Friday, November 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Jacob okays botanical garden plan
Special emphasis on medicinal plants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The setting up of a unique botanical garden in the periphery of Chandigarh near Sarangpur village was today put on the fast lane when Lt. Gen. JFR Jacob, PVSM (retd.), Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, gave the final nod to the conceptual plan of the garden.

Mr Ishwar Singh, Deputy Conservator, Forests, gave a presentation of the conceptual plan to the Administrator. The Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Conservatory, a unique garden to be set up in the area of 180-acre land adjacent to reserve forests spread over 250 acres, would be one of its kind in the world which would have special emphasis on conservation and research on medicinal plants, more specially on those occurring in Shivalik Hills.

The garden is to be divided into 10 sections, including medicinal plants section, arboratum, sacred grove, minor forest produce, flowering and ornamental plants section, bamboosetum, pinetum, aquatic plant section and palm section and conservatory. The area of the garden would be properly fenced with masonry wall with 10-foot high chain link.

General Jacob asked the Engineering Department to construct a causeway on Patiala-ki-Rao choe to link the reserve forest with the botanical garden.

He said that only cycle track should be constructed in the garden so that people could cycle around the garden and enjoy its beauty. No vehicle would be allowed inside the garden. This track would have only width of 1.5 metres whereas few service roads having width of 3 metres would also be constructed.

In the medicinal plants section, various species of medicinal plants and 35 species of medicinal shrubs would be planted. The prominent medicinal plant would be kalpvarksh, bel, kachnar, red silk cotton tree, dhak, camphor, lasura, rudraksha, amla, anjir, phalsa, maulsiri, sandal wood, jal, sal, ritha, jamun, harar and arjun. Medicinal shrubs, including rasonth, safed musle, hadjor, guggal, mulethi, kapur tulsi, isbagol and satavari, would also be planted.

In the bamboos’ section, 31 different species of bamboos would be planted whereas Pinetum would have 12 different species of pines. Two water bodies would be constructed — one in Patiala-ki-choe and another inside the garden, and it would have 13 varieties of acquatic plants.

The Botanical Garden would have 20 species of ficus plant, whereas it will have 16 species of canes in bambu setum.

Mr Ishwar Singh informed the Administrator that the 50-acre land was already in possession and in the current year budget, money has been sanctioned to acquire remaining 105 acres of land. 


Panchayat poll notified; nominations from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The Election Commission of UT, Delhi and Chandigarh, here today notified elections to 15 panchayats and six panches for December 8, nominations for which will start tomorrow.

The nominations will continue till November 28, scrutiny will be held on November 29 and withdrawals will be allowed till December 1. The counting will be done on December 11. Panches will be elected in by-elections for the remaining term. The election process will end on December 20.

Mr Chandershekhar, Secretary, State Transport Authority, will be Returning Officer and Scrutinising Officer for panchayat samitis one to five of Raipur Khurd and Kaimbwala.

Ms Madhvi Kataria, Director Social Welfare, will hold the same position for six to 10 (Dhanas) panchayat samitis and Mr Gurmel Singh, Controller, Printing and Stationery, will be the Returning Officer from 11 to 15 number panchayats (Palsora).

Those who have registered as voters on January 1, 2001, will be eligible to exercise their franchise. Proposers and seconders of candidates should be electors of the same gram sabha, panchayat samiti and constituency.

The deposit will be Rs 200 for panchyat and Rs 100 for gram sabhas. The Scheduled Caste candidates will only have to pay 50 per cent of the deposit amount. The expenditure ceiling will be Rs 15,000.


EC cancels MC officials’ transfers
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 22
The appointment of Mr K.S. Brar as Executive Officer of the local civic body by the Punjab Government has attracted the attention of the Punjab Election Commission. Mr Brar was recently transferred here from the Giddarbaha civic body.

