include, open and flexible learning, education for disadvantaged groups and Information and Communication Technology Enabled Education.

The AIU acting like an inter-university organisation, is seen as a bureau of information; and serves for liaisoning between government and university as well as being a representative of the country at international fora.

PU has made all efforts to raise funds for the event from sale of souvenir and other means. It has been pointed out that the university was in no position to spare the funds for the conference’. However, a contribution of at least Rs 70,000 is expected from the university for the conference.

One major programme on the agenda of the conference is interaction between the VCs and representatives of apex institutions. One interesting aspect of the conference is direct interface between the planning and the executing authorities. Education-related problems can be highlighted and solutions can be expected at this forum.

Prof Pathak said that the majority of the details of the programme had been worked out. The venue for the conference is the English Auditorium. Arrangements for stay of the guests had been made at the guest houses of IMTECH, PGI, CSIO, the university, besides certain institutions.

A senior teacher said that ‘ the conference provides a golden chance of direct interaction between the universities and the national agencies. Interaction between different universities gives better insight into the functioning of the existing system and possible ways of betterment in identified areas.”


Protest against PUDA action
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 31
Residents of Madanpur village gathered at the Phase-1 police station here today in protest against the PUDA action of demolishing various structures yesterday which had come up on government land in the village. They raised slogans against PUDA authorities.

A complaint was given to the SHO in writing in which they demanded the registration of a case against the PUDA officials concerned. In the complaint they alleged that PUDA officials had not bothered about the High Court stay orders and had demolished houses in the area and also injured some residents of the village.

At last six persons including PUDA officials and police personnel, were injured yesterday when residents of Mandanpur village turned violent and started pelting stones at the PUDA anti-encroachment staff.

Ms Daljit Kaur, MLA Kharar, who was also present at the police station, criticised yesterday’s PUDA action. She said PUDA officials should have identified the houses which were covered under the stay orders in advance and intimated the residents that the remaining structures would be demolished.

Mr Rajinder Singh Sohal, SHO of the Phase I police station, told the people who had gathered there to get a medical examination done of the injured persons. When asked what action would be taken by the police on the complaint given by residents of Madanpur village, he said it would be decided after the medical reports of the injured persons were provided.

On the complaint of PUDA authorities a case had been registered yesterday by the police against 20-25 residents of Madanpur village under Section 353, 186, 148 and 149 of the IPC.


...but the drive goes on
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 31
The anti-encroachment drive being carried out by PUDA on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court went on smoothly for the fifth day today with hardly any resistance being shown by house-owners.

The drive, which started around 11.30 a.m., covered the entire Phase IIIA and many parts of Phase IIIB1. The drive was going on even after 5 p.m., with one team covering 10 marla houses and the other eight marla houses. A large number of people were out on the roads watching the bulldozers at work.

PUDA officials said that no major violation had been noticed in the area covered today. Most of the people had themselves removed the encroachments. At most places, PUDA had to remove only tow walls.

Mr Arvinder Singh Bedi, a resident of Phase IIIB1, said since PUDA had got the encroachments removed, it should now make efforts to keep the area clean. He said in his area 99 per cent of the people had removed the encroachments. Only small bits and parts here and there were left since no clear guidelines were available.

The two teams of PUDA carrying out the anti-encroachment drive were accompanied by trucks to collect the resultant debris. However, the area was littered with hedges and other plants uprooted by residents.

Yesterday, the anti-encroachment staff had a tough time as residents of Madanpura clashed with PUDA officials and pelted stones at them. At least six persons, including PUDA officials, police personnel and villagers were injured.

Today the anti-encroachment teams started their work from Phase IIIA. Madanpur village was not touched today. It is learnt that the land acquisition collector had to identify the 61 structures in the village which had been granted stay orders. Further action would be taken only after that exercise was completed.


F&CC’s no to ‘lavish’ function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation here today rejected a proposed expenditure of Rs 37,000 for a function to dedicate a green belt in Sector-44 in the wake of a protest from a BJP member, Ms Ranjana Shahi, who termed it Mayor’s “extravaganza”.

