Thursday, November 8,  2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Anandgarh city project dropped
Shashi Pal Jain

Kharar, November 7
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, here today announced the decision of the government to drop the proposal of Anandgarh city, which was to be set up in 29 villages of Kharar tehsil. He also announced the decision to withdraw an appeal filed by the Punjab Government in the Supreme Court against the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.

Mr Badal made this announcement while addressing a gathering at a sangat darshan programme. He said the decision had been taken to honour the demand of residents of the area. He said we do not want to discuss the merits and demerits of the proposal now. Earlier, a delegation of villages, led by Mr Ujjagar Singh Badali, senior SAD leader, met Mr Badal today and requested him to drop the idea of setting up Anandgarh city by uprooting thousands of residents of the area.

Mr Badal criticised the Congress for demonstrating and speaking against the sangat darshan programmes. He claimed that this was the best programme where elected members of panchayats and government officials sat together to solve problems of people on the spot. He asked what was illegal in Chief Minister distributing cheques to elected panchayats for development works. He said while he was distributing cheques in open in front of thousands of persons, during the Congress regime cheques were distributed by ministers in locked rooms, and half of the amount was taken by the minister concerned.

He ordered that all grants, which he had given today, should be spent on development works within two months. He said despite the propaganda launched by the Congress, the SAD-BJP Government has completed its full term and there has been complete communal harmony in the state.

Talking to mediamen, he said that his party would oppose those sections of the POTO bill which were against the freedom of the Press. He said that the allegations levelled against any prospective candidate of the party would be inquired into and only after that, he would be announced as candidate.

Meanwhile, Mr Badal distributed chaques worth over Rs 3 crore for various development works to municipal council SAS Nagar, Kharar and various gram panchayats of the Kharar constituency.

According to Mr Kalwant Singh, President, MC, SAS Nagar, Mr Badal has accepted the demand for a government senior secondary school in SAS Nagar and land for office of the Municipal Council.

Among those present in the sangat darshan were Mrs Satwant Kaur Sandhu and Mr Tara Singh Ladal (both Ministers), Mrs Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, ex-M.P., Mr Pritam Singh Sallomajra (president, SAD Ropar), Mr Amrik Singh Mohali (senior vice-president SAD Ropar), Mr Kkiranbir Singh Kang (senior vice-president Youth SAD Punjab), Mr G.S. Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, and Mr G.S. Bhullar, SSP Ropar. 


Badal still can’t win our votes: villagers
Nishikant Dwivedi

Mullanpur-Garibdas, November 7
The announcement by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, that the Anandgarh project had been scrapped and the SLP in this regard withdrawn, seems to have had an opposite effect on about 30,000 voters whom he had been trying to woo with this statement. The Anandgarh Hatao Sanjhi Sangharsh Committee (AHSSC) that won a case against the Punjab Government in the High Court has said that the announcement is the final defeat of Mr Badal.

The announcement, that was believed to be a last attempt of Mr Badal to neutralise Mr Ravi Inder Singh, his rival in the Assembly elections, seems to have backfired with villagers. A large number of them said this was just a populist measure of the CM to woo voters.

Villagers came out of their houses today to congratulate each other and celebrate. Though the sounds of crackers and drums were missing, sweets were distributed at many places. Mr Karnail Singh, President of the AHSSC, said Mr Badal had finally given up. “Why didn’t he listen to us earlier,” he said. Mr J.S. Dhaliwal, General Secretary of the AHSSC, said the announcement was either an election stunt or good sense had prevailed on Mr Badal at last. Mr Arvind Puri, a resident of Mullanpur, said the Punjab Government should now use the project money for the development of villages. Villagers had, earlier, organised a thanksgiving ceremony in the 550-year-old Jayanti Devi Temple in Jayanti Majri village. With the announcement, villagers have stopped fearing that the government would invoke Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894, that was notified on these 29 villages, to obstruct the regularising of their structures raised between December 1998 and November 3. Meanwhile, the announcement to scrap the project and withdraw the SLP not only surprised villagers but also several officials of the Punjab Government who said they had not been taken into confidence by the government before the announcement.

Sources said, even the Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, had not been aware that Mr Badal would make any such announcement. The minister, however, could not be contacted.


200 taken in custody
Our Correspondent

Kharar, November 7
About 200 workers of the Congress, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and Punwire employees were taken into custody by the police when they were protesting in support of their demands on the occasion of sangat darshan programme being organised here today in which Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, distributed cheques for various development works.