The commission has pointed out to the Principal Secretary, Local Government, that the earlier incumbent, Mr H.B. Garg, who was entrusted with the election work by the Registration Officer of Kharar Assembly segment, could not be transferred in light of the instructions of the Election Commission of India. Mr Garg had been transferred to Giddarbaha civic body in place of Mr Brar.

The Local Government has been directed to cancel both the transfer orders.

The Chief Electoral Officer had pointed out that any official dealing with the election work could not be transferred or posted out till January 2002. Sources in the Local Government said the orders had been implemented as the Local Government Minister was not at the state headquarters.

Transfer of Mr Brar had already attracted a strong protest from the ruling group in the civic body. Mr Brar had remained in the local civic body for four years and had been transferred to the Giddarbaha civic body in April last..

Apprehending trouble, the general House had at its meeting held in September, passed an agenda item, opposing the posting of Mr Brar in place of Mr Garg. The councillors had said posting of Mr Brar, who allegedly indulged in groupism, would deteriorate the atmosphere in the municipal council. Efforts of the ruling group to prevent the transfer of Mr Brar did not yield any results. 


EC tells police to intensify pre-poll arms confiscation drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The Election Commission of Union Territory, Delhi and Chandigarh has asked the police to intensify its drive for the confiscation of illegal arms and identification of ‘’bad’’ elements.

Though reports on election-related issues are normal, the drive is required to prevent attempts that could be detrimental to free and fair elections, the commission sources told Chandigarh Tribune here today.

The police had already launched a similar drive on November 13 when the December 8 elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh were notified.

EC seeks reply: The EC has asked the Chandigarh Administration to clarify its position on the alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct by the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur.

The reply from the Administration was sought after the Commission satisfied itself on the reply of the MCC, which had clarified the works allegedly to have been done after the code came into force were of previous dates.

Amongst the allegations, the complainant, Mr A.S. Sandhu, had also alleged that Ms Kaur had announced Rs 2 lakh for the gurdwara of Sector 44.

The Commission had replied that the matter did not come in the purview of the MCC and was related to the Chandigarh Administration.

The letter was issued to the Administration after the MCC reply.

Polling staff training: The training for the polling staff will be completed by November 31. Staggered training of the polling staff had been going on in different groups.

Form-A submission: The Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, had approached the EC recently alleging that the Form-A (in which the national party President authorises the local head to sponsor candidates) was accepted by the Commission beyond the time limit of 3 p.m.

The EC sources said Mr Bansal was satisfied by the Commission by showing the receipt of the BJP documents which recorded time. The Commission said that the Form-A was deposited just five minutes before the close of time. To avoid such legal-procedural wranglings, the EC has provided the Commission office a clock.

Voter education drive: With one of the most literate cities of the country lagging in performing its electoral duty of casting votes as indicated by polling percentages of the past, the EC is considering to launch a campaign requesting voters to perform their democratic duty.

The EC sources said that the apathy of the local voter, especially towards the Municipal Elections, was such that in the last elections there were no candidates in wards numbers 6, 7, and 8 till the last date of nomination.

No withdrawal today: None of the 166 candidates whose nomination papers were found in order here today withdrew from the December 8 Municipal Corporation elections on the first day of withdrawal. Withdrawal will continue till November 24. After withdrawal a final list of contestants will be displayed on the notice boards of Returning Officers.

Voter identity card: A person with identity card cannot be stopped from exercising his constitutional right of casting vote, an Election Commission spokesman said here today.

It is good for free and fair elections that voters bring their identity cards but if somebody does not have any document to support his identity, he cannot be barred from voting, he said.

The spokesman said that the voter I-card does not exist in the Representative of Peoples Act.

The EC of India, however, had been insisting on showing identity proof to be eligible to vote.

Poll campaign: The December 8 election to the MC may be without traditional colour and din as the EC is going to bar mobile loud speakers, pasting posters and hanging banners without the permission of the local authorities, EC sources said.

They, however, said loudspeakers at fixed positions could be allowed with prior permission and announcements could be made till 10 in the night.

