Friday, November 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Residents can apply for landscaping: PUDA
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 1
Faced with queries about the post anti-encroachment policy of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) regarding the maintenance of road berms in the town, the authority today categorically said the residents could apply under the existing policy of land scaping even as the demolition drive was underway.

Earlier, officials of the local Estate Office had been maintaining that the policy was not applicable after the beginning of the demolition drive. However, it has been said the policy was very specific and not all the plots were covered under it. Even in respect of the plots that are covered under the policy, the extent and the nature of the land that can be landscaped, was quite limited.

Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, Chief Administrator of PUDA, said residents wanted to know whether they could escape the anti-encroachment drive if they had applied under the revised policy of landscaping. He said, "The order of the High Court is applicable only to encroachment on public land and it is felt that where permission has been granted by PUDA to maintain road berms, no demolition should take place. It needs to be mentioned that the policy of PUDA has not been scrutnised by the High Court before passing the order which is currently being implemented. At the same time, since the policy has not been struck down, it is felt that it is open for PUDA to grant the requisite permission under this policy".

Regarding the removal of malba, the PUDA chief said the President of the SAS Nagar civic body had agreed to get the uprooted hedges and malba removed from the public places. The civic body chief, Mr Kulwant Singh, said heaps of uprooted hedges and malba lying around dust bins would be removed under a drive cleanliness from tomorrow. However, the malba lying on road berms along the houses would have to be removed by the residents themselves, he added.

Threatening action against rehriwalas for dumping the malba on public place along the roads, he categorically requested the residents to dump the malba at the earmarked sites in the town. He pointed out that dumping of tonnes of malba on public places had made the task of the civic body all the more difficult.

On the issue of maintenance of the road berms, which PUDA claims had been transferred to the civic body, the authority should pass over the extension fee and the fee for passing site plans, from the plot holders to the civic body, he added.

On being asked about controlling the menace of stray cattle and pigs, the civic body chief said PUDA had failed to allot them land for a cattle pond. Two months had passed since the civic body had requested PUDA to allot land for the cattle pond, free of cost. He advised a joint meeting of officials of Punjab and Chandigarh to check the illegal dairies and pens.

The PUDA chief said at the end of the drive, the cost incurred on the demolition exercise would be worked out and divided equally among the residents. The charges could be on a par with those charged by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). However, there was every chance residents contesting the move by PUDA to charge for demolishing the illegal structures.

A fixed fee, varying according to the size of the plot, will be charged from the erring plot occupant. Sources in the authority said the fee structure applicable in Panchkula was being studied by the authorities.

Plot size Demolition Fee for removal fee of malba

Plot size Demolition fee Fee for removal of malba
Up to 138 sq metre  Rs 200  Rs 500
138 sq metre to 299 sq metre  Rs 300  Rs 700
300 sq metre to 419 sq metre  Rs 500  Rs 1,000
420 sq metre and above  Rs 800  Rs 1,500

Classification of roads as per the master plan

  • V1 — Major roads linking different cities (generally 200 feet wide roads)
  • V2 — Major City roads like Jan Marg, Madhya Marg, YPS-Sohana road ( generally 101-200 feet wide road)
  • V3 — Sector dividing roads on the periphery of sectors (generally 100 feet wide roads)
  • V4 — Roads in front of shopping areas (generally 80 to 100 feet wide roads)
  • V5 — Internal loop road( generally called B roads- 60 feet wide)
  • V6 — Internal roads( generally 24, 30, 40 and 45 feet wide road)
  • V7 — Cycle/ pedestrian tracks in green belts.



Ajaib’s election to PU Senate challenged
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
In an election petition submitted before the Panjab University Chancellor, a Reader in English — Dr B.M. Singh — has challenged the election of Dr Ajaib Singh to the university Senate on the ground that the post of Director in the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension, held by him, is a non-teaching post.

Seeking directions for holding an inquiry into the eligibility of the respondent to contest the elections, the petitioner also contended that Dr Ajaib Singh was disqualified under Section 16 of the Panjab University Act as he was “not on the teaching side”.

Giving details, the petitioner argued that Dr Ajaib Singh did not belong to the cadre of professors, readers or lecturers and as such was not on the teaching side. He also argued that his election was, therefore, in violation of Section 16.

Going into the background, he submitted that “for the post of Director, Dr Ajaib Singh had applied on the form meant for non-teaching position. At the time of applying for the post, Dr Ajaib Singh was fully conscious that the post was a non-teaching one and without any demur he applied on the prescribed form meant for the non-teaching position”.