The decision of the F&CC also clouded the holding of another function of the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, to dedicate the Sector-45 community centre with the Committee putting a rider of the three donors — the Councillor, Mr Bachan Singh, former MP, Mr Satyapal Jain, the MP, Mr Pawan Bansal — giving a written consent for the function.

The written consent of the three may be doubtful in the wake of Central Government directing that there was no need of spending on functions to dedicate facilities created out of MPs and Councillors fund.

The two official functions were to incur an expenditure of Rs 37,000 each, which the BJP Councillor and F&CC member, Ms. Ranjana Shahi, singularly stalled in the meeting saying the “cash-starved Corporation need not be burdened with non-developmental expenditures and it should be spent on development.”

She also proposed the condition of three written consents virtually killing the possibility of the Corporation having to spend on these functions.

The opposition by a BJP member is being seen as continuing fissures in both the BJP and Akali Dal with there being visible alliances in factions of the BJP and Akalis apart from official understanding.

Ms Harjinder Kaur is likely to invite the SAD general secretary and the Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, for the function, party sources said.

Mr Dhindsa is also incharge of Chandigarh affairs of the SAD.

The effort of a faction of the BJP not to make these official functions will deprive Mr Dhindsa of getting his name inscribed on the foundation stone weakening Ms Harjinder Kaur’s position before him and lessening the possibilities of her faction cornering a big chunk of party tickets in Corporation elections and strengthening her rival and local SAD president, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar.

The consent of the Congress MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, became impossible as the party general secretary, Mr Subhash Chawla, communicated to the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, that the MP did not favour Corporation expenditure for dedication of such facilities.

A delegation of the Congress led by Mr. Chawla also met both the Mayor and the Commissioner to stop the “wasteful expenditure”.

The F&CC, however, cleared Rs 10.25 lakh for computerisation of nine of the 19 cash collection centres.

The committee also decided that rates of commercial spaces in sectors should again be given a trial before thinking of slashing them and that rates for such spaces in Mauli Jagran should be reduced.

It also allowed refund of Rs 44, 763 to Dhillon Theatre in Mani Majra for surrendering a parking space and rent out 32,000 square feet of land in Mani Majra for six months to Zee telefilms.


Employees pledge to end corruption
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Vigilance Awareness Week was also celebrated by the United India Insurance company employees here. As many as 150 employees pledged to end corruption the Regional Manager, Mr Syal, and Manager, Mr K. L. Bhagat, addressed the employees.

Vigilance Awareness Week was inaugurated at the State Bank of India in the city. Mr D. L. Manwani, General Manager addressed the employees.

The employees vowed to work honestly and combat corruption. Mr H. K. Tewari also spoke on the occasion.

The Hudco today started observing Vigilance Awareness Week at its premises.

The Vigilance Awareness Week started with a pledge administered to the staff by Mr Arvind Malhotra, Executive Director, North West Zone, and Mr Jasbir Singh, Nodal Vigilance Officer.

The pledge was followed by reading out of the messages sent by the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, Mr N. Vittal, Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Ms Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Opposition’s by Mr Jasbir Singh and Mr P.S. Khurana.

Mr Arvind Malhotra highlighted various issues relating to vigilance in the present scenario and the need for introspection.

Interactive lecture sessions on various facets of vigilance and prevention of corruption will be organised by Hudco during this week.

Meanwhile, IFFCO also observed a Vigilance Awareness Programme at its premises. On this occasion all employees of IFFCO took a pledge to work with devotion and eradicate corruption.

Prof R. Subramanian, Chief Vigilance Officer of the Technical Teacher's Training Institute was the chief guest at the inaugural function.

He said there was need for good social value systems in our lives and following some good role models of our country to make ourselves aware of the ways to fight corruption. Dr R.R.N. Kundu, Manager (Marketing), proposed a vote of thanks.