The Commission, however, is thinking of asking the Chandigarh Administration to provide public space at some nominal charges for the political parties to paste their posters.

Control room: The EC will set up a control room for monitoring the Municipal Corporation and panchyat elections.

The control room will provide round-the-clock service for those who would like to lodge election-related complaints to the Commission.

An official will be exclusively dedicated to the control room to register complaints.

Chakra Haldhar: The EC has decided to reserve the Chakra Haldhar symbol, with certain conditions, to the Janata Party led by Mr Subrhamanian Swamy, for the Municipal Commission elections.

The Commission has informed all Returning Officers about its decision in a letter written to Mr Ajay Jagga, the party nominee.

Mr Jagga on November 15 had asked for his party symbol despite the party being de-recognised on the basis of a Madras High Court judgment allowing the use of symbols till six years of it being frozen.

Mayor faction confident: The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, today sounded confident on getting the Shiromani Akali Dal nomination despite her local party chief, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, refusing to propose her name for the same.

The party general secretary, owing allegiance to the Mayor, N.S. Minhas, said Ms Kaur did not require Mr Riar’s backing as the party president has lost his position after the high command decided not to allow him issue symbol.


BJP sets up campaign committee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The BJP here today constituted a 21-member campaign committee and an 18-member finance committee for the December 8 Municipal Corporation elections.

While the campaign committee will be led by the adhoc committee convener, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, the finance committee will be headed by Mr Pritam Dass Mongia.

This was decided at an adhoc committee meeting today.

The finance committee members are Mr Shiv Dutt Jain, Mr Dharampal Gupta, Mr Neeraj Tayal, Mr Moti Lal Jindal, Mr P. S. Sachdeva, Mr Satish Gupta, Mr O. P. Goel, Mr Girdhari Lal Jindal, Mr Yogesh Gupta, Mr Purushottam Mahajan, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, Mr Chetan Mittal, Mr Rajiv Gupta, Mr Kailash Aggarwal, Mr Desraj Gupta, Mr Babu Ram Gupta, Mr Mahesh Gupta.

The campaign committee comprises Mr Satyapal Jain, Mr Mahavir Parsad, Mr Neeraj Tayal, Mr Dharampal Gupta, Mr Raghubir Gupta, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, Mr Purushottam Mahajan, Mr Ramvir Bhatti, Mr Chetan Mittal, Mr Ajit Sharma, Mr Dharamvir, Mr Bhimsen Aggarwal, Mr Krishan Mahajan, Mr Kehar Singh, Mr Palaram Sharma, Dr Anwar Ali, Mr Satinder Singh, Mr Paviter Singh Namdhari, Mr Ravi Prakash Kansal and Mr Amrit Lal Goel.

A majority of these members are from the Satyapal Jain group.


Student invents quake alarm
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
While his friends are busy having fun, this young student is busy in his practical work in the college laboratory juggling the test tubes and studying chemical reactions. A rare quality indeed these days.

Kinner Sachdev is a student of biotechnology (first year) at the local GGDSD College. He has to his credit an invention ‘earthquake sensor alarm’. The alarm cannot predict an earthquake but can give warnings right at the onset of the earthquake giving ample time to move to safer sites.

A few days after a quake hit the country in January this year, Kinner was goaded to study and work on quake safety gadgets. Still a student at Bhivani then he was able to complete his work on the gadget by February.

The gadget had since then been experimented successfully in real life when tremors were experienced at Dadri and during at least two tremors at Bhivani earlier this year.

Kinner said that the gadget responded immediately in giving out a sharp sound signal right at the onset of the process. ‘‘ I experimented at my laboratory at home on test tube shakers. There were earlier doubts about real life application of the product. But these doubts were removed when the gadgets responded to actual quakes’’, he added.

Kinner said that he had been approached by two private companies which were interested in his product. ‘‘Financially I belong to an above average family so I am not interested in the money they promise me. I would first like my product to be patented in my name. This is very important for me even in my academic career in future. I have already applied for the patent’’, he said.