He added that the centre had so far not been converted into a department of study by the Senate and as such he was still holding a non-teaching post. He further claimed that the centre was an administrative office like the Directorate of Adult Education of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The petitioner submitted that the questions of law involved in the matter for consideration by the Chancellor included whether the director’s post was a non-teaching one, whether Dr Ajaib Singh was an administrative officer and whether he was disqualified under Section 16 of the Act.

Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, while allowing a writ petition filed by Dr Ajaib Singh, had quashed the orders passed by the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, rejecting his nomination paper for the Senate elections. The Judge had also directed Panjab University and other respondents to declare the election results forthwith.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Justice Nijjar had held that the Vice-Chancellor’s orders, issued on August 17 past year, were without jurisdiction. The Judge had also vacated all interim orders passed by the court in the case. In his detailed order, the Judge had observed, “Voluminous material has been placed on record. On merits of the controversy as to whether the petitioner is an employee on the teaching side, I am of the considered opinion that this court should refrain from making any comments.”

Seeking the quashing of the Vice-Chancellor’s order, Dr Ajaib Singh, in his petition, had also asked for directions to the university to permit him to contest the elections after accepting his nomination papers. Claiming to have been rendered disqualified to contest the elections as a result of the order, the counsel for the petitioner had contended on his behalf that the same was passed on August 17 past year though the Syndicate had declared him eligible for elections, scheduled for September 17.

The order, he had added, was liable to be set aside as the Vice-Chancellor had decided on the question regarding the petitioner’s entitlement to contest the elections though it was beyond the power conferred upon him under the regulations. Going into the background, he had added that the Vice-Chancellor had set aside the Returning Officer’s decision and had rejected the petitioner’s nomination papers on the ground of his candidature being “hit by disqualification imposed by Sector 16 of the Panjab University Act”.



Councillor booked for attempt to murder
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The Uttar Pradesh Police is on the lookout for a Chandigarh Municipal Councillor, Major General (retd) Gurdial Singh, who is alleged to have attempted to murder his brother-in-law, Mr Rupinder Singh, in Rampur district, in connection with a land dispute recently.

“The nominated councillor is booked under Sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 324 and 504/506 of the Indian Penal Code in a case registered against him and his wife on September 19, 2001 and the FIR number is 277A/2001,” the Bilaspur Police Station in-charge, Mr Jeeraj Singh, told The Chandigarh Tribune on telephone here today.

He said investigations were on and the police would be sent to arrest him.

The FIR was lodged on the complaint of Mr Rupinder Singh who alleged that Mr Gurdial Singh attacked him with a sword on his head with an intention to kill him at around 2.30 p.m. at his Chander farm under the Bilaspur thana on September 19, 2001.

The brother-in-law of the councillor alleged that Mr Gurdial Singh and his wife Sukhjinder Kaur, sister of the complainant, came to his farm along with hired goons and allegedly bashed up his labourers and the councillor allegedly trained his mouser on the complainant.

In the following scuffle and an attempt to save his life, Gurdial Singh’s mouser fell, after which Mr Gurdial Singh, took a sword from Sultan Singh accompanying him and allegedly attacked Mr Rupinder Singh, which resulted in a deep gash on his head.

Mr Rupinder Singh alleged that he had received seven stitches on his wound. He said when the councillor was allegedly threatening him, his workers and his workers and his brother, Rajinder Singh, ran away.

Then Gurdial Singh and his goons allegedly made Rupinder Singh walk around two kilometre to Temre village to bundle him in a Jeep bearing registration number HR-4645 but was saved by villagers who recognised him.

Mr Rupinder Singh said when he was rescued, he informed the police on phone. He also reported that Mr Gurdial Singh’s mouser was lying at his farm, which he claimed was recovered by the police when he accompanied the police to the spot.

Mr Rupinder Singh also told The Chandigarh Tribune that in connection with an earlier case, Mr Gurdial Singh had been barred from carrying weapons.

He said the dispute arose due to land being registered in Mr Gurdial Singh’s name before the marriage of his brother-in-law in order to evade the Ceiling Act of Uttar Pradesh imposed in the 1960s.

Mr Gurdial Singh could not be traced for his side of the story despite repeated attempts.

Mr Rupinder Singh said Mr Gurdial Singh had been evading arrest by getting himself hospitalised somewhere in a military hospital on the pretext of being a heart patient.



