Wednesday, November 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


 

Encroachments return as bulldozers turn
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 20
Encroachments are back in the town, even as anti-encroachment drive of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) is on. Occupants of corner plots here have again started raising unauthorised structures on public land in front of their houses.

Anti-encroachment committee gets notice

A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice for November 29 to the SAS Nagar Anti-encroachment Committee and PUDA on an application filed by Manjeet Singh and other residents, seeking clarification of an earlier demolition order. The Bench comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar said here today that the petition and another application on which the demolition had been stayed be placed before the Chief Justice, so that, these could be placed before an appropriate Bench.

In some areas, “innovative” residents have fixed iron grills on whatever remained of angle-irons after the demolition. Corner-house occupants of Phase 3B2 are doing it the most.

Some of them, who were erecting iron fences or barbed-wire fences, had interpreted an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, so that, it favoured them. Though some officials say that the directions regarding a stay on demolition till December 14 apply to 111 petitioners only, some corner-house owners are taking “undue advantage” of the order. Mr Harcharan Singh Saini, General Secretary of the Citizens Welfare Council, said the stay order was for owners of all corner plots.

It was not certain whether corner-plot occupants who had removed the illegal structures, that they had raised before the stay orders, could again raise the structures or not.

The anti-encroachment committee, that had approached the High Court against encroachments, has urged PUDA to survey the areas where the drive is over. This way, we would make sure that there were fresh encroachments by residents, said Mr N.S. Minhas, head of the committee.

PUDA has been advised to erect iron grills around corner plots to ensure that there is no opening for encroachment there. Mr Minhas said owners of corner-plots had paid 10 per cent extra price for the plots in each case in the hope of receiving better sunlight, ventilation and access than owners of the other plots. The committee has sought action against corner-plot owners who have made more than one openings on their plots.

Officials of the demolition squad of PUDA say that, since certified copies of the High Court order have not been received, encroachments by corner-plot owners are being left out. The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, says that PUDA will seek a clarification from the High Court before taking any action in this regard.
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EC seeks report on code ‘violation’ by Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The Election Commission of UT, Delhi and Chandigarh, has sought a report from the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M. P. Singh, on allegations of violation of Model Code of Conduct by the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur.

The Joint Election Commissioner, Mr D. M. Khaneta, has asked Mr M. P.Singh to reply by tomorrow on a complaint filed by Mr A. S. Sandhu.

Mr Sandhu, while giving specific information of reported announcements and undertakings of the Mayor on November 12 and 13, said despite the code coming into force, the Mayor had made announcements and immediately the PWD acted on them.

BJP leader joins CVM: The BJP, which is going to the December 8 Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) polls, faction-ridden and misunderstood by its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), suffered a setback today when one of its supreme local body members, Mr Bachan Singh, joined the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM).

The CVM supremo, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, announced this at press conference here today in the presence of Mr Bachan Singh and other office-bearers of the party cells. Mr Bachan Singh is at present a BJP Councillor.

A Congress member, Mr Gurmukh Singh Namdhari, also joined the party and was immediately rewarded with nomination from ward number 12 replacing Mr Neeraj Bajaj whose name had earlier been announced.

Mr Bachan Singh joined the manch when his nominee Mr Vijay Pal Singh Rana was accommodated by the CVM from ward number 10.

The manch left ward numbers 7 and 8 for adoption of candidates, who have already filed nominations, saying there were many options, indicating some vote-bank transferring party or candidate or strong rebels of other parties could be nominated.

The manch announced the name of Ms Gurdeep Kaur, the CVM mahila wing general secretary, as the candidate from ward number 6.

The Scheduled Caste and Backward Class Morcha vice-president of the BJP, Mr Shankar Lal, Labour Cell vice-president, Mr Shiv Charan Yadav, and a former president of the BJP Labour Cell, Mr Mohan Lal, also joined the CVM.

Mr Dhawan welcomed the decision of the SAD not to contest the MCC elections on party symbol saying the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s decision was sign of maturity which the BJP and the Congress should also follow in the interest of development of the city. He said his party’s thinking of a non-political party Corporation had been vindicated.