‘‘A few days after the killer quake of January, rumours were rife that another earthquake was going to hit the land. People spent entire nights waiting for the earthquake to strike again. I wished we had an instrument at our disposal then by which we could know when an earthquake would hit. I worked on the subject reading about seismography and various related aspects’’, Kinner said.

The sensor can be put on a floor which is smooth for better results. It has four circuits, three of which are used to detect vibrations. The instrument responds positively in all three types of quakes — lateral, vertical and horizontal. The sensor picks up slightest movement within the earth’s faulty plates.

Kinner has currently finished compiling a website on earthquakes. ‘‘I am working particularly on the science of earthquake-resistant homes’’, he said. The site is likely to be launched soon.

Kinner is also working on developing a drug for a disease ‘difficult to cure’ but would not like to talk about it in details. Kinner is a brown belt in Karate and winner of several debate and declamation contests. 


Spice’s legal notice to Reliance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The fight between telecom operators here took a new turn today with Spice Telecom today issuing a legal notice to Reliance Engineering, claiming damages of Rs 41 lakh for allegedly cutting its Optic Fibre Cable (OFC) in SAS Nagar yesterday. Meanwhile, BSNL has also made similar charges against Reliance and has stated they will take action against Reliance.

“The negligence of Reliance workers has caused severe damage to our goodwill and we are sending a legal notice for damages on account of loss of goodwill and revenue”, said Mr Vinod Sawhney, MD, Spice Telecom.

Reportedly, due to cutting of the OFC in SAS Nagar which connects Spice subscribers to the BSNL Digital Trunk Exchange (D-TAX) yesterday, the connection between cellular operators and landline telephone subscribers was snapped for most part of the day.

Meanwhile, the BSNL has alleged that the communication services to Mohali were snapped today due to the OFC damage by Reliance near the roundabout of Sector 41-42, 53-54. Mr R C Vaish, Principal General Manager Telecom (PGMT), said: “Earlier also due to the negligence of Reliance workers our cables and ducts were cut. Even today, there was no supervisor of the company present on the site”.

He said due to the cutting of the OFC not only have the subscribers suffered, the BSNL has also incurred heavy losses. The BSNL will take action and also claim damages from Reliance.


UNICEF to sensitise forces in J&K
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The World Summit for Children conducted under the aegis of UNICEF in January this year revealed startling facts about the plight of children in the world. Survey reports tabled during the summit confirmed that over 10 million children die every year, often from preventable causes, over 150 million suffer from malnutrition, about two million have died on account of conflicts at various levels and about 13 million have been left orphaned by the HIV/AIDS virus.

Given the state of affairs, UNICEF’s initiative to end the era of children’s exploitation sounds only natural. This outstanding concern was also voiced by UNICEF’s representative in India, Ms Maria Calivis, who was in the city to chair a special brainstorming session on problems of children and women in Jammu and Kashmir, held today at the Centre for Rural Research and Industrial Development in Sector 19. The session was attended, among others, by Mr Salman Haider, principal programme adviser, CRRID and Mr Rashpal Malhotra, Director, CRRID.

Many sensitive issues were debated upon and it came to light that the psychologically mistreated and emotionally scarred kids of the valley will take time to surface again. Talking to TNS about today’s session, attended by over 30 NGOs from Jammu and Kashmir, Ms Calivis minced no words in admitting: “I am encouraged by the dynamism of Indians. There is a lot of transparency in the soil of India.”

She shared major issues of concern and said UNICEF would be involved in sensitising not just the general masses but also the security forces of the area. “There is a huge demand for quality education in Jammu and Kashmir, coupled with instillation of the right value system”.

Planning to visit the state shortly, Ms Calivis said the most important thing was to spark off the process of sensitisation. “There was a call for change in mindsets and psycho-social counselling for the traumatised people of the region. I was impressed to see how theatre was being used to help children express themselves. We at UNICEF have been working to create resilience among children, who are the best conveyors of messages,”she said.

