Saturday, November 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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BEANT SINGH ASSASSINATION CASE
CBI, don’t look in Tihar, your witnesses are here
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, November 23
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recently found itself in a strange position when it sent summons for four important witnesses in the Beant Singh assassination case to Tihar Jail, New Delhi, and came to know that the latter had already been released eight months ago by a Delhi court.
Addresses of the four witnesses as mentioned in the order passed by the judge whom the CBI has failed to trace out as yet:

1. Jodh Singh s/o Baldev Singh r/o RZ-36, South Uttam Nagar, extension, II, New Delhi.

2. Harpreet Singh, alias Preet, alias Nikka Babba, s/o Gajender Singh r/o 63/1, Arya Samaj Road, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi.

3. Charanjit Singh, alias Jeeta, s/o Pardhuman Singh r/o 338, Gali Number-II, plot no-II, Ramdarbar Mohalla Patel Marg, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

4. Mokam Singh Gill, alias Khandwala, s/o Dalip Singh r/o 16, Chemma Park, Ludhiana, Punjab.

Sources informed that the four witnesses — Jodh Singh, Harpreet Singh, Charanjit Singh, Mokhan Singh Gill — who could help the CBI identify the prime accused were acquitted by Additional and Sessions Judge, New Delhi, on March 13, 2000, in a case of criminal conspiracy and under the Explosives Act.

Interestingly, the CBI was unaware of their acquittal and had summoning them from Tihar Jail through the Superintendent of the Jail. On November 22 and November 23, 2001, the Beant Singh assassination trial at the make-shift Model Burail Jail was adjourned as the prosecution failed to produce the witnesses before the court.

The police had suspected the four witnesses’ involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh. The police had alleged that it had arrested the two accused — Jodh Singh and Harpreet Singh — at Pahar Ganj Railway Station in New Delhi on secret information. The police had allegedly recovered arms and explosive material from their possession.

Later during interrogation, the above mentioned persons gave clues regarding the whereabouts of their other associates. The case against the four witnesses was registered at the New Delhi police station under Sections 120-B, 121, 122, 124-A of the IPC and Section 4/5 ES Act and Section 25 of the Arms Act.

Another undertrial in the assassination case, Navjot Singh, who is presently lodged in Burail Jail here, was also booked along with the above mentioned persons. But as per the notification issued by the UT Administration on December 16, 1995, Navjot Singh, will not be removed from the District Jail, Chandigarh, till the disposal of the case.

The Additional and Sessions Judge, New Delhi, had acquitted all accused and said in the order that the prosecution witnesses contradict each other on all material aspects. The probability of tampering of the case cannot be ruled out. The corroborative evidence was not preserved. The manner of the alleged raid could not have been adopted by a vigilant police officer. Lately the fathers of the accused — Jodh Singh and Harpreet Singh — had sent telegram two days before the occurrence and alleged that their sons had been picked up by the police from their houses. All this makes the prosecution story highly improbable. The accused are, therefore, acquitted.
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RUN-UP TO MC POLL
Alliance a joke as things get serious
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for the December 8 municipal elections tottered away today at the local level. Dissidents in the BJP, including its office-bearers, have rejected the pleas of the party leadership to withdraw from the contest.

The BJP Secretary and head of Chandigarh affairs, Mr O.P. Kohli, met the party-local-unit Vice-President, Mr Suresh Verma, an important functionary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Mr Diwakar Pathak, state chief of the Mahila Morcha, Ms Nina Tiwari, and district II chief, Ms Santosh Sharma, but had no success with them. All of them are contesting against official party candidates.

Their supporters shouted slogans against the ad-hoc committee convener, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, and a former MP, Mr Satyapal Jain, accusing them of ignoring loyal party workers, besides favouring the rich and those of a certain caste.

Mr Kohli’s repeated pleas that party guidelines should be followed in spite of “possible wrong choices of candidates in certain cases” were ignored.

Ms Tiwari, Ms Sharma, Mr Verma and Mr Pathak said they would not withdraw from the contest, even if they were expelled from the party. A delegation of members of the Scheduled Castes also met Mr Kohli and returned shouting slogans against the party.

Riar faction walking out: It seems that the Riar faction of the SAD is walking out of the alliance. The faction leader, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar has been accusing the BJP Secretary, Mr O.P. Kohli, of going back on the decision on giving four seats to his men. Talks between Mr Riar and Mr Kohli broke down when the BJP asked Mr Riar to concede Ward Number 12 to the BJP and take Ward Number 20 instead. Mr Riar said, as the party did not have any candidate for Ward Number 20, he could not leave the seat to the BJP. His rival faction led by the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, believed that high commands of both parties had agreed on having Ward Number 9 for Ms Kaur, Ward Number 20 for Mr Swarn Singh Dhiman and Wards 13 and 16 for supporters of Mr Riar.