Among others who spoke on the occasion were, Capt Arun Samant, Dy Manager (Vigilance), Mr P.S. Sidhu, State Marketing Manager, Punjab and Dr P.S. Marwaha, State Marketing Manager, Haryana.

The Technical Teachers’ Training Institute also observed Vigilance Awareness Week. Mr R. Subramarian, Chief Vigilance officer of the institute read out the messages received from Mr N. Vittal, Central Vigilance Commissioner and Mr V.S. Mathur, Vigilance Commissioner, administered the oath to all employees.


6 Cong men get green signal for MC poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Congress has given green signal to at least six party candidature aspirants for the Municipal Corporation election ahead of even finalisation of a panel of two nominees each from 20 wards.

The finalisation of the panel has been left to a 12-member committee chaired by the Chandigarh Vikas Party President, Mr B. B. Bahl.

Finalisation of candidates will be done by another committee comprising Mr Pawan Bansal, Mr Bahl, former Union Minister, Mr Vinod Sharma and the AICC Secretary and Chandigarh affairs in charge, Mr Bhubaneshwar Kalitha, later.

Party secretaries, Mr Sunil Parti, Mr Subhash Chawla, Councillor Kamalesh, Mr Rameshwar Giri, Ms Lalit Joshi and Ms Manjit Kaur have been given green signal to contest the election. The party has received 86 applications in this regard.

The general secretary, Mr Sunil Parti, told Chandigarh Tribune that Mr R. K. Rathore, against whom a police complaint has been registered, would not be considered for the party candidature.

A meeting of the 12-member committee, comprising Mr Bahl, Mr Bansal, Mr Vinod Sharma, Mr Rampal Sharma, Mr Manish Tiwari, Mr Shyam Lal Gupta, Mr Amarnath Sarhadi, Ms Kulwant Dhaliwal, Ms Lalith Joshi and two members from frontal organisations, will recommend two names each from all wards. In the last meeting, it was decided that only those members whose loyalty, winning possibility and clean image was in no doubt, would be considered for candidature.


Afforestation efforts yield results
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
The afforestation efforts initiated by the local administration has resulted in an increase of about 2300 hectares of forest cover during this year.

According to information, a total of 20, 56, 678 saplings have been planted in the district during July and August.

This is perhaps for the first time that the departments entrusted with the job of planting saplings have also been asked to keep tabs on their proper growth, which is the reason for the success of this afforestation programme.

A visit to forest areas in the Morni-Pinjore Forest Division and the forest area assigned under the Kandi project here showed the saplings of bamboo, teak, amaltas, khair etc planted a few months ago had now turned into plants.

In each of the forests — be it in the area under the Kandi project, the reserve or protected forest area — the authorities have marked the rows and the number of sapling in each row.

In some places, where a natural water source is available, the saplings are also watered regularly, informed Mr Ved Prakash, Divisional Forest Officer, Morni-Pinjore Forest Division.

The plantation was carried under six departmental schemes and four free supply schemes. The Morni-Pinjore Forest Division, the DFO Kandi Project, the Specialist Soil Conservation Engineering, the Social Forestry Project, the Farm Forestry, the Community Forest Project, the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the District Horticulture Officer were involved in the drive under the departmental schemes.

As many as 2. 37 lakhs saplings were distributed free of cost by the Morni- Pinjore Forest Division, the Social Forestry Project, the Community Forestry Project and plantation under the Tarun Treveni Scheme (planting of trees on private lands in memory of any occasion).

These plantings were done on panchayat lands in over 40 villages (294. 5 hectares area) and on private lands that are non-arable (approximately 400 hectares.)

It is worthwhile to mention here that the saplings were raised in 26 nurseries in the district and the type was chosen keeping in view the environmental factors, including soil type in the area.

While the plantings under the departmental schemes are mainly forest trees and medicinal plants, those under the free supply schemes were mainly fruit trees.

Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, when contacted, said, “We had divided the entire district in 54 beats and a senior district official was made in charge of a beat comprising four to five villages.

This made them accountable for the plantings in their areas and ensured that drive was a success.”


Six lions undergo vasectomy operations
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, October 31
To curb further increase in the population of ‘‘royal’’ inhabitants at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, the zoo authorities conducted vasectomy operations upon six more lions in a makeshift operation theatre, here today.

The operation theatre was set up in a tent right in front of the enclosures of the Lion Safari, the ‘‘royal patients’’ were operated upon by a team of veterinary doctors headed by Prof S.S. Singh, from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

The team of veterinary doctors was quick enough today to perform the operations upon six lions within a span of four and a half hours. Tranquilised shots to the lions were given by Mr Ram Dev, a veterinary pharmacist.

It may be recalled that the same veterinary pharmacist had given over dose of tranquiliser to a rambling male sambhar on October 11 as a result of which the animal had died on October 14. The mute was tranquilised in violation of the guidelines of the Veterinary Council of India’s Act.

The same process of tranquilising the animal, in violation of the guidelines of the Veterinary Council of India’s Act, was repeated here today. The Act states that only a qualified veterinary doctor is entitled to use the tranquilising drug.

Mr M.P. Rai, Chief Wildlife Warden, Punjab, said Mr Ram Dev has been working with the zoo for the past over 15 years and was quite skilled to tranquilise animals.

Mr Luna said the six lions had regained consciousness when they were released in the enclosures. They were being given antibiotic and antiseptic vaccines.

He said the lions would be released in the Lion Safari within a month or as directed by the doctors.

After the vasectomy operations of six lions today, the number of sterilised lions in the zoo has increased to nine. The other seven animals which have been kept in houses are yet to be vasectomied.

Though the Zoo authorities had launched a vasectomy drive on a large scale yet a lioness delivered a litter of three cubs here this morning.

The lioness gave birth to the three cubs just an hour before the six adult lions were to undergo vasectomy. According to veterinary experts the gestation period of a lion is 100 to 120 days. It may be recalled that the Zoo authorities had separated the adult lions from the lionesses in the first week of August and since then the lions have been kept in house. Interestingly, yet the lioness delivered three cubs successfully

Zoo Director, R.K. Luna, expressed his ignorance over the arrival of new ‘‘royal inhabitants’’. He, however, said the lioness might had mated before her partner was caged in the house.

Meanwhile, the female leopard which had died yesterday, was cremated after conducting post-mortem examination in zoo premises today. Dr V.K. Bhalla, a veterinary doctor in Chhat village conducted the post-mortem examination.


Vigilance awareness week
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 31
Semiconductor Complex Limited, a Government of India undertaking, started observing, “Vigilance Awareness Week” at its premises from today.

All employees of the company were administered a pledge by the Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Dr M.J.Zarabi, who asked the employees to work with devotion in their respective spheres. During a short programme, all 750 employees of the company took the pledge. The Chief Vigilance Officer of the company, Dr Sudha Sharma, a senior IRS officer, apprised the employees of various activities to be held during the week.

The employees were called upon to attend the special programmes to be held on November 1 and November 3.

Addressing the employees, Dr (Mrs) Sharma stated that if we want to stamp out corruption from society, we should work with devotion dedication and honesty.

Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta, a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, will be the chief guest at tomorrow’s function, while Prof Veer Singh, Director of the National Law School and former Chairperson of the Department of Laws of Panjab University, will be the guest speaker.

On the concluding day the company will organise skit and mono-acting competitions among students drawn from different local colleges. Mr S.N.P.N. Sinha, secretary of the Central Vigilance Commission, will preside over the function.


Respiratory problems up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The changing weather is likely to bring seasonal ailments in the form of respiratory complications for the city and periphery residents who are prone to allergies.

The variation in temperature and the transition from a relatively moist climate to a dry one will be the cause of many minor respiratory complaints. These can vary from throat aches, body aches and even seasonal pneumonia.