Adding that UNICEF attached the utmost significance to disaster management plans, Ms Calivis stated that there were many interventions to help prepare state governments in cases of drought, flood and earthquakes. “We help the state government strengthen preparedness plans,” she said. She was herself involved in relief work during the Gujarat earthquake.

She talked of the other programmes on the organisation’s agenda, including the pulse polio campaign. “We are also working to reduce the infant mortality rate in Jammu and Kashmir. The idea is to help in system strengthening.” Apart from ending the continuing and widespread abuse of children, it was now accepted that education, particularly the education of girls, was a key factor in ending poverty and promoting sustainable development.

She said: “We are encouraging access to education by involving communities. There is equal thrust on making classroom learning a joyful experience. The third area of attention is school sanitation.” The official also mentioned the “Yes for children” pledge campaign sponsored by a global partnership of individuals and organisations. This worldwide campaign calls on world leaders to commit themselves to10 basic principles that will protect and improve the lives of children. 


‘Schools of learning’ envisaged
P. P. S. Gill
Tribune News Service

If the evolution of education in the right direction is the need of the time, Panjab University has just set itself on the course to fulfil that need. Its envisaged process of evolution is not confined purely to academics. It is administrative, too. The proposed reforms are based on “schools of learning’’, “centres of excellence’’, “autonomous colleges’’ and “two-way linkages’’— one with the government, the other with the grassroots: school education.

Since education and employment seem inseparable in the given system, making learning compatible with real-life situations and enabling students to become self-supporting with a spirit of entrepreneurship are imperative.

If that be so, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K. N. Pathak, has done his homework well in preparing a blueprint to transform the teaching-learning and administrative processes. It has received the green light from the University Grants Commission (UGC) that has also agreed, in principle, to meet the deficit, estimated at Rs 30 crore, to achieve the objectives the university has set for itself. The paper, “Vision of the university for the next 10 years’’, spells it all.

“We are among the eight shortlisted under the UGC scheme, ‘universities of excellence’. Therefore, we qualify for substantial development grants’’, he added.

Dynamic changes are needed in academics — redrafting syllabi and making courses relevant to fast changing social lifestyles; minimum entrance tests; a transparent examination and evaluation system; a flexible and education-friendly administration; participative management, involving students, teachers and the non-teaching staff ; evolving a policy frame-work for university-government liaison in policy-planning as also one on school education to ensure quality feeder-line to higher education; and introducing “ISO-type’’ ratings to set high standards in education.

Dr Pathak told TNS in an interview that Panjab University had the potential for achieving “excellence’’ in sciences. But in the absence of “focused’’ or “specialised’’ goals, against the assigned mandate for the IITs and IIMs, the next best thing the university could do was to aim at “overall’’ academic development despite the university’s administration becoming complicated due to the “mindset’’ at the operational stage. That precipitated matters and affected transparency.

Speaking from his 32 years’ experience, Dr Pathak said: “Those serving the universities have become too individualistic, forgetting the institutions they served and thinking only of ‘I, me and myself’. The desired concern is missing. Thus, work culture has to improve’’.

The concept paper, Dr Pathak said, reflected the aspirations of the future graduates and how education needed to be reoriented for integrated learning and imparting to the students the much-needed skills. The university had proposed the “schools of learning’’ approach in teaching and research to face the challenges of the future. To achieve this, a five-year integrated programme, after the 10+2 stage, had been drafted suggesting a School of Natural Sciences, School of Applied Sciences and Technology and School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts. Each of these schools would provide inter-disciplinary and integrated courses with networking of the three.

The same multi-disciplinary approach had been further extended by proposing six Centres of Excellence. Theoretical and computational studies; materials science and technology; environmental studies, Public Health; inter-cultural, inter-religious and inter-civilisational studies; and performing and fine arts.