3 BJP councillors say they did not seek party tickets: Air Marshal R. S. Bedi, Mr O. P. Goel, Mr Prem Sagar Jain and Mr Bachan Singh here today clarified that they had informed their intention not to contest elections to the national Secretary, Mr O. P. Kohli, and the local leadership months in advance.

Mr Bachan Singh today joined the CVM.

EC appoints five expenditure observers: The Election Commissioner of Chandigarh here today appointed five election expenditure observers to monitor spending by candidates.

From ward numbers 1, 2, 14 and 20, Mr Manoj Arya, from ward numbers 3, 4, 5 and 12 Mr H. S. Sood, from ward numbers 6, 7, 8, 9 Mr R. P. Verma, from ward numbers 10, 11, 16, 17 Mr Phool Chand, from ward numbers 13, 15, 18, 19 Mr Satish Joshi.
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Zoo ‘refuses’ aid to another injured animal
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, November 20
The police authorities were disappointed the second time as the Chhat Bir Zoo authorities did not extended any medical help which a Deputy Superintendent of Police,Dera Bassi, sought for an injured neelgai he had found near Dappar village on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway about 10 km from here in wee hours of today.

The animal had met with an accident and the vehicle driver involved in the accident, taking advantage of dark, had fled from the scene.

However, Mr R. K. Luna, Director of zoo, refused help, saying attending to the injured animal was the duty of the Wildlife Department of Punjab and the territorial Divisional Forest Officer concerned would have ask the authorities to take such matters.

He further said that the police authorities were asked to take up the issue with the authorities concerned to provide medical aid for the animal.

While talking to the Tribune,DSP J. S. Khaira said that he had found the animal lying injured along the road near Dappar village at about 2.30 am while he was on night patrolling.

‘‘As some stray dogs were roaming around to overpower the animal, I asked the driver to stop. I got down and examined the animal that was in a state of shock. Blood was profusely oozing from a wound which the animal had sustained at left foreleg’’, he said.

The animal was taken in a canter to Mubarikpur police post and was given first aid.

After waiting for veterinary staff from the zoo in vain, Mr Khaira informed the People for Animal (PFA), a social organisation, at Chandigarh. Following which a team of PFA, staff along with an ambulance, reached the spot at about 3 pm and took the injured animal to Chandigarh for medical treatment.

PFA’s veterinary doctor told the Tribune that animal had sustained multiple fractures on its left foreleg and both the backlegs.

Glucose antibiotics and other mandatory medicines have been administered to the animal. The animal would be operated upon after its wounds heal, a doctor said.
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Admn allows private mini buses in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
In a move which is expected to change the way people commute in city, the Chandigarh Administration today issued a notification to allow private mini bus operators to run on specified routes in the city.

Highlights

* Mini buses allowed in city.

* Buses will primarily run on north to south routes.

* Roads connecting various sub-sectors within a sector to be used.

* No bus will run on a road in front of a row of houses.

* Strict operational norms, including pollution emission norms, to be introduced.

These buses would also run on in V-5 roads which connected the sub-sectors of each sectors and were closer to the homes of people. This was a major shift in policy regarding inter-city transportation.

These buses would primarily have north to south or reverse movement, said Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, the UT Home Secretary-cum-Transport Secretary. A meeting of the State Transport Authority (STA) had been convened within 10 days to finalise the exact routes, the taxation structure and the specifications of the buses, among other issues, the Home Secretary added. It would be after this meeting that applications from interested private persons would be invited.

A spokesperson of the Administration said with this notification the Chandigarh Stage Carriage Permit Scheme, 1998, stood amended to enable grant of stage carriage permits to private operators for operation of mini buses on specified routes in Chandigarh, including routes from North to South direction on V-5 roads.

The scheme would provide an additional facility to the residents of Chandigarh and shall make public transport more accessible to them and it was hoped that by the introduction of mini buses on V-5 roads, dependence upon individual transport would reduce, the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile sources added the scheme envisaged to run about 35 mini buses on eight to 10 pre-determined routes in the city. All these routes would facilitate north to south movement of people. However, the notification did not restrict the number of routes.