The SAD Secretary, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, said the alliance would remain even if the factions chose to part ways and the SAD would support the BJP candidates. Mr Dhindsa said that the BJP was committed to giving two seats each to the SAD factions.

He, however, dismissed Mr Riar’s contention that, if seats were not given exclusively to his supporters, the alliance was “as good as dead”.

An independent withdraws: An independent candidate of Ward Number 10, Mr Jagdish Singh of Burail, withdrew from the MC elections here today. Most withdrawals are likely to be tomorrow, the last day for withdrawing nominations.

Two nominations for panchayat poll: Mr Hukum Chand filed his nominations from Ward Number 6 (Khudali) and Mr Suman Kumar Singh from Ward Number 14 (Hallo Majra) for the December 8 panchayat elections, on the first day of nominations today. The nominations will continue till November 28.

EC’s seeks explanation: The EC’s seeking of explanation from officials, who granted leave to those on the election duty, has worked well.

About 85 per cent of the election staff reported for training here today, according to the EC sources. No fresh application for leave had been received, they said.

EC awaits UT’s reply on ‘code violation’ by Mayor: The EC waited for the UT Administration to file a reply on queries whether the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, had violated the election code of conduct or not by announcing that she had given Rs 2 lakh to build a gurdwara in Sector 44.

Satisfied with the MC’s reply on all charges against the Mayor, the EC wrote to the Administration, asking it to explain the expenditure.
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Pvt parties to check stray cattle menace
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
The menace of stray cattle in most townships in the state will now be a thing of the past. The government is reportedly considering a proposal for private parties being invited for rounding up these animals.

According to information available, a three-member committee set up by the Director, Urban Development, has proposed an amendment in the Haryana Municipal Act and Municipal Account Code for allowing private contractors to round up stray cattle. At present, these Acts do not have provision for rounding up of cattle by private contractors.

The stray cattle menace in most towns of Haryana is responsible for many a road accident, spreading of litter on the roads and also spoiling the aspect of the place. Dairy farming being an important vocation in the state, most of the towns and cities have stray cattle in abundance. Panchkula alone is estimated to have 177 dairy farms and over 1500 cattle heads, not just in Mansa Devi complex and the town, but also in 13 villages of the town.

It is learnt that the three-member committee, comprising executive officers of the municipal councils of Ambala, Panchkula and Jagadhari has submitted its report to the Director, Urban Development. They have proposed that tenders be invited from private contractors for rounding up these stray animals within the Municipal Council limits of various towns and cities in the state.

Once the proposal is cleared, tenders will be invited from private parties for the purpose. Sources said that the minimum bid per animal rounded up will be given the contract. It is still being considered if the contractor will also be required to leave the unclaimed animals in the wilderness outside the limits of the city \town; or the task will be left to the civic body concerned.

Sources inform that it is also proposed to hike the fine imposed on dairy owners who let off their cattle for roaming freely on the roads. It is proposed that the fine be increased from anything between Rs. 200 to Rs. 500, which will be paid to the respective civic body.

It may be noted that this three-member committee was to be set up two months back, after objections were raised by the office of Director, Urban Development, over a contract given to a private party by the Panchkula Municipal Council. Before the Municipal Council was constituted, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had been given a contract for rounding up stray animals in the township. The fines imposed on the erring dairy owners were also reportedly being pocketed by these contractors.

Though the MC had given the contract on a trial basis, after the responsibility for rounding-up stray animals was assigned to the Municipal Council, the Urban Development Department had objected to this.

Meanwhile, the MC has also decided to identify 55 acres of land outside the town for setting up a dairy complex. All dairy farms in the town will be relocated in the new complex and the menace of stray animals will be further reduced.
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EO’s posting sparks row among councillors
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 23
Resentment is brewing among the councillors of the ruling group in the local civic body over the move by the Punjab Government to “forcibly” post Mr K.S. Brar as Executive Officer (EO) here. This has been done despite the fact that general house has passed a resolution opposing Mr Brar as EO in the civic body.

In a meeting of the ruling group held here today, a demand to cancel the transfer of Mr Brar was made. The councillors said Mr HB Garg, who has been transferred to Gidderbaha, was posted here only seven months back. They said the transfer of Mr Brar was being opposed because of his alleged indifferent attitude towards general public and the councillors. Absence from office during the working hours was another complaint against the new EO.

The issue has also attracted strong reaction from the residents welfare associations. The Citizens Welfare Council said the development of the town suffered during the earlier tenure of Mr Brar due to his lack of cooperation towards the public. Mr B.S. Tej, president of the council, said transfer of Mr H.B. Garg — who’s attitude towards the public was positive — without any valid reason was not justified.

Despite the orders of the Punjab Election Commission to cancel the transfer of Executive Officer, Mr K.S. Brar to the SAS Nagar civic body in light of the ongoing election process, political compulsions seems to be preventing the Punjab Government from implementing the orders. Mr Brar was recently transferred from the Gidderbaha civic body.

The Election Commission has pointed out 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 till January 2002, in light of the instructions of the Election Commission of India. The commission has already sent two reminders to the State Government to implement the orders.

Sources in the government said the Local Government Department was finding it hard to implement the orders of the Election Commission as the MLA from Gidderbaha was prevailing upon the Chief Minister to not to transfer the Executive Officer. Incidentally, the transfer of Mr Brar from Gobindgarh to local civic body was kept pending during the Parliament elections during 1999. He was transferred after the elections were over.
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Fourteen hurt as bus, truck collide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Fourteen persons were injured after a truck collided with a Haryana Roadways bus at the level crossing on the Chandigarh-Panchkula highway early this morning. The truck overturned due to the impact and rammed into a streetlight pole.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 4.45 am. The bus (HR-68-0643) was on its way to Shimla, while the truck (HP-06-1975) was making its way from the Mani Majra town to the railway station.

The injured include bus driver Gulshan Kumar and truck driver Ashok Kumar, who have been admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital and the PGI, respectively. Four of the other injured have been admitted to the Sector 32 hospital, while two have been admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital and another two to the PGI. The remaining injured passengers were discharged after first aid.

With the truck lying sideways astride the median, traffic on the road was affected. Further, diesel from the overturned vehicle had also spilled on to the road, and soil had to be sprinkled over it to prevent two-wheelers skidding. The truck was also badly damaged, with several parts scattering on the road.

The police has booked the truck driver under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code for rash and negligent driving and causing hurt.
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HIGHER EDUCATION-II
Pathak for open evaluation system
P.P.S. Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh
As part of its endeavour to introduce reforms in the teaching-learning process, Panjab University subscribes to the concept of “autonomous” colleges.

Each “autonomous” college develops the infrastructure, in terms of men and material, as prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) that periodically inspects and grants accreditation.

There is a degree of decentralisation that allows the colleges to conduct their own examinations and evaluation with the affiliating university countersigning the degrees awarded to the students. But the colleges enjoy academic and administrative autonomy. Though this concept is not new, it has not been fully implemented because the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union did not endorse it. Such colleges, however, are functioning in the South.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.N. Pathak, told TNS in an interview that his major focus was on improving the existing examination and evaluation system. This must be made transparent. Even the UGC had issued guidelines in this regard.

“I subscribe to the open evaluation system which enables a student to examine his answersheet before the teacher finalises the marks to be awarded. As a preliminary step, this concept will be introduced for certain postgraduate and BSc/MSc (Hons School) classes. Even moderation of the question paper will be started in these classes. Such a system is operative in the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Biotechnology”.

Dr Pathak said he disfavoured the holding of entrance tests in respect of certain courses. But it had to be followed at the 10+2 stage given the wide, varying and different standards of education, examination and evaluation followed by different boards. An entrance test ensured uniformity. “Just as weightage is given to the marks obtained at the graduate level, likewise a certain percentage, say 25, can also be given for the marks obtained by a student in the 10 + 2 examination”. A committee constituted to examine this had rejected this once. But a fresh look was being given.

Besides listing some of the “achievements” of the university in the past five years, Dr Pathak disclosed that a new postgraduate course, MSc (human genomic studies), would be introduced in the next academic year.

It was time the universities dealt with power brokers patronising non-performing teaching and non-teaching staff while the dedicated staff suffered. This called for reforms in the manner the Senate and Syndicate members were elected. To an extent there had been politicisation of these two organs as well.

Equally important was the need for a comprehensive policy on the youth. This was desirable in view of the needs of society and because vast talent and potential were going waste at present. If harnessed, this could be effectively used for social and economic reconstruction. This called for a relook at the academic time-table and the system of examination and evaluation.

Given the increasing number of students seeking admission to various courses and classes in the universities and colleges, it would be appropriate to reframe the academic calendar to make the best use of the available, though limited, classrooms and library and laboratory infrastructure by resorting to the “shift system”. On an average, 1.5 lakh students took various undergraduate examinations every year.

Dr Pathak also said that an indepth study was needed to devise ways to provide financial autonomy to the universities. One thing was clear: the inability of the state governments to meet the financial needs of the universities leaving them with no choice but to periodically enhance fees and levy new user charges. These, at present, were low and inadequate. Both students and parents, should be prepared for at least a 10 per cent rise every year. A reasonable hike, across the board, during the next academic session was not ruled out.

In fact, the university had already received a missive from the Union Territory of Chandigarh that it would pay up for the Muktsar regional centre. The Vice-Chancellor has had discussions on this with the Union Ministries of Home, Human Resource Development and Finance and the two funding governments, Punjab and Chandigarh.

Expecting the universities to become “self-financing” sounded good. But it was difficult to achieve given the indifferent attitude of the business, industrial and corporate sectors. The business-industry-university partnership did not pay dividends.

Dr Pathak said the governments must make use of the university faculty in governance and decision-making on policies as was the practice abroad. At the same time, government policies must be oriented to generating employment for degree holders.
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Partial demolitions by PUDA in villages
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 23
Today’s drive by the enforcement staff (regulatory) of Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority in Nayagaon and Kansal was aimed at discouraging people from undertaking construction till the Notified Area Committee was constituted.

Instead of demolishing complete structures, as had been done in other areas of the periphery in the past three days, today’s operation was restricted to partially demolishing the foundation and walls of 24 houses under construction. The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr KBS Sidhu, said, “Since the process of constituting the NAC in Nayagaon and Kansal was in progress, we want the people to wait till the civic body was formed”.

Not ruling out protest from residents, the enforcement staff was escorted by police personnel. But no untoward incident took place. After the drive began in Adarsh Nagar, people started gathering. The sarpanch of Nayagaon along with property dealers urged the PUDA staff to stop the demolition as they would get the construction stopped on their own.

No structure with a roof was targeted by the demolition squad. Walls of the house of a security officer, Surinder Kumar, posted in the Governor’s house were partially demolished. The drive was stopped in Nayagaon after the sarpanch of Nayagaon village gave an assurance that no construction would be undertaken till constituting of the NAC. However, the construction activity again started (as seen in the photo) in Nayagaon after the PUDA staff left the area. A resident of the area on the condition of anonymity said: “The next two days being holidays, we can raise construction as already the labour has been engaged”.

An official of PUDA said it was a symbolic drive. In Kansal village, workers were stopped from constructing the foundation walls of two residential colonies. The foundation of a house was partially removed. The demolition staff also stopped plot holders in different colonies from raising the foundations. When the PUDA staff was moving in Kansal, the property dealers of the area gathered at the site.
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CVM candidate joins Congress
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The Congress today scored a point over the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, led by Mr Harmohan Dhawan, by getting a CVM candidate from ward number 12 to join the Congress.

His joining was announced by the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president, Mr B. B. Bahl.

Mr Gurmukh Singh Namdhari had joined the CVM only a day before the filing of nomination to close and got the nomination of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch.

BJP panel for panchayat poll:

The BJP Ad hoc Committee here today set up an eight-member campaign and poll management committee for the December 8 panchayat elections.

Led by Mr Harbhajan Singh Kajheri, the committee has Mr Darshan Singh Balhana, Chairman Zila Parishad, Mr Gurdeep Singh Attawa, Mr G. D. Gupta from Hallomajra, Mr. Jai Chand Sarpanch, Mr Dyal Singh Behlana, Mr Rattan Singh Dhaliwal, as members.

Panthic Morcha not to contest on symbol:

The Panthic Morcha, which is contesting the MC poll on seven seats, today decided not to contest the election on party symbol.

This was decided by the morcha convener, Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi, an official spokesman of the Morcha told Chandigarh Tribune. He said Baba Bedi communicated that the morcha is in the fray to oppose the Congress, the BJP and Akali candidates and may support good candidates.

Postal ballot:

The Election Commission today opened an account with Rs 500 in the General Post Office for those who are eligible to cast their votes through postal ballots.

Those in the election duty, defence personnel and other categories of people who are exempted from exercising their franchise at the place their vote is registered are sent postal ballots by the Commission.

EC informed of gangs demanding liquor:

The EC was today informed of gangs of people who are demanding liquor from candidates contesting the MC polls. The EC has taken a serious view of the trend and has decided to ask the police to look into the matter once withdrawal of candidates is complete.

BJP councillor:

The BJP Councillor, Ms Ranjana Shahi, here today said that at certain elements in the party violating the party were ‘’maryada’’.

‘’I have followed the party maryada at such a young age compared to my other colleagues in the Corporation who violated party line,’’ Ms. Shahi said here today.

Ms Shahi sent a signal that she was interested in Lok Sabha saying she wanted to work for the whole city instead of being tied down in a constituency.

YC body constituted:

The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress President, Mr Harmohinder Singh Lucky, today constituted the Mani Majra body of the party. Mr Jasbir Singh has been appointed president, Manjit Singh, Manoj Sharma and Gurmail Singh vice presidents, Mr Dipak Pawar, Mr Balwant Singh and Mr Gurvinder Singh as general secretaries, Mr Gurdeep Singh and Mr Sukhpal Singh secretaries and Mr Abhishek Vig Treasurer.

Mr Satnam Singh was appointed president of block number 16 and Mr Sartaj Singh unit president of Sector 41 along with other office-bearers. Mr Raghav Arora has been appointed president of the Sector 7 unit.
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‘Depletion of water resources a threat to mankind’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Depletion of water resources is the greatest threat to mankind in the 21st century.

This was stated by the renowned environmentalist, Mr Sunder Lal Bahuguna, while addressing a talk on ‘Conserve Water, Control Pollution’ organised at the ICSSR complex at Panjab University here today.

Mr Bahuguna said that depletion of water resources was a major threat in the context of Indian territories at the moment. The Gangotri Glacier, which was a major water source for Ganga river, was much reduced in size than the original. At this rate it could be reduced to the stature of a seasonal river only. This was also true in case of several other rivers which were a major threat.

The talk was organised by Yuvsatta, the Indian Science Congress Association, the Indian National Science Academy and the UT Department of Environment.

A big environmental concern relating to the region was over-exploitation of the soil resources, particularly relating to Punjab. “Green revolution has given a big boost to the quantity in production. In the process, earth has been treated ‘wildly’ with chemicals and fertilisers which are harmful in the long run. Something needs to be done immediately”, he said.

“Over exposure to fertilisers has made earth just like a drug addict. Earlier lesser doses of fertilisers and chemicals were used but the quantity had grown manifold”, he said.

Mr Bahuguna said that ‘in a selfish pursuit for self-welfare and happiness, humans had destroyed living conditions of several species. Some of them had become extinct. The fire of haphazard planning could devour humans themselves at the end’, he added.

Mr Bahuguna said that austerity in land use, finding alternative sources of energy and afforestation were the need of the hour. He said that three big enemies of the last century were war, pollution and hunger, whose results will have to be faced and dealt with by the future generations.

Mr Bahuguna is a former student of Panjab University when it was situated at Lahore before partition. Prof R.C.Sobti, Dean, Foreign Students, introduced the speaker.
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‘Amendments have made IT Act complex’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The Income Tax Act contains only 300 Sections but until now it has been amended more than 3,000 times in the name of rationalisation and simplification, said Mr N.D. Gupta , president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Addressing Chartered Accountants (CAs), Mr Gupta said it was very difficult to keep track of these amendments. There was a provision to reopen the completed assessment till June, 2001, of the past 10 years. For CAs it becomes very difficult to remember which Section was applicable at that time. The aim of these amendments was to give a clear message to the tax payer in a most rationalised manner to know his obligations and his liabilities so that he is able to make own references without consulting anybody.

The intention of the amendments was not to create hurdles for tax payers. However, they have created problems for the tax payers.

Mr Gupta said the economy of the country was depressed. There were no job opportunities for the youth.

He said the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is a statutory body under the Chartered Accountants Act. The institute enroll students, impart them education, conduct examination and make them members. They are regulated through a strict mechanism of disciplinary action as defined under Section 21 of the Act. However, over the past several years their responsibilities had been extended under various statutes like the Insurance Act, Income Tax Act , Companies Act and the Security Exchange Board of India.

After more than 52 years they have prescribed a new syllabus for students and new training which can address the issues involved, said Mr Gupta . Now students will be able to render services not only in India but also to other countries.

To meet this challenge they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with England, U.S.A. and other countries

On his arrival, Mr Ravinder K. Garg, welcomed Mr Gupta, and central council members. Among others who spoke at the conference were Mr Amarjit Chopra, Mr Vinod Jain and Mr Raman Mangla.

Baldev Garg, Chairman of the Chandigarh branch, said they would build the own building of the institute shortly.
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EATING OUT
Students at your service
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh
There are two good reasons for a visit to Nimantran restaurant of the Food Craft Institute (FCI) in Sector 42 to be rewarding. First, it is the first such venture to have come up in an institution of learning in India. Secondly, it is managed by the students of the institute.

So, you get a whiff of freshness as young future chefs and hotel keepers in smart white and black uniforms come to take your order and do their best to ensure that you feel comfortable. With their instructor, Mr Ashish Bose, keeping a hawk’s eye on the students getting on-the-campus training, things are made more professional. An outside part-time help oversees the cooks learning the techniques of turning out delicacies.

And if, at times, your methi panir does not taste just as it did when you visited the place last time, you know why and, perhaps, would take a lenient view of it.

As Principal Alok Shivapuri says: “The students get good exposure and the rise in their confidence level after interacting with customers is tremendous.”

Right from laying the table, spreading napkins, putting flowers in the vases, cooking, serving and maintaining the bill register is the job of the trainees. And since they have classes in the morning, the restaurant is open only in the evening — from 6.30 pm to 11 pm (the last order is taken at 9.45). Tuesdays are closed days. And with a good response from the public, the eatery, set up in 1994, is already making some profit, and giving a stipend to the youngsters.

On the menu are Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines, including starters, soups and summer coolers. Sometimes, when the students prepare something good during their practicals, they serve the item complimentary at the restaurant. If you are lucky, a soufflé bowl could be yours when you visit them next!

The Elevenses is the bakery and confectionery shop. You get delicious cakes, biscuits, pastries and cookies, both with and without eggs. The FCI is proud of the fact that the Governor and the Adviser are among those who prefer their cakes. You too can book a cake with the FCI (call 609472).

The FCI also handles parties. The rates for the party food are quite reasonable: Rs 85 per plate for veg and Rs 115 for non-veg, with the venue coming free of cost.

Encouraged by its success, the institute is all set to open a 26-room hotel with a restaurant, bar, banquet and conference hall and discotheque next year. Mr Shivapuri says that the project under construction is likely to go on stream by September, 2002.
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FLAVOUR OF THE WEEK
The week with a spicy topping
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
This week saw a unique celebration of the 2,600th birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira. Much to the surprise of many Jains in the city, the UT Administration came forward like never before to celebrate the event in the right fashion. The Government Museum was adorned with age-old sculptures depicting the life and teachings of the Lord. Two sculptures of the 14th century — one of Jina and another of goddess Padmavati — were especially transported to the city to be made a part of the beautiful show on Jain art.

From the frenzy left behind by junior Dutt to a journey through the temples housing Jain art — this week had a spicy flavour. And one cannot move on without recording the way, the city scrambled for a look at Sanjay Dutt. Those who managed their bit of fortune could not stop gushing about the man’s star appeal. Glamour and social cause do seem to make a potent combination. So, while it was the fund-raiser for the PFA at the CGA on Saturday or the inauguration of an exclusive section for men’s wear at a showroom on Sunday, Sanjay was a hit. He managed to underline two vital issues on both the occasions: If love for animals was the theme at the CGA, “say no to drugs” was the slogan at the showroom.

Moving on to other days, we cannot miss to make a mention of the great response to the National Science Olympiad. The schools have started picking up the best students to represent them in the February 1, 2002 mega event. The first level of the two-tier contest has already started. It involves screening of students at the school level.

The week is also a little different for a world of discount offers at every prime showroom. The season of food fests also seems to be here.

Another news is of the Chandigarh Carnival, which is due to be held in the last week of November. The Leisure Valley is already being done up to suit as perfect venue for the event. The junkyard that Kalasagar was finally shifted, thanks to some spirit shown by UT Administration, which also got busy inviting entries for the contests to be held under the Disability Week, which will start on November 26.
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For Punjabis with American dreams
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 23
Most Punjabis harbour American dreams, which is the theme of the maiden venture of Kontact Production, ‘Pinjra’, a Punjabi TV serial, the shooting of which is to begin from November 26 near Panchkula.

At a press conference in a Sector 35 hotel here today, the director of the serial, Ravi Nishand, said the serial was aimed at portraying social and cultural scenario of Punjab through a female character. The character faces a lot of hardship in the course of fulfilling the dreams of her poor parents.

Rimpi Gill plays the lead role and her character sacrifices her love for a character played by Sachin and marries an NRI played by Vikramjit Singh. The story is about the deceit and humiliation that she has to endure in her husband’s house. Written by Sukhbinder Sukhi, though the story is not unfamiliar for the audience here, its treatment makes it unique, says the director. The serial will introduce 43 artistes in its 104 episodes. “We made it a point to give breaks to the local talent. Rimpi Gill and Vikramjit Singh are known faces for the TV viewers of this region,” said the producer duo P.K. Dharmani and S.K. Puri. Ravi Nishand said Punjabi channels were popular nationwide and in the Middle East, the USA and Canada as well, where a number of Punjabis had settled. The music for the serial has been given by Sanjiv and Santosh Kataria.
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Powermen oppose privatisation move
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The UT Powermen Union yesterday flayed the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to privatise the Electricity Department,

A press note issued by the union said the Administration had invited tenders for distribution of electricity bills and meter reading under the Electricity Operation Subdivision No 9 in Sector 43 into private hands. These tenders will be opened on November 26 in the office of the Executive Engineer, electricity operation division in Sector 34.

This action on the part of the Administration was anti-employee and anti-people. Therefore, they have decided to fight against this move tooth and nail. The employees will hold a day-long dharna on November 26 outside the office of the Executive Engineer, Electricity Operation Division No 4 where the tenders will be opened. The dharna will continue till the tenders were withdrawn.

Mr Bhag Mal Rana, General Secretary of union, said it had also been decided to observe a one-day nationwide token strike on December 18 on a call given by the national coordination committee of electricity employees and engineers against the privatisation of the power sector. He said a rally would be organised on December 4 for the preparation of the nationwide strike.

He added that employees also held a gate meeting today outside the electricity offices in Sector 20 and 35.
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Urdu to be introduced as optional subject
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
The Haryana Government will introduce Urdu as an optional subject in colleges from the next academic session. The Haryana Urdu Akademi will set up an Urdu club for college students to popularise the language in the state.

This was stated at a quiz programme organised at Government College, Barwala, near here by officials of the Urdu Akademi. The programme was chaired by the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr S.Y. Quraishi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Quraishi lauded the efforts made by the Akademi with regards to the introduction of Urdu at college level. He emphasised that college students should learn this language which is a repository of vast knowledge.

Presiding over the function, Commissioner and Secretary, Education P.K. Chaudhary said of Urdu could also be imparted through Devnagri script. The Secretary of Haryana Urdu Akademi, Mr Ramendra Jakhu threw light on the background of the Urdu quiz competition.

The chief guest gave away prizes to the first, second and third teams. Dr Quraishi also inaugurated the newly constructed four class rooms and planted saplings on the college premises.

The Akademi also announced that the next Urdu quiz programme will be held at Government College Kalka on December 5.
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Cleanliness campaign
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
The Haryana Urban Development Authority yesterday launched a cleanliness campaign in the township with the engineering wing, horticulture wing and sanitation wing joining hands for cleaning the town.

The campaign was launched in Sector 5 of the Mansa Devi complex by the Estate Officer. All main dividing roads, B roads and commercial areas of various sectors will be cleaned of Congress grass, undesirable bushes, dust on the sides of roads and building material stacked on road berms. The bushes on all central verges of roads will also be done.

After the Mansa Devi complex has been cleaned, the campaign will begin from Housing Board chowk to Zirakpur road on November 26 and in other parts of the township on December 3 onwards.
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Cub dies of injuries
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, November 23
A eight-month-old male cub of a lion succumbed to injuries which it sustained in a fight with other animals of the Lion Safari of Chhat Bir Zoo some days ago.

Sources in the zoo said the cub was noticed dead in a house of the safari today morning. Post-mortem of the animal could not be conducted as the Zoo doctor was on leave today.

The authorities said that the animal would be buried after a postmortem examination tomorrow.
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Residents call on Sanchar Nigam PGM
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
A delegation of the Sector 25 House Owners Citizen Committee let by Mr R.S. Malik, called on Mr R.C. Vaish, Principal General manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam, in support of their demands.

A press note issued by Mr Raj Singh Malik said they were surprised when Mr Vaish said that they were thinking of providing a separate exchange to Sector 25 and connect it with Kalkab exchange.

Mr Malik said this process would take pretty long time and the residents would be put to a lot of inconvenience until the telephone facility became available to them.
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Cong Seva Dal coordinator
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Mr Avnash Sharma has been appointed coordinator of All-India Congress Seva Dal, the chief organiser of the All-India Congress Seva Dal, Mr Prahlad Yadav, said here today.
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Book released

Chandigarh, November 23
‘Smarpan’, a booklet of Hindi poems, has been released by Dr Shiv Kumar, the president of the Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha, according to a press note issued here today.

The author, Pt Manohar Lal Mannan, has been honoured for social service. Pt Mannan hoped ‘Smarpan’ would promote Sanatanist values.
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Fake currency seized
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
The police has seized fake currency worth Rs 22,000 in 100 rupee notes after these were given to a local jeweller as payment for goods bought from him. The accused, however, managed to escape.

According to sources, two unidentified men walked into a jewellery shop, Malhotra Jewellers, in Sector 15 at about 8 pm last night for buying jewellery. They reportedly selected two rings and two chains of gold (all items valued at Rs 22,000 ) and took out a wad of notes for making the payment.

The shopkeeper, Mr. Anil Kumar, while counting the notes, sensed that these were fake. He spoke out his suspicion and said that he would show them to his father, Mr Keemti Lal, for verification. As he said this, the two men dashed out of the shop.

It is learnt that the inquiry of the case has been entrusted to ASI Angrez Singh of Sector 15 police post. The police is now making sketches of the accused with the help of the complainant . A case has been registered.
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Five cases of theft in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Sector 38 resident Nand Lal has reported that Rs 10,000, a chequebook, a passbook, voter’s identity card and an ATM card have been stolen from his residence. The police has registered a case.

Sector 39, resident Sashi Singh has reported that Rs 11,800 and gold ornaments worth about Rs 15,000 have been stolen from his residence. The police have registered a case.

Sector 30 resident Lalit Kumar has reported that some unidentified persons have stolen petrol from his scooter which was parked at his residence. They were also trying to steal his Maruti van, but ran away when he came out of his house. The police has registered a case.

Sector 38-West resident Amarjit Singh has reported that two gas cylinders have been stolen from his residence. The police has registered a case.

Janata Colony Bir Singh has reported that Rs 5,000, a pair of anklets, two silver karas, a pair of gold ear-rings and some clothes have been stolen from his residence. The police has registered a case.

Whisky seized: The police has arrested two persons from Dadu Majra Colony and seized 27 pouches, of whisky from their possession. Parkash Kumar was arrested with 14 pouches while Shanti was apprehended with 13 pouches. Both are residents of the same colony. Separate cases under the Excise Act have been registered against them.

Gambling: Four persons have been arrested from Palsora for allegedly gambling in a public place. The accused have been identified as Vivek Kumar, a resident of Sector 56, Raju, Gurmit and Dinesh, all residents of Palsora. The police has seized Rs 250 from their possession and registered a case under the Gambling Act against them.

Cyclist hurt: An unidentified cyclist was injured and admitted to the PGI after he was knocked down by a Haryana Roadways bus near the Sectors 18-19-20-21 chowk. The bus driver, Om Parkash, was arrested and later bailed out.

Two held: Two residents of Behlana village, Liakat Ali and Om Parkash have been arrested for quarrelling in a public place. The police has resistered a case against them.

Threat: A resident of Ram Darbar has lodged a complaint that a resident of the same colony threatened and assaulted her, causing injuries on her nose, besides using filthy language against her. The police has registered a case.

SAS Nagar

GM booked: A former General Manager of Punwire has been booked by the police for an alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 1.6 lakh from the company's fund. A case under Section 406, 409, 420 and 468 of the IPC has been registered on a complaint lodged by the PSIDC.

Car stereo stolen: Paramjit Singh, a resident of Phase X, in a complaint to the police said burglars broke a windowpane of his car and removed a car stereo, cassettes and some clothes on November 6. A case has been registered by the police.

PANCHKULA

Booked: The police has booked Paramjit and Harminder, both residents of Pinjore, for allegedly bashing up Sajeev Gupta, a lawyer at district courts here. According to the information available the scooter of the lawyer rammed in to the motor cycle on which the two youths were riding near the district courts. A case under Sections 325, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

Two arrested: The police arrested Lakhwinder Singh and Ranjot after they were caught attempting to commit the burglary at a daily provisions store in Sector 4 last night. The shop owner, Ritesh Kumar, was on his way back home, when he realised that he had forgotten some cash in the shop. When he came back to the shop, he saw the accused attempting to break in.
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City resident gets 3-month RI
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 23
A city resident was sentenced to three months rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500 under the Prevention of Food Adulteration case yesterday by a local court. The accused, Vijay Kumar, was sentenced to imprisonment by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.

A Food Inspector had inspected the premises of the accused in Sector 15 on August 1, 1997, and found 10 packets of Bawa sugar boiled confectionary of 100 gm each for public sale in his possession. After disclosing his identity, the Food Inspector served him with a notice and demanded the sample of the items and purchased three packets of the confectionary by paying Rs 75.

A part of the sample was sent to public analyst for analysis. As per the report of the public analyst the sample was found to be adulterated.
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