Dr Pathak explained that the administrative infrastructure would mean extending university library facilities through computers to workplaces and residences, linkages with neighbouring libraries, setting up of a web-server and related equipment for networking with the regional centres at Hoshiarpur and Muktsar and 110 affiliated colleges, besides augmenting computer facilities and upgrading laboratories.

Taking full advantage of the available technology and university human resources, it was proposed to link academics and administration on the university campus and offering more than one type of job to an individual. “We have to address ourselves, in the interest of society, to multiple and dynamic challenges through the multi-faculty and multi-functional infrastructure of the university’’.

What has been envisaged by Dr Pathak is based on faculty-wise feedback from an academic and administrative “audit’’ by an 11-member committee headed by Dr S.K. Kulkarni. The report reflects the strengths and weaknesses of each faculty. It was presented to the Senate on September 30 last. The report concluded that communication between academics and the administration was weak and slow, resulting in procedural delays despite 89 per cent of the staff in position, against the sanctioned strength.

(To be concluded)


‘Healthy criticism improves functioning’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Mr D.S. Guru, Secretary, Public Relations, Punjab, today said the government welcome the healthy criticism of its policies as it helps them to take stock of its shortcomings and improve its functioning.

Inaugurating a special workshop organised by the Chandigarh Press Club for journalists, Mr Guru said there was a stiff competition in the field of journalism. Every journalist makes an attempt to give better news to readers.

During his brief speech, Mr Guru said officials of the Public Relations Department were also equally active to provide as much information as the journalists demand. Now press notes were not sent to newspaper offices but through fax.

Mr Peter May, a teacher at the Institute of Journalism in Berlin, who will speak to mediapersons during the days of workshop, said journalists function according to society they live in . In democracy journalism enjoy better freedom in their profession.

Journalists who work in a newspaper owned by a private individual do not feel free in profession. They have to judge the mood and follow the instructions issued by the proprietor. In support of his argument, Mr May cited an example of Jalandhar -based journalists. He said two labourers were killed when a wall of a hotel being constructed by a rich man caved in. Unfortunately, none of the journalists delineated the pathetic condition of the deceased. The reason? The hotel owner has been giving advertisements to newspaper. Therefore, no newspaper wanted to displease the hotel owner.

Mr Peter said in Germany no industrialist was allowed to set up an industry. This is the rule there and is strictly implemented.

The main task of a journalist, Mr May added, is to inform the public, criticise the policies of the government and to make news analysis. He said newspaper owners amass money by publishing advertisements. It is for this reason that newspapers do not offend the ruling party in any country.


Traffic drive hampers routine police work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
While the Chandigarh Police has extended its special traffic drive in the city, the local police’s beat system and routine police work is being seriously affected. With personnel from all police stations as well as other units in addition to the traffic staff being deployed on the drive, police stations have been left severely understaffed with just over 38 per cent personnel available for carrying out day-to-day functioning.

According to orders issued today, the special drive has been extended till November 29 and the duration of the drive has been increased from three hours to six hours a day.

This is for the second time that the drive has been extended. It was launched on October 30 and further extended on November 15. Earlier, the drive used to be conducted for three hours daily, alternating between mornings and afternoons. As per the new orders, the drive will now be conducted from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm daily.

According to police sources, as many as 59 nakas have been set up at various points across the city. Of these, only nine are manned by the traffic staff, while 17 are manned by the Police Control Room staff and four by the personnel drawn from the Crime Branch. The remaining 29 nakas are being manned by the staff drawn from police stations, and other units, including the Crime Against Women Cell, Economic Offences Wing and the Operations Cell.

In addition to all Deputy Superintendents of Police, including the Commandant, and Home Guards, being involved in the drive as supervisory officers, each naka is manned by a non-gazetted officer and at least two constables.

Police personnel spoken to reveal that the traffic drive is severely affecting their day-to-day functioning. According to an Inspector, over 30 per cent of the police station staff is now involved in traffic duties.