Among those who were taken into custody were Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, general secretary, PPCC, Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala, vice-president, SHSAD, Mr Shaheed Ahmed, president, Punwire Employees Union, and Mr Sadhu Singh Todermajra, member, SGPC.

While talking to mediapersons, Mrs Garcha, Mr Rajbir Singh and Mr Ahmed said that they were taken in custody by the police outside the city police chauki when they were protesting in favour of the Punwire employees and they were demanding that this unit should be started soon. Mrs Garcha said that the sangat darshan organised by Mr Badal had no value unless he held sangat darshan in Khanpur village, Bangala Basti and Siau village. She alleged that a large number of units in SAS Nagar had shut down because of wrong policies of the government. She alleged that many workers of Punwire were already taken into custody by the police before their arrest. A majority of the workers were, however, allowed by the police to go in the evening.

Meanwhile, when Mr Badal was addressing the gathering, Mr Bahal Singh of the Punwire Employees Union, stood and in a loud voice asked Mr Badal when the employees of Punwire would get justice. He said that the employees had not got justice in two and a half year. A puzzled Mr Badal said that if they had any complaint they could meet him afterwards. At this moment Mr Bahal Singh was immediately pushed away by the police.

Tensions arose during the sangat darshan programme when a member of the gram panchayat of Padiala returned a cheque for Rs 2 lakh issued by Mr Badal as protest against the refusal on the part of the Punjab Government to announce 95 per cent aid to Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.


CM clears Rs 20 lakh for development
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 7
A sum of Rs 20 lakh was announced for development purposes in the town by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today.

Besides, the Chief Minister directed the Additional Chief Administrator of PUDA to immediately allot a site to the Municipal Council for setting up a senior secondary school. He also announced that the council would be allotted land at the institutional rate by PUDA to construct its office complex.

These announcements were made by Mr Badal in response to the demands made by the civic body president, Mr Kulwant Singh, and 15 councillors at a “sangat darshan” programme held at Kharar.

Mr Kulwant Singh said among the demands put forth by the councillors were the opening of two government senior secondary schools and a college for girls here and the grant of district status to the town.


Electric trolley bus project: Admn signs MoU with BHEL
Tribune News Service


*Residents of Panchkula will gain from this project while SAS Nagar may not be covered. This may happen as the Punjab Government is yet to give its consent to share costs of the route in its area.

*The Haryana Government has not only agreed to the project, it was represented by a senior official today.

*Punjab may join in later, informed Administration officials.

Chandigarh, November 7
The Chandigarh Administration today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for carrying out a detailed project report (DPR) regarding the proposed electric-trolley-bus project for Chandigarh and the adjoining township of Panchkula. The route length will be about 44 km.

The DPR has to be submitted within six months. It shall examine the available traffic data and reports connected with transportation scenario of Chandigarh city and its adjoining areas of Panchkula and SAS Nagar. The report will also study the five proposed route alignments for operation of the electric trolley-buses in Chandigarh and extension to Panchkula.

BHEL will also suggest the appropriate technology for the system. The techno-economic feasibility of the project under various conditions will also be studied and reported. The BHEL will also prepare a financing plan for implementation of the project.

Mr A.K. Kapoor, General Manager, BHEL, who signed the agreement on behalf of his company, says the electric trolley bus system is a highly eco-friendly means of urban transport and is the least expensive of all competing modes to install. The BHEL has been successfully manufacturing traction equipment, including electric locomotives up to 5000 HP for the Indian Railways.

The Chandigarh Administration had requisitioned the services of M/s Craphts Consultants Limited of Faridabad to conduct a study for comprehensive transport plan and mass transport-related options for the City Beautiful. The study report recommended the strengthening of public transport system through the introduction of a dual-model mass transport facility, urban buses and elevated monorail system costing about Rs 7,000 crore. This was rejected by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), saying the cost of project was too high.

A core group comprising the Chief Architect, the Director Transport of the UT Administration and the Managing Director of M/s Craphts consultants Limited, was asked to go into the pros and cons of various available systems of mass transport and come up with suggestions. It examined the possibility of introduction of electric-trolley-bus project as proposed by BHEL. The BHEL offered to execute the project on a turn-key basis on five main routes.

The MoU on behalf of the Administration was signed by the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral.