Two held for watchman’s murder
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 1
With the arrest of two migrant labourers today, the local police claims to have solved the murder of a night-watchman in Industrial Area here on September 11. A cycle and a wrist watch belonging to the deceased along with a fax-machine stolen from the factory was recovered from their possession.

The main accused, Guddu Kumar, a resident of Samistipur, Bihar, was a former employee of the factory, Eee and Cee Pressing Private Limited. The deceased was also an employee of the same firm of the and hence was familiar with the layout of the premises deceased was also an employee of the same firm.

Police sources said on the night of September 11 the duo entered the factory premises with an intention of committing theft. Karam Cand, the watchman noticed them and recognised Guddu. Fearing disclosure, Guddu pushed Karam Chand to a wall and later banged his head on the wall, leading to the death of the latter.

After committing the crime, the duo entered the factory and carried of their plans.

The police claims that Guddu, along with the co-accused in the murder, Sanjeev Nath, a resident of Kalarasam, Assam, had also planned to strike at a godown of National Panasonic in Industrial Area, Phase I.

Guddu Kumar, a high school pass out, was arrested from his house in Chandimandir village, while, Sanjeev was arrested from Abheypur village.



‘Debar illegal colony residents from voting’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The National Minorities Commission has been urged to make a policy to bar people living outside the Lal Dora area of villages in Chandigarh from casting votes in the local bodies and panchayat elections.

The Pind Bachao Committee made this demand at a hearing of the commission on Monday saying all houses and rehabilitation colonies build outside the Lal Dora land of the 22 villages were illegal. The Chandigarh Administration was represented by the Advisor to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda.

The committee filed a plea before the commission, saying Punjabis were being uprooted from Chandigarh , the capital of Punjab, to house migrants from UP and Bihar, thus changing the demography of the area. Close to 60 per cent of the votes in these 22 villages were of slum dwellers , who were non-Punjabis.

The committee represented that while the land in the villages was being forcibly acquired to build colonies for the slum-dwellers, those whose land was acquired were forced to move out as they were agriculturist. Interestingly, the committee claimed the original residents had no rights to build their own houses, or practice their profession in any manner.

The committee also demanded that Rs 3,000 per month be paid as pension to people who were above 60 and whose land was acquired as part of the project to build Chandigarh. Claiming a share in prime commercial property in Chandigarh, the president of the committee, Mr Angrez Singh Badheri, said if illegal rehriwallahs could be given built-up booths, why commercial sites could not be allotted to the oustees.



Childline service is here
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Childline, the national outreach 24-hour emergency phone service for children in distress, is here in the city. Collaborating with the PGI’s Advanced Pediatric Centre (APC), the Childline India Foundation will be starting this service in the city on a permanent and regular basis.

The service which aims to reach out to children who need emergency assistance is currently available in more than 25 cities across the country. Any child in distress can dial 1098 to access the service, free of cost.

Started in the city on a experimental basis on September 18, 1098 has already received almost a thousand calls. The main publicity in the city has been done through posters or word of mouth. The APC, PGI has also trained some workers for receiving these calls and going out to colonies and slums creating awareness among the residents about the service.

Successfully running in a large number of European and African Countries, the Childline service was inaugurated in Mumbai on June 20, 1996, as an experimental project initiated by the Department of Family and Child Welfare of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in collaboration with some NGOs. Following the success of the project in Mumbai, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, introduced the scheme in July, 1998, to replicate Childline across India. It is estimated that by 2002, Childline services would be operational in 45 cities and towns in India.

The Chandigarh Childline is expected to cater to the need of poor children like it is doing in other cities. It will be helping and providing all possible assistance to street children, children living with families needing counseling, children who are abused, child labourers, those who are suffering from illnesses, are shelterless, need protection from police harassment, children wishing to return home, death of children on the street etc.

While Childline’s primary task is to provide emergency assistance, it will also be linking each child with other government and non-governmental organisations in the city for long-term care and follow-up for education, shelter, vocational training, repatriation etc. 

Objectives of Childline

  • To respond to children in difficult situations, by referring them to relevant organisations both governmental and non governmental.
  • To create a structure which ensures the protection of the rights of the child by the Government of India, especially since it has ratified the UN conventions on the rights of the child.
  • To provide an opportunity to the public to respond to the needs of the children.
  • To provide a platform for networking amongst organisations and strengthen support systems which facilitate the rehabilitation of the vulnerable child.
  • To sensitise collateral agencies such as police, hospitals, Municipal Corporation and the railways towards problems faced and to develop necessary intervention strategies.