Giving a break-up of unavailable manpower, a police functionary said on any given day, nearly, 10 per cent of the staff was involved in court evidence and another 5 per cent was out of station for official work.

Leave and medical problems accounted for 10 per cent and 5 per cent staff, respectively. Those on emergency duty constituted about 2 per cent.

As for the functioning of the police stations and the beat system, police personnel, except those on emergency duty, are on duty from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

With the special traffic drive being conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., a large number of cops have less than four hours instead of the stipulated eight hours to undertake their normal work. In addition, they have to spend another two hours, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on road.


Declamation contest on drug abuse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
As part of the on-going Sher-E-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai martyrdom fortnight, the Servants of the People Society today organised a declamation contest on drug abuse, HIV/AIDS awareness and reproductive child health. The participants from different schools participated in the contest and spoke on effective ways of spreading the awareness about HIV/AIDS, care and support of people suffering from the HIV infection, spreading the awareness on ill effects of alcohol/drugs abuse, healthy life styles and abstinence from alcohol/drugs and social and economic cost of decreasing female sex ratio.

A spokesman of the society said although there has been mounting pressure on school education system for the introduction of sex related matters in the curriculum, there is a lot of variation in the conceptualisation of this educational area. Different concepts like sex education, family life education, reproductive health education and poverty education have been used to describe the nature of this area. And even these concepts have been defined differently.

Dr Pardaman Singh, former Head of the Department from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, in his presidential address commented that these kind of functions should help in making Lajpat Rai’s selfless services to the nation in and outside the country and his vision of a strong, united and vibrant India.

Gp Capt P.S. Soni, Honorary Administrator, Servants of the People Society, highlighted the importance of Lala ji as a role model for the youth of India and urged upon them to carry forward the tradition set up by one of the greatest freedom fighters of modern India.

Ms Satpal Laur, a lecturer, Dr Monika Singh, clinical psychologist, Ms Santosh Singh, social activist, were the judges of the declamation contest and prizes were given to four students.

Priyanka, from Vivek High School won the first prize for the topic “effective ways of spreading the awareness about HIV/AIDS; second prize went to Manbir Singh of St Kabir School for the topic “effective ways of spreading the awareness on ill effects of alcohol/drug abuse,” and third prize went to Vikas from Blind School for the topic “healthy life styles and abstinence from alcohol/drugs. The consolation prize was given to Yashika of St Kabir School for the topic “care and support of people suffering from HIV infection”.


Illegal jhuggis spoiling the face of Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
A few days ago HUDA carried out a demolition drive here on a large scale, removing all unauthorised jhuggis from HUDA land as well as from the residential areas. This exercise has proved to be a failure. As the event was widely publicised in newspapers, the jhuggi-dwellers got wind of such an exercise in advance and, as such, they dismantled their jhuggis in a systematic way on their own, so that no damage was done to their belongings by HUDA. When HUDA staff came for demolition, nothing much was left for them to demolish. As expected, the jhuggis have come up again at the same place within no time.

Encroachment in the markets of the sector on HUDA land is a routine affair here. Shopkeepers encroach upon corridors of the markets by displaying their wares there. It obstructs the passage of customers, causing great inconvenience to them. HUDA has tried, in vain, many a time to curb this practice. Sources in HUDA point out that due to the pressure from market associations, they are unable to do anything in this regard.

The unauthorised jhuggis in the residential areas pose even a greater problem to residents. It causes poor sanitary conditions as well as potential threat to the security of residents. A majority of the residents, when contacted , expressed the view that HUDA should carry out such demolition drives on a routine basis to discourage encroachment. 


Body seeks creation of ‘Greater Chandigarh’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
The Citizen's Welfare Association has again raised its demand for the creation of “Greater Chandigarh”, which will include Panchkula and SAS Nagar.

In a press note, the president of the association, Mr S.K. Nayyar, resented that the UT Administration had not given due recognition to the residents of Panchkula and SAS Nagar despite Chandigarh being the capital of both Punjab and Haryana.