It was decided that BHEL would prepare DPR regarding techno-economical and financial viability of the project. The study would incur an expenditure to the tune of Rs 80 lakh approximately. The expense on the preparation of the Detailed Project Report would be shared by the UT Administration and the BHEL on a 50-50 basis. The Government of India was likely to fund 40 per cent of the total expense on preparation of the DPR.

The Government of Haryana has also given its consent for extension of this convenient, pollution-free and environment-friendly mode of transport to Panchkula.


Jacob’s dig at officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The UT Administrator here today took a dig at the officialdom at the signing of a MoU between the Chandigarh Administration and BHEL.

He twisted an old fauji war cry ‘‘chal chal re nau jawan rukna nahi tera kaam chalna teri shaan.’’ Asking the officials he said, “I hope it does not become ‘‘Chal chal re nau jawan chalna tera kaam nahi rokna teri shaan’’. I want to see an electric trolley bus running on city road within my lifetime.” He said this as officials of the administration and BHEL smiled and then realised what their upfront boss had meant. 


High-intensity crackers banned
NOC to be obtained from fire brigade
Kulwinder Sangha

  • Three sites earmarked for sale of crackers and fireworks.
  • Shopkeepers to depend on unscrupulous cops to carry on business.

SAS Nagar, November 7
Shopkeepers dealing in Divali crackers and fireworks here are in a fix over the putting up of stalls and the sale of high-intensity crackers following curbs imposed on such business by the district administration.

The Ropar district authorities have issued orders restricting the sale of crackers and fireworks only at three sites in the town — opposite Hot Millions in Phase IIIB2, in front of the municipal council office in Phase VII and near Food Junction in Phase X. Besides, high-intensity crackers and fireworks, including “bombs and missiles”, cannot be manufactured, purchased, sold or stocked anywhere in the town.

The sites for the stalls are to be allotted by the local SDM, according to the Deputy Commissioner’s orders. The allottees will be required to make their own fire-fighting arrangements, including the storage of water, sand, blankets, etc.

The municipal council president, Mr Kulwant Singh, said today that the applicants for the stalls would now have to pay ‘tehbazari’ fee to the council depending on the size of the stall to be put up.

The sellers concerned will also have to obtain a no-objection certificate from the fire brigade. The ADFO, Mr Balwinder Singh Sidhu, said that an affidavit would be taken from the applicant stating, among other things, that the quantity of explosives available at one time with him or her will not exceed 25 kg, in keeping with the provisions of the Explosives Act.

Shopkeepers are, however, adopting a wait-and-watch attitude to see whether the administration is really serious about implementing the orders this year. “Such orders were issued last year, too, but implementation is done by the police. Greasing the palms of police personnel will, as usual, solve the problem,” said a shopkeeper on the condition of anonymity.

Shopkeepers who have been selling crackers and fireworks over the years said last year the going rate of the illegal gratification to be given to police personnel was Rs 500 per stall. They hoped that this year, too, the police would “oblige” them and not place any hindrance in their sales.

Retailers said the wholesale dealers in crackers and fireworks had already sold most of their stocks for the Divali festival. Therefore, the curbs imposed by the administration would adversely affect only the retailers. “It is not easy to sell at sites far away from our usual places of business. Going through the government procedures to get a stall at the sites earmarked is another headache. Earlier, we could put up stalls of any size anywhere in the town and do our business without difficulty by making an illegal payment of Rs 500 per stall to council officials,” said another cracker seller.


MCC toughens stand on cracker stalls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) here today toughened its stand on not to allow stalls in Sector 17 on Divali.

The stand of the corporation, only a reiteration of the decision of the corporation House, has come in the wake of a threat by traders to observe a black Divali if these stalls were not allowed.

The Enforcement Wing of the corporation has geared up its machinery to stop those who are threatening to forcibly set up tents instead of use of corridors for such stalls.

Corporation sources said that tent houses should realise that their material could be confiscated.

They said that the corporation would go to any length to implement the decision of the House, which it refused to modify this year.

The sources said the corporation would remove such tents and penalise those who indulged in this illegal act or may even book them under various provisions.

The corporation said that the decision of the House not to allow such stalls was upheld by courts last year.

A section of the traders last year had approached the court for a stay on the decision of the House, but the court denied that and even an appeal to this effect was also rejected.

A section of the traders had yesterday at a meeting decided that they would again meet officials for putting up stalls and threatened that they would put up stalls in camps.

The MCC had decided against putting up stalls after the people and a section of traders complaining against uncontrollable crowd in the prime market of the city and dangers of failure to control fire in such a situation.


Hike in flat rates of water, sewerage mooted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
The Public Health Department proposes a manifold increase in flat rates on water and sewer connections.

Sources say that following the revision of water and sewer rates by the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the Public Health Department, too, is preparing a notification for hiking the rates. HUDA has hiked the rates in Urban Estates all over the state after a gap of nine years. According to a notification issued by the Chief Administrator, HUDA, the rates for water and sewer have been hiked for all consumers, ranging from 25 per cent to 400 per cent. These rates have been made effective from October 18 this year.

The rates will be defined according to a new slab system. For the first 15 kilo litres of water consumed domestically, the rate has been increased from Re 1 per KL to Rs 1.25 per KL. From 15 KL to 30 KL consumption, the rates have been increased to Rs 2. 50 per unit as compared to Re 1 earlier. For water consumed beyond 30 KL, residents will have to pay Rs 4 per unit as compared to Re 1 earlier.

The existing tariff of Rs 2 per unit has been doubled in case of institutional connection and in case of industrial and commercial consumers, the rate has been hiked from Rs 2.50 per KL to Rs 4 per KL. Sewer rates per WC and for getting a fresh connection have been revised as have the flat rates for domestic water supply. Flat rates will be levied if the meter remains out of order for more than two months.

Sources in HUDA say that at places where the water and sewerage rates are fixed at a flat rate, the increase is more in order to curb pilferage and unauthorised connections. Thus the unauthorised connections will be kept under check and wastage of water will also be controlled.

Sources also add that in case of villages falling in HUDA sectors or surrounded by HUDA areas, the water supply and sewerage charges will be as in case of areas acquired and developed by HUDA for respective categories.


‘Cong to oppose POTO in RS’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Congressman Mani Shankar Aiyar accepted here today that the speech writer of Rajiv Gandhi had made a mistake by referring to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as: “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes,”. However, he defended Rajiv.

Mr Aiyar, in his talk at a Sector 22 book store here today, said the Congress would oppose the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) in the Rajya Sabha and the Congress governments in various states would be made to do likewise.

He said the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, was going to have a summit-level meeting with the US President, Mr George Bush, but America had no experience of combating terrorism, so, it should not advise India on this issue. India, he said, had even counselled the Soviet Union during the Gorbachev regime on how to fight terrorism.

“Rajiv’s speech after the assassination of Indira Gandhi should not be considered anti-Sikhs. Rather, in this speech, he had urged the people to forgive the killers of Indira Gandhi and stop the mayhem,” Mr Aiyar said, in reply to a question.

Mr Aiyar was here to deliver a talk on ‘Terrorism in Multi-cultural Societies: Implications for South Asia’ in the book centre. He said, “I was not the speech writer of Rajiv Gandhi when this speech was written and would not have chosen these words had I written the speech.”

Mr Aiyar also refuted the allegation that leaders of the Congress had been involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He said all Congressmen, who had been the alleged perpetrators of the riots, had been acquitted by the court and only one person named Kishan Lal had been found guilty.

Jagdish Tytler and H.K.L. Bhagat had not been given tickets till the court had not absolved them of all charges, he said. Mr Aiyar said he would welcome anyone who came up with evidence before the Nanawati Commission for reinvestigating the 1984 riots.

He said Mr Gorbachev had once sought India’s advice on terrorism, at which, the then Indian PM, Rajiv Gandhi, had secretly sent a 120-page dossier to Russia in 1986 prepared by him on the basis of the inputs of the then Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Mr M.K. Narayanan.

He alleged that the BJP government was virtually kneeling before the US for offering support in its campaign against terrorism, though the USA had not even sent in a formal request for this purpose. Neither had the USA provided India with necessary details of India’s role and American help in the campaign.

Mr Aiyar said India was a non-violent country with almost five-decade experience of combating insurgency in Mizoram, Tripura and Punjab. He said the US was facing a terrorist threat of its own creation.


Attacked and abandoned by husband
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Girls of her age are preparing to leave college, looking forward to a new life as they step out of it. Gunjan, like any other 20-year-old also wants a new life, in fact she is begging for one. The only difference is she is ill, abandoned, uneducated, without a penny and a mother of a month-old-child.

This is the story of a frail young girl who came with her husband from Bihar to the city two years back, newly wed and full of dreams. Today she is lying bruised and beaten up in the Government Medical College and Hospital Sector 32 emergency trying desperately to support her one-month-old daughter with her left hand and arm as her right arm does not work any more.

Two years ago, Gunjan was married to Manoj, a rickshaw-puller, in the city. She cannot recall the exact location of her jhuggi, but says it was next to Colony Number Five. ‘‘I am an epileptic and Manoj was not happy with the fact that I had a disease and when I gave birth to a daughter a month back, he lost his temper like never before. He told all our relatives who live in Colony Number Five that he is sending me back to my home in Allahabad and then put me and my daughter in his rickshaw to go to the railway station. But later on the way he snatched the child from my arms and threw her into a nearby forest. Then he started beating me and tried to strangle me. He pushed me out of the rickshaw also. After that all I remember is seeing the day breaking and hearing my daughter crying nearby. I could not muster enough strength to walk so I crawled around and reached my daughter. I hid her in my saree and fed her. After that the police arrived and brought us here.’’

Gunjan and her daughter, whom she has named Chandni, have been at the GMCH now for 15 days and the hospital authorities say that they have done all that they could do for them. ‘‘The patient has been put on drugs for tuberculoma of the brain and is ready to be discharged. But since there is no one from her family who has come forward to take her home, we have no option but to ask for help from the city’s social organisations and NGOs to take her and her daughter in their care,’’ states Dr Raj Bahadur, Medical Superintendent GMCH.

‘‘I have been suffering from epilepsy ever since I remember and now after this incident the left side of my body does not respond to anything. It is weak but I hope it will regain its strength and I will be able to work and support my child,’’she says bravely.

But it seems a long time before that might be possible. With a blood shot right eye and neurologically half weak body, Gunjan is far from healthy or strong. ‘‘Even if I have to feed my child by begging I will do it but I will not go back to my husband because that is what my parents and his relatives will make me do if I go to them. I wish Manoj suffers as much as he has made me suffer,’’ she says bitterly. 


Meeting exigencies of NBC warfare
Tribune News Service

While nuclear weapons may still be beyond the reach of terrorist organisations, chemical and biological warfare appears to be the new playing ground of terrorists as is evident from the global anthrax scare.

The Western Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, will hold a seminar on biological and chemical warfare later this month. Some time ago, the hospital had organised a 12-day national-level training programme on the role of a nurse in an NBC war.

Technical expertise and ingredients for assembling chemical and biological weapons are easily available and delivering such weapons is a relatively simple task. To meet threat perceptions as assessed from developments in the subcontinent in the past few years, the Army has already established a number of Medical Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs).

Medical QRTs have been based at three places within the command theatre. Each team comprises one medical officer and 14 other ranks and is reported to be equipped with NBC suits and related paraphernalia to operate in radioactive areas.

The armed forces are also engaged in research and development of preventive medicines for use in an NBC environment. Disaster management plans to deal with NBC exigencies are already in place.

The Army is reportedly in the process of acquiring “several thousand” NBC protective suits from ordnance factories at Kanpur and Avadi. These suits are made of special, chemically treated material and include facemasks, air filters, gloves and overboots, which prevent exposure to radiation and chemical agents.

Medical QRTs will move and operate along with QRTs formed by the Corps of Engineers for dealing with a nuclear strike. The basic purpose of the medical QRTs is to provide immediate decontamination of individuals exposed to radiation as well as chemical or biological agents and render all possible help before the casualties are transported to the rear for treatment.

The Corps of Engineers, or Sappers, as they are called, are already known to have established QRTs consisting of up to 30 members to contain the immediate fall-out of a nuclear blast. The Corps of Engineer is the Army’s nodal arm as far as NBC warfare is concerned.

Besides measuring radiation levels, the Sappers may also have to carry out routine operations like mine clearing, obstacle clearing and bridge laying in a nuclear environment, for which training is reported to be underway.

The Army Medical Corps has, for some time, been training its officers and para-medical staff to deal with the after-effects of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The training programme includes dealing with immediate after-affects of high intensity blasts as well as the long-term effects of radiation.

Indian Army officers have undergone training in India as well as abroad on NBC warfare. The training of the medical staff is conducted in co-ordination with the Pune-based College of Military Engineering and the Department of Science and Technology. The College of Military Engineering has a full-fledged wing on NBC warfare.

Indian officers have also undergone training in NBC warfare in the USA as well as Russia, where emphasis was laid on the fall-out and containment of the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident. The United States has also shown a keen interest in Indian high altitude medicine.


Decision on NAC for Kansal hailed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Mr Rajinder Rana, convener of the Residents Welfare Association of Naya Gaon and Kansal, today thanked the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for the decision to regularise the constructions raised in the periphery of Chandigarh up to November 3, 2001, and to constitute a Notified Area Committee (NAC) for Naya Gaon, Kansal and adjoining villages for a systematic growth of development.

By taking such a decision, the SAD-BJP government, Mr Rajinder Rana said, had shown that it protected the interests of the common man who had purchased plots for houses in these areas and built dwellings thereon with their hard earned money.

On the one hand, the decision would provide roof to the common people, it would lead to homogeneous development in the peripheral areas on the other.


Task force on anthrax
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, today created a three-member task force committee to deal with the anthrax case or its actual occurrence in the district.

An official press release said that the committee will be headed by the District Health Officer, Dr B.D. Chugh, and will be involved in creating awareness about the spread, symptoms and treatment of the disease. This was decided at a high-level meeting chaired by the DC here.

She said that in case of a suspicious letter or parcel from abroad reaching any resident, he call up the police control room. The police personnel have also been provided gloves and special lenses in order to handle such mail. 


CSIO technology to detect metal impurities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The city-based Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here today transferred a pioneering technology claimed to be the first in the country for detecting metal impurities to the Hyderabad-based M/S ELICO for further spread.

The CSIO Director, Mr R.P. Vajpai, and the ELICO Managing Director, Mr Ramesh Dalta, here today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to release and transfer the Glow Discharge Lamp (GDL) technology for commercialisation.

This technology will be beneficial to the metal industry for conducting tests for impurities and also to check the constitution of metals. The technology development was funded by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India.

Dr Vajpai said the technology had wide applications in solid sample analyses and offered several advantages like linear calibration over a wide concentration range, quantitative analysis of traces in minor and major elements.

Mr A.K. Dimitri, principal investigator, informed that the technology required expertise in vacuum sciences, low pressure plasma, mechanical fabrication and was useful for analysis of conducting and non-conducting samples.

ELICO, a leading manufacturer of analytical equipment, had earlier also commercialised many indigenous technologies and released to market.


Water problem in SAS Nagar areas
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 7
Residents of HE quarters in Phase V here have been facing water shortage for the past one week.

Water is available on the ground floor and reaches the first floor level only at night. People have to keep awake to fill water. The worst affected are the people living on the second floor who have not received a drop of water since last Wednesday.

Ms Sita Devi, a former municipal councillor and a resident of the area, said those living on the upper floors had to depend for water on their neighbours staying on the ground floor. But it was very difficult to carry water to the second floor level. One had to look for youngsters to carry buckets of water. Only three days ago the Public Health Department made arrangements to supply water with a tanker.

The Executive Engineer of the Public Health Department, Mr S.S. Ghuman, said some problem had arisen with the overhead reservoir. It had been rectified today and by tomorrow the residents of that pocket would be able to get a normal supply.


BJP’s directive to workers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The BJP today directed its workers not to go to the Press on internal matters of the party and asserted that the denial of ticket to the party councillor, Ms Ranjana Shahi, was communicated to the Akali Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur.

The BJP ad hoc committee chairman, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, said that he did not tell any body about attempts to deny Ms Shahi the party ticket as was reportedly told to the Mayor.

Sources close to the Mayor had said that Mr Mahajan had told the Mayor that he would ask the party leadership to deny Ms Shahi the ticket following her dharna to oppose spending money on dedication of facilities created from the MP’s and councillor development funds.

In a statement Mr Mahajan said that there was complete unity in the party which was making a concerted effort to improve its last term’s tally in the Municipal Corporation elections.


No decision on ownership of flat given to PU ex-VC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The board of directors of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), at a meeting today, did not take any decision on the allotment of a CHB flat to former Panjab University Vice Chancellor, Prof M.M. Puri. The matter was kept “under discussion”. official sources said tonight.

The CHB had cancelled the allotment of Prof Puri’s flat in Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra on the plea that he was the member of a cooperative housing society in Chandigarh. Prof Puri has since then appealed and the same had come up for hearing before the BoD of the CHB.


Staff want demands accepted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The coordination committee of Government and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Employees and Workers yesterday asked the Chandigarh Administration to implement their principally accepted demands or face the consequences.

According to Mr Rakesh Kumar, co-convener of the committee, the demands include grant of bonus for the past four years, treating Municipal Corporation employees on deputation and to maintain uniformity while granting the HRA/CCA/ADA to daily-wagers.

Pandit Ramesh kant appealed to all employees to make the proposed November 9 rally a success and be ready for struggle.

An emergency meeting of the coordination committee held at Shanti Kunj was attended by representatives of various unions.


BBMB staff donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
As many as 150 officers and officials of the BBMB donated blood at a camp organised by the Bhakra Beas Management Board, Chandigarh, in association with the PGI here today. The camp was inaugurated by Mrs Shalini Mathur, wife of Mr Rakesh Nath, Chairman, BBMB. The camp is organised on the death anniversary of the late Major-Gen B.N. Kumar, ex-Chairman, BBMB.


Seminar on crime today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A seminar on “Partnership with community and criminal justice system” will be organised by the Sector 26 Institute of Correctional Administration in partnership with the West Midlands (England) Police, the Punjab Human Rights Commission and the Chandigarh police here tomorrow.

The focus of the seminar, according to Dr Upmeet Lalli, Deputy Director of the institute, will be on encouraging partnership with the community to deal with various problems related to crime.


Divali bash at Golf Range
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The Chandigarh Golf Range has arranged a ‘Divali bash’ at the CGA Driving Range on November 9, starting 7.30 p.m., according to CGA President Desh Prem Azad.

Arranged under the supervision of CGA Senior vice-President Rajeev Bali, India’s leading DJ Sunny Sarid of Ghungroo fame, in association with Big Bang will be the star attraction of the cultural programme.

The programme will also include a dazzling display of fireworks and crackers.


Press Club function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A techno dance party will be organised by the Chandigarh Press Club on the club premises on November 9 at 8 p.m.

The party is being organised by the club in association with Daava Events, an event management company of Chandigarh. According to Mr Sarabjit Pandher, secretary-general of the club, this is the first time that the club is organising such an event for scribes to usher in the festive season.


Sec 40 resident booked for forgery
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
The police has registered a case of forgery against a Sector 40 resident as he allegedly took loan from two banks to purchase one car. According to the sources, Dharmvir Khamani, took a loan of Rs 3.70 lakh from Indian Overseas Bank for purchase of a Maruti Esteem car on June 14. Registration number of the car was CH-03-B-1232 and he also submitted photocopy of the same to the bank.

Interestingly, inquiries by the bank revealed that Khamani had already taken loan for the same car from Punjab State Cooperative Bank in March. He also reportedly submitted tampered photocopies of the registration number of the car with the bank. On the complaint of Mr Chabbil Dass, Senior Manager of Indian Overseas Bank, the police registered the case.

1 arrested: Sucha Singh, a resident of Sector 37, was caught red handed after he snatched gold chain of Mr Atul Soni, a resident of the same sector, last night. The incident took place in front of the house of Mr Soni. The accused was later handed over to the police and a case under Sections 323, 356, 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered.

Husband booked: On complaint of Ms Satnam Kaur, a resident of Sector 45, the police has registered a case of subjecting her to cruelty and criminal breach of trust against her husband, Harminder Singh. The complainant was married to the accused in September, 1994 and was allegedly harassed and maltreated by the latter to bring more dowry.

The investigations are being done by the Crime Against Women Cell of the police.

Assaulted: A Dadu Majra Colony resident, Mr Ram Parshad, complained to the police that Madan Lal and others trespassed into his house and caused injuries to him on Monday night.

A case under Sections 147, 149, 323, 325 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

Vehicle stolen: Mr Baldev Raj, a resident of Sector 43, reported that his scooter (Ch-01-N-4250) was stolen from Sector 34 market on November 1. A case of theft under has been registered.

Suicide: A daily-wager allegedly committed suicide by pouring kerosene and setting himself on fire in Maloya village here this evening.

According to sources in the Police Department, Harbhagwan Singh, a painter by profession, send his nephew, who stays with him, to the market for fetching meal. Once the nephew was gone, he locked himself inside the house and ended his life.

The cause of the extreme step taken by the Harbhagwan could not be known.


Police remand: The two persons accused in the sensational murder of 20-year-old woman Raksha, Raj Kumar and his brother, Surinder Kumar, were sent to three-day police remand on Wednesday. They were arrested on Tuesday evening by the CIA staff .

Raj Kumar and Surinder Kumar were arrested by the police following a complaint lodged by the parents of the deceased against them last week.

It may be recalled that Raksha Devi was found dead in the under-ground water tank of a house owned by Narsimha Chhabra, a Simla-based hotelier, in Sector 2 on August 26.

Mr Chhabra and Raj Kumar, husband of the deceased, had reported the incident a natural death. Surinder Kumar had impersonated as the brother of the deceased in order to get the inquest proceedings done.

Raksha’s parents, from Sirmour district had approached the Panchkula police last week and lodged a complaint against Raj Kumar and Narsimha Chhabra, alleging that they had physically as well as mentally tortured her, following which she was forced to commit suicide.


5 held for gambling: The police on Wednesday arrested five persons on charges of gambling at a public place in Phase II here. Acting on a tip-off, a police party, led by ASI H.S. Riar, caught Tanvir Husaain, Vakil Mian, Iffteqar, Taqir Raza and Sudesh Chaddha, all in embroidery business, for gambling in front of house number 349. A sum of Rs 15000 was recovered from them. 


ASI arrested taking bribe
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 7
An ASI of the Phase I police station was caught red-handed here today by the flying squad of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau while allegedly taking a bribe.

The raid was conducted by Mr Zora Singh Brar and Mr Bachan Singh, both DSPs.

Mr Brar said that the flying squad had arrested ASI Prem Chand for taking Rs 5,000 from Mr Jaspreet Singh, alias Bobby, an NRI.

He said that a City Honda car of Mr Jaspreet Singh was lying at the Phase I police station in connection with some case. Mr Jaspreet Singh had been requesting the police official to give possession of the car to him. Mr Brar alleged that the ASI had demanded Rs 10,000 for handing over the vehicle. However, the final amount settled was Rs 5,000. Today when Mr Jaspreet Singh gave the money to the ASI, the latter put the money in the front pocket of his shirt. The amount was seized by the flying squad. The two witnesses to the alleged crime were Mr Amarjit Singh, Deputy Director, Punjab State Lotteries, and Mr Daljit Singh a senior assistant of the same department.

A case was registered under Sections 7, 13, 2, 88 of the PC Act at the Phase I police station.


Shopping bonanza ahead at Divali melas
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
Silver bells, crystal flower vases and chunky jewellery hanging in front of the makeshift stalls glittered in the afternoon sun, alluring the visitors, as they moved around at various Divali melas being held at five different places in the city.

For the residents, it was time for some brisk shopping as articles, including beaded necklaces, oxidized earrings and other ornaments from Jaipur were available at reasonable rates. ‘‘I paid just Rs 25 for a pair of lovely silver-coated earrings,’’ said an excited plus two student, Jhankar. ‘‘The same stuff is available in Sector 17 or Sector 22 for not less than Rs 50’’.

Cute little key rings, hair and friendship bands, along with leather hand bags and purses, were the hot favourites among the youngsters, while the housewives went about looking for cotton and georgette suits with impressive embroidery.

Others were busy purchasing handloom bedsheets, bags and even towels. ‘‘Last year also, I had purchased three bedsheets from a Divali mela,’’ said Sector 22 resident Deepa Kaushal. ‘‘Not only is the quality good, the prices too are less than the market’’.

For tiny tots, a mini Appu ghar had been set up by organisers at the Exhibition Ground in Sector 34. They shrieked with excitement upon seeing the ‘sprinkle lights’. Others ran happily all around the venue tasting bhatura channa and savouring sugar candy. The mela was inaugurated by city Mayor Harjinder Kaur this afternoon.

Fun riders had been provided by the organisers at the Sector 17 mela being held at the Circus Ground.

The little ones could been seen waiting patiently for the merry-go-round to come to a halt after completing a full circle.

According to an organiser of a mela, a total number of 240 stalls have been set. As many as 95 stalls have been occupied by different companies. ‘‘The momentum," he asserted, ''will pick up once the Kullu Dashera comes to an end.

More and more artists are expected to participate in the mela then’’. Another mela will be inaugurated at the Parade Ground on November 9.



EXHIBITION: A two-day exhibition of home-made chocolates prepared by a woman entrepreneur, Rameet Bakshi, opened in Chandigarh at Aroma Hotel on Wednesday. Ms Bakshi claimed that these chocolates are made from ingredients imported from Malaysia. These are available in different flavours namely choco almond, date and nut, crazy crunch, tangy orange and creamy plain. TNS

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