Villagers pay homage to forefathers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Until residents of erstwhile villages of Chandigarh were rehabilitated, the Chandigarh Administration has no moral right to rehabilitate migrant labourers living in slums, said Justice (retd) Mr Kuldip Singh, while speaking at a rally organised by the Pind Bachao Committee in Sector 17, this afternoon.

The committee has been reportedly been fighting for the cause of uprooted Punjabi’s. Land of the villages was acquired to build the city of Chandigarh and in several cases land was also used to resettled people living in slums.

Earlier, thousands of people carrying placards with names of the villages gathered in Sector 17 today to pay homage to their forefathers.

Justice Kuldip Singh expressed shock and said it may be the only case of its kind in history when a government uprooted native people — in this cases Punjabis — to resettle migrants from other states under rehabilitation schemes.

An emotionally charged Mr Angrez Singh Badheri, President of the committee, said the plots were acquired from villagers for as low as Rs 2,000 and were now being sold for over Rs 70 lakh.

Saying that the problem of migrants had arisen due to politicians, he said rather the houses of the politicians who support their rehabilitation should be acquired and be used to provide one room flats to slums dwellers.

Mr Badheri said atleast 60 per cent of the sites in the upcoming ‘Subzi Mandi’ in west of Sector 39 should be reserved for people who were ousted. Mr Badheri also sought reservation in jobs and educational facilities for the affected.

The rally started from Badheri at 10 a.m. and ended at Neelam theatre. People in the busy Sector 17 market curiously saw villagers pay homage to their ancestors at certain places which had been identified by the villagers as former cremation grounds. Mr Badheri said he had pictures to substantiate the claim that the place was formerly a cremation ground.



Devotees throng Valmiki Mandir
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 1
Excitement was writ large on the faces of devotees as they thronged Valmiki Mandir in Sector 24 here for celebrating “Pargat Divas of Bhagvan Valmiki”.

Today’s function was celebrated by the Maharaishi Valmik Bhavan Committee Chandigarh and the Chandigarh Valmiki Mahasabha.

The road separating Sectors 23 and 24 was blocked by the police for accommodating stalls on either sides of the path. The atmosphere was like that of a village fair.

“Patri” sellers on both sides were busy selling woodwork, knives, belts, posters and photo-frames. Several stalls offered sweets and artificial jewellery. Swings were also set up. Women and children, decked up in their best clothes, participated in the fair.

Today’s programme was inaugurated by the President of the CTCC, Mr B.B. Bahl. The president of the Maharishi Valmik Bhavan Committee, Dr K.S. Raju, along with the General Secretary of the CTCC, Mr Subhash Chawla, demanded that one model school in the city be named “Maharishi Valmiki Model School”. His demand was seconded by Mr Hemant Singh Walia.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansa, MP, was the chief guest. He stressed the need to impart education to the downtrodden. Education would help children to achieve their goal, he asserted. The MP also assured that he would meet the UT Administrator in connection with renaming of the school.



Sainis’ threat to take Kanshi Ram to court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The Northern India Saini Cultural Society has threatened to take the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief, Mr Kanshi Ram, to court for allegedly calling them betrayers.

A resolution to this effect was passed at a recent meeting of the society held under the chairmanship of its Vice-president, Mr Rattan Singh Kariha.

The meeting passed a resolution saying the community was educated and hard working and if Mr Ram did not apologise in writing, he would be taken to court.

The society said the next course of struggle would be charted out in the next meeting to be held soon.

The BSP chief was alleged to have termed them ‘’unreliable, habitual betrayers and betrayers of their Guru’’ at a Saini sammelan held at Langroa village in Nawanshahar district recently.

They said though they respected Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. “Yet they believed in Guru Granth Sahib and their was no question of their alleged betrayal.



Sambhar crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 1
An adult female sambhar was crushed to death on the busy Ambala-Shimla highway near Chandimandir early this morning.

According to sources the animal descended from the lower Shivaliks and strayed in the inhabited area and met with an accident at around 6.30 am.

A number of passersby and residents of nearby area assembled at the scene to have a glimpse of the dead animal. Information was flashed to the forest department authorities and subsequently to the Haryana Wildlife Department.

Later, the baby of the animal was cremated after conducting postmortem examination.

Residents of the area alleged that employees of the wildlife department reached the spot over three hours late. The animal could have been saved if treatment was given to it in time.



Pre-Karva Chauth blues!
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, November 1
Bangles, bindis and packets of mehndi in their hands, young wives, accompanied by their mothers-in-law, today thronged temples all over the city following rumours about this Karva Chauth being “bad for all”.