He said state transport was not allowed to ply except on specific routes and students were not kept on a par with the students from the UT for the admissions to higher classes.

The association sought proper identification of the residents falling under the capital periphery to help them during the transfer of property; admissions for students residing in Panchkula and SAS Nagar to higher classes; and proper representation to the residents of Panchkula and SAS Nagar in various welfare committees constituted by the Chandigarh Administration from time to time.


Two cases of dowry harassment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Two cases of harassment for bringing more dowry have been reported to the local police. According to the police, Sector 38 resident Surinder Masih has lodged a complaint against her husband, Shokat Masiah, a resident of Sarsheri village, near Ambala, for harassing and maltreating her. She had been married in December, 1998.

In the second case, Sector 20 resident Shella Sharma has reported that her husband, Munish Kumar Sharma, and her in-laws, residing in Meerut have been harassing her to bring more dowry. She was married in September, 1997.

The Crime Against Women Cell of the local police has registered separate cases under Sections 406 and 498-A of the Indian Penal Code.

Defacement cases: In a special drive against defacement of government property, the police has registered seven cases in various parts of the city.

Those booked include members of the Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Khuda Ali Sher, two Mohali residents, a Sector 34 coaching centre, a Sector 45 shop-owner, a Sector 32 coaching centre, a clinical laboratory in Sector 32 and a fashion technology institute in Sector 44. They have been booked for pasting pamphlets and posters on electricity poles, in market places and other public places.

Theft in factory: Sector 37 resident Ashish Kumar Sharma has reported that his factory in the Industrial Area (Phase I) was broken into and his cash box containing about Rs 85,000 was stolen. The police has registered a case.

Thief held: Sector 28 resident Satish Kumar was caught red-handed by Sector15 resident Sanjiv Nehra, while stealing two CI pipes.

The police has arrested the accused and registered a case.

Quarrel: A resident of Indira Colony, Kamlesh, was arrested after a resident of the same colony, Shanti Devi, accused him of quarrelling with her and beating her up. He was later bailed out.

Burglaries: Burglars broke into three shops in Sector 61 and got away with cash worth several thousand rupees. According to the police, Rs 3,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 8,000 were reported missing from shop Nos 2, 3 and 5. The police has registered a case.

Theft: Sector 41 resident Parshotam Lal has reported that his house was broken into and a stereo, three wrist-watches, a gold ring, a pair of gold ear-rings, two mangal sutras, three pairs of silver anklets and six lady's suits have been stolen. The police has registered a case.

Wheels stolen: Sector 32 resident S.K. Jain has reported that two wheels of his Maruti car, which was parked at his residence, have been stolen. The police has registered a case.

Jewellery stolen: A resident of Janata Colony, Brij Nath, has reported that about 950 gm of silver jewellery has been stolen from his residence. The police has registered a case.


Illegal sand mining: The police has arrested three persons on charges of illegal sand mining from the Ghaggar river bed.

It is learnt that the accused — Lal Singh — truck driver Puran Singh and Hardeep Singh were arrested and their truck (RJ- 10- 0400) was impounded. A case has been registered in police station Sector 5.

Man injured: A young scooterist was seriously injured after he was hit by a car near Chandi Mandir on Thursday evening. Jagdish, a resident of Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh, sustained head injuries and was rushed to the General Hospital in Sector 6 here. He was later rushed to the PGI and was stated to be in a serious condition.

Sentenced: Balbir Singh has been sentenced to five years Rigorous imprisonment on charges of attempting to rape a minor girl by Dr S.K. Kapoor, Additional Sessions Judge.

The incident took place in Nanakpur near Pinjore in August 2000.

He had been booked under Sections 376, 511 and 506 of the IPC on the complaint of the father of the girl. The latter had alleged that his daughter was going for a tuition to the room of Balbir Singh when he had attempted to rape the child. 

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