The buses would conform to latest pollution and noise emission control norms and would move on roads within sectors but not on roads in front of a row of houses. The roads to be used would be those which linked the sub-sectors of one sector. Till now the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), a government body, runs the local bus routes and most movement of buses is east to west. This made travel from north to south difficult within the city as no buses were available. For example someone wanting to travel from sectors 19 to 33 or 45 would have a lot of walking to do to reach the bus stop and then again walk after reaching the destination. The mini buses were aimed at sorting this problem, authorities explained.

Private operators would be invited after laying down stringent operational norms. The Administration would also lay down prices of tickets calculated on a per km basis in consultation with the operators. The handing over operations to private parties would mean that the Administration would not have to invest in infrastructure like new buses, drivers and maintenance of the buses.
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City-Mohali road links to be completed next year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
All vertical road links between Chandigarh and SAS Nagar will be completed in the coming year. Already work is going on one road while work on two new projects has been sanctioned and will start soon.

This is part of the long-term planning to gel the two cities into one cohesive unit. Once all links are completed, there will be 11 roads connecting Chandigarh with SAS Nagar. Importantly, Punjab wants expansion of the road dividing Sectors 43 and 44 and leading into Phase VII and VIII of SAS Nagar just near YPS School. This is being done as Punjab plans to develop a major city centre in Phase VIII (Sector 62).

Already work to link road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 with Phase X and XI is underway. Works have been sanctioned to link road dividing Sectors 52 and 53 . And also the road dividing Sectors 50 and 51. Meanwhile, the UT is keen that Punjab constructs the link beyond Sector 48-C to link with Phase XI. A narrow old road exists here and the UT is keen on its expansion. This will form an important link to the upcoming railway station in SAS Nagar and also allow free movement of traffic originating from Delhi side and headed for Punjab and parts of Himachal Pradesh without having to mingle with city traffic in either Chandigarh or SAS Nagar.

Meanwhile, the other satellite township of Chandigarh, Panchkula, will continue to be serviced by the sole existing link, at least for the time being. Work on the additional road taking off just north of the Grain Market in Sector 26 to join beyond Mani Majra has been stopped.

Persons whose lands were being acquired moved court, alleging that the Administration changed the original route of the road. These persons do want their lands to be acquired. A few farm houses also fall within the range of the route which was being constructed. The court has granted a stay, said engineers when asked why the work has been stopped.

On the other two routes, a fresh survey has been ordered and the Forest Department in consultation with the engineering wing will carry out the process of actually identifying the route to be taken for the two additional routes between Panchkula and Chandigarh. Till all this happens, the Government of India has approved four laning of the existing road. A sum of Rs 2 crore is to be spent on the project.
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MC poll: BSP fields 12 candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today declared 12 candidates for the municipal corporation elections.

Mr Deepak (ward 4), Ms Madhubala (5), Ms Charanjit Kaur (7), Mr Suman Kumar (8), Mr Ajit Singh (9), Mr Ram Sumer (10), Mr Gurdev Singh (11), Ms Amrit Kaur (15), Mr Sushil kumar (18), Mr Raj Pal Doggar (19), Mr Prem Singh (20) and Mr K.S. Khaira (3).

The Panthav Morcha fielded seve7 candidates. The are Mr Inderpreet Singh Goga (ward 1), Mr Mewa Singh (3), Ms Charanjeet Kaur (7), Ms Kulwant Kaur (11), Mr Balbier Singh Chadha (9), Mr Devinder Singh (12) and Ms Gurdip Kaur (13).

The following candidates filed their nomination papers today. The Samata Party candidates: Mr Prabhjit Singh Lamba (1), Mr Ajay Kumar (18), Mr Malkeet Kaur (19) and Mr Kamal Kumar (20),

The BJP and Congress candidates: Mr Bal Kishan Kapoor (1), Dr Pankaj Mala (2), Mr Desraj Tandon (3), Mr K.L. Sharma (4), Ms Santosh Rana (5), Ms Kamla Sharma (6), Mr Amrit Lal Mahajan (8), Mr Ajay Mahajan (10), Mr Gian Chand Gupta (11), Mr Rajesh Gupta (12), Mr Rajendra Kumar (14), Ms Anita Tiwari (15), Mr R.L. Jindal (17), Mr K.K. Adiwal (19), Ms Urmila Devi (7), Mr Purushottam Mahajan (9), Ms Nisha Sharma (13), Ms Aruna Pandi (16), Mr Rohtash (18) and Mr Deshraj Gupta (20).