Moon to appear early

Good news for all you wives fasting this Kaurva Chauth. The moon will rise above the horizon “a little earlier this year”. It is expected to appear at about 8.00 pm on the Karva Chauth night, “plus-minus 25 minutes”, as against at about 9 pm during the previous years, according to the priest of Lakshmi Narayana Mandir in Sector 20, Mr Raghu Bansh Jha.

It all started at about 9.30 last night when a rumour began to take rounds that the day would spell doom for wives if they did not offer bangles and other goods to their deities. Within minutes, telephone bells started to ring and the rumour spread like wild fire.

Priests, however, termed the rumour as “baseless”.“There is nothing like an inauspicious Karva Chauth. It is just a rumour, nothing else,” they explained.

Elaborating upon the day’s events, the priest of Lakshmi Narayana Mandir in Sector 20, Mr Raghu Bansh Jha, asserts, “There are two types of chauths — ‘pakki chauth’ and ‘katchi chauth’. ‘Pakki chauth’ is from morning till night. It comes under ‘chauth thithi’. This year, Karva Chauth falls on ‘katchi chauth’ which comes after almost every four or five years. ‘Teej’, this year would stay till 11.24 am. Chaturthi starts after 11.24 am on that day.”

“I have gone through all the panchangs. There is no mention of karva chauth being inauspicious,” Mr Jha added. Clearing doubts, a priest in Sector 39, Mr Dinesh Verma added, “These are just rumours, there is nothing like Karva Chauth being inauspicious. This rumour has blown out of proportion.”

Some women, on the other hand, revealed, “We went to the temple in morning and took about seven things including mehndi, bindi, bangles, sindoor, coconut, ribbon and almonds to be offered there.”



Residents seek early alternate link road
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
The residents of the township are sore over the alleged delay in the construction of an alternate link road between Chandigarh and Panchkula.

Various Residents’ Welfare associations here have alleged that inspite of the fact that construction of alternative link roads to the township have been approved by the Ministry of Surface and Transport, little is being done by the UT Administration to expedite the construction work on the route via Sector 26 to Kishangarh and from Dhillon complex to the township, which is presently underway.

So far, NH-21 that is an extension of Madhya Marg is the only link between Chandigarh and Panchkula. It is estimated that around 30,000 vehicles come to Chandigarh each morning to return in the evening as Panchkula residents have businesses and jobs in Chandigarh. In fact the density of traffic on the 3-km stretch from the Transport Light Point in Sector 26 to the traffic lights at Housing Board crossing also makes this one of the most accident-prone areas in the city. Chandigarh Traffic Police records show that three to four minor accidents take place here each day. A number of accidents taking place on this stretch of road have also proved fatal.

It may be noted that three alternative link roads were approved by the Ministry of Surface and Transport via Kishangarh village to Dhillon complex; Industrial Area Phase I to Mauli Jagran village crossing over Sukhna choe; and, Chandigarh — Ambala road turning towards Makhan Majra village for Panchkula. The alternate route connecting Chandigarh with Panchkula from the Chandigarh — Ambala highway to join Sector 15 and 16 of Panchkula has run into problems.

Residents of the township allege that the UT administration has started the work on the route via Kishangarh village, not for the benefit of the residents here but for the convenience of residents of Mani Majra. However, the UT Administration has also decided to start work for four laning on both sides of Chandigarh — Panchkula road on NH- 21 within a few weeks. This will make commuting relatively comfortable. The Government of India has sanctioned a sum of Rs 2 crore to widen the road from the existing three lanes on each side to four lanes on each side. The Administration is also studying a scheme to have an underpass on the existing Chandigarh — Panchkula.



Function held to mark Vigilance Awareness Week
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 1
India is a land of saints and sages, Vedas and Upanishads. It has abundant natural resources. And yet we see beggars, potholes, shortage of potable water, stray dogs, and men living on footpath. In brief India is a poor country, said Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta, of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Presiding over the Vigilance Awareness Week function at Semiconductor Complex Limited, a Government of India undertaking, Mr Justice Gupta asked where the money has gone? And then said, probably the entire had gone into the coffers of politicians.

He said corruption is not a new phenomenon, it was as old as the mankind itself. He said there was no sphere of life which was not affected by corruption. He lamented that although the country had attained Independence more than 50 years ago, the evil of quota system still prevailed.