According to the Director of the Meteorological Department, Mr S.C. Bhan, North India will be witnessing a dry winter this year which is the basic cause of many respiratory complications since this kind of weather is moist free.

Government hospitals and private practitioners in the city have already started receiving complaints of these variety and the number of people suffering from these discomforts is likely to increase.

‘‘There has been an increase in the number of patients suffering from upper and lower respiratory tract infections,’’ says Dr Nitin Nagarkar, Reader ENT Department of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Dr Ashok Gupta, Associate Professor, ENT Department, PGI says that the hospital has witnessed an increase in the number of patients suffering from respiratory complications. ‘‘As the allergy is airborne little precaution can be taken to guard against it.’’ he added.


World Thrift Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
World Thrift Day was celebrated at a state-level function organised by the National Savings organisation and the Directorate of Small Savings, Haryana here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr T.R Sharma, Chief Post Master General Haryana, who was the chief guest, underlined the importance of Thrift Day and urged people to invest more in the postal small savings scheme.

Later the chief guest gave away the awards to the agents who had performed well during the year 2000-2001. Under the standard agency scheme, Mr M.L. Kumar, and Mr Shyam Lal from Sonepat were given the first and the second prizes, respectively. Under the Mahila Pradhan Kshetriya Bachat Yojana, Ms Pushap Lata and Ms Kanta Rani from Sonepat bagged the first and the second prizes, respectively. Ms Anita Garg from Yamunanagar and Mr Om Parkash Gulati from Rohtak received prizes under the public provident fund scheme.


Pind Bachao panel to hold unique rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Pind Bachao Committee — a body of people who used to live in erstwhile villages which were uprooted to house the city — will organise a unique rally tomorrow to pay homage to their dead forefathers.

The forefathers of people coming to attend the rally have been either buried or cremated in these parts in the past 500 years, claimed Mr Angrez Singh Badheri, president of the committee which has been fighting for the cause of uprooted Punjabis. The lands of the villages were acquired to make the city of Chandigarh.

The rally will start from Badheri at 10 a.m. to culminate opposite Neelam Cinema in Sector 17 at 12 : 30 p.m.. The assembled congregation will pay homage at 1 p.m. and the rally will end at 2 p.m.


Follow teachings of Valmiki: Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Punjab Governor, Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today appealed to people to follow the teachings of Maharishi Valmiki in letter and spirit.

Felicitating the people on the eve of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti, the Governor called upon the people to follow the path of truth and kindness as propagated by Maharishiji, General Jacob said Maharishiji devoted his life to improve the quality of life of downtrodden, oppressed and under-privileged sections of society. He said the message of peace, universal brotherhood and love towards humanity given in holy ‘Valmiki Ramayan’ would continue to guide humanity in times to come.


Jacob discharged from PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator., Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), was discharged from the PGI today following an operation to correct enlargement of the prostate. The General was hospitalised on last Friday. The Director, PGI Prof S.K. Sharma, who is also a top urologist, had operated upon him.

The Governor has no stitches as it was an endoscopic procedure and he has been asked to take it “lightly” for a week or so, Prof Sharma said tonight.


Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Mr Hem Raj Sharma, father of Mr Puran Chand Sharma, cashier in the Tribune Group of Newspapers, died here today. He was 80. He is survived by three sons and three daughters.

His cremation at Kandala village, near Sector 47, was largely attended.


Paddy arrivals touch record high
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
Paddy arrivals touched a record high by over 100 per cent from various mandis of the district as compared to the previous year.

An official press note here today said that 28, 518 metric tonnes of paddy had arrived in the grain markets till yesterday as compared to 13, 515 metric tonnes of paddy last year. The maximum paddy was recovered by HAFED (11188 m. tonnes), followed by Haryana Agro Industry (4908 m. tonnes), Haryana Warehousing Corporation (4124 m. tonnes), CONFED (5636 m. tonnes) and private millers and traders (2662 metric tonnes.)