Mr Gian Chand Gupta has replaced Mr Vikram Sharda and the candidates from ward 7, 9, 16, 13, 18 and 20 have filed nominations as the two factions of the Akali Dal have not been able to finalise their lists. The Riar-supported SAD candidates are Dr Darshan Singh (9), Ms Paramjit Kaur (13), Mr Jaspal Singh (12) and Ms Amrit Kaur Bhuller (16).

The Mayor-supported candidates are Ms Harjinder Kaur (6, 9) and Mr Swarn Singh Dhiman (20). The Congress candidates are Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma (1), Ms Anu Chathrath (2), Mr Pradeep Chhabra (3), Mr Subhash Chawla (4), Ms Shyama Negi (5), Ms Manjit Kaur (6), Ms Geeta Chaudhary (7), Mr Kuldip Singh (8), Mr Kamaljit Panchhi (9), Mr Mahinder Singh (10), Mr Naveen Gupta (11), Mr Sunil Parti (12), Ms Uma Wadhera (13), Mr Sohan Lal Vaid (14), Ms Lalit Joshi (15), Ms Pushpa Sharma (16), Mr Harish Kapoor (17), Ms Kamalesh (18), Mr Balraj Singh (19) and Mr Surinder Singh (20).

The CVM candidates are Mr Sandeep Singh (1), Mrs Neeru Manchanda (2), Mr Shyam Sunder Arora (3), Mr Lal Bahadur Gupta (4), Ms Sumitra Geeta Ram (5), Mr Gurmeet Sehgal (9), Dr O.P. Varma (11), Ms Harpreet Kaur Babla (13), Mr Shyam Lal (14), Ms Leelawati Chauhan (15), Ms Satinder Dhawan (16), Mr Jatinder Bhatia (17), Mr Ram Lal (18), Mr Shugan Chand (19), Mr Lachman Das (20), Ms Gurdeep Kaur (6), Mr Vijay Pal Rana (10) and Mr Gurmukh Singh Namdhari (12 — replaces Naveen Bajaj).Wards 7 and 8 have been left for adoption.
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26 structures demolished
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 20
The Enforcement Wing (Regulatory) of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today demolished 26 illegal structures in different villages in the periphery. Some of the structures were under construction or had been raised after the announcement by the Punjab Government to regularise unauthorised structures till November 3.

After a survey of the periphery, a team led by the GM (Regulatory), Mr Hardev Singh, began its drive from Sawara village on the Landhran- Chunni road. At least three blocks of a concrete structure, to be used as an amusement park, were demolished. The officials said the owner of the land had applied for change of land use, but raised the structure prior to being given the permission.

In Belolpur village, at least 17 structures were demolished. The structures were raised after November 3. In Jagatpura and Kandala villages, nine structures, including cattle sheds, were demolished.

The demolition drive is expected to continue in the coming days. The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu said the drive had been started to give a clear message to the people not to take advantage of the announcement of the Punjab Government to regularise unauthorised structures till November 3, 2001. The operation of the decision had been stayed by the High Court but unscrupulous elements were undertaking construction.

Mr Sidhu said the illegal structures in Kansal and Naya Goan would also be demolished as the final notification of the NAC was yet to be done after hearing the objections of the people. “We want the people to wait for some time so that they can undertake construction “.

Residents of Phase X have lamented that during the anti-encroachment drive in the phase the PUDA demolition staff had damaged certain basic amenities. Mr Inderpal Singh, a resident of house 684, Phase X, said the cover of the sewer manhole was damaged, resulting in foul smell in the area. He said: "The level of earth in front my house was equal to that in front of adjoining houses, but only my house was targeted," he added.