Mr Justice Gupta made a dig at bureaucracy also. He criticised it for delays and said that in turn breeds corruption. There was no transparency in the functioning of the government. The need of the hour was to inculcate the work culture, he said.

He said if a man was proved guilty of corruption, not only that man’s assets but also the assets of his family members should be forfeited. The system, if implemented, will act as a deterrent to those who indulge in corruption, he said.

Mr Justice Gupta regretted that India ranked amongst one of the 20 most corrupt countries in the world.

Addressing employees, Prof Veer Singh, Director of the National School of Law at Kurukshetra and former Chairman of the Department of Laws, Panjab University, said India had Rs 55,000 crore black money.

Prof Veer Singh said there could be social, political, psychological and economic corruption. All sections of the society suffer from this problem, he said. A teacher who does not teach in class and gives tuition, a bureaucrat who delay matters, a politician who takes money for doing any work, are all corrupt, he said. He bemoaned that even the judicial system had failed to weed out corruption. He said the legal procedure was so cumbersome and costly that a poor man could not afford to go to a court of justice.

He said there should be a system to reward an honest person and punish the guilty. Earlier, Dr Sudha Sharma, Chief Vigilance Officer, recited a shaloka from a religious scripture aimed at purifying one’s soul from corruption. She said if a person gives good moral values to his children, he could at least, make his family honest.

The Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the company, Dr M.R. Zarabi, welcomed the chief guest and guest speaker, Mr M.M. Sobti, Director (Technical), proposed a vote of thanks.

Earlier, Mr Justice J.L. Gupta, opened an exhibition and an address session on ‘’Inculcating Ethical Values for Curbing Corruption’’. Entries were received from local schools, colleges and from Delhi and Noida.



Nehru’s death great loss: Tribune Employees Union
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The Tribune Employees Union today expressed its profound shock and grief at the death of Mr B.K. Nehru, former President of The Tribune Trust, yesterday.

Mr B.S. Jandu, president, and Mr L.S. Chaturvedi, general secretary, of the union, said in a statement that the death of Mr Nehru was a great loss to the institution which grew tremendously under his presidentship.

Mr Nehru was a great visionary and the aspirations and welfare of the employees were uppermost in his mind. He also encouraged the union and employees of the Trust to undertake various social activities like relief for earthquake and flood victims and organising a blood donation camp every year.

At the national level, Mr Nehru was one of the great sons of India. He served the nation in various capacities at different levels.



Free treatment for sadhus sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The president of the All-India Hindu Mahasangh, Swami Sri Krishnanand, has urged the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers of various states to provide free treatment to sadhus, sants and poor people in government-run hospitals.

In a statement, he said today that medicines had become costly and private hospitals charged exorbitant fees which common people could not afford to pay.

Most of the sadhus and sants had no source of income and faced difficulties in getting treatment in old age. Instructions should be issued to provide free treatment to them, he added.



Air Marshal V. K. Bhatia visits IAF station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh November 1
The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal V.K. Bhatia, today visited the Chandigarh Air Force Station and its satellite bases located at Mullanpur and Barwala.

On his arrival, the AOC-in-C was received by Air Cmde V.S. Govindarajan, Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing and other senior officers of the station, a statement issued here said.

Air Marshal Bhatia went around the Air Force station to review the progress of vegetation clearance and also discussed various other issues with the local authorities. Later in the evening, he left for Delhi.



Air Cmde Prashar to take over today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Air Commodore S.B. Prashar will take over as the Air Officer Commanding, No.3 Base Repair Depot, here tomorrow. He was earlier serving as the Command Engineering Officer at the Central Air Command, Allahabad. He was scheduled to assume command on Thursday, but the formal taking over was deferred by a day as it was a gazetted holiday. He will also address station personnel tomorrow.

Air Cmde Prashar succeeds Air Cmde Ambrish Kumar, who has been appointed as the Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Eastern Air Command on promotion to Air Vice-Marshal.



BJP committee constitutes cells
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The BJP ad hoc committee announced the constitution of 10 cells and names of their conveners here today. The committee is also considering to set up more such cells only more than a month before the Municipal Corporation elections.

The ad hoc committee Chairman, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, said that conveners of these cells had been asked to finalise their teams in consultation with senior party leaders.

He said the object of these cells was to expand the base of the party.

Air Marshal, Mr R. S. Bedi has been appointed convener of the ex-servicemen cell Mr Chetan Mittal of legal cell, Mr. Ramvir Bhati of rural development cell, Mr Mahavir Prasad of media cell, Dr Ashok Mittal of doctors’ cell and Mr. Ramesh Kumar of mechanics cell.