Ms Jyoti Arora, Deputy Commissioner, informed that while 11614 m tonnes of paddy had arrived in Barwala, 4354 m. tonnes in Raipur Rani and 12550 m. tonnes in Panchkula.

She said the procurement process was smooth and all facilities were being provided to farmers.


Kajauli pipeline to have minor repairs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The pipeline from Kajauli which supplies water to Chandigarh and the neighbouring SAS Nagar will undergo minor repairs on Thursday. The Pumping of water through this pipeline will remain suspended from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., said a press note issued by the Executive Engineer Public Health Division, S.A.S. Nagar.

Meanwhile, the Chief Engineer of Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, Mr Manmohanjit Singh, assured that there would be no shortage of water as the repair to be carried out was minor in nature.


Phone exchange operational
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A new 5,000 line state-of-the-art telephone exchange OCB was made operational in Sector 46 here today. This exchange would cover Sectors 47,48 and 49, which were earlier parented to the Sector 34 exchange, stated the Principal General Manager, Telecom, Mr R.C. Vaish, in a press note.

He said the exchange would be operational from today. With this, around 1,400 telephones in Sector 47 had been transferred in the first phase from the Sector 34 exchange to the Sector 46 exchange.

The new levels of the telephone numbers in the Sector 46 exchange were 630, 631,632, 633 and 634. In case of problem, the subscribers could call up on telephone numbers 610066, 620000, 630011 or 703636.


Rural branch of SBP computerised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
State Bank of Patiala, Khuda Ali Sher branch, which is the first rural branch of the bank in Chandigarh, has been computerised. Mr Sunil Kaushal, Assistant General Manager, inaugurated the function organised on the occasion.

He said the branch had been equipped with the latest technology computers to cater to the needs of the villagers. He also spoke about the latest loan schemes being offered by the bank, including SBP Utsav for government employees and Grah Luxmi for housewives.

Mr Kaushal said SBP plans to computerise all its branches by the end of March 2003.

Mr Raman Zakhmi, Branch Manager, and panchayat members of Khuda Ali Sher were also present on the occasion.


Community centre in Pulsora Colony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, inaugurated a community centre in Pulsora Colony here today.

This was constructed at a cost of Rs 6 lakh out of the MP’s development fund provided by Mr Satyapal Jain during his term as MP.

Mr Jain was the chief guest.

The area Councillor, Mr Kanhaia Lal, contributed Rs 50,000 towards furnishing of the centre.


Rally by shopkeepers
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, October 31
Members of the Shopkeepers’ Welfare Association, Zirakpur, held a rally and staged a dharna in front of the Logarh police post here today in protect against the alleged misbehaviour of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat authorities with a shopkeeper here last night.

The agitators had complained to the police against the Grish Verma, Executive Officer of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat and members of the octroi staff. They had alleged that the staff tried to mahhandle Mr Pradeep Kumar, a shopkeeper, late last night. A bandh was also observed in the market.


JCT employees hold rally
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 31
Members of the JCT Electronics Employees Union held a rally outside the factory premises against the indifferent attitude of the management.

The union leaders said the management had given an assurance that the wages for the month of May would be given to the employees by October 25. But now for the past 10 days, no official had entered the factory premises.

The protesting employees went in procession from the factory to Phase X where one of the senior officials of the factory lived. They raised slogans against the management in front of his residence.


Man found murdered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 31
A man, in his mid-twenties was found murdered near Ganda Nullah, along the road separating Sector 48 and Phase XI, SAS Nagar, this afternoon. The body had deep cut on left of the neck and at least two wounds on the left cheek. A crude sharp-edged weapon was suspected used in the crime.

According to police sources, the body was recovered behind sarkanda shrubs (wild grass), with blood around it.

An anonymous caller informed the police about the body at about 12.30 pm. A large number of onlookers gathered near the body when the police reached the spot. None was able to identify the victim.