Similarly, Ms Sarwan Kaur, occupant of house 550 and Ms Bhupinder Kaur, occupant of house 549, lamented that the level of earth filling in front of their houses was up to the DPC level but still the earth was removed. The residents in a representation to the Chief Administrator of PUDA has sought action against the erring officials.
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BEL holds quality-control competition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
An inter-unit quality control competition was organised by Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) here today. Thirteen circles representing all nine units of BEL participated in the competition, which was hosted by the BEL’s Panchkula unit.

Speaking on the occasion, the Director-General of Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Defence, Lieut-Gen Amarjit Singh, who was the chief guest, stressed the need for high-quality products in the defence sector. He said that improvement in quality spheres is an ongoing process and continuous efforts should be made in this direction.

The programme was inaugurated by Mr S.C. Khanna, BEL’s Director (C&MS) in Bangalore. In his keynote address, he said that the quality control movement is a stepping stone in the pursuit of excellence.

Thirteen case studies were made during the programme, where representatives from different circles made presentations on success achieved by them in improving standards in their respective fields.

The Utthan Circle, Kotdwara, was adjudged the best quality control circle, followed by Rose, Panchkula and Bhagirathi, Bangalore. The quality control technique prize went to Sanrachna, Ghaziabad, while the best presentation award was bagged by Sarath, Chennai.
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WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR
From boutique to furniture designing
Shveta Pathak

Chandigarh
Four years ago she ran a boutique, then she preferred to manage her home with two children. One day Bubblez Kahlon thought of designing furniture for her home. And that proved a turning point in the life of this graduate in economics. She had no training in the manufacture of wrought iron furniture. But such was her desire to succeed that with the help of books and the Internet, she started creating designs of furniture and gift items within three months. Initially, she designed things for friends and relatives, but soon her reputation spread by the word of mouth and she started getting enough orders. Within three months her business had expanded enough to keep her busy all day, and she derives immense satisfaction after completing a day’s work.

Her creations are unique, affordable and done according to the customer’s requirements. That is why people prefer her products for decorating their homes. Her work involves designing of wrought iron furniture and gift items. Once the design is finalised, it is sent to a manufacturing unit. “Making the workers understand the idea so that the final product meets my requirements, needs tremendous patience and effort, which I believe are my strong points and have helped me in conducting my work efficiently”. Apart from the wrought iron business, she also does painting, a passion in which she is equally involved. She is now negotiating with architects to spread her network.

Emphasising the need for a balance between the family and her work, she says: “Now when I feel its is easier to manage the children, I think I am able to do things better, both at home as well as on the business front”.

Women must work, she firmly opines, but it is important to manage things efficiently and with contentment, “for which one should opt only for things that one likes to do”, she advises.
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Brar ‘implicated’ in false case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Mr Prabhjit Singh, senior vice-president of the Punjab State General Categories Welfare Federation, today said Mr Jarnail Singh Brar, organising secretary, who also remained general secretary of the Punjab School Education Board Non-Teaching Employees Association, was framed up in a case by the school education board because he had protested against the alleged wrong policies of the management and misuse of funds by the Punjab Government.

In a statement, Mr Prabhjit Singh said that Mr Brar was critical of the management for trying to grant extension in service to its former Controller of Examination and was trying to grant special promotion to one of its “stoog” who had lost his case in the Supreme Court.

He said certain elements in the board had conspired against Mr Brar and got him involved in a false case. During inquiry proceedings, he alleged, it was clarified by the employees concerned that the handwriting on the record of the section belonged to them. However, the inquiry officer sought the opinion of a handwriting expert. If it was essential to take the opinion of handwriting expert, it should have taken from the documents implanted by these elements.
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Resentment against hike in water rates
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 20
Residents of group housing societies in the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, have expressed disappointment at the hike in the water and sewerage tariff in Haryana. The hike is too harsh and exorbitant for the common man.

In the case of cooperative societies, a rebate of 10 per cent on the applicable rate per kilolitre has been given in slab III. The corresponding rebate has not been made applicable in slabs I and II of the graded tariff scheme, said Mr Deepak Rai Walia, president and convener of the society.

Mr Walia said: “Even this rebate of 10 per cent in slab III is merely an eyewash and is not meaningful since the consumption per flat per month is never likely to exceed the limit of 30 kilolitre in any of the societies within Haryana”.