The rehri-phari market cell will be headed by Mr Rattan Lal Kashyap, the footpath workers cell by Mr Thakur Ram Dev Singh, the employees cell by Mr P. C. Manchanda and the rehra cell by Mr Sardar Khan.



Plea to notify NAC for Naya Gaon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The Ghar Bachao Committee, Naya Gaon, has criticised the bureaucracy for raising unnecessary objections pertaining to the creation of a Notifed Area Committee (NAC) for Naya Gaon and Kansal.

Mr Balbir Singh, Press Secretary of the Ghar Bachao Committee, questioned the panel constituted by the government for the purpose which has reportedly objected to the inclusion of Kansal village into the proposed NACs, saying that it was not contiguous to Naya Gaon.

About the objection concerning the absence of any sources of income, the Ghar Bachao Committee claimed that even though 100 of the 133 civic bodies in Punjab lacked sources of income, these were created and were functional right now. He claimed that an immediate income of Rs 120 crore could be generated if development charges were levied on land in the proposed NAC comprising Naya Gaon, Kansal and other areas.



Property handed over
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 1
The property of Freemason’s Hall in Sector 18-B here has been handed over to Lodge Yadavindra no. 141.

The SDM East, Mr Gyanesh Bharti, in the order, mentioned that the Yadavindra Lodge no. 21, affiliated to Grand Lodge of Upper India, shall not interfere with possession of the site. A dinner meet and joint meeting of all Masonic Lodges of Chandigarh and Kalka was held at Freemason’s Hall in Sector 18-B in honour of the Grand Master , Grand Lodge of India , Mr M. W. Bro D. D. Udeshi.



Sarpanch alleges land grab bid
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 1
Mrs Gurmeet Kaur, sarpanch of the Kahlon panchayat today alleged that a Youth Akali Dal leader was trying to grab 30 acre in the village.

Talking to mediapersons, she along with the panch, Mohinder Kaur, said some panches were hand in glove with the Youth Akali Dal leader.


540 motorists challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
As many as 540 motorists were challaned for various offences during the ongoing special traffic drive in the city today. In addition, 14 vehicles have been impounded.

According to the police, about 2000 challans have been issued and about 50 vehicles impounded since the drive was launched three days ago.



Coming this Friday at Batra theatre for only one week is producer R. Mohan’s ‘Chandni Bar’, a gritty look at the life of a Mumbai bar girl, played by national award winning actress Tabu. Chandni Bar, a Rs 2 crore budget film, has opened to good response in Mumbai and Nizam territory. In Chandigarh, the response is expected to be good for this hard-hitting film.

Tabu tackles taboo topics. She is going out on a limb with a film like this. She plays a bar dancer who gets married to a gangster played by Atul Kulkarni. She continues singing and dancing at the bar. She is determined to ensure that her daughter does not become a bar girl.

The film traces the journey of a girl who comes from UP and is forced by circumstances to be come a bar girl. But, this is not a Bollywood usual about a fallen woman with a heart of gold who works in a small hardcore bar. The film has a realistic format in which command performances by Atul Kulkarni and Tabu make it a must-see. The film was completed in just two schedules for which debutant director Madhur Bhandarkar deserves praise.

Theme song rendered by Shubha Mudgal is the highlight of ‘Chandni Bar’. The film also stars Sri Vallabh Vyas, Rajpal Yadav, Vinay Apte, Abhay Bhargava, Varun Vardhan, Ananya Dev, Ashish Shedge, Manish Mehta and Suhas Palsekar. Based on a story by Madhur Bhandarkar, it has screenplay by Mohan Azad, dialogue by Masood Mirza, cinematography by Rajeev Ravi action by Harish Shetty, choreography by Kishore Oreshkar, art by Prasanna and Yashwant Patil and editing by Hemal Kothare are major credits of the film.

‘Chandni Bar’ is a movie to watch. DP



Five held on assault charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Five persons, accused of beating up a Burail resident, were today arrested by the Chandigarh police from Banur in Punjab. The accused have been identified as Shahen Shah, Salim, Charam Bir, Resham Singh and Salim.

According to the police, they came to Burail in a car on October 23 and assaulted a utensil seller with hockey sticks and canes. The complainant had been admitted to the Sector 32 General Hospital for two days. Four of the accused were remanded to judicial custody.