A case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered. The deceased seemed to be a Nepalese. He was 5 feet and 2 inches tall and was in the age bracket of 25 to 30 years. He had fair complexion and was wearing a shirt with white and red stripes with grey trousers, gum shoes and white socks. The police did not found anything from his pocket which could help in establishing his identity.

The sources said there were possibilities that the victim was murdered at some other place and the body was dumped near the nullah.

The wound seemed to be at least three to four hours old when the body was found. The body was lying in General Hospital, Sector 16. The sources said that the autopsy could be delayed by a couple of days.


Two injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 31
A rickshaw-puller, Ram Lubhaya, and a passenger, Ashok Kumar Khullar, a resident of Sector 15, were injured when the rickshaw was hit by a car near Red Cross Bhavan, Sector 16, here yesterday night. According to police, the accident took place at around 10 pm yesterday and the car driver managed an escape. The rickshaw-puller was admitted to the PGI while the other injured was admitted to General Hospital, Sector 16. A case has been registered.

Dowry case
On the complaint of Ms Sukh-winder Kaur, a resident of Burail, a case has been registered against her husband, Inderjit Singh and her in-laws (residents of Patiala) for harssing her for dowry. The complainant was married in March, 1995.

Assault alleged
Mr Chander Shekhar Pandey, a resident of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, has complained to the police that Pushpinder Sharma, assaulted and threatened him after trespassing into his house last evening.

The accused has been arrested under Sections 452, 342, 323 and 506 of the IPC.

Theft incidents
House of Mr Bali Ram, a resident of Sector 38, was burgled yesterday. Burglars took away two pressure cookers, one music system and Rs 1,000. A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Mr Krishan Lal, a resident of Sector 40, reported to the police that his Kinetic Honda scooter (CHT - 2964) was stolen from his residence on Monday. A case has been registered.

Liquor seized
The local police arrested Pawan Kumar, a resident of Mani Majra and claimed to have seized 50 pouches of liquor from his possession. The police also arrested Sushil Pal, alias Bintu, a resident of Mauli Jagran, for indulging in gambling. Both the arrests were made on Tuesday.


Designer label launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Sukarma, a range of designer apparel for women, was launched here today.

It is being promoted by the RCS group. According to Sukarma Sundra, a designer, people have been paying a lot of money to boutiques and tailors for garments that lack quality stitching, styling and design content. “We have always felt that something is missing in terms of stitching finesse, designing and styling and thought of filling this gap. For this, we have been studying the latest fashion trends in Indian and overseas markets. We visited the top centres of excellence in fashion in India like NIFT and renowned studios in Delhi and Mumbai. We also visited the European markets, especially London and Paris, where we inspected the stores of world class labels like Donna Karan, Gucci, Versace and Armani to study styling in depth. For the last two years, we studied and prepared ourselves for fulfilling the long-standing demands of the fashion conscious people of City Beautiful and around. Today we feel proud in presenting Chandigarh’s only designer label”.

“The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are but on how happy others can be because of you”, said Sukarma in a talk with TNS here today. “Therefore, I wish to create designs to make people feel good from inside which will in turn make them look good outside”, she said.

Sukarma’s ensembles include Indo-westerns, concept sarees, concept suits and bridal wear, personally handpicked gorgeous hand-woven silks, tussars and brocades . Sukarma’s creations speak on her behalf, each of the garment is a celebration of one’s personal styling portraying an aura of creativity and innovation. Her designs, colours, embroideries and concept define a perfect fusion of modernity with traditionalism.

RCS is already exporting garments to the UK through Leavendenberg label. Subsequently, Sukarma label will also be launched overseas. RCS has established a complete of facilities in house starting from fabric dyeing of garment, pattern marking, cutting, stitching, embroidery, steam ironing and finishing under one roof. Fabric sourcing in India is done from various mastre craftsmen weavers from across the country who weave fabric as per Sukarma’s design, textures and colours. RCS has a team of over 100 workers and artisans who come from various parts of India.


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