According to the representation submitted, the residents have urged HUDA to enhance this percentage of rebate of 10 per cent to at least 25 per cent and to apply this percentage uniformly in all the slabs of water tariff for the benefit of the residents of group housing societies since HUDA supplies water in bulk at one point to the societies.
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Drive to check traffic violations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Two-and-a-half challans per minute. This is the rate at which the local police has been issuing challans to those violating traffic rules in the city during the past few days.

The police is carrying out a three-hour special drive to check traffic violations every day. The drive was launched on October 30, which makes it a total of 66 hours so far.

As per information, available the police has issued 9,973 challans since the drive was launched. This makes it an average of 151 challans an hour.

The, police has also impounded 386 vehicles, which has raised another issue. With little space available to park them, the vehicles have been dumped near the Traffic Lines in Sector 29. Sources say that this is making the vehicles and their parts such as rear view mirrors, stepneys additional fog lamps besides other accessories prone to thefts.

Sixty nakas have been set up at different points around the city. Today, the police challaned 386 motorists, while 13 vehicles were impounded for not possessing valid documents.
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Paddy arrival in mandis
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 20
Against previous year’s record of 23,959 metric tonnes, 39,029 metric tonnes of paddy arrived in the Barwala, Raipur Rani and Panchkula grain markets till Monday.

This was informed by Ms Jyoti Arora, Deputy Commissioner, here today. She said that 15,366 metric tonnes of paddy arrived in Barwala, 15,961 metric tonnes in Panchkula and 7,694 metric tonnes in Raipur Rani.

The DC said that out of total arrival Hafed procured 16,313 metric tonnes, Agro-Industries 7,155 metric tonnes, Haryana Warehousing Corporation 5,234 and Confed 6,743 metric tonnes, whereas millers have purchased only 3,573 metric tonnes.

She said that there was no problem of storage and lifting.
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Cattle fair by Milk Plant
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 20
A cattle fair was organised by the Milk Plant, Mohali, and the Milk Producers Cooperative Society, Sihon Majra and Bhago Majra, at Focal Point, Bhago Majra, today. Ms Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Minister of Printing and Stationery, was the chief guest.

A bonus distribution function was also held on the occasion and the owner of the best cow and buffalo, Mr Jarnail Singh Barholi Kalan and Mr Sewa Singh, both of Simble village, respectively, were awarded golden rings and Verka cattlefeed by the minister.

Ms Satwant Kaur, urged the milk producers to join the all-India cooperative week. Mr S.K. Sharma, general manager of the Verka Milk Plant, said that the plant purchased milk worth Rs 50 crore from the milk cooperative societies. He also spoke about the various schemes started by the plant for the benefit of milk producers.

Mr Baldev Singh Chakkal, Mr Narinder Singh and Mr Gurnek Singh, chairman, vice-chairman and director, respectively, of the Ropar Milk Union were also present on the occasion. Mr Raghupat Rai Sahor, director of Milkfed, also spoke on the occasion.
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Road shows on power planned
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 20
The two-day seminar on power conservation and mission for power to all up to 2012 organised by the Power Finance Corporation of India concluded at DC Model School here today.

Mr Satnam Singh, general manager of the corporation, said that the Ministry of Power had decided to launch a countrywide awareness campaign for dissemination of information on the power sector reforms, energy conservation and power theft.

In the first phase of the awareness campaign, road shows are being organised in all district and state capitals with the participation of senior officials from the Ministry of Power (MoP), the Central Electricity Authority and the public sector undertakings such as NTPC, NHPC, PGCIL & PFC.

He said that during these road shows, presentations on power sector development, the need for energy conservation, curbing of power theft, recent initiatives and efforts made by the government would be given to opinion makers, schoolchildren, general masses and other stake-holders to generate awareness among them.
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Foundation stone laid
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 20
The Rural Development and Panchayat Minister of Punjab, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, today laid the foundation stone of head office complex of the Panchayat Department in Sector 62 ( Phase VIII) here. The complex, covering an area of 2, 15,000 sq ft, would be constructed in a period of two years at a cost of around Rs 12 crore.