Chain snatched:
A 60-year-old resident of Sector 32, Ms Sakuntala Devi, reported that her gold chain was snatched by a youth while she was going for her morning walk. She added that the youth followed her for some time. He then pushed her, as a result of which she fell and sustained an injury on her head, which required seven stitches.

One arrested:
The police arrested Ripudaman of Sector 36 for outraging the modesty of and assaulting a girl. A resident of Sector 34 had lodged a complaint that the accused has stopped her in Sector 9 and assaulted her, causing injuries. The complainant added that she was also threatened by the accused. The police registered a case.

Man assaulted:
A resident of Colony No.4, Mohamad Aslam, has reported that he had to be admitted to General Hospital, Sector 16, after he was assaulted by several persons of the same colony. The police arrested three persons, Ahmad Hassan, Risak Ahmed and Sonu, in this regard. A case was registered.

Scoorterist hit:
A Sector 38 resident, Pardhan Kumar, was arrested for hitting a scooterist, Mr Madan Mohan, while driving his Maruti car on Madhya Marg. No one, was injured. The accused granted bail.

Man hospitalised:
A scooterist was injured and admitted to the PGI after his scooter (CH-01-A-2157) rammed into a horsecart being driven by a resident of Ropar, Mr Ramesh Kumar, near Dadu Majra Colony. The police have registered a case.

Motor cycle stolen:
A Gurdaspur resident, Mr Ranbir Singh, reported that his Bullet motor cycle (CH-01-X-7512) was stolen from the Panjab University campus. The police have registered a case.

Car stolen:
A Sector 20 resident, Mr Nand Lal reported that his car (CH-01-S-0673) was stolen from his residence. The police have registered a case.

Theft reported:
A Sector 22 resident, Mr Rajiv Gulati, reported that a gold ‘kara’ and Rs 1400 were stolen from his residence. The police registered a case.



Cops fail to identify body
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 1
The local police remained clueless about the identity of the youth whose body, with wounds inflicted by sharp-edged weapons, was found along a nullah, near the road dividing Sector 48 and Phase XI, SAS Nagar, yesterday.

The police tried to establish the identity of the deceased by showing his photograph in nearby colonies but in vain.

Sources in the police department said that several people also visited the General Hospital, Sector 16, where the body has been kept, but none recongnised him.

The investigations will move further only after the body was identified said a senior police official.



Fashion mogul comes to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
No matter how lavish the fashion repertory of the world may be, there is no better design than which reflects the culture of one’s land. The policy of furthering national costumes may not be easy to practise, but it certainly comes handy to some designers, Ritu Kumar being one of them.

No wonder she has the power to lend a nostalgic touch to any fabric she touches. The result of her genius has been seen all over the world. Two years ago when Lara Datta won the Miss Universe title, fashion divas said it was Ritu’s splashing, white, Indian costume which did the trick for the dusky beauty.

Her magic can now be felt at her outlet in Sector 9 which opened today. With this, Ritu Kumar has showrooms in 13 major cities of India. There was nothing very formal about inauguration of the showroom, which is the first of its kind in the region but one aspect which added zing to the occasion was the line of creation put together by Ritu.

The ensemble is rich, and boasts of Pretline, the latest line of creation by Ritu in which she finely blends the finesse of traditional designs with the contemporary. The range includes Indian and Indo-Western apparel, created out of silk, crepe and cotton. Her forte lies in the use of folk skills like weaving, block printing and embroidery.

Also on display are some costumes which had won accolades at the recently held Lakme Indian Fashion Week. There is a full-fledged bridal range. Lavish to the hilt, all creations meet the dressing aspirations of a modern woman.

Present on the occasion, on behalf of the designer, was vice-president, sales merchandise, who said, “Ritu’s latest creations keep the modern aspects of design alive within the perimeters of tradition. The lines of creation exude happiness. They are all about happy blending.” There is a separate trousseau collection to match the rest of the range.

Interestingly, the sales started picking up right from the time of inauguration. Commenting on why the outlet happened so late, executive director of the firm, who was here for the inaugural function, said, “Earlier the production was limited, but now we are in the process of expansion. Chandigarh is the first city in our line and we will graduate down south.”


Nikka Mal Babu Ram Jewellers Ludhianewale has been awarded ISO 9001 certification by International Certifications Limited for quality, customer care, design and development. Nikka Mal will also establish a separate department for design and development. This was stated by Mr Rakesh Jain, managing director, while addressing a press conference here today.

As a special festive offer, Nikka Mal was offering almost 150 per cent discount on labour charges on the jewellery. The certification included sale and purchase of gold, diamond and silver ornaments.


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