The complex would consist of parking in the basement, and a meeting-cum-seminar hall, library and court room in the first floor. A cafeteria and a computer room would be on the second floor. The minister of State for Rural Development and Director of Panchayat Department were also present on the occasion.
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Mangoes in November
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 20
Mr Balkrishan’s efforts have borne fruits, literally. The tree, nurtured with love and care, in the backyard of his Sector 21 house is full of mangoes and that too in November. If, till now, you have been associating the fruit with the summer months, go to his house and you will see mangoes, not one or two, but around 70 or 80 of them.

Initially, the family did not react as it took some time for the “feeling of surprise” to sink in. “Now, after a few days, we realise that miracles do take place, sometimes in the form of mangoes,” Mr Balkishan said.

Giving details about the tree, he said, “It was planted about six years ago, but started bearing fruits about two and a half years back.
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IT raids at Anupam Sweets
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
The Income Tax Department today conducted raids at three showrooms and five residential premises of Anupam Sweets here. The search operations, which started early in the morning, continued till late evening.

When contacted, Income Tax officials said that they had seized vital documents, papers and Rs 15 lakh from the premises of Darshan Kumar, one of the partners. The raids, according to them, are likely to continue tomorrow also.
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Army gets DSOI charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
After years of legal wrangling, mud-slinging and bickering between two parties, the ownership of the Defence Services Officers Institute (DSOI) in Sector 36 here finally passed de facto into the hands of the Army.

The Secretary, Defence Services Welfare, Punjab, Ms Ravneet Kaur, signed the final handing over order yesterday.

The Army authorities have instituted three boards of officials to look after the purchase and sale of liquor, maintaining club accounts, and keeping stock of the club’s moveable and immovable property.
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Talk by economist at Press Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Dr Shamsher Singh, a well-known economist, will speak on "Uplift of the downtrodden in the Third World with special reference to India" at Chandigarh Press Club tomorrow at 11 am, according to the club president, Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu.
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Burglars strike in Sector 4
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 20
Burglars broke into a Sector 4 house and decamped with valuables worth Rs 15,000, in broad daylight here today.

According to Mr Manoj Yadav, Superintendent of Police, the house owner, Ms Neelam, complained that the burglars had struck when her family had been out of station.

A case has been registered.

Trespass case: The police has registered cases against three residents of Mansa Devi Complex for allegedly trespassing the Sector 5 house of a man called Mukesh Puri. Mr Puri has alleged that these three persons forcibly entered his house and thrashed him and two members of his family with iron rods. An old rivalry between the families is said to be the motive.

Buffalo taken away: In a case of rustling, the police has arrested Hukam Singh, a resident of Radali in Himachal Pradesh, while his accomplice is still at large. According to the police, the accused has been arrested on a complaint lodged by Mr Joginder Pal Singh of Kandiala who had alleged that Hukam Singh and his accomplice had taken away his buffalo.

Dead: Dharmesh Singh, a resident of Sarai Masjid, who was admitted to the PGI on November 14, succumbed to his injuries today. Dharmesh had sustained severe head injuries after a fall from the stairs of his house. He was taken to the Civil Hospital at Kalka, but, later, referred to the PGI.

A case has been registered.
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MARKET PULSE
Electronics roadshow by company
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The third phase of the TVS Electronics Roadshow — Sanskriti — being taken to 50 cities reached here today. The show displayed entire range of TVS-E products and also several new launches by the company.

The company launched a dot matrix printer priced at Rs 11,000 in the city today . The printer includes special features like 200 million characters printers life etc.

The company has also come up a retail computerised system , which will be launched shortly. Designed for Indian conditions, the system is an integrated hardware platform for transaction automation that helps the user manage daily transactions from sales billing, inventory management, purchase management to reports and analysis etc.

The system will be a better option than the currently available retail computerised systems in terms of less space occupancy on the counter, no additional costs to design, 100 per cent data security, immunity to viruses, lower disturbance, lesser operation time etc”.

Mr Gopal Srinivasan, Director said the roadshows form an integral part of the company’s plans for the year and the future